Most Improved Player Rankings: It’s Not LeBron’s League Anymore

LeBron

The two aging giants came together at center court, a herd of national TV cameras surrounding them like those crazy, suicidal fish that swim alongside sharks and somehow get away with it. (Nature is weird, man). They embraced, in that bro-hug type of way players do, and shared a few words of mutual respect before going their separate ways, Kobe Bryant toward the ruthlessly dimming twilight of his career and LeBron James out of the visitor’s locker room at Staples Center,

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Bernucca: Grizzlies Take Grit ‘n’ Grind to Another Gear

Grizzlies Knicks Basketball

Just six NBA teams have played at a .600 pace this season. A seventh briefly reached the threshold last week, and you have to wonder how in the world they got there. Consider that this team:Is in the bottom five in 3-point makes, attempts and percentage in the most prolific season for 3-pointers in league history.Has been without its best player for over a month.Responded to losing its best player by dealing two more of its top five remaining rotation players

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Hubbard: Warriors Also Leading the League in Overreaction

Warriors

By now, the Golden State Warriors should be accustomed to the scrutiny produced by their championship last season and their pursuit of 73 victories this season. Everything they do is magnified, which was evident again on Sunday. Their bizarre loss to the woeful Los Angeles Lakers generated great debate throughout the sports world. On ABC, it was announced that no NBA team with 55 victories had ever lost to a team with 51 losses. So that is the biggest regular season upset

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DraftKings Advice: How To Build Today’s Team Around Kemba Walker

Hornets

Sunday seemed like the Bizarro NBA, an alternate universe where the Suns can win two straight on the road and the Lakers can beat the Warriors. My beloved Raptors, who had won 12 in a row at home, coughed up a 13-point lead. We did get a few things right, like another triple-double for Giannis Antetokounmpo $8200, but failed to cash. [Read more…]

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Hubbard: Curry’s Historical Impact is Unique

Curry

Of all the superlatives that have been used to describe Stephen Curry this season, the best may have come from Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who in late December compared Curry to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. “They changed our everyday life,” Carlisle said. “Steph Curry is changing the way our game will be played in the future.” Two months later, Carlisle had proof when Mark Cuban, his boss, said it is time to begin considering change. “It’s not long before the discussion

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