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  1. Welcome to Heat-Spurs 2.0

    Zach Lowe

    After six frenzied weeks, we've got the dream Finals for everyone outside a few select fan bases - fans of other contenders, plus Lakers fans, who must now watch as Miami or San Antonio strengthens its claim to the honor...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  2. Q&A: Chandler Parsons on Playing D, Texas Hold ’Em, and...

    Zach Lowe

    Chandler Parsons is about to become the go-to name for league executives who trumpet the value of second-round picks. He's a solid third option on the Rockets - a team that fancies itself a title contender - and one of just nine p...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  3. Sprinting to the Finish Line

    Zach Lowe

    We're coming down the stretch of the NBA season, when contenders jell ahead of the playoffs and the tankers hit an extra gear that features fake injuries, weird rotations, and guys like Mark Madsen chucking 3-pointers. The league separates into ...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  4. The overhaul of the Toronto Raptors

    Zach Lowe

    A rare look inside the long, complex process of building a contender. Plus, 10 things to like (and not like) in the NBA.

    Story | Conversation | December 31, 2013
  5. The Denver Nuggets are trying to build into a contender while not...

    Zach Lowe

    The Denver Nuggets are trying to stay relevant while rebuilding. Plus, a few things to like and not like in the NBA this week.

    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2013
  6. The Rockets' approach isn't NBA Finals-worthy

    Zach Lowe

    The case against Houston is simple: The Rockets don't seem to want to guard anyone and Dwight Howard's fading skills aren't helping. Plus, a few things to like in the NBA this week.

    Story | Conversation | November 19, 2013
  7. Ranking the NBA's tiers of power before the 2013-14 season

    Zach Lowe

    Tanking teams! Contenders standing pat! Thoughtful roster tweaks! When evaluating the NBA's new tiers of power, there is one constant: LeBron & Co. still reign.

    Story | Conversation | October 08, 2013
  8. Party Crashers: Debunking the Myths of Offensive Rebounding and T...

    Zach Lowe

    There has been a sense of pessimism and fragility around the Indiana Pacers during their rise from bug-eyed no. 8 seed to bona fide contender — a feeling around the league that they'd gotten a little bit lucky in some way, and that the fates wo...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  9. Are George Karl's Denver Nuggets really title contenders?

    Zach Lowe

    Can the Rocky Mountain runners make a bid for the title? Plus Gerald Wallace, motorcycle revs, and screeching hawks.

    Story | Conversation | February 12, 2013
  10. The Rudy Gay Dilemma: If He's Dealt, Where Will He Land?

    Zach Lowe

    A lot has changed since the Grizzlies started the season scoring at a top-10 rate and looking like a legitimate title contender. Their offense has stalled out, falling to 19th in points per 100 possessions, and three other Western Conference contende...

    Blog | January 04, 2013
  11. A Tale of Two Offenses: The Surprising Knicks and the Slumping Th...

    Zach Lowe

    It's too early to draw meaningful conclusions about teams or players, but after just a week, we can say this: One of the league's glamour teams looks surprisingly comfortable in its own skin, while a would-be contender fresh off a massive long-term r...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  12. A look at Oklahoma City's trade of James Harden to the Houston Ro...

    Zach Lowe

    Examining Oklahoma City's risky move and the beginning of the James Harden era in Houston.

    Story | Conversation | October 29, 2012
  13. How Brook Lopez hinders the Brooklyn Nets' title hopes

    Zach Lowe

    The Nets' big man is the biggest reason New York's new team isn't a real contender.

    Story | Conversation | October 16, 2012
  14. Who are the NBA's top title contenders this season? And who's tra...

    Zach Lowe

    Determining the Association's tiers of success - or lack thereof - after a wild offseason.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2012