1. Rockets Still Thriving Without Dwight Howard and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    Apparently the memo that was supposed to inform the Houston Rockets of their inevitable regression without Dwight Howard got lost somewhere on its way to Toyota Center...

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  2. Memphis Grizzlies Are Quietly Turning into a Truly Scary NBA Title Contender

    The Memphis Grizzlies have become defined by idiosyncrasies, but don't conflate an unorthodox operating procedure with an inability to contend for a title. "It’s the year,” forward Zach Randolph said, according to ESPN...

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  3. Entire Atlanta Hawks Starting 5 Named NBA January Players of the Month in East

    January was a month of firsts for the Atlanta Hawks . Not only were they the first team in league history to go 17-0 over the course of a month, but the NBA announced Wednesday ...

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  4. NBA Tuesday Roundup: Have Golden State Warriors Even Peaked Yet?

    This season, Golden State Warriors games have resembled snowflakes in that no two have been the same. Or at least that's what it's felt like as the Western Conference commanders have run roughshod over the competition...

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  5. Washington Wizards Falling Short in Bid to Become NBA Title Contenders

    In an unbalanced Eastern Conference that's starting to personify a top-heavy Jenga tower, a thin line is separating contenders from pretenders. Just ask the Washington Wizards , who are toeing that balance beam with a wobbly disposition...

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  6. Initial Grades for Every NBA In-Season Trade This Year

    Bucking an annual tradition, the NBA 's most significant trades have been consummated well in advance of the midseason deadline...

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  7. Oklahoma City Thunder Running out of Time, Excuses to Make 2015 Playoffs

    All along, conventional wisdom has suggested the conjoined star power of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook —when healthy —would lift the Oklahoma City Thunder past hopeful construction projects in New Orleans and Phoenix ...

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  8. Who Will Replace Kobe Bryant as All-Star Starter: James Harden or Klay Thompson?

    Kobe Bryant 's torn rotator cuff has opened the door for one of the Western Conference's most esteemed scorers to replace him as a starter when the NBA All-Star Game tips off Feb...

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  9. The Biggest Potential 2015 NBA Trade Deadline Steals

    Several of the NBA 's most prominent early season trade-block dwellers were dealt during the campaign's first few months, but that doesn't mean there won't be a flurry of action surrounding the Feb...

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  10. Andrew Wiggins Sealing Up Rookie of the Year Race and Saturday NBA Takeaways

    If there was a revenge game to be had Saturday night at Target Center, Kevin Love figured to be the bearer of retribution...

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  11. Best Potential Trade Scenarios, Packages and Landing Spots for Mo Williams

    Veteran point guard with a penchant for getting buckets on an expiring contract? Come right down, Mo Williams , you're the latest participant in this year's version of NBA trade-block roulette...

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  12. OKC Thunder Need Healthy Kevin Durant ASAP and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    Even without Kevin Durant (toe) available to help shoulder some of the scoring load, the Oklahoma City Thunder should have had no problem dispatching the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 26,326 reads 114 comments

  13. 6 Under-the-Radar 2015 NBA Rookies on the Rise

    Familiarity with some of the NBA's most notable rookies like Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic and Nerlens Noel is becoming ubiquitous...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 14,633 reads 32 comments

  14. Kyrie Irving Becoming the Sidekick LeBron James Needs and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

    It's been exactly two weeks since LeBron James returned from an extended layoff, and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been positively clobbering the competition during that prosperous fortnight...

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  15. Andrew Wiggins' Superstar Ascension Is Arriving Ahead of Schedule

    Andrew Wiggins ' defensive prowess —a byproduct of his freakish athleticism — was lauded prior to the NBA draft. However, it's been seismic offensive developments that have accelerated his ascent up the professional bell curve...

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  16. Ranking the Biggest Threats to Golden State Warriors' Western Conference Throne

    The Golden State Warriors are sitting pretty atop the Western Conference. Not only do they own the league's top defense and third-ranked offense, but the Bay Area's esteemed ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 11,755 reads 40 comments

  17. With Kobe Bryant out Indefinitely, Lakers Can Only Embrace the Swaggy P Show

    It'd be easy to consider Kobe Bryant 's prolonged absence detrimental to the Los Angeles Lakers ' entertainment value, but the simultaneously delightful and enraging stylings ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 7,232 reads 75 comments

  18. Hassan Whiteside Providing Reason to Believe the Hype Is for Real

    Fourteen points, 13 rebounds, a franchise-record 12 blocks and one nationally-televised win later, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is basking in the NBA spotlight...

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  19. 10 Bold Predictions for the 2nd Half of the 2015 NBA Season

    With the first half of the 2014-15 NBA season in the books, it's time for teams across the association to take off the training wheels and let loose as the fight for playoff positioning kicks into high gear...

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  20. Blazers Bet Season on Half-Healthy LaMarcus Aldridge and Saturday NBA Takeaways

    Just when it looked like the Portland Trail Blazers ' season would be engulfed by question marks and a potential slide down the Western Conference standings, star forward LaMarcus Aldridge made the boldest of choices...

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  21. Stats That Defined the NBA Season's 1st Half

    Come one, come all and step right up to admire the statistical marvels of the NBA 's first half. With the midway point fading in the rearview mirror, it's time to examine the numbers, ...

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  22. Thunder Rolling with Toughest Test Ahead and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

    It wasn't pretty, and it didn't come without a handful of anxious moments, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are officially rolling after a thrilling 105-103 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday evening...

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  23. The NBA's Defensive Stars of Tomorrow

    By now, you're familiar with the defensive brilliance of third-year talents Anthony Davis and Draymond Green ...

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  24. Marcus Smart Beginning to Rewrite Scouting Report on Young NBA Career

    With his muscular frame and determined mindset, Marcus Smart is tearing down any rookie wall that was supposed to stand in his way...

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  25. 2015 NBA Playoff Hopefuls in Precarious Positions

    The top seed in each NBA conference may be protected by the sustained dominance of the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors, but rising levels of uncertainty have the potential to envelop teams residing outside of that elite cocoon...

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