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The Transparency Debate: Is the NBA right when the Referees are wrong?

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The HP crew had a very spirited debate about the purpose, the merits, and the endgame behind the league issuing a statement about the blown call at the end of the Blazers-Rockets first playoff game, as well as the league’s statements about other controversial calls. Continue Reading

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NBA Playoffs Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers

How Houston Got Here: The Rockets certainly weren’t playing poorly early on this year—they were 21-13 after December—but they took off in the New Year, going on a 23-6 stretch to open 2014.  In the end, Dwight Howard, James Harden… Continue Reading

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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. 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