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What Would an LA Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder Playoff Series Look Like?

The Oklahoma City Thunder notched a hard-fought 107-101 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, and the only certain takeaway from the heavyweight slugfest was this: We're going to need another seven games to figure out which team has the upper hand.<p>Link to Media<p>With the regular-season …

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Why Chicago Bulls Must Secure Critical No. 3 Playoff Seed

The gritty Chicago Bulls have positioned themselves to land the No. 3 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, and with the way things are shaping up, it's critical that they secure it.<p>Many different scenarios could unfold in the season's final week, with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers battling …

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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers Expected to Offer Kyrie Irving $80M Extension

A lucrative payday awaits Kyrie Irving if he's prepared to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers.<p>Upon finishing out the third season of his rookie contract, Irving will be eligible for an extension, at which point <i>The Morning Journal</i>'s Bob Finnan says the Cavs will give him tens of millions of reasons …

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Miami Heat vs. Memphis Grizzlies 4/9/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Miami Heat, 107-102, on Wednesday night. Mike Conley paced the Grizzlies with 26 points and six assists. Zach Randolph added 25 points on 12-of-15 shooting.<p>LeBron James led all scorers with 37 points in the loss.<p>Watch the video for full highlights.

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Doc Rivers Says Blake Griffin Should Be 2nd to Kevin Durant in MVP Voting

With the regular season winding down, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there's unanimous agreement among the NBA populous backing Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant for MVP.<p>But according to Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, the race for second place is still very much up for …

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New Kicks Kevin Durant and LeBron James Will Rock in the Playoffs

Over the past three years, Nike has rewarded its signature NBA ballers with "Elite" lines for their respective shoes.<p>Nike usually makes a couple of tweaks to the shoes to maximize player comfort throughout the grueling playoff stretch, not to mention some creative colorways.<p>I stopped by the Nike …

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4 Oklahoma City Thunder Weaknesses to Exploit in the NBA Playoffs

The Oklahoma City Thunder are getting hot at just the right time.<p>The Thunder are on the verge of propelling themselves to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and they've now started playing like they were at the beginning of the season.<p>OKC is coming off a 107-101, April 9 road …

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Who's More Valuable for Lakers, Nick Young or Jodie Meeks?

In one corner you have flash, exuberance and high-arcing shots. In the other corner is steadfastness and a knit brow…and high-arcing shots.<p>Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most valuable of them all? Nick “Swaggy P” Young or Jodie Meeks?<p>There’s no argument when it comes to who’s more popular. …

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LeBron James Pounds Reverse Putback Slam Against Memphis Grizzlies

LeBron James earned some extra style points for throwing down a rare reverse putback jam against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.<p>Link to Media<p>Typically a stout defensive bunch, no fewer than four Grizzlies opted to stand and watch as James finished the follow-up. Given the quality of the slam, …

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Defense Alone Won't Win an NBA Title

It's time to retire the outdated NBA axiom that defense wins championships.<p>It's an oversimplification, it's misleading and it was never technically true in the first place.<p>We'll dive deeper into the "why" momentarily, but first let's propose a refined version of that old cliche that better reflects …

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Miami Heat Priorities, Even with Pacers Looming, Remain Health and Playoffs

MEMPHIS — Over the course of the next couple of days, the chattering classes will try to convince you that this latest clash between the Heat and Pacers—the fourth and fifth best teams in the East in 2014—has some sort of critical cosmic significance. They will dissect the squads' strengths and …

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