1. Updated Win-Loss Projections for Every NBA Team at Quarter-Season Mark

    The quarter mark of the 2015-16 NBA season should come with a crystal ball. It doesn't. Not for the most part. The only truths revealed so far are the ones we could see coming before the campaign tipped off...

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  2. Dwyane Wade on Goran Dragic Pairing: 'We're Trying to Sacrifice for Each Other'

    MIAMI — The jury remains out on the Dwyane Wade -Goran Dragic partnership. Even the players themselves aren't quite sure what they have in one another. "We're trying to sacrifice for each other," Wade said...

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  3. Updated 2015-16 MVP Odds: Steph Curry vs. the Field, Who Ya Got?

    The NBA MVP race is over —or, rather, it would be if the 2015-16 campaign closed today. Stephen Curry , who's still sporting the belt from last season, could give the league its first unanimous winner...

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  4. Meet the NBA's Most 1-Dimensional Teams This Season

    Two-way balance wins NBA championships. It's not quite as catchy as the normal slogan, but it holds the most truth. If teams hope for full-fledged title contention, they should become both the unstoppable force and the immovable object...

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  5. South Beach Leftorium: Miami Heat Have All the Southpaws

    MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra has a soft spot for southpaws. "I like lefties," the Miami Heat head coach said, "but that's not why we have all of them." All of them—he could not have put it a better way...

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  6. Biggest Early Surprises of the 2015-16 NBA Season

    There's a clockwork regularity to some of the NBA 's best action, with new entries being made in year-to-year individual and team rivalries. But some of the league's best drama stems from its surprises...

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  7. Grading NBA Teams' Search for New Identities

    NBA fans, the diehards anyway, don't need uniforms to identify teams. Most have a specific style to them, something that makes them unique in a league where all 30 clubs are pursuing the same goal (though not always on the same schedule)...

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  8. Dwyane Wade: 'We Know Our Identity' in Heat's Post-LeBron Era

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat have three NBA championship banners hanging from the American Airlines Arena rafters, each a potential blueprint to guide their next title run...

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  9. 5 NBA Players Who Might Not Make the Leap Everyone Expects

    Talent plus opportunity equals leap. It's a simple formula that surfaces in every coming-of-age NBA story. It's incredible to watch a player advance through developmental levels and climb basketball's food chain...

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  10. NBA's Young Bigs Are Here to Destroy the 'No Centers' Myth

    MIAMI — Just three years back, the center spot was wiped off the NBA All-Star ballot and publicly laid to rest . Well, those obituaries overlooked one critical piece of information: T he position is alive and well, prospering even...

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  11. Justise Winslow Proving He's Exactly the Steal Miami Heat Expected

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat want to control their excitement over rookie Justise Winslow with the same stoicism that the 19-year-old brings inside the lines...

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  12. Every NBA Team's Most Entertaining Lineup for 2015-16 Season

    NBA coaches need different lineups for different reasons, and ideally they'll have one at the ready for any situation. It could be a five-man scorching machine to deploy when a crunch-time bucket is desperately needed...

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  13. Mario Chalmers Can 'Hold His Head High' Following Trade from Miami Heat

    MIAMI — Mario Chalmers ' exit from the Miami Heat felt nearly as long as his seven-plus-year tenure with the team, but both came to a close on Tuesday...

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  14. As Hassan Whiteside Auditions for a Max Contract, Wade & Bosh Offer Wise Advice

    MIAMI — Each rebound, rejection and rim-rocking jam brings Hassan Whiteside one step closer to establishing himself as a top-shelf NBA center...

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  15. The NBA's Best Backups at Every Position

    NBA reserves have a more-guts-than-glory gig that often features changing work conditions and an evolving responsibility list...

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  16. Tyler Johnson Has Made Stalwart Mario Chalmers Expendable for Miami Heat

    MIAMI — If actions speak louder than words, the Miami Heat are nearing the point of bellowing their belief in sophomore Tyler Johnson from atop a South Beach high-rise...

    Zach Buckley Written by Zach Buckley about 3 months ago 40,431 reads 88 comments

  17. Each NBA Team's Most Likely All-Star in 2015-16

    Every year, the NBA All-Star Game brings a smattering of fresh faces and a handful of surprises. But shrewd observers can often foresee what's ahead...

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  18. 'Ignitable' Gerald Green Finally Gets the Green Light with Miami Heat

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat , like the seven other NBA teams that have employed Gerald Green , are focusing on Green's shot selection. But the feedback on this frustratingly familiar topic is different than what he's heard in the past...

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  19. Who Has the Better Streetball Recipe: Chef Curry or Chef Harden?

    How do you prefer your NBA chef: bearded or baby-faced? The answer might depend on the venue. On the hardwood, Stephen Curry and James Harden turned as many heads as anyone during the 2014-15 campaign...

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  20. Dwyane Wade: 'We're Behind the 8-Ball' as Critical Season Begins for Miami Heat

    MIAMI — The Miami Heat are racing against the clock and preaching the importance of patience. The NBA 's second-oldest team has no time to waste. Whatever potential this core holds, it needs to be realized now...

    Zach Buckley Written by Zach Buckley about 3 months ago 15,404 reads 65 comments

  21. Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis Are Perfect Next-Generation Rivals

    Who better to lead the NBA into an era of positionless basketball than a point guard with the surest shot in league history and a near 7-footer with perimeter skills? Stephen ...

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  22. The Biggest Individual Winners and Losers of the 2015-16 NBA Preseason

    The NBA preseason isn't meaningless. It might be long and perhaps a bit deceptive at times. And the overall goal is, in fact, to get through it without encountering any injury issues...

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  23. Everything You Need to Know About the Orlando Magic's 2015-16 NBA Season

    The Orlando Magic are stuck between rebuilding and relevance, too talented to dwell in the NBA 's cellar but perhaps not polished enough to crash the playoff party. For a club with this many young prospects, patience would seem to be a necessity...

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  24. Everything You Need to Know About the San Antonio Spurs' 2015-16 NBA Season

    Gregg Popovich's machine is smoother and more productive than any in the NBA . It manufactures 50-win campaigns with clockwork consistency and crowds the AT&T Center rafters with championship banners...

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  25. Everything You Need to Know About the Milwaukee Bucks' 2015-16 NBA Season

    The Milwaukee Bucks were one of the most surprising stars of the NBA 's 2014-15 campaign, storming out of the cellar and into an unlikely playoff berth. Following a 15-win season with a 41-41 record is impressive enough...

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