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We Interrupt This Eulogy for the NBA Post-Up Game to Bring You Its Rebirth — Ezra Shaw/Getty Images These playoffs resemble new-age basketball's death blow to the old-school. The final four ranked first, second, fourth, and seventh in 3-point attempts, and the overwhelming championship favorite is a revolutionary modern basketball machine launching godless triples while racing up and down at a turbo pace.

A Brief Tale of Two Giants: LeBron James and Dwight Howard Moving in Opposite Directions — Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images At the end of the 2010-11 season, LeBron James and Dwight Howard were the two best players in the NBA. James was the clear top dog, and it wasn't all that close, but Howard had established himself as a legitimate MVP candidate and a monstrous two-way force with an increasingly polished post game.

Eight Things to Watch for This Weekend in the NBA Conference Finals — Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images All three games in these conference finals have been close, but the outcomes - two Golden State wins, one DeMarre Carroll injury - raise the sad specter of a boring final four. The next 72 hours will determine whether we get some mega-stakes games in the middle of next week.

Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery — Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery ... * The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world's most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube.

Your NBA Conference Finals Preview — Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images A weird playoffs of injuries, buzzer-beaters, more injuries, basket interference plays, phantom timeouts, Tony Allen, comebacks, collapses, and cheap shots has left with us an intriguing final four: three teams who exceeded preseason expectations, a returning King, and four of the league's most prolific 3-point-shooting teams. Someone alert Phil Jackson!

A Eulogy for ‘If Only’: The Bulls As We Know Them Are Probably Done — Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images You almost had to laugh. The fightin' Chicago Bulls, down big in the fourth quarter with their season on the line, tried to mount a comeback with Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and Kirk Hinrich on the floor together.

‘The Lowe Post’ Podcast: Jeff Van Gundy on the Rockets, Grizzlies-Warriors, and Firing Coaches — Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Zach talks to Jeff Van Gundy about firing coaches, the Rockets' troubling play, Grizzlies-Warriors, and more. Listen to the podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Sports podcast network on iTunes.

A Playoff Trick: Will the Wizards’ Postseason Success Make Washington More Appealing to Kevin Durant? — Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images The Wizards swear they weren't playing possum in the regular season - that refusing to slot Paul Pierce at power forward, ignoring the 3-point line, benching their starting center in crunch time, and mothballing Otto Porter weren't parts of a long con on future playoff opponents.

Heat Check: Taking the Temperature of the NBA Playoffs — Jason Miller/Getty Images Even with all four series tied 1-1, it feels strangely as if the second round has barely started - like we haven't seen the "real" series yet. Chris Paul is hurt, Mike Conley missed Game 1 in Oakland, J.R.

First-Round Epitaph: How the NBA’s Playoff Casualties Will Spend for the Future — Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty Images With the first round over, eight more teams can turn their full attention toward the offseason transaction bonanza - and the unprecedented climate of uncertainty around it. Owners crowed about trimming the length of player contracts during the lockout, but with a bundle of those short-term deals set to fly off the books this summer, teams are grappling with the new challenge of keeping strong rosters together.
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May 26, 2015

@beachedmiami I keep thinking of last year's Finals, but these Cavs have a size/rebounding weapon the Heat lacked.

May 26, 2015

@JeffreyWartman @Lord__Baltimore I think it's in play, but I have no clue what he will actually do. How could I? He may not know.

May 26, 2015

@beachedmiami Yes. That's how I described their play in that particular game.

May 26, 2015

@beachedmiami I said if they played offense like they did at the end of Game 1, it would not work out well for them.

May 26, 2015

@JeffreyWartman What you just tweeted is almost 100% different than me saying Love is leaving. Like, it's not even close.

May 26, 2015

@JeffreyWartman @Lord__Baltimore LOL. I relayed what I had been hearing, then said I didn't really believe it. Same thing, though, sure.

May 26, 2015

@DanMasonTweets When did anyone say he was getting fired? Have I not written repeatedly how great their gameplan was in this series?

May 26, 2015

@JeffreyWartman Actually, I never said that. Good try, though.

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