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2019-20 NBA season: Biggest disappointments so far

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NBA Power Rankings Week 8

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The first week of December is starting to establish an elite duo at the top of what is becoming a top-heavy league. The win streak of the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t come close to being snapped this week, and they retain the top spot ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers. But...
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Hawks end losing skid, hand Warriors worst NBA record

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ATLANTA — If there was ever a time to do it, Monday’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors presented the Atlanta Hawks an excellent chance to snap a double-digit losing streak — and they didn’t miss their chance. “It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take it,” coach Lloyd Pierce said. “It...
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NBA Power Rankings Week 6 – Lakers, Bucks, Nuggets rolling –

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The 2019-20 season is just over a month old, and we’ve already witnessed the abrupt fall of a dynasty, the rebirth of the Lake Show, Luka Doncic becoming appointment television and, of course, the return of Carmelo Anthony to the NBA. Which teams are rising and falling in the final...
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NBA Power Rankings Week 5

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The Houston Rockets are the hottest team in the NBA, and they have one player to thank — Buddy Hield. Wait, what? That’s right, thanks in large part to 35 points from Hield on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings snapped the Boston Celtics‘ NBA-leading, 10-game win streak, leaving the Rockets’ seven-game...
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Ten NBA things I like and don’t like, including the supercharged Celtics

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The fourth Friday brings a fresh batch of 10 things: 1. The 9-1 Celtics, on a string Boston has slid to 11th in points allowed per possession, and it was reasonable to expect slippage with Gordon Hayward out (and Enes Kanter back). Boston’s bench is wobbly, and its core lineups...
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NBA Power Rankings Week 4

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Three weeks down, three different No. 1 teams. In this edition, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers who, despite seeing their seven-game win streak snapped Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors, climb to the top, thanks to a 1-3 week by the Philadelphia 76ers. Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s...
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Hawks’ John Collins suspended 25 games for PEDs

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Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins was suspended without pay for 25 games Tuesday for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. Collins, in his third season with the team, tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (GHRP-2), the league said. Collins told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowsi that he will...
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NBA Power Rankings Week 3

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We’re two weeks into the regular season, which means it’s OK to start reading into teams’ starts to 2019-20. That’s great news for the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers. Very, very bad news for the Golden State Warriors. Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN’s Tim MacMahon,...
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Ten NBA things I like and don’t like, including Karl-Anthony Towns’ superstar push

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Ten days in, here are our first 10 things of the season: 1. Holy KAT I’ve written many times that Karl-Anthony Towns has a chance to be the most versatile scoring big man ever and only the second (after the Tall Baller from the G) to put up a 50-40-90...
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Hawks’ Trae Young exits with ankle sprain; X-rays negative, sources say

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MIAMI — Atlanta guard Trae Young left the Hawks‘ game in Miami on Tuesday night early in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle. X-rays were negative, and there’s optimism that the injury isn’t serious, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Young was to undergo an MRI soon. Young...
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Biggest early NBA surprises and disappointments so far

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Which NBA teams and players have surprised the most after one week of basketball? Who have been the biggest disappointments? Only four teams (the Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets) remain undefeated, and the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans are still looking for...
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Welcome back? We’re rating every NBA reunion for 2019-20

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After an offseason of furious player movement — including eight 2019 All-Stars changing teams — one intriguing storyline of this NBA season will be how players are received by fans when they return to the city they left. Some will be easier to predict than others. Kyrie Irving in Boston?...
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NBA Preview 2019 – Rankings, projections and big questions for all 30 teams

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The 2019-20 NBA season tips off Tuesday, and for the first time in (checks calendar) … forever, the league doesn’t have a bona fide virtual lock to make the Finals. What about the Warriors? Well, the Golden State Warriors watched Kevin Durant change coasts and Klay Thompson go down with...

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