Zachariah Ulysses Lowe  - alternatively Zachary Curtis Lowe  - born August 24,  is an American sportswriter, journalist, and podcaster. After starting his journalistic career covering the criminal justice system in his home state of Connecticut, Lowe transitioned to basketball reporting and is today considered one of the premier columnists covering the NBA. For nearly four years, beginning in August , Lowe worked as a crime, government, and courts reporter for his local Stamford Advocate ;   then spent two years with The American Lawyer. Lowe is known for his detailed posts on basketball, use of video clips, and clear writing style.
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Zach talks to Portland Trail Blazers star C. McCollum about life in Orlando, the team's run to the No. Zach and TrueHoop's David Thorpe reunite for their annual rapid-fire eight-by-eight first-round preview -- plus thoughts on Damian Lillard, Caris LeVert, and much more. Zach talks to Kevin Arnovitz about the race for the 8th seed in the West, the Suns' early bubble success, the enigma that is the Sixers, the Raptors reminding everyone how good they are, and coaches fashion. Zach talks to Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce about the intersection of basketball and social justice in Atlanta, and the WNBA's Renee Montgomery about sitting out the season to focus on reform Zach talks to Pistons coach Dwane Casey about the protests sweeping the nation, and what the NBA community can do going forward. Zach talks to Craig and Adam Malamut, creators of Game of Zones, about the end of their hit series -- favorite jokes, bits that almost didn't make the show, their creative process, much more. Includes spoilers for both Game of Zones and Game of Thrones. Zach talks to J. Zach and Jackie MacMullan talk about Michael Jordan on the eve of "The Last Dance": her memories covering him; her visit to see him play baseball; the difference between the first three and last three titles; his greatest and most memorable moments, much more.
Nick Nurse's funky zones get the attention, but Toronto's base defense is one of the best night-to-night shows in the NBA. The Raptors in full flight are beautiful. The Raptors give up the most 3s in the league, and the most corner 3s in NBA history. Opponents have hit a league-low Toronto has gotten a little lucky, but the Raptors are also dictating the terms of engagement.
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on July The NBA released the three finalists for each of the six major individual awards on Saturday. Remember the regular season? It was a thing, I swear. Here is the first part of my official NBA awards ballot for that season. Giannis Antetokounmpo , Milwaukee Bucks 2. James Harden , Houston Rockets 4. Damian Lillard , Portland Trail Blazers 5.