Author Archives: Alex Pappas

The wild, crazy, incredible MLB trade barrage of 2016

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If it seems like the trade deadline madness got madder than ever this year, it was with good reason: Since June 1, teams have struck 48 deals, a staggering number that illustrates just how wide open the chase for the 2016 championship really is. Even if the world has anointed the Chicago Cubs, the baseball industry knows the reality: This October is anyone’s for the taking.

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It Seems The Cavs Are Just Now Learning That The Warriors Play Small

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The Warriors disemboweled the Cavaliers last night, winning by 33 in a game that didn’t feel that close, and while there are a million different reasons why, one of the biggest is how effectively Golden State played small. Down two to begin the second quarter, the Warriors went the next 12 minutes without a traditional center and ended the quarter with an eight point lead. After Andrew Bogut played the first 3:20 of the third quarter, Draymond Green played center for the remaining 8:40, and the Warriors were +10. In 20:40 of game time, various Warriors smallball lineups were +20.

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Cavaliers Dominate Raptors Again as LeBron James Posts Triple Double

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At least the Toronto Raptors mixed it up. They missed layups and 3-pointers, midrange jumpers and hook shots, ensuring that they were equal-opportunity bricklayers. On Thursday night, with hope already in short supply, the Raptors slogged their way through the final minutes of the first half, missing nine straight field-goal attempts.

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NBA playoff scores 2016: Cavaliers don’t need 3-point shooting to dominate

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The Cleveland Cavaliers made history with their three-point shooting in the first two rounds of the playoffs. They didn’t need the three-ball in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, though, instead annihilating the Toronto Raptors in the paint as they coasted to a 115-84 win to take a 1-0 series lead. With the Raptors so intent on stopping the Cavaliers from beating them from deep, Cleveland adjusted. They attacked the lane with ease on their way to a 55.4 percent shooting performance as they went 7-of-20 from deep in a blowout win as they moved to 9-0 in the playoffs.

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