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Bubble Thoughts & A Playoff Preview

A few thoughts from the NBA Bubble experience.  It absolutely worked – there were no positive tests over the last two plus weeks in Orlando and the battle for the 8th seed in the Western Conference was amazing to watch bolstered by the Suns surprising everyone and going undefeated and by Damian Lilliard just going to a whole …

All Eyes on Giannis

The Milwaukee Bucks struck gold when they drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo.  He has grown both physically and skill-wise over his seven seasons in the league.  This season is no different averaging career highs in points (29.6) and rebounds (13.7).  The only thing lacking in his game is the ability to shoot the three-pointer where he hovers …

The Lakers Will Fall Short of an NBA Title

The first season for Lebron in Los Angeles was bumpy to say the least.  They finished outside of the playoffs after James had made the Finals for eight straight seasons.  The Lakers still managed to pull off the trade they wanted to make all along, getting Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.  Los Angeles …

The Clippers are Ready to Win it All

The Clippers made the biggest splash of the off-season.  Signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George going from a surprising and fun team to one with enormous expectations.    The team has lived up to expectations sitting in 2nd place in the Western Conference in spite of both superstars missing quite a few games.  George missed games early …

The Raptors are No One-Hit Wonder

The Toronto Raptors took the biggest gamble before last season and both won and lost it.  They nabbed Kawhi Leonard and eventually an NBA title.  Then Leonard signed with the LA Clippers in the offseason leaving many to think the Raptors would be a one-time aberration as both a champion and contender.    This season, the …

The Boston Celtics Are Here to Stay

The Boston Celtics are in the enviable position of having both near-term and long-term championship prospects.  Their near-term prospects rely on the health of their two biggest name players, Kemba Walker and Gordon Heyward.  Big Contracts, Nagging Injuries Last season fell apart in the Eastern Conference Semifinals when a talented Milwaukee team met a Celtics team with …

The Nuggets are Good but Not Quite Great

The Nuggets went from 9th in the Western Conference in 2018 to 2nd last season and currently sit third in the conference this season.  The biggest reason has been the emergence of Nikola Jokic as the best center in basketball combining scoring from everywhere on the floor with an ability to distribute the basketball and rebound.  But …

The Second-Round is the Best Outcome for the Jazz

As good as the Jazz have been this season, the biggest news they made was being the team that had the first positive test for COVID-19.  When Rudy Gobert tested positive in early March, it not only canceled the Jazz game that night, but also led to the league suspending play just hours later.  Donovan …

The Heat is on the Right Track

The Miami Heat finished 10th in the Eastern Conference last season in Dwyane Wade’s final year in the NBA.  It was also the final year of his former teammate, Chris Bosh’s contract.  That was a big $27M that came off their books.  But the biggest move they made would come be a four-team trade that sent …

The Thunder Rebuilding on the Fly

We talked on Friday about the surprising season the Pacers have had while missing Victor Oladipo for most of the year. But maybe even more surprising has been the success of the Oklahoma City Thunder.   A History of Star Power  Less than a decade ago, the Thunder had Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook, they drafted all three.  They …