1. Orlando Magic-Boston Celtics Game Six: Celts Win Signals Return to the Old Guard

    After a one-year hiatus, the Eastern Conference crown belongs to the old guard—The Boston Celtics. It’s only fitting, then, that their 96-84 Magic vanishing act was spurred by their backcourt...

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  2. Magic-Celtics Game 4: Celtics Proving to Be Playoff Mythbusters

    After dethroning King James, and exposing the Orlando Magic, the Boston Celtics have been the flashlight revealing all the warts of the Eastern Conference’s upper class. Their 94-71 Game 3 destruction of Orlando was particularly illuminating...

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  3. 2010 NBA Playoffs: Denver Nuggets Turn in a Gutless Game 4 and Lose to Utah Jazz

    After a dismal performance in Game Three, it was interesting to see how the Denver Nuggets would approach Game Four in order to steal a road win and recapture control of their first round series with the Utah Jazz...

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  4. Nuggets-Jazz Game Three: Nuggets Don't Hold Up to Lie Detector

    The Utah Jazz’s 105-93 Game Three victory over the Denver Nuggets was revealing in the truths unveiled by each participant with one caveat—the 12-point difference in the ...

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  5. Spurs-Mavs Game One: Jefferson Disappears, Dirk Makes Spurs Vanish

    Throughout the years, the San Antonio Spurs have never had an answer for Dirk Nowitzki—nor did they in Game One’s 100-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks...

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  6. Heat-Celtics Game One: Boston's Frontcourt Flexes Its Muscles In Victory

    Many prognosticators believe that with the peaking Miami Heat and fading Boston Celtics traveling in opposing directions, their series will be prime for a first round upset...

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  7. Grading on a Curve: The 2009-2010 NBA Final Grades

    With the regular season over and done with, it’s time to see which teams are passing this season’s tests with flying colors, and which teams still need to do more homework...

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  8. Orlando Magic Make Dallas Mavericks Look Second Rate: Battle of Second Bests

    With the Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks each residing in second place in their respective conferences, the tilt between the Magic and Mavs is a good barometer to measure the playoff preparedness of each second seeded squad...

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  9. Manu Ginobili Provides Blast From Past, Renders Celtics Ancient History

    Throughout the middle portions of the decade, the San Antonio Spurs were a powerhouse, capturing three titles during the middle of the 2000s to add to the one they captured in 1999...

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  10. Is Elton the Right Brand for Philadelphia?

    In his heyday, Elton Brand was a dominant scorer from the high and low post, a voracious rebounder, and as his career progressed, a solid defender both on the ball and from the weakside...

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  11. Tracy McGrady No Longer T-Mac, but Can He Still Play?

    While Tracy McGrady carries around a prime-time name, and glimpses of a prime-time game, there’s no doubting the fact that New York’s acquisition of McGrady was strictly for salary cap purposes...

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  12. Vince Carter Proves Half Man, Fourth (Quarter) Amazing As Magic Knock Off Cavs

    Over the course of his career, Vince Carter has made a habit out of coasting through big games, wilting down the stretch, and playing like a milquetoast wimp...

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  13. Grading on a Curve: NBA Team Grades at the Break

    With the season halfway over, it’s time to see which teams are passing this season’s tests with flying colors, and which teams still need to do more homework. The grades aren’t only based on performance, but on expectations as well...

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  14. Tyreke Evans Vs. Brandon Jennings Is a Pitbull Vs. a Puppy

    Over the first half of the season, the Sacramento Kings’ Tyreke Evans and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings have established themselves as the two best rookie point guards in the league...

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  15. Orlando Magic Breakdown: Orlando Not Magical Despite Win Over Boston

    A 36-11 third-quarter blitz spurred the Orlando Magic to a 96-89 victory over the Boston Celtics that had more to do with Boston’s inauspicious play than Orlando’s execution...

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  16. Atlanta Hawks Breakdown: The Talented Mr. Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks blitzed the Chicago Bulls in the first quarter, held serve in the second, and stumbled through the third quarter of a game they most likely would’ve lost in previous seasons...

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  17. Miami Heat Breakdown: Wade's The Only Hot Stuff The Heat Have Going

    The Jekyll-and-Hyde Miami Heat continued their descent down the Eastern Conference standings after falling in Cleveland to the Cavaliers 102-86...

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  18. Dallas Mavericks Breakdown: Delightful D Leads To Garden Romp

    With Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, and Jason Kidd getting up there in age, this season may be the Dallas Mavericks’ last chance at seriously contending for a championship...

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  19. Phoenix Suns Breakdown: The Defense Rests

    After starting out the season 14-3, the Phoenix Suns are in freefall, losing 16 of their last 27 games after a 115-104 home stinker to Chicago...

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  20. San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan's Decline

    Throughout the decade the San Antonio Spurs created a model of truths that were as infallible as the swallows returning to Capistrano every year. The Spurs would win a championship every other year...

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  21. Memphis Grizzlies Breakdown: Veteran Randolph Accelerates Grizz Future

    Over three years ago, the Memphis Grizzlies traded Shane Battier for Rudy Gay, a move that set in motion Memphis’ paradigm shift from a pseudo-playoff contender to a franchise rebuilding from the ground up...

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  22. Toronto Raptors Breakdown: Have Jump Shot, Will Travel To Playoffs

    Defense? Nope. Creativity? Not really. Points in the paint? Don’t have much of that.Man, though, can the Raptors shoot it. Let’s examine their 112-104 victory over the Knicks for specifics...

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  23. Philadelphia 76ers Breakdown: Sixers Have Talent, Need A Leader

    The Philadelphia 76ers disappointing season took another hit, losing to the New York Knicks 93-92 when Rodney Carney’s jumper at the buzzer rimmed out. The Sixers have suffered too many poor performances from too many important players...

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  24. Five Years Later: A 2004 NBA Draft Review

    Back in the summer of 2007, the first year I started writing for Bleacher Report, I decided to do a series of draft recaps examining each draft class after three years in the NBA...

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  25. Los Angeles Clippers Breakdown: Baron Davis Returns, Clips Lakers

    Over the past two seasons, starting with Golden State’s stretch run in 2007-08 and continuing today, Baron Davis has wasted his considerable basketball talents...

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