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article March 29, 2017

Raptors: NBA East Sleepers Again?

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Having won 12 of their past 17 games -- without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry -- the Toronto Raptors seem ready to make a deep run in the playoffs. Much of that is due to the fact that their defense has drastically improved since the All-Star break. More»
Noah-Suspension article March 25, 2017

Noah's Mark? Another Knicks Failure

Early Saturday morning, the NBA announced they had suspended Joakim Noah for 20 games after testing positive for a testosterone booster in violation of the league's anti-drug program. One more reminder of the Knicks' sad state of affairs. More»
GettyImages-80421788 article March 22, 2017

Best NCAA Regionals of Past Decade

We have reached the second week of the NCAA Tournament, and this is usually where the cream rises to the top. Here's a look back at some of the most memorable Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups from the past 10 tournaments. More»
USATSI_9925110 article March 21, 2017

Mavs Still Trying To Win Now & Later

The Mavericks sit three games out of the final playoff spot in the West. With a mix of key veteran players like Dirk Nowitzki and young role players like Yogi Ferrell, they'll look to avoid missing the postseason for just the second time in the past 17 years. More»
USATSI_9860934 article March 18, 2017

Russell's Muscle Needs Support

Obviously, the Oklahoma City Thunder will go as far as their mutant superstar Russell Westbrook takes them. But when it comes time for the postseason, if the Thunder plan on surprising anyone, Westbrook's mortal teammates will have to step it up. More»
GettyImages-642684806 article March 17, 2017

NBA's Best & Worst Fashion Looks

Did you notice the hat Carmelo Anthony was wearing on Tuesday night. How could you not have? That got us thinking about some of the other great and awful fashion standouts in the NBA, both past and present. More»
USATSI_9943755 article March 15, 2017

64 Top Sports Cliches, Ranked

It's March Madness and everyone is filling out their bracket, so this is a perfect time go run through 64 of our favorite sports cliches, since you will probably be hearing several of these phrases during the next few weeks -- and beyond. More»
USATSI_9699903 article March 14, 2017

Where All 30 NBA Coaches Stand

We often look at head coaches as those who are safe in their spots and those who aren't. But in the NBA, they fall into plenty of other categories that fit between those two extremes. So let's look at the 30 NBA coaches and what their job security looks like. More»
GettyImages-645083302 article March 3, 2017

Pop Wiz: D.C. Moving On Up

Remember when the Wizards had a miserable start to the season? Well, a lot has changed since then. Specifically, they're 34-15 since those first couple of weeks. And they've made some moves, too. The rest of the East should watch out. More»
GettyImages-645644982 article February 28, 2017

Lowry Injury Impact On Raptors

The Raptors received some terrible news on Monday when the team announced Kyle Lowry will undergo surgery to remove loose bodies from his right wrist on Tuesday morning. Here are five things to consider as they adapt during the playoff chase. More»
CelticsRaptors1 article February 25, 2017

Canada Fly: Raptors Soar To Key Win

On Friday, the Raptors outscored the Celtics by 13 points in the fourth quarter and got a much needed 107-97 win at home. But, more importantly, new acquisition Serge Ibaka contributed -- and the Toronto defense stepped up when needed. More»
TD-WinnersLosers article February 24, 2017

NBA Trade Deadline: Winners & Losers

The NBA trade deadline came and went at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday without any fireworks. While several larger deals went down ahead of the deadline, there was still plenty of activity on Wednesday, even as many teams decided to stand pat. More»
USATSI_9687526 article February 22, 2017

Clippers Believe, But Time Running Out

Despite all the bad luck they've had since last year's playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers believe they are a championship contender as long as they're healthy. But time is running out for the Clips in terms of vying for a championship with their current core. More»
CousinsBadTrades article February 21, 2017

The Worst NBA Trades of Past 15 Years

On Sunday, the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, with the centerpiece being Buddy Hield. It's even worse when you consider that Kings GM Vlade Divac said the team had a better offer a few days ago. Worst deal in recent history? Let's see. More»
SlamDunk2 article February 19, 2017

Best of NBA's All-Star Saturday

All-Star Saturday in New Orleans this year was not the most eventful, but this being the NBA, there were still plenty of highlights from the three-point shootout, Slam Dunk Contest and more. Here's what you may have missed. More»
Curry-ASG article February 19, 2017

How to Improve the NBA All-Star Game

While we've all tried to brainstorm ways to make the Slam Dunk Contest more interesting, and add more events to Saturday night during the NBA All-Star festivities, there are plenty of ways to juice up the All-Star Game itself. Here are ten ideas. More»
CarterSlam article February 17, 2017

Best Slam Dunk Contest Moments Ever

This year's Slam Dunk Contest should be a fun one, with last year's runner-up Aaron Gordon taking on DeAndre Jordan, Glenn Robinson III and Derrick Jones Jr. But can anyone live up to some of the best jams in history? Let's look back. More»
GettyImages-139132220 article February 15, 2017

10 Best Moments of Linsanity

Five years ago this month, Linsanity took over New York City and the NBA. Jeremy Lin went from a nobody to one of the best narratives in sports history. In honor of the five-year anniversary, let's look back at some of the best moments from Linsanity. More»
GettyImages-634783638 article February 15, 2017

10 Trades That Would Rock The NBA

The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner, and with plenty of intriguing names out there, it could turn into a frenzy. (We certainly hope so.) Here are 10 potential trades that would drastically change the NBA landscape. More»
WarriorsThunder1 article February 12, 2017

Thunder Struck In KD's Big Return

Kevin Durant's first game in Oklahoma City since leaving for Golden State was a 130-114 Warriors romp. Even though the Thunder crowd didn't get the revenge they hoped for, there were plenty of moments of drama. Here were the winners and losers. More»

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