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All Articles written by: Polo Bustamante

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Storylines to watch in the 2023 NBA Playoffs (Part 1)

It’s time for playoff basketball! NBA.gb3bh.comilippines writer highlights one interesting storyline for each series. Here's part one.

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2023 NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers vs. Knicks preview

The fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers take on the fifth-seeded New York Knicks in the first round.

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Play-In Tournament picks: Who will qualify in the East?

The Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, and Chicago Bulls will be vying for the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

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The Rundown: Wolves, Jazz, Clippers earn wins

The Wolves took down the Spurs, the Jazz held off the Nuggets, and the Clippers scored a victory over the Trail Blazers.

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How a Laker fan feels about Sacramento’s impressive season

From disdain to admiration, NBA.gb3bh.comilippines writer Polo Bustamante shares his feelings on the Sacramento Kings’ rise from a point of view of a Laker fan.

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Extra Pass: Lakers, Clippers gear up for all-important clash

Catch the Lakers as they try to extend their winning run against the Clippers live at 10:00 AM on NBA TV Philippines or via livestream on NBA League Pass.

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The Rundown: Heat, Pelicans score crucial wins

Jimmy Butler and the Heat turned back the Mavericks, while the Pelicans held off the Clippers.

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Extra Pass: Booker, Suns hope to take down Wolves

You can catch this battle with several playoff implications between the Minnesota and Phoenix live at 10:00 AM on NBA League Pass.

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The Rundown: Bulls spoil LeBron’s return, Wolves beat Warriors

The Bulls took down the Lakers, the Wolves got even with the Warriors as the battle for playoff spots continue to get heated.

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Extra Pass: Cavs take on slumping Nets

Watch the Nets and Cavs vie for an all-important win live at 7:30 AM on NBA League Pass.

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The Rundown: Celtics knock down Kings

The Celtics ended their road trip with a win over one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

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Extra Pass: Clippers look to pounce on Lillard, Blazers

The Clippers aim to go back to their winning ways as they face the skidding Trail Blazers.

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The Rundown: Pacers pull off upset win over Bucks

The Pacers relied on a balanced attack to take down one of the top teams in the East.

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‘Hoops Paradise’: Getting love from the Philippines

The fourth episode of ‘Hoops Paradise’ revolves around NBA players and their memorable visits to the Philippines.

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The Rundown: Knicks put an end to Lakers’ streak

The Knicks finally recovered from a three-game skid as Julius Randle and RJ Barrett led their team past the Lakers.

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The Rundown: Curry waxes hot in OT win over Bucks

Steph Curry came up clutch in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Warriors fended off the Bucks.

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Muggsy Bogues continues to inspire players to dream big

Muggsy Bogues, the shortest player to ever play in the NBA, did not let his size get in the way of fulfilling his dream. His mission is to inspire kids to do the same.

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Extra Pass: Heat looking to stop Cavs

You can watch this battle for playoff seeding between the Cavs and Heat live at 8:30 AM on NBA League Pass.

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League Pass power rankings: The Bucks are wreaking havoc

The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the hottest teams in the league, making them a must-watch every time they play.

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Extra Pass: Sliding Pelicans hoping to topple Kings

Catch these two West playoff hopefuls battle it out, live on NBA League Pass at 11:00 AM.

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How Westbrook, Love, Beverley, Jackson are fitting in

NBA.gb3bh.comilippines writer Polo Bustamante reports on these four buyout players and how they’re impacting their respective teams.

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Extra Pass: Clippers seek first win with Westbrook

Russell Westbrook and the Clippers hope to get a victory when they take on the Warriors tomorrow.

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The Rundown: Knicks grab sixth straight win at Celtics’ expense

The Knicks continue to be on a roll, cruising to a win against the Celtics, who relinquished the league’s top spot to the Bucks after the loss.

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Extra Pass: Can Kings stop Clippers in Westbrook’s debut?

The Kings are looking to put an end to the Clippers’ two-game winning streak.

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Three ideas to spice up All-Star Weekend

NBA.gb3bh.comilippines writer Polo Bustamante shares his ideas on how to make the NBA All-Star Weekend even more exciting.

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The Rundown: Mac McClung steals show in dunk contest

Along with McClung, Team Jazz and Damian Lillard also emerged as winners in the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Shootout, respectively.

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Extra Pass: Mavs hope to figure things out vs. Nuggets

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving have yet to notch a victory together since they acquired the latter from the Brooklyn Nets.

