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2023 NBA Playoffs

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Nuggets Are NBA Champs and the Future of the Jokic-Murray Combo With Austin Rivers, Plus Kyle’s Wedding Recap

Austin Rivers joins to talk about what it was like to play with Nikola Jokic, why he thinks Jamal Murray is a top guard in the West, and what the future holds for this Nuggets core

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The Denver Nuggets Were Built to Last

Not every franchise can be so lucky as to draft the best player in the game, but any can afford to be patient—and the Nuggets’ long, steady march carried them all the way to the NBA title

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Where Does a Title Put Nikola Jokic in NBA History?

The Denver Nuggets star has reached rarefied air after bringing a championship to the Mile High City. Is he already one of the game’s 20 best players ever? "He’s one of the all-time greats and still 28 years old. There’s so much more to go," says Nuggets GM Calvin Booth.

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Doc Rivers on Denver’s First Title, the Zombie Heat, Jokic Vs. the Greats, and Why It Wasn’t Philly

The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by NBA champion head coach Doc Rivers to recap the Denver Nuggets’ first title win in franchise history, over the Miami Heat in five games

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Nuggets Win NBA Finals: A Dynasty in the Making? Plus, Miami Offseason Preview, Playoff Lessons Learned.

Verno and KOC congratulate the Denver Nuggets for winning their first NBA title and recap Game 5, which went down to the wire

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The Denver Nuggets Have Reached the NBA’s Summit

Game 5 of the Finals was a fitting capper to an utterly dominant postseason run for the Nuggets, who completed their mission to deliver Denver its first NBA title

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The Heat Have No Answer for the Aaron Gordon Problem

Miami held Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray to a series-low 38 points combined, but Gordon more than picked up the slack, scoring inside and out, hounding Jimmy Butler, filling in ably for Jokic at the 5, and ultimately rendering every Heat strategy untenable

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The Nuggets Proved Their Championship Mettle With Their MVP off the Floor

When Nikola Jokic went to the bench with foul trouble in the fourth quarter of Game 4, Denver’s role players kept their poise, kept the lead, and brought the Nuggets to the brink of the first title in franchise history

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Jokic-Murray the Best Two-Man Game Ever? Plus, Chris Paul’s Potential New Team and Mailbag Time!

Austin and Pausha also discuss Jokic’s potential to go down as the best center ever

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Seven NBA Observations on Chris Paul, Damian Lillard’s Future, and the 2023 Draft

What are the best landing spots for CP3? Is Dame headed east? And who is the biggest riser in this month’s draft? From the Finals to free agency, here are seven thoughts as the NBA calendar shifts into overdrive.

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Can the Heat Measure Up to the Nuggets on the Glass?

If Miami can’t grab enough rebounds or turn up enough loose balls to win the possession battle, its means of defeating Denver will vanish into thin air

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NBA Game 4 Preview and Belmont Stakes Bets With Michael Joyce

The guys also preview the Taylor-Lopez fight

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Odds Machine: Down 3-1, the Zombie Heat Face Their Steepest Climb Yet

Miami has beaten the odds all postseason long, but a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit to Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets will be extremely difficult to overcome

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Jamal Murray Delivers an NBA Finals Performance for the Ages

The Nuggets have not one, but two stars who can do it all. In Game 3, Denver’s point guard matched his MVP teammate’s 30-point triple-double, and reminded everyone just how talented he really is.

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The Subtle Dominance of Bam Adebayo

Nikola Jokic is rightfully getting his due, but the "other" center in the NBA Finals has been just as critical through two games. He’s even starting to play a little like his competition, too.

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How Will the Nuggets Respond? Plus, Pick Your Poison With Jokic and a LeBron Power Play?

Verno and KOC discuss how the Miami Heat took Game 2 from the Denver Nuggets, Michael Malone’s comment about the team’s effort, Jimmy Butler’s brilliant facilitating, and Michael Porter Jr.’s poor performance

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Did Nikola Jokic Dominate Just Like the Heat Wanted Him To?

Whether or not Miami "forced" Denver’s star to be a scorer in Game 2 can be debated (see: Spoelstra, Erik). Was Sunday a results-based coincidence? Or did Miami find something while squaring the Finals?

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Nicky T on Yankees-Dodgers, Mets Swept By Blue Jays, and AMA

JJ recaps Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and Nick Turturro returns to talk about the Yankees’ series win over the Dodgers

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Miami’s Zombies Do It Again, Portland’s Dilemma, Ja’s Future, and Worst GM Jobs With Ryen Russillo

Discussing Jimmy Butler and Nikola Jokic’s place in history

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What’s the Heat’s Move in Game 2? Plus, Next Steps for New Coaching Hires.

Justin, Rob, and Wos preview Game 2 of the NBA Finals and discuss whether more minutes should be given to Haywood Highsmith and Kevin Love

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Game 1 Garbage Time, the Cult of Kevin Harlan, and Other Media Takes With Tyler Parker

Brian and Tyler also discuss the lack of media coverage of the Nuggets this season and LeBron James’s retirement comments

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Nikola Jokic Has the Heat in the Palm of His Hand

Within the first few minutes of Game 1 of the Finals, it became clear that Miami was in trouble—and that the two-time MVP was ready to play every tilt of the Heat’s formidable defense against them

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Seven NBA Observations on Nuggets-Heat, Ja Morant, and Coaching Changes

Can the Heat find any silver linings after getting dusted in Game 1? Plus, thoughts on Ja Morant’s future, the 2023 NBA draft, and the bold coaching moves out of Milwaukee and Philly.

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The Heat’s Worst-Case Scenario Played Out in Game 1

Miami lacked its usual fire in the Finals opener and went ice-cold from deep. With Denver rested and firing on all cylinders, the Heat will have to be close to perfect to make this a competitive series.

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Jokic Is Going to Mess Up Your Top-Five Lists

Jason also dives into the Chicago Bears’ OTA buzz, including CB Jaylon Johnson’s absence and Justin Fields’s developmental progress heading into next season

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NBA Finals Game 1 Rapid Reaction. Plus Game 2 Best Bets.

The Denver Nuggets continue their dominance at home against the Miami Heat

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NBA Finals: Nuggets Pummel Heat in Game 1, Jokic’s Dominance, and Breaking Miami’s Zone

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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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Amin Elhassan on the NBA Finals, Boston’s Collapse, and Heat Culture

Logan and Raja are joined by Amin Elhassan to discuss the upcoming NBA Finals matchup between the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat

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NBA Finals Preview, Nuggets Regular-Season Dominance, and Most Playoff-Ready Draft Prospects

How will the Heat defend against Nikola Jokic?

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How Will the Nuggets and Heat Come Out in Game 1?

What adjustments or new wrinkles could we see from Denver and Miami as they tip off the Finals? Here’s what to watch for from each side.

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A Semiserious Guide to the 2023 NBA Finals

Himmy Butler. The Sombor Shuffle. Shakira. Room 836. If none of this makes sense to you, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of all the Nuggets-Heat story lines, narratives, and inside jokes heading into the Finals.