James Plaschke

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Oklahoma City Thunder Must Also Cope with Stephen Curry's Shadow in WCF

The Golden State Warriors are a force beyond belief, when Steph Curry is healthy enough to stand on the court, whether he's dribbling the ball or drifting 35 feet from the action.<p>There is no hyperbolizing his positive impact.<p>Curry, a two-time MVP, is the first player in NBA history to join the …

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The Ultimate 1996 Bulls-2016 Warriors Comparison (Minus the Basketball Part)

There is a time and a place to dissect the on-court performances of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and 2015-16 Golden State Warriors.<p>But now is neither that time nor that place.<p>As the Warriors' march toward the NBA's wins record nears completion, it's time to take a break from the usual debate: Who …

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Laying out 2016 MVP Cases for NBA's Top Candidates

This year's NBA MVP race would be an epic affair if not for the infinite pre-eminence being displayed by a certain superstar who shall temporarily remain nameless.<p>But while the chase for the Maurice Podoloff Trophy appears lopsided, it doesn't always feel that way. Other contenders have played …

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Is Stephen Curry Having the Best Individual Season in NBA History?

Stephen Curry is having the kind of season that doesn't feel real. It's difficult to explain, let alone understand. The NBA, quite simply, has never seen anything like it—or anyone like him.<p>We know he's the reigning MVP and current favorite to earn the honor once again. And we freely accept that …

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry Is the Best Player in the NBA

After the first month of the NBA season and a 13-0 start for the Golden State Warriors, it's time we all admit Stephen Curry is the best player in the NBA.<p>LeBron James fans—myself included—should step aside for the Chef ("Cheph" patent still pending). It's not a bad thing to relinquish James' top …

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The Numbers Game: Stephen Curry Is so Much More Than the NBA's Best Shooter

It's easy to focus on Stephen Curry's prolific shooting.<p>Every time he takes to the court, he splashes at least a couple three-point attempts through the net. And somehow, he's able to maintain ridiculous levels of accuracy while working off the bounce, leading to hordes of highlights and numerous …

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Why Steph Curry Will Rewrite Record Book as NBA's Greatest 3-Point Shooter Ever

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had a prolific 2014-15 season, setting a new NBA single-season three-point shots made record en route to winning his first MVP award and being an NBA champion.<p>Could Curry eventually become the NBA's greatest three-point shooter? How does he stack up with …

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5 NBA Records We Need to Stop Revering

Shining the cold light of perspective on some of the NBA's most hallowed milestones is tricky business.<p>You have to balance appreciation for the remarkable athletic achievements of the past with the insipid #WellActually spirit of modernity. Thanks for that second part, Twitter. You've made us all …

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Ric Bucher Builds the Ultimate NBA Point Guard

Point guard play is prevalent in the NBA because players at this position control most of the tempo and offensive decision-making for their teams. To be a solid point guard, you must have fundamental skills such as ball-handling, shooting and court vision.<p>Which NBA point guard has the best …

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