Sprung: Pacers strive on strong defense and intensity

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The first thing you notice watching the undefeated Indiana Pacers is their intensity. More than the other seven teams this writer has seen in person this season, Indiana plays hard and aggressive basketball for 48 minutes. The Pacers did that again Saturday night – its fourth game in five nights- and came away with a hard-fought 96-91 win over the Nets at Barclays Center to go to 7-0 on the season. “We are just trying to play our style of basketball,” Pacers

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PODCAST: Previewing clash of Western Conference Titans Golden State and San Antonio

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There is a lot of excitement in the Bay Area regarding the Golden State Warriors, who are atop the Western Conference alongside the San Antonio Spurs — their opponent tonight in a nationally televised game. (The Warriors are 5-point underdogs, which seems a bit much for me. I also like the over 204 — not that I am wagering or anything.) The missing link for this team has been Andre Iguodala, whose offense has been spectacular for a team averaging more than

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10 Fun Facts From Last Night’s NBA Games

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On Day 5 of the 2013-14 NBA regular season, 16 teams were in action in eight total games. One was decided by three points, many were blowouts and a number of different teams received breakout performances from their stars. Here’s everything you need to know about last night’s NBA games.

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PODCAST: Make or break game for Memphis in opener vs. Spurs?

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Nobody plays a make-or-break game in their season opener. The Clippers are not broken just because they lost to a bunch of journeymen wearing Lakers uniforms last night. The Bulls will be fine — but they got another taste of how far they have to go in order to be able to compete with the Heat. But that was last night. What about Wednesday? The Grizzlies-Spurs game represents Dave Joerger’s first game at the helm of an NBA team, and we’re going to

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NBA Has Record 92 International Players, But Three All-American Teams

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Want to know what David Stern’s legacy will be? Just take a look at NBA rosters on Opening Night. More than 20 years ago – when he was a relative pup as a commissioner – Stern worked with Russ Granik, USA Basketball and FIBA to clear the way for NBA players to play in the Olympics. That led to the creation of the “Dream Team,” which, among others, featured the holy trinity of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Team USA

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Tweet of the Night: NBA Players Are Getting Into The Halloween Spirit

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Whether by mere coincidence or divine providence, the start of the NBA season and Halloween coincide, with tip-off just two days before trick-or-treaters terrorize neighborhoods across the US. That being said, whether for a party, at a party or in preparation for spooky festivities, many NBA athletes took to social media to display costumes—of others or their own.

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Tweet of the Day: Matt Bonner to New Balance, “Give Me Shoes!”

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San Antonio Spurs sharpshooter Matt Bonner spent some time with Nice Kicks on Monday. He sat down for an interview and had the opportunity to take over their Twitter account for a brief Q&A with fans. The interview focused on Bonner’s sneaker plight — he hasn’t had a sneaker deal in quite a while. .@newbalance @Adidas @peaksportsUSA I’m ready to sign the fist ever shoe deal via twitter. Any takers? #history — Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) October 21, 2013Down to his last two pairs

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