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article April 25, 2017

Stormin' Norman Gives Raptors Edge

On Monday, with the Raptors-Bucks series knotted up, Toronto's Norman Powell was a star, scoring a playoff career-high 25 points, and adding four rebounds, four assists and three steals in 34 minutes to lead his team to a 118-93 Game 5 win. More»
USATSI_10025213 article April 24, 2017

Rap Sheet: Issues Linger For Toronto

The Toronto Raptors did just enough in Game 4 against Milwaukee to tie the series. But plenty of questions still linger, from coach Dwane Casey's adjustments to being tentative on offense. Will Toronto finally take control of the series in Game 5? More»
SteveKerr-injury article April 24, 2017

Dubs Golden, But Kerr Return In Doubt

Steve Kerr missed Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday, and it was revealed on Sunday that Kerr is still dealing with symptoms from his surgically-repaired back that could force him out for the remainder of the postseason. Will it matter? More»
BlakeInjury article April 23, 2017

Blake Out: A Familiar L.A. Story

When it comes to the Clippers, the more things change … the more they stay a shame. Their playoff track record over the past half decade has been defined by their failures. And now they'll be without Blake Griffin for the rest of the postseason. More»
USATSI_10019109 article April 21, 2017

Rondo Injury Deals Blow to Bulls

Everything was going well for the Bulls, who built a 2-0 series lead over the top-seeded Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. But then Chicago announced that Rajon Rondo will be out indefinitely due to a fractured thumb. More»
USATSI_10016933 article April 21, 2017

Beard Is Feared As Rockets Roar

The first round playoff series between OKC and Houston was set up as a referendum on the MVP debate between James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Through the first two games, it's clear that Harden has outplayed his former teammate. More»
LeBronSlam article April 21, 2017

Comeback Cavs, Same Ol' LeBron

In Game 3 on Thursday in Indiana, the Pacers finally seemed to have the Cavaliers' number, going up 25 at the half. But Cleveland didn't panic. With another monster effort from LeBron, the Cavs came all the way back and now lead the series, 3-0. More»
GettyImages-74069117 article April 21, 2017

Best 1st-Round Upsets In NBA History

Since the 1982-83 season, 10 teams seeded seventh or eighth have pulled off a first round upset. If the the Bulls add to that list by beating Boston, where would that rank? More»
LowryGm2 article April 19, 2017

Raptors Claw Back Into Series

For stretches in their 106-100 victory over the Bucks at home on Tuesday, Toronto looked like the championship contender it aspires to be. It helps that Kyle Lowry showed up, going 6-for-12 from the floor and finishing with 22 points. More»
BullsCeltics1 article April 17, 2017

Bull Rush: Chicago Takes Game 1

While Chicago's body of work this season does not inspire much confidence over a seven-game series, its 106-102 victory in Game 1 against Boston on Sunday showed that the Bulls -- for all their imperfections -- will push the No. 1 seed in the East in the first round. More»
IsaiahThomasSis article April 16, 2017

Hearts Ache In Boston For Thomas

On the eve of their opening playoff game against the Chicago Bulls, Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics received some tragic news: His 22-year-old sister Chyna Thomas was killed in a one-car accident. More»
GreekFreak1 article April 16, 2017

Greek Freak Out, Bucks Start Here

In Milwaukee's 97-83 win over the Raptors in Game 1 of their first-round series on Saturday, Giannis Antetokounmpo was dominant, scoring 28 points, grabbing eight boards with two steals and a block. He was unstoppable. More»
USATSI_9995153 article April 13, 2017

NBA Playoffs: 10 Burning Questions

The first round matchups for the 2016-17 NBA playoffs are set, with games beginning Saturday, and superstar talent once again will be on full display. We're here to answer all the biggest questions -- and pick a winner for each series. More»
USATSI_9998956 article April 12, 2017

Rapt Attention: Lowry's Back

Kyle Lowry is back in the lineup for the Toronto Raptors, and he returned just in time for the playoffs. The Raptors point guard's presence should make an enormous difference as the team tries to make a deep postseason run for the second year in a row. More»
WestbrookMVP article April 10, 2017

Thunder God: Westbrook a Real MVP

Are you kidding me, Russell Westbrook? The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard set an NBA record with his 42nd triple-double of the season on Sunday, and he did so in buzzer-beating fashion. Perhaps that marked the end of the MVP debate. More»
USATSI_9883742 article April 10, 2017

Heat is On! Miami's Playoff Push

The Miami Heat started the season with a dreadful 11-30 record. But thanks to an amazing and improbable run over the past three months, Goran Gragic and the Heat are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. More»
USATSI_9965200 article April 5, 2017

Clock Ticking For George, Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Paul George had higher expectations. The four-time All-Star has expressed his frustrations this season, and his future in Indianapolis may be in doubt. More»
USATSI_9914093 article April 3, 2017

Super Dario: Philly's Other Core Guy

Heading into this season, many thought we'd get to see Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid compete for the Rookie of the Year Award. Instead, with both Embiid and Simmons out, Dario Saric has emerged as an important member of the team's future core. More»
Hornets-FF article April 1, 2017

Hornets Buzzing About Final Four

In the Charlotte Hornets locker room, the NCAA Tournament is a special time of year, given the collection of players on the roster who have won the national championship and played on the big stage at the Final Four. More»
USATSI_9905154 article March 29, 2017

Raptors: NBA East Sleepers Again?

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»

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