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Brooklyn Nets’ Top Trade Chip Holding Up His End of Bargain

January 5th, 2017
BROOKLYN, New York — It's the morning of the Brooklyn Nets' home-court date with the Golden State Warriors. Brook Lopez is practicing three-pointers—looks he seldom attempted during games before this season.  He becomes visibly and vocally frustrated that more of his shots aren't finding the net. That night, facing a Golden State squad ...

The NBA’s 25 Most Memorable Moments of 2016

January 3rd, 2017
Not so fast, 2017. The NBA's 2016 calendar year has some unfinished business. There are plenty of unforgettable basketball moments for us to look back and reflect upon before we wholly dive into what awaits us in 2017. It's almost unfair that we're narrowing the scope to 25 heartwarming, attention-grabbing and/or ...

Sunday NBA Roundup: Can We Trust Atlanta Hawks’ Recent Success?

January 2nd, 2017
Just when it seems like a good idea to pass judgment on the Atlanta Hawks, they make us question everything we think we know. Sunday night offered a perfect portrait of this controlled chaos. It began with ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst reporting that Atlanta is open to trading soon-to-be free ...

Monthly NBA Awards: Selecting the December Winner in Every Category

December 30th, 2016
The NBA doesn't hand out monthly versions of year-end awards, but for the sake of imaginations everywhere, let's pretend it does. Winners will be picked based solely on their performances during the month of December. Big-picture anecdotes and stats will be used to add context, but they won't matter nearly as ...

One New Year’s Resolution for Each NBA Team in 2017

December 29th, 2016
Normal people use the blank slate of each new year to renew commitments in diets they won't follow and workout regimens they don't have the stamina for beyond Jan. 2. But for NBA teams, calendar turns are a chance to shape the rest of the season using meaningful sample sizes. Every ...

Christmas Day NBA Roundup: Kyrie Irving Writes Another Chapter in Growing Legend

December 25th, 2016
In a game that saw LeBron James catch fire from beyond the arc and the Golden State Warriors build a 14-point fourth-quarter lead, Kyrie Irving made the ending about him. It didn't look like the Cleveland Cavaliers would pull off a 109-108 victory in this NBA Finals rematch. They entered the ...

One Thing on Every NBA Team’s 2016 Holiday Wish List

December 22nd, 2016
We can't say for certain whether NBA teams pen letters to Santa sometime in December. Equally important, we can't confirm they don't. Pretty much every squad, after all, has at least one pressing need or desire. Most have far more. Many of these yearnings come down to acquiring a certain player or ...

Tuesday NBA Roundup: Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About the San Antonio Spurs?

December 21st, 2016
Every year, like clockwork, a large sector of NBA fans and pundits doubt (or forget completely about) the San Antonio Spurs. And every year, without fail, San Antonio proves them wrong.  Let's all agree to skip that dance this year and just accept the Spurs as overlords, shall we? If it helps, you ...

Ranking the Most Attractive Trade Targets in the NBA

December 20th, 2016
Some NBA trade targets are (much) more appealing than others. We already looked at the players who hold the most auction value. The focus there was on the potential return teams could generate from certain names. But priorities shift to outside suitors when considering the most tempting trade options. Superstars remain the cream ...

The NBA’s Biggest Busts So Far This Season

December 19th, 2016
Not everything goes according to plan over the course of an NBA season. Teams know this; they brace for it. Sometimes, though, there is no preparing for certain flops. A few squads bomb in one aspect of the game—be it offense, defense, depth or something else. Other teams are all-purpose letdowns that ...