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It’s tough to root against Cleveland, these Cavs

If you put Frangelico and Absolut Citron in a glass and then sugar coat a lemon to take a bite out of afterwards, it tastes just like chocolate cake. Nothing about citrus vodka, sugar, lemon, or hazelnut liquor should taste like chocolate or cake, let alone both, but it does. And so it is with […]

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 19:  Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trailblazers watches Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies chase a loose ball in the second quarter of Game One of the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 19, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Best Game 2 Regression Candidates

It’s early. One game is too small a sample size. We are not supposed to overreact after Game 1 of a series. As each first round matchup heads into its second game, however, it’s important to point out regression candidates — the players that either overachieved or underachieved in the first game. These quote-unquote X-Factors can be the difference […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs drives against Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  The Spurs won 89-85.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Five Most Intriguing NBA First Round Match-ups

The regular season is over and done and playoff basketball is finally here. The first round features eight 7-game series before the field is shrunk to eight teams. With the postseason getting underway, here’s a look at the five most intriguing match-ups of the first round: 5. East: Chicago Bulls (3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (6) […]

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Re-seeding the NBA Playoffs by Record Only: Would it Work?

There has been a lot of talk about the way the NBA has gone about formatting their playoffs. People have long complained about a lesser conference getting certain teams in just because eight from that part of the league have to. Theoretically, and very often, it means teams from the “stronger” conference have a few teams […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs watches his shot with Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

NBA Playoffs Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

The basketball gods always seem to bless us with at least one great first round series every year. While there are several intriguing first round matchups, none are more compelling than Los Angeles and San Antonio. For at least the last month, the Clippers and the Spurs have arguably been the best two teams in […]

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The Top 10 Storylines Of The 2015 NBA Playoffs

The 1994 Seattle Supersonics. The 2012 Chicago Bulls. The 2007 Dallas Mavericks. These and other “winter champions” are not remembered for the best of reasons. Greatness over 82 games and greatness in an American spring are two very different things. The playoffs define professional basketball legacies and reputations. Winning 11 straight Big 12 titles can […]

Gregg Popovich motivated his team by showing them their failure in Game Six. Photo by Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

2015 NBA Playoff Overview: The New And The Old Are One And The Same

We’ll focus on each of the eight first-round series in due time, but as the 2015 NBA Playoffs arrive — the brackets clean and all 16 teams starting at 0-0 — what broader themes emerge? The first thought that comes to mind is that another professional basketball postseason offers a fascinating mix of the old […]

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Ranking the First-Round NBA Playoff Series

Hit that Follow button on Twitter @CrossoverNBA Probably the most underrated event in sports starts this weekend: the NBA playoffs. Folks decry the NBA’s style of play versus college which is “real basketball,” because they can act like bleeding shot clocks and high ball screens means they’re really smart, but the honest truth is that […]

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 19:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder takes a shot in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 19, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

2014-15: The Year of the Injured NBA Superstar

The National Basketball Association’s 2014-15 regular season has come and gone. It featured a number of great stories as the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors turned out to surprisingly claim 1-seeds, LeBron James returned to Cleveland, the Hornets were Charlotte’s once again, Klay Thompson scored a record 37 points in one quarter, the Houston […]

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Washington Wizards: Who The Heck Are They?

Who are the Washington Wizards? Thanks to Paul Pierce questioning if John Wall and Bradley Beal “have what it takes”, it seems to be a rather topical question. Not that Pierce is the lone person to ever question the two players. Still, even despite the messenger having bashed a multitude of people which have made people […]

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Let The Anthony Davis Love Fest Officially Begin

The New Orleans Pelicans did it. They managed to navigate the brutal Western Conference and earn the eight seed. While that likely means they will just be the first team to lose to Golden State in the playoffs, it is still an accomplishment for a team who is probably a bit ahead of schedule. Not to […]

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