Bernucca: Feeling the Heat, Pacers Had To Make a Move

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Lance StephensonAll season, the Indiana Pacers have maintained that homecourt advantage for the Eastern Conference playoffs, and their chemistry will give them a great chance to dethrone the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat.

Are both slipping away?

In the last two weeks, Indiana’s grip on the East’s best record has loosened considerably. And the Pacers’  big move at Thursday’s trading deadline, acquiring Evan Turner, illustrated that their belief in chemistry may have been overstated.

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SH Blog: ‘Wolves and Grizzlies looking to deal, Nets want Hill and Jack, Knicks after Lowry or Teague

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A memorable All-Star weekend has come and gone, and now it’s back to business as usual.

With the trade deadline just days away, teams will look to do whatever they can to improve their current situation. Without wasting any time, lets get right to what’s going on around the league.

TIMBERWOLVES AND GRIZZLIES LOOKING TO DEAL?

Chase BudingerBoth teams are currently out of the playoff picture in the West, but the Memphis Grizzlies are just 1 1/2 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the eighth seed. Looking to bolster their roster, they are in discussion with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a deal involving Chase Budinger, Tayshaun Prince and perhaps some other moving parts, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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Tweet of the Day: LeBron Reminisces After All-Star Weekend

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Whew. What a long weekend?

Of course, you may have guessed, the weekend in question was the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend which culminated in a record breaking, high scoring game Sunday night.

Monday afternoon, a day after competing in the East’s 163-155 victory over the West in the All-Star Game, Miami Heat forward LeBron James took to social media to reminisce on how quickly time has flown by since he, teammate Dwyane Wade and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony came into the National Basketball Association.

SH Blog: How Curry could have been traded to Suns, Crawford says Jordan should have been an All-Star

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Steph CurryWhen Stephen Curry signed a four year, $44 million contract with the Golden State Warriors last season, some wondered if the money was worth it for the oft-injured point guard.

Fast forward to present time: Curry will be in his first All-Star game this weekend as a starter voted in by the fans. Safe to say, the money was worth it — and then some.

So in honor of his accomplishments this season, lets take a look into his past and see how he got to this point, and what could have prevented him from being in the situation he is in today.

First, here is a detailed article from Tim Kawakami of Mercury News explaining how the guard could have ended up in a different uniform on draft night:

May: Heat Look Like a Team Trying to Three-Peat

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Only three coaches in NBA history have done what Erik Spoelstra is attempting to do in Miami. Phil Jackson

One is dead. One is approaching 100 while in assisted living in Minnesota. The third is off the grid somewhere, presumably in Montana.

The Heat are trying to become only the fourth franchise in NBA history to win three consecutive titles. The Lakers were the last to turn the trick, winning three in a row from 2000-2002. They were coached by Phil Jackson, who also won three straight titles with Chicago on two other occasions.