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After another dominating victory the Los Angeles Kings are now on the brink of another visit to the Stanley Cup Finals, their second in three seasons. Behind a three-goal first period barrage the Kings jumped on top of the Chicago Blackhawks early and never looked back, winning 5-2. For nearly two seasons the Blackhawks, and goalie Corey Crawford, had the Kings number defensively. In three straight impressive victories the Kings have turned it all around, scoring fifteen goals in the past three games for a commanding lead. With the series returning to Chicago for a game five, the Kings will now have three opportunities to eliminate Chicago.

Monday’s win was another impressive display off both offensive and defensive hockey. The Kings, known for their defense, have become the top scoring team in the playoffs, while still playing efficient and effective defense behind a veteran unit of blue-liners and goaltender Jonathan Quick. Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown all scored in a six-minute stretch of the first period, giving Los Angeles a 3-0 lead and eventual victory. Drew Doughty and Tanner Pearson would also add score in the second and third periods as the Kings preserved their three goal lead. After largely getting the balance of their offense from the Kopitar and Gaborik line in the opening round against the San Jose Sharks, the Kings have become a balanced offensive juggernaut versus Chicago, with offense coming from nearly every line and the defense. Los Angeles now has eight players with double figures in points this postseason. Goaltender Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in the victory.

The Kings offensive barrage is particularly surprising since they were the lowest scoring team to make the postseason. After trailing 2-0 late in game two in Chicago, the Kings have scored 13 goals in just over 100 minutes of hockey, a dominating performance that has the Chicago Blackhawks looking for answers. In accomplishing this offensive outburst the Kings now may have the mental edge on Crawford, a player who’s consistently stymied them in recent seasons. Crawford stopped just sixteen shots in the loss.

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The Blackhawks will now have to fight their way back from a 3-1 deficit, something they accomplished last season versus the Detroit Red Wings. Coming from behind two games will be a tall task versus a confident Kings team. Last year’s Blackhawks and Red Wings matchup was an opening round one versus eight affair, not a Western Conference Finals. In order to beat the Kings the Blackhawks will need to find some confidence on defense, something that has seemingly evaporated as they’ve been outscored 15-7 over the last three games. Chicago will also need offense from Patrick Kane, who’s managed just one point in the series. Kane’s struggles have been mirrored by Bryan Bickell, a hero in last year’s postseason who had a sub-standard regular season and has struggled this series, with only a goal on Monday night.

Game five is Wednesday night in Chicago at the United Center.

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The NBA held their annual draft lottery Tuesday night prior to the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers Eastern Conference Finals game. In another bit of incredible luck the Cleveland Cavaliers won the top overall pick, giving them the option to pick between Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid. The Los Angeles Lakers, coming off one of the worst regular seasons in franchise history, will have the seventh pick in the upcoming draft. The Lakers had a 20% chance of getting the top overall pick, but that didn’t happen and now they’ll have to settle for a mid-lottery pick. The good thing about the 2014 draft is that it’s not an ordinary draft, with a deep pool of talent to pick from. Here’s a look at a few players that may be available when the Lakers pick seventh.

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Aaron Gordon: The former Arizona Wildcat star has been speculated by many as a potential option for the Lakers. Although he possesses a raw offensive game, Gordon is an absolute physical freak, with a high basketball IQ and a polished defensive game. Gordon was one of the top individual defenders in college basketball this past season, with the lateral quickness to defend out on the court and the leaping ability and size to guard people in the post. He’s a strong rebounder and shot blocker. Gordon is limited offensively, but is one of the rare types of players who can be a major factor in a game on defensive play and rebounding alone. Due to his leaping ability many like to compare Gordon to Blake Griffin, but at this point Gordon’s offensive game has a long way to go to compete with the LA Clippers superstar. During the recent draft combine Gordon led all prospects in the “shuttle run” drill that tests quickness and the ability to change direction. Gordon was the only non-guard to finish in the top ten. Gordon had the top big man vertical leap at the combine, at 39 inches, indicative of his off-the-charts athleticism. Gordon’s vertical leap was the third highest ever for a player his size. Adding to Gordon’s value is the fact he measured at 6’9” in shoes, with a 6’11” wingspan. According to ESPN NBA draft expert Chad Ford, Gordon impressed teams in the interview process. One potential major barrier to drafting Gordon is the rumor that the Celtics, drafting 6th, are enamored with Gordon’s potential.

