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article April 12, 2017

5 NBA Playoff 1st-Round Predictions

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The NBA postseason is almost here! And with that comes tons of analysis, breaking down each series and figuring out who the X-factors will be. Making predictions is par for the course. Let's look into our crystal ball for the first round. More»
nbaawards article April 11, 2017

Picks For the 2016-17 NBA Awards

It's awards season! And the Most Valuable Player race in the NBA might be the most competitive in league history. But it's not just about the MVP. There are so many awards to vote on -- here are my picks for each one. More»
HawksCavs article April 10, 2017

Cavs Humbled By Hawksome Comeback

The Cavaliers were on track to have an "all's well that ends well" type of season after spanking the Celtics. Now, they are reeling after losing back-to-back games to the Hawks, including one on Sunday in which they blew a 26-point lead. More»
USATSI_9647715 article April 7, 2017

NBA's Postseason Urgency Index

Obviously, every NBA team that makes the playoffs wants to win it all. But the stakes are higher for some teams than others. Here's a look at six teams that'll have stressful summers if they're not as successful in the playoffs as they believe they should be. More»
USATSI_9961120 article March 22, 2017

7 NBA Storylines For The Home Stretch

There isn't much time left in the NBA's regular season. So, with the playoffs right around the corner, here's a look at seven significant variables, trends, storylines and questions around the NBA that may impact the postseason. More»
GettyImages-630703850 article March 15, 2017

Show Love For the Other S. Curry

While Steph Curry has struggled from behind the arc lately, his younger brother Seth has excelled at three-point shooting since the All-Star break. He's a useful and efficient guard, and might've already earned himself a nice contract. More»
LeBronPinaMVP article March 6, 2017

Cav-A-Lot: King James' MVP Case

Russell Westbrook and James Harden are truly on another level this season. Every commendable word, thought, essay and M-V-P chant floated in their direction is warranted. But neither is the best player in the world. That would be LeBron James. More»
USATSI_9762636 article March 2, 2017

Proceeding With Caution In Philly

It looked like The Process was finally showing positive results as star center Joel Embiid turned into one of the best players in the NBA. But another knee injury has caused his season to end shortly. What does this mean for Embiid and the Sixers? More»
IsaiahThomas article February 26, 2017

Predicting the Rest of the NBA Season

With the All-Star Game and the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, it's time to make some predictions on how the rest of the NBA regular season will play out (and a little bit beyond that). Some are longer shots than others. Care to contest? More»
USATSI_9090375 article February 21, 2017

Magic Touch Could Doom The Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers' front office, as you knew it, is gone. Instead of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, there's now Lakers legend Magic Johnson, who will take over as president of basketball operations. And the odds are stacked against him. More»
BoogieTrade1 article February 20, 2017

Steal Deal: NOLA Dances With Boogie

In one of the most lopsided and instantly regrettable NBA deals in recent memory, the Sacramento Kings reportedly shipped DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for an underwhelming package of draft picks and other assets. Good job by the Pels. More»
Irving-FlatEarth article February 18, 2017

Is Kyrie Flat Out Trolling Us?

Kyrie Irving appears to believe planet Earth is flat. Well, at least that's what he told the media, before indicating that he may be just making a statement on the state of the world these days. Is he the sucker here ... or are we? More»
allstargame article February 17, 2017

The NBA's All-Time All-Star Teams

All-Star Weekend is here, so we decided to make two all-time teams from the East and the West. Only the best of the absolute greatest players of all time made the cut. Do you disagree with any of these selections? More»
USATSI_9834820 article February 14, 2017

Serging Up North: Raptors Get Ibaka

Let the NBA wheeling and dealing begin! With the NBA's trade deadline coming up next week, the Toronto Raptors put together a win-now swap and acquired power forward Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. Here's what it means for both teams. More»
GettyImages-637597586 article February 10, 2017

NBA's 30 Starting Centers, Ranked

The center position in the NBA has been rapidly evolving over recent years, making it seemingly impossible to rank all 30 starting centers. But at the end of the day, one is always going to be better or worse than another. So let's rank 'em. More»
AP_17040090586093 article February 9, 2017

Oak No! Ex-Knick Arrested at MSG

Charles Oakley, an adored ex-New York Knick power forward, was ejected from the crowd during Wednesday night's game between the Clippers and Knicks and arrested because of a bizarre altercation after reportedly heckling team owner James Dolan. More»
GettyImages-631514794 article February 3, 2017

Who's In The Perfect Position? Philly

Nobody could have seen this coming a year ago, but the Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most fun teams in the NBA right now, and they're not that far out of the playoff picture. That's right. If they wanted to try to make a playoff push, here's what they could do. More»
USATSI_9703276 article January 23, 2017

8 Disappointing NBA Players So Far

We're halfway through the 2016-17 NBA season, so we're now in the phase beyond small sample sizes, where judgments are legit. Let's look at some players who haven't exactly lived up to their expectations, no matter the initial hype. More»
GettyImages-621300606 article January 9, 2017

NBA's Starting Point Guards, Ranked

There is no position in the NBA more loaded than point guard right now. And, since every team needs a dependable floor general more than ever, I decided to make the ultimate ranking of all 30 starting point guards in the league. More»
KyleKorverCavs article January 6, 2017

Three's Company: Korver a Cavs Man

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers and Hawks have agreed to a trade that will send Kyle Korver to the defending champions. Cleveland is even stronger now, while the Hawks realize it's time to start over. More»

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