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Enjoy the glorious twilight of LeBron James’ NBA reign

Plus, Ben Simmons is dominating without a jump shot.<p>Surrender yourself, for a brief moment, to the notion that LeBron James and the Cavaliers can’t win a championship this year.<p>Consider the dominance of Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors. Consider Kyrie Irving getting another chance to …

Basketball

Did LeBron James hold Kyrie Irving back?

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after winning Game Seven …

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Thompson’s playmaking a steadying force for defending champs

<b>OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —</b> Klay Thompson danced unabashedly in China after winning another NBA championship, and it got shared all over social media. He …

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Need a Scapegoat for Cavaliers' Struggles? Don't Look at Kevin Love

CLEVELAND — For Kevin Love, trade rumors are as much a part of his life as three-point attempts from the wing. Since his arrival in Cleveland in the summer of 2014, Love's <i>not</i> being a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been just as much of a discussion point as his work with the team, as …

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The Biggest Question Mark on Every NBA Team

The 2017-18 NBA season is farther along than you think.<p>We've already witnessed a coaching change, a big-name trade, countless highlights, social-media beefs and at least a dozen outings from all 30 squads. Strap in, folks, because it's not even Thanksgiving yet.<p>Who knows what the next five months …

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Staff Roundtable: Which NBA Superstar Would You Build Around Right Now?

Today's NBA is as star-driven a league as the sports world has to offer. Need proof? Look no further than LeBron James' seven-year run (and counting) leading his team, whether it be the Miami Heat or the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the Finals.<p>But here's a question for you: If you were starting a team …

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Is There Really Loyalty in NBA? KD Says 'Ain't No Such Thing' in Epic Interview

Kevin Durant earned himself a title by joining the Golden State Warriors last season. Several, in fact.<p>Snake.<p>Spineless.<p>Gutless coward.<p>Cupcake.<p>Those were acquired via social media and certain TV debate shows—followed, of course, by a couple more: NBA champion. Finals MVP.<p>It took acquiring every one …

Mount Rainier

10 NBA Players Showing Major Regression This Season

The NBA would look drastically different if no one ever trended in the wrong direction.<p>Draft busts wouldn't exist, because even Anthony Bennett and Michael Olowokandi would keep improving; they'd just start with lower baselines. Father Time would be rendered irrelevant since not even age could …

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Celtics aren't falling for hype that has come with success

BOSTON – Just like they avoided potential “trap games” leading up to Thursday night’s game against Golden State, the Boston Celtics have also managed …

Basketball

Draymond Green Has Officially Become the NBA’s Most Unlikely Superstar

December 12, 2012. The Golden State Warriors were visiting downtown Miami for a showdown with the Heat. LeBron James was fresh off winning his first …

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Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball has been a major disappointment

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 8: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks off the court during the game against the Boston Celtics on November 8, 2017 …

Basketball

The Rockets are shooting more 3s than should be humanly possible, and it's working

Houston is launching more threes than ever, have versatile new bench players, and expect Chris Paul back soon.<p>When you visit NBA.com’s statistics page and sort teams by three-point percentage, you have to pass 22 franchises before reaching the Houston Rockets. It’s jarring to see the Rockets that …

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Minnesota Kevin Love Isn’t Walking Through That Door

This season was supposed to be different for Kevin Love. With Kyrie Irving gone, Love would be the second option next to LeBron James. He was also …

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The Timberwolves are consistently inconsistent

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 5: Andrew Wiggins #22 and Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates a win against the Charlotte Hornets on …

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Sir Charles In Thought: Can the Boston Celtics keep it up?

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 06: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics reacts after blocking a shot against the Atlanta Hawks with Kyrie Irving #11 at …

Basketball

Golden State Warriors: Dominance, time and the ever-changing NBA

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)<p>The evolution of basketball will always occur faster than expected. The Golden State Warriors will not …

Basketball

The Celtics Are Better Than They Have Any Damn Right To Be

Don’t Sleep on Steph Curry

Sustained success can be a Catch-22. It’s what every athlete craves, what fans demand, but it also may cause us to take greatness for granted.<p>Steph …

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Sixers' Ben Simmons playing at All-Star level, but his dominance goes beyond numbers

After missing all of last season with a broken foot, Ben Simmons has emerged as the frontrunner to win Rookie of the Year. Not only is he averaging …

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The Welcome Party Is Over for Paul George in OKC

The Thunder pulled out all the stops when they traded for Paul George in June, throwing the All-Star forward a lavish welcome party with one eye on …

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Gregg Popovich doesn’t just yell at his players

Sunday night, the Spurs thrashed the Suns in a 112-95 blowout. While this game will likely amount to little more than a few extra ping-pong balls in …

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Porzingis 2.0? The Next Giannis? NBA Scouts Predict the League's Next Unicorn

2017 will be known as the year of the unicorn.<p>Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kristaps Porzingis, NBA big men with unusual versatility, lead the league in scoring. The emergence of other human anomalies like Ben Simmons, a 6'10" point guard racking up triple-doubles, means scouts are doubling down on …

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‘Sources Say’ — NBA Gossip in the Age of Leaks

Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman unpack the newest batch of drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers (1:02), speculate on the Chicago Bulls’ infighting …

Bobby Portis

A Super-Serious Superteam Check-in

The second-worst example of a superteam—a team built supposedly of unfair amounts talent—was when the Lakers paired up Kobe Bryant with Dwight Howard …

Basketball

Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Struggling With Rehab

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard is slowly progressing through rehab from a right quadriceps tendinopathy.<p>Pop says 35-year-old Tony …

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How MJ, LeBron match up ahead of King James' 1,072nd career game

On Tuesday night, LeBron James will hit the court for his 1,072nd regular-season game.<p>Why is that noteworthy? Because Michael Jordan played in 1,072 …

Basketball

The Origins of All 30 NBA Team Names

Why is a team in Los Angeles nicknamed the Lakers, and what are the Jazz doing in Utah? Here's the story behind the nicknames of all 30 teams.<p>Atlanta …

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Make the Case: Who Wins the East?

The Eastern Conference is a mess this season, just not in the way most expected. The Hawks and Bulls have successfully sunk to the bottom, and the …

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Behind the Cavaliers' defensive disaster -- and, yes, LeBron is part of the problem - CBSSports.com

The King is the best player on the Cavs but he's had defensive issues this season<p>On Friday night, LeBron James put on a clinic against the Wizards. …

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How sustainable is the early success of the NBA’s five most surprising teams?

<i>This first appeared in the Nov. 6 edition of The Washington Post’s NBA newsletter, The Monday Morning Post Up. You can subscribe by clicking here.</i><p>Monday marks the start of the fourth week of the NBA season, enough time to begin seeing trends around the league.<p>One focuses on a handful of teams …

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