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Noah Vonleh: The former Indiana forward is one of the drafts highest risers. Vonleh had excellent athletic numbers at the combine, with a 37” vertical leap, as well as incredible measurements that includes a 7 foot 4 ½” wingspan and the largest hands in the draft. Vonleh has a solid offensive game for a young player with the potential to be a difference maker offensively much faster than Gordon. Vonleh had a solid freshman year but was lost in the shuffle on an under-achieving Indiana team. He didn’t receive nearly as much attention as some of the more hyped players in the draft, like Julius Randle of Kentucky. Depending on how the draft unfolds the Lakers may have an opportunity to draft Vonleh, giving them a talented young power forward. The other big question is whether or not the chance to sign or trade for Kevin Love will dictate who they take in the draft. Minnesota ended up with the 13th pick in the draft, a bit too late to select an impact player. The Timberwolves could be potentially interested in moving love to a team like the Lakers if they can get a player like Vonleh, Gordon or Julius Randle back to replace Love.

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Julius Randle: The much ballyhooed Kentucky forward had a solid freshman year, but has fallen a bit in the draft projections behind Wiggins, Parker and Embiid. Randle has good size and an NBA ready frame. He had strong athletic numbers at the combine, albeit slightly below that of Gordon and Vonleh. Randle has a much more refined offensive game compared to Gordon, but is not nearly the defender of the former Arizona star. If the Lakers are looking for a go-to power forward that can score in the paint, Randle is their guy. Vonleh probably has more upside due to his ability to shoot from the perimeter and room to grow as a player. Like Vonleh and Gordon, Randle would be an interesting piece to move in a trade to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love, giving Minnesota an instant replacement for their superstar.

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Marcus Smart: Smart is an interesting player. If he had come out a year ago he was a definite high lottery pick. Smart came back and had an up and down season including a high profile dispute with a fan that got home suspended this past season. Smart tested extremely well at the combine athletically, with a huge wingspan, great quickness and a big vertical leap. Smart is an unquestioned talent but he may not be ready to be an instant contributor. Many teams question his maturity, due to his on the court issues.

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Zach LaVine: The former UCLA guard is one of the big wild cards in the draft. LaVine is a high riser who was a late bloomer in high school before coming to UCLA and putting together impressive stretches during his freshman season. His athletic ability is off the charts, almost Russell Westbrook-like. According to multiple draft experts LaVine looked extremely capable in the Chicago draft combine, handling the ball well and shoot extremely well in drills. From a sheer upside potential LaVine is a potential superstar, albeit extremely raw. Seventh may be a bit early to select the former UCLA Bruins guard, but he just may be worth the gamble.

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Clippers Look To 2014-2015

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Despite of all the changes and additions the Los Angeles Clippers did to start this season, they didn’t go much further than one more round in the playoffs, comparing to their 2012-2013 course. Lob City fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder after six games in the Western Semis and those championship dreams will have to wait for at least another year. But can the Clips really stay at the top next season? Will they really be championship contenders?

First and foremost, the ownership issue will have to be resolved. It might be a long and tough process for the Clipper Nation but it’s also a necessary one. Only after Donald Sterling is removed from the owner’s position can the team truly focus on its ultimate goal for the upcoming season but also for the ones to come after that.

Assuming that the league and the people taking care of the issue eventually find a solution, the Los Angeles Clippers can start building their future. And of course, you might wonder, they do have a great team even now, right? So do they really need to plan on the future or just the upcoming season?
As head coach Doc Rivers stated after the elimination in Game 6, this is not the end. This is the beginning.

