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Recent articles by Jeff:

Opinion: Bucks have all the hallmarks of an NBA Finals team

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks completely dominated the Pistons in a first-round sweep, showing they have what it takes for a deep playoff run. → Read More

Opinion: Kyrie Irving has Celtics poised for something special in NBA playoffs

After all of Kyrie Irving’s missives about leadership and performance this season, he delivered in the first round against the Indiana Pacers. → Read More

Nets GM Sean Marks fined, suspended for entering refs' locker room

The NBA fined Brooklyn GM Sean Marks $25,000 and suspended him one game without pay for entering the referee locker room after the Nets' Game 4 loss. → Read More

Did Thunder star Paul George violate an unwritten NBA rule during Game 3 vs. Blazers?

Baseball isn’t the only sport with unwritten rules. Paul George tried to dunk at the final buzzer up 12 points against Portland. OK or not? → Read More

Meet Derrick White, the breakout star of the NBA playoffs

Meet San Antonio's Derrick White, the breakout star of the 2019 NBA playoffs. White had a career-high 36 points in the Spurs' Game 3 win vs. Denver. → Read More

Russell Westbrook in playoff offensive slump since 2016

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook's playoff struggles against Portland are emblematic of his postseason issues going back to the 2016 playoffs. → Read More

76ers tie playoff record with 51 points in third quarter of Game 2 rout: Five impressive stats

Philadelphia tied an NBA playoff record with a monster 51-point third quarter on the way to a Game 2 rout of Brooklyn. → Read More

It's official: Duke's Zion Williamson declares for the NBA draft

The phenomenal freshman earned accolades for his powerful, athletic play accentuated by a finesse rarely seen. The NBA draft lottery is May 14. → Read More

Best (and worst) performances from opening weekend of NBA playoffs

The opening weekend of the 2019 NBA playoffs produced some interesting results – both at the team and the individual level. → Read More

Opinion: Kyrie Irving holds keys to unlock Celtics' playoff dreams

If Kyrie Irving is at the top of his game, he can lead the Boston Celtics, who haven't played like everyone thought they would, to the NBA Finals. → Read More

Eight candidates to replace Luke Walton as Lakers head coach

The next Los Angeles Lakers coach will be the team's sixth since Phil Jackson last coached the team in 2011. Here's a look at possible candidates. → Read More

NBA playoffs: Breaking down each first-round series

USA TODAY Sports' team of NBA experts examines how each team can win as the playoffs kick off Saturday. → Read More

NBA's first-round playoff referees include mix of experience, first-timers

The league uses season-long evaluations from the referee operations staff, input from teams and play-calling accuracy to select its postseason crews. → Read More

Students at LeBron James' I Promise School generating 'extraordinary' results

The most meaningful result for LeBron James this season wasn’t on the court. It came in the classrooms of his I Promise School. → Read More

Opinion: Nets turnaround one of the NBA's richest stories

Three years ago, the Nets were broken. They had no present and, even worse, no future. Today they're playoff-bound after a stunning turnaround. → Read More

Sacramento Kings to fire coach Dave Joerger despite best season in 13 years

The Kings won 39 games — the most since the 2005-06 season — but it wasn't enough to save head coach Dave Joerger's job. → Read More

NBA wishlist: What we'd change about the 2018-19 regular season

USA TODAY Sports' NBA experts highlight four things we wish happened during the 2018-19 regular season, which came to a close Wednesday night. → Read More

LeBron James was shocked when Magic Johnson announced he was leaving Lakers post

Johnson helped court James to Los Angeles and met with him for three hours Saturday. But the NBA's best player had no idea Johnson was on his way out. → Read More

Opinion: With Magic out, owner Jeanie Buss faces defining moment in her Lakers tenure

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss needs to understand the team is no longer a family business. She needs to hire outside the Lakers family in pivotal moment. → Read More

Dwyane Wade opens up on career, retirement, life ahead of final NBA game

Miami Heat legend and future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade reflects on his career before he plays his final game on Wednesday night. → Read More