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The Rundown: Timberwolves survive Mavs’ comeback, Lillard hits Lakers with 40

The Timberwolves were able to hold off the Mavericks, while Damian Lillard scored 40 points in their win over the Lakers.

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NBA trade deadline winners and losers

Now that the trade deadline has passed, it’s time to assess who came out as winners and losers from all those deals.

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Extra Pass: Bucks eye 10th straight win

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks hope to get their 10th win in a row tomorrow against the Clippers.

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The Rundown: Kyrie Irving scores 24 in Mavs debut

Kyrie Irving dazzled in his first game with the Mavericks with 24 points and five assists.

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Four players set for All-Star debut

Gilgeous-Alexander, Haliburton, Markkanen, and Jackson Jr. are ready to make a splash in their first All-Star Game appearance.

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Extra Pass: Kings hope to get back on track vs. Pelicans

You can catch these two West playoff hopefuls battle it out live at 8:00 AM on NBA TV Philippines or NBA League Pass.

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‘Stew York’: Liberty locked and loaded

The New York Liberty become instant title contenders with the addition of Breanna Stewart.

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The Rundown: Timberwolves beat Warriors in OT; Lillard fires 42

D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards took over down the stretch as the Timberwolves outlasted the Warriors. Damian Lillard’s hot streak continues against the Grizzlies.

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League Pass power rankings: Warriors back on the radar

The Warriors aren’t as fun as they used to be but they’re still one team we should keep tabs on.

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Extra Pass: Irving, Nets look to pounce on superstar-less Lakers

How will the Lakers fare without LeBron and AD? Watch the Nets host the Lakers, live at 8:30 AM on NBA TV Philippines or NBA League Pass.

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The Rundown: Splash Brothers dominate Raptors

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 64 points as the Warriors defeated the Raptors.

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How the Hachimura trade impacts the Lakers and Wizards

Will Rui Hachimiura be the answer to the Lakers’ issues? What do the Wizards get out of the trade?

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Extra Pass: Lakers take on Clippers

It’ll be an intercity affair when the Lakers face the Clippers tomorrow.

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The Rundown: 76ers down Kings for 5th straight win

Even without Joel Embiid and James Harden, the 76ers managed to stun the Kings and snap their six-game win streak.

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Three things I was wrong about

NBA.gb3bh.comilippines writer Polo Bustamante admits he had misconceptions about two players and one team.

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Extra Pass: Undermanned Pelicans battle Heat

CJ McCollum will lead the shorthanded Pelicans tomorrow against the Heat.

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The Rundown: Embiid lifts 76ers past Lakers

Joel Embiid showed up in the clutch again as the Sixers beat the Lakers, spoiling LeBron James’ 38K-point milestone.

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Extra Pass: All eyes on LeBron-Luka duel

LeBron James’ Lakers take on Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks tomorrow.

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The Rundown: Bucks stop Knicks’ four-game win streak

The Bucks rallied back from 17 points down to steal the win in Madison Square Garden.

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New Year, New You: NBA stars who reinvented themselves

Russell Westbrook, Marcus Smart, and Brook Lopez are just a few of the NBA stars who embraced new roles this season.

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The Rundown: Fox’s game-winner lifts Kings past Jazz

Lauri Markkanen’s potential game-winning 3 was a bit too late, allowing the De’Aaron Fox and the Kings to escape the Jazz.

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Extra Pass: Can Pelicans keep momentum going vs. Grizzlies?

Zion Williamson and the Pelicans hope to extend their win streak to six games tomorrow.

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The Rundown: Kings down Nuggets, Pelicans reclaim West top seed

The Pelicans bagged their fourth straight win to move up to No. 1 in the West, as the Nuggets lost to the Kings.

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League Pass power rankings: Jokic makes Nuggets a fun watch

Whether the Nuggets are the best team in the league is up for debate. What we do know is that Nikola Jokic makes them the best team to watch right now.

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Extra Pass: Tune in to Sixers-Knicks on Christmas

The Sixers and Knicks open up the NBA Christmas Day festivities when they tip-off at 1:00 AM, live on NBA League Pass.

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The Rundown: Pelicans win behind McCollum’s 40-point masterpiece

With Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson out, CJ McCollum did the heavy lifting to lead the Pelicans to a win over the Spurs.