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The Los Angeles Clippers have one of the greatest and most powerful star cores in the NBA. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are under contract at least for the next three seasons, J.J. Redick is in the books until the end of the 2016 – 2017 season, Jamal Crawford for one season less and DeAndre Jordan will be with the team at least for the next season. Doc Rivers was also signed in a long term contract and assuming that Donald Sterling will be removed prior to the start of the 2014 – 2015 season, he will have no reason to not use up his contract.

Of course, we might see the Clippers performing a few moves during the offseason to try and find those missing pieces, those players who can further increase their chances to seriously contend for the title next season. But the team’s core will be the same. When it comes to changes in the style of play, Chris Paul might want to eventually start utilizing and trusting Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan more. As Rivers stated through the season, Jordan has superstar potential and if the Paul manages to find a way to utilize him more, he could emerge as the third pillar in the superstar line of the Clips.

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If the Los Angeles Clippers achieves what they did in Year 1 under Doc Rivers and after all they went through during the last month, it will be really interesting to see how far this team can go. The Clips improved in almost every aspect of their game this season both as a team and as individuals and they are projected to continue getting better.
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Anaheim Ducks Look To Regroup For 2014-2015

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After a strong regular season that ended with a disappointing second round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Anaheim Ducks now head into the offseason. The Ducks held a 3-2 series lead before losing the final two games versus the Kings, sending Los Angeles to the Western Conference finals. Ducks fans will likely see some changes this offseason, here’s a look at some potential moves the Ducks can and should try to make.

Goaltending: The Ducks top choice between the pipes will be a major story this offseason and heading into the upcoming season. Although he’s had his share of ups and downs, Jonas Hiller has been a solid performer during his tenure with the Ducks. The veteran goalie is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and could command attention from other clubs that need an answer in net. The Ducks have the luxury of depth at the most important position in hockey in rookies Frederik Andersen and John Gibson. Andersen, the 24-year-old Danish rookie had a solid regular season as the backup to Hiller. During the regular season Andersen went 20-5 in 28 starts with a 2.29 goals against average. He started seven games in the postseason with solid success. Gibson, considered the top goaltending prospect in all of hockey had a dynamic start, winning his first three starts as a NHL player at the end of the Ducks regular season. His solid play continued into the first two games of the Kings series when Gibson was the surprising starter. The Kings solved Gibson in games six and seven, but the young rookie was impressive in how he commanded the situation. The Ducks have capable depth in Andersen and Gibson, but the big question is how much they value the veteran presence of Hiller, who had a solid regular season as the top choice in goal. Gibson looks ready to take over the top position and has the potential to be a Jonathan Quick-like difference maker in goal. A tandem of Gibson and Andersen should be capable.

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Deal a young goalie? If the Ducks decide that Gibson is the future in goal they could potentially deal a player like Andersen to realize his full value now, then potentially re-signing Hiller as a veteran backup for Gibson. The Ducks situation could very much like the situation in Los Angeles, with Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier. Once Quick won the starting spot and it was clear that Bernier was not going to be a full-time starter, the Kings traded Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Los Angeles was able to acquire forward Matt Frattin and backup goalie Ben Scrivens for Bernier, eventually moving Frattin to Columbus at the trade deadline for Marian Gaborik. With limited cap space and ability to move or acquire players this offseason, dealing Andersen may be an option.

Youth Movement: The Ducks have one of the top minor league systems in all of hockey, rated tops by Hockey News. In addition to Gibson and current contributors like Devante Smith-Pelly, Jakob Silfverberg and Sami Vatanen, Anaheim has young center Richard Rakell and defenseman Shea Theodore waiting in the wings. In the salary-cap era of the NHL successful teams are able to maintain a team of veteran stars, while developing youngsters to come in and contribute. Silfverberg and Smith-Pelly are restricted free agents who the Ducks will most likely re-sign, as is Sami Vatanen.

