1. The Path Is Clear for New Orleans Pelicans to Sneak into 2015 NBA Playoffs

    For a second, it appeared as though the Oklahoma City Thunder had a leg up on the New Orleans Pelicans ...

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  2. We'll Never Know How Good 2014-15 OKC Thunder Could Have Been

    Whoever's in possession of the Oklahoma City Thunder voodoo doll needs to relinquish control immediately...

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  3. LeBron James Returns to Miami a New Man, with a New Contender

    LeBron James ' last regular-season trip to South Beach was mired in transitional uncertainty. The Cleveland Cavaliers had yet to form an identity, their stars were trying to delicately ...

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  4. Russell Westbrook Carrying OKC Thunder When It Matters Most

    When The Fast and the Furious 8 is inevitably released, the subtitle should read "The Russell Westbrook Story." That's the sort of high praise Westbrook deserves as he posts averages of 35...

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  5. Saturday NBA Roundup: Eastern Conference Playoff Race Can't Be Ignored

    Compared to their star-studded Western Conference counterparts, postseason hopefuls at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture have largely been ignored...

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  6. Who Has the Edge in Race for Western Conference No. 8 Seed: Pelicans or Thunder?

    So much for the Oklahoma City Thunder's ironclad case as the Western Conference's No. 8 seed. Since the All-Star break, the New Orleans Pelicans (36-29) have been torching the competition despite encountering a slew of injuries...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 31,040 reads 151 comments

  7. Can Tony Allen Save the Memphis Grizzlies from Their Late-Season Slump?

    In theory, the Memphis Grizzlies ' acquisition of Jeff Green from the Boston Celtics was the low-risk, high-reward solution needed to liven up the team's perimeter offerings...

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  8. OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti Says Trading Kevin Durant Would Be 'Ludicrous'

    Russell Westbrook has been positively brilliant since Kevin Durant underwent a minor procedure on his right foot three weeks ago, but has his play somehow made the reigning MVP ...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 17,205 reads 58 comments

  9. Potential 2016 NBA Free Agents Who Could Make a Killing with Projected Cap Spike

    The summers of 2010 and 2014 were legendary by NBA free agency standards, but 2016 is primed to be the most hectic signing period we've ever seen...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 35,776 reads 57 comments

  10. Tuesday NBA Roundup: Races for Final NBA Playoff Seeds Already Heating Up

    The Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans aren't done fighting. In fact, they're just now gaining the steam necessary to throw haymakers down the NBA 's home stretch...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 41,169 reads 149 comments

  11. Derrick Rose or Jimmy Butler: Who Do Chicago Bulls Need Back More?

    One day, the Chicago Bulls will bask in the glow of a pain-free campaign. For the time being, though, they have to deal with the harsh reality that their season has been ravaged by injuries...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 16,333 reads 84 comments

  12. Monday NBA Roundup: Atlanta Hawks Put on Masterful Offensive Display in 50th Win

    Apparently the Sacramento Kings aren't familiar with the old adage, "hand down, man down," because they were obliterated 130-105 by the sharpshooting Atlanta Hawks Monday night...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 42,736 reads 156 comments

  13. Oklahoma City Thunder Can't Survive on Russell Westbrook's Brilliance Alone

    Russell Westbrook might be an extraterrestrial being, but the Oklahoma City Thunder can't rely solely on his brilliance if they want to bridge the gap between above average and elite...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 12,363 reads 67 comments

  14. Is Andrea Bargnani Proving Haters Wrong in His Quest to Prolong NBA Career?

    Andrea Bargnani has played the role of laughingstock and functioned as the poster boy for questionable front office decision-making since he was acquired by the New York Knicks two summers ago...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 27,747 reads 100 comments

  15. Classic Tony Parker Emerging as San Antonio Spurs Finally Look Back on Track

    Crumple up the obituaries and embrace the inevitable: The San Antonio Spurs are back on track with the NBA 's home stretch upon us...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 23,439 reads 83 comments

  16. Victor Oladipo Emerging as Bona Fide Star Since 2015 NBA All-Star Break

    Throughout an Orlando Magic season that's been characterized by transition and uncertainty, this much has become clear: Victor Oladipo is steadily working his way toward superstardom...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 35,173 reads 157 comments

  17. The 6 Most Complicated 2015 NBA Free-Agency Cases

    There is no such thing as a summer vacation in the NBA . From the second the Finals end, personnel moves in the draft and free agency are placed under the microscope as teams across the Association seek to reconfigure their rosters...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 26,070 reads 62 comments

  18. Building the All-Improved NBA First Team for the 2014-15 Season

    The NBA 's Most Improved Player pool is stocked with so much surging talent that eligible candidates have emerged at all five positions...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 41,600 reads 104 comments

  19. Atlanta Hawks Proving Nobody Should Discount Them and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

    Josh Smith tried to quiet his former team, but the Atlanta Hawks couldn’t be silenced. Trailing by as many as 18 points, the Eastern Conference leaders erased that second-half deficit in a matter of minutes and emerged victorious, 104-96...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 30,629 reads 357 comments

  20. 5 2015 NBA Playoff Teams Running on Fumes Heading into the Stretch Run

    The NBA 's postseason picture isn't crystal clear just yet, but several squads have done enough to solidify their status as inevitable entrants into the playoff field...

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  21. Andrew Wiggins in Line to Join Elite NBA Rookies with Impressive Debut Season

    Handing Andrew Wiggins the NBA ’s Rookie of the Year trophy is merely a formality at this point. As Vince Carter would say, this race is over . The 20-year-old Canadian phenom has quickly validated his status as the 2014 draft's No...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 28,548 reads 59 comments

  22. Report: Nuggets Counting Down Weeks Remaining in Season During Late-Game Huddle

    -- Update at 9:45 p.m. ET on March 2 by Alec Nathan -- According to The Denver Post 's Christopher Dempsey , Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw denied that his team's ...

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  23. The Case for Hassan Whiteside as the NBA's Most Improved Player

    Hassan Whiteside isn't a conventional Most Improved Player nominee, but it would be a tremendous oversight to discount his candidacy just because he spent the last two seasons abroad...

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  24. Who Is in Bigger Trouble, the Washington Wizards or Toronto Raptors?

    The Eastern Conference has never been in a greater state of flux. After months of occupying two of the top three seeds, the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards are undergoing treacherous slides that have dropped them into murky waters...

    Alec Nathan Written by Alec Nathan about 4 months ago 36,622 reads 195 comments

  25. 7 NBA Takeaways from 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    Over the weekend, some of the sports world's brightest and most innovative minds convened at MIT for the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference ...

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