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Clipperholics

One Player the LA Clippers Can Expose on Each West Contender

As the LA Clippers get closer to the playoffs, it’s time to start thinking about thinking about whom they’ll face in the Western Conference Playoffs. With injuries pushing the Lakers down in seeding and likely pushing the Nuggets totally out of contention, the West feels more wide open than it’s been in recent memory. The […] One Player the LA Clippers Can Expose on Each West Contender - Clipperholics - Clipperholics - LA Clippers News, Rumors, Scores and More

ClutchPoints

Celtics’ seeding isn’t the top priority for Brad Stevens

While teams are desperate to squeeze out the victories to secure a good seeding for the NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens isn’t too concerned. For him, what’s more important is the health and wellness of his players. Per John Karalis of the Boston Sports Journal, Stevens admitted he’s not too worried about the […] The post Celtics’ seeding isn’t the top priority for Brad Stevens appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blog a Bull

How Nikola Vucevic has changed the Bulls for these ten games

Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via slower and more inside, role players slumping It’s been ten games since the Bulls made their trade deadline moves, most prolifically acquiring Nikola Vucevic as the starting center. It was a bold, welcome action for a franchise that desperately needed to do anything. Whether it turns out to have been too risky and a mistake will depend a lot on the next two seasons performance and other moves made. But was certainly another goal of the trade to get better immediately and secure a spot in the playoffs this season. And while they will...

Bright Side Of The Sun

SB Nation Reacts: Health should be major factor in awards, and more Booker like (not love)

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Suns and national NBA fans weigh in Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Phoenix Suns fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, a full 100 percent of responding Suns fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That level of confidence has held steady for the last two months. In addition to a push for the playoffs, NBA players are jockeying for...

ClutchPoints

Mavs owner Mark Cuban clarifies his criticism of play-in tournament

This year, the NBA has introduced a play-in game scenario for the playoffs. For both conferences, seeds 7-10 compete in said play-in game. The winners of those matchups earn the seventh and eighth seeds in their conference. Naturally, whenever something new comes to fruition, there will be some criticism. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took to Twitter […] The post Mavs owner Mark Cuban clarifies his criticism of play-in tournament appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blazer's Edge

Tatum Outduels Lillard as Celtics Squeak Out Win vs. Blazers

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports Boston scored inside to stay close, then out-Portlanded Portland for the big win. The Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics matched up in a donnybrook between two semi-disappointing teams seeking to prove their relevance in the race for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The Celtics featured Jayson Tatum, fresh off of a 53-point scoring performance that put him among the Boston greats. The Blazers offered Damian Lillard, in the midst of an MVP-like season, and veteran superstar Carmelo Anthony, looking to redeem himself on National TV after a poor...

ClutchPoints

Mavs star Luka Doncic perplexed by logic of play-in tournament for NBA Playoffs

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic has provided a bit of a hot take on the NBA’s playoffs play-in tournament system. The Mavs star himself admitted that he is a bit perplexed by how it actually works. Doncic does not seem to agree with how teams can be so easily eliminated from playoff contention after all […] The post Mavs star Luka Doncic perplexed by logic of play-in tournament for NBA Playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

8 Points, 9 Seconds

Who could the Indiana Pacers beat in the playoffs?

There is a debate about whether or not the Indiana Pacers should strongly pursue a playoff spot this season that will likely result in a first-round exit once again. History has not been in Indiana’s favor and this season is already a disappointment on several levels. A poor start to the campaign, an injury-riddled roster, […] Who could the Indiana Pacers beat in the playoffs? - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - An Indiana Pacers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Hoops Habit

3 Western Conference first-round matchups we need in the NBA Playoffs

The current state of the NBA’s Western Conference standings is intensifying with the regular season winding down to what should be a thrilling conclusion. With approximately 20 games left to play, teams continue shifting around in the standings with each passing night, setting the stage for an unpredictable finish. That leaves fans thinking of hypothetical […] 3 Western Conference first-round matchups we need in the NBA Playoffs - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Brew Hoop

Bucks Temp Check: What Questions Remain For the Regular Season?

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports The Milwaukee Bucks are 33-20 and can be said to live in a class of their own in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Unlike the past two seasons, they are not the leader by record (that distinction is being bickered over by the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets), but given the circumstances both in and outside Milwaukee’s control this season, regular season results are not a priority this time around. No, the major goal is the playoffs, and the regular season is just an 82 72 game runway leading to the postseason. The Milwaukee...

