Hubbard: Duncan and Dirk: A Tale of Two Forwards

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The juxtaposition was dramatic, but not reflective of the big picture. About 20 hours separated the images of Tim Duncan in San Antonio and Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas. The contrast could not have been more striking. Duncan is a master at the art of poker face. But as he sat on the bench in the second half of the Spurs’ victory over Golden State on March 19, it did seem that a little bewilderment, or at least surprise, could be detected. That

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Sprung: Hornets’ Al Jefferson, Like Other Big Men, Adapts To Changing Times

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Discussing the state of the modern NBA big man in a USA Today story on Monday night, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said, “It’s really like we’re dinosaurs, and they’re trying to extinct us.”  Like any creature, company or concept claiming to face extinction, big men around the league should follow the wise words of Charles Darwin: adapt or die. And adapting is exactly what Charlotte center Al Jefferson did, which is one of the many reasons why the Hornets are the Eastern Conference’s hottest

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Hubbard: Duncan sits but Spurs rock & roll

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SAN ANTONIO — The challenge posed by a team that is 56 games better than .500 and chasing history is profound. An opposing coach must have a masterful game plan, cleverly and skillfully juggle his personnel and perhaps come up with a surprise or two. You wouldn’t think that could be accomplished by sitting a man who is arguably the best power forward in NBA history, but that’s exactly what Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did Saturday night. Tim Duncan played only eight

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Hubbard: Not surprisingly, the Spurs are a surprise

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The Spurs have carved out a unique reputation for themselves. Because of their history the last two decades, we have come to expect greatness from them — and then when they produce it, we’re somewhat surprised. While comparing and contrasting some of the Spurs’ statistics, I stumbled on one that should qualify as amazing: When using 36-minute projections, Tim Duncan is the 12th leading scorer on the team. Yes, that is correct. Eleven Spurs have averaged more points per 36 minutes than Duncan,

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

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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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