As a result of the Bobby Ryan trade, the Ducks have the tenth pick in the upcoming NHL draft. They likely don’t find an immediate contributor at the ten spot, but should be able to pick up a player who can potentially join the Ducks in the near future.

What do the Ducks need? With limited resources there are a couple of areas that the Ducks should explore to improve their team. One area is at defense where the team could use a bigger physical presence on the blue line. The team will have to decide whether not they want to re-sign Stephane Robidas, who they acquired at the trade deadline from the Dallas Stars. Robidas is an impact player when healthy, but has suffered two leg injuries in the past six months, a potential concern.

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A second area of need is another veteran goal scorer beyond Perry and Getzlaf. Nick Bonino and Andrew Cogliano provide excellent second and third line play, but they could benefit from a goal scoring forward. Of course with the contracts of Getzlaf and Perry the Ducks are limited in free agency, but they could look to acquire a goal scoring forward in a potential trade, perhaps involving a young goaltender.

As an organization the Ducks are well primed for success over the next several years. They’ve maintained their veteran core will building a stop farm system that injects young talent into the lineup. In John Gibson they may have found that elite goaltender that can carry a franchise to a championship. Small tweaks, including a few additions, could return the Ducks to the Stanley Cup finals.

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Kevin Love wants out of Minnesota—are the Lakers an option?

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One of the Lakers biggest potential free agent targets after next season is Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. The former UCLA power forward, who was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Oregon, has long been rumored as a potential target for the rebuilding Lakers. One of the league’s elite rebounders and passing big men, Love has a dynamic inside/outside game. After many months of speculation that he has no interest in re-signing with Minnesota, Love supposedly told Timberwolves officials on Sunday that he will not re-sign with them after next season and will become an unrestricted free agent. After refusing any trade talks for Love, the Timberwolves are now open to dealing their superstar, according to a Sports Illustrated article.

Risking losing Love via free agency and getting nothing for him in return, the Timberwolves may now be motivated to move love this offseason or prior to the NBA’s February 2015 trade deadline. In the coming weeks, once the league establishes its lottery order, the Love trade rumors should increase drastically. Even with one of the best draft classes in years coming out in June, the chance to pick up a franchise player like Love is unique.

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According to ESPN Love has the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls at the top of his lists as potential destinations, due to the ability of the two clubs to contend immediately. Golden State has a young and talented backcourt in Stephon Curry and Klay Thompson, while the Bulls should be contenders once Derrick Rose returns from his latest injury. Phoenix, who had a strong season in 2013-2014, and has several assets to move for Love may be another option. A Golden State deal could include David Lee and Harrison Barnes, two assets the Lakers simply don’t have.

It’s unclear where the Lakers stand in the potential Love sweepstakes. Although Los Angeles would be well positioned to attract Love in free agency due to their salary cap freedom after next season, the Lakers likely won’t be contenders in the upcoming season. The Lakers also don’t have a head coach yet, a big factor when free agents look at options.

Of course the biggest concern in trading for Love prior to free agency is the ability to sign Love to a long-term deal after next season. If the Lakers can somehow pull a package together that is attractive to Minnesota, they would be in a position to sign Love. The concern would be whether or not Love sees Los Angeles as a potential contender. Who the Lakers hire as their next head coach and who they get in the upcoming draft will be a major factor. If the Lakers end up toward the top of the lottery and are able to select an impact player, they’ll have another building block that may attract Love, to go with their cap space and ability to sign another potential max free agent.

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The other big question is whether or not Love is worth max free agent dollars. He’s a uniquely talented big man who puts huge offensive numbers up, but his play has not translated to wins in Minnesota. Last season the Timberwolves were healthy and had a solid core of talent around Love, as well as a respected head coach in Rick Adelman. Last season the Timberwolves were a .500 basketball team, and have been under .500 for all of Love’s career. Love is a tremendous rebounder and scorer but is not an impact player on the defensive end. The perception of many around the NBA is that he is a very capable player, but not the best player on a championship team. Love would improve the Lakers, but they would likely need to add another star to play alongside Love to truly return to championship status. Chris M

Puig for MVP?

