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2016 NBA Playoffs, 2018 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA -

CLEVELAND — Jaylen Brown appeared shook as he fielded questions in the Boston Celtics’ locker room after Monday’s Game 4 loss to Cleveland — which would probably be the reaction of anyone who got three shots rejected by Kyle Korver, of all people, in a crucial Eastern Conference finals game. “It’s the best two of […]

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So, so many people were wrong about LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers this year. The man reminded you of the slights in an Instagram post on Monday, but on Tuesday there was more fire. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz unveiled the “Parade of Gasbags” on ESPN Radio early Tuesday, complete with expert […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Kermit the Frog, LeBron James, NBA -

Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James hopped back to Cleveland, and the outfit may or may not (let’s keep it a buck, he definitely is) be sporting some shade toward the Golden State Warriors. James is seen wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt and a Kermit the Frog sipping tea meme hat (which I want to buy low-key). […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, American Black Film Festival, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, NBA, Power -

For more on the American Black Film Festival, read: Day 1: Black Hollywood mingles amid diversity strides Day 2: The woman of ‘Central Intelligence’ and the changes in black Hollywood Day 3: Being black in Hollywood means kinship, and taking ownership of imagery

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Ayesha Curry, Gabrielle Union, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry -

Sometimes, you just have to say it. Just ask Ayesha Curry. On Thursday night, en route to see her husband, Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry, play in the NBA Finals, the team bus she was riding was delayed to the point that it arrived at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena not long before tipoff. Then her […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr -

In the Western Conference finals, the series changed the moment Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant laughed at the concept of reigning league MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors being an underrated defender. The Thunder, despite once being up 3-1, didn’t win another game. On Sunday, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James has […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA -

Draymond Green has evolved into one of the most interesting personalities in the NBA, and perhaps all of sports — the vocal leader and emotional engine for one of the most compelling NBA teams in recent memory. Green has agreed to give The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears an exclusive look into his life on and […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cheryl Miller, Christian Laettner, Draymond Green, Gary Payton, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, NBA, Reggie Miller, The Fab Five -

Draymond Green, welcome to the Basketball Trash Talk Hall of Fame. The Golden State Warriors’ do-everything forward already was considered one of the best smack-talkers in today’s NBA before his verbal swipe at Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James (plus an ill-placed arm flail) knocked the Finals off course. After James spoke on Green’s disrespect, which some […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry -

Exactly a year ago today, the NBA Finals stood in the same position with the Golden State Warriors up 3-2 over the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2015’s Game 5, Cavalier LeBron James’ 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists weren’t enough to keep up with the Warriors — the Cavs went down 104-91. This year, […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry -

So much greatness happened in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and Kyrie Irving went off, and Kevin Love went soft. However, as we all know, the internet doesn’t care about that. It’s all about the jokes. Here are some of the best from Monday night. Congrats on the worst […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Bill Russell, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA -

NBA legend Bill Russell sat in a wheelchair with two handlers nearby on Monday night outside of Oracle Arena as he waited for his private car to arrive. The 11-time NBA champion’s work was not done. Had the Golden State Warriors clinched their second straight championship, Russell would’ve handed out the Most Valuable Player trophy […]

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You win the Eastern Conference with 57 wins, which also happens to be the NBA’s third-best record. You breeze through the early rounds of the 2016 playoffs, sweeping your first two series. Your roster’s healthy entering the 2016 NBA Finals. You plan to avenge last year’s Finals loss that you largely blamed on injuries. So […]

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The world has spent the past week remembering Muhammad Ali. Thousands gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, for The Champ’s funeral procession and luminaries spoke at his memorial service. His career as a boxer and life as an icon makes one ponder the idea of “greatness.” Within the realm of athletics, he is the modern yardstick. There […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Black Twitter, NBA -

Game 4 of the NBA Finals was easily the closest encounter that we’ve seen in the series. With that being said however, “players have to play” and Twitter users have to get their jokes off. Here are the top 10 tweets you may have missed last night! Life comes at you fast. What is Andrew […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA -

Draymond Green has evolved into one of the most interesting personalities in the NBA, and perhaps all of sports — the vocal leader and emotional engine for one of the most compelling NBA teams in recent memory. Green has agreed to give The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears an exclusive look into his life on and […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Phil Handy, Tyronn Lue -

Phil Handy was so annoyed by trash-talking text messages from his Bay Area friends about the Cleveland Cavaliers getting drummed by 15 points in the NBA Finals opener that he turned off his cellphone. And then the Cavs were humiliated further by his hometown Golden State Warriors 110-77 in Game 2. The problem? Handy is […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Chance The Rapper, J.R. Smith, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Lil Wayne, NBA -

