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Pacers Don't Have Big Plans for Big Man

Candace Buckner, Indianapolis Star

Mark Cuban Really Is a Maverick

Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland

An Emoji for Every NBA Playoff Team

Ben Cohen, Wall Street Journal

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers have so far resisted just throwing stacks of money at their problems. That waiting game ends this summer. All the Lakers' plotting and...(full article)

No one can explain why two-time All-Star Roy Hibbert has played inconsistently on the offensive end. Then again, there's no telling how Hibbert truly felt about his 2014-15 season ...(full article)

It’s a Friday morning in early April, and Mark Cuban is limping through the underbelly of American Airlines Center in Dallas. He’s sore for two reasons: His surgically replaced...(full article)

The international language of basketball isn’t exactly English. To be a fan of today’s NBA is to be fluent in an emerging dialect of video clips, tweets with unique punctuation...(full article)

This NBA season has been full of glorious surprises. Only the most steadfast Atlanta Hawks fans could have predicted their rise from a fringe playoff team to the best team in ...(full article)

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