Bernucca: Spurs Aren’t Streaking, They’re Gliding

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lebron-wade1There have been some fair comparisons drawn between the current 17-game winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs and the remarkable 27-game run put together a year ago by the Miami Heat.

Both teams expect to compete for the NBA championship. Both teams found their rhythm at the most opportune time of the season. Both teams stormed to the league’s best record and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

There are obvious differences as well. For one, San Antonio still needs 10 straight wins – a run reached by only three other teams this season – to merely match Miami’s streak. Even if they win out, the Spurs will still come up one short of the Heat and have to resume the chase next season.

But here’s the biggest difference. The Heat were somewhat consumed by their streak. The Spurs are not consumed by theirs.

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Tweet of the Day: Players React To Deadline Deals

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Thursday in the NBA meant trades, at least it normally would. It was the trade deadline after all.

Trade activity started slow, but picked up as the deadline drew near. A total of nine deals went down Thursday, add the two that occurred Wednesday and a total of 11 occurred before the clock struck at 3:00 PM.

If you’re looking for all of the details, SheridanHoops has plenty of trade deadline coverage.

Of course, while all of the writers, analysts and experts have fun breaking down the trades and talking to their hearts’ content, there is a group of individuals more directly impacted by the deals who have their own thoughts to share … the players.

Here is some of the feedback that they have shared on Twitter.

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SH Blog: Warriors are scary good with a full squad, Anderson could miss remainder of season

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Stephen CurryIf you follow the Golden State Warriors at all, the words “hashtag full squad” should sound familiar to you by now. If it doesn’t, click here to find out how it all began, and here for the full explanation on how it now has a life of its own.

To make a long story short, David Lee believed the Warriors were a darned good team when everyone in the starting lineup is healthy and playing together. He brought it up some weeks ago because the team was performing questionably at best through the first 20 games or so – particularly when Andre Iguodala was out of the lineup due to an injured hamstring – and some began to wonder whether all the hype about Golden State prior to the beginning of the season was justified.

As it turns out, Lee was more than right about his “full squad”. With the starting five intact, the Warriors’ record is an impressive 20-4. They are, in fact, one of the most dominating starting fives in the entire league on both ends of the court, according to Warriors.com:

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Bernucca: Can the Eastern Conference Even Field an All-Star team?

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AS14_NewOrleans_LogosheetAmid its myriad injuries, its dozen teams below .500 and its 44-98 record against the Western Conference, 159299855_Rondo_ASPortsthere is a looming question regarding the Eastern Conference:

Can the East even field an All-Star team?

A year ago, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Tyson Chandler, Kyrie Irving, Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday were among the East’s All-Stars. You can make the argument – irrefutable in some cases, strong in others – that none of those players should be invited back this season.

And a handful of the usual suspects with All-Star resumes – Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson, Al Horford – won’t fill the void because they have been injured or awful.

Not even Rudy Gay – who at $17.9 million is the league’s highest-paid player who never has been an All-Star - can grab one of the spots now that he has been traded to the West.

So who will be filling the dozen spots? Lotsa Pacers, lotsa Heat and lotsa guys making their All-Star debuts.

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UPDATE: Spurs rest Duncan and Ginobili but will not be fined

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The San Antonio Spurs are resting both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for Thursday night’s nationally televised road duncangame vs. the Golden State Warriors, initially putting themselves at risk of another six-figure fine from the NBA.

A release from Spurs media relations Thursday afternoon – titled an “injury report” – said both players were being held out of the game on TNT due to rest. It made no mention of injuries to either player.

The release also said guard Tony Parker would not play due to a bruised shin. That was announced earlier in the week, when the Spurs said Parker would miss at least two games with the injury and be re-evaluated prior to Saturday’s home showdown with Oklahoma City.