April 17, 2014

At Least the Knicks Won the Regular-Season Championship Belt

It is the team’s first championship in 41 years, not counting their decadelong run of undefeated press conferences.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Are the Captains Now

The Philadelphia Flyers are America’s team. They truly represent the best of us.

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It’s Time for True Seeding in the NBA Playoffs

As good as the playoffs are, they would probably be better if the NBA abolished conferences and liberated its playoff system from the tyranny of irrelevant regionalism.

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NBA Regular-Season Shootaround: Good-bye to All That

So much amazing happened during the NBA regular season, and the Shootaround crew was here to help you keep track of it all. With the playoffs on the horizon, we looked back on some of our favorite smaller moments, head-scratching story lines, beloved players, and games from the course of the season. My Name Is Carmelo […]

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A Conversation About the Wizards

The believer vs. the hater; an internal conversation about the Washington Professional Basketball Team.

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Andrelton Simmons, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Resisting the Temptation to Hit for Power

Andrelton Simmons and Jackie Bradley Jr. are going to be valuable regulars for at least the next decade based on defense alone. That’s their floor. Their ceiling depends on what they do with the bat. Strange as it seems, the best thing for both players might be to not worry about hitting for power.

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The NBA Mega-List of Things to Like and Dislike

Every year, dozens of “likes” and “dislikes” fail to make it into a Tuesday column, left to die if they are somehow unique to that particular season. And every year, we try to save at least some of them with a mega-post to showcase the worthiest.

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The Sad Boys: Looking Back at Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith’s Brick-Laden Season in Detroit

On a team loaded with young bucks primed to dominate the interior, the Pistons would be wise to decorate their perimeter with decent jump-shooters and strong pick-and-roll playmakers. Instead, they went out and signed two below-average volume shooters who don’t really make the players around them better.

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Bill and Jalen’s Playoffs Preview: LeBron, the Best Finals, and More!

Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose have all the answers — OK, maybe too many answers — about the NBA playoffs in this exclusive Grantland series.

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About Last Night: Frozen Treat

In case you were busy jamming out to “Hit Somebody!” by Warren Zevon, here are the top five stories you missed in sports on Wednesday.

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April 16, 2014

Forget It, Jake. It’s Little Italy. (Saying Good-bye to the NCAA’s Limited Snack Stance.)

We can’t let this go without putting some kind of immediate postwar romantic spin on the imaginary fallout.

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Rounding Out the NBA Awards

A torturous exercise — fun, but also torturous.

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We Bought a Tank: Looking Back and Looking Forward with the Sixers

I am a little conflicted over this Sixers season. So I decided to go home and watch them play on their floor one last time, to see if it gave me any clarity.

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Why the West Is Fun: Are Division Winners Colorado and Anaheim Actually the Most Vulnerable?

There’s a lot of noise surrounding players and teams entering the Stanley Cup playoffs and very little signal. So over the next few days, avoid listening to that guy at the office who brings up the career playoff points rate of Danny Briere, who is coming off his worst points-per-game rate since the Clinton Administration, while simultaneously talking down the playoff inexperience of Ben Bishop. We have so much information, yet so little of it really matters.

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No Pale Imitation: How Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, and a Savvy GM Have Revived the White Sox Offense

Jose Abreu is crushing the ball. Adam Eaton looks like the perfect leadoff man. We may only be 14 games into the season, but it’s still impossible to ignore that the 2014 White Sox currently have the most improved year-over-year offense in modern MLB history.

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Derek Jeter’s Diary: The Final Season Begins

The baseball season is a long and lonely road. And so is the offseason. To preserve his sanity, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter keeps a diary. These are excerpts from The Captain’s private journal.

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121 (or So) Things to Love During the NHL Playoffs

Have you been watching hockey this year? It’s cool! No worries. Everyone’s busy. I totally get that. To help you catch up, here’s a short but incomplete list of a few things to watch during the NHL postseason.

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Bill and Jalen’s Playoffs Preview! (With Special Guest Drake!)

Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose have all the answers — OK, maybe too many answers — about the NBA playoffs in this exclusive Grantland series.

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About Last Night: Cali Civil War

In case you were busy getting a tour of New York from Rex Ryan, here are the top five stories you missed in sports on Tuesday.

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