Team Profiles

Podcast: Building Championship Contenders

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Golden State used an unorthodox method to winning its first championship in over 40 years. Instead of targeting young draft prospects with plenty of upside, the Warriors sought out upperclassmen from college and surrounded their core with capable veterans. The balanced roster was brought together by a rookie coach, Steve Kerr, and toppled Cleveland in six games to claim the …

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Pelicans Tab Gentry as Next Coach

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The most intriguing coaching job on the market went to a coach preparing his team for the 2015 NBA Finals. Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry will be leaving Steve Kerr’s staff at the conclusion of the championship round to take the helm in New Orleans. The expectations surrounding the Pelicans have rapidly ascended with the emergence of Anthony Davis. 

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Scott Skiles Named Coach of the Orlando Magic

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Orlando ultimately decided the best way to move the team forward was to reach into its past. After firing its coach mid-season, then completing the year with an interim coach, Scott Skiles was appointed to the position, once again expected to lead a young Magic squad. 

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Warriors Claim Western Conference Finals Opener

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A pair of point guards and an undersized center proved to be vital for Golden State in Game 1 on the Western Conference finals. The duo of MVP Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston combined to total 52 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, while both players sparked a key rallies for the team. Golden State stumbled on the potent lineup by accident. 

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Timberwolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

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Minnesota has shown a knack for collecting first overall picks over the past 10 months. After dealing away perennial All-Star forward Kevin Love a year before he became an unrestricted free agent, the team was able to land Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. The Timberwolves managed a 16-66 record with the duo, but achieved their biggest victory of the season …

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2015 NBA Draft Lottery Odds

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It’s pretty ironic that during basketball’s age of analytics, where teams spend millions of dollars to achieve even the slightest of advantages, the fate of numerous franchises is dependent on how a ping pong ball bounces. Tuesday night, the 14 teams that failed to qualify for the playoffs will have their future determined by the NBA Draft lottery, a combination …

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Negated 3-Pointer Helps Hawks Clinch Series

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It appeared Washington had extended its season for another five minutes. Once again, Paul Pierce had delivered at the optimal moment, as his step-back 3-pointer appeared to tie the game at 94, briefly extending the season into overtime for the Wizards. Atlanta was deflated, as it blew a 10 point advantage with nine minutes remaining. 

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Davis Lifts Pelicans into Post Season

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Anthony Davis is no stranger to snapping lengthy winning streaks. Facing the defending champion Spurs, a team with plenty at steak as it entered the regular season finale in a tie with Houston and Memphis for the second best record in the Western Conference, and their 11-game winning streak. New Orleans had plenty more at steak, as a loss would …

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Miami Losing Its Grasp on the Eastern Confernece

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The team that was perched atop the Eastern Conference for the past four years is now clawing for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. A return trip to the NBA Finals appeared to be an uphill battle, especially since the Heat would have to go through the rebuild Cavaliers, anchored by LeBron James, the player that defected from …

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Knicks Not Chasing Lottery Odds

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If the shot rattled out, it would have been just another miss. The Knicks would have hoisted up another brick that resulted in another loss, mounting the odds in their favor for the 2015 NBA Draft lottery. The results will ultimately be revealed on May 19, as New York awaits its latest franchise savoir, but the team was rescued Saturday …

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