DraftStreet Fantasy Spin, April 23, 2014

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Click on this banner to sign up for DraftStreet’s two-day NBA playoff fantasy leagues The price tag on LaMarcus Aldridge has risen since yesterday, with the Portland Trail Blazers forward going from $18,940 to $19,421. That’s what’ll happen when an astounding 52 percent of the entrants in DraftStreet’s two-day playoff fantasy tournament snatch up the player who had the most productive Game 1 of any NBA player. Aldridge went off for 46 points and 18 rebounds in Portland’s

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Spurs-Mavericks Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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Well, we might as well start things by reminding everyone how the Spurs should be the team calling themselves the defending champions, except for the part where Gregg Popovich had his three best players on the bench at the end of Game 6 in Miami. That’s when we stopped calling him “genius” and vowed to never do so again. So this spring, we will laud Pop with congratulations for finishing with the league’s best record, for putting together a 19-game winning streak,

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Tweet of the Day: Dirk Nowitzki Grateful For Encouragement

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Tuesday night Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki moved past Oscar Robertson on the NBA career scoring list with an 19-foot jump shot at the start of the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz en route to a 95-83 victory. Nowitizki scored 21 points, moving him to 10th among the all-time scorers’ list with 26,714 points thus far in his career. Many players took time to congratulate Dirk on his career accomplishment last night. One player who didn’t get the chance to congratulate him

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Nowitzki, Conley, Dragic, Stoudemire key for NBA Teams Chasing Final Playoff Spots

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With one week left in the NBA regular season, the pressure is on for two Eastern Conference teams and four Western Conference teams fighting for the final playoff spots. Millions will intently watch what transpires over the next seven days as teams face must-win games, and the effort and intensity pick up. Each of these half-dozen teams have a player who will greatly impact the fate of their clubs the rest of the way.

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Bernucca: Have Pacers Lost Belief in Themselves?

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Believe it or not, there’s someone out there who doesn’t think the Indiana Pacers are coming apart at the seams.  “Everybody goes through this,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said last week after San Antonio manhandled Indiana, 103-77, on the Pacers’ home court. “I’m not worried about them. They’ll still make it to the Eastern Conference finals and they’ll still play Miami.” Parker is somewhat right. From time to time, every championship contender has a stretch during a season where they look ordinary.

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

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Mark 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: 

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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

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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

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