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ClutchPoints

Pistons to pick best talent available in NBA Draft instead of filling a specific need

The Detroit Pistons will need some good luck in the NBA Draft in order to take the next step, having been swept out of the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round this past season. Senior advisor Ed Stefanski noted the Pistons would like to add some wing depth, but will ultimately go […] The post Pistons to pick best talent available in NBA Draft instead of filling a specific need appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

REPORT: Pistons have no interest in shopping Blake Griffin

The Detroit Pistons are coming off a disappointing 2018-19 NBA season. As a result, there is plenty of speculation regarding whether or not they plan to build around power forward Blake Griffin moving forward. Detroit’s lackluster effort in the playoffs made it clear that this team is in need of some major upgrades. Per Rod […] The post REPORT: Pistons have no interest in shopping Blake Griffin appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Lakers Nation

This Day In Lakers History: L.A. Wins 16th Championship Against Celtics In 2010 NBA Finals

The 2010 NBA playoffs were one of multiple years where the NBA world was ready to see Kobe Bryant face LeBron James...

ClutchPoints

Should the Lakers use their cap space for another star or multiple role players?

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Anthony Davis in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. This move should end the Lakers playoffs drought next season, but at what cost? While adding Davis is huge, the Lakers still must round out the rest of their roster or this could be another repeat performance as last season. […] The post Should the Lakers use their cap space for another star or multiple role players? appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Pippen Ain't Easy

Chicago Bulls: Are the Kawhi Leonard-Michael Jordan comparisons reasonable?

Kawhi Leonard is coming off one of the most memorable playoff runs in NBA history. Are the comparisons to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan reasonable? Kawhi Leonard’s destructive run through the 2019 NBA Playoffs was one of the most impressive stretches of individual basketball in NBA history. Leonard took a perennial playoff loser in the […] Chicago Bulls: Are the Kawhi Leonard-Michael Jordan comparisons reasonable? - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Behind the Buck Pass

Milwaukee Bucks Daily: Reexamining George Hill’s impact throughout the playoffs

The latest Milwaukee Bucks Daily is here as we look back on the impact that veteran point guard George Hill had throughout the Bucks’ playoff run this season. In today’s edition of Milwaukee Bucks Daily, we reflect on the influence George Hill had on the Bucks both on and off the court this season, the […] Milwaukee Bucks Daily: Reexamining George Hill’s impact throughout the playoffs - Behind the Buck Pass - Behind the Buck Pass - A Milwaukee Bucks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinions and More

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A clinch missed, a surprise ride on Marc Lasry's jet and a harrowing drive got Khris Middleton home for his daughter's birth

Khris Middleton missed the end of the Bucks clinching victory over Detroit in the playoffs. Instead, thanks to co-owner Mark Lasry, he hustled back to Milwaukee to catch the premature birth of his daughter.        

ClutchPoints

With Warriors dynasty over, the Houston Rockets should just run it back

After the Houston Rockets were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs yet again, we began hearing chatter that the Rockets were looking to blow it up and had everyone on the roster aside from James Harden up for trade. That meant Chris Paul, Clint Capela, everyone. While we haven’t seen or heard […] The post With Warriors dynasty over, the Houston Rockets should just run it back appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

LeBron James-less NBA Finals proved to be a success

The 2019 NBA Finals felt a little bit different because it did not feature LeBron James. The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player missed the finals for the first time in eight seasons after the Los Angeles Lakers failed to advance to the playoffs. But even without James, who is arguably the most popular player in […] The post LeBron James-less NBA Finals proved to be a success appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Four Guards The Miami Heat Should Target This Offseason

The Miami Heat fell just short of making it to the playoffs during Dwyane Wade’s farewell tour. The problem Miami faces this offseason is having a ton of money tied up in players next season, including player options for Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside. After Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington were dealt to the Suns, […] The post Four Guards The Miami Heat Should Target This Offseason appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Behind the Buck Pass

Bucks Gaming fall at first hurdle in The Ticket tournament

Bucks Gaming headed to The Ticket tournament hoping to secure a playoff spot, only to crash out at the first hurdle against Heat Check Gaming. With an up-and-down season so far ensuring that Bucks Gaming will face a real battle, with little margin for error, if they’re to make the NBA 2K League playoffs, they […] Bucks Gaming fall at first hurdle in The Ticket tournament - Behind the Buck Pass - Behind the Buck Pass - A Milwaukee Bucks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinions and More

