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NBA campus intel: Could the Bucks and Raptors see each other in September?

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors were the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs last year and met in an epic six-game series in the conference finals. After Toronto’s win Sunday over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Bucks and Raptors will, once again, go......
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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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Stevens downplays rout of Raptors, eyes playoffs

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12:52 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Boston Celtics might have played their best game of the 2019-20 season Friday, beating the Toronto Raptors 122-100 in a result that was even more lopsided than the final score would indicate. But afterward, Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn’t......
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Lowe’s 10 things: The champs, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren and snazzy socks

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Here are 10 things I like and don’t like from the NBA restart: 1. The champs’ defense: The most exciting nerd thing in the NBA Nick Nurse’s funky zones get the attention, but Toronto’s base defense is one of the best night-to-night shows in the NBA. The Raptors in full......
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Toronto’s No-Frills Formula Could Lead to a Raptors Repeat

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Chris Mannix LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The scene was different, virtual fans replacing real ones, the silence of a near-empty arena broken only by hip hop music and digital crowd noise pumped through hanging speakers. But for Masai Ujiri,......
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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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Nurse: Champion Raptors haven’t reach ceiling

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1:11 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors have spent their entire season as the NBA’s defending champions saying that they feel confident, despite Kawhi Leonard leaving the franchise last summer, that they can win a second consecutive title this season. So, after winning their......
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NBA bubble intel: Lakers and Clippers prepare for second games

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The Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers gave fans a reason to tune in on opening night of the NBA restart for the reseeding games, with the Lakers edging the Clippers in a close one. They’ll both be back in action Saturday with two games that offer their own intrigue.......
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Why these games matter for seven underrated NBA title contenders

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Last year, a dark horse contender pulled off consecutive upsets to win the NBA championship. Who could be this year’s Raptors? Friday night’s action featured three of those dark horses: the Houston Rockets. Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics. Saturday’s games in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, will show us a handful......
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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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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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Toronto Raptors Over/Under 4.5 Wins in the NBA Bubble?

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The defending champion Toronto Raptors are in the bubble and looking to repeat as NBA Champions. NBA Coach of the Year Candidate Nick Nurse and his Raptors squad are currently the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto Raptors Seeding Round Team Total Wins – 4.5  Over 4.5 (-115) Under......
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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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Free From Quarantine: The NBA Bubble Is A Unique Experience

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Chris Mannix ORLANDO – The text came in a little after 11 am, and my first day inside the bubble hit its first official speed bump. Just wrapped practice—you here? This, from Thunder p.r. man Matt Tumbleson, buzzed just as......
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2020 NBA schedule: The 12 must-see games of the restarted regular season

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7:13 AM ET Nick Friedell Close ESPN Staff Writer Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. Tim MacMahon Close ESPN Staff Writer......
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Potential surprise players for all 22 teams in the NBA restart

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All 22 NBA teams have arrived at the bubble in Orlando, Florida, which means teams are practicing and gearing up for the season to resume on July 30. The seeding-game schedule is set and playoff seeds are still up for grabs. While some teams’ rotations are set, others will look......
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UFC 251: From the White House to the Raptors, this was the road to Max Holloway Inc.

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THE MANAGER AND coaches of UFC featherweight Max Holloway trickled into the conference room, where walls were covered with screens showing the stats of NBA players. At the front of the room, leading the discussion, was Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster. Webster brought in the Raptors’ department heads in......

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