SH Blog: Lacob promises championship at some point, Wade doubted career after surgeries

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Klay ThompsonLets talk about the Golden State Warriors.

How many people, before the season began, thought that this team could make the playoffs without a healthy Andrew Bogut anchoring its defense? If the number reads more than zero, then we have some liars in our hands because lets face it: no one thought that the Warriors would be good enough in the Western Conference if they couldn’t play defense. Without Bogut’s availability, there was no reason to assume that they would suddenly be able to get stops with a core of Stephen Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson and a couple of rookies in the starting lineup.

Yet, that’s what happened in the first half of the season. They defended and rebounded the way winning teams would. Maybe it was fluke, because as the season went on, it all reverted back to past years, as they allowed anyone and everyone to shoot freely and attack the rim at will. They limped into the All-Star break with a five-game losing streak, and lost 10-of-13 games to fall back in the standings. It was hard-pressed to find a team that played worse defense in the second half of the season than the Warriors.

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Mighty Moke’s Free Agent Rankings

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ferryThe Atlanta Hawks will have truckloads of money under the cap this season, and most believe that GM Danny Ferry has his eyes set firmly on Dwight Howard.

But if you’re Mark Cuban, and Chris Paul let it be known that he wanted to come play for you and with Dirk Nowitzki, do you make a run at him? Or would you go out and try to use the available cap space on, say, Al Jefferson and Brandon Jennings?

We don’t know what we would do either. What we do know is that once the trading deadline passes, most NBA teams (and fans) immediately set their sights on June’s draft and the beginning of the free agency period.

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Sources: Hickson Trying to Force Trade to Brooklyn

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Brooklyn or bust! ‘

That’s what J.J. Hickson was telling the Portland Trail Blazers today in the hours leading up to the NBA trade deadline, league sources told SheridanHoops.com.

Fantasy Spin: Kyrie Irving (35) Shocks Thunder; Three NBA Matinees on Super Sunday

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Apparently it’s some kind of national holiday, as there are only three NBA games on Sunday and they all start early. Don’t forget to set your fantasy basketball lineups before 1:00 Eastern, about when the Super Bowl pregame shows begin.

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Fantasy Spin: Lakers Heating Up As Kobe Shoots Less, Passes More

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Just call him Magic. Kobe Bryant (14 PTS, 11 AST, 8 REB) no longer cares about the scoring title, he wants to make the playoffs. In his fantastic career, Kobe has never dished out 39 assists in three games before, and L.A. has won all three.

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