Can Luka Doncic Win a Ring? Exploring His Playoff Journey
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by HoopSocial
1M ago
At just 25 years old, Luka Doncic has already delivered some unforgettable playoff performances and is now playing for the chance to be an NBA champion. One of his most memorable moments came in Game 2 of the 2024 Western Conference Finals against the Timberwolves, where he outmaneuvered Rudy Gobert and nailed a game-winning 3-pointer. This clutch shot was not his first; back in the 2020 NBA Playoffs, Doncic hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to tie the series against the Clippers, although the Mavericks eventually lost in six games. These “Luka Magic” moments have had fans on the edge of their se ..read more
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The Best Basketball Hoops in 2024: In-Ground, Portable, and Poolside (Ratings/Reviews)
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by HoopSocial
2M ago
Basketball hoops are a great addition to any home or backyard. They provide endless entertainment for kids and adults alike and can even serve as a great workout. If you’re in the market for a new basketball hoop, there are plenty of options to choose from. We’ve assembled a collection of the best in-ground, portable, hybrid, and poolside basketball hoops to help streamline your research process. Jump to: How to Choose the Right Basketball Hoop Best In-Ground Basketball Hoops Best Portable Basketball Hoops Best Poolside Basketball Hoops How to Choose the Right Basketball Hoop There are a few ..read more
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The Top 10 Best Outdoor Basketballs in 2024
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by HoopSocial
2M ago
Basketball is a sport that is loved by many around the world and can be played on a variety of court surfaces and in sometimes harsh weather conditions. Having the right equipment can make all the difference when it comes to playing at your best. One of the most important pieces of equipment for any basketball player is the basketball itself.  Outdoor basketballs need to be able to withstand the rough and rugged conditions of the street, and indoor basketballs need to be able to handle the fast-paced action of a game. In this article, we will be taking a look at the top 10 best outdoor ba ..read more
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NBA 1st Quarter Award Winners (at least for us)
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by Michael Shearer
7M ago
I love doing quarterly awards. First-quarter awards are always the most enjoyable, too, since there’s usually some things that deserve acknowledgment but tend to fade over a full season (last year, I had Steph Curry as the first-quarter MVP!). There is so much basketball played during a year, and I enjoy taking a moment away from the deep analysis to honor what’s been a terrific six weeks. Basketball is fun, and it’s good to remember that. Reminder: this isn’t a prediction of year-end awards. It’s simply a celebration of the best stories from the season’s first quarter. So let’s go! Most Impro ..read more
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The Weekly 4-Point Play: Volume 6
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by Reilly McDonnell
7M ago
Welcome back to The Weekly 4-Point Play, our new weekly column highlighting four of the biggest and most exciting stories in the association. In case you missed it, Volume 5 is HERE. I have to start this out by saying the IST is a massive success. I consider Haliburton to be too good for the concept of a future superstar (he’s a current superstar) but I’m glad people are starting to see how special he is. A team like the Pacers who I still don’t think have what it takes for a long postseason run, getting the spotlight on them for a week is why I am loving this In-Season Tournament.  Ther ..read more
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Devin Booker is the Most Well-Rounded Guard in Basketball
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by Michael Shearer
7M ago
Smart basketball people love to say that growth isn’t linear; that makes Devin Booker’s evolution as a player even more satisfying. It doesn’t necessarily show up in the box scores, but every season, Booker comes back with tangible improvements to his game. This summer, Booker put on his floppy hat and spent time in the garden nurturing his point-guard skills, and it’s clear that Chris Paul provided the fertilizer. For the first time since 2018-19, Booker is the point guard in both name and function, and he’s responded with a career-best 8.3 assists per game. His 38% assist rate is a smidge hi ..read more
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The Kings Offense is Good, but it’s not Good Enough
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by Michael Shearer
7M ago
The Kings were riding high after last season, which culminated in the team’s first playoff berth in a high school junior’s lifetime. They had a historically great offense that flowed through Domantas Sabonis’ high-post playmaking, a brilliant one-on-one scorer in De’Aaron Fox, a bevy of willing and capable shooters, and a clever offensive system that eschewed heavy doses of pick-and-roll for dribble handoffs, cuts, and off-ball movement. They likely would’ve beaten the Warriors (the inspiration for their offensive system) in the first round if Fox hadn’t broken his hand. They brought back the ..read more
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Is there a shift in the NBA Paradigm? 5 Overachievers in the 2023-24 Season (so far)
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by Jed Katz
7M ago
Nearly 30 games into the 2023-24 NBA season, we can get a good feel for what teams are going to make the postseason. Of course, we have the usual suspects in Boston, Milwaukee, and Denver fighting as contenders. However, if you take a glance at the standings, you’ll catch quite a few surprises. There are plenty of overachievers thus far: 5. Houston Rockets The Rockets are 13-11, good for a spot in the NBA Play-In Tournament, and just two games back from a playoff spot. Over the summer, the team brought in Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks, causing questions to arise: why pay an immense amount of ..read more
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Joel Embiid and The Free Throw Dilemma 
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by Mike Marano
7M ago
Free Throws are the easiest points in the game- you stand right at the line with no defenders and *almost* all the time in the world. Despite only being worth one point, the free throw is a highly coveted shot, and rightfully so, especially considering the level of difficulty and frequency at which free throws are taken on a per-game and per-team basis in 2023. After all, the object of the game is to help put points on the board for your team as efficiently as possible…right? This is where the lines begin to blur. Being able to garner attention from the defense and, as a result, get fouled and ..read more
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In-Season Tournament Quarter-final recap: Celtics vs. Pacers
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by Frederick Okocha
7M ago
INDIANAPOLIS, IN–The Indiana Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 122-112 to advance to the semi-finals of the In-season tournament. The Pacers went on a 9-0 run in the 4th quarter to book their place at Las Vegas later this week.  The fairytale run is alive for the Pacers as they improve to an 11-8 record on the season. As Tyrese Haliburton said in his post-game interview, this young team is not going to Las Vegas to make up the numbers, they have intentions to win it all. A victory over the Celtics in a playoff-like atmosphere will only fill them with confidence moving forward. The Solution t ..read more
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