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During his remarkable rookie run in 2013 many wondered if Yasiel Puig should have been an MVP candidate. The Dodgers amazing run of play, in which they won 50 of 70 games, coincided with the promotion of Puig to the big league roster. His incredible talent, enthusiasm and fire was a major catalyst in the Dodgers run, along with the performance of Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers elite pitching staff. Puig eventually cooled down towards the end of the season, but his performance was one of the biggest stories in all of baseball.

During the offseason and spring training the big stories about Puig was related to off the field issues like traffic offenses and the amazing story of his exit from Cuba. For all of the success Puig was having on the field there were still question marks about how the young star approaches the game, his tendency for make errors on the base paths and his approach to the game. When the Dodgers opened the season in Australia first baseman Adrian Gonzalez purportedly took Puig aside to challenge him to improve multiple areas of his game. Some of the indiscretions of Puig, led some baseball analysts to question whether or not Puig would continue his ascension to superstardom.

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Well, what a difference a month makes. Six weeks into the season Puig is arguably the best player in the National League, with numbers that rival those put together by fellow Southern California star Mike Trout during his first two seasons. While the Dodgers are in third place and struggling to keep pace with the Giants in the division, Puig is playing like an MVP. His combination of speed and power has ignited the top of the Dodgers lineup, along with second baseman Dee Gordon. Forty-three games into the season Puig has demonstrated better patience at the plate, and is in the midst of a fifteen game hitting streak. Puig leads the Dodgers with a .333 average, 33 runs batted in, a .422 OBP and a tremendous 1.012 OPS. Like a true MVP candidate Puig has shined with runners on base. With runners in scoring position Puig is hitting .408 with 28 RBI. With two outs and runners in scoring position Puig’s average rises to .455 with 18 RBI.

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From a sheer performance standpoint he should be a top candidate. The key is whether or not the Dodgers get out of their early season doldrums. The Dodgers poor record is a bit of a mystery considering the individual position areas have performed well. The bullpen has struggled at times, blowing some late game and extra innings lead, but that should turn around. The Giants have started strong but as spring turns into summer the Dodgers should heat up and make their run towards the top of the National League West.

Puig will have stiff competition from players like Troy Tulowitzki, Giancarlo Stanton and fellow Dodger Adrian Gonzalez. Tulowitzki and Stanton, who have led their respective teams to surprising starts, are the top two candidates so far. The Marlins and Rockies will likely fall back to the pack while the Dodgers should contend. If Puig can continue his impressive numbers he should be right in the thick of the MVP conversation.

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In the first two rounds of the playoffs the Los Angeles Kings have successfully fended off six elimination games. After trailing 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks in the opening round the Kings roared back two win four straight, including the clincher on Sharks home ice. In round two the Kings overcame a 3-2 series deficit to defeat the Anaheim Ducks, again clinching on the road. In defeating the Ducks the Kings once again proved their resiliency and championship pedigree. The defeat of Anaheim sets up a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals with the Chicago Blackhawks. A year ago the Blackhawks defeated the Kings 4-1 on the way to their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. The Kings and Blackhawks together have won three of the last four NHL titles. With Boston and Pittsburgh eliminated in the Easter Conference, the winner of the Western Conference will be the heavy favorite to take home the cup.

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The Battle between the Pipes: Good goaltending wins Stanley Cups and both the Kings and Blackhawks have elite goaltenders in Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford, the winning goalies on each of the last two Stanley Cup winners. Jonathan Quick has been dominant at times this postseason but he’s also struggled at times. Los Angeles will need the dominant Quick throughout the series. He’s one of the rare goaltenders that can steal a postseason game. If he can avoid a rough stretch, like in the opening round versus San Jose, the Kings will be in good shape.

