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NBA Power Rankings Week 14

[ad_1] We're more than halfway through the 2019-20 season, and the Milwaukee Bucks remain locked in our No. 1 spot as the Los Angeles Lakers nip at their heels.Our biggest risers this week? The New Orleans Pelicans, who are expected to debut star rookie Zion Williamson on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Andre' Snellings, Royce Young and Bobby Marks and The
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How the NBA’s race for the 2-seed in the East playoffs will be decided

[ad_1] 3:26 PM ETTim BontempsESPN While the Milwaukee Bucks have put some distance between themselves and the rest of the Eastern Conference, there's still a significant playoff race to watch near the top. Approaching the midpoint of the season, the next five teams are separated by just 4.5 games, with 18 games left on the schedule that pit two of those teams against each other."They're gonna be impactful," Toronto Raptors
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NBA Power Rankings Week 12

[ad_1] Don't look now, but the Oklahoma City Thunder have won 14 of 18 and have entered the new decade as one of the hottest teams in the league. The Utah Jazz are on a roll, too, winners in nine of their past 10 games. And the Los Angeles Lakers? Well, they're looking like themselves again after stumbling into 2020.Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Andre' Snellings,
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How the Heat and Raptors uncover hidden talent

[ad_1] It seemed that with every 3-pointer, steal or block Terence Davis made during his first Vegas Summer League game in July, his agent got a text message from another interested team.At halftime the contract offers began rolling in. Within hours after the game, during which he scored 22 points with five 3-pointers, he had a guaranteed contract with the Toronto Raptors, who had been there to watch him."I had
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NBA Power Rankings Week 11

[ad_1] Party in the city where the Heat is on!Welcome to No. 2, Miami.Jimmy Butler & Co. have the league's longest active win streak at five games, a run bookended by two tight victories over the Philadelphia 76ers. Miami's rise coincides with some shaky play from the Staples Center roommates, as the Los Angeles Lakers (losers in four of six) and the LA Clippers (losers in four of seven) have
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Raptors ‘just don’t care’ as injuries mount, Kyle Lowry says; beat Celtics anyway

[ad_1] 11:47 PM ETTim BontempsESPN BOSTON -- Three days ago, the Toronto Raptors were soundly beaten at home on Christmas Day by the Boston Celtics.Saturday night, however, the Raptors turned the tables and beat the Celtics 113-97 at TD Garden, in a game Toronto led wire-to-wire. So, what changed?"We've got pros," Raptors guard Kyle Lowry told ESPN. "We've got guys who don't care what people say. We've got guys that
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Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard honored as AP male athlete of the year for 2019

[ad_1] He was the Fun Guy. The board man who got paid. He overcame injury to reclaim his rightful place as one of the very best basketball players on the planet. He conquered the NBA world for a second time, bringing a championship to Canada. And then he joined the LA Clippers, ready to start anew."What it do, baby?''For Kawhi Leonard in 2019, there finally is an answer to his
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Jaylen Brown leads Celtics’ 1st win in Toronto since 2015

[ad_1] 5:01 PM ETTim BontempsESPN TORONTO -- Jaylen Brown had never won a game here against the Raptors in his NBA career.All it took to change that was arguably the best game of his career.Behind a sensational third quarter, in which Brown scored 16 points and went 5-for-5 from the floor (including 3-for-3 from 3-point range), the fourth-year forward finished with a game-high 30 points to lead the Boston Celtics
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NBA Power Rankings Week 10

[ad_1] Giannis Antetokounmpo showed the world why he's the favorite to repeat as MVP, dropping 34 points -- with a career-high five 3-pointers -- as the Milwaukee Bucks toppled LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in this season's most-anticipated game.But that was all the way back on Thursday.The real fireworks of the past week came less than 24 hours ago, when the defending champion and injury-riddled Toronto Raptors pulled
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Raptors pull off 30-point comeback for largest rally in franchise history

[ad_1] TORONTO -- For a brief moment, Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse considered waving the white flag before the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon, as his injury-depleted squad was down 23 points to the Dallas Mavericks in the first game of a back-to-back.Then Nurse's mind flashed to the Raptors' Dec. 8 loss in Philadelphia, when Toronto trailed by 20 midway through the fourth quarter before going to a press defense that