1. Erick Blasco's Western Conference Second Round Preview

    (1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Houston RocketsOf all the second-round matchups in this year's NBA Playoffs, this one is the most tantalizing. L.A...

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  2. Bleacher Report's NBA Awards Roundtable

    With the regular season over, the NBA’s award winners have slowly begun to unfold, with Mike Brown, Derrick Rose, and Jason Terry the recipients of the Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Sixth Man of the Year Awards, respectively...

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  3. Lakers-Jazz Game 3: Jazz Trust Selves, Lakers Don't in Game 3 Jazz Win

    At any level of competition, basketball is all about trust. How well do you trust yourself, your teammates, your system? Despite having superior talent, the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t trust ...

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  4. Erick Blasco's Eastern Conference First-Round Preview

    After such an exciting regular season, the 2008-2009 NBA playoffs should be one of the best ever. The playoffs are always the epitome of drama as heroes and villains are forged through ...

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  5. Erick Blasco's Western Conference First Round Preview

    After such an exciting regular season, the 2008-2009 NBA playoffs should be one of the best ever. The playoffs are always the epitome of drama as heroes and villains are forged through ...

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  6. Erick Blasco's NBA Final Grades

    With the regular season’s final drops trickling down the drain, it’s time to take out the grade book and evaluate how each team handled the regular season.The grades aren’t only based on performance, but on expectations as well...

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  7. Chicago Bulls Have Talent, Lack Horns

    With the NBA playoffs beginning to peak over the horizon, the Chicago Bulls will find themselves a surprise invite to basketball’s hallowed garden...

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  8. Los Angeles Lakers Smack Houston Rockets Out of Orbit

    With San Antonio struggling down the home stretch, Friday’s Rockets-Lakers tilt was a chance for the Rockets to announce their presence as the Lakers’ top Western Conference competition...

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  9. Erick Blasco's NBA Power Rankings

    1) Los Angeles Lakers: Their bench play has fallen off the map since Andrew Bynum’s injury. As good as Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant have been, and as good as the Lakers’ resume against top teams have been, they aren’t invincible...

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  10. The New Orleans Hornets' Slowed Down Approach Proving Unsuccessful

    While the Hornets have a contender’s record (44-27), and have a chance at winning 50 games, they are well behind the Lakers, Spurs, and Rockets as contenders for the Western crown...

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  11. B/R NBA March Roundtable: Sizing Up the Stretch Run

    With the NBA regular season coming down the stretch, it was time to see why some teams have played so well since the All-Star break, and which teams are most prepared for the postseason...

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  12. Miami Heat-Detroit Pistons: Wade Wonders, Curry Blunders In Heat Victory

    With the playoffs only a month away, both the Detroit and Miami are a battling for the East’s No. 5 playoff seed in order to secure a first-round postseason matchup with Atlanta, and avoid Cleveland, Boston, and Orlando until the later rounds...

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  13. Carmelo Anthony vs. Brandon Roy: Who's the Better Player?

    If Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade represent the cream of the NBA’s ultra-talented wing crop, then Brandon Roy and Carmelo Anthony help comprise the second tier of superstar wings...

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  14. Erick Blasco's Power Rankings

    1) Los Angeles Lakers: Recent blips show that offensively and defensively they are far from a refined championship product. Fortunately, their competitors have major flaws themselves...

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  15. David Lee's Lack Of D Is All-Star Voters' Defense

    The task was to determine just how good David Lee is. Is he simply a garbage man extraordinaire, or is he a legitimate All-Star-caliber player...

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  16. Erick Blasco's NBA Power Rankings

    1) Los Angeles Lakers: They’re clearly the most talented, most resourceful franchise in the NBA. Can their athleticism and creativity override their porous screen/roll defense? 2) Boston: Even without Kevin Garnett, their principals are sound...

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  17. Even with Jermaine O'Neal, Miami Still Donut-Shaped

    Miami’s acquisition of Jermaine O’ Neal was made so that the dwarf-sized Heat would have a rugged mountain man in the middle to battle with the East’s biggest behemoths—Zydrunas ...

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  18. Matt Harpring's Might Makes Utah Right

    Too often, NBA enthusiasts around the globe are mesmerized by highlights—dunks, hang time, three-pointers, shot blocks, twisting fadeaways, and incredible reverse layups...

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  19. Erick Blasco's NBA Midterm Grades

    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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  20. Raptors-Heat Trade: Raptors Give up a Fantasy, Heat Give up a Headache

    With the trade winds always in a constant spiral, Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon (plus a conditional draft pick) were swept down to Miami, while Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks (and cash) were sucked north of the border to Toronto...

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  21. Los Angeles Clippers Breakdown: Despite Win Over Knicks, Clips Are Still Losers

    The Knicks-Clippers game Wednesday night was proof that just because a game is close, or has a lot of points, doesn’t mean that it is particularly exciting...

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  22. New York Knicks Breakdown: Sunny Forecast In New York

    The Knicks may have lost a heartbreaker in Portland, 109-108 on a Brandon Roy buzzer-beater, but for the first time in a decade, the team is playing with exuberance, energy, and passion...

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  23. New Jersey Nets Breakdown: New Jersey's Energy Yields Net Gains

    The Nets looked like champions in dissecting the Nuggets 114-70. Granted, the final score had as much to do with Denver’s lethargy and mistakes than anything New Jersey did, but the effort ...

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  24. Golden State Warriors Breakdown: Warriors Are a Three-Ring Circus

    The Warriors may have only lost to the Phoenix Suns 115-105, but they certainly put on a clinic of how not to play professional basketball. How bad was it?The Warriors registered assists on only 17 of their 39 shot makes...

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  25. Erick Blasco's Sunday Review: Cavs Step Fourth, Pistons Step Back

    Cavs Step Fourth, Pistons Step Back In the fourth quarter of their 90-80 victory, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed why they’re legitimate contenders for a championship this season, ...

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