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  1. 5-on-5: Why are the Hawks so good?

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's edition of 5-on-5: What's the biggest reason for the Hawks' success this season? Defense and continuity. I know that's two reasons, but you can't pick just one with an ensemble cast like the Hawks. Don't underest...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  2. 5-on-5: Best of NBA's first half

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's edition of 5-on-5: Which is the best team of the season's first half? Atlanta Hawks. Who am I to argue with the committee (of one)? Put me down for the team that just topped ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings ...

    Blog | January 21, 2015
  3. 5-on-5: Why Brow rises to November honor

    Marc Stein

    The best player in the NBA in the month of November is ... Marc Stein: Anthony Davis. I see at least six candidates for Player of the Month in the Western Conference: DeMarcus Cousins, Steph Curry, Marc Gasol, James Harden, Damian Lillard and Da...

    Blog | November 28, 2014
  4. 5-on-5: Biggest storylines of the NBA Finals

    Marc Stein

    1. What's the most important storyline of the Finals? Stein: What LeBron does when it's over. As he vowed before the season started, LeBron has somehow managed to keep talk about his free-agent future to a surprising minimum. But the prospect of a...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  5. Thoughts on Spurs, Westbrook, more

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's edition of 5-on-5: Fact or Fiction: For the Spurs, this is 2012 all over again. Faction. It undeniably feels a lot like 2012. In some ways, it has to feel worse for San Antonio, with everyone in black and silver un...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  6. 5-on-5: Who's on the hot seat?

    Marc Stein

    1. Fair or unfair: Frank Vogel is coaching to keep his job. Stein: Harsh, but fair. The Pacers, since last summer, have been making the sort of win-now moves they don't typically make. Expectations weren't simply raised externally. They expect a l...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  7. 5-on-5: Opening playoffs weekend rewind

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's 5-on-5: What was the most pleasant surprise of the opening weekend? Pretty much every game delivered some legit drama. Five road teams won Game 1 for the first time in the history of the 16-team playoff format i...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  8. Phil Jackson's big challenge as Knicks prez

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's edition of 5-on-5: 1. Did the Knicks choose the best man for the job? I've worked my way up to a solid maybe. But probably only if you buy into the theory that only someone with Phil's stature and pedigree can f...

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  9. 5-on-5: Which stars will opt out in 2014?

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's 5-on-5: True or False: Carmelo Anthony will become a free agent in 2014. True. The line is right there in Brian's excellent story that Melo, by all accounts, is not considering a revision to his original plan an...

    Blog | March 07, 2014
  10. Debating LeBron's 61-point game, MVP race

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's edition of 5-on-5: Fact or Fiction: LeBron's 61-point performance is his best game ever. Stein: Fiction. The 25 straight points against Detroit, Game 7 in Boston, his Game 7 last June against the Spurs ... all o...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  11. 5-on-5: What does future hold for Knicks?

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's 5-on-5: 1. What's your reaction to Raymond Felton's arrest? Can't imagine that even those who delight in the punching bag that the Knicks have become will enjoy seeing a story that strays this far off the court....

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  12. 5-on-5: LeBron on Mount Rushmore?

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's 5-on-5: Who gets the first spot on your current NBA Mount Rushmore? Bill Russell. The NBA's ultimate champion and ultimate statesman. I know Michael Jordan is bound be the popular pick here, but let's not forget Mr...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  13. 5-on-5: How will Silver change things up?

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's edition of 5-on-5: What should Adam Silver do differently than David Stern? There's naturally going to be huge differences because there's only one Stern. Silver couldn't copy his mentor's management style even if ...

    Blog | February 06, 2014
  14. In the year 2014 ...

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's New Year's edition of 5-on-5: 1. One year from now, LeBron James and the Heat will be ... Stein: Retooling. Or reloading. Or another one of those R words. I was certainly high on the list of know-it-alls who sai...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  15. 5-on-5: Russell Westbrook's surgery

    Marc Stein

    An excerpt of Friday's 5-on-5 survey of ESPN writers: How worrisome is the news of Russell Westbrook's surgery? Marc Stein, ESPN.com: Trying to answer this as level-headedly as possible. Short term? The Thunder will be fine. They're plugging in...

    Blog | December 29, 2013
  16. Lamenting the Leastern Conference

    Marc Stein

    This is an excerpt from today's edition of 5-on-5: What's the worst thing about the East? Stein: For me it's the fact we've been calling it the Leastern Conference since Michael Jordan won his last title with the Bulls. It's not a good enough ...

    Blog | December 03, 2013