ClutchPoints

Mavs focused on re-signing Kristaps Porzingis, getting him ready at the start of training camp

The Dallas Mavericks may have failed to reach the playoffs in the past three seasons, but Mavs fans have a lot to be excited about in the 2019-20 NBA campaign. The Mavs will parade one of the most promising duos in the league in Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic. Doncic is coming off a strong […] The post Mavs focused on re-signing Kristaps Porzingis, getting him ready at the start of training camp appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Hoops Habit

Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 potential targets in 2019 NBA free agency

With the Oklahoma City Thunder in “win-now” mode, these five free agent veterans may be targets for the team’s front office in 2019. For the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 2018-19 season ended in disappointing fashion with another first round loss in the playoffs. With Paul George only officially under contract for two more seasons and […] Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 potential targets in 2019 NBA free agency - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

ClutchPoints

Stephen Curry has never made a go-ahead shot in final 24 seconds of 4th quarter or overtime in playoffs

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry had a chance to hit the go-ahead shot with under 10 seconds left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, but instead, he clanked a three-pointer, and the Toronto Raptors emerged as NBA champions. This is not the first time Curry has failed to make a […] The post Stephen Curry has never made a go-ahead shot in final 24 seconds of 4th quarter or overtime in playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Los Angeles Times

Now that Kawhi Leonard made history, Raptors can’t blame him if he leaves

In what feels like an eternity ago, journeyman point guard D.J. Augustin made the biggest shot of his NBA career in the final ticks of the first game of the playoffs. Marc Gasol and Kawhi Leonard botched a pick-and-roll coverage and Augustin stepped into a top-of-the-key jumper for an Orlando win...

Blazer's Edge

Three Lessons from the 2019 NBA Finals

The Raptors’ victory over the Warriors provided inspiration, insight, and a cautionary tale. The Toronto Raptors are the 2019 NBA Champions, courtesy of a 114-110 Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors last night. Blazer’s Edge offers congratulations to the Raptors and their fans. It’s the first NBA title for a great city with an impassioned base of support. Enjoy! As we move on from the series and the season, I was left with a couple take-aways. There’s nothing like a championship The Raptors have gone deep in the playoffs before. Under Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, they made...

ClutchPoints

Kawhi Leonard passes Hakeem Olajuwon for 3rd most points in a postseason

Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors is putting forth an incredible effort in the 2019 NBA Playoffs that will likely live forevermore. After cruising in the first round past the Orlando Magic, Kawhi Leonard had to truly turn up the heat against an extremely tough Philadelphia 76ers team – producing one of the most memorable […] The post Kawhi Leonard passes Hakeem Olajuwon for 3rd most points in a postseason appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Brew Hoop

What Could Have Been: Milwaukee’s Outlook Overshadowed by Toronto’s Triumph

The Bucks were up 2-0 against the Raptors...who just defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Milwaukee Bucks had a shot, a real shot, at making the NBA Finals. They were the best team in the NBA all season long, and rolled through the first and second round of the playoffs to make their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2001. And once there, they took the first two games against the Toronto Raptors and were in prime position to keep the run going. And then it was over. More specifically, the combination of Kawhi Leonard flipping the switch, Nick Nurse flipping the...

Liberty Ballers

Jimmy Butler to decline player option as expected, will test free agency

It should come as no surprise that Jimmy Butler has elected to decline his player option, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Once Kawhi Leonard eliminated the 76ers with a fade away that bounced around the rim seemingly forever, and Butler had survived the season without any catastrophic injuries, this was all but a foregone conclusion. Haynes’ piece notes that the Sixers have made it clear they intend to do all they can to retain Butler, who was instrumental in the team’s playoff run, where they ultimately battled the champs better than anyone else did during the playoffs and finals....

