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‘The Grantland Basketball Hour’: The Most ‘Urgent’ Teams in the NBA Playoffs — Grantland In case you missed Thursday's Grantland Basketball Hour with guests Zach Lowe and Jalen Rose, here is a scene from the show. Listen to the entire episode in audio form here. Catch re-airings of The Grantland Basketball Hour at 11:30 p.m.

The Supersize NBA Season-Ending Things I Like and Don’t Like — Jason Miller/Getty Images As we take a deep breath before the first round, let's have some fun with the annual list of "likes" and "dislikes" that didn't make it into a Tuesday column this season. It's now or never for some of these bad boys; they deserve to live their destinies.

NBA Awards Ballot, Part 2: Putting in a Team Effort — Stacy Revere/Getty Images Yesterday, we covered the individual awards. Here's Part 2 of my awards ballot, meaning I can now reclaim my life ... oh god, the playoffs are about to start, send help and/or the most potent cocaine you have immediately: Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images Some notes: * The toughest omissions: DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Pau Gasol, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Klay Thompson, John Wall, and Damian Lillard.

NBA Awards Ballot, Part 1: In Praise of the Individual — Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images In a normal season, there are usually one or two awards on the NBA's ballot that are easy - a runaway rookie of the year (Blake Griffin), a borderline unanimous MVP, a bench guy who lapped the sixth-man field. Not this season.

City of Black Roses: The Bright Spot in Portland’s Dark Season — saac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Image This could happen only to Portland, the NBA's unexplained karmic losers. For two years, the Blazers searched for a bench that wouldn't give away leads their vicious starting five built up.

The NBA Groupon Games: Which Players Are the Next Free-Agent Steals? — Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images While we're sorting through byzantine playoff scenarios and panic-vomiting all over our awards ballot, team executives are gearing up for their busiest period of the year: the draft, the late-June trade boom, and free agency.

Pick or Trade: What Should the Jazz Do to Make the Leap? — Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images The Jazz are sitting at one of those juicy intersections that make it both exciting and terrifying to be an NBA general manager. They are 17-8 since February 7, and they have the best defense in the league - by a mile - since dealing Enes Kanter's slow feet and making way for Rudy "The Stifle Tower" Gobert to clown fools at the rim.

Magic Misdirection: How Orlando Can Conjure a Future From Its Non-Shooting Backcourt — Elsa/Getty Images Among league insiders, the Orlando Magic are drawing a lot of comparisons to the Utah Jazz. Both are unglamorous teams in the middle of multiyear rebuilds, centered around piles of draft picks and young players that haven't yet yielded a foundational superstar.

A Playoff Problem: If the Celtics Are Trying to Rebuild, Then Why the Postseason Push? — John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe/Getty Images It was just one game, but the Clippers' annihilation of Boston on Sunday was a reminder that the playoff-chasing Celtics of 2015 are a cute feel-good story - and little more. The rebuild is moving faster than expected, with a surprise run at the no.

‘The Lowe Post’ Podcast: J.J. Redick on the Clippers, the MVP Race, and His Acting Debut — Zach Lowe talks to J.J. Redick about life on the Clippers, his near miss in Orlando, the MVP race, and his acting debut . Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Sports podcast network on iTunes.
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Apr 20, 2015

I don't know how winning of the Internet is scored. Did Niko do any such winning tonight? Also, we can all agree now he's a PF, yes?

Apr 20, 2015

Some look pretty well-contested, and some are shots you'll live with -- a lightly contested Diaw 3 from above-the-break, for instance

Apr 20, 2015

Small thing re Spurs/Clips: some of the shots SportVU logs as "uncontested" are actually pretty hard shots if you watch them.

Apr 20, 2015

I'm not sure Monty Williams realizes what he's doing. Oracle is going to be bananas tonight.

Apr 20, 2015

RT @grigs: @ZachLowe_NBA my theory is Batum and the France / Spain euro rivalries.

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