Sprung: Analyzing the Decline of Dwyane Wade

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Age has finally caught up to Dwyane Wade, to an extent. The longtime Miami Heat superstar is putting up career lows in field goal percentage, effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage, while his scoring average and PER are at their lowest rates since his rookie season 12 years ago. However, that doesn’t mean Wade is still not a really good player— just one slowly in decline, now 10 days after his 34th birthday. That’s natural for someone who’s played over 35,000

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Bernucca: Picking The All-Star Reserves

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This week, while NBA coaches pick the All-Star reserves, the NBA will pick the All-Star coaches. Neither task is as easy. David Blatt’s dismissal as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers has added a bizarre twist to next month’s All-Star Game in Toronto. The Cavs have the best record in the Eastern Conference, which means their staff was on track to coach the East All-Stars. But Blatt has been replaced by Tyronn Lue, who will coach just five games before the deadline of

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition IV: The Post-Blatt Effect

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What is the takeaway from David Blatt’s shocking dismissal as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers? A few things, all of them related to the Cavs being weak-minded. (Hey, you make a move like that, and you open a window into dysfunction junction.) 1. The East is now a lot more wide open than people might have realized. Exhibit A was the Cavs’ mail-it-in effort in Saturday night’s home loss to the Chicago Bulls, with new coach Tyronn Lue explaining afterward that his

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Tweet of the Night: Draymond Green and his mother react to All-Star voting results

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The NBA announced the 2015-2016 All-Star starters on Thursday, and some of the results were surprising to say the least.Final voting results for NBA All-Star East & West starters. Seven reserves from each conference named next Thursday. pic.twitter.com/HQpJzBh93h — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 22, 2016 The biggest surprise was the sudden rise of Zaza Pachulia, who nearly beat Kawhi Leonard for the starting forward position with 768,112 votes. Can you say travesty? Pachulia is having a career year to be fair,

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Sheridan: Who Will Play For Team USA?

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We have two pieces of news to pick apart today: The announcement that USA Basketball has released a list of 30 finalists for the 2016 Olympic team, and the “non-commitment” from LeBron James regarding whether he will be part of the party. And yes, it will be a party. The games are in Brazil, after all. And LeBron, whose non-commitment is disingenuous at best, does not miss a good party. So let me tell you a little story about the Brazilians. [Read more…]

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How good is Kawhi Leonard?

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Kawhi Leonard is 18% more efficient this season than last season. He ranks 5th in overall efficiency, behind Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. He’s the only player in the top-5 in both offensive (5th) and defensive win shares (1st). Leonard’s overall win shares are second in the NBA to Curry. [Read more…]

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Bernucca: Handing Out My Midseason Awards

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This is the time of year when we give out our midseason awards. But before we get to the drudgery of Sixth Man Award and Most Valuable Player, let’s start the festivities with a special award for individual achievement that goes to Rashad Vaughn. Vaughn is a shooting guard for the Milwaukee Bucks and the second-youngest player in the NBA. He is one of the dozens of rookies who have made virtually no impact in their first season. He is averaging 2.5 points

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