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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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NBA MVP Power Poll

Before I dive right into this countdown, there is something that absolutely needs to be noted: For the most part, the MVP has been a two-man race between Kevin Durant and LeBron James for the majority of the regular season.… Continue Reading

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How The Blazers Got Damian Lillard An Open Three When it Mattered The Most

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Thanks to a third quarter meltdown which saw their five point half-time lead evaporate into thin air, the Portland Trail Blazers found themselves with their backs against the wall in the final 12 minutes of last night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Continue Reading

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The Pelicans Jazz Up The Pick And Roll, Joel Freeland Gets Baptized

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The New Orleans Pelicans like to run pick-and-rolls a lot. In fact, through their 29 games so far this season, they’ve used it in 35.3 percent of their offensive sets because it’s been that good to them. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they acquired the pick-and-roll fiend that is Jrue Holiday in the off-season. Continue Reading

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Double Or Nothing: How The Clippers Contained Damian Lillard

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On Thursday night, we were treated to another thriller: an overtime game between a pair of elite teams in the West. On one side, there were the Clippers – a team lead by the league’s best point guard in Chris Paul, as well as one of the best power forwards in Blake Griffin. On the other side, there were the Blazers – the most surprising team thus far in the NBA season, lead by someone who many believe has been better than Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as Damian Lillard, a potential all-star in just his second year in the league. Continue Reading