10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Action — Alec Burks Sets Career-High, Toronto Remains Hot, Spurs First to 30 Wins

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DeMarDeRozanSH1The 2013-14 NBA regular season continued on Monday, January 13, 2014. There were seven games featuring 14 teams, and each offered their own form of glory.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

PODCAST: Is DeMarcus Cousins an All-Star?

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SAC_Cousins_DeMarcusThe title of this post says it all: Is DeMarcus Cousins an All-Star?

Well, I’ll say this — as I say below in my interview with Grant Napear of KHTK Radio in Sacramento — he is certainly an All-Star talent, and I have even given him an All-NBA third team vote in the past. But then I’ll also ask you this: Is Gordan Hayward an All-Star?

Again, the Jazz shotmeister is certainly an All-Star talent, but an All-Star?

I’ll leave that for the coaches to decide, since the coaches are the ones who pick the reserves. But I’ll warn both Cousins and Hayward that coaches value winning above all else. And they abhor players who put up great stats on terrible teams.

Tweet of the Day: DeMarre Carroll Unhappy With Atlanta Weather

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The intensely cold weather brought on by a polar vortex continues to freeze many Americans from the midwest across the southeast. Temperatures in midwest are so frigid that the penguins and polar bear in the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is being kept indoors.

Atlanta Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll came to the A-T-L as a free agent in the offseason. The past two stops for the “Junkyard Dog” were with the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets—both cold weather cities.

Yet, the unnaturally cold temperatures in Atlanta now have him questioning his move.

For those of you not familiar with the intense cold weather Atlantans are experiencing, temperatures this week have routinely been colder than those in Anchorage, Alaska. atl-alaska In the midwest, temperatures have been well below zero. It has gotten so cold that the internet has taken to trolling the weather.

Meanwhile, in Miami, Florida, the high was a cozy 68 degrees. Quite comfortable, even Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson had to comment about it.

For those of you bearing the cold this week, stay warm.



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Tweet of the Night: Bill Simmons Believes Cavs Will Waive Bynum

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BynumAs Sunday night winds down, the desired time that both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers had hoped to complete a deal involving Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol has almost expired.

Bynum’s contract becomes fully guaranteed Tuesday afternoon at 5:00pm EST, so there is still time to complete a deal, but all parties involved would like such a transaction to happen sooner rather than later to allow time for everything to clear. Sometimes that process can take up to 48 hours. 

Gambling on the Western Conference: A Free-For-All

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The Western Conference is absolutely nothing like the Eastern Conference when it comes to championship odds.

We have what I call a two-horse race in the East versus what I am going to call the six-plus team race in the West.

In the 15 previous seasons, only four teams (the Lakers, seven times; the Spurs, five times, the Mavericks, two times; the Thunder, once)  have won the Western Conference, which is a similar concept to what the Eastern Conference has gone through recently, as I outlined in this column laying out the loooong odds on anyone not from Miami or Indiana winning the East.