Tweet of the Night: Klay Thompson credits bench for coming up big after hitting game-winning shot

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KlayThompsonSH1When the Golden State Warriors are working on all cylinders, there is no team they can’t beat in the league.

Need proof? They are the only team to beat both the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers on the road this season. The problem is that the Warriors have not been clicking on all cylinders for much of the season.

While boasting the third best defensive rating in the league, their 13th best offensive rating has often been bad enough to cost them plenty of games. Things have been smoothing over – particularly for the bench unit – on offense since the acquisition of Steve Blake just before the trade deadline, but their over-dependency on Stephen Curry’s wizardry and Klay Thompson’s 3-point shooting has given them mixed results thus far.

Golden State hoped to be one of the top four teams in the West, but has been sitting sixth or lower for much of the season. Because they are in a dog fight with three other teams just to make sure they get into the playoffs, every game moving forward will matter in the standings. After inexplicably blowing a sizable lead and losing to the Toronto Raptors in their previous game, the Warriors had to dig deep to find a way to beat the Pacers on the road on Tuesday. 

UPDATE – Buyout Bonanzas: Granger, Butler, Fredette Could Help Playoff Teams; Udrih claimed by Grizz

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danny grangerDoes anyone want Danny Granger?

How about Jimmer Fredette?

Perhaps Caron Butler?

And how about this: Someone — the Memphis Grizzlies — wanted Beno Udrih so badly they claimed him off waivers.

This is the last week for contenders to shore up their playoff  rosters with NBA players for a run they hope will last into June. It is becoming known as February Free Agency.

The official NBA rule is that teams have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 1 to waive a player so he can be used on a postseason roster this season. So over the next few days, there will be a barrage of rumors, buyouts and transactions and we will keep you abreast of all the latest information here at SheridanHoops.

The Los Angeles Clippers already made a big splash this week by signing Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who had the final two years of his contract bought out by Orlando.

It’s a good fit. The Clippers desperately needed a backup big who warrants defensive attention, and Davis helped current Clippers coach Doc Rivers win one championship and almost a second in Boston.

But the big name that will be on the free agent market over the next few days is Granger.

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Sheridan’s MVP Rankings, Feb. 26 Edition: Why the Knicks stink and ‘Melo isn’t worthy

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Carmelo AnthonyThis keeps happening: I watch the Knicks lose, then I switch the channel and marvel at an ex-Knick leading his team.

It happened again Monday night, when New York was losing to Dallas on Dirk Nowitzki’s lucky bounce at the buzzer, and one click of the remote control brought me to Clippers-Pelicans, where Jamal Crawford was burying another seven 3-pointers.

Crawford was once a Knick. So was David Lee. And Zach Randolph. And Channing Frye.

Any of those guys might make a nice second option for New York behind Carmelo Anthony, whose epic scoring nights are going for naught as the season slips away from the Knicks amid a flurry of off-the-court action – from Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih getting bought out to Raymond Felton getting arrested for having a semi-automatic firearm to ‘Melo uttering another blast of venom that must be put through an interpreter to decide whether it was a red flag that he plans to leave.

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Buyout Bonanzas: Granger, Gordon, Fredette Could Help Playoff Teams

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danny grangerDoes anyone want Danny Granger?

How about Jimmer Fredette?

This is the last week for contenders to shore up their playoff  rosters with NBA players for a run they hope will last into June.

Teams have until March 1 to sign players eligible for the playoffs. The Los Angeles Clippers already made a big splash on that front by signing Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who had the final two years of his contract bought out by Orlando.

It’s a good fit. The Clippers desperately needed a backup big who warrants defensive attention, and Davis helped current Clippers coach Doc Rivers win one championship and almost a second in Boston.

But the big name that could be on the free agent market over the next few days is Granger.

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

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oscarmadisonWe’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 Anthony’s leadership of the New York Knicks, who had their best season in more than a decade, made him the most “valuable” player in the Association. Washburn was the only person who felt that way, which kept LeBron from being a unanimous choice for MVP. ‘

As we approach the final 24 hours before the trade deadline (If I see one more Kyle Lowry-to-the-Knicks tweet, I am going to put my fist through my computer), the rumormongers have taken over the Internet. Many of the very same journalists who are given award ballots at the end of the season will be busy today and tomorrow throwing sh-t against the wall and wondering if it will stick. The basketball journalism business has become so rumor driven, it is painful to watch.

aldridgeThe most “valuable” NBA writers are the ones who write and tweet for the benefit of their readers, not the ones who try to please their editors by racking up click counts with garbage reporting. If there was only one NBA journalist I followed on Twitter, it would be David Aldridge of Turner Sports, because he’s an informative, impartial professional who every writer/broadcaster should strive to emulate.

Aldridge is the Kevin Durant of NBA journalists.

So who is the LeBron?

Bax_Mug_biggerWell, I could probably list a dozen folks who are worthy, but instead I am going to place the “valuable” moniker on Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, who was awarded first place in two categories by the Professional Basketball Writers Association over All-Star Weekend in the category of game story and feature story. (My bud Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com won best column for his piece on Jason Collins).

Holmes did a wonderful three-part series on Brad Stevens to capture the feature story award, and he turned a routine Celtics-Clippers game story into a masterpiece of writing.

We need more guys like Holmes in this business. In the journalism world, they are invaluable.

But enough of my rant on valuable and invaluable. You are here to see what has changed in the latest edition of my Wednesday MVP rankings, and I will deliver. Your comments, as always, are welcome.