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Hot Takes We Might Actually Believe: Celtics more likely than Warriors to return to NBA Finals

Hot Takes We Might Actually Believe: Celtics more likely than Warriors to return to NBA Finals

The 2022-23 NBA season is almost upon us, but Hot Take SZN is here, and at the end of another eventful offseason we will see how close to the sun we can fly and still stand the swelter of these viewpoints. The rebuilt Boston Celtics could almost taste the champagne midway through the 2022 NBA …

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From Deep: Kawhi Leonard returns to a Clippers team that is loaded — maybe overloaded — with options

From Deep: Kawhi Leonard returns to a Clippers team that is loaded — maybe overloaded — with options

The NBA does not award a Most Versatile Team trophy. The word “optionality” is in vogue around the league, though, because playing just one way doesn’t work anymore. Championship teams must win four series, which might require four drastically different rotations. Contenders want to be able to deal with zones, traps, drops, switches, size, speed, …

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From Deep: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks are setting out to finish what they started

From Deep: Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks are setting out to finish what they started

If the Milwaukee Bucks feel like they never really got to defend their title, that’s understandable. Jordan Nwora started more games (13) than Brook Lopez (11) in the regular season, and Khris Middleton sprained his MCL in the second game of the playoffs. Without Lopez, the Bucks had the third-best offense in the NBA but …

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Meet the Heat rookie who looks like a high schooler — and technically still is one

12:37 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN NEW YORK — Miami Heat rookie Nikola Jovic is already a highly accomplished 19-year-old. Jovic was the 27th pick in June’s NBA draft, made his NBA preseason debut Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and impressed in Thursday night’s preseason matchup against the Brooklyn Nets with his best showing yet: 10 …

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Shaedon Sharpe Steps Up as Trail Blazers Win Against Maccabi Ra’anana

Thanks to the Portland Trail Blazers’ preseason game against Israeli club Maccabi Ra’anana, the world finally has updated footage of Shaedon Sharpe playing basketball. There was a lot to enjoy about the rookie’s performance. The 19-year-old came off the bench, scoring 27 points in 23 minutes to lead the Blazers to a 138-85 victory. Sharpe …

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What does Jesse and Joey Buss gaining more power with the Lakers mean for Rob Pelinka?

When someone is forced to root for nepotism, the hope becomes that somewhere in that gene pool, someone is actually worthy of the opportunity they’re unfairly in line for. Lakers fans find themselves now hoping that either Jesse or Joey Buss fare better in prominent roles than their older siblings have to this point as, …

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Shaedon Sharpe scores 27, leads Trail Blazers to 138-85 win over Maccabi Ra’anana: At the buzzer

It was such a forgone conclusion that the Portland Trail Blazers would defeat Maccabi Ra’anana Thursday night in a preseason game at the Moda Center, they rested their six best players. That left the most intriguing storyline during the 138-85 victory to revolve around rookie Shaedon Sharpe. The No. 7 pick in the 2022 NBA …

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‘Suns must stink:’ Inside the Adelaide 36ers’ historic voyage through the NBA preseason´╗┐

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Adelaide 36ers, the seventh-place squad in Australia’s 10-team National Basketball League last season, boarded a 6 am commercial flight on Sept. 28, when a few players sat in business class and the rest of the roster and staff squeezed into coach. The team made connections in Sydney and Los Angeles before …

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