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By John L. | #THISISWHYWEPLAY

Does Giannis Have a Real Shot at MVP and What Makes Him So Unguardable?

Giannis Antetokounmpo has started the NBA season looking like a legit MVP candidate but is it safe to put him in the same sentence as LeBron James, …

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Chris Paul Reportedly Could Miss Up to a Month with Knee Injury

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul could reportedly miss up to a month as he continues to battle a bruised left knee, according to the <i>New York Times</i>' Marc Stein.<p>Paul, who did not play down the stretch of Tuesday night's season opener against the Golden State Warriors, missed Wednesday's clash …

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Giannis isn't the NBA's best-kept secret anymore. He's a star.

Giannis is learning to be boring off the court because he's singularly unpredictable on it.<p>BOSTON -- You know a player has reached a certain level of stardom when everyone in the gym gravitates toward him. All other conversations become secondary when the star is ready to talk.<p>The star knows this …

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What Would the Warriors Be Without Draymond Green?

The Golden State Warriors have multiple concerns after falling to the Houston Rockets in Tuesday's season opener. Head coach Steve Kerr is unhappy with his team's physical and mental conditioning, and a number of key players are nursing injuries. 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala has a sore back, …

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Kobe Bryant Just Explained the 'Mamba Mentality' That Has Made Him So Successful

Bryant shared insights after Boston Celtics player Gordon Hayward broke his leg<p>Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant shed insight on his own success for …

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Joel Embiid is the Future of Basketball

He's massive. He can shoot. He's all but mastered Hakeem's Dream Shake (seven years after he started playing). He's better at Twitter than even the coolest of teens. And if he can stay healthy, you're going to be watching him run the NBA for a long time.<p>Photographs by<p><i>Joel Embiid is one of the 10</i> …

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Without Gordon Hayward, Celtics Need More Than Scoring from Kyrie Irving

CLEVELAND — An opening-night capacity crowd of 20,562 people grew loud to cheer on their hometown team, and even louder to troll a former hero.<p>And then, ghostly silence.<p>Just over five minutes into his Boston Celtics career and a four-year, $128 million max contract, Gordon Hayward's season likely …

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James Harden, Rockets Rally to Beat Warriors; Kevin Durant Buzzer-Beater Late

The Houston Rockets spoiled the Golden State Warriors' title celebration Tuesday night behind a furious fourth-quarter comeback to down the defending champions 122-121 at Oracle Arena.<p>While Kevin Durant drilled what appeared to a game-winner as time expired, a review showed the ball was still in …

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Despite Gordon Hayward injury, Celtics show all is not lost

CLEVELAND -- There has been a certain buzz around the Boston Celtics since late August, when the team completed the league-wowing swap that delivered …

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LeBron James Is the Greatest Living Athlete (and Here's Why)

LeBron James has been basketball's best player for the better part of 14 years. But it's his work off the court—in business, in movies, and increasingly in politics—that will define the depth of his greatness. We tailed the king from L.A. to New York to Toronto and back again, talking LeBron Inc., …

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LeBron James Explains How He Can Surpass Michael Jordan as Best NBA Player Ever

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James provided an explanation for how he could surpass Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan in the conversation for greatest NBA player in history.<p>On Tuesday, Mark Anthony Green of <i>GQ</i> passed along James' response when he asked the Cavs forward how he could move …

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Kurtenbach: This season, it really is the Warriors vs. the world

OAKLAND — Days after the Golden State Warriors capped off what is perhaps the best three-year in run in NBA history with their second championship in …

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Explaining the NBA Rule Changes for 2017-18 Season

The NBA approved a number of rule changes heading into the 2017-18 season.<p>Here is an explainer of all the rules, what they mean to the viewer and whether the changes will have any tangible effect on how we watch the game.<p><b>Timeout Changes</b><p>Each team will have seven timeouts per game, with no …

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Watching the NBA That Kevin Durant Created

The new era began at the end of Game 3 in last June's NBA Finals. LeBron James finished with 39 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds, and the Cavs …

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Sorry, LeBron. Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade will hurt Cavs more than help.

For a team such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have made three straight NBA Finals, winning it all in 2016, they sure did make a lot of changes this offseason.<p>All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas and “3 and D” wing Jae Crowder were acquired from the Boston Celtics for LeBron James’s star sidekick …

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Inside the New Superstar Reality of the NBA

<b>Sometimes, as he quietly</b> prepares for the day and the shower steam settles across his bathroom, Daryl Morey sees a vague image take shape in the fog: four intersecting lines, forming three points at the top and two at the bottom.<p>Is it?<p>Could it be?<p>"I see a W in the mirror," the Houston Rockets …

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The origin of the Splash Brothers moniker

Every Warriors fan should know the origin story — here it isLike many of you reading this, I pride myself on knowing pretty much everything there is …

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Every NBA Team's Biggest Mistake of Past Decade

Even the NBA's model organizations make mistakes.<p>No franchise can nail every single draft pick for an entire decade—in this case, the relevant time frame extends back to the start of the 2008 offseason. Not a single one has hit a home run on each free-agent signing. All 30 teams have come out as …

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Why The Warriors And Cavs Are Still Big Favorites

Playoff experience matters in our 2017-18 NBA projections — and they have plenty of it.<p>Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Golden State …

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Ranking the top 15 most watchable NBA players this season

Back in July — even before a few of the NBA’s biggest moves of the summer went down — we ranked both the Eastern Conference and the West by watchability.<p>With the 2017-18 season about to tip off and in a league filled with players you’d tune in to watch regardless of the team’s they’re on, let’s …

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The James Harden–Chris Paul Experiment Could Lead to the Greatest Offense in NBA History

With Chris Paul joining James Harden in the backcourt, the Rockets are dreaming big. “[Mike D’Antoni] talked about us being the best offensive team …

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Gordon Hayward Is Done Layin' Low

<b>A funny thing happened</b> on the way to TD Garden for Gordon Hayward, most of it involving his hair. When he came into the league, Hayward rocked the floppy, unkempt locks of the scrappy Butler Bulldog aesthetic. "I just did Great Clips," he says in a room above the Celtics' training facility outside …

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The Charcuterie Board That Revolutionized Basketball

In the past three years, the Warriors have won two NBA titles with the most explosive offense in history. This is the inside tale of how it all began …

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Our Favorite Passers in NBA History

<i>The NBA is teeming with talent from the backcourt to the frontcourt, but even as space and versatility have changed the way we evaluate player roles,</i> …

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The Great Point Guard Debate: Steph Curry Is Democracy in Action

<i>The NBA is teeming with talent from the backcourt to the frontcourt, but even as space and versatility have changed the way we evaluate player roles,</i> …

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The Great Point Guard Debate: Chris Paul Is Still the Standard

<i>The NBA is teeming with talent from the backcourt to the frontcourt, but even as space and versatility have changed the way we evaluate player roles,</i> …

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Klay Thompson Says Warriors Are Trying to Emulate Jordan-Era Bulls

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson said the Dubs "aspire to be that dynasty that will be in the minds of NBA fans forever" like the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls of the 1990s.<p>On Saturday, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com passed along comments from the three-time All-Star about trying to …

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If LeBron Wants This Cavs Team to Thrive, He’ll Have to Do the Dirty Work Himself

<i>One of the craziest offseasons in recent history has not only shaken up the league’s hierarchy, it’s altered the path for several prominent teams and</i> …

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The Thunder re-tooled... But do the pieces fit together?

The unquestioned winners of the offseason were the Oklahoma City Thunder.<p>A year removed from losing the best player in franchise history, trading for</b> …

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