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First round in review: injuries got in the way on many levels

The first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs suffered from an abundance of games in which two teams couldn’t play well at the same time, but if you’re going to knock the level of play from the past fortnight, you have to factor injuries into the equation. Yes, few series displayed the best the NBA […]

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First round in review: the players

The play’s the thing, as Shakespeare taught us, and without players, we don’t have much of a drama — not in the NBA playoffs or in any other competition under the sun. The first round of the postseason presented, on many levels, the kind of portraits we expected to see. Paul George and — more […]

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First round in review: the coaches

The first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs was a most peculiar fortnight filled with a number of upside-down occurrences. The central counterintuitive reality of the first round is that the losing coaches in many of the eight series were better than the winning coaches… certainly in a 4-1 series, and possibly even in a […]

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Toronto avoided losing; now the Raptors can focus on winning

The city of Toronto is psychologically accustomed to losing in the playoffs. The hockey mecca doesn’t have any Canadian team to root for in the quest for the Stanley Cup, so the Raptors are the only show in town as the North American spring unfolds. Sunday night in the Air Canada Centre, as one predictably […]

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The Heat keep their cool and finish off the Hornets

The Heat was on… and the Hornets were turned off. The Miami Heat profoundly struggled with the Charlotte Hornets over the past four games of their Eastern Conference first-round series, but when Dwyane Wade saved them in Game 6 on Friday night, a week of frustration gave way to a different mood and attitude. This […]

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Crossover Chronicles Podcast: Tim Roye

https://soundcloud.com/crossover-chronicles/tim-roye-4-30-16 Tim Roye is in his 21st season as the Golden State Warriors’ radio play-by-play voice. For nearly two full decades, he witnessed some of the worst basketball imaginable. In his first 16 years, the Warriors were over .500 just twice, and he had to wait 11 years for the first such instance. In one […]

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Alamo immolation: The Spurs torch OKC, which needs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Hey, wait a minute — why did Kareem Abdul-Jabbar make his way into the headline for an article about Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semifinal series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder? Shouldn’t we be talking about the Spurs shooting 69 percent in the first half of Game 1 […]

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In defeat, Austin Rivers wins more than a moment can measure

When Austin Rivers came to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was impossible to ignore — whether founded or not — the idea that coach and general manager Doc Rivers was trying to advance his son’s career. The inclination to think that favoritism was at the root of Doc’s decision was understandable. Moreover, Doc certainly does […]

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A Trail of wise decisions led the Blazers past the Clippers

The Portland Trail Blazers did not have a better roster than the Los Angeles Clippers — not if the injured duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin is part of the equation. The Clippers might be the most luckless organization in the NBA, but in many intersections of luck and effort, a pinch of wisdom […]

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Flash, back home: Wade earns a Game 7 for Miami, as hero-ball works

Dwyane Wade, like former teammate LeBron James, was made for one of the most underrated crucibles in all of sports. Most sports fans and analysts pay close attention to Game 7s, those moments when a long series reaches the ultimate crescendo. Yes, Game 7s are almost always special, and they certainly reveal what exists inside […]

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Thunder-Spurs: For OKC, a chance to make everything OK

The Oklahoma City Thunder probably know what the word “redemption” means, but let’s go to the dictionary anyway: redemption (n.) – the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt. The payments made by the Thunder — as they enter the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday against the […]

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The Celtics lose a series, but they’re in position to win the future

Atlanta sports fans of a certain age — scarred forever by the 1988 Eastern Conference semifinals — will always love seeing the Boston Celtics lose. Atlantans, not accustomed to playoff moments which work out favorably for their teams, deserve this hour of celebration. They’ve been through far more than their fair share of postseason agonies. […]

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The Hawks can officially live with their season

The Atlanta Hawks will try to win respect when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but on Thursday night in Boston, they won the right to think that their 2016 season was not a failure. All team-sport professional athletes want to win the championship of their league, but anyone who puts […]

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