Bernucca: After Riley-Ainge tiff, we need Heat-Celtics in playoffs

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat

If you are an NBA fan, you should start rooting for the Milwaukee Bucks to snap out of their stupor and the Boston Celtics to stumble down the stretch. Because that will set up the first-round playoff series we all want to see. A slump by the Celtics and a boost from the Bucks over the last 10 or so games would drop Boston into eighth place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round matchup with the Miami Heat. And to paraphrase

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Tweet of the Night: Bill Simmons

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It’s been mentioned a number of times in our blogs over the past few nights about the worrisome status of the Los Angeles Lakers after losing Metta World Peace for the season and narrowly escaping Minnesota with a controversial victory. After suffering a 113-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday – their fourth loss in the last five games – you have to wonder what it’s going to take for this team to make the playoffs. It matters so much more

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SH Blog: LeBron tried to recruit Taj Gibson, D’Antoni explains Howard’s lack of touches

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Here’s a little something LeBron James may not have wanted Taj Gibson to share with the rest of the world: he tried to recruit the Chicago Bulls power forward during the summer to join forces with the Miami Heat. This was likely nothing but playful chatter between the two players in reality, given the amount of money Gibson was going to command – he was given a four-year, $38 million contract at the start of the season. That’s just too rich

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Tweet of the Day: Metta World Peace

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LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING THE GAME TONIGHT WITH 20 FANS TONIGHT.#GOLAKERSBASKETBALL
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  Why is Metta World Peace watching tonights Lakers game with 20 fans? It could only be explained by what seems to be the overwhelming narrative for LA this season: injury. 

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Tweet of the Night: Metta World Peace

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Here’s an underrated statement for this season’s version of the Los Angeles Lakers: they have not been the luckiest of bunch in terms of injuries suffered, from top to bottom. This team was tagged as the undisputed best team in the league before playing a single game together. Obviously, that has been far from the case. It’s easy to say that the team simply hasn’t gelled – which is true – but they certainly would have been much better than what

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Mighty Moke’s Free Agency Rankings (Version 4.0)

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Quick and pretty amazing tidbit: this is our fourth version of these free agency rankings, and since we started them, the Miami Heat have not lost. Yes, the Heat are hot and the copious amount of attention they are receiving is something Charlie Sheen could only dream of replicating. So in honor of the Heat, let’s go streaking.

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SH Blog: Kyrie Irving could still return this season, Love considers shutting it down

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If you are a lottery team heading towards nowhere in particular as the season winds down, what do you do when your best player is due back from an injury? Do you play him in a bunch of meaningless games and risk further injury, or do you play him in hopes of finding chemistry development for next season? That is the question a number of teams are currently dealing with, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and – to an extent –

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