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Beginner’s guide to fantasy basketball

New to fantasy basketball? NBA.com Philippines All-Star Analyst Isaac Go and writer Migs Flores answer some Frequently Asked Questions that can help you ace your fantasy league!

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NBA players with uncertain Hall of Fame future

There are NBA players who are sure-shot future Hall of Famers, but there are also those whose impressive credentials may or may not be enough to get them into Springfield.

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NBA 2K22 FAQs: Defense, shot meters, game modes, and more

NBA.com Philippines writers Miguel Flores and Chuck Araneta answer some questions about NBA 2K22 a week after its release.

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NBA player conversations we want to hear

Iverson-Carter on early 2000s basketball, Doncic-Nowitzki on leading the Mavs franchise, and other player conversations that would be interesting to listen to.

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NBA games at Rucker Park? Presentation gimmicks the league can explore

Here are some ideas for unique presentations the NBA can try to spice up the regular season.

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No edits: When a team's icon wore a different jersey

A look at several players who changed teams after being iconic superstars for another franchise.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Wings soar to the playoffs, Sun secure top seed

The Dallas Wings punch their ticket to the playoffs, leaving the Washington Mystics, LA Sparks, and New York Liberty fighting for the eighth and final spot.

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NBA 2K22 first impressions: A 2K Day like no other

NBA.com Philippines' Miguel Flores gives his first impressions of NBA 2K22 and its enhanced features.

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Lauren Jackson's career deserving of admiration

There's no argument that the career that WNBA legend and Australian basketball icon Lauren Jackson had is Hall of Fame worthy.

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Finals Flashback: Lakers-Magic series was closer than people remember

In the 2009 NBA Finals, the Lakers beat the Magic in five games to claim the franchise’s 15th title and gain redemption after their 2008 loss.

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Best NBA podcast episodes to listen to

From twins Brook and Robin Lopez giving us a glimpse of their relationship to Jeremy Lin talking about anti-Asian violence, we give you a list of NBA podcast episodes that you should check out.

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Imagining “Kobe Challenge” mode in NBA 2K

If NBA 2K comes up with the “Kobe Challenge” – similar to NBA 2K11’s “Jordan Challenge” – which significant moments in the Black Mamba’s career should be included?

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Add to Cart: Lakers get scoring punch with Nunn bargain signing

As a solid offensive option off the bench, Kendrick Nunn gives the Los Angeles Lakers bang-for-the-buck value.

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Changing lanes: JR Smith’s post-NBA journey is inspiring

JR Smith's decision to return to school after retiring from the NBA is something we can all root for.

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All about NBA 2K player ratings

How are NBA 2K ratings computed and why do NBA players take their ratings seriously? Do you agree with the recently released 2K22 ratings?

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Summer feels: How Jalen Green navigated his first taste of the NBA

The Summer League gave us a glimpse of what we can expect from Jalen Green in his rookie year.

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Offseason explainer: Salary cap exceptions, contract extensions, and more

How were the Lakers able to sign many players? Why is Luka’s extension different from Trae’s? Why did KD only get a four-year extension? NBA.com Philippines’ Miguel Flores helps us make sense of all this.

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Team USA holds off France to capture Olympic gold

The U.S. men's basketball squad defeated France to win the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics men's basketball competition.

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Stewart powers US women’s team into semifinals

Breanna Stewart had a game-high 27 points as Team USA beat Australia to reach the semifinals in the Tokyo Olympics.

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Kevin Durant breaks U.S. men's basketball Olympic scoring record

Durant did not need to suit up for Team USA to cement his basketball legacy, but he continues to play because he loves the sport, and has made Olympic history in the process.

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Reactions from the 2021 NBA Draft

Did teams get their picks right? Will Jalen Green shine in Houston? NBA.com Philippines' Miguel Flores shares his observations from the 2021 NBA Draft.

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NBA Draft: Comparisons for Jalen Green, Cade Cunningham, and more

Looking at player comps for the draft's best prospects based on physical tools, athleticism, and skill sets.

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Tokyo Olympics: France stuns USA in men's basketball

France snaps U.S. men's basketball's 25-game Olympic winning streak.

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Mediocre no more: The Bucks' journey to NBA glory

The Milwaukee Bucks started becoming a mediocre team in the '90s after achieving success in the decades prior. But drafting Giannis Antetokoumpo in 2013 turned the franchise's fortunes around.

