Blog Posts by Eric Freeman

  • Warriors outlast Jazz in tough win, move to 19-0

    It would have been very easy for the Golden State Warriors to drop their first game of the season in Monday's visit to the Utah Jazz. The slow-paced Jazz controlled tempo and generally played the style they prefer, trailing by double digits for all of 14 seconds on the night. No team has played the Warriors so consistently well over their record-breaking start to the season, and the Jazz had a chance to win late.

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    It says something about Golden State that the defending champions were able to withstand that fine effort to improve their record to 19-0. The Warriors topped the Jazz 106-103 at Vivint Smart Home Arena behind a resilient showing that featured key bench contributions and a few new wrinkles with wing Harrison Barnes sidelined due to an ankle injury. The Jazz provided a sort of blueprint for beating them, but it still wasn't enough to get the job done.

    Utah may have pulled it off if not for a big shot by —

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  • BDL's Most Interesting Power Rankings: Kobe's last ride is too big to ignore

    Let's face it — the best and most powerful teams in the NBA don't really change from week to week. A handful of results in the middle of winter can only mean so much to a franchise's championship hopes. What does shift regularly, though, is how much interest a squad can hold over the course of a season. Every Monday, BDL's Most Interesting Power Rankings track the teams most worthy of your attention.

    THE TOP 15

    1. Los Angeles Lakers (2-14, last week: 29): Forget the six-game losing streak, terrible record, and generally poor product on the court. Kobe Bryant's announcement that he will retire at the end of this season makes the Lakers the most talked-about team in the NBA. Sunday's post-announcement night of 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting won't convince anyone that Kobe will go out on a high note, but the Lakers are about to embark on an eight-game road trip that begins in Philadelphia, the closest thing Kobe has to a hometown. Sixers fans haven't been Bryant's biggest fans over the

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