Bernucca: Melo Needs to Take a Pass on Hero Ball

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Here’s the bottom line on Carmelo Anthony’s recent play. Using the measuring stick of points per shot, it is his worst four-game stretch of the postseason since the first four playoff games of his career. Furthermore, when compared alongside other worst four-game stretches of contemporary solo superstars, it is near the bottom. Following Sunday’s loss to Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals opener, the Knicks are 1-3 in their last four games, including 0-2 at home. Their only win saw them nearly

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SH Blog: George Karl explains Nuggets success, Michael Jordan promises off-season changes

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Erik Spoelstra may be hunting for the greatest winning streak of all-time, but there is probably no one having more fun with his job than Denver Nuggets coach George Karl these days. Sure, a 14-game winning streak is no 24-game winning streak, but the reigning champions were supposed to be this good at some point this season. Not a whole lot around the league expected Denver to play this big of a role in the Western Conference. After the improbable 101-100

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Pastuszek: Update on Americans Playing in China

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The 15-day, 24 hour barrage of firecrackers that start on chun jie (Chinese New Year) ended two nights ago to the relief of this now nearly deaf blogger as China celebrated the final night of the Lunar Festival, yuan xiao (Lantern Festival). Marking the 15th day and first full moon of the new year, the festival is the official end of the Spring Festival period… and of all of the loud firecrackers that are lit off in every corner of Beijing

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SH Blog: Ty Lawson signs contract extension with Nuggets, Granger out indefinitely

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There are a number of noteworthy players that are on the verge of becoming a restricted free agent by season’s end, including guards Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans and others. Why? Because their respective teams have yet to decide whether they are worth the long-term investment. James Harden was also among the boat of players looking to receive a contract extension, but we all know how that ended up (he is preparing to suit up for the

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Morning News Roundup

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Here are this morning’s top NBA news stories:“NBA to change All-Star ballot. eliminating center,” by David Aldridge from NBA.com “Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sees his window of opportunity,” by Mark Medina from the  Los Angeles Daily News “Jennings isn’t worried about contract situation,” by Greg Woelfel from the Racine Journal-Times “Raja Bell’s agent disputes report claiming he said trade being pursued,” by Jody Genessy from the Deseret News “Jerome Jordan making case to stay with Grizzlies,” by Ronald Tillery from the Memphis Commercial Appeal “Gilbert Arenas near deal

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SH Blog: Howard sheds tears, Spoelstra regrets first season with James

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It’s always intriguing to read the minds of general managers of the NBA: they are the ones who produce the teams we watch, afterall. NBA.com’s annual GM Survey was released on Monday and predictably, the Heat and LeBron James were on top of many of the winning categories. Along the way, though, you’ll find some interesting – if not somewhat funny (see “Who will win the 2012-2013 MVP” section) – votes that went to places you may or may not expect.

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Morning News Roundup

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Here are this morning’s top NBA news stories.“Gilbert Arenas considering China,” by Marc Stein of ESPN.com. “Celtics sign Milicic,” from NBA.com. “ESPN sets sights on ex-Knicks GM Isaiah for TV role,” by Phil Mushnick of The New York Post. “Warriors’ GM dishes on team’s centers,” from the San Francisco Chronicle. “Lakers sign Ronnie Aguilar,” from NBA.com. “Step by step, Wolves’ Rubio resumes basketball career,” by Jerry Zgoda of Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Nene’s status in doubt for start of Wizards training camp,” by Gene Wang of the Washington Post. “League’s answer to floppers might run foul

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