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Giannis scores 50 as Bucks win NBA title

Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 50 in Game 6 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first championship in 50 years.

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Three storylines heading into Game 6 of the NBA Finals

Can Giannis and the Bucks close out the series for their first title in five decades? Or will the Suns roar back and force a Game 7?

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Three main takeaways from Suns-Bucks Game 4

The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns are now tied at 2-2. Here’s what we learned from Game 4.

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Why Suns-Bucks Finals matchup is good for the league

They are not the Finals contenders that NBA fans are familiar with but it's refreshing to see new stars shine and compete for the championship.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Lynx with seven straight wins, Griner in MVP conversation

The Lynx head to the Olympic break with a seven-game winning streak. Brittney Griner continues her dominance for the Mercury.

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What the NBA was like the last time Bucks and Suns were in the Finals

The Bucks last went to the NBA Finals in 1974, the Suns in 1993. What was the league like back then? Who were the superstars?

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Suns hold off Bucks for 2-0 series lead

Behind Mikal Bridges and Devin Booker, the Phoenix Suns grabbed a 118-108 Game 2 over the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Chris Paul for Finals MVP?

If Game 1 is any indication, Chris Paul's Finals MVP campaign is on the right track.

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NBA Finals: How the Bucks got here

Reaching the NBA Finals has been a long time coming for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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We all forgot about Brook Lopez

Brook Lopez, who was once a franchise player, came up big for the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5.

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Can the Bucks overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury?

The Milwaukee Bucks will have to find a way to get past the Atlanta Hawks without their superstar.

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NBA Draft: Best destinations for Jalen Green

Now that we know the 2021 NBA Draft lottery results, where does Jalen Green fit best?

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Digesting the Bucks' Game 3 win

Three takeaways from Game 3, including Khris Middleton's career night, Trae Young's injury, and Giannis' free throw countdowns.

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Jrue Holiday flexes defensive prowess

Jrue Holiday was vital to the Bucks' defensive adjustments in Game 2, which resulted in a dominant victory.

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Three questions Bucks need to answer ahead of Game 2

The Milwaukee Bucks were stunned by the Atlanta Hawks in the series opener. What do they need to address for Game 2?

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Season finale of the Brooklyn Nets experiment

With their Big 3 in and out of the lineup, the Nets failed to reach the championship conclusion they were aiming for this season.

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Eastern Conference Finals preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Milwaukee Bucks took a grueling path to the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a pair of upsets to get to this stage.

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Durant leaves it all on the court for the Nets

Kevin Durant gave his everything in a grueling seven-game series against the Bucks, but the Nets' title hopes still flamed out.

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What we can expect in Nets-Bucks Game 7

The series between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks will come down to a seventh and final game. Here are some things to ponder on ahead of the monumental matchup.

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Kevin Durant continues to be great

Only a few can single-handedly take over a game when they need to. One of them is Kevin Durant.

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Checking in on the Nets-Bucks series after four games

What did we see in the first four games of this series? NBA.com Philippines writer Miguel Flores takes a look.

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WNBA Weekly Wrap: Wings take down Mercury twice, Parker back for Sky

Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey continue to lead the Wings, who scored back-to-back wins over the Mercury this week. Candace Parker, meanwhile, is finally back in action for the Sky.

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NBA Heels: Young, Embiid epitome of stars you love to hate

Trae Young and Joel Embiid are among the NBA stars who have embraced their antagonist roles, making the playoff storylines a lot more interesting.

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What went right for the Bucks in Game 3

The Milwaukee Bucks were able to avoid a 0-3 hole after beating the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3.

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Kevin Durant back to his lethal form

Kevin Durant has been an unstoppable force for the Nets, who are now 2-0 against the Bucks in the East semifinals.

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Be legendary: Devin Booker has arrived

Proving that his stellar bubble performance was not a fluke, Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns to a first-round victory against the defending champs.

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Three things we learned from Game 1 of Nets-Bucks series

Brooklyn drew first blood in the semifinals series against Milwaukee. NBA.com Philippines writer Miguel Flores shares his takeaways from Game 1.

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Where do LeBron James and the Lakers go from here?

Is LeBron James fading? Can Anthony Davis stay healthy? There are a lot of uncertain factors that lie ahead for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Heat fail to find their groove

It’s time for the Miami Heat to reevaluate after a disappointing season and an early exit from the NBA Playoffs this year.

