Sheridan’s MVP Rankings, April 2 Edition: A Rivalry is Finally Born Tonight?

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sameoldLet’s see … the sky was gray this morning … again. The temperature was in the 30s … again. The forecast calls for more chilly weather … again. Kevin Durant is going to be No. 1 on this list … again.

What is going to make today different?

These are the things you ponder while getting the kids ready for school — plus the thought of what the heck was the local school board thinking when they decided that school would begin at 7:30 a.m? Don’t they know about West Coast games? Don’t they know about snooze buttons?

Well, the fact of the matter is that this could be a very, very different Wednesday. You know why?

Because the Knicks and the Nets have been playing together in the NBA since 1976, and despite their geographic proximity to one another, they have never had a strong rivalry over those 38 years because both teams were never good at the same time.

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Tweet of the Night: Tony Parker gets modest about franchise-record 18 straight wins

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The San Antonio Spurs are known for going on ridiculous tears when the season starts to wind down, and this season has been no different. With everything clicking on all cylinders once again, Gregg Popovich and his team have won a franchise record 18 consecutive games on Monday after dispatching the struggling Indiana Pacers 103-77.

The biggest contributing factor may be the play of Kawhi Leonard. When the forward was lost in late January due to a broken hand, he missed 13 games – a stretch in which the Spurs went just 7-6. Leonard came back on February 26, and San Antonio has yet to lose a game since.

The team is now a league-best 58-16, but they are far from done:

The Spurs always go on huge runs to convince everyone that no one can beat them seemingly year after year, only to come up short time after time (at least in recent years), so Parker’s modest observation is certainly understandable. Still, they were one ridiculous Ray Allen 3-pointer away from winning the championship last year, and somehow look even stronger this year despite another year added to Tim Duncan and company. Truly, there is not a scarier looking team in the league right now.

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James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on twitter @SheridanBlog

Bernucca: Spurs Aren’t Streaking, They’re Gliding

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lebron-wade1There have been some fair comparisons drawn between the current 17-game winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs and the remarkable 27-game run put together a year ago by the Miami Heat.

Both teams expect to compete for the NBA championship. Both teams found their rhythm at the most opportune time of the season. Both teams stormed to the league’s best record and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

There are obvious differences as well. For one, San Antonio still needs 10 straight wins – a run reached by only three other teams this season – to merely match Miami’s streak. Even if they win out, the Spurs will still come up one short of the Heat and have to resume the chase next season.

But here’s the biggest difference. The Heat were somewhat consumed by their streak. The Spurs are not consumed by theirs.

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SH Blog: Jabari Parker considering return to Duke after loss; Scouts break down Andrew Wiggins; Calhoun linked to Boston College; Amar’e will sacrifice to stay with Knicks

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It’s mid-March, and that certainly means it’s time for the NBA to take a backseat to the NCAA Tournament, because, well, there’s just nothing like it.

In the first day and a half we’ve seen four overtime games, two buzzer beaters and several other games come down to the last few seconds. Oh, and Duke lost Mercer.

Mercer

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SH Blog: Phil Jackson will officially join Knicks on Tuesday; Rockets to pursue Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency; Klay Thompson first to 500 3′s

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Phil JacksonThe week of March 9th-16th should hence forth be known as Phil Jackson Week.

In the world of basketball at least.

Because as the Zen Master continues to dominate the daily headlines, well, that’s sure what it feels like.  

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