23 things to look forward to in the NBA playoffs

On the eve of the playoffs, let's get excited about a lot of playoff things.

How to defend the NBA's bread-and-butter play

The pick and roll is the staple of any NBA team, and teams defend it in so many different ways. We lay out all of them in preparation for the playoffs.

Good morning, let's talk about the playoffs

The seeds are set, the schedule's out and the playoffs are (almost) here.

The Hook's 2014 NBA Awards

Let us guide you back through the 2013-14 NBA regular season with a look at the superlatives in selected categories.

Long live the Suns

Phoenix is the best non-playoff team in NBA history, but that's cold comfort for a group that would have struck fear into a higher seed.

2014 was Cousins' coming out party

DeMarcus Cousins may not play in the final game of the season, but it was still a season that he can take pride in as a big step forward.

How Kevin Durant became the MVP

Necessity pushed Durant further down the path to greatness. Now he has caught up to LeBron.

Good morning, the Bobcats' destiny is upon us

Charlotte! Charlotte! Charlotte! That and more in our Thursday NBA newsletter.

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On a Loop: Mason denies LeBron's game winning dunk

DISCLAIMER: Mason Plumlee embarrasses LeBron James at the rim as Nets go to 4-0 vs Heat in 2013-14.

The Pacers' extreme road woes

Part of the Pacers' problem is how much worse they are on the road than the average team.

Corliss Williamson discusses coaching Cousins

The "Big Nasty" joined the Kings' coaching staff this season with one of his main assignments to provide guidance to DeMarcus Cousins. He spoke to Sactown Royalty about boogie's progress.

Dragic/Bledsoe channel ultra-competitive coach

Opposing coaches game plan to stop Dragic and Bledsoe from controlling the game, but very few have succeeded at that task. The combo of Bledsoe and Dragic have won 19 of their past 25 starts,...

Still trying to put together what Larry Bird broke

The Pacers continue to desperately piece together a strong team dynamic to make a playoff run after coming apart down the stretch of the regular season.

Why the Spurs stay amazing

Ho hum, the Spurs are on top of the West again. How do they keep putting together spectacular seasons and staving off the decline so many expect to see?

Good morning, the Pacers are a tire fire

It can't get worse for Indiana ... can it?

Overcoming tough defense wins NBA championships

The cliché is that defense wins championships. It's a little more complicated than that.

Good morning, the Spurs lost, everything's a lie

How will we get on? Oh, with Tim Duncan troll GIFs and Blake Griffin dunks!

Every 50-win season in NBA history in 1 chart

Tim Duncan has 15 50-win seasons. How many do all the NBA franchises have?

Good morning, the Spurs may never lose again

19 straight! That and a whole lot more in Thursday's NBA newsletter from SB Nation NBA.

How age correlates to team success

By looking at team age data, we can get hints on which teams face the end of their runs and which teams have bright futures.

The NBA's speed movement isn't stopping

Back in January we noted that the NBA was collectively playing at its highest pace in two decades. As the season comes to a close, that remains true.

Spurs still streaking, Sixers get a win

The Spurs' winning streak is still going, the Blazers make a big jump, and the Sixers won a game!

10 worst lines from a Northwestern union hit piece

The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins wrote something we had to double-check was not parody.

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