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The Rundown: Nuggets survive Lillard's 55, Nets advance to East semis

Damian Lillard's historic 55-10 performance was not enough for the Blazers to win in Game 5. The Nets toppled the Celtics in five games to set a semis date with the Bucks.

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The Rundown: Clippers win Game 3, Tatum drops 50 on Nets

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to a Game 3 victory, while Jayson Tatum’s 50 helped the Celtics beat the Nets.

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Why basketball gods? CP3 injured in the playoffs again

The Point God might need to have a word with the basketball gods about his history of playoff injuries.

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How Jordan Clarkson embraced the sixth man role

It took some time before Jordan Clarkson accepted his bench role. When he finally did, he flourished and won Sixth Man of the Year.

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The Rundown: Bucks, Nuggets notch convincing wins

The Bucks destroyed the Heat to go up 2-0, while the Nuggets leaned on Nikola Jokic to tie their series against the Blazers.

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During crunch time, Bucks put their trust in Khris Middleton

The Milwaukee Bucks are comfortable leaning on Khris Middleton to deliver in crucial situations.

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Chris Bosh was ahead of his time

Soon to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Chris Bosh had his own innovative ways of changing the game, which allowed him to cement his legacy as an all-time great.

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First round preview: Phoenix Suns vs. LA Lakers

This series is going to be explosive: LeBron James and Anthony Davis on one side, Chris Paul and Devin Booker on the other.

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The Rundown: Wizards dump Pacers to earn 8th seed

The Wizards easily got past the Pacers to book the final playoff spot in the East, securing a date with the top-seeded Sixers.

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Play-in diary: The Steph Curry experience

Watching Steph Curry attempt to take down the defending champions in the play-in was a marvelous experience, which we tried to capture diary-style.

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First round series preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat

Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo hope to steer the Heat past Giannis Antetokounmpo's Bucks, just like they did in the NBA bubble playoffs.

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The Rundown: Mavs secure playoff berth, Jokic carries Nuggets

Dallas clinched a playoff spot by beating Toronto, while Nikola Jokic’s triple-double paced Denver past Detroit.

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On the Lookout: Westbrook, Wizards determined to avenge loss to Hawks

Russell Westbrook and the Wizards gave the Hawks a scare in the fourth quarter but their attempted comeback fell short. Who's going to prevail in their rematch?

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The Rundown: AD goes for 42 as Lakers evade Suns

Anthony Davis had a 42-point game performance to lead the Lakers to a solid win over the second-seeded Suns.

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'96 draft class: The stories you probably didn't know

The 1996 Draft class is special because it brought in several well-known characters who had interesting stories attached to them.

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On the Lookout: Pelicans clash with East powerhouse Sixers

Still fighting for a play-in slot, Zion Williamson and the Pelicans are hoping to complete another upset of the top-seeded 76ers.

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The Rundown: Ball brothers share the spotlight

Top rookie LaMelo Ball and his brother Lonzo Ball had impressive performances for their respective teams on Wednesday (PHT).

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Is it time for the Lakers to panic?

After losing three straight games, the Lakers are now in danger of falling out of the Top 6 and into the play-in tournament. Are the defending champions in trouble?

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On the Lookout: Lakers take on Raptors in tough playoff chase

Coming off back-to-back losses, the Lakers are hoping to put an end to a skid that caused them to slide out of the top 5 in the West.

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The Rundown: KD’s Nets get past Pacers, KPJ goes for 50

Kevin Durant led the attack in the Nets’ win over the Pacers, while Kevin Porter Jr. dropped a 50-point double-double for the Rockets.

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Zeroing in on title contenders and sleepers

As we head into the last stretch of the regular season, let's examine which teams are likely to make a deep playoff run and contend for the championship.

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On the Lookout: Rockets host Timberwolves; Curry, Doncic face off

Can Steph Curry continue his legendary shooting streak against Luka Doncic and the Mavericks?

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The Rundown: Mavericks complete two-game Lakers sweep

The Mavericks hold on to the West's No. 6 seed after scoring back-to-back victories against the Lakers at home.

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On the Lookout: Suns eyeing third straight win against Celtics

Coming off back-to-back close wins, the Suns are hoping to continue their momentum against injury-riddled Celtics.

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How Pinoy fans fell in love with small-market NBA teams

The Philippines is mostly a "Lakers country" but if you know where to look, you'll also find diehard fans of small-market teams like the Spurs, Suns, Wizards, and Jazz.

