2018 NBA Playoff round-by-round predictions–with storylines

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The NBA Playoffs are finally upon us, the fruits of an especially long and laborious season that started two weeks sooner than we are accustomed to. We’ve weaseled out nearly half of the teams that don’t matter. For the next two months, we no longer have to worry about resting players and those dastardly tankers. Hallelujah. Continue reading “2018 NBA Playoff round-by-round predictions–with storylines”

The Spurs most important weapon doesn’t play road games

With his body as protection, Thunder guard Raymond Felton conservatively brought the ball up court with his right hand, using a path Spurs defender Patty Mills, who picked him up the full length, offered. Felton took another shuffle towards the sideline, but in an instant, changed course. The veteran pivoted towards center court and towards a screen set by forward Jerami Grant just outside the three point line. Felton hit the acceleration at just the right time, bursting around the pick and leaving stunned Mills fighting through the wall, and raced towards a softness in the defense. Felton reached the free throw line, rose up from one leg and released a gentle floater that nestled through the nylon for two. The home crowd groaned audibly. The scorekeeper booked two. The lead was now 43-20 in favor of visiting Oklahoma City, their largest of the night, with 9:30 to go in the first half. Continue reading “The Spurs most important weapon doesn’t play road games”