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Golden State trails 2-1: What’s new and what’s not?

The Golden State Warriors have been here before. Last year, the Memphis Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead into Game 4 of a Western Conference playoff series on their home floor. The Warriors defeated them to turn around a series they eventually won in six games. Last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 2-1 lead into Game 4 of the 2015 NBA Finals on their home floor. The Warriors defeated...
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The Thunder, so close to escaping the darkness, try to handle prosperity

Shake down the Thunder? That’s what Oklahoma City did to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. This surge might mean that the Thunder — viewed with legitimate skepticism entering these playoffs, especially the West semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs — are about to cast away the dark clouds which have followed them over the past few...
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The 2016 West playoffs, and the reality of rhythm-free results

What’s true in the larger global theater of sports is true in the NBA’s Wild, Wild West. It is a first-world problem, but a problem nonetheless, for many professional athletes: How do you perform well over a broader expanse of time when so many games lack rhythm? How does a tennis player sharpen her groundstrokes when the opponent either hits an ace or a double fault on nearly...
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Watch: Dion Waiters sets Serge Ibaka up for big dunk

Check out this play as Dion Waiters draws the defense and feeds a wide open Serge Ibaka for a big-time dunk in game three of Oklahoma City’s series with Golden State…. Waiters draws the defenders and delivers the pretty pass to Ibaka for the dunk! #WCF https://t.co/TA5dIbDOCc — NBA TV (@NBATV) May 23, 2016 The post Watch: Dion Waiters sets Serge Ibaka up for big dunk appeared...
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The Raptors exhibited meaningful desperation in Game 3

Whenever a best-of-seven NBA series begins with two wins by the home team, Game 3 invariably becomes a do-or-die occasion for the trailing team, even though it’s not technically an elimination contest. Students of sports history are well aware that no NBA team has successfully overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven battle. Three teams have forged a 3-3 tie, but none have won...
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Watch: Cory Joseph nails third quarter buzzer beater

Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph nailed this buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter to give his team a 10 point lead heading into the final quarter of game three against the Cleveland Cavaliers….. Cory Joseph beats the buzzer from downtown! #phantomcam #CAVSvRAPTORS https://t.co/07tFpXdN8s — NBA (@NBA) May 22, 2016 Nothin' but nylon to end the 3rd. #RTZ #WeTheNorth...
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Watch: Kevin Love feeds LeBron for a monster jam

Check out this great pass from Kevin Love and better dunk from LeBron James in game three of the Cleveland Cavs/Toronto Raptors series….. Kevin Love hits ahead to LeBron James for the SLAM! #phantomcam https://t.co/1ELa7t4iVn — NBA (@NBA) May 22, 2016 The post Watch: Kevin Love feeds LeBron for a monster jam appeared first on Crossover Chronicles.
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GSW-OKC Game 3: Golden State tries to slay a particular demon

The Golden State Warriors are playing more than one opponent in the Western Conference Finals. The Oklahoma City Thunder represent the official foe for the NBA champions, but Steve Kerr and his roster know that an opponent as formidable as OKC can be found within the Warriors’ own bones and marrow. Golden State is its own toughest opponent. The Warriors are good enough to be able...
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The Strain: Why Game 3 looms large for the Thunder

The Strain is not just the FX thriller about a destructive and virulent microorganism. It’s the toll a long season takes on a team whose record is 82-12 entering Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. My colleague at Crossover Chronicles, podcaster and columnist John Cannon, has taken care to note how constantly the Golden State Warriors have pushed themselves this season. The...
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Peter Vecsey Podcast

Before Woj, before Mark Stein, before Marc Spears, before any of the NBA national reporters we all follow on Twitter, there was Peter Vecsey. If you’re old enough to have watched the NBA in the 90’s, you remember him as the know-everything guy on NBC’s broadcasts. Vecsey retired from the New York Post in 2011, and lives on Long Island with his wife of 37 years, whose name he...
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Cleveland’s compound advantage: not just rest, but rolling rest

The Cleveland Cavaliers gained a lot of rest before the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs are rolling past the Toronto Raptors. The rested team is rolling. Why is it rolling? Because of rolling rest. * What’s rolling rest, you ask, and why the seemingly cute introduction to this story? Very simply, this is not a hard concept to grasp in a series which is hard to analyze in the...
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A familiar debate is revived by the Eastern Conference playoffs

The NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs have provided a number of timely reminders to sports fans. One reminder is that the playoffs need to be desegregated in terms of conferences, and ideally turned into a conference-free bracket. The NBA’s need for conferences no longer exists. The concept has outlived its usefulness. Another reminder is more specific and subtle, but it’s...
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The 5 worst conference finals since the start of the Magic-Bird era

The Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the injured yet still scuffling Toronto Raptors are drawing very little reaction from #BasketballTwitter… and really, who can blame folks for not having much to say about this series? Say this much for Cavs-Raptors, though: At least one team’s playing well. Sometimes, neither team does. You might see a closer game...
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Watch: LeBron James throws down massive reverse dunk

Check out this awesome dunk from LeBron James as the Cavs take a lead into the the locker room at half-time of game two…. .@KingJames is in the Z O N E.#ALLin216https://t.co/6Cid3DpHrJ — Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 20, 2016 LeBron… ELEVATES! #PhantomCam https://t.co/uWFBlrgdef — NBA (@NBA) May 20, 2016 The post Watch: LeBron James throws down massive reverse dunk...
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Watch: J.R. Smith starts game 2 off with a dunk for the Cavs

After a score by Toronto to start off game two, J.R. Smith got Cleveland’s scoring off on an exciting note as he threw down a big time dunk off a pass from LeBron….. James to Smith up top to start us off on ESPN! #NBAVine https://t.co/pelv0GAYtx — NBA (@NBA) May 20, 2016 The post Watch: J.R. Smith starts game 2 off with a dunk for the Cavs appeared first on Crossover Chronicles.
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The Warriors right the ship in Game 2. Now what?

After spending the second half of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals impersonating a non-73-win basketball team, the Golden State Warriors got back to business in Game 2, running the Oklahoma City Thunder out of Oracle Arena. Now the series moves (after another three-day break, of course) to Chesapeake Energy Arena, where Game 3 looms as possibly the pivotal game in the series…...
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Two games into Thunder-Warriors, we don’t know much

The Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors feels… oh, what’s an apt expression for the series right now… ah, I got it: up in the air. The series is as “up in the air” as Stephen Curry’s body is in the cover photo for this story. To be more precise, the series is as perplexing as Curry’s decision to risk his body for...
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Jeff Hornacek and the NBA coaching carousel: so many plot twists

The arrival of Jeff Hornacek as the new head coach of the New York Knicks certainly qualifies as a surprise relative to expectations… and hopes. Any Knicks fan who had become resigned to the idea that Kurt Rambis would be the permanent head coach in New York is happy in the wake of this development. On the other hand, any Knicks fan who had fervently hoped that Phil Jackson would...
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Phil Jackson and Jeff Hornacek competed against each other; now they need each other

Forget, for a moment, the merits of Phil Jackson’s decision to hire Jeff Hornacek as the next coach of the New York Knicks — we’ll address that topic in a separate standalone piece. One aspect of this story which is fascinating to contemplate is that two men from different generations both rose to prominence at the same moment in NBA history; then competed directly against...
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The Thunder need third quarter Russell Westbrook for all 48 minutes in Game 2

Monday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder went into Oracle Arena and knocked off the Golden State Warriors, 108-102, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Thunder were able to win thanks to a 19-point third quarter from point guard Russell Westbrook. That dynamic quarter from Russ was the key to Oklahoma City’s comeback from a 13-point halftime deficit. The first half was...
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Watch: LeBron throws down windmill dunk

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers took game one from the Toronto Raptors and also provided us with this fantastic LeBron highlight dunk…. The post Watch: LeBron throws down windmill dunk appeared first on Crossover Chronicles.
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Five NBA Draft Lottery Thoughts, 2016 style

The NBA’s version of Socialism meets Luck took place again, the always entertaining-but-you-never-really-know-why Draft Lottery. The Philadelphia 76ers “won,” which, thanks to Dikembe Mutumbo, had all the drama of fence paint drying on a 90-degree day. This is a landmark date, though, on the NBA calendar. One player can shift the fortunes of a franchise like no other sport...
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NBA Mock Draft: predicting the first 5 picks

With the NBA playoffs in full swing, it’s time for the teams who didn’t make it this far to turn their focus to the upcoming NBA draft. In this segment, I’ll focus on the top five picks in the 2016 NBA Draft. This isn’t an exceptionally strong draft, but there is still some serious talent that could develop into star players. The big names of the draft are Ben Simmons, Brandon...
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Cleveland will win the NBA title, in a year shaping up as Lebron’s best shot

You probably could have drawn it up a little cleaner along the way, but as we drill down to four teams left in the NBA season, the ends are more likely to justify the means than they’ve ever been. The Eastern Conference Finals opens tonight in Cleveland, a tortured city only eight wins (and four of them very likely) from capturing a most sought after crown in any sport for so many...
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NBA admits a travel should have been called on Russell Westbrook

Taking a page out of young George Washington’s book, the NBA snitched on itself for a missed traveling violation that should’ve been called on Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook late in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals versus the Golden State Warriors last night. Occurring with the Thunder leading by three, the no-call prevented the Thunder from ever having a genuine...
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