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What We Are Thankful For In the 2014-15 NBA

Let’s not beat around the bush: We love the NBA. That’s why we’re here. And in lieu of any game action tomorrow — football’s time to shine as the turkey’s tryptophan tricks us to sleep — we’ll have to subsist on the memory of some of the season’s most heart-warming trends. What are we thankful for through the beginning of the 2014-15 season?

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