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The Charlotte Hornets have a lot of questions to answer in 2016

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This past summer, the Charlotte Hornets made a long-term commitment to their future. In signing former No. 2 overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a four-year, $52 million contract extension in August, they were making a definitive statement about the identity of their team. Then everything changed. Continue Reading

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Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks aren’t fading away just yet

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To fully contextualize what’s happening right now with the Dallas Mavericks, it’s helpful first to mentally rewind five months, recalling what happened in early July when the Mavs’ big summer free agent target spurned them and all hell broke loose in the Lone Star State. Continue Reading

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Do the Wizards have a capable supporting cast around John Wall?

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The Wizards, at least in the two decades since they became the Wizards, have never finished higher than fifth in an Eastern Conference that isn’t even that good. That they’ve failed to advance past that point in the last two years, I submit, is hardly the fault of Wall, who’s done everything asked of him as a floor general offensively and an elite ball-pressure man defensively. Continue Reading

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Even without Kevin Durant, Thunder-Warriors should be one for the ages

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If you’d asked me a month ago what I was looking forward to about the first round of the NBA playoffs, I’d have answered in a heartbeat that a 1-8 matchup between Golden State and Oklahoma City would be must-watch television. I still feel that way, but for different reasons. Continue Reading

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Why I’m giving up on the Spurs

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We’ve been watching Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and their revolving cast of supporting characters work together for going on 18 years now. We’ve seen them do their thing. We’ve watched countless games, we’ve heard countless broadcasters and other media folk fawn over them, and we’ve been through every narrative about the Spurs that there is to go through. Continue Reading