Scotto: Brooklyn Nets are Legit Contenders After Sweeping LeBron — UPDATED

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No team has done what the Nets have done. And going into the playoffs, what they’ve done should not be dismissed. On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets became the first team ever to post a 4-0 season series sweep over LeBron James since he entered the league more than a decade ago. After being crowned by the Nets, James took out his frustration on TNT’s Craig Sager during a postgame interview when asked if Brooklyn was Miami’s biggest challenge in the East. “Get out

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SH Blog: Cuban to fund HGH study; Jackson speaks about Melo’s year

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Mark Cuban is putting his money where his mouth is. And it has nothing to do with the Dallas Mavericks or the refs or David Stern. It has everything to do with the future of sports medicine and the potential inclusion of HGH in the professional world of sports. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Cuban is funding a study on the potential benefits of HGH use for recovering athletes. Here’s more from the story: 

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Scotto: Knicks’ Season, Futures of Melo, Woodson On the Line — UPDATED

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NEW YORK — For Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony, making the playoffs is all that matters. The same can be said for coach Mike Woodson. However, after a heartbreaking one-point loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night, the Knicks find themselves one game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot — and two games behind in the loss column — with only five remaining games. Anthony’s desire to reach the postseason is understandable. Since entering the NBA as part of the

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VIDEO: Spurs Winning Streak Boggles the Mind; but Thunder are Favored Tonight

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We already published one column this week analyzing the Spurs’ winning streak and how they aren’t cruising, they are gliding. Since then, they have had a pair of quality victories over the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors, winning by large margins each time. With the streak at 19 heading into Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, we should expect another blowout, right? After all, only two games during the streak have been decided by 8 points or

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SH Blog: Big-3 to hold end of season meeting; Hibbert says Pacers don’t deserve 1-seed;

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The playoffs may be just right around the corner, but when talking about the bigger picture when it comes to the landscape of the NBA, it all starts with the Miami Heat. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all have the ability to opt-out of the last year of their contracts with the Heat on June 30th, thus potentially making them free agents at the end of the season.   

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Sheridan’s MVP Rankings, April 2 Edition: A Rivalry is Finally Born Tonight?

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Let’s see … the sky was gray this morning … again. The temperature was in the 30s … again. The forecast calls for more chilly weather … again. Kevin Durant is going to be No. 1 on this list … again. What is going to make today different? These are the things you ponder while getting the kids ready for school — plus the thought of what the heck was the local school board thinking when they decided that school would begin

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Bernucca: Spurs Aren’t Streaking, They’re Gliding

There have been some fair comparisons drawn between the current 17-game winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs and the remarkable 27-game run put together a year ago by the Miami Heat. Both teams expect to compete for the NBA championship. Both teams found their rhythm at the most opportune time of the season. Both teams stormed to the league’s best record and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. There are obvious differences as well. For one, San Antonio still needs 10

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PODCAST: The MVP Debate — Who Will Finish Second?

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Kevin Durant is going to be the MVP. There’s no stopping him, and nobody is doing anything remotely close to what he is doing on offense for Oklahoma City. He might even win the award unanimously. So that steers the MVP argument toward who should finish second, and I have been making the case for two weeks now that Blake Griffin is the most deserving candidate (although his missed FT late in regulation against the Pelicans was especially costly last night). I

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