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Maaz

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An Engineer in making with a passion for photography. Love watching, playing and writing about Basketball. You can connect with me on IG (maaz_.ali) and Twitter.

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Since the bad blood between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs organization surfaced around January, the entire NBA world had their eyes laid on the drama that gyrated around the franchise. From Kawhi refusing to return to the team inspite of getting a clean chit from the Spurs doctors to Tony Parker taking a jab at Leonard, every act raised speculations on the Kawhi-Spurs relationship. It was plain as a pikestaff that Kawhi & the Spurs were parting ways this summer, what remained to be seen was which station was the Kawhi train headed to. And well, now we know it’s the Toronto  Raptors. A team, we’d have least expected to pull this...

A year after Isaiah Thomas was expecting a ‘Brinks truck,’ he is taking a minimum-salary contract in one of the most dramatic falls in recent NBA history. The 2 time All-star who had an MVP level season last year, averaging 29 PTS, has just agreed to a 1-year Vet’s minimum salary with the Denver Nuggets. Isaiah’s downfall is the price he’s paying for being loyal. During the 3rd quarter of the Celtics March 15 game against Minnesota in 2017, Isaiah injured his hips when Karl Anthony Towns landed on him after a layup. Isaiah decided to play through his injury in the playoffs and even took the Celtics to the Eastern Conference...

Sure, the Thunder managed to re-sign Paul George but calling it the best off-season move would be a mistake. There’s no uncertainty about PG’s talent as a player but after watching his poor chemistry with Westbrook last season, not to mention his inconsistency throughout the season especially in the playoffs, which cost them a First round exit against a team led by a Rookie, one could not help but vacillate about the Thunder as a championship contender. Although, Dallas on the other hand have not been able to sign a max-worthy veteran yet, their moves are laudable enough to sustain them in the long run. After drafting Dennis Smith Jr....

Why Michael Jordan's legacy remains unmatched The NBA, throughout its history, has witnessed many great talents. From Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, many phenomenal players have blessed the NBA and the game of Basketball with immense competence. But somewhere between this prodigious talents came a man by the name of Michael Jordan, who changed the fate of the NBA forever and made it illustrious not only in the United States but throughout the globe. One of the grandiose reasons Jordan indisputably holds the ‘G.O.A.T.’ title is because of him winning six finals in a row. And even though those...

It seems like LeBron James’ finals streak might finally come to an end this season and for the better or worse. LeBron, indisputably the greatest player of this generation, has been in the limelight since age 17 and in-spite of great expectations being thumped upon him since the beginning of career, he never seemed to be succumb under the pressure. And even in his 15th season, LeBron has been everything but frail. At age 33, where most veterans seem to have a declining chapter of their NBA career, LeBron has been setting up new boundaries and is breaking league records a well as his own. With Kyrie Irving joining the Boston Celtics...

Toronto, the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference currently,  have held on to the spot for quite a while now. The team which commenced the season at a slow pace, gradually moved their way up in the rankings, until they beat the Celtics to claim the top spot. Raptors star DeMar DeRozan has been terrific this season alongside Kyle Lowry who has been equally outstanding. And their performances have only been highlighted by the phenomenal plays from teammates like Jonas Valančiūnas and Serge Ibaka. But in spite of what one might call, ‘The teams best season in ages", the Raptors still don’t seem to be getting the recognition they...

The 2018 NBA Playoffs Predictions series continues with the Golden State Warriors. And with Playoffs right around the corner, every analysts on every panel are discussing the strengths and weaknesses of various teams which would be making the postseason or have chances of making the playoffs this season. But the team which appears to be the least talked about are the Golden State Warriors. And that’s because they are still the hot favorite to grab the title this year. But reaching the finals definitely won’t be a piece of cake for the Warriors this year. Last season, when Kevin Durant (arguably the second best player in the league...

The 2018 NBA Playoff Predictions series continues with a look at the upgraded Cleveland Cavaliers roster. After a rough half season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, things started to look up for the Franchise when GM Koby Altman traded six of the players on the Roster before the February trade deadline for four, not necessarily better but younger players in George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson, and Rodney Hood. One of the persistent problems with the old roster was the lack of chemistry amongst players and the lack of defense which put the team at the bottom of the defensive rankings in spite of being the No. 3 seed in the Eastern...

Our NBA Finals 2018 predictions start in the west where in an exclusive interview with ESPN recently, when asked about his expectations for the Rockets this season, James Harden replied ” This is the year. For Sure “. The Rockets, who sit at the top as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, ahead of the defending champions ‘Golden State Warriors’, are on a 14 game win-streak currently and have already defeated the Warriors twice this season. So, is Harden right, ‘this is the year for sure’ ? In my opinion, NO. But is this their best chance so far ? I absolutely think so ! The Rockets have made the playoffs every year...

After acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony during the off-season last year, people had high hope for the Thunder this season. With many predicting that the new Thunder roster might even beat the Warriors in the Western Conference finals. That, however changed when the Thunder went 8-12 at the beginning of the season. The big reason for the teams failure came due to the lack of chemistry and ball movement between the big three of the Thunder. With Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook, previously, being the big man of their respective teams, each of them had a hard time passing the ball around and the team kept falling...
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