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Wednesday NBA Roundup: Even in Victory, Warriors Have Questions They Must Answer

December 29th, 2016
Thanks to that immortalized blown 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals and the more recent Christmas collapse, we may never get away from judging the Golden State Warriors on the basis of how they perform against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But maybe that's not how it should be.       Because what ...

Monday NBA Roundup: Wizards Turning Corner in Complicated Eastern Conference

December 26th, 2016
Earning the split in a back-to-back series with the Milwaukee Bucks wouldn't normally qualify as a turning point, but the Washington Wizards' 107-102 win on Monday kind of felt like one anyway. The Wiz used a 20-4 fourth-quarter comeback surge to avenge Friday's 123-96 loss in Milwaukee and have now won ...

Looks Like DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings Are Stuck with Each Other

December 23rd, 2016
If the Sacramento Kings were going to move on from DeMarcus Cousins, it seems like they would have done it by now. Long before the latest swell of character-impugning incidents—assault lawsuits stemming from a nightclub incident in New York, video of Cousins intimidating Andy Furillo of the Sacramento Bee, the resulting $50,000 ...

2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Shake Out at Christmas

December 23rd, 2016
The NBA season officially began at the end of October, but Christmas Day marks its real commencement. Christmas is the "wink, wink, nudge" point at which serious followers of the league quietly agree to start scrutinizing the action more closely. It's when the kinks are supposed to be worked out and ...

Wednesday NBA Roundup: Marc Gasol Won’t Let Grizzlies’ Puzzling Season Unravel

December 21st, 2016
The strangest thing about the Memphis Grizzlies' 98-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday? The perfect sense it made. Up until that result, fueled by a career-high-tying 38 points from a wholly dominant Marc Gasol, little about the Grizzlies' season felt logical. It started with a run of clutch wins that ...

Monday NBA Roundup: Expectations Dog Developing Timberwolves, Even in Victory

December 20th, 2016
It says a lot about the Minnesota Timberwolves when a win somehow doesn't feel like it matters. And it says even more about our collective expectations of where they're supposed to be as a franchise. Despite its remarkable youth, a new head coach and last year's 29-win season, it seems as though ...

2016-17 NBA Power Rankings: How Every Team Stacks Up After 7 Weeks of Action

December 16th, 2016
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means the NBA season is nearing the unofficial point at which we all start taking game-to-game swings and bigger trends a little more seriously. This week, we get a new entry into the top five, learn a few things about trusting the ...

How the NBA’s New CBA Impacts Trade Market, Free Agency

December 14th, 2016
The full deal isn't done just yet, but the NBA announced Wednesday it had reached a tentative accord with the NBPA on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Once ratified, the agreement will bring about significant changes to roster sizes, season length, player salaries and D-League assignments. You can find details on those ...

Sacramento Kings Are Running Out of Time to Look in the Mirror

December 13th, 2016
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Diagnosing symptoms isn't a problem for the Sacramento Kings. But curing the disease sure is. That's a serious issue for a team struggling in the present and facing looming questions about its future, because what good is accurate self-assessment if it doesn't lead to change? A crummy 3-6 stretch since ...

Monday NBA Roundup: Raptors’ Old-School Offense Looks Historically Potent

December 12th, 2016
With every offensive explosion, buckets-from-all-angles barrage and 30-point quarter, it's getting clearer: Nobody told DeMar DeRozan or the Toronto Raptors about regression. Toronto cut the Milwaukee Bucks and their defense to ribbons during Monday's 122-100 win, flashing the depth and breadth of an offense that is now on pace to finish ...