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Extra Pass: Zion-Giannis show coming right up

The New Orleans-Milwaukee game will be live at 9:00 AM on NBA League Pass.

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The Rundown: Kyrie nails game-winner, Nets win 4th straight

Kyrie Irving knocked down a triple at the buzzer to help the Nets grab their fourth win in a row.

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More awards the NBA could give out

The NBA recently renamed awards and revealed new ones that honor the legends of the league. NBA.gb3bh.comilippines writer Polo Bustamante has a few fictional ones in mind.

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Extra Pass: Can Lakers add to Celtics’ woes?

The Lakers have their hands full against the Celtics, who are coming off two straight losses.

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Extra Pass: Can Lakers end skid vs. Pistons?

The Lakers can get back to their winning ways tomorrow against the Pistons.

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Throwback 3s: Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson, and Sam Cassell

Once upon a time, the trio of Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson Jr., and Sam Cassell made the Milwaukee Bucks a dangerous team in the league.

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Extra Pass: Best of the East vs. best of the West

The Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns, the top two teams in their respective conferences, meet tomorrow on NBA TV Philippines.

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The Rundown: Leonard hits game-winner in return vs. Hornets

Back like he never left, Kawhi Leonard delivers the most crucial shot for the Clippers.

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It’s time to stop hating on Anthony Davis

NBA.gb3bh.comilippines’ Polo Bustamante tells us why his support for Anthony Davis never wavered despite all the struggles and injuries.

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Extra Pass: Mavericks trying for two wins in a row

The Mavericks hope to get their second straight victory when they take on the young and depleted Pistons tomorrow.

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The Rundown: Pacers’ Nembhard delivers game-winner vs. Lakers

Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to allow the Pacers to complete a come-from-behind win against the Lakers.

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Extra Pass: Can Bucks stop Cavs in Central Division showdown?

The top two teams in the Central Division go head-to-head tomorrow on NBA TV Philippines.

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The Rundown: Kings keep rolling with 7th straight win

The Sacramento Kings continued their hot streak by extending their winning streak to seven games.

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League Pass power rankings: Keep your eye on the Celtics

If you like offense, the Boston Celtics are a must-watch team right now.

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Extra Pass: Warriors looking for first road win vs. Rockets

The Warriors hope to end their woes on the road when they face the Rockets tomorrow.

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The Rundown: O’Neale’s putback helps Nets escape Blazers

The Nets survived the West’s best team after Royce O’Neale made a tip-in with 0.7 seconds left.

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Extra Pass: Doncic, Mavericks collide with Clippers

Luka Doncic and the Mavericks hope to win their second straight game when they play the Clippers tomorrow on NBA TV Philippines.

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Three players thriving on new teams

Let’s take a look at three players who have been performing well with their new squads.

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Extra Pass: Lakers, Clippers in battle of LA

The Lakers and Clippers rekindle their rivalry tomorrow on NBA TV Philippines.

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The Rundown: Grant’s game-winner lifts Blazers past Suns

Jerami Grant knocked down a shot at the buzzer to help the Blazers escape the Suns.

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Extra Pass: Can Cavaliers get repeat win over Celtics?

The Cavaliers are putting their five-game winning streak on the line in a rematch against the Celtics.

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The Rundown: Lakers grab first win; Doncic pours 44 over Magic

The Lakers finally got into the W column at the expense of the Nuggets. Luka Doncic delivers a 44-point masterpiece against the Magic.

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Extra Pass: Bucks eyeing 3-0 start, take on Nets

Milwaukee is putting its perfect record on the line against a tough East rival.

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Winners and losers of Week 1

Let’s take a look at the big winners and losers of the first week of the new season.

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The Rundown: Lillard, Simons lead Blazers past Nuggets

Damian Lillard dropped 31 and Anfernee Simons caught fire in the third quarter as the Trail Blazers moved up to 4-0.

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League Pass power rankings: Morant’s Grizzlies are a must-stream team

Games have been entertaining to start the season. Here are some of the interesting teams you should be watching.

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Extra Pass: Warriors host Nuggets in playoff rematch

Denver is looking to avenge last season’s playoff elimination at the hands of Golden State on NBA TV Philippines via Smart GigaPlay.

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The Rundown: Warriors, Celtics open new season with statement wins

The Warriors dominated the Lakers right after receiving their championship rings, while Tatum and Brown powered the Celtics over the Sixers.

