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Portland Trail Blazers Advance to Western Conference Finals

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In one of the hardest fought series we have seen thus far in the playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers emerged victorious over the Denver Nuggets in their Game 7 today.

Like most games in this series, today’s contest went down to the wire but C.J. McCollum ultimately did enough to put his team over the top.

It took every single one of McCollum’s 37 points for the Trail Blazers to get the victory, as Portland trailed by as many as 17 points during the game.

They continued to put pressure on the Nuggets though and it looked like fatigue ended up being the main factor in Denver’s collapse.

Now the Trail Blazers will advance on to the Western Conference Finals, where they will square off against the two-time defending champions.

No one outside of Portland is going to pick them to beat the Warriors in this upcoming series. But after watching Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum so far in the playoffs, you have to give them a punchers chance to pull of the upset.

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NBA 2K20 Player Ratings Revealed

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While NBA 2K is not the only basketball video game franchise on the market, it might as well be, as it has been popular amongst fans and players alike for years now.

The game offers a realistic depiction of the NBA and all of the players in it. Which is why the release of the NBA 2K player ratings is always a much-anticipated part of the summer.

Here are the 10 highest rated player in the game this season.

Most people feel that Kawhi Leonard took the mantle for being the best player in the NBA this season, when he led the Toronto Raptors to their first ever championship.

Others felt that the league MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo had earned that honor, after an incredible regular season that saw him lead the Milwaukee Bucks to league-best 60-22 record.

In the end though, 2K was not ready to take that honor away from LeBron James, as he is still considered their highest-rated player.

James has been considered the best player in the world for a long time, but has held that title in the 2K video game franchise for over a decade.

As LeBron enters the tail-end of his career, a new stud is about to enter the league with as much hype as any player since James. That player is Zion Williamson and his 2K player rating is the best mark among rookies.

The top five rookies based on their player ratings, are the exact same players that were drafted in that order in this year’s draft. We will see how those ratings change as those rookies establish themselves in the NBA.

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Top 20 Greatest Sports Movies of All-Time

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Sports movies are the perfect personification of everything that we love about sports. They give the audience the same thrilling emotion that goes into the competition of sports, but with a dash of movie magic.

Stories of perseverance such Rudy or Rocky teach you to never give you up. While movies like Replacements and Bad News Bears show how any group of misfits can come together as a team to overcome all odds.

Now before we get into this list one thing needs to be made clear, there is spoilers that lie ahead as we look back at the Best Sports Movies of all-time. 

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The Process May Be Complete But It’s Also Really Expensive

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When Sam Hinkie was hired to be the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, he declared that there would be a process to making them a championship-caliber team.

In turned out, “The Process” was to lose as many games as possible to have the best odds to win the lottery and draft franchise-altering talent.

Throughout that process, there was plenty of swing-and-misses along the way, such as top picks Jahlil Okafer and Markell Fultz. But the net result was two superstars capable of being top-10 players in this league.

Joel Embiid, 25, has embraced “The Process” mantra, even turning it into his nickname. When he is healthy, Embiid may just be the best center in the NBA.

He has the ability to shrink the floor as an exceptional rim protector on the defensive end, meanwhile being an all-around offensive weapon. Embiid could easily be the league MVP one of these days if he puts it all together and stays on the court.

The same can be said for Ben Simmons, as the 6-foot-10 point guard brings a rare combination of size and skill to his game. Simmons needs to develop an outside shot, but it is not a stretch to put him in the conversation for being a top-five point guard in the NBA right now.

The Sixers have now built a roster around those two superstars, in an offseason that has seen them give out over $450 million in contracts.

Philadelphia’s first big move in free agency was to acquire veteran big man Al Horford, signing him to a four-year $109 million deal. Next the Sixers resigned Tobias Harris to a five-year $180 million contract.

The last piece in their offseason spending spree, was giving Simmons a $170 million contract extension to lock up their roster long-term.

The core of Simmons, Harris, Embiid and Horford are exceeding the NBA’s current salary cap of $109 million by $10 million themselves. Because of those deals, the Sixers are surely to be paying heavy luxury taxes for years to come.

While the team is going to cost a lot, they have a chance to become a dynasty in the Eastern Conference, with potentially the best starting five in the NBA.

A big underrated addition of the offseason, was acquiring shooting guard Josh Richardson in a sign-and-trade deal that sent Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat.

Richardson, 25, led the Heat in scoring last year and is the final piece in the Sixers starting five. Richardson is a career 37% three-point shooter and a great on-ball defender on the other end.

More importantly, Richardson is only in the second year of a reasonable four-year $42 million extension that he signed with the Heat.

While he may not be the same caliber player as Butler, Richardson will fit nicely with the rest of the Sixers young core and he comes at a much cheaper price tag.

Now it is up to this Sixers team to prove that they are worth the money and deliver the first championship to Philadelphia since 1983.

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