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NBA Power Rankings: A shake-up in the top 5 as playoff matchups take shape

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The playoff picture is beginning to take shape as the final week of seeding games begins. Three teams — the Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings — have been eliminated from playoff contention, and a Western Conference play-in is officially happening. The Memphis Grizzlies‘ hold on the No.......
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Grizzlies loss guarantees 8-9 West play-in game

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5:30 PM ET Eric WoodyardESPN Postseason seeding is still being sorted out inside the NBA bubble with restart games left on the schedule, but one thing is now for sure. The league will officially have an 8-9 play-in game to determine the final Western Conference playoff spot after the Memphis......
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Clippers annoy Lillard during, after Blazers’ loss

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After watching Damian Lillard shockingly miss two free throws with a chance to put the Portland Trail Blazers up one with 18.6 seconds left, Patrick Beverley celebrated on the LA Clippers‘ bench by imitating Lillard’s trademark Dame Time celebration by pointing to his wrist before later waving goodbye at Lillard......
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NBA campus intel: Clippers and Blazers trade shade, T.J. Warren lights up Lakers

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Damian Lillard might be the only player in the NBA capable of getting the last laugh after bricking a pair of critical free throws in the final minute of a loss and getting mocked and ridiculed by the opposing team. That’s because Lillard is the only active player with a......
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Damian Lillard Has Blazers Looking Like NBA Playoff Threat

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTcyODI0NzgxODA3MTY3MTYy/damian-lillard-nba-season-resumes-playoffs-trail-blazer.jpg Robin Lundberg Remember when Damian Lillard said he didn’t want to play if the Portland Trail Blazers had no chance at the playoffs? That feels like a long time ago. And everyone should be glad he did get that shot, well, except for maybe the Los Angeles Lakers.  Forget......
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Dame: Blazers’ rise why I wanted playoff chance

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Back in late May, before the NBA’s bubble plan was official, before the restart format was known, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard made it clear: He wasn’t coming unless he had a chance. Four games into the restart, he’s showing why. With a 125-115 win over the Denver Nuggets......
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Blazers Are One of the Most Dangerous Teams in the Bubble

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Chris Mannix Every weekday, SI’s Chris Mannix will check-in with his Bubble Bits, a quick hit on something notable from inside the NBA’s campus LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – How dangerous is Portland? Take a spin through social media and......
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Carmelo Anthony Reminds Us Why He’s a Future Hall of Famer

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Robin Lundberg Carmelo Anthony leaving the game on his own terms will make it that much better when he eventually enters the Hall of Fame.  And while it notably took Melo a long time to find a role, he is......
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Lillard: ‘Disrespectful’ to undervalue HOFer Melo

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As the first question came his way, Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic squirmed in his chair. “Uhh, he’s right there,” he said with an uncomfortable smile, “I don’t know if I can talk.” Carmelo Anthony was standing by waiting for Nurkic to finish his postgame availability, and every question......
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NBA campus intel: Things are getting weird in the bubble

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On Day 6 inside the NBA bubble, the league was flipped on its head. A day that began with a seemingly predictable slate of games turned out to be full of surprises. The seeding races at the bottom of both conferences were shaken up as......
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NBA Power Rankings: Where all 22 teams stand after the opening weekend

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The NBA season officially resumed in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Playoff seeding and the race for the No. 8 seed in the West have already been shaken up. The Los Angeles Lakers evened the score in the battle of L.A. with a close win, and the Giannis Antetokounmpo–James Harden beef......
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NBA campus intel: All-Star point guard clash highlights Sunday schedule

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The NBA restart’s first weekend wraps up with five games and plenty of seeding implications. After the Washington Wizards try to make up some ground on the Brooklyn Nets in the race for No. 8 in the Eastern Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings......
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Blazers’ Nurkic stars in return despite heavy heart

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In what was already an emotional outing with it being his first official game back since breaking his leg in March 2019, Jusuf Nurkic revealed after the Portland Trail Blazers‘ 140-135 overtime victory Friday over the Memphis Grizzlies that his grandmother is in a coma with COVID-19. “The last couple......
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LeBron, Zion and everything else we’re excited to watch in the NBA restart

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After 20 full weeks on hiatus, the 2019-20 NBA season is finally ready to restart. In case you’d forgotten, the Milwaukee Bucks lead the Eastern Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers are atop the West, the Memphis Grizzlies are clinging to the West’s 8-seed and the Toronto Raptors are still —......
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NBA Continuity Rankings: Which teams hold the edge in the bubble?

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In the NBA, where rosters can change dramatically from season to season, how much of an edge is it to have continuity heading into the league’s 2020 restart? Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, whose team checks in near the top of our list, has high hopes. “Continuity [will] help......
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NBA Restart Primer: What Bettors and Fantasy Players Need to Know

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With the NBA set to finally tip-off this Thursday, it’s important for bettors to know the key storylines and expectations for each team playing for something in the bubble. Teams that may have been interested in home court advantage before the pandemic may instead choose to rest players and prepare......
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New predictions for the East finals, West finals and NBA champions

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The NBA restart begins Thursday night, as the Utah Jazz–New Orleans Pelicans and LA Clippers–Los Angeles Lakers showdowns welcome fans back to basketball after the league’s four-month hiatus. Will we be watching an all-Los Angeles Western Conference finals? Plenty of our experts think so. Meanwhile, the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks don’t......
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NBA Power Rankings: Best- and worst-case scenarios for all 22 teams

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After a four-and-a-half-month hiatus, the NBA season resumes Thursday in Orlando, Florida. The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans kick things off, followed by a nightcap between the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers. The Clippers’ duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George had ample time to recover from nagging......
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NBA players steer conversation to Breonna Taylor

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma spoke to reporters for six and half minutes Wednesday — some in person in Orlando, Florida; some logging in over Zoom — and was asked 10 questions. Only one of the questions was geared toward social justice, and not long after the session finished,......

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