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Bleacher Report (Sirius93/XM208) & NBA (Sirius207/XM 86) radio host, B/R senior writer & video analyst, occasional NBA sideline reporter. Instagram: @Ric_Bucher

Golden State Warriors Challenging Old, Tired Assumptions About 3-Ball Chucking

bleacherreport.com — OAKLAND-Time to update that old aphorism, "Live By The Three, Die By The Three." Let's be clear: No team is going to win a championship strictly shooting from long range, and no team is going to win a championship with a one-dimensional offense of any kind.

To Man Who Discovered Anthony Davis, Pelicans' Playoff Run Is Stuff of Dreams

bleacherreport.com — Daniel Poneman has seen enough. The young man credited with discovering New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis took in Game 2 of the Pelicans' first-round series against the Golden State Warriors and realized there's no need to fly to New Orleans for Game 3 or 4 or any other part of the series.

With Attitude, Clutch Play, Warriors' Bench Showing It Takes Backseat to None

bleacherreport.com — Among the many surpluses this year's Golden State Warriors enjoy that last year's did not-not one but two All-Stars, not one but two shot-blocking centers, not one but two head coaches-it's rarely noted that they damn near have not one but two starting lineups. Two fire-starting lineups, to be sure.

Draymond Green Presents Unique Challenge for Anthony Davis to Solve

bleacherreport.com — OAKLAND - Draymond Green already had both legs, thigh to ankle, swaddled in bags of ice as he sat in front of his locker when assistant athletic trainer Drew Yoder alerted him that he was second among three players for one-hour postgame massages. "Put me last," Green said, "and make it an hour and a half."

Draymond Green's Impact on Warriors May Change Definition of NBA's Top Defender

bleacherreport.com — Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports If early returns are any indication, the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green will beat out Clippers center DeAndre Jordan for Defensive Player of the Year, which would represent either a watershed moment or a once-every-decade quirk in how the award is selected.

Blueprint for Toppling Warriors in NBA Playoffs Not Easy but Is Possible

bleacherreport.com — Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press Despite being one of the few to claim victory over the Golden State Warriors this season, Denver Nuggets interim head coach Melvin Hunt does not envy anyone who has to do it four times to get past them in the upcoming playoffs.

Kevin Durant's Extended Absence Leaves Russell Westbrook in Charge...for Good

bleacherreport.com — There's no way to know if Kevin Durant will be the same Kevin Durant the next time he graces an NBA court; at least some medical experts seem confident he will be, and since they know more about foot fractures and bone grafts than I do, I'll roll with their optimism.

Anthony Davis Could Be the NBA's Greatest Player, but Is He Willing to Step Up?

bleacherreport.com — The blue sectional couch stood empty in Cortez Hale's one-bedroom apartment on the South Side of Chicago. Hale, head coach of Anthony Davis' high school team, couldn't help but stand as he would if he were on the sidelines a few feet away from Davis instead of watching him battle the Oklahoma City Thunder in a New Orleans Pelicans uniform on his TV screen.

Ex-Knick Derek Harper Remembers the Many Sides of Anthony Mason

bleacherreport.com — Derek Harper played two-and-a-half seasons with Anthony Mason, the 13-year NBA veteran who passed away Saturday. Their time together included a run to the 1994 NBA Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Houston Rockets. Harper, who played in the league for 16 seasons and now does color for Mavericks telecasts, spoke to Bleacher Report on Sunday.

Is Stephen Curry Prepared to Take NBA Spotlight Away from LeBron James?

bleacherreport.com — Let's face it: It's hard not to like Stephen Curry. Go down the list of qualities an NBA star needs to connect with an audience of any ilk and he checks off every box. Jaw-dropping skills mixed with an air of sometimes-I-shock-myself humility, check. Boyish good looks, check.
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