14 Teams in 14 Nights, Top Games in First Month Ft. Last Year’s Non-Playoff Squads

Opening Night in the NBA features New York-Cleveland, Utah-Portland, and San Antonio-Golden State, which means no games between squads that…

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Milwaukee Bucks: Can They Still Make the Playoffs?

The Milwaukee Bucks took a gut punch when starting shooting guard Khris Middleton tore his hamstring, an injury that will…

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Julius Randle and the Steps Toward Improvement

The Los Angeles Lakers had one of the busiest offseasons in the league, drafting Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac, signing…

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Justin Holiday is New York’s X-Factor

At 27 years of age, Holiday joins his fifth team since entering the NBA in 2012-13. Through 121 career games…

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Minnesota Timberwolves X-Factor: Andrew Wiggins

The 2016-17 Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be one of the most exciting stories in the NBA, but with a…

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Seat Index: Which NBA Coaches are on the Hot Seat?

NBA coaches are almost always in danger of losing their jobs after a poor season. Which ones should be most…

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Wake Me Up When September Ends, One Last Trip to ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine

October is right around the corner. We’ve made it. Training camp, preseason, and the regular season tipoff are rapidly approaching dates…

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Toronto Raptors: Jurassic Park Edition

Last year the Toronto Raptors won 56 games, made the Eastern Conference Finals and were two wins away from reaching the…

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New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis is the X-Factor

The New Orleans Pelicans wish to rebound after a lost season, and Anthony Davis is the key. Can he lead…

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TLM Roundtable: Which Ballers Would Thrive in the NFL?

The arrival of football season has Jimmy Butler (and the basketball community) jealous. There’s still another five-plus weeks until the NBA…

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14 Lineups I’m Hoping to See in 2016-17

It’s still the offseason, but many coaches are already thinking about constructing lineups and rotations and considering what their depth…

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Nikola Jokic is Denver’s X-Factor

The Denver Nuggets enter the 2016-17 season as a potential playoff candidate. If the Nuggets are going to reach that…

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Justin Hamilton is Brooklyn’s X-Factor

The Nets are bound to be among the bottom handful of teams again in 2016-17, with only Boston’s first round…

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Jabari Parker is the X-Factor for Milwaukee

The 2016 deer hunting season is about to open in Wisconsin, but the Deer are hunting a return to the…

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Peaks and Valleys: This Season’s Most Unpredictable Teams

Last year 14 teams didn’t make the playoffs. Which ones have the greatest potential for success – and the greatest…

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Jo Jo: Philly’s First True X-Factor Since “The Answer”

On November 1st, 1996, a young brash kid out of Georgetown University played his first NBA game in a 76ers…

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Dave Joerger, Maestro in Sacramento

Much like Frank Vogel is to the Orlando Magic, new head coach Dave Joerger is the X-Factor for the sinking…

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Nikola Mirotic is Chicago’s X-Factor

Coach Fred Hoiberg has his hands full and sophomore Bobby Portis is oozing potential, but Nikola Mirotic is the X-Factor…

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Orlando Magic: Why Frank Vogel is Their X-Factor

Frank Vogel begins his first season in Orlando with a confusing jumble of players. Can he make the pieces fit…

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P.J. Tucker: Not Perfect, But Always Looking to Improve

Discounting Steve Nash’s last shebang back in 2009-10, there hasn’t been a darker start to a decade in Suns history. Still,…

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Curse Casting: Predicting the Non-Playoff Teams in 2016-17

Which teams are doomed (or merely destined) to miss the postseason in 2016-17? Here’s one way-too-early (and wildly ridiculous) look…

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Memphis Grizzlies: All Stands on the Edge of a Knife

The Memphis Grizzlies chose to stay the course this offseason, adding Chandler Parsons to an aging but proven core. Can…

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Refueled Pacers Possess High Hopes

It seems like a very long time ago that Larry Bird made the decision to not renew the contract of…

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Examining the New Orleans Pelicans Playoff Hopes

One of the most compelling contrasts in summer strategies involved Indiana and New Orleans. The Pacers seemingly swapped out its…

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Are the Wolves Ready to Run With the Wild West?

The Wolves selected Providence senior guard Kris Dunn with the no. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, then…

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Recruiting Writers

The Lottery Mafia is seeking to sign a few new contributors as we gear up for basketball season.

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U.S. Edges Spain, Serbia Smashes Australia in Olympic Semifinal

U.S. versus Spain Spain hung close and fought hard from start to finish, keeping the U.S. within striking distance for…

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Detroit Pistons Season Outlook: One Step Forward or Two Steps Back?

Stan Van Gundy took a 32-win Pistons team and transformed them into an exciting squad that snuck into the playoffs…

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Oklahoma City Thunder: Possible Routes This Year

The Oklahoma City Thunder lost a superstar this offseason, and their replacement plan is just coming together. Should they expect…

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