MVP Rankings, Edition IV: From New York to Slovenia to Cuba

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Been too long since the last MVP rankings, nearly two whole weeks. A lot has been happening during that time, and I have a few stories to tell — new and old, before we get into the latest rankings. This morning’s New York Times brings news that the United and Cuba will restore full diplomatic relations. But wait … no tourism for Americans, and no democracy for Cubans? Hey, you never know what kind of a surprise the Old Gray Lady

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5 Best NBA Players to See For Under $20 This Week (12/17-12/21)

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The countdown to Christmas is upon us. With just eight days left, people are scrambling to get some last-minute shopping done in time for the holiday. Luckily for you, there are still amazing deals to be discovered when you Check CHARGED.fm. Even with NBA tickets in high demand, you can see some of the best players in the league for under $20 a ticket. I’ve searched through the marketplace once again and found five incredible games you can check out this week.

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Sprung: Kyle Lowry is the Early Eastern Conference MVP

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The Eastern Conference’s leader in Win Shares signed a highly publicized free agent contract this past offseason with the East’s best team. That player is not LeBron James but Kyle Lowry, the undisputed leader of the Toronto Raptors. And it is Toronto – not Cleveland – which has the East’s best record at 18-6. Lowry and the Raptors are 5-3 without All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who injured his groin the day after Thanksgiving in a loss to Dallas. SheridanHoops went one-on-one with Raptors

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Fantasy Spin: LeBron Hurt, Harden Superb

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There’s MVP, and there’s fantasy MVP. James Harden made a strong statement for both last night. LeBron James $11300 (knee) didn’t play in a loss to the Thunder and is questionable tonight in New Orleans. Anthony Davis $11200 had three sub-par games — for him — before jamming his toe on Wednesday near the end of a big win over Dallas.

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Raptors Adjusting Well, Analytically, to Life without DeRozan

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Beasts of the East we can call them. And no, unlike what was projected in the preseason, we are not talking about the Bulls or Cavaliers. The Toronto Raptors (16-6) have been one of the more interesting teams to follow this season. Their place atop the Eastern Conference standings and the sixth-best record in the NBA is made all the more impressive by the fact that in a league where the best teams usually have at least one superstar, generally a multi-time All-Star, this

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition III; Prince William sees LeBron

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The Prince will go see the King tonight in Brooklyn, and William should see a show from LeBron. The biggest Brit of them all should also take a look at the baseline photographers to see something else that is a freak show: The shutterbugs will be all spiffed up. Word was passed along to the fotogs last week that jeans and sneakers will not be tolerated if they plan to take their usual cross-legged seats along the baseline for Monday night’s

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Fantasy Spin: Raptors Adjust to DeRozan Injury

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How do you replace DeMar DeRozan? Toronto’s all-star and leading scorer will be out indefinitely with a groin injury that involves a torn tendon. His misfortune actually benefits daily fantasy players, because salaries have yet to adjust and at least three Raptors will share those 33 minutes per game.

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