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Observe and Report: The First Week of the NBA Playoffs

Since we’re wrapping up the greatest first week in NBA Playoffs history, I wanted to write something about them, but the games have been so good and there are so many possible narratives to discuss that I didn’t have any… Continue Reading

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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