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  1. PDX Problems: Can the Blazers Survive LaMarcus Aldridge’s A...

    Zach Lowe

    This is why it matters that Portland got Oklahoma City twice without Kevin Durant - including a game the Thunder blew thanks to a dumb technical from Russell Westbrook and an apparent teamwide obliviousness concerning Damian Lillar...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  2. 13 Observations From the D-League Showcase

    Zach Lowe

    Some random news and notes after a few days on the West Coast - first in Santa Cruz for the D-League Showcase, and then in Los Angeles to tape The Grantland Basketball Hour: This is a worst-case scenario for any team that bets big on a t...

    Blog | January 21, 2015
  3. A Rabbit in the Hat: What Is Orlando Trying to Do?

    Zach Lowe

    Fans and the national media basically ignore the Orlando Magic, but their bottom-up rebuild, in Year 3 now, is the subject of great interest among league insiders. No team has a larger curiosity gap between fans and front-office types. Let me back...

    Blog | January 14, 2015
  4. The Unassuming, Unknown Superstar Status of Al Horford

    Zach Lowe

    A black cloud hovered over the Atlanta Hawks organization in late November. The team had only just started what has now become a 22-2 rampage, but no one could have predicted that. In fact, the Hawks knew they were good, but in hushed moments, people...

    Blog | January 13, 2015
  5. The Arrival of John Henson

    Zach Lowe

    Just a month ago, John Henson was an NBA curiosity -- a long-armed mystery lost amid a crowded Milwaukee big-man rotation, the sort of player smart NBA teams try to swipe on the cheap. The predators were circling. And then, since this is Milwaukee...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  6. 'The Lowe Post' Podcast: Lang Whitaker and Eric Koreen

    Zach Lowe

    Zach talks to NBA.com's Lang Whitaker and to Eric Koreen of the National Post about the Hawks, Raptors, Drake, DeGrassi, and the Eastern Conference. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to this podcast here. Check out our podcasts page&nb...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  7. Cavalier Move: Breaking Down a Surprisingly Sensible Three-Way Tr...

    Zach Lowe

    You hear it now and then from team higher-ups: "Our village can raise one child." Every team thinks its culture is the one strong enough to soothe a knucklehead player away from his bad habits and into a team-first approa...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  8. The East for the Taking: Toronto’s Master Plan

    Zach Lowe

    Toronto officials know this wasn't necessarily the plan. They can admit the team's surge toward the top of the East, perhaps the league's sweetest story this season, is partly a happy accident. Flipping Rudy Gay to Sacramento a ye...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  9. The Fourth-Annual Luke Walton All-Stars

    Zach Lowe

    An NBA veteran who shall remain nameless made it known last season that he wasn't thrilled about his inclusion on the third annual Luke Walton All-Stars. Team Walton is for journeymen thriving in unexpectedly large roles, and NBA players ar...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  10. The NBA’s Western Conference Power Rankings

    Zach Lowe

    This is the second consecutive year in which it feels necessary around the holidays to step back like Chazz Palminteri in The Usual Suspects and take a wide-lens look at the bloodbath that is the 2014-15 Western Conference. This could be the great...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  11. Blue Rondo à la Dirk: Why the Mavs’ Point Guard Gamb...

    Zach Lowe

    Even with an obvious hole at point guard, the Dallas Mavericks had been blitzing opponents with a gorgeous flowing offense on pace to be the most efficient in league history. They likely cannot score the ball any better. And yet: They sac...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  12. ‘The Lowe Post’ Podcast: Tom Ziller and Kevin Pelton

    Zach Lowe

    Zach discusses the Kings with SB Nation's Tom Ziller and talks playoff races and MVP ballots with Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com. Listen to the podcast here. Check out our podcasts page and subscribe to Grantland's podcast YouTube...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  13. Simply Golden: How the Warriors Became the Total Package

    Zach Lowe

    It was just an extra pass, and maybe not even a mathematically ideal one, but it stuck in my head ever since Draymond Green tossed it during Golden State's win two weeks ago in Chicago: It's such a selfless play. It is tang...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  14. The Ignored Evolution of the Sixers

    Zach Lowe

    Every think piece on the Sixers' tanking binge anxiously mentions how Philly's players could absorb "losing habits" as they trudge through the season as permanent underdogs. No one seems to know exactly what &ldqu...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  15. Now Coachless, the Kings Never Fail to Disappoint

    Zach Lowe

    There are a lot of issues roiling around the Kings' shocking decision to fire Mike Malone, but the bottom line is this: The Kings brass, including Vivek Ranadive, the team's post-Maloof owner, has never been super-comfortab...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  16. Milwaukee’s Makeover: How the Bucks Decided to Buckle Down ...

    Zach Lowe

    There is a sense of peace in Milwaukee - a feeling that after years of lurching around NBA purgatory, the Bucks have stumbled upon a long-term path they're happy to stroll. The Bucks think they have two franchise playe...

    Blog | December 09, 2014