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Playoff Murray Can't Be Stopped

April 13th, 2021 the Nuggets were down 111-104 with 50 seconds left when disaster struck. Murray suffered what appeared to be a noncontact injury, he fell to the ground in pain. Grabbing his left knee and punching the court with his hand after trying to split two Warriors defenders on a drive. On the team bus on the way to the airport, Murray asked coach Malone; "Are you guys going to trade me? I’m damaged goods." Coach Malone hugged him and said, "Hell no. Your ours. We love you. We’re going to

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May 24, 20232 min read

Knicks Advance, BING BONG

THE NEW YORK KNICKS ARE ADVANCING IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2013! Despite Julius Randle playing like Knicks legend Andrea Bargnani before getting hurt, they put away the Cavaliers easily in 5 games. It was not a pretty series with both teams struggling to score against each other's elite defensive strategies. While Brunson led the Knicks to a victory/upset over the #4 seed Cavaliers, the shooting splits were not pretty. However when it mattered most, the Knicks players came u

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May 1, 20231 min read


Paul George infamously coined the term Playoff P in the 2017 playoffs before being bounced in the first round. Playoffs have become due or die for NBA players with the regular season becoming largely irrelevant for NBA players. Players performing out of their mind has earned many players nicknames, most famously Rajon Rondo aka Playoff Rondo. Game Recap: Hawks 116, Heat 105 | NBA.comGame Recap: Hawks 116, Heat 105NBA Logo The Miami Heat started off their 2023 playoffs disastrously with losing

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Apr 28, 20232 min read

Collectors Want Grails

If you showed someone with no hobby experience the current content being made in the hobby, one would assume that the sky is falling. If you are active in the sports card social media space, you often see influencers and collectors giving their thoughts on the market. If you weren't in the card space itself, your takeaway from seeing one of these post would likely leave you ill-informed. It is true that the Luka Doncic's National Treasures Rookie Patch Autos are down but the conversation should

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Apr 23, 20232 min read

Shams Dropping Hobby News

The first week of 2022 came with a bang, with news of the American manufacturer and retailer of licensed sportswear and sports collectibles acquiring Topps. The $500,000,000 acquisation of the iconic sports card brand followed with news of Fanatics acquiring the licenses to the NBA and NFL. Additionally, they've struck deals with the respective players associations with the Leagues. It was important for Fanatics to acquire both the league license and players union license. The league license gi

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Apr 9, 20233 min read

How Jalen Brunson Proved Cuban & Doubters Wrong

When you think of the 2018 Mavericks draft, All-NBA Luka Doncic comes to mind. However last season, Brunson proved to be more than a role player averaging 16 points per game. Brunson showed his ability to be a dominant player on the court in the first round of the 2022 playoffs. Brunson single handedly dismantled and ended the Gobert x Mitchell era in Utah. Without Luka, Brunson averaged 28 points per game and it started to have the Mavericks front office worried. The Mavericks before the 2021-

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Mar 27, 20232 min read

Fox and Sabonis' Resurrection of Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings prior to this season have been the laughing stock of the league for the last two decades. The last time they made the playoffs, LeBron was 21 years old and Chris Paul was a rookie. While people might point to teams like the Bobcats as the league's laughing stock, they have at least made playoff appearances in the last decade. During this drought, teams have rebuilt many times with the Kings failing to do so just once. However, this season it all changed, the hiring of Mike

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Mar 22, 20232 min read

The Sudden Rise of Mikal Bridges

Drafted by his hometown 76ers which minutes later turned into the 76ers trading him to Phoenix. Bridges quickly stood out as an elite defender who struggled offensively. With each year that went by, he improved every aspect of his game. Bridges shot 33% from beyond the arc as a rookie and by his third year he was shooting 42%. His points per game also improved by 6 from his rookie year to third year. In his 56 games with the Suns this season, he was averaging a career best 17 points per game. De

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Mar 20, 20232 min read

The Ball Family Woes Continue

BIG BALLER BRAND was inescapable if you followed sports and one would possibly call it stalking if they were a basketball fan. LaVar Ball and his family were at every which way you turned from morning talk shows, pre game shows, halftime shows, post game shows, Youtube shows, etc. LaVar Ball had people he who passionately loved him and people who passionately hated him. LaVar Ball proclaimed his son to be better than Stephen Curry who was just coming off his second ring in three years. Big Ball

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Feb 28, 20233 min read

How Does Mahomes Second Ring Bolster His Legacy?

People said it couldn't be done, heck people even said he couldn't make the playoffs without Tyreek Hill (Looking at you Bart Scott). Yet against the all odds, including the Vegas ones, Mahomes walks away from the 2022 season with an MVP, Super Bowl, and Super Bowl MVP. With Mahomes just 27 years old, the question starts to arise of where does he rank all time? Is he already a top 5-10 quarterback all time? * Mahomes has 2 Super Bowls at the age of 27, which makes him just 1 of 5 quarterbacks

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Feb 21, 20232 min read

Luka Finally Gets Help But Can He Rely On It?

Throughout Luka Doncic NBA career, he has yet to have a second option that was a proven all-star in which would take some of the workload off him. The Mavericks have made a few attempts at doing this, which ultimately fell flat on its face. Most notably with the Porzingis trade, which was an utter failure. Injuries turned the once dominant New York Unicorn into an injury prone timid spot up shooter in Dallas. The surprising emergence of Jalen Brunson arrived in the playoffs in which Brunson sing

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Feb 15, 20232 min read

High Risk - High Reward, Durant Lands in Phoenix

Kevin Durant has and is one of the most prolific scorers this game has ever seen yet whether it be on or off the court, it always seems as it is an endless struggle with him. Despite making the NBA Finals 3/3 years during his time in Golden State, it was clear the workplace grew toxic and he was departing. Four years after the Brooklyn experiment failed, with mismanagement from the top down (literally). Durant finds himself heading to Phoenix, a team which was embarrassed by Luka Doncic last sea

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Feb 13, 20233 min read

Your Pockets Hurts If You Didn't Invest In This Player

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, the talk of hobby decline ran parallel to every week that passed. One of the only consistent things since week 1 (September 11th) was hobby talk of a declining market and Jalen Hurts playing at an MVP level. Hurts big market jump came after a big week 6 division rival victory with them beating the Cowboys, in which the Eagles moved to 6-0. It is understandable why, as he was statistically dominant across those six games. Completion % 66.85% Passing Yards 1514

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Feb 6, 20231 min read

Has Paul Pierce's Greatness Been Forgotten?

Paul Pierce, also known as "The Truth," was one of the biggest draws in the NBA for over a decade. He went toe to toe with superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and often came out on top. The Pierce led Boston Celtics success against LeBron has been cited as to the creation of the Heat big 3. However it seems towards the tail end of his career and in retirement, he has become disliked by many. One reason for this is that Pierce played in the same era as many other all-time greats, such a

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Jan 28, 20232 min read

The Six Figure Playoff Quarterback Dual

January 14th at 8:15 eastern, the Chargers and Jaguars will be facing off in Herbert and Lawrence's first playoff game! This might not be one of the most anticipated matchups for NFL fans but for the hobby this game is huge. Wild Card weekend features 12 teams and this game is the only one with two quarterbacks who have six plus figure card sales. With Herbert and Lawrence being two of the most popular young quarterbacks in the league, this will be our first chance to see them in the post seas

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Jan 14, 20232 min read