If the Golden State Warriors have Lil B on their side as official curse curator and run practices at Drake’s house in Calabasas, California, the Cleveland Cavaliers doubled down over the past 24 hours with their own heavyweight musical cosigners. Yesterday, Chance The Rapper, whose Coloring Book has already solidified itself as one of the […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. If you feel like this NBA postseason has been littered with blowouts and bad games, well, your eyes ain’t lying to you. Our man, Tom Haberstroh, pointed out that Wednesday night marked the 10th game this postseason with a margin of 30 or more. The previous three postseasons combined had just 10. Here’s […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Analytics, Basketball, NBA, Race -

Read more of our Analytics content: Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics Get on board the ‘A’ train ‘Basketball IQ’ and the racial coding of the word

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2016 NBA Playoffs, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry -

In our era of analytics, statistics provide a new window into the game. We have statistics for just about everything: player efficiency ratings, Expected Possession Value-Added, win shares, usage rates … but basketball IQ? In a moment where numbers supposedly never lie and the beauty of the game can be boiled down to a formula, […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA -

This was supposed to start with a long, drawn-out reference to the movie Friday — the Golden State Warriors as Deebo and the Cleveland Cavaliers as Craig. The NBA Finals would be the fight at the end of the movie. And all this would be accurate if the fight stopped at the point when Deebo […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, NBA, Style -

The long slog through the contentious NBA playoffs is finally over. Players looked like they were on their way to a chic boardroom arriving at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Thursday. Just last week Russell Westbrook – the league’s truest fashion beast – slid in and out of this same arena wearing a parade […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson, LeBron James, NBA, Shaun Livingston, Stephen Curry -

There’s an serendipitous sense of synergy that a Bay Area team would follow the sage advice of a Bay Area legend Tupac Shakur: “You ain’t s— without your homeboys.” Because that’s exactly the wisdom the Golden State Warriors have used to their advantage all season. If you look at it strictly by the numbers, the […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. Welp, short of a LeBron James injury, Thursday night couldn’t have gone any worse for the Cleveland Cavaliers. We will get to the Golden State Warriors’ bench running the Cavs out of the building momentarily — holy Shaun Livingston, Batman — but first we need to talk about Matthew Dellavedova and the crotch […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, His & Hers, NBA, Stephen Curry -

After leading the Golden State Warriors to an NBA record 73 wins, and earning this season’s MVP award unanimously, Steph Curry doesn’t give his haters much ammo. Still, critiques of his game often time go beyond the basketball court. Does his background and skin tone influence the way fans think about him?

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, NBA -

”If you’re a black kid, it’s not good enough to shoot from outside. You like to break people down by taking it to the hole. Such moves come from anger and frustration, from competing and trying to be on top, from struggling all your life … In the ghetto, you often must take what you […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry -

Historically, kings have always had to fight to maintain their throne. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is no different. For the better part of the last decade, James has owned the league, both in terms of skill and popularity. His reign as the NBA’s alpha remained consistent while other pseudo-rivals shifted with each passing […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, LeBron James, NBA, Stephen Curry -

It started with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, then Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers called Golden State’s championship run “lucky,” with the knocks continuing throughout the season and the latest jab being a devastating Russell Westbrook snicker. Never mind the fact that Stephen Curry is a two-time MVP, a reigning NBA champion and […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Baylor Bears, MLB, NBA, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. If you haven’t been paying attention to baseball this season (and perhaps even if you have), you may have missed the dumpster fire that is the San Diego Padres, who are stuck in last place in the National League West. Only three teams in MLB have fewer wins than the Padres’ 21. This […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Beyonce, Colorism, Commentary, Golden State Warriors, NBA, Stephen Curry -

NOTE: This is the first of two consecutive commentaries by Michael Eric Dyson on Stephen Curry, his family and their influences on questions of race, color, family and faith. It was a brisk May night in Oakland, California, when the Golden State Warriors vanquished the Portland Trailblazers to snag a second consecutive berth in the […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, His & Hers, NBA -

You may have heard the original Kurtis Blow song, but you ain’t never seen anything like this before.

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Boston Red Sox, Diddy, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, MLB, Mookie Betts, NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder, Stephen Curry, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. This is what happens when you bet against the best player (sorry, LeBron James) in the NBA. You lose. One bearded, foolish fan (wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers hat with an American flag on the bill, no less) was filled with so much confidence after Game 5 of the Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder […]

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2016 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors, Style -

Memorial Day 2016 was heartbreaking for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost a critical Game 7 to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. But it was a storybook finish for the Warriors, who completed an epic comeback to head to the Finals. Warriors Steph Curry and Klay Thompson might be risk-takers […]

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