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All Articles written by: Polo Bustamante

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New Opportunity All-Stars

These five players have been placed in a position to break out next season because of new opportunities given to them.

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The Rundown: Aces dominate Sun to go up 2-0

The Aces refused to let the Sun leave Las Vegas with a win.

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The Sky come crashing down

The extended Cinderella run by the Chicago Sky ended abruptly at the hands of the Connecticut Sun.

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Revisiting the 2012 Thunder and their KD-Westbrook-Harden trio

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a ton of potential in 2012, reaching the NBA Finals behind their young Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.

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A look back at the 2020 Bubble Lakers

It wasn’t the ideal situation but LeBron, AD, and company got the job done at the Disney Bubble in Orlando.

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Throwback Transactions: How the 'Seven Seconds or Less' Suns were born

Steve Nash became a legendary game-changer during his second run with the Phoenix Suns.

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2022 WNBA semifinals preview: Chicago Sky vs. Connecticut Sun

The Sky and the Sun continue their rivalry in the playoffs as they both vie for a spot in the 2022 WNBA Finals.

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In honor of Russell: Jersey No. 6 All-Star Team

Bill Russell made jersey No. 6 iconic. Here are the best players to rock the same number.

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Breaking down the WNBA MVP battle

The race to the WNBA MVP is down to two players, Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson. Who deserves to take home the crown as the league’s best player?

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Throwback transactions: The moves that made ‘Deee-troit Basketball’

The Detroit Pistons wouldn’t have won the 2004 NBA Championship if they didn’t make a couple of shrewd moves.

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Advanced Magic: A look back at the ‘95 Orlando Magic

Back in 1995, the Magic were young and brash. They were also a team ahead of their time.

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Changing of the Guard: Next stars in line post-Bird-Taurasi era

Sabrina Ionescu, Arike Ogunbowale, and Rhyne Howard are ready to step into the big shoes that will be left by Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.

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A’ja Wilson’s bag of scoring tricks runs deep

When it comes to putting the ball into the basket, nobody has done it better this season than A’ja Wilson.

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Three Cents: Current players who play like Penny Hardaway

Here are three players that have the same kind of magic that the Orlando All-Star point guard had.

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WNBA Wrap: Seattle storming up the standings

The Seattle Storm reloaded and are aiming to reclaim their spot at the top of the standings.

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Grading the Lakers’ free agency moves

The Lakers are filling out their roster with interesting offseason additions.

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Teams that need to make moves this offseason

Making a major roster move this offseason is absolutely necessary for these five teams.

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Winners and losers of the 2022 NBA Draft

NBA.com Philippines writer Polo Bustamante gives a rundown of the 2022 NBA Draft, which delivered a little bit of everything.

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Winners and losers of the 2022 NBA Finals

The Curry-Thompson-Green core came out as big winners, in more ways than one.

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Andrew Wiggins’ growth with the Warriors is undeniable

Game 5 was further proof that the right situation changed the course of Andrew Wiggins’ career.

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Leading the way: Jimmy Alapag takes on a new mission

Jimmy Alapag aims to be an inspiration for young coaches and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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WNBA Wrap: Mercury rise into the playoff picture

Phoenix strung together three straight wins last week to claim the eighth spot in the standings.

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Celtics went back to their roots in Game 3

The Celtics bullied the Warriors by being aggressive on both ends of the floor to take a 2-1 series lead.

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NBA player comparisons for Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto can model his game and NBA journey after these three NBA players.

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Warriors teach Celtics lesson on sustainability

Golden State leaned on their tried and tested formula led by Steph Curry and Draymond Green to win Game 2.

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NBA Finals preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics

The Warriors proved that they’re the best in the West. The Celtics took down the top team in the East to advance. These two teams will now battle it out for the NBA title.

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Kai Sotto modeling game after Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA Draft hopeful Kai Sotto is looking at two MVP-level players for inspiration.

