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Hidden Subplots of the 2014 NBA Playoffs

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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.

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San Antonio Spurs Resort To “Hack-a-Howard,” But For A Very Good Reason

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On Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out everyone's old friend, the Hack-a-Shaq strategy. For seven straight possessions, the Spurs intentionally fouled Dwight Howard.

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Houston, We Have Lift-Off: A Breakdown Of The Rockets’ Pick-And-Roll

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Out of the 30 teams in the Association, less than a handful run the pick-and-roll as well as the Houston Rockets do. A lot of that has to do with the deadly combination of James Harden and Dwight Howard, as well as their mix of perimeter shooters, such as Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley and Francisco Garcia.