Author Archives: Kit Shepard

About Kit Shepard

Writer for @TheScorecorw

Kawhi’s Presence Alone has Made Giannis Mortal

Kit Shepard | May 24th, 2019

The Milwaukee Bucks needed a basket badly.

After racing out of the blocks in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bucks suddenly found themselves on the wrong end of a 16-2 Toronto Raptors run, giving the Canadian outfit their first lead of the night midway through the second quarter.

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Toronto and Philadelphia’s Game Seven Will Bring Salvation and Destruction

Kit Shepard | May 12th, 2019

The Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers both prioritized the present over the future this season. By sacrificing continuity and steady progression for star power, both have transformed their rosters over the last 12 months to become true contenders. And after a chaotic six games between the two Eastern Conference heavyweights, they are each four quarters away from triumph or disaster.

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Second Round Playoff Preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics

Kit Shepard | April 28th, 2019

The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics both swept the first round to set up a rematch of last year’s series between the pair in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. How each team defends the other’s superstar, coaching strategy and injuries will all play a significant part in this highly-anticipated clash.

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Whatever Happens in Game Seven, Jokic’s Playoff Debut has Given Nuggets Reasons for Optimism

Kit Shepard | April 26th, 2019

There is more skepticism around the Denver Nuggets than your typical two-seed. Despite challenging the Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the West for much of the year and finishing with a 54-28 record, the Nuggets’ inexperience led to many questioning their playoff acumen, especially when they matched-up against the wily, veteran-laden San Antonio Spurs in the first round. And although the Texas outfit forced a game seven last night with a 120-103 victory at home, the performance of Nikola Jokic should give Denver heart that they have a superstar who can shine in the postseason for years to come.

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Have the Thunder reached their Ceiling?

Kit Shepard | April 22nd, 2019

We keep waiting for the post-Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder to become true contenders, but their hopes of a title are, if anything, dwindling by the year. And after a season which once promised so much, they find themselves on the brink of a third consecutive first-round playoff exit. So, has this iteration of OKC reached their peak?

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The Rockets’ Defense Makes them True Contenders

Kit Shepard | April 18th, 2019

It is no secret that the Houston Rockets are a statistical juggernaut when they have the ball. Their last three seasons are each among the top 15 in all-time offensive rating, while James Harden‘s scoring numbers this campaign can only be bettered by Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, not exactly bad company. And despite being matched up against the Western Conference’s best defense in the first round of the playoffs, the Rockets are yet to show any signs of slowing down, as they have the second-best offense in the playoffs after their opening two games against the Utah Jazz.

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Notable Facts and Figures from the Playoffs’ Opening Weekend

Kit Shepard | April 15th, 2019

The playoffs are only just underway, but after a wild opening weekend, a few interesting statistics have emerged. With each team having played their first game of the postseason, what can be learned, or ignored, by the numbers from the eight exciting game ones?

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