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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Bernucca: What’s “laughable” about Lakers is D’Antoni

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After Friday’s dispiriting home loss to the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni could not take it any longer. D’Antoni went on a wide-ranging rant against his team, targeting its lack of commitment and effort on both sides of the ball. He said the Lakers were “messing with the basketball gods” and called their championship aspirations “laughable.” Although D’Antoni mentioned no one by name, very few wearing the forum blue and gold appeared exempt. 

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Tweet of the Day: Kobe Bryant

The Mamba is hesitant to venture into the cold.

Ankle was a lil sore from practice yesterday but should be good to go tonight #mambaface
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  There you have it, folks. After being diagnosed with a severely sprained ankle last week, Kobe Bryant is officially back in the lineup. Bryant actually tried to give it a go the very next game after injuring himself, but was taken out of the game after a rough first quarter against the Indiana Pacers. 

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SH Blog: Wall remains adamant about his worth as max player, Chris Paul calls out Clippers defense

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Not long ago, many wondered if John Wall could ever reclaim his reputation as the possible savior of the Washington Wizards – a burdening label immediately thrust upon him when he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010-2011 NBA Draft. In fact, some openly wondered if he’s even worth building around. And when I say “not long ago”, I’m talking about just weeks ago.

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Mighty Moke’s Free Agency Rankings (Version 3.0)

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I know that the Miami Heat don’t really have a free agent of consequence this coming offseason. But if they did, he would probably need to have a spot in our weekly Top 15 “just because.” After erasing a 17-point first half deficit and a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter, the Heat overcame Jeff Green’s career-high 43 points and extended their winning streak to 23 games. Now, 30 is actually in sight. The second-best NBA winning streak of all time

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Tweet of the Day: Pau Gasol

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The Los Angeles Lakers play in Phoenix tonight and will be looking for their seventh win in nine games. More importantly, tonight was supposed to mark the return of Pau Gasol to the Lakers’ lineup. Gasol unfortunately broke the news this evening that he will not be making his return tonight in Phoenix, but will be back on the court soon. 

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Bernucca: Rooting for the Celtics to beat Heat, preserve an “unbreakable” record

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I will be rooting for the Boston Celtics against the Miami Heat tonight. Having been a Philadelphia 76ers fan for nearly four decades, that’s a pretty big deal. Usually there are only three circumstances that can get me to throw my allegiance behind a team I have despised for as long as I’ve watched the NBA. 1. By winning, the Celtics would beat a team whose loss would help the 76ers. 2. By winning, the Celtics would get a tougher playoff opponent. 3. By winning, the

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