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If LeBron James Can’t Stop Cavaliers’ Slide With NBA M.V.P. Form, Who Can?

The 2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers are too grizzled, too experienced and, still, too darned good to start hitting all the alarms inside Quicken Loans …

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Klay Thompson Is The NBA’s Most Dangerous Player In Transition

Chris Paul is stuck between a rock and a hard place.<p>Following a missed shot by Clint Capela — as well as some questionable decision-making by Ryan Anderson to pursue the offensive rebound — Paul finds himself as Houston’s only hope of stopping Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson in transition. …

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The Race to the Retirement Party

A few hours before the Clippers opened the season in mid-October against the Lakers at Staples Center, Doc Rivers addressed the media in the …

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Steve Kerr: “Our rivalry with Cleveland is the analogy of the modern NBA”

CLEVELAND – The joy of winning left the Warriors both inspired and hungry to experience again. The agony of defeat left some on the Warriors eager to …

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Nylon Calculus: Stephen Curry might be having his best season yet

Kevin Durant hit the 20,000 point milestone a few days ago, prompting a cacophony of adulation. Durant is so widely praised these days that …

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Cleveland Cavaliers: Tyronn Lue is the problem

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25: Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to the officiating from the referees during an NBA basketball game …

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The Raptors just smoked the Cavaliers, but whatever it means will be lost come playoff time

TORONTO — Before the Toronto Raptors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers here at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night, Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue was asked about the prospects of facing a Raptors team missing Kyle Lowry, its star point guard, and Serge Ibaka, its starting power forward and best shot …

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Tyronn Lue: 'We've Got to Get Rid of Our Agendas'

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue says that if his players “have agendas,” that needs to come to an end quickly.<p>Tyronn Lue suggests personal agendas hurting …

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The Five Pillars of Popovich

Since Gregg Popovich took over as head coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs 21 years ago, the rest of the league’s teams have replaced their leaders …

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'The Great Ones Can Redefine It': How Kyrie Irving Reset His Reputation

NEW YORK — The visiting locker room at Barclays Center had all the trappings of getaway day.<p>Locker room attendants scurried about, picking up socks and tape and sweaty compression shorts. Players dressed quickly and bundled up for the 7-degree arctic tundra whipping down Atlantic Avenue in …

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The Biggest Myth In NBA History; Michael Jordan Played Against Better Competition In Better Era

Photo Credit: Jason H. Smith / Flickr Creative Commons<p>Obviously, Michael Jordan is an all-time great player in NBA history. His career speaks for …

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NBA teams are putting up more of a fight, but the Warriors are still in another league

Stop me if you heard this one before: The Golden State Warriors, at 5-to-11 odds, are the Las Vegas favorite to win this year’s NBA championship with Coach Steve Kerr’s team winning four out of every five games, giving Golden State a league-high net rating of 11.1 net points per 100 …

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The Thunder Are ‘Fully Committed’ To Keeping Paul George Through The Trade Deadline

The February trade deadline is just over a month away, so teams around the league are positioning themselves to shed albatross contracts, collective future assets, and/or position themselves for a post-season run. It’s a time of great existential anxiety for teams on the cusp that face the dilemma …

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'It Gets Old All the Time:' Lakers Already Sick of Lavar Ball-Walton Controversy

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers must have seen this coming, the unrestrained punditry of their prized draft pick's father. You can't say we didn't warn them. After a year of LaVar Ball proclaiming his spawn Lonzo as the best young basketball player of his generation (or many of the ones before) while his …

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are too old to succeed in back-to-backs

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 2: Isaiah Thomas #3 listens to LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half against the Portland Trail …

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The West Still Doesn’t Have an Answer for the Warriors at Center

The Warriors make life miserable for opposing centers. Their ability to put five perimeter players on the floor at the same time has been one of the …

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Kyrie Irving: Leaving Cavaliers 'Was Inevitable,' Says He Could 'Feel It'

Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving called exiting the Cleveland Cavaliers organization as part of an August blockbuster trade "inevitable."<p>On Wednesday, Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com passed along comments from Irving about the end of his time with the Cavs, who selected him with the first …

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The 10 Biggest Post-Christmas Questions in the Western Conference

<i>With the Christmas slate—and the 2017 calendar year—behind us, the NBA season truly has begun. Last week, we surveyed</i> <i>what’s to come in the Eastern</i> …

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Why is the talented Trail Blazers offense struggling to produce?

One could be forgiven for thinking the Portland Trail Blazers have one of the NBA’s better offenses. After all, Portland has averaged an eighth-place …

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Is LeBron James, at 33, Better Than He Was 5 Years Ago?

LeBron James turns 33 on Saturday, and you don’t need advanced statistics to tell you that he is still playing amazingly.<p>Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors went a bit further this week: “How many players are better in Year 15 than in Year 10? ... Go down the list: Michael, Bird, Magic, …

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What it means to be a Spurs fan

It’s a lot more than the threes and dunks that makes us love the Silver and Black.Some of you may not know, but I am a very proud (and borderline …

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Every NBA Team's Worst Regret from the Year 2017

For both human beings and NBA teams, the end of the year is a time to look ahead. Everyone strives to make themselves better for the future, shoring up weaknesses and building upon strengths in an effort to make 2018 more successful than 2017.<p>But as the calendars flip to a new year, reflection is …

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Is Kevin Durant better than LeBron James right now?

Nick Wright and Doug Gottlieb discuss whether Kevin Durant is actually better than LeBron James now.<p>More The Herd With Colin Cowherd Videos

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LeBron Belongs on the NBA Mt. Rushmore

<i>LeBron: “Because I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure. And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four</i> …

The Warriors’ biggest strength isn’t their shooting. It’s their shot-blocking

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Jordan Bell reminded us why in their Christmas Day victory over the Cavaliers.<p>The Golden State Warriors have been the first or second best defense in the league in two of the past three seasons. They are awesome on that end.<p>Yet they might be better than ever this …

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By the Numbers: Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James

If LeBron James is the king, Kevin Durant is doing everything he can to slither his way to the throne.<p>After becoming an NBA champion and winning …

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World's greatest debate: Why Kevin Durant is still chasing LeBron for the NBA mantle - CBSSports.com

There are many reasons why LeBron sits as the best player in the game today<p>It was always going to come to this. We just didn't know it would be <i>like</i> …

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Injured Stars Proving No Issue for Juggernaut Golden State Warriors

The announcement came Tuesday evening: Stephen Curry would not return from a sprained right ankle in time to join the Golden State Warriors for their Christmas Day NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers.<p>Losing a top-five player for any amount of time stings—well, rather, it should sting. …

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The Immense Pride and Unspeakable Agony of Gordon Hayward

<i>This story appears in the Dec. 25, 2017, issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. To subscribe, click here.</i><p>After the pain came the doubt, that nocturnal beast, …

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