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Hype is Real: Time for Sixers to buckle down

As things finally settle in Philly, the 76ers are focused on simply winning basketball games.

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Hype is Real: Suns hoping continuity is key

Phoenix is out to prove that the team that set the franchise record for wins is for real.

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Hype is Real: Blazers get Lillard some help

The Portland Trail Blazers want to show Damian Lillard that it’s winning time.

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Overreacting to NBA preseason games

The best time to overreact to everything happening in the NBA is during the preseason.

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Hype is Real: Wizards looking to start winning

With their franchise player Bradley Beal secured, Washington is looking to finally take a step forward.

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Hype is Real: Pistons’ youth movement continues

This season is an opportunity for the Pistons’ young players to make huge leaps.

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Hype is Real: Expectations high for the Dallas Mavericks

There are a lot of things to be optimistic about Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks this season.

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Chelsea Gray delivers Aces to promised land

Gray cemented her status as the league’s premier point guard after leading the Aces in the Finals.

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New Opportunity All-Stars

These five players have been placed in a position to break out next season because of new opportunities given to them.

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The Rundown: Aces dominate Sun to go up 2-0

The Aces refused to let the Sun leave Las Vegas with a win.

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The Sky come crashing down

The extended Cinderella run by the Chicago Sky ended abruptly at the hands of the Connecticut Sun.

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Revisiting the 2012 Thunder and their KD-Westbrook-Harden trio

The Oklahoma City Thunder had a ton of potential in 2012, reaching the NBA Finals behind their young Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.

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A look back at the 2020 Bubble Lakers

It wasn’t the ideal situation but LeBron, AD, and company got the job done at the Disney Bubble in Orlando.

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Throwback Transactions: How the 'Seven Seconds or Less' Suns were born

Steve Nash became a legendary game-changer during his second run with the Phoenix Suns.

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2022 WNBA semifinals preview: Chicago Sky vs. Connecticut Sun

The Sky and the Sun continue their rivalry in the playoffs as they both vie for a spot in the 2022 WNBA Finals.

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In honor of Russell: Jersey No. 6 All-Star Team

Bill Russell made jersey No. 6 iconic. Here are the best players to rock the same number.

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Breaking down the WNBA MVP battle

The race to the WNBA MVP is down to two players, Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson. Who deserves to take home the crown as the league’s best player?

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Throwback transactions: The moves that made ‘Deee-troit Basketball’

The Detroit Pistons wouldn’t have won the 2004 NBA Championship if they didn’t make a couple of shrewd moves.

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Advanced Magic: A look back at the ‘95 Orlando Magic

Back in 1995, the Magic were young and brash. They were also a team ahead of their time.

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Changing of the Guard: Next stars in line post-Bird-Taurasi era

Sabrina Ionescu, Arike Ogunbowale, and Rhyne Howard are ready to step into the big shoes that will be left by Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.

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A’ja Wilson’s bag of scoring tricks runs deep

When it comes to putting the ball into the basket, nobody has done it better this season than A’ja Wilson.

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Three Cents: Current players who play like Penny Hardaway

Here are three players that have the same kind of magic that the Orlando All-Star point guard had.

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WNBA Wrap: Seattle storming up the standings

The Seattle Storm reloaded and are aiming to reclaim their spot at the top of the standings.

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Grading the Lakers’ free agency moves

The Lakers are filling out their roster with interesting offseason additions.

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Teams that need to make moves this offseason

Making a major roster move this offseason is absolutely necessary for these five teams.

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Winners and losers of the 2022 NBA Draft

NBA.gb3bh.comilippines writer Polo Bustamante gives a rundown of the 2022 NBA Draft, which delivered a little bit of everything.

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Winners and losers of the 2022 NBA Finals

The Curry-Thompson-Green core came out as big winners, in more ways than one.

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Andrew Wiggins’ growth with the Warriors is undeniable

Game 5 was further proof that the right situation changed the course of Andrew Wiggins’ career.

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Leading the way: Jimmy Alapag takes on a new mission

Jimmy Alapag aims to be an inspiration for young coaches and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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WNBA Wrap: Mercury rise into the playoff picture

Phoenix strung together three straight wins last week to claim the eighth spot in the standings.

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Celtics went back to their roots in Game 3

The Celtics bullied the Warriors by being aggressive on both ends of the floor to take a 2-1 series lead.

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NBA player comparisons for Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto can model his game and NBA journey after these three NBA players.