Daily Knicks

How do The Knicks stack up against other playoff teams?

The playoffs are still a little ways away for The Knicks, but as the end of the season draws ever nearer, it’s time to start thinking about potential matchups. Usually, the list of possible first-round opponents consists of about 4-5 teams, but between the play-in game, the shortened season, key players missing time, and the […] How do The Knicks stack up against other playoff teams? - Daily Knicks - Daily Knicks - A New York Knicks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Golden State Of Mind

Kendrick Perkins explains why Steph Curry will be ranked a top 10 all-time NBA player

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ The ESPN analyst was on First Take and gushed about the two-time MVP’s accomplishments. The Golden State Warriors are in the middle of a heated postseason race, and their MVP is doing everything he can to make sure his team gets into the playoffs. Stephen Curry has been dynamite all season, including a 53-point performance against the Denver Nuggets on Monday that made him the all-time leading scorer in franchise history. Curry is averaging 30.4 points per game, the second-most in the NBA. Critics have been tough on Curry this season. The Dubs...

ClutchPoints

Ben Simmons’ honest thoughts on Kawhi Leonard’s iconic playoff shot vs. Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons can still remember the 2019 playoffs like it was yesterday. After all, the Sixers were just one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals, only to be denied by Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors. Speaking with Rachel Nichols on The Jump, Simmons recalled the heartbreaking moment and admitted that […] The post Ben Simmons’ honest thoughts on Kawhi Leonard’s iconic playoff shot vs. Sixers appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Mark Cuban backs Luka Doncic’s criticism of play-in tournament

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic didn’t mince words when he voiced his displeasure with how the NBA Playoffs will be formatted this season. And now, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is doubling down on what his all-star player said. “In hindsight, this approach was an enormous mistake,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban told ESPN, citing concerns about […] The post Mark Cuban backs Luka Doncic’s criticism of play-in tournament appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Spencer Dinwiddie confirms possibility of joining Nets in playoffs

The season-ending ACL injury of Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie may not be season-ending after all. On Instagram, the Nets veteran posted a screenshot of an update saying he’s progressing ahead of schedule and could make a return in the playoffs if everything else goes well. While Dinwiddie noted in the caption that it is […] The post Spencer Dinwiddie confirms possibility of joining Nets in playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Clipperholics

LA Clippers: Why the starting lineup should stay as is into the playoffs

The LA Clippers are in the midst of the longest active win streak in the NBA at five games. This has happened even without key pieces Serge Ibaka or Patrick Beverley really being present for any of the games. Sure, Beverley was able to suit up once but an injury to his hand again means […] LA Clippers: Why the starting lineup should stay as is into the playoffs - Clipperholics - Clipperholics - LA Clippers News, Rumors, Scores and More

Lake Show Life

1 player the Lakers can expose on each West contender in playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers are in an interesting position. The team is simply trying to stay afloat as it waits for its two superstars to return from injury. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that LeBron James and Anthony Davis could be back playing together in three weeks’ time with AD expected to return earlier than LeBron. […] 1 player the Lakers can expose on each West contender in playoffs - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - Los Angeles Lakers News and Fan Community

Lakers Nation

Lakers News: Frank Vogel Speaks To Challenge Of Facing Ben McLemore In 2020 Playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers have their full roster for the remainder of the 2020-21 season after they signed Ben McLemore...

Posting and Toasting

Knicks 102, Raptors 96: “RJ brings such a calmness to the game”

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Relax and let the W wash over you. Last night’s 102-96 win over the visiting Toronto Raptors brought the Knicks back to .500, snapping New York’s nine-game losing streak to the kings of the North. It also dropped the Knicks’ magic number for some sort of postseason to 13. I’ve been recapping this team since 2014 and this is the first time the playoffs have been a thing worth looking forward to. For years now the Knicks have been a team others see on the schedule as a W. This season they’re defending their homecourt and fattening up on...

