Bernucca: For West Teams, Trade Grades as Deadline Arrives Early

Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith

After last week’s loss in Atlanta, Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger – whose team has the fifth-best record in the NBA – lamented his roster’s shortcomings. “We have to get another playmaker on the floor,” Joerger said. “We’re going to have to start playing multiple point guards (at the same time). We’ve got to be able to get inside of defenses.” It doesn’t matter that the Grizzlies have been at or near the top of the league for most of the season.

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Fantasy Spin: Beat Chris Sheridan For Money

Kings

No, this site’s founder and publisher is not a masochist. If you joined DraftKings from a Sheridan Hoops link — or sign up today — and finish ahead of Chris Sheridan in tonight’s $55,000 Layup, your account will be credited with an extra $2.00, refunding your entry fee.

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James Harden’s surprising defensive improvement makes him MVP contender

James Harden

When you’re already a proven NBA superstar, improvement usually comes in subtle ways. For Houston Rockets star James Harden, his ascent into the MVP conversation (it’s essentially a two-man race at this point between he and Stephen Curry, unless Anthony Davis’ New Orleans Pelicans make the playoffs) has come from a slight improvement across and board and an understanding that league MVPs are, and always will be, two-way players. The Rockets have had to rely on Harden this year more than

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MVP Rankings, Edition VI: Mozgov the MVP, In a Way

Mozgov Bloody

Greetings from New York, where Langston Galloway is the new face of the New York Knicks, and where Phil Jackson’s apologists are applauding the fact that his addition by subtraction trade of J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert netted a second-round draft pick in 2019. In other local news, the New York Times invited its readers to find better things for Scott Cacciola to do other than cover the ‘Bockers. His editors feel sorry for him. Memo to Phil: It is one

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Sheridan: Who will the All-Star Reserves Be in West?

All-StarNYC

New Year’s Day brought the latest round of All-Star balloting returns, and it’s a safe bet that the five leading vote-getters in each conference will remain there. Stephen Curry and Kobe Bryant lead the West backcourt, with James Harden trailing Kobe by about 180,000 votes. In the West frontcourt, Anthony Davis is a shoo-in, with Blake Griffin and Marc Gasol second and third, and Tim Duncan trailing Gasol by 55,000 votes. In the East, John Wall and Dwyane Wade are No. 1

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Fantasy Spin: Conference Leaders Clash

Andre Drummond

Game of the night? East-leading Toronto visits West-leading Golden State. Stephen Curry $11000 and Kyle Lowry $10700 are both very effective despite their different styles. Draymond Green $7800 does a bit of everything for the Warriors, and Klay Thompson $8100 has never been better.

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