Sprung: What Has Gone Right and Wrong for Eastern Conference Contenders

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For the first time in roughly two decades, the Eastern Conference is better than the Western Conference from top to bottom. Nine East teams are at .500 or better – nearly twice as many teams as last season, when sixth-seeded Milwaukee finished 41-41. And the East actually has a winning record against the West this season at 100-98 What changed so quickly from last season, when articles were written about how there was the greatest disparity in conference strength in recent memory? “I

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Scotto: 2016 NBA New Year’s Resolutions

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The Golden State Warriors’ historic start, led by Stephen Curry’s MVP campaign, and Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour have captured the headlines so far this season. We saw LaMarcus Aldridge become the biggest free agent to change teams and Kevin McHale became the first coach to get fired in Houston. Will Kevin Durant leave the Thunder this summer? Will Jeff Hornacek become the first coach fired in 2016? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. A new calendar year will bring more coaching changes,

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Bernucca: Is NBA Experiencing Parity, or Mediocrity?

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Is the NBA inching toward parity? Or slowly sinking into mediocrity? Those may seem like strange questions during a season in which the Golden State Warriors have imposed their dominance over the rest of the league in unprecedented fashion. Yes, at 22-0 the Warriors have obliterated the best start in NBA history and have looked downright unbeatable while the clock was ticking during a vast majority of those 22 games. In that sense, they present a very strong argument against the notion

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Scotto: NBA Season’s First Quarter Observations

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We’re a quarter of the way through the regular season and the NBA landscape has shifted dramatically. Kobe Bryant is retiring after this season and wants to be remembered as a “talented overachiever” when it’s all said and done. Meanwhile, Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers (3-15) trail only the Philadelphia 76ers (1-19) for the league’s worst record. With every loss, the Lakers grow closer to keeping their top-three protected draft pick and potentially land top prospect Ben Simmons. On the flip side, the Golden

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Bernucca: Paul George Isn’t The Same Player Anymore. He’s Way Better

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Do you remember what Paul George was like before his gruesome injury? Do you remember the 2013 playoffs, when he showed everyone how much better he was than supposed MVP candidate Carmelo Anthony? Do you remember how he accepted and met the challenge of defending LeBron James in those Pacers-Heat playoff wars? And how much respect James had for him? Well, Paul George isn’t that player anymore. He’s better. [Read more…]

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Revisiting the Malice at the Palace

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On this date in 2004, the Pacers and Pistons played the first 47 minutes of a regular season game incident free. And then it happened. With 45.9 seconds left, there was an altercation between Ron Artest and Ben Wallace. Others got involved. Artest laid on the scorers table, when a fan hurled a full cup of liquid (reportedly Diet Coke) onto him. That led to players entering the stands. The aftermath produced some significant results.   [Read more…]

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Paul George Is Back

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Paul George appears not only to be back, but better than ever. His 23.7 PER is the highest efficiency of his career, 36% higher than his career average. George currently ranks 6th among all wing players in PER. George is being used at the 10th highest rate in the NBA. [Read more…]

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Gambling Guru Picks Over/Unders for all 30 Teams

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It’s go time. The NBA season finally opens up tonight and it has snuck up on me more than any season I can remember. Anyway, here are my over/under picks for the win totals for each team based on the numbers set at Pinnacle Sports.Atlanta Hawks, 49.5 wins: UNDER  This team was simply lights out against the spread last season, and they’ll be a solid team again, but I’m projecting them to fall slightly under 49 wins.Boston Celtics, 45.5 wins: UNDER  I love Brad

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