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Poking Through The Cracks: The D-League Is Rapidly Growing From The Ground Up

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Since the D-League’s inception in 2001, it has been picked on, ridiculed, looked down on and tossed aside like old news. Only eight teams existed back; a sure fire difference from the 17 we see now. Players who competed night in, night out in the National Basketball Association’s minor league weren’t treated with respect; rather, the general consensus was that if you were in the D-League, you’re holding onto a childhood dream. Continue Reading

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Nowhere to Hide: Damian Lillard Defending the San Antonio Spurs

May 6, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) moves the ball against the defense of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps more than anything, individual matchups are magnified in the playoffs. As rotations shorten, intensity heightens, and coaching looms more influential than ever, the exploitation of a certain player’s strengths and weaknesses can easily swing a game, and by proxy a series. Which teams win or lose a single mismatch can be the tipping point between advancing into June and being eliminated in April. Continue Reading

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NBA Playoffs Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Most Important Player: San Antonio   Jack Maloney (@jmaloney9): Tony Parker Tony Parker—as always—will be responsible for running San Antonio’s outstanding offense, but this round he’ll also be responsible for dealing with Damian Lillard. In a series that will be… Continue Reading

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This Weekend in the NBA Playoffs: Dame Lillard, Destroyer of Dreams

May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reacts after hitting the game winning shot against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

In the words of the great J.E. Skeets, gooooooood morning, sweeeeeeet world! There was A TON that happened this weekend in the NBA Playoffs, so let’s get into it. (Of course, because there was so much going on, this is not… Continue Reading