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Hidden Subplots of the 2014 NBA Playoffs

Photo: Flickr/Mat Sadler

The Larry O’Brien trophy isn’t the only thing driving this year’s playoff field. There are deeper driving forces beneath the surface, and Derek has uncovered them all just in time for tip-off. Continue Reading

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One-Day NBA Playoffs Warning: Monster End of the Season Roundtable

The NBA Playoffs start in one day (!!!!!!!!) so each day until then we’ll be taking a look at some of the most important storylines leading up to the best two months of the year.  End of the Season Award… Continue Reading

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Two-Day NBA Playoffs Warning: Ranking the Western Conference Playoff Teams by Shirseys

The NBA Playoffs start in two days (!!!!!!!!) so each day until then we’ll be taking a look at some of the most important storylines leading up to the best two months of the year. Yesterday, we took a look… Continue Reading

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The Crippling, All-Court Influence of Andrew Bogut’s Absence

Oct 31, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   NBA referee Ed Malloy (14) holds back Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) after a foul on Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (not pictured) in the second quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

That analysis of the crushing impact Andrew Bogut’s indefinite absence will have on the Warriors playoff hopes has been relegated to one side of the ball is extremely telling. Golden State was a defensive team first and foremost this season, after all, due in large part to the supreme influence of its seven-foot Aussie. But his near-dominance on that end of the floor not withstanding, we’d be remiss to continue acting as if the loss of Bogut won’t prove detrimental to the Warriors offense, too. And considering that reality, it bears mentioning that Golden State is in even more trouble against the Clippers than anyone’s anticipating. Continue Reading