Blazers-Rockets Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

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I was listening to P.J. Carlesimo on the radio yesterday morning (how many of y’all remember that he guided the Brooklyn Nets last season?), and he made a good point. Almost never is there an upset in a 4 vs. 5 series. The teams are usually too evenly matched. In this case,  we have two teams that finished with identical 54-28 records. Houston gets the home court by virtue of winning the season series 3-1. And if they get past the Blazers,

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Tweet of the Day: Portland Rookie CJ McCollom Wants A Handout

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Adidas announced a contract extension with Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard Monday. The deal, as reported by many news outlets, could be worth up to $100 million plus incentives. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Darren Rovell reported the $100 million potential of the deal. The deal, which can extend to 10 years, could be worth up to $100 million including incentives and options … It’s believed to be the largest shoe deal since Derrick Rose signed a 13-year deal in 2012 that could

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SH Blog: Knicks waiting for 2015; Cavs want to keep Spencer Hawes

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Monday night. 10 p.m. Eastern. Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix Suns. Only one of them can make the playoffs. The Grizzlies will be coming off a game the previous night against the Lakers. If they win that game, they’re a game up on the Suns. If they lose, the two teams are tied. Phoenix has to be praying the Lakers get the win, because they’ve lost all three games against the Grizzlies this season, and they need to claim the eighth spot

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Rookie Rankings, Week 22: Not the Worst Draft Ever. Not Yet, Anyway

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There’s been some talk lately that the 2013 draft could be the worst in NBA history. We could wait more than a year before jumping into the adjoining worlds of shortsightedness and hyperbole, couldn’t we? Yes, this was a bad draft. We’ve said it ourselves several times. For the first time since 2001, the top pick is going to average less than five points per game. For the first time since 1988, the Rookie of the Year is probably going to be

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SH Blog: Aldridge rushing return; Kobe calls out Shaq; Bosh says Big 3 will return to Miami; Westbrook uncertain of playoffs minute restriction

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As teams continue to jockey for position in the Western Conference — and fight for 50 wins just to get in — one of the early season darlings continues to sink. That would be the Portland Trailblazers. Once the talk of the NBA, the Blazers have hit a rough patch at the worst possible time, losing nine of their last 13 games and are now just a half game ahead of the Golden State Warriors for the 6th spot in the

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Bernucca: You Can Have the NCAA Tournament

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I don’t like the NCAA Tournament. I don’t like that college basketball’s regular season provides little postseason incentive. I don’t like that the coach is a bigger personality than the players. I don’t like that the games are played on neutral courts. I don’t like that one bad game or bad call or bad break can end a team’s season. I don’t like that “close” becomes a synonym for “well-played.” And I don’t like that poor play determines the outcome much

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Bernucca: Feeling the Heat, Pacers Had To Make a Move

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All season, the Indiana Pacers have maintained that homecourt advantage for the Eastern Conference playoffs, and their chemistry will give them a great chance to dethrone the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat. Are both slipping away? In the last two weeks, Indiana’s grip on the East’s best record has loosened considerably. And the Pacers’  big move at Thursday’s trading deadline, acquiring Evan Turner, illustrated that their belief in chemistry may have been overstated.

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Sheridan’s MVP rankings: Who is the LeBron James of NBA Writers?

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We’ve been waiting all season for LeBron James to pull a Kevin Durant and go for 40 or more points, and the wait has ended. Did LeBron’s 42 against Dallas last night earn him some love in these rankings? Well, sort of. IMHO, James is the best player in the NBA. But “best” player does not equate to Most Valuable, as the operative word when determining that award is “valuable.” A year ago, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe felt that Carmelo

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