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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Five Things To Watch: Houston Rockets

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Should we really be surprised that the league’s most interesting general manager chose to take the path of higher risk, higher reward? That’s where the Houston Rockets, led by daring and analytically driven GM Daryl Morey, enter the 2014-15 season. When we last saw them, contention didn’t feel far away. In the first year of the Dwight Howard-James Harden foundation, the Rockets went 54-28 in a loaded West and secured home court advantage in the first round. That was in line with preseason

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Five Things To Watch: Dallas Mavericks

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About an hour after I had rolled into the Audi Garage next to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and about four hours after I left San Antonio, where I had watched the Mavericks lose Game 7 of the first round of the 2014 playoffs to the eventual NBA champion Spurs, members of the Mavs spoke to the media. On the floor of their practice court, Dirk Nowitzki spoke about the disappointment of that game after taking the Spurs to the

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Photo of the Day: The Oklahoma City Scooter Gang

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If you saw last Friday’s Photo of the Day, you’ll notice the same trend as Monday’s. It’s the 2013-14 NBA MVP Kevin Durant with a cast on his right foot. But, joining him for a photo today is rookie teammate Mitch McGary. The power forward was the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first first-round draft pick at 21st overall, playing his college ball at the University of Michigan. McGary ultimately entered the 2014 NBA Draft after failing a drug test when he

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Five Things To Watch: Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns surprised everyone last season – including themselves – when they won 48 games and missed the playoffs only due to a couple of tough losses in the final week of the season. Goran Dragic had the best season of his career, Eric Bledsoe lived up to the potential his biggest fans envisioned and both Markieff Morris and Gerald Green were in the running for Sixth Man Award. Now entering their second season together – with a new key piece

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Five Things To Watch: Memphis Grizzlies

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The Memphis Grizzlies begin the 2014-15 season with high hopes. With the core in place and an exceptionally deep bench, making a return to the Western Conference finals – or further – is the goal. Last season, the injury bug bit the Grizzlies. Multiple key players missed extended time, and the Grizzlies couldn’t separate themselves in the West as a result. Ending the season contemplating what could have been is unpleasant, and it’s a situation the Grizzlies don’t care to find themselves

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Photo of the Day: Kevin Durant on Crutches After Foot Surgery

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Whether you’re a die hard or casual NBA fan, you know who Kevin Durant is. He’s the reigning MVP from last season, and just about everyone has seen and loved his MVP Trophy speech. It was his first MVP award, earning it after he helped lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a two-seed in the Western Conference. Durant proved he was the only choice for the award after fellow All-Star teammate Russell Westbrook missed more than 30 games. Throughout that stretch,

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Five Things To Watch: Los Angeles Lakers

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Over the last 35 years, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the gold standard for success, not just in the NBA, but across the Big Four sports in America. That’s the big picture. Little picture? The Lakers last season set a new standard for futility: 55 losses, more than any other team in franchise history. Nearly from start to finish, the 2013-14 campaign was a disaster of injuries and ire, much of it directed at owner and basketball operations head Jim

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