1. 7 Eliminated NBA Playoff Teams with Most Work to Do During 2015 Offseason

    The offseason has arrived for all but four NBA teams, and with it comes pressing questions regarding personnel moves and on-court changes that must be made in preparation for deep postseason runs next year...

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  2. NBA Lottery 2015: What Each Team Would Do with the No. 1 Pick

    NBA draft prognosticators, gather 'round—it's time to whip out the pencils, legal pads and calculators in order to peg which player each lottery team would take if the ping-pong balls bounce just right Tuesday night...

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  3. Houston Rockets Validate Divisive Blueprint with Western Conference Finals Trip

    For so long, the Houston Rockets ' championship blueprint looked like an expert-level jigsaw puzzle. Their pieces were polarizing and plentiful, but fitting them together figured to be a daunting challenge full of frustration...

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  4. Hawks vs. Cavaliers: Analysis and Predictions for Eastern Conference Finals

    At long last, it's official: The top-seeded Atlanta Hawks will square off against the second-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers for the right to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals...

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  5. Hawks Ride Al Horford's Heroics to Overcome John Wall's Surprise Comeback

    John Wall and the Washington Wizards were three seconds away from taking a 3-2 series lead back to Verizon Center. Then Al Horford happened, and the Atlanta Hawks nabbed an 82-81 Game 5 victory...

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  6. Ranking Each NBA Head Coaching Opening by Its Appeal

    Head coaches, it's time to polish off your resumes and scan the job boards —it's turnover season in the NBA . As teams conduct their end-of-season reviews and part ways with coaches, opportunities are opening up across the Association...

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  7. How Much Hope Should Houston Rockets Fans Have Following Game 5 vs. Clippers?

    The Houston Rockets ' 124-103 Game 5 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday was a 48-minute performance born out of desperation and salvation. But commendable as it was on all fronts, it likely just delayed the inevitable...

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  8. 5 Surprise Teams That Will Be Big Players in 2015 NBA Free Agency

    A summer of spending is on the horizon, but that doesn't mean the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and fellow big-market contemporaries need to dominate the headlines...

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  9. Ranking the Biggest Villains of the 2015 NBA Playoffs

    What defines a villain? In the case of the 2015 NBA playoffs, answers vary. As the first and second rounds have exemplified, villains aren't just players who create friction with opposing fanbases and generate on-court tension...

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  10. Hawks-Wizards Conference Semis Headed for Epic Finish with ECF Battle Looming

    If the Atlanta Hawks' 106-101 Game 4 victory over the Washington Wizards was any indication, then the Eastern Conference semifinals are set up for epic finishes across the board...

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  11. LeBron James Says He Scratched David Blatt's Call on Game-Winning Shot vs. Bulls

    LeBron James ' game-winner in the Cleveland Cavaliers ' 86-84 Game 4 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday almost never happened...

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  12. Hawks' Season Rides on Reclaiming Identity in Game 4 vs. Wizards

    Without a resilient showing in Game 4 against the Washington Wizards , the Atlanta Hawks will be casualties of second-round chaos —their record-setting 82-game campaign at ...

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  13. 2015 NBA Playoffs Finally Living Up to the Hype with Frenzied 2nd Round

    Remember that predictable first round of the NBA playoffs? Neither do we. The start of second-round play has been jam-packed with unforeseen developments ranging from improbable ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 1 month ago 36,018 reads 170 comments

  14. Paul Pierce Saves Washington Wizards from Collapse in Pivotal Game 3 vs. Hawks

    Paul Pierce doesn't sweat the big moments —he lives for them. After Derrick Rose kept the bank open past regular operating hours Friday night, Pierce extended that ...

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  15. Compelling Semifinals Once Again Proving the NBA Is a Point Guard's League

    The NBA playoffs' most dynamic point guards are doing more than stealing the show with slick handles, silky jump shots and stunningly heroic displays —they're controlling their teams' fates...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 1 month ago 9,949 reads 71 comments

  16. Mike Conley Using Playoff Stage to Shed 'Underrated' Label for Good

    On a night when Stephen Curry was presented with the NBA 's MVP trophy in front of a raucous Oracle Arena crowd, Mike Conley made his triumphant return and stole the show in ...

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  17. Dwight Howard Has Chance to Elevate Houston Rockets to New Heights

    If James Harden is the engine that makes the Houston Rockets offense go, then Dwight Howard is a living, breathing fuel injector capable of lifting the franchise to heights it hasn't experienced in nearly 20 years...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 1 month ago 5,192 reads 43 comments

  18. Otto Porter Emerging as Washington Wizards' Biggest Playoff X-Factor

    The Washington Wizards ' postseason run has been full of pleasant surprises. Paul Pierce has taken an extended soak in the NBA 's fountain of youth, John Wall 's worked as a pick-and-roll clinician, and the team's defense ranks No...

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  19. DeMarre Carroll Raising 2015 Free-Agent Price Tag with Scorching NBA Playoffs

    The Atlanta Hawks have been defined by collective success all season long, but one individual is starting to stand out and bask in the postseason spotlight with unrestricted free agency on the horizon...

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  20. Hawks Must Match Wizards' Toughness to Regain Control of 2nd-Round Series

    They may be walking wounded, but the Washington Wizards aren't going to let bumps, bruises and a whole lot of physicality shake their resolve...

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  21. Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: 2nd-Round Analysis and Predictions

    The crown jewel of Eastern Conference playoff series has arrived. And while a semifinal showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls won't determine the conference's ...

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  22. Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets: 2nd-Round Analysis and Predictions

    It took seven games and some heroics from Chris Paul , but the Los Angeles Clippers are officially slated for a second-round matchup with the second-seeded Houston Rockets...

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  23. Atlanta Hawks Must Find Bench Production with Nothing Guaranteed Out East

    Dropping one game to the eighth-seeded Brooklyn Nets was expected. Heck, ceding two in enemy territory was understandable to a degree...

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  24. What the Los Angeles Clippers Must Do to Pull 1st-Round Upset vs. Spurs

    The Los Angeles Clippers are facing steep odds as they seek to climb out of a 3-2 series hole against the San Antonio Spurs . Entering a win-or-go-home Game 6, the Western Conference's No...

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  25. James Harden, Dwight Howard Leading Modern-Day Rockets to Uncharted Territory

    It was a development six years in the making, but the Houston Rockets blasted their way back into the second round of the playoffs after dismissing the visiting Dallas Mavericks with a 103-94 Game 5 win Tuesday night...

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