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Warriors teach Celtics lesson on sustainability

Golden State leaned on their tried and tested formula led by Steph Curry and Draymond Green to win Game 2.

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NBA Finals preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics

The Warriors proved that they’re the best in the West. The Celtics took down the top team in the East to advance. These two teams will now battle it out for the NBA title.

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Kai Sotto modeling game after Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo

NBA Draft hopeful Kai Sotto is looking at two MVP-level players for inspiration.

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Surprise players in the NBA Conference Finals

Here are five players who have come out of nowhere to give their teams a boost in the 2022 NBA Conference Finals.

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Kai Sotto gears up for team workouts before 2022 NBA Draft

Kai is putting in serious work as he prepares to showcase his skills to NBA teams heading into the 2022 NBA Draft.

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Tito Jimmy is still a bucket

NBA titos should be cheering for Jimmy Butler, a superstar they can truly relate to.

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Sixers creating the wrong kind of playoff tradition

Playoff flameouts are becoming a habit for Joel Embiid, James Harden, Doc Rivers, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Series preview: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics

The top two teams in the East face off in the conference finals. Here's a breakdown of the matchup.

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Sweet revenge for Jason Kidd and Luka Doncic

It’s poetic that Jason Kidd and Luka Doncic teamed up to eliminate the Phoenix Suns in this year’s playoffs.

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Holiday mode: The true value of Jrue

NBA.gb3bh.comilippines writers Polo Bustamante and Miguel Flores examine how vital Jrue Holiday is to the Bucks in the series against the Celtics

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Nikola Jokic: The center of attention

Nikola Jokic is changing the game and, at the same time, bringing back the value of the center position.

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Tyler Herro has no limits

It didn’t matter if he was coming off the bench, Tyler Herro was a huge part of the Heat’s rise to the top of the East.

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Welcome to the Poole Party

Jordan Poole is giving us a glimpse of the Warriors’ future with an impressive playoff run.

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How CP3 dominated the Mavs in Game 2

Chris Paul put on another masterful performance to help the Suns take a 2-0 lead over the Mavs.

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Is it time to break up the Jazz band?

After another playoff flameout, the Jazz need to answer some hard questions in the offseason.

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Kai Sotto gearing up for 2022 NBA Draft

Kai Sotto reiterates his commitment to the Gilas program but for now his focus shifts to the 2022 NBA Draft.

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Bulls and Raptors show how playoff teams are built

The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors are trending upwards after a return to the playoffs this season.

Bente Uno

Hawks still need to learn how to fly

The Hawks go back to the drawing board after taking a step back this season.

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Three teams that could be a great fit for Kai Sotto

Which NBA teams best fit Kai Sotto? Here are three possible options.

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Scottie Barnes does all the little winning things

Scottie Barnes is a jack of all trades who’s mastered the art of winning in his rookie year.

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The Rundown: Celtics sweep the Nets

Boston holds off Brooklyn to close out the series in four games.

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The Rundown: Grizzlies mount comeback for series lead

Memphis took a 2-1 series lead after an exciting 26-point comeback against the Timberwolves in Game 3.

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The LeBron James guide to the 2022 NBA Playoffs

Here are three first-round series that famous NBA “fan” LeBron James is probably watching.

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Series preview: Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets

It’s a rematch of last year’s first round series with the roles reversed. The Boston Celtics are now the favorites over the Brooklyn Nets.

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The Rundown: Steph Curry returns in Golden State’s Game 1 win

Steph Curry’s return, combined with Jordan Poole’s hot shooting, sparked the Warriors as they blew out the Nuggets in Game 1.

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Series preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves survived the Play-In Tournament to set up a date with the much-improved Grizzlies in the first round.

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Play-In Tournament: Who gets the final two playoff spots in the West?

The West matchups are set with the No. 7 Timberwolves taking on the No. 8 Clippers, and the No. 9 Pelicans battling the No. 10 Spurs.

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The Rundown: Ja Morant returns, lifts Grizzlies to win over Pelicans

After 3 weeks of absence, Ja Morant is back like he never left. He drops 21 points and nine assists in the Grizzlies’ win.

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Extra Pass: Suns look to bounce back vs. Jazz

The Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz – two playoff-bound teams – face off on NBA TV Philippines, via Smart GigaPlay.

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The Rundown: Lakers out of playoff race

The Lakers were eliminated from the Play-In Tournament after a loss to the Suns and a win by the Spurs.