NBA Finals: Part 3

We are entering the third year in a row where the same teams have played each other in the finals. This is the first time this has happened in NBA history. 2016 was a historical year for the NBA. The Golden State Warriors broke the all-time record for wins in one season (73-9). However, the playoffs exploited the vulnerability of the Dubs. In the Western Conference Finals, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had a 3-1 lead on the Warriors. With OKC’s raw athletic dominance combined with their rebound advantage, they…

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Who Is a Bigger Threat to Cleveland in Round 2: Bucks or Raptors?

The Cavs faced plenty of doubt throughout this season. From their poor defense (ranked 23rd in the league in defensive efficiency this season) to their lack of chemistry with new acquisitions of Kyle Korver and Deron Williams, a lot of factors were against Cleveland. They  got their top seed stolen by the Boston Celtics to boot. All of this seems like a distant memory now with the Cavs sweeping the Pacers in a more competitive series than one would think (including an open game winner botched by C.J. Miles). Paul George fought, and…

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Melo’s Future with the Knicks

As the Knicks continue their inconsistent play, it is becoming clear that they are not a championship contender playoff contender. Apologies to everyone who thought they had great Vegas odds to win it all. Many Knicks fans are stressing that it’s time for Melo and the Knicks part ways. This is considered a win-win because Melo can join a contender, and the Knicks can build around their unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis. There are multiple reasons why this is not going to happen: Carmelo Anthony has a no trade clause Phil Jackson…

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NBA Christmas Preview: NBA Finals Rematch and Other Festivities

Tomorrow is the most wonderful day of the year. It is a day where you can watch over 12 straight hours of basketball, instead of paying attention to your loved ones. The NBA has a history of putting together some fun, competitive matchups that occasionally give a playoff-like atmosphere. Celtics @ Knicks at 12pm EST on ESPN Knicks and Celtics have a very long and ugly history. This is a refreshing season to see both teams being fairly competitive. The Celtics are an inch higher than the Knicks in the Atlantic division…

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The 2016 NBA Finals Preview: What You Need to Know

The NBA is funny. The Finals matchup that most fans and columnists predicted ended up coming true: a rematch. With that being said, both teams made it to the finals in very unpredictable ways. Cleveland was supposed to manhandle the eastern conference, going 10-0, only to lose two straight games to Toronto, cutting it closer than they would have liked. On the western side of basketball, the defending champs, who have the greatest record in NBA history (73-9), were down 3-1 against a hungry Oklahoma City Thunder team that was…

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The 2015 All-NBA Bad Boy Team

DISCLAIMER: If you are against fighting in the NBA and you think that competitive violence is bad for the game, then don’t read this, because you are a wuss. In basketball, toughness is all important. Most of the time, the opponent who is more aggressive emerges victorious. However, basketball is evolving, and players like Ron Artest and Dennis Rodman are harder to find. With various changes in the rules such as hand-checking, making it harder for defensive players to play physical, and refs calling technical fouls more often, it’s safe to…

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What If the Cavs Kept Andrew Wiggins?

In the summer of 2014, LeBron James made his triumphant return to Cleveland. He wrote an article in Sports Illustrated, providing various reasons for this decision. The King mentioned key teammates whose potential he planned to help maximize. These names included Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, and his old teammate Anderson Varejao. The problem with this article was that there was no mention of the first overall pick of the 2014 draft, Andrew Wiggins. Clearly something was wrong. LeBron had the mindset that he wanted to help mentor these young players,…

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The Dirk Nowitzki Era: How to Build Around a 7-Foot Machine

In the NBA, a common strategy that has been implemented by almost every team is to shy away from being a middle tier team. Many NBA executives will argue if you’re not good enough to win a championship, but too good to get a high draft pick, then you’re in “No Man’s Land”. Just ask the Philadelphia 76ers, when they blew up their team just a season after signing Jrue Holliday and Andrew Bynum to big deals. Fast forward three seasons later, and the Sixers are once again battling for…

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Nate's 2014-2015 MVP Rankings

This is a very competitive year in the NBA. There is no clear favorite for the title, there is no clear favorite for the MVP race, and the Knicks-Sixers rivalry for worst team in NBA history is picking up steam. Below is my top five MVP rankings for the first half of the season: Number 5: John Wall 17.2 PPG, 10.1 APG, 4.2 RPG, 2.0 SPG, 21.2 PER I was not a believer in John Wall when he entered the league. During his rookie season, I felt he had “too…

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