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Author: Joe Jacquez

Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal Impressing with Improved Play

WASHINGTON, USA – APRIL 26: Washington Wizards Bradley Beal walks through the crowd after defeating the Toronto Raptors 125-94 during game 4 of the playoff series in Washington, USA on April 26, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Joe Jacquez provides his impressions of Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards after seeing them in person on Thursday against the Suns. The Washington Wizards are 5-4 in nine games without John Wall in the lineup, and Bradley Beal has been a big reason why. The 24-year-old shooting guard out of Florida has lit it up from the field. Beal...

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Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Continues to Amaze

Ben Simmons is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year, but the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum has taken the league by storm. Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Continues to Amaze Tatum, the third overall pick out of Duke by the Boston Celtics in last June’s NBA draft, has become an important scorer for the team with the best record. The Celtics (22-5) lost last night in a tough game against the Spurs in San Antonio after a 4-1 homestand. Despite the loss, Tatum scored 20 points on 6-11 shooting from the field, to go along with 8 rebounds. Tatum entered...

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Philadelphia 76ers Trade Jahlil Okafor to Brooklyn Nets

February 19, 2016: Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. (Photograph by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images) The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round pick (via the New York Knicks) to the Brooklyn Nets for Trevor Booker on Thursday afternoon, according to Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Philly will send Okafor, Nik...

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Golden State Warriors Still Dangerous Without Stephen Curry

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 12: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 to win the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) There are few teams that could survive without their best player for an extended period of time. The Cleveland Cavaliers would not be the same without...

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The Houston Rockets are the Best Team in the NBA

The Rockets also added point guard Chris Paul and P.J. Tucker, who developed a reputation as a lockdown defender during his time with the Phoenix Suns. The CP3 Difference Kia MVP favorite James Harden is the most talked about player on the Rockets, but Houston has won their last seven games since Paul returned from an injury. In addition, the Rockets set an NBA record with their sixth-consecutive road defeat of a team by 15 points or more, surpassing the 2011-12 Miami Heat who accomplished the feat in five-straight road contests. Houston beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 118-95 in...

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Chicago Bulls Young Core Provides Hope for Bright Future

Chicago Bulls fans are used to being entertained by winning teams every season. Of course, the Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen led Bulls’ teams were the class of the NBA in the 1990s. But Chicago continued its winning tradition after that era ended. After six-straight losing seasons from 1998-99, the Bulls have only one losing seasons since and a 41-41 record in 2016-17. What Bulls fans are not used to is a team with a 3-16 record in the early stages of a long rebuild. Chicago Bulls Young Core Provides Hope for Bright Future There is no doubt Chicago is a...

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New Orleans Pelicans Playoffs Hopes Are Legitimate

The Golden State Warriors are the class of the Western Conference and the Houston Rockets are their greatest threat. The Warriors have won the last three Western Conference Finals and Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and company are trying for their third NBA championship in the last four seasons. Meanwhile, all the Rockets have done is win six of their last seven games, each by 15 points or more. Nobody has scored more points per game, dished out more assists per game and made more three-pointers this season than MVP favorite James Harden. But it is the additions...

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