SH Blog: Cuban to fund HGH study; Jackson speaks about Melo’s year

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Mark_Cuban_2011Mark Cuban is putting his money where his mouth is.

And it has nothing to do with the Dallas Mavericks or the refs or David Stern.

It has everything to do with the future of sports medicine and the potential inclusion of HGH in the professional world of sports. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Cuban is funding a study on the potential benefits of HGH use for recovering athletes. Here’s more from the story: 

Twitter reacts to Stephen Curry’s game-winner against Dallas Mavericks

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With the season winding down and holding just a 1 1/2 game lead over the trailing Dallas Mavericks, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors could ill-afford to lose Tuesday’s game on the road at the American Airlines Center.

After an inexplicable loss against the New York Knicks on Sunday, the Warriors knew another loss – particularly to the Mavericks – would put them in a neck and neck battle for the remainder of the season with three other teams just to make it back to the playoffs. Golden State came out blazing and shot 55 percent or better from the field for much of the game despite having to play without David Lee and Andrew Bogut, but Dallas was ready for the challenge. Dirk Nowitzki, for the most part, had his way with 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field – including six-of-eight from the 3-point line –  to go with 11 rebounds and three assists. Monta Ellis was also highly effective against his former team with 27 points and six assists. The Warriors countered with a number of weapons: Klay Thompson had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists, Andre Iguodala had 16 points on seven-of-nine shooting to go with eight rebounds and seven assists, Jermaine O’Neal turned back the clock with 20 points and eight rebounds, Jordan Crawford had 19 points on an impressive seven-of-10 shooting, and Draymond Green did a bit of everything with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.

In the end, though, Curry would have the final say, as he launched a shot over Jose Calderon with virtually no time left on the clock in overtime. 

VIDEO: What’s Wrong With Pacers; Grizzlies Will Earn 7th; Cavs Making Push

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How about those Indiana Pacers? For five straight games they have been held below 90 points — and in four of those games they were sub-80. Their last two victories have been quality wins against the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls, but they have lost five of six overall and are now tied in the loss column with LeBron James’ team.

All in all, it is fair to call them something close to a mess as they head into Monday night’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, who come in riding a 17-game winning streak — tying a franchise record. (More on the Spurs’ streak here).

What’ll it take to win tonight — or at least to keep it competitive? Well, getting to 90 points would be a start. The Pacers are 7-2 this month when they reach that number. Indiana has one road win over a winning team since Jan. 20 and is 6-9 in its last 15 games overall.

Scott Odom: The Incredible Story of Professional Basketball’s First One-Legged Player

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Scott-Odom-682x1024What’s holding you back from pursuing your dream?

Is it the fear of the unknown? The overwhelming weight of expectation? The harsh reality that failure is an option?

For Scott Odom, the answer is as simple as it is complex: nothing.

Not cancer.

Not depression.

Not a snub from the NBA and one of its most prominent owners.

Not the jealousy of teammates.

Not even the loss of his right leg.

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VIDEO: Did bad loss to Cavs doom Knicks? Who gets West’s eighth seed? Beware the Grizzlies

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Carmelo AnthonySunday night’s self-destruction against the Cavs was about as bad of a loss as the Knicks could have imagined, given that they had a chance to pull within two games of the Atlanta Hawks, who had lost earlier in the day.

Well, to be fair, it wasn’t totally a self-destruction. Jarrett Jack was phenomenal for Cleveland on offense, repeatedly burning Raymond Felton, and Luol Deng did a terrific job on Carmelo Anthony, keeping the ball out of the NBA’s second-leading scorer on multiple possessions.

But this still goes down as a bad, bad loss for the Knicks, whose eight-game winning streak came to a halt.

It’s too bad we will not have a race for the eighth spot in the East. It seems that way, though you cannot understate just how bad the Hawks are — and how capable they are of losing their three-game lead.

In the West, the Suns and Mavs are battling it out for the final playoff spot, and Phoenix gave itself a big boost Sunday by getting 61 bench points in a huge comeback victory over the Timberwolves. The Suns now have four winnable games to close out the month, then a very difficult April schedule.

Will they get in? And which low-seeded team will have the best chance of making some noise in the first round of the playoffs?

My answers in this video interview with Noah Coslov of CineSport.