Valley of the Suns

5 reasons why the Phoenix Suns will be the next team to win their first championship

The St. Louis Blues won their first NHL championship in history after 52 years. The next night, the Toronto Raptors won their first in 24 years. The Phoenix Suns will be next NBA team to win it’s first championship. The Phoenix Suns have made the playoffs 29 times in 51 years. In those playoff appearances, they […] 5 reasons why the Phoenix Suns will be the next team to win their first championship - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Orlando Magic Daily

Orlando Magic begin again with no guarantees they will return to postseason

The Orlando Magic had their breakthrough season in 2019, making the playoffs. But there is no guarantee their progress continues in 2020. On the TD Garden court in Boston, the Orlando Magic embraced each other. The team completed a fourth-quarter comeback to upend the Boston Celtics. All concerns about the end of the season and […] Orlando Magic begin again with no guarantees they will return to postseason - Orlando Magic Daily - Orlando Magic Daily - An Orlando Magic Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Orlando Magic Daily

Orlando Magic 2019 Offseason: 5 biggest needs for Orlando Magic, and how to fill them

The Orlando Magic had a breakthrough season in 2019. For 2020, the team has several needs it has to fill to build upon that success. The Orlando Magic had their breakout season last year, going 42-40 and getting into the playoffs as the seventh seed. It was a small accomplishment but one necessary for the […] Orlando Magic 2019 Offseason: 5 biggest needs for Orlando Magic, and how to fill them - Orlando Magic Daily - Orlando Magic Daily - An Orlando Magic Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Nothin' But Nets

Brooklyn Nets: Between rock and a hard place in free agency

The Brooklyn Nets made the playoffs in 2019, but that might be a deterrent to building for the longer term. Such is life in the dreaded middle of the pack. Finishing at 42-40 last season officially made the Brooklyn Nets a middle of the pack team in the NBA. This is technically the worst place […] Brooklyn Nets: Between rock and a hard place in free agency - Nothin But Nets - Nothin But Nets - A Brooklyn Nets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

Patrick Beverley says he can help any team get to the playoffs

Free agency is just a few weeks away, and while a lot of teams are focused on wooing the top-tier players who will hit the market come July 1st, it is also worth noting that there are also valuable role players who will be available this summer. One of them is Patrick Beverley. Beverley played […] The post Patrick Beverley says he can help any team get to the playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Lakers Nation

Lakers Rumors: ‘No One Knows’ What Kawhi Leonard Will Do In 2019 NBA Free Agency

In the 2019 NBA playoffs, Kawhi Leonard has re-established himself as one of the league's best players. Leonard has...

FOX Sports

Greatness: Rob Parker witnesses one of MJ’s most iconic moments –’The Shot’

Rob Parker's first encounter with greatness was witnessing Michael Jordan's 'The Shot,' a series-winning basket during in Game 5 of the 1989 NBA Playoffs.

The J-Notes

Utah Jazz notes: Legendary trainer Don Sparks dies, Igor to Sac-Town

Don Sparks, a key figure in the history of the Utah Jazz franchise, has passed away. Also — former Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov gets a new coaching gig. When you think about the people who helped slowly transform the New Orleans/Utah Jazz from a woeful expansion team in the mid-’70s to a playoffs mainstay, two-time […] Utah Jazz notes: Legendary trainer Don Sparks dies, Igor to Sac-Town - The J-Notes - The J-Notes - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

Clippers not planning to pursue star point guard in free agency because of belief in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The Los Angeles Clippers remain one of the more intriguing teams in the NBA, as they not only shocked the NBA world by making the playoffs, but now look to be able to chase down one of the marquee free agents in this offseason. While the team can make a run at some high profile […] The post Clippers not planning to pursue star point guard in free agency because of belief in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Caris Levert: 'I thought I was done for at least a year, but here we are today' | SC with SVP

Caris Levert joins SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt to discuss the Brooklyn Nets’ push to make the 2019 NBA playoffs, his journey back to the court after suffering a gruesome leg injury and how he is noticing a new wave of Nets fans in New York. ✔

Kings are not scared to face Warriors in the NBA playoffs - Stephen A | First Take

Stephen A. Smith sees potential for a riveting playoff showdown between the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, while Max Kellerman says that the matchup displays how the Warriors underperform under pressure. ✔

The Lakers' season comes down to LeBron being great – Brian Windhorst | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Brian Windhorst and Scottie Pippen of The Jump discuss the Los Angeles Lakers following their win vs. the Houston Rockets. Windhorst says they don’t shoot or defend well enough to get into the playoffs so they need to rely heavily on LeBro