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.

 

10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — NBA Closes Out 2013

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hibbertHappy New Year!

The NBA closed out 2013 with eight games featuring 16 of the NBA’s most competitive teams. There was a clash between two of the best in the West and a career performance by a player who has put together a strong month of basketball.

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

SH Blog: Lakers and Cavs Talk Bynum/Gasol Swap; Raptors Interested in Afflalo; Bennett Copes With Criticism

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Pau-Gasol4Four years ago, when the Los Angeles Lakers were winning their second NBA championship in as many years behind the big bodied, long armed and incredible skill of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum (oh, and that Kobe guy), would it have ever crossed your mind to see the two Laker bigs as the centerpiece of a midseason trade?

For each other? 

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NBA Admits Refs Missed Foul Call in Mavs-Wolves Game

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malloyNBA referees have had better weeks.

On Thursday, the league admitted that Blake Griffin should not have been given a technical foul – his second of the game, resulting in an ejection – in the Christmas matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

On Tuesday, the league announced that Dallas forward Shawn Marion should have been called for a foul on his “blocked shot” on Minnesota’s Kevin Love at the end of Monday’s 100-98 win by the Mavericks.

Eisenberg: Why Everything You Know About Nick Young is Wrong

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BlacktopThe scorer still looks back nostalgically on those summer days in suburban Los Angeles when he would lace up his sneakers, put on his Lakers jersey and head out to the park.

Adults and kids of the neighborhood would flock to the playground every afternoon to watch the human mirage in action.

He stood tall at 6-6 and had confidence and moves that were better suited for the Staples Center’s hardwood than Reseda’s blacktops. From afar, if you didn’t know any better, you’d think he was Kobe Bryant taking an opportunity to give back to the local community.

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