1. 2015 NBA Rookie Ladder: Last-Chance Look at Regular-Season Progress

    At some point during this season, the NBA 's rookie wall was replaced with a trampoline. Even with three of the top seven picks on the shelf —Joel Embiid out all year after ...

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  2. Saturday NBA Roundup: Raptors' Defense Could Be Their Downfall in Playoffs

    Despite narrowly escaping South Beach with a win, the Toronto Raptors could not hide their troubling defensive deficiencies. On the surface, the Raptors took care of business with a 107-104 victory over the undermanned and fading-fast Miami Heat...

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  3. Which NBA Free Agents Helped or Hurt Themselves Most in 2014-15 Season?

    For most NBA players, their season before free agency is the proverbial fork in the road of their playing careers. Millions of dollars can be won or lost over the course of a contract year...

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  4. Resetting Expectation Levels for 2014-15's Top NBA Rookies

    It takes years for the true identity of an NBA draft class to surface. But this season's crop of first-year hoopers has already hinted at everything that lies ahead: some good, some bad, some still-as-mysterious-as-it-was-last-summer...

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  5. Best Beefs of the 2014-15 NBA Season

    No one does rivalries better than the NBA . The entire history of the sport can be summed up in iconic head-to-head battles: Bill Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan vs...

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  6. The Definitive 2015 Offseason Shopping List for Every NBA Team

    While this NBA campaign bears down on the playoffs, league executives are busy building their offseason shopping lists. With the demand far outweighing the supply, teams have no choice but to plan ahead...

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  7. 10 NBA Players Already Dominating 2015 Offseason Chatter

    One wildly successful offseason can vault an NBA team from lottery status to championship contention. Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers...

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  8. True Test of James Harden's MVP Status Looms in NBA Playoffs

    The real measure of James Harden 's MVP growth won't be taken until after the votes are tallied. The hoops world hasn't seen The Beard dominate the regular season like this before, ...

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  9. David Blatt Isn't LeBron's Puppet, He's a Coach of the Year Candidate

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has been called plenty of things during his debut season on an NBA sideline —seemingly everything but the title that actually fits...

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  10. Why the Golden State Warriors Are Ready to Become the New San Antonio Spurs

    In this generation, no NBA team has better defined the term "sustainable success" than the San Antonio Spurs ...

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  11. Are 2015 San Antonio Spurs Becoming Better Than 2014 Title-Winning Version?

    The San Antonio Spurs won last season's NBA Finals in historic fashion . There shouldn't have been a higher level to reach, but they may have found exactly that...

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  12. 5 Sneaky Good 'Plan B' Options for 2015 NBA Free Agency

    The NBA offseason is a time for unbridled optimism. Until reality sets in. While a fortunate few teams might aim for the stars and actually come away with one, most must settle to some extent...

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  13. Erik Spoelstra Proving His Worth Through Miami Heat's Injury-Riddled Season

    The numbers say that this will be the worst season of Erik Spoelstra 's head-coaching career. But the eye test paints this agonizing journey for Spo and the Miami Heat in an entirely different light...

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  14. NBA Rosters with the Most Reshuffling to Do This Offseason

    The winds of change will soon sweep over all corners of the NBA , but some segments will feel the breeze more than others. Those are the teams we're putting under the microscope...

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  15. Late-Season Moves That NBA Teams Wish They Could Take Back

    For the most part, the basketball gods were a generous bunch at this season's NBA trade deadline. They gave the Miami Heat a point guard for the present (and ideally for the future) in Goran Dragic ...

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  16. Ideal Head Coach for NBA's Most Likely Openings

    For all the amenities NBA franchises can provide head coaches, job security is rarely one of them. According to history's road map, the next stop after the regular season's final contest is the perpetually spinning coaching carousel...

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  17. Remembering McDonald's All-American Game Performances of NBA's Biggest Stars

    Hoop heads, your next crop of hardwood heroes has arrived. On Wednesday night, Chicago will host the 38th installment of the McDonald's All-American Game...

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  18. There Is No Wrong Answer to NBA's MVP Question

    This season's NBA MVP race has almost everything: shooters, slashers and defensive stoppers; explosive athletes and crafty skill players; established elites and soaring stars. But the one thing this field doesn't have is a favorite...

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  19. Enes Kanter Admits He 'Never Liked Playing Basketball' with Utah Jazz

    Fourth-year center Enes Kanter has looked like a different player since landing with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the trade deadline. Apparently, he feels like a different one, too...

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  20. Meet the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA's Forgotten Contender

    It was only last fall that the Los Angeles Clippers loomed large as a trendy NBA championship pick. But it feels like an eternity with the 180-degree turn the public has taken since...

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  21. Dwight Howard's Return Offers Final MVP Test for James Harden

    James Harden has already made his loudest MVP argument. But with the race still too close to call, his campaign could still use a boost...

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  22. Ranking the NBA's Best Former 2nd-Round Picks This Season

    Philadelphia 76ers fans, you definitely want to read this. While the second-round scratch tickets that Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie has stockpiled are all gambles, each has the potential to reveal a jackpot prize...

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  23. Chicago Bulls' Roster Is in Good Hands Regardless of Derrick Rose's Future

    The winds of change are sweeping through the Chicago Bulls , but the NBA 's most adaptable franchise is built to roll with the punches...

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  24. 10 Players Who Will Define the 2015 NBA Playoff Picture

    A few 2015 NBA playoff seats have been reserved, but the postseason picture still largely looks as clear as mud. The top-heavy Eastern Conference is overloaded on the bottom half of the bracket...

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  25. Golden State Warriors Make History, on Pace to Challenge NBA's All-Time Greats

    The Golden State Warriors are struggling to see their NBA contemporaries in their rearview mirror. The only race the Dubs are running at this point is one with history, chasing ...

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