Fantasy Spin: Thursday, January 2, 2014

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On the first night of NBA action in 2014, the Philadelphia 76ers continued to surprise as they handed the Nuggets a loss in Denver. Evan Turner/PHI, Thaddeus Young/PHI, Spencer Hawes/PHI and rookie of the year frontrunner Michael Carter-Williams/PHI have formed an effective core, while James Anderson/PHI and Lavoy Allen/PHI have contributed with efficient minutes off the bench. The Sixers roll into Sacramento tonight and have to overcome a home and fatigue disadvantage against dynamic duo DeMarcus Cousins/SAC and Isaiah Thomas/SAC. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.

5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Toronto Reaches .500, Denver Loses 8 in a Row

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Kyle LowryWelcome to 2014.

The NBA ushered in the New Year with five games featuring 10 teams competing for postseason berths. There were season-best individual performances and victories that changed the culture of the postseason picture.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

Tweet of the Day: NBA Players Remember Actor James Avery (aka Uncle Phil)

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As 2014 begins, more sad news has hit Hollywood and fans of a hit 90s TV show.

For those who may not have heard already, actor James Avery, famous for his portrayal of Uncle Phil from the popular show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air—died Wednesday morning.

According to reports, he passed away after undergoing complications from open heart surgery.

The first to publicly confirm the news this morning was Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery’s onscreen son Carlton Banks.

Carmelo Anthony has a Twitter fight with Knicks fan

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Carmelo_AnthonyIs Carmelo Anthony reaching his breaking point?

Throughout a remarkably frustrating season for the New York Knicks, Anthony has pretty much kept his cool. He hasn’t questioned management or ownership, thrown any teammates under the bus or purposely extended the narrative about his future.

Anthony also has played very well – nearly as well as he did last season, when the Knicks won 54 games and he was a legitimate MVP candidate. His points (26.3 ppg) are down, but so are his shots (20.8). His shooting percentage is practically the same, his assists, blocks and steals are up slightly, and he is averaging a career-high 8.8 rebounds.

But on the final day of 2013, Anthony may have finally given in to the burden of trying to carry a team that is playing well short of its expectations. 

Fantasy Spin: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Happy New Year to all! Ten unlucky teams will have to rouse themselves after last night’s festivities and do battle on the hardwood. Yesterday, the Hawks rallied to beat the Celtics on the continued heroic play by Paul Millsap/ATL. James Harden/HOU rebounded from a poor outing, but the Rockets fell to the visiting Kings. The Spurs and Pacers registered expected wins, and the Raptors won a defensive battle over the Bulls. In the feature matchup, LaMarcus Aldridge/POR and Damian Lillard/POR led Portland to an important win in Oklahoma City. Tonight, I will be watching the intriguing confrontation between the improving Pelicans and the Timberwolves. Here is today’s Fantasy Spin.