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Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 15, 2011 / 10:00 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 2.15

Josh Smith

Beast of the Night: Josh Smith gave his owners some love on Valentine’s Day with a line of 27 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one three-pointer. He shot 65 percent (11-17) from the floor, 100 percent (4-4) from the free-throw line and had five turnovers. Smith is averaging season-high marks in his shooting from the field, scoring, rebounding and steals so far in February. He’s also shooting