Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 6:02 AM EDT Jul 16, 2019 The NBA's wildest summer appears to be winding down. Six of the 15 All-NBA players from last season changed teams, with blockbuster overnight trades, and a ton of All-Star level players and high-level role players changing teams. In case you weren't already convinced: Welcome to the player empowerment era of the NBA. We've had a little time to digest all the moves, and let's get right to the biggest takeaway: The NBA is as wide open as it has been in years, with as many as nine teams having a legitimate chance at an NBA title. That's because the two teams in June's NBA Finals both lost superstars in free agency. Golden State's dynasty — five straight Finals appearances and three titles — as we know it is over, and Kawhi Leonard became the first Finals MVP to immediately change teams in the offseason, leaving Toronto for the other team in Los Angeles. With free agency … [Read more...] about NBA power rankings: After wild summer, title race wide open
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Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EDT Apr 14, 2019 It is the debate of our time, the pro-tankers versus the anti-tankers, and it’s ripping the Detroit Pistons’ fan base apart. Not literally, of course. Just spiritually. And it has to stop. So: How about each side give the other a break? There is more than one way to build a title contender. And all of them require a bit of luck. Even when a team gets lucky, it still has to get … lucky. Take the Philadelphia 76ers, the pro-tankers' favorite example. The 76ers purposefully lost. That led to four straight top-three picks, including two No. 1 picks. (Though their second No. 1 pick was acquired via a trade with the Boston Celtics.) What did they get for their trouble? A generational talent in Joel Embiid. A tantalizing, 6-10 point guard in Ben Simmons — who can’t shoot. And two players who are no longer with the … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons in the playoffs: Good or bad for the future?
MINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Jokic had his 25th career triple-double with 13 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, including a late full-court pass that set up a key basket to help the Denver Nuggets hang on for a 107-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.After a bad-pass turnover by Karl-Anthony Towns sailed out of bounds for the Timberwolves, Jokic caught Andrew Wiggins flat-footed and found Malik Beasley wide open for an uncontested layup with a length-of-the-court heave for a 107-104 lead with 1:02 left.After a dunk by Luol Deng and a steal by Taj Gibson off Monte Morris, the Wolves took final possession with 14.5 seconds remaining. Deng's 3-pointer from the corner bounced out with 3.5 seconds to go, though, and the rebound by Towns was too late to create with.Towns, locked in another classic big man battle with his fellow All-Star Jokic, had 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Sports Denver's Michael Malone heading to NBA All-Star Game as coach; … [Read more...] about Jokic’s triple-double helps Nuggets beat Wolves
PORTLAND, Ore. — Gary Harris, who had missed Denver's last two games with a sore left ankle, scored 27 points and the Nuggets won their fifth straight game by edging the Portland Trail Blazers 113-112 on Friday night.Paul Millsap added 22 points for the Nuggets, who led by as many as 17 points but nearly squandered it in the frantic final minutes.CJ McCollum had 33 points, but missed a short jumper at the final buzzer as the Blazers came up just short. Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which has lost four of its last five games.The Blazers started to chip away at Denver's lead late in the third quarter. McCollum's jumper got Portland within 98-97 with 6:04 left but Monte Morris answered with a 3-pointer for the Nuggets and the Blazers couldn't get any closer until Nurkic's basket with 1:30 left counted on a goaltending call to close the gap to 108-106.McCollum added step-back jumper to tie it at 108 with less than a minute left.Jamal Murray made a pair of … [Read more...] about Harris has 27 and Nuggets edge Blazers 113-112