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Odds Machine: The Nuggets Regained Control of the NBA Finals

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray dominated the Miami Heat in Game 3, giving the Denver Nuggets a 2-1 series lead and setting up a pivotal Game 4 in Miami

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The Nuggets Reminded Everyone Why They’re the Favorites

Game 3 of the NBA Finals seemed poised to go down to the wire—that is, until Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray broke it open with 30-point triple-doubles and reclaimed control of the series

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The Heat Can Win at Sea Level or a Mile High

The Heat became the first visiting team to win in Denver this postseason as their role players bested the Nuggets’ role players to continue Miami’s improbable playoff run

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The Nuggets Hit the Heat With a Team-Wide “Too Small”

Entering the NBA Finals, the most crucial question for Miami was whether it could slow down Nikola Jokic and Denver’s offense. The answer, through one game, is a resounding no.

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Nikola Jokic Is Already One of the Best NBA Playoff Performers Ever

The Nuggets’ star center hasn’t won a ring (yet), but his offensive postseason stats place him alongside—and often ahead of—basketball’s greatest legends

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A First Look at the NBA Finals Matchup Between the Nuggets and Heat

Will Miami be able to slow down Nikola Jokic? Will Denver be able to cool off the Heat? The NBA Finals are set, and we’re breaking down the most pressing matchup questions each team will have to answer.

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Six Numbers to Help Make Sense of a Lopsided Conference Finals Round

For the first time since 2015, both NBA semifinals series are 3-0. How, exactly, have Miami and Denver turned seemingly competitive matchups into drubbings?

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Is 2023 the Year of the Underdog in the NBA Playoffs?

With the Heat and Lakers both making unprecedented runs as lower seeds in this year’s NBA playoffs, The Ringer’s Zach Kram takes a look at just how rare this moment is in the history of the NBA playoffs

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How Do the Heat Keep Doing This?

Miami’s unlikely transformation into a postseason juggernaut continued apace in Game 1 in Boston. And while the Celtics may find solace in the fact that torrid shooting is difficult to repeat, when it comes to Jimmy Butler and the Heat, it sure feels like anything is possible.

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Is Victor Wembanyama the Best European NBA Prospect Ever?

We compared Wemby to other highly touted European players like Luka Doncic, and—spoiler alert—even through that lens, the 7-foot-3 wunderkind is one of a kind