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Lakers emerge from the bubble three months later as champions

Lakers emerge from the bubble three months later as champions

Dalton Hartmann, Staff Writer

October 13, 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers are your 2020 NBA champions.  After defeating the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6, they took the series 4-2. This is the 17th championship for the Lakers, tying them with their long standing rivals, the Boston Celtics, for the most all-time. The road to this point was not easy for ...

NBA Finals 2020: South Beach depth or Los Angeles stardom?

NBA Finals 2020: South Beach depth or Los Angeles stardom?

Alex Hanks, Opinion Editor

September 29, 2020

This NBA season has come with its fair share of upsets. We’ve seen the first chapter of young and up-and-coming dynasties such as the Denver Nuggets solidify their spot as contenders for the future following their back-to-back comebacks from a 3-1 deficit against the Jazz and Kawhi Leonard’s Clip...

An NBA Preview: Texas Edition

An NBA Preview: Texas Edition

Max Aguirre, Ryder Martin, and Dalton Hartmann

July 29, 2020

After many months of speculation and anticipation, the NBA has finally made its long awaited return. The Orlando bubble seems to be working: 22 teams have arrived and will continue the season from where they left off in March. All three Texas teams will be participating in the restart. We discuss each...

Why we need to pump the brakes on resuming sports in isolated locations

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Ryder Martin, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

The absence of sports during the COVID-19 crisis has been eerie to say the least. With only the NFL being in their offseason at the time that all the major sporting leagues were suspended indefinitely, the rest of the sports world has been left grappling with questions of when they will get the cha...

Wild NBA offseason shakes up the whole league

LeBron taking shots in a game.
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Zach Truesdale

August 21, 2018

Big name players were on the move this offseason Another summer passed, another rollercoaster of an offseason for the basketball world and its fans. From trades, free agents signings and drafts, every team is bulking up their rosters in hopes for a shot at the National Basketball Association (NBA) title f...

NBA trade deadline results in shocking moves

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Roman Felan

February 14, 2018

On Feb. 8, the NBA trade deadline was upon us and the excitement for this day was huge for basketball fans. Many role players from teams around the league were no doubt on the edge of their seat, wondering if they would be traded. The long anticipated day did not disappoint, as players and fans alike...

Shocking moves and trades continue throughout 2017 NBA offseason

Shocking moves and trades continue throughout 2017 NBA offseason

Ricky Galindo

August 30, 2017

This past NBA season, we witnessed the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers clash in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. The Warriors came out on top by winning the series four games to one. Many believed that the Warriors were a lock to win the finals since the beginning of the season...

NBA playoffs just around the corner

Bryan Gallardo

April 4, 2017

With only eight games left in the regular season, the NBA playoffs are right around the corner. It’s that special time of the year when 16 playoff teams set out to earn the champion- ship title. Will we see a third Cavaliers vs Warriors finals matchup? Could the Celtics or the Washington Wi...

NBA MVP race heats up as season nears the halfway point

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Wylie Kuykendall

January 25, 2017

Since the 1985-86 NBA season there have been 24 40-point triple-doubles. A quarter of those have come this season with three apiece by James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who not so surprisingly are leading the race for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2017. Houston Rockets standout point guard J...

Spurs to retire Duncan’s jersey to honor his great career

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Frankie Leal

November 30, 2016

For 19 years, he was the beloved cornerstone of the San Antonio Spurs franchise.  He was the epitome of class and consistency, winning a championship in three different decades and leading the silver and black to the playoffs year after year. Earlier this year on July 11, the 40-year old announced his reti...

Spurs’ disappointing postseason raises questions about future

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Derek Machen

June 4, 2016

Following a 116-99 game 6 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the San Antonio Spurs were exploited more in this series than they have been all season long. For years, the Spurs have always been characterized as an “old” team, but with age comes experience and that is apparen...

NBA playoff first-round preview and predictions

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Derek Machen

April 20, 2016

The 2015-16 season has featured some historically dominant performances. On the same night the Golden State Warriors earned an astonishing 73rd win to defeat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ infamous regular-season win record, Kobe Bryant capped off a remarkable 20-year career by scoring 60 points against t...