Fantasy Spin: Run, DMC

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Monday was a strange night in the NBA. The lowly Nuggets, blown out the day before, shocked the previously red-hot Cavs in Cleveland. Pau Gasol (calf) and Derrick Rose (hamstring) didn’t play, but the Bulls beat the Clippers anyway, thanks to Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.

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Five Things To Watch: Utah Jazz

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Perhaps no team in the NBA has moved on from its past and looked toward its future more than the Utah Jazz. Virtually all of the ties to the great Jazz teams of the 1990s are gone. In their place are a rookie coach and a starting lineup that figures to have no one older than 24. The Jazz won’t be much better than last season, when they lost 57 games, their most since arriving in Salt Lake City from New Orleans

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PODCAST: Winless and Hapless, Jazz Now a Targeted Team

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It is never a good thing to have a zero in your record at this point of the NBA season — unless, of course, that zero is in the loss column. For the Utah Jazz, that goose egg is in the win column — and nobody wants to be the first team to lose to them. So as tough as things have already been, they are about to get tougher for Tyrone Corbin’s young team. That topic, and plenty more from around the

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SH Blog: Howard says everyone should get over his departure from LA, Barkley says STAT has lost his talent

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We’ve heard plenty about the issues Dwight Howard had with Kobe Bryant over the summer, and why he wasn’t happy playing with the demanding superstar. With the center back in town to face the Los Angeles Lakers – he already heard plenty of boos while playing in Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers this past Monday – perhaps it’s finally time to close this chapter of his story for good, for both himself and everyone else around the league. STORY

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Sprung: Alec Burks tries to grow along with young Jazz

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BROOKLYN – Through three regular season games, Alec Burks led the Utah Jazz in points per game (18.0), two-point field goal percentage among players who took at least one shot per game (57.6), offensive rating (107), win shares, win shares per 48 minutes (.131) and PER (19.2). Sounds like someone who should start for a rebuilding team like the Jazz, no? Yet the 12th overall in the 2011 draft has yet to start a game in his NBA career. Why? “He’s deserved to start

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StatBox Breakdown: A Look At Who Got Extensions; and Who Didn’t

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The deadline for teams to sign players from the draft class of 2010 to extensions came and went at the stroke of midnight ET on Nov. 1. Those who did not get extensions will be unrestricted free agents this summer. Six players received extensions, with three of them getting done during the offseason. Two more were completed during training camp and the last one was executed Thursday in Memphis, just hours before the deadline. Meanwhile, three other rumored extensions did not get

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SH Blog: Westbrook already dunking in practice, Wallace puts the Celtics on blast

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Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose covered the Denver Nuggets in their latest Grantland video, and I am starting off this blog with the clip because it just might make you cry a little. In a good way.Simmons has the Nuggets listed at No. 13 and Rose thinks they should be ranked higher. It says here that Denver is unlikely to make the playoffs this season because: 1. They lost Iguodala and got nothing in return. 2. They lost starting center Kosta Koufos,

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NBA Rumors and News for October 21, 2013

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Monday, October 21 Daily Trivia: For more than 40 years, which mascot has been entertaining Chicago Bulls fans? Answer below. Pistons could let Greg Monroe test restricted free agency Posted at 10:48 PM ET The Detroit Pistons will likely let Greg Monroe test restricted free agency next summer, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Stein said the word out of Detroit is the 2010 No. 7 overall pick would likely be available in 2014. The Pistons just spent big money to sign

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