1. The 1 Thing Every NBA Team Should Be Thankful for This Season

    Save for the NBA All-Star break, the basketball calendar only has two open dates during the regular season —Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve...

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  2. 5 Golden State Warriors Who Still Need to Step Up

    The Golden State Warriors are off their game. That's sort of a tongue-and-cheek jab at the NBA 's (comfortable) leader in net efficiency. It's also an accurate statement when graded on their historically dominant curve...

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  3. Lonzo Ball's Updated Rookie of the Year Blueprint

    Despite the occasional outburst, it's largely been a hot-take-inducing, ship-abandoning start to Lonzo Ball's highly publicized NBA career...

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  4. The Biggest Question Mark on Every NBA Team

    The 2017-18 NBA season is farther along than you think. We've already witnessed a coaching change, a big-name trade, countless highlights, social-media beefs and at least a dozen outings from all 30 squads...

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  5. 5 Areas Golden State Warriors Can Still Improve

    File this under "terrifying but true": T he 2017-18 Golden State Warriors are nowhere near their peak. Sure, they've steamrolled seven straight opponents by an absurd average of 19...

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  6. 5 Los Angeles Lakers Who Must Step Up Immediately

    The Los Angeles Lakers still aren't ready to launch—they just look closer than they have in years. Their roster is almost entirely comprised of NBA talent. Their defense went from comically bad to competent in a single offseason...

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  7. Yo, NBA Head Coaches: Play These Guys More Minutes!

    If managed correctly, early-season trends can become campaign-changers for the clubs involved. So, some expert advice to a handful of NBA coaches —get these five fast starters ...

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  8. The 'Ball Don't Lie' Non-Stars: Who Are the NBA's Worst Free-Throw Shooters?

    You know the NBA 's "Ball Don't Lie" non-stars when you see them. They trudge toward the free-throw line with deer-in-headlights terror showing through feigned confidence. They take so many deep breaths you think they might faint...

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  9. Diagnosing Los Angeles Lakers' Early-Season Flaws

    Believe it or not, the 2017-18 Los Angeles Lakers are one step behind the 2016-17 iteration at the 10-game mark. But if you think this group already feels more advanced than that one ever was, you are not alone...

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  10. 5 Starting Lineups That Would Struggle vs. Golden State Warriors Bench

    It's easy to get blinded by the Golden State Warriors ' historic star power and forget just how overloaded their second unit really is. The bench mob is a unique force all its own...

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  11. 5 Trades Los Angeles Lakers Should Already Be Considering

    The Los Angeles Lakers are still in the tinkering phase of their massive rebuilding project. And they're in the market for assets...

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  12. Biggest Red Flags of the Young NBA Season

    The "how to" book on understanding an NBA season opens with a chapter on not overreacting to early developments...

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  13. New-Look Timberwolves Still Figuring It Out, Which Should Terrify the NBA

    MIAMI — The Minnesota Timberwolves are on the brink of something. Maybe it's a muscle move into the NBA 's upper class. Or perhaps it's a second consecutive colossal disappointment, doomed by a defense that bends, strains, snaps and breaks...

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  14. Golden State Warriors: 5 Early-Season Takeaways

    The 2017-18 Golden State Warriors are loaded, perhaps too packed with elite talent for their own good. It's a great problem to have, and one that should keep them in the championship discussion right through to the end...

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  15. Los Angeles Lakers: 5 Takeaways from Lonzo Ball's 1st Week

    Lonzo Ball hasn't saved the Los Angeles Lakers yet. He also hasn't proved incapable of perhaps pulling off that feat at some point in the future. Four games into his NBA career, Ball looks like a rookie...

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  16. Predicting Which NBA Teams Will See Biggest Wins Drop-off in 2017-18

    There are few better points on the NBA calendar for optimism than October. But we're here to do our dream-shattering duties with a look ahead at the 2017-18 season's likeliest squads to see the sharpest declines in the win column...

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  17. Can Hassan Whiteside Become the All-Star Leader Miami Heat Need?

    MIAMI — The double doors open to the Miami Heat 's second-floor practice facility inside AmericanAirlines Arena, and ...

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  18. Golden State Warriors: Month-by-Month Record Predictions for 2017-18 Season

    Four games can feel like forever inside the Golden State Warriors fishbowl. The first week of the Warriors' 2017-18 marathon included a ring ceremony , a waved-off buzzer-beater , a $50,000 mouthpiece toss and a controversial self alley-oop ...

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  19. Predicting Which NBA Teams Will See Biggest Wins Increase in 2017-18

    The 2017-18 NBA season will be littered with risers and fallers. But since our cup is a good three-quarters full, we're focusing only on the former. Stocks can spike for any number of reasons, and these eight teams reflect that variety...

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  20. Los Angeles Lakers: Month-by-Month Record Predictions for 2017-18 Season

    The Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2017-18 NBA season with higher hopes than they've had in five years. Unfortunately, that's not as exciting as it sounds. The Lakers have been trapped in their worst four-year rut in franchise history...

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  21. 2018 Restricted Free Agents: Predicting Contracts, Landing Spots for Top Stars

    If you're a fan of NBA restricted free agency, you're going to have a blast next summer. Just four members of the 2014 draft class inked rookie-scale extensions ahead of the Oct...

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  22. 10 Burning Questions Entering 2017-18 NBA Season

    The NBA is back like it never left. The bridge between the 2017 Finals and the 2017-18 opener was a steady stream of drama, intrigue and enough activity to almost make you not miss the games themselves...

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  23. Power Ranking Golden State Warriors Roster Entering 2017-18 Season

    On a micro level, the Golden State Warriors are operating on the same championship-or-bust scale as the rest of the NBA 's 2017-18 championship hopefuls. But the Dubs ditched the micro level a while ago...

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  24. Don't Look Now: 7 Teams That Could Shock the NBA This Season

    Is the conclusion to the 2017-18 NBA season already scripted? Probably. The Golden State Warriors are heavy favorites to repeat as champs, and as long as the Cleveland Cavaliers employ LeBron James, they'll be expected to escape the East...

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  25. 5 Most Likely NBA Players to Be Traded During the 2017-18 Season

    Fear not, NBA transaction fiends. The opening of the 2017-18 campaign won't calm the always-swirling trade winds. In fact, it should increase their ferocity...

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