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The Rundown: Steph Curry still on fire, CP3 passes Magic on assists list

Steph Curry continued to shoot well in Golden State’s win over Philly, while Chris Paul passed Magic Johnson on the list of all-time assist leaders.

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Big Question: Who is the Celtics’ barometer for success?

Jayson Tatum is the Boston Celtics' main weapon, but if they want to make a deep playoff run, they'll need consistency from other players as well.

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12 notable Asian players in the NBA

Filipino-Americans Raymond Townsend and Jordan Clarkson belong in this list of notable Asian players who made it to the NBA.

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On the Lookout: Streaking Warriors, Celtics on collision course

Steph Curry, who has been on a tear as of late, will lead the Golden State Warriors in a tussle with the red-hot Boston Celtics, winners of five straight games.

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The Rundown: Luka Magic dispels Grizzlies, 76ers hold off Nets

Luka Doncic made an off-balance 3 at the buzzer to lift Dallas past Memphis, while Philadelphia was able to survive a late rally from Brooklyn to snag the win.

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On the Lookout: Bulls, Grizzlies looking to bounce back from losses

Both coming off back-to-back losses, the Bulls and the Grizzlies are hoping to get back on track when they face each other in Memphis.

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League Pass power rankings: Nuggets, Suns playing fun basketball

The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns should be on your list of must-watch teams this week.

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The Rundown: East goes wild, Tatum and Lavine drop 50s

Jayson Tatum and Zach Lavine each had 50-point games on a day where there was a lot of movement in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Like it or not, the Suns are built for the playoffs

The Phoenix Suns have the necessary tools on both ends of the floor to succeed in the postseason.

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On the Lookout: Nuggets go for 7th straight win against Spurs

The Denver Nuggets will put their winning streak on the line when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday (PHT).

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Players worthy of League Pass alerts

If there are customized notifications for must-watch NBA players, who would be on your #LeaguePassAlert list?

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The Rundown: Lonzo Ball, Clint Capela put up big numbers

The New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks got huge games from Lonzo Ball and Clint Capela, respectively, on Monday (PHT).

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Joel Embiid aggressive in triumphant return

Joel Embiid immediately made his presence felt in his return, posting 24 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks in the Sixers' win over the Timberwolves.

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On the Lookout: Doncic, Mavs hoping to secure 3rd straight road win

Trying to chase an outright playoff berth, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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Scouting report: Why Jalen Green is a top NBA Draft prospect

Filipino-American Jalen Green is projected to be a top pick in the 2021 Draft. NBA.com Philippines writer Miguel Flores explains why.

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The Rundown: Magic rally late to upset Clippers

The Orlando Magic went on an 11-0 spurt in the closing minutes of the game to stun the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

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Time for the Heat to get their act together

Are the Miami Heat capable of another deep playoff run?

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Why the Lakers are a good fit for Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond can not only help the Lakers stay afloat with LeBron James and Anthony Davis out, but his presence boosts the team's chances of defending the title.

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On the Lookout: Gordon to debut for Nuggets against Hawks

Aaron Gordon will play his first game with Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets as the Hawks visit Denver.

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The Rundown: Knicks rally to beat Wizards, Fox goes for 44

New York battled back from 17 points down to beat Washington, while De'Aaron Fox exploded for 44 points Golden State.

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Trade deadline survival kit for the Filipino NBA fan

Confused with all the trade deadline terms? This handy guide from NBA.com Philippines writer Miguel Flores provides the ins-and-outs.

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On the Lookout: Booker, Suns hope to torch the surging Heat

The Phoenix Suns begin their four-game road trip with a battle against the surging Miami Heat.

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Big Question: Who has been the third most important Laker?

Two players have been integral for the Lakers this season, but they need to elevate their game and carry the load in the absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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The Rundown: LeBron hurts ankle as Hawks win 8th straight

The Atlanta Hawks extended their win streak to eight games after beating the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost LeBron James to an ankle injury on Sunday.

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On the Lookout: LaMelo Ball faces LeBron's Lakers for the first time

LaMelo Ball and the Hornets will go up against LeBron James and the Lakers, who are currently enjoying a three-game win streak despite being shorthanded.

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Has Blake Griffin run out of hops?