Grizzly Bear Blues

Five Questions with Blog a Bull

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via GBB catches up with Jason Patt to chat up the Bulls The Memphis Grizzlies continue their stretch against the Eastern Conference tonight against the Chicago Bulls. This is the first of two games against the Bulls this week, as the Grizz will travel to Chicago on Friday night to close out the season series. Both teams are battling in their respective conferences to get into the playoffs – Grizzlies are currently 8th in the West, while the Bulls sit at the 10 spot in the East. I reached out to Jason Patt from SBNation’s Blog a Bull to...

Hoops Habit

Golden State Warriors are in desperate need of wins

It’s no surprise that the Golden State Warriors have been underwhelming this season. With Klay Thompson injured before the season began, any dreams of being a title contender was crushed. However, fans were still excited to see Stephen Curry play and perhaps still be a dark horse team in the playoffs. So far, there have […] Golden State Warriors are in desperate need of wins - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Dunking with Wolves

Minnesota Timberwolves: 4 things to watch from Wolves young players

As the Minnesota Timberwolves enter the home stretch of a largely disastrous season, the natural reaction would be to look toward the future. However, there are still games to be played! Even though it’s a lost season in terms of making the playoffs, there are still plenty of reasons to watch the Wolves down the […] Minnesota Timberwolves: 4 things to watch from Wolves young players - Dunking with Wolves - Dunking with Wolves - A Minnesota Timberwolves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bright Side Of The Sun

Solar Panel: The Prove it Tour continues for Suns

Espo, Dave and Saul discuss the latest Suns news They haven’t made the playoffs in 11 years, haven’t had a 70% win rate this late in the season in 15 years and haven’t been 2nd best in the league in that long either. Now, as the season winds down, the Suns have to prove their lofty status one game at a time. What are the Suns strengths and weaknesses? Can they sustain their level of play? Watch/listen to Espo, Saul and Dave discuss it right here. (And please click through to hit the subscribe button to watch our regular shows!) Or listen to it here About Us Follow the...

Liberty Ballers

Measuring stick seven-game stretch awaits Sixers

Photo by Sean Gardner/ There’s only so much stock that one can (and should) put into regular season performance. Sometimes, the regular season serves as an accurate predictor of the teams most prepared to wreak havoc in the playoffs. In other seasons, it’s viewed as a lengthy but altogether hollow appetizer for the real tournament. Oftentimes the league’s best teams pre-playoffs and post-playoffs are quite different. LeBron James’ Cavaliers, of course, would famously take it easy during the 82-game marathon, worried more about maintaining a healthy roster than...

charlotteobserver

When will the Charlotte Hornets prove to fans they aren’t the ‘same old Hornets?’

The fans of the Charlotte Hornets exist in a peculiar sort of purgatory, one that stems from the team having not made the playoffs since 2016 and having not won …

The Sixer Sense

Why the Sixers need to avoid Boston in first round

All Sixers fans vividly remember the Celtics sweeping us in the Bubble in the first round of last year’s playoffs. It was an embarrassing performance and Boston continued its postseason dominance over Philadelphia. Interestingly enough, though, last season the Sixers won three of the four regular season meetings between the two teams prior to that […] Why the Sixers need to avoid Boston in first round - The Sixer Sense - The Sixer Sense - A Philadelphia 76ers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

ClutchPoints

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s cryptic response on Victor Oladipo playing again this season

The Miami Heat are in the thick of it as the race for the playoffs continues. They’re currently ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference while holding a 27-25 record. To make their push into the postseason, the front office made a big move before the trade deadline, acquiring Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets. Unfortunately […] The post Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s cryptic response on Victor Oladipo playing again this season appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Are the Pelicans too inexperienced to make the playoffs? | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Dave McMenamin and Scottie Pippen react to Jrue Holiday's comments about the feelings around the New Orleans Pelicans this season with Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram among the additions brought in by David Griffin, and Anthony

Scottie Pippen: James Harden needs to rest more during the regular reason | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Dave McMenamin and Scottie Pippen debate the idea of the Houston Rockets using load management on James Harden during the 2019-20 NBA season in the hopes of having him perform better in the playoffs. #TheJump #NBA #Sports ✔

Sky’s the limit for the 76ers if Joel Embiid can keep his weight down – Scottie Pippen | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Dave McMenamin and Scottie Pippen react to Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid saying he's lost about 25 pounds this summer, and discuss what the Sixers need from Embiid in order to go far in the 2020 NBA playoffs -- with Pippen saying