Fantasy Spin: Thursday April 12

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Who needs Kobe Bryant? Not the Lakers, if last night’s impressive road win means anything. You have to start with Andrew Bynum grabbing 30 rebounds, which has happened exactly twice in 12 years. He added 16 points but was unhappy with his 7-20 shooting. Metta World Peace had 26 points, easily a season high, and Pau Gasol (21 & 11) played well. It was a rare off-night for the Spurs: Danny Green scored 22, but Tony Parker went just 2-12

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Fantasy Spin: Thursday April 5

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For the second straight game, LeBron James carried his team, with 34 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, four steals and a refusal to lose. Dwayne Wade did play, but had “only” 19 with 5 TO, while Chris Bosh (12) was quiet again. The Heat overcame 30 from Kevin Durant and 28 from Russell Westbrook by effectively shutting down everyone else. This game was rough and intense; if it really was a Finals preview, I can’t wait. In Other Games IND @ WAS:

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Wolves-Thunder gives NBA its own March Madness

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Who has time for the NBA during the NCAA Tournament? We do. And on Friday night, you should have made time, too. From John Rohde of the Daily Oklahoman: “Inside one locker room sat a player who had just set a single-game franchise record for points scored, while four chairs away sat a teammate who had collected his first career triple-double with 25 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. And this was on the losing team. Inside the victorious locker room across

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Fantasy Spin: Saturday March 24

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The one game I expected to be a “rout” last night was instead a classic. What an effort by Kevin Love, who scored 51 points in the double-overtime loss, including seven 3-pointers. J.J. Barea had his first career triple-double for Minnesota (25 PTS, 14 AST, 10 REB) while playing 47 minutes — off the bench! Russell Westbrook (45) and Kevin Durant (40 PTS, 17 REB, 5 AST. 3 STL) were terrific for the Thunder, and although Derek Fisher missed nine

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Friday’s NBA Post-Game Notes

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Kris Humphries posted 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Nets, his 17th double-double of the season. Paul Pierce played his 1,000th game of his career Friday. He is behind only John Havlicek (1,270) and Robert Parish (1,106). The Pistons shot a solid 56% from the field, but had a paltry 20 turnovers in their one point win over the Hawks. Kobe Bryant surpasses 29,000 points in his career in the first half Friday. J.J. Barea missed the game with a sprained ankle; Ricky

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Fantasy Spin: Thursday Feb. 23

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It wasn’t only Jeremy Lin (17 PTS, 9 AST) who made the difference as the Knicks trounced the Hawks. Carmelo Anthony added 15, Landry Fields 16 and J.R. Smith chipped in 5 REB and 5 STL to go with a dozen points.  Atlanta, minus Joe Johnson, trailed 60-35 at halftime. Jeff Teague played well in 29 minutes and Willie Green got another start, but Marvin Williams was held scoreless. Around the Association The Warriors won in Phoenix for the first time in

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Mitnick Column: Mavs show smarts with restraint

To the outrage of many Dallas fans, the Mavericks have firmly made the decision to let go of several key pieces of last year’s championship squad. Since Mark Cuban has always been notoriously willing to spend whatever is necessary to field a top notch squad, it seems perplexing that the Mavs wouldn’t be willing to break the bank to keep Tyson Chandler, the defensive anchor of their championship team, let alone be willing to ditch J.J. Barea, Caron Butler and

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Talking ’bout Rajon Rondo, the Mavs and Team USA

I don’t think the Celtics should trade Rajon Rondo. I think the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are going to have to overpay to keep both Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea. And I also foresee an epic gold medal game between the United States and Spain at the 2012 London Olympics next summer. (From our archives is this piece I wrote in September regarding the Spanish team’s chances in the Olympics after covering EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, along with this piece on

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