Tuesday , October 20 2020

NBA

The Lakers beat Kawhi Leonard and Paul George by avoiding them

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are two of the best wing defenders in NBA history. Their dual ball hawking mimics Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen at their peak. Their growing chemistry has enabled them to switch, deny, and help each other in increasingly devastating ways for Clippers’ opponents. They are …

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How the Raptors’ defense is making other teams see ghosts

Picture yourself on a haunted house ride at your favorite amusement park. You’ll be spooked by pop-out faces, fluorescent lights, and ominous sounds, but you don’t know exactly how, where, or when they will hit you. Intellectually, you know there’s nothing to really fear and you’ll eventually finish the exhibit …

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The 76ers need to embrace their weirdness

The Philadelphia 76ers are a strange basketball team. Their star is a giant low-post player in an era rendering them extinct. Their co-star is a 6’9 point guard who refuses to shoot jumpers. Their other starters are a modern center starting out of position, a max-salaried combo forward on his …

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The one thing that makes the Bucks’ defense elite

When the Golden State Warriors leapt into the future on their way to a dynasty, they ushered in a growing basketball revolution. They built an offense around dizzying ball movement that created and leveraged the grave threat of 28-foot shots. Then, their defense neutralized effective ball movement with switches across …

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Why the Bucks don’t miss Malcolm Brogdon, at least not yet

The 2018-19 Milwaukee Bucks won 73 percent of their games while outscoring opponents by a league-leading 8.6 points per 100 possessions. You know what happened next. The Bucks lost four straight to the Raptors after winning the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, then refused to go deep …

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Pascal Siakam is taking his oddball game to superstar levels

Pascal Siakam famously refuses to set goals for himself. As he explained in an interview with The Athletic last January: “Most of the time when I don’t set goals, I always exceed whatever goal people have.” This mantra got him to the NBA despite only learning the game at 16, …

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