SH Blog: Kyle Lowry Breaks Raps’ Record, Emmanuel Mudiay Notches First Pro Triple-Double

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On a night marking the 20th anniversary of the franchise, the Toronto Raptor’s had history made for the club in the stat books as well. Their star point guard, Kyle Lowry, fresh off of a summer in which the Raptors inked him to a four-year contract worth $48 million.On Friday night, the Raptors took the floor wearing their throwback jerseys from their inaugural season. Despite the night being devoted to the team’s 20th anniversary, Lowry made headlines when he broke

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Fantasy Spin: Down Goes Westbrook

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Happy Hallowe’en! Tonight’s $100K Trick or Treat Special at DraftKings has a $27 entry fee but is limited to 4200 teams. Winner gets $15,000, second $7500 and there will be 840 cash prizes — even if it doesn’t fill. Love those overlays.

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Photo of the Day: Spurs Reveal Championship Rings

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The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. NBA basketball is back. After a long, incredible offseason for the league and many teams, Tuesday night kicks off the first real action since the San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat in five games in the Finals. So, what better way to bring back basketball than having those same Spurs present their title and the rings they earned, and to hang the franchise’s fifth NBA Championship banner. The new-look Mavericks

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Five Things To Watch: San Antonio Spurs

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All the San Antonio Spurs could talk about last season was avenging their 2013 NBA Finals loss to the Miami Heat, especially the heartbreaking loss in Game 6. The Spurs made sure it didn’t get to a Game 6 in 2014 as they dominated the Heat in five games to win their fifth championship. Tim Duncan, who many assumed would retire after his fifth title, now enters the 2014-15 season looking for a ring for his other hand now. The Spurs brought

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Hubbard: Smart Money is on the Spurs

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Four months have passed since the masterpiece was finished with a throwback flourish that had purists spouting superlatives and invoking sacred basketball institutions like the Red Holzman Knicks, the Jack Ramsay Blazers . . . Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, James Naismith. The Spurs joined the pantheon of great teams when they mutilated the Heat dynasty in the 2014 NBA Finals, playing a brand of team basketball that Naismith would have found ideal, even if it was unimaginable when he invented the

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Terrence Jones, Gorgui Dieng Lead West’s Breakout Team

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On Thursday, we gave you our All-Breakout Team for the upcoming season for the Eastern Conference. Today, we bring you our Western Conference All-Breakout Team. These are the players we believe are on the verge of breaking out or standing out. We used the same parameters – five players, one at each position, but no rookies. Let’s get right to it.  

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Tweet of the Day: Defending Champion Spurs Knocked Off By Alba Berlin

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Wednesday afternoon, or evening depending on which northern hemisphere you were in, saw the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in their first preseason exhibition. Their opponent, Alba Berlin (otherwise known as the Berlin Albatrosse). It was, for many, expected to be a blowout in the champs favor, much in the same way that the Cleveland Cavaliers so easily dispatched Maccabi Tel Aviv. Unfortunately, fortune favors the bold. Alba Berlin, though seemingly outmatched in talent, kept the game within striking distance the

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Marks: Changing Lottery Rules Won’t Cure What Ails the NBA

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PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien  and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and

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