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Surprise players in the NBA Conference Finals

Here are five players who have come out of nowhere to give their teams a boost in the 2022 NBA Conference Finals.

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Kai Sotto gears up for team workouts before 2022 NBA Draft

Kai is putting in serious work as he prepares to showcase his skills to NBA teams heading into the 2022 NBA Draft.

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Tito Jimmy is still a bucket

NBA titos should be cheering for Jimmy Butler, a superstar they can truly relate to.

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Sixers creating the wrong kind of playoff tradition

Playoff flameouts are becoming a habit for Joel Embiid, James Harden, Doc Rivers, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Series preview: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics

The top two teams in the East face off in the conference finals. Here's a breakdown of the matchup.

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Sweet revenge for Jason Kidd and Luka Doncic

It’s poetic that Jason Kidd and Luka Doncic teamed up to eliminate the Phoenix Suns in this year’s playoffs.

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Holiday mode: The true value of Jrue

NBA.com Philippines writers Polo Bustamante and Miguel Flores examine how vital Jrue Holiday is to the Bucks in the series against the Celtics

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Nikola Jokic: The center of attention

Nikola Jokic is changing the game and, at the same time, bringing back the value of the center position.

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Tyler Herro has no limits

It didn’t matter if he was coming off the bench, Tyler Herro was a huge part of the Heat’s rise to the top of the East.

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Welcome to the Poole Party

Jordan Poole is giving us a glimpse of the Warriors’ future with an impressive playoff run.

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How CP3 dominated the Mavs in Game 2

Chris Paul put on another masterful performance to help the Suns take a 2-0 lead over the Mavs.

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Is it time to break up the Jazz band?

After another playoff flameout, the Jazz need to answer some hard questions in the offseason.

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Kai Sotto gearing up for 2022 NBA Draft

Kai Sotto reiterates his commitment to the Gilas program but for now his focus shifts to the 2022 NBA Draft.

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Bulls and Raptors show how playoff teams are built

The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors are trending upwards after a return to the playoffs this season.

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Hawks still need to learn how to fly

The Hawks go back to the drawing board after taking a step back this season.

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Three teams that could be a great fit for Kai Sotto

Which NBA teams best fit Kai Sotto? Here are three possible options.

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Scottie Barnes does all the little winning things

Scottie Barnes is a jack of all trades who’s mastered the art of winning in his rookie year.

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The Rundown: Celtics sweep the Nets

Boston holds off Brooklyn to close out the series in four games.

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The Rundown: Grizzlies mount comeback for series lead

Memphis took a 2-1 series lead after an exciting 26-point comeback against the Timberwolves in Game 3.

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The LeBron James guide to the 2022 NBA Playoffs

Here are three first-round series that famous NBA “fan” LeBron James is probably watching.

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Series preview: Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets

It’s a rematch of last year’s first round series with the roles reversed. The Boston Celtics are now the favorites over the Brooklyn Nets.

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The Rundown: Steph Curry returns in Golden State’s Game 1 win

Steph Curry’s return, combined with Jordan Poole’s hot shooting, sparked the Warriors as they blew out the Nuggets in Game 1.

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Series preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves survived the Play-In Tournament to set up a date with the much-improved Grizzlies in the first round.

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Play-In Tournament: Who gets the final two playoff spots in the West?

The West matchups are set with the No. 7 Timberwolves taking on the No. 8 Clippers, and the No. 9 Pelicans battling the No. 10 Spurs.

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The Rundown: Ja Morant returns, lifts Grizzlies to win over Pelicans

After 3 weeks of absence, Ja Morant is back like he never left. He drops 21 points and nine assists in the Grizzlies’ win.

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Extra Pass: Suns look to bounce back vs. Jazz

The Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz – two playoff-bound teams – face off on NBA TV Philippines, via Smart GigaPlay.

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The Rundown: Lakers out of playoff race

The Lakers were eliminated from the Play-In Tournament after a loss to the Suns and a win by the Spurs.