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Again, none of this is meant to disparage Lillard, he is an exceptional player who has risen to the playoff challenge time and again, only to be beaten by superior teams. It’s not clear what the future holds for him or the Portland Trail Blazers but whatever this offseason brings, it’s clear he deserves more. Here’s hoping he gets it, and an opportunity to bring Dame Time deeper into the NBA Playoffs.

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Winning a Game 7 without Paul George summoning a superstar performance bodes well for the rest of the roster, but like many top-heavy teams, this only works if the max players show out like max players.Cleveland Cavaliers

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Brogdon and Warren would be able to fill the Warriors' need for a bench scorer who can initiate the offense and create their own shot. Turner's interior defense would intrigue Steve Kerr.Minnesota Timberwolves
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"Aggression shouldn't be a foul," Rivers said. "One of the things I've done, I've catalogued those plays all year. So it's not just Trae. In general, how many times Ben has been called for fouls for playing just physical, good defense. Arms are in, he's physical, he's doing nothing [against the rules]. The offense is bumping just as much as the defense.

But Leonard has earned his reputation as one of the NBA's elite playoff performers -- and earned his two NBA Finals MVP trophies -- because of the poise with which he handles games and moments like this.

When Colangelo bought the team, it had suffered through drug problems, plus the death of key player, Nick Vanos, in a plane crash only a month after a former Sun, Johnny High, was killed in a car accident. High had been named in an indictment with other ex-Suns players for witnessing or being involved in drug transactions. Colangelo would later turn the day-to-day basketball operations over to his son, Bryan.Atlanta Hawks

When the Bucks watch the film from this game, there will be things to correct: They didn’t attack mismatches consistently, defensively they were thrown off by the cuts and player movement of the Nets, and Mike Budenholzer made some, um, interesting rotational decisions.Denver Nuggets