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Zach Randolph helped Memphis beat Portland. ​Midway through the third quarter, Matt Barnes wrestled Aron Baynes into the photographers while battling for a loose ball along the baseline. A sign of things to come for what promises to be a physical series between two heavyweights...
Full disclosure - as my fingers strike the keyboard for this sentence, I still haven't decided on who will represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. I just did. Stay tuned. This season's playoffs, as always, offer plenty of intrigue. There's the contrasting styles of...
"Open Sesame", which comes from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, is commonly known as a magical phrase that helps reveal hidden treasure. Fantasy owners, however, have no need for "Open Sesame". Not when the name "Victor Oladipo" can be just as magical. Oladipo, the starting...
In an NBA defined recently by who DOESN'T want to make the postseason, there is a playoff race for the final two spots in the Eastern Conference over the final six weeks. The Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of clinching a postseason berth and lead the conference by 9 1/2 games. I...
The Denver Nuggets have fired head coach Brian Shaw, according to multiple reports. The Denver Post first reported the news. Yahoo Sports is also saying that Shaw has been fired. Both are citing unnamed sources. Denver is 20-39 this season, Shaw's second at the helm. Overall, he...
From 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday until roughly 3:20, I couldn't move. I was absorbed by the late-breaking action of a trade deadline I branded Tuesday as a potential "snoozer." Bathroom breaks were out of the question. The only body part that moved was my mouth, uttering several...
Thursday afternoon is the NBA's trade deadline, an annual guessing game that provides both the fan base and the media with enough fodder to last at least a week. Don't be upset when Thursday's 3 p.m. Eastern time yard marker passes with a whimper. It's hard to be angry with the...
Russell Westbrook came out firing and couldn't miss. And then he kept shooting. The eccentric and sometimes-overshadowed Westbrook of Oklahoma City shined brightest in the Big Apple. Westbrook scored 41 points, one shy of the All-Star Game record, to lead the Western Conference...
Zach Lavine goes through his legs on his way to the rim. (Photo: Getty) Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine defeated the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo in the final round of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest to conclude All-Star Saturday Night. LaVine converted a pair of between-...

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