Recent History: Chicago has won nine of the past eleven meetings between the two clubs, including the 4-1 defeat in last year’s playoffs. The Blackhawks also dominated this year’s season series, going 3-0-1 versus Los Angeles this year. History is clearly not on the side of the Kings, but it wasn’t on their side when they came back versus the Sharks in the opening round. Chicago will enter the Western Conference final on four days rest while the Kings will have just a day of rest. The lack of rest may be a benefit for the Kings who having the confidence of a dominant victory over the Ducks in game seven.

The Gaborik Factor: Marian Gaborik has added an extra element to the Kings attack this season, with nine goals thus far in the playoffs. He’s built a dynamic partnership with Anze Kopitar. Gaborik and Kopitar are the two leading scorers this NHL postseason, with a total of 34 points between them. In a postseason where Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have struggled to score goals, the Kopitar and Gaborik have given them a dynamic additional element.

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Defend home ice: The Kings have shown the ability to win on the road in the playoffs, winning five combined road games in the opening two rounds. Unfortunately they’ve also shown a propensity to not win on home ice. Los Angeles is 5-3 away from STAPLES Center, but just 3-3 at STAPLES Center, including two losses at home versus Anaheim in the second round. To defeat the Blackhawks the Kings will have to steal a game at United Center, while defending their home ice. The key is coming out with the urgency they’ve shown in road elimination games versus San Jose and Anaheim.

Production from the Kings Youth: Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli are two impressive young players who’ve made a great impact during the postseason. Like Gaborik, Pearson and Toffoli give the Kings some added speed and quickness. The Western Conference finals versus Chicago are a big spot for a young player to perform in. If the Kings young talented forwards can produce they might be a big factor in the Kings success.

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Western Conference

NBA WEST

The Western Conference has been the more powerful of the two in the NBA for several years now. This current season is no exception. Apart from the powerhouses, which were expected to dominate and they eventually did, we also saw several underdogs making their presence felt. The San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder are considered as the three elite teams in the West but the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors are also powerhouses, emerging ones. In fact, we could even say that the Los Angeles Clippers are an emerging powerhouse, given that it’s been just a couple of seasons since Lob City has made it to the top. Let’s examine each emerging power in the West.

Golden State Warriors

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WARRIORS

The Warriors are definitely an emerging powerhouse. Although the Dubs experienced several ups and downs this season, they also showed their potential. The Warriors entered the 2013-2014 campaign as one of the strongest championship contenders in the Western Conference and the truth is that it took them a while to showcase their abilities. Playing without their starting center, Andrew Bogut, the Dubs did manage to drag their first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. They eventually fell to Lob City but the future seems to be bright for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and the rest of the crew. Every core member of the team is under contract for at least one more season.

Portland Trail Blazers

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BLAZERS

Rip City made it to the second round of the playoffs this year and but it also managed to made its presence felt across the NBA world. The Blazers have now found their new face of the franchise, in Damian Lillard. The second-year point guard as already reached a superstar level and although he is just 23, he seems to be ready to make it to the list of the elite point guards in the NBA, together with Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook. On top of that, LaMarcus Aldridge has managed to revamp his career and although he had some cold streaks during the playoffs, he seems to be capable of being the second star pillar, alongside Lillard. Nicolas Batum is the third member of Rip City’s Big Three and things in Portland now look better than ever in the recent history of the team. Look for the Blazers to continue emerging in the seasons to come.

Los Angeles Clippers

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CLIPPERS

Forget about the Lakers. The next big thing in LA is the team called “Los Angeles Clippers”, also known as Lob City. The Clips possess every single element a true powerhouse, an elite team needs to have. They’ve got two megastars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, an emerging star, in DeAndre Jordan, the best sixth man in the NBA, in Jamal Crawford and also one of handful of guru coaches in the league, Doc Rivers. The Clippers have already emerged as a powerhouse in the West but they are continuing their upward course. If they don’t win the NBA Championship this year they will certainly have the chance to do so in the seasons to come. Chris M.