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The Legend of Udonis Haslem

When people talk about "Heat culture," they’re talking about UD, the no-nonsense, hard-charging Miami native who has been the heart and soul of the franchise for the past 17 seasons, from day one with Dwyane to the sage leader of the team that just crashed the Finals.

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Can LeBron James Use Pat Riley’s Own Blueprint Against Him?

The Heat president taught James the secrets to constructing a championship team when he played in Miami. Now, the two will meet in the Finals after building contenders over the past two years. Can James prove he’s not just the league’s best player, but also its best executive?

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Doc Is Out. Is the Clippers’ Next Coach Already on Their Bench?

Rivers’s tenure in Los Angeles is over after seven seasons and two blown 3-1 leads. Steve Ballmer’s choice to replace him will shape the franchise for years to come.

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The Biggest Offseason Questions for the Nuggets and Celtics

Both Denver and Boston had young squads that overdelivered this season with feel-good playoff runs. Which one is better positioned to take the next step and reach the Finals in 2021? A pivotal offseason awaits.

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The Road to the Title Goes Through LeBron Until He Says Otherwise

Miami LeBron is long gone. But subtle changes in James’s game helped vault him back into the Finals and could keep him there for years to come.

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NBA Restart Odds: Who is the Favorite in the NBA Finals?

The Lakers and Heat are close to an even match—but one team has the advantage entering the championship series

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The Fearless Heat Are in the NBA Finals

A fifth-seeded Miami team knocked off two of the East’s top squads in succession and is headed to a championship series where they will again be an underdog. That’s probably just fine with them.

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Three Immediate Questions Ahead of the 2020 NBA Finals

The Lakers and Heat will cap an unprecedented season with an unexpected title clash. Can L.A. space the floor against Miami’s suffocating defense? And how much will LeBron and AD vs. Jimmy and Bam dictate the series?

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The Celtics Invited Bam Adebayo to End Their Season. He Obliged.

Miami’s star center dominated in Game 6’s closeout win, but it was a simple tweak three games earlier that catapulted the Heat to the Finals

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The Unexpected and Unpredictable Lakers vs. Heat NBA Finals, Plus: Doc Rivers Is “Out” With the Clippers

Discussing the latest Woj bomb and previewing the unexpected but exciting matchup in the NBA Finals

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The Political Donations of NBA Owners Are Not So Progressive

NBA teams and owners have publicly pledged their solidarity with Black players in the fight against racism and police brutality. But the political donations of many franchise governors have overwhelmingly favored Donald Trump and the GOP. What does it mean for a league to send one message with statements and another with money?

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‘The Mismatch’: Why Doc Rivers Is Out As the Clippers Coach

Kevin O’Connor and Chris Vernon react to the news that Doc Rivers is no longer head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers

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‘Real Ones’: Miami Heat Overcome the Celtics to Face the Lakers in the NBA Finals

Discussing Miami’s victory over Boston in Game 6 to win the Eastern Conference finals, the Heat-Lakers Finals matchup, updates on the Wubble, and more

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Doris Burke on the Importance of Women In Sports Broadcasting

Plus, what life is like as a broadcaster inside the NBA bubble

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Miami vs. LeBron, Trubisky’s Farewell, a Pissed-Off Rodgers, and Lots of Falcon Poop with Cousin Sal

Discuss the NBA Finals and Week 3 of the NFL

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The Ringer’s Top 50 Prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft

The draft is just about a month away. Which players could have the biggest impact in the league?

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Syracuse’s 40-Year NBA Finals Drought Is About to End

Jimmy Carter was in office the last time a member of the Orange competed for an NBA title. Their misery is about to end, but they aren’t the only college basketball blue blood that’s struggled to produce players who compete for championships.

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Father Time Is Undefeated, but He’s Yet to Beat LeBron

It makes sense that a 35-year-old in his 17th season with 59,000 minutes under his belt would start to slow down in the later stages of the postseason. But this is LeBron James—and it’s a strange sight to see him be anything but superhuman.

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Want to See the Future? Watch Tyler Herro and Jamal Murray

The Heat and Nuggets guards have the shooting and skills—and the right teammates—to become the NBA’s next big-time scorers

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‘NBA Desktop’: Jimmy Butler Is the Most Underrated Player in the NBA

Jason breaks down Gordon Hayward’s return, the continued fallout from the Clippers’ collapse, and much more

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‘The Mismatch’: The Lakers Squeak Out a Win

Plus, holding out for a Herro, and the Bulls’ future with Donovan

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LeBron 4.0, Miami’s Herro Complex, and Harden for Embiid (?)

Plus, Week 3 NFL picks with Ryen Russillo

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Tyler Herro Has Arrived—Way, Way Ahead of Schedule

The Heat needed a spark to get past the Celtics in Game 4 of the East finals. Instead, they got straight flames from their baby-faced, sweet-shooting rookie. Not every Herro wears a cape.

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Jamal Murray’s Shooting Leap and More Stats-Based Conference Finals Observations

Four up-close looks at the four teams still standing in the NBA bubble

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Celtics vs. Heat Postgame With Raja Bell, Logan Murdock, and Kevin O’Connor

Breaking down Game 4 of Celtics vs. Heat

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‘Group Chat’: Nuggets Smoke the Lakers and Playing Coaching Matchmaker With Mike Trudell

Plus, they preview Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals

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Kobe, Shaq, and Phil: The Lakers Dynasty With Jeff Pearlman and Bill Simmons

Ryen Russillo is joined by Jeff Pearlman and Bill Simmons to discuss the Kobe-and-Shaq years of the Lakers dynasty

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‘The Restart’: Can Jayson Tatum Lead the Celtics to a Championship?

Kevin O’Connor breaks down Tatum’s passing game and explains why the Celtics are set up to be contenders for years to come

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Jaylen Brown Unlocks the Best Version of the Celtics

There isn’t much Boston’s most versatile star can’t do—which is good, because Brad Stevens is asking him to do a lot. If the Celtics are going to get past the Heat, they’ll need Brown to take on an oversized role.

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The Nuggets’ Comeback, Desus and Mero, and Jeff Daniels

Game 3 of the Western Conference finals

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‘The Mismatch’: Don’t Count the Nuggets Out, Hayward’s Importance, and Awards Voting Hysteria

Plus, Chris and Kevin discuss the potential G League restart

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The Only Player Who Can Stop Anthony Davis Is Himself

The Lakers star has continued his playoff domination against the Nuggets, capped by his buzzer-beating 3 to win Game 2. But instead of taking over at the end of games, he should be attacking all the time, like any other first option in the NBA.

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The Ex-Lakers All-Star Team

Los Angeles has traded or released so many draftees since its last playoff appearance in 2013 that you could make a team out of them. So we did.

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The Lakers Are … Inevitable, the Celtics Get Their Heads in the Game, and the Wubble Is in Jeopardy

Plus, Isaac Lee pours out some liquor for his cursed Clippers

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So What, Exactly, Was Mason Plumlee Doing on Anthony Davis’s Buzzer-Beater?

Let’s break down the most baffling defensive decision of the NBA playoffs

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The NBA Mid-Playoffs Survey

Who has been the Bubble MVP? Which eliminated playoff team needs the biggest makeover this offseason? And which Finals matchup would be most entertaining? The Ringer’s NBA staff weighs in.

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Big Men Have Two Paths in Today’s NBA: Be Special or Be a Specialist

Anthony Davis proved in the Lakers’ Game 2 win that size still matters in the modern game. But the postseason as a whole has also shown that if you don’t have an elite big, you should only make small investments in the position.