Marks: Surging Hawks, “Spurs of the East,” Can’t Stop Winning

HawksStarters

PHILADELPHIA – There are worse things to be called. So, yes, it’s okay to use the “S” word when you’re talking about the Atlanta Hawks, a team virtually no one has noticed most of this season, and whose dearth of national TV appearances has already been covered on this site. They don’t mind being referred to as the “Spurs of the East.’’ Heck, who wouldn’t? While LeBron’s return to Cleveland , Carmelo and the Knicks’ fall from grace to embarrassment, along with the

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Fantasy Spin: Conference Leaders Clash

Andre Drummond

Game of the night? East-leading Toronto visits West-leading Golden State. Stephen Curry $11000 and Kyle Lowry $10700 are both very effective despite their different styles. Draymond Green $7800 does a bit of everything for the Warriors, and Klay Thompson $8100 has never been better.

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Brumagin: Love Lost as LeBron Sits Out On 30th Birthday

Hawks

ATLANTA — The Cavs may have to re-purpose an old Alfred Lord Tennyson quote:  “‘Tis better to have [Kevin] Love and lost than to never have Love at all.” Not quite what Tennyson had in mind, but one might have asked such a question after the dismal performance the Cleveland power forward gave prior to leaving Tuesday’s marquee Eastern Conference matchup with the Atlanta Hawks. Love made only one of eight shots — a three-pointer — and hit four free throws for

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Fantasy Spin: Run, DMC

DeMarcus Cousins

Monday was a strange night in the NBA. The lowly Nuggets, blown out the day before, shocked the previously red-hot Cavs in Cleveland. Pau Gasol (calf) and Derrick Rose (hamstring) didn’t play, but the Bulls beat the Clippers anyway, thanks to Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.

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Bernucca: For Derrick Rose, Image Becoming a Thorny Issue

Derrick Rose

If Derrick Rose wants to sit out games because he doesn’t feel 100 percent healthy, that’s fine. If Rose wants to go to the coaching staff, training staff and management of the Chicago Bulls and develop some sort of maintenance program which allows him to sit out games from time to time, that’s fine, too. In fact, given what the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat have done with their aging stars over the last several seasons – and the success that

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Fantasy Spin: Use Davis, James or Both?

Tim Duncan

How bad are the Philadelphia 76ers? What does their ineptitude mean in daily fantasy leagues? Last night Dallas built a safe 73-29 lead by halftime and coasted home to win by 53 points. Tonight the Sixers are obliged to show up Houston, where the main obstacle for the Rockets will be overconfidence.

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