NBA.com Philippines writer Miguel Flores looks back on Blake Griffin's journey as he begins the next chapter of his career as a Brooklyn Net.

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The Rundown: Hornets get fourth straight W

The Charlotte Hornets continue to pile up the wins after beating the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

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Team Kobe vs. Team Dwight: 2011 All-Star Game draft

What if there was a draft for the 2011 All-Star Game? Who would have Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard selected?

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The Rundown: Embiid goes down; Dragic and Kuzma deliver down the stretch

Goran Dragic and Kyle Kuzma had a stellar fourth quarter to lead their respective teams to wins on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Sixers, though, Joel Embiid hyperextended his left knee.

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The Rundown: Luka's triple-double lifts Mavs past Spurs

Luka Doncic put up 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists in the Mavs' win over the Spurs.

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Storylines to follow in the second half of the season

Four compelling storylines to watch as the regular season winds down.

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Big Question: Can the Nets overtake the Knicks as New York's team?

The Nets have only been in Brooklyn for nine years but they are starting to make a case that they can be New York City's team. Knicks fans, of course, would argue that it's never gonna happen.

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League Pass power rankings: Hornets and Suns are top must-watch

NBA.com Philippines' weekly list of top five under-the-radar teams that fans need to catch on NBA League Pass.

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On the Lookout: 2021 NBA All-Star

Catch the 2021 NBA All-Star on One Sports or NBA TV Philippines on Cignal on Monday, March 8, beginning at 7:30AM.

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Point God to Point Dad: CP3 is paying it forward

Over the last two years, Chris Paul has become a "point dad" for his young teams, taking players under his wing while defying Father Time with his elite play.

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On the Lookout: League leaders collide in Sixers-Jazz showdown

The Sixers are hoping to bounce back from their loss to the Jazz last month, as the league's East and West top teams meet again in a titanic clash.

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The Rundown: Giannis muscles Bucks past Clippers, Knicks over .500

Giannis Antetokounmpo rallied the Bucks to a big win over the Clippers and the Knicks moved above .500 for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

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Outside the limelight: 2021 Role Player All-Stars

Putting the spotlight on players who aren't the main stars, but X-factors who consistently contribute to the success of their teams.

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On the Lookout: Celtics look to end skid against Pacers

Caught in the middle of the Eastern Conference pack, both the Celtics and Pacers are hoping to bounce back and find their momentum.

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The Rundown: Luka Magic saves Mavs, Jokic carries Nuggets

Luka Doncic's late-game heroics lifted the Mavericks past the Celtics, while Nikola Jokic tore the Blazers up with 41 points.

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On the Lookout: Surging Nets take on full-strength Clippers

Still without KD, the Nets hope to extend their five-game win streak as they face the Clippers led by returning Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

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Déjà Vu: Three NBA teams that look eerily familiar

What can the Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, and Boston Celtics learn from similar teams in the past?

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The Rundown: LeBron makes history by eclipsing 35K milestone

The undermanned Lakers lost big to the Nets, but LeBron James reached a historic milestone after surpassing the 35,000-point mark.

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On the Lookout: Catch the Nets-Suns and Nuggets-Celtics games

The Brooklyn Nets hope to continue winning in Phoenix, while Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets head to Boston.

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The Rundown: Jazz fest continues, KD gets love in Bay Area return

The Utah Jazz continue their winning ways, while Kevin Durant plays in his first game back in Golden State.

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On the Lookout: Tatum, Celtics look to topple Raptors anew

The Boston Celtics look to snap out of a funk when the Toronto Raptors come to town.

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The Rundown: LeBron does LeBron stuff, LaMelo stays hot

The Lakers, without Anthony Davis, leaned on LeBron James to slay the Thunder, while LaMelo Ball continued his hot streak from the field.

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On the Lookout: Will Oubre, Warriors strike twice against Mavericks?

Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Warriors scorched the Mavericks in their last game. Can they repeat?

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The Rundown: Embiid, Porzingis come up big

Bigs are back in the NBA as Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Dallas' Kristaps Porzingis headline Thursday's (Manila time) 10-game slate.

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On the Lookout: Lillard, Blazers take on struggling Bucks

NBA.com Philippines writer Miguel Flores tells us why the Blazers-Bucks game on Tuesday is must-watch.

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2020-21 NBA Season Preview: Burning questions about the Pacific Division

NBA.com Philippines writer Miguel Flores answers burning questions about the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Kings, and Suns