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The NBA Story Lines Beneath the Surface: Northwest Division

Basketball is very good. This long hiatus is … not. If there’s a small silver lining, it’s that the break provides time to dig beneath the surface and explore each team’s core identity, whether the games are played in front of cardboard cutouts of fans at Disney World or not. We’ll be looking at the overlooked story line for each team, division by division, over the next few weeks. Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell Hide and Seek It’s not unusual for a team to hide its best offensive player on the defensive end. It’s why superstar matchups rarely materialize—there’s almost always a defensive specialist better suited to take the assignment of covering a star, mainly because he can devote all his energy to the task.

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