Bernucca: Westbrook is Awesome, But Not Hardenesque in MVP Race

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Let’s get something out of the way here. Russell Westbrook is awesome. Westbrook is one of the game’s top five players, and I’ve felt that way for a couple of years. He may not be a better conventional point guard than Chris Paul or Tony Parker or Stephen Curry. But if any of those guys even dream about being a better player than Westbrook, they better wake up and get back to reality. I also love watching Westbrook play. I cannot recall

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Tweet of the Night: Is Zach LaVine the Greatest Dunker of All-Time?

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The weekend came, bringing with it the Saturday All-Star festivities, headlined by the Dunk Contest. There was a significant amount of hype for Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine heading into the Sprite All-Star Dunk Contest. Anyone that has seen him play knows that he has freakishly athletic hops. For those who have witnessed his athleticism, it came as no surprise that he would win the contest. [Read more…]

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Bernucca: Handing Out My Midseason Awards

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One of the biggest knocks against the NBA is that when the season starts, there are only five or six teams that can truly win the championship, making the regular season and the early playoff rounds interminably tedious. Not this season. As we reach the midway point – 18 teams have played at least 41 games, another nine have played 40 – there are no less than a dozen teams with legitimate title aspirations, including a handful that haven’t been in the

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Tweet of the Night: Jamal Crawford wants to see DeAndre Jordan and Monta Ellis make it to the All-Star game

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As crazy as this sounds, we are already approaching the half-way mark of the NBA season, and that means the All-Star game is right around the corner. The latest All-Star game voting returns were released on Thursday, with not much having changed since the second returns. The starters seem to be virtually set, which means it’s time to discuss who gets in as reserves (I wrote about some of the top candidates here, which included Draymond Green). Players around the league are

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Q&A: Jamal Crawford on maintaining unique style of play, rivalry with Golden State, and current state of the Clippers

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Players in the NBA usually have a limited window of opportunity in terms of how consistent their level of play can be through the course of their careers. Whether it’s injury-related or facing the undefeated Father Time, something usually happens to eventually slow down a player’s ability to do things the same way year after year. There are some, however, who simply defy this logic and produce at an elite level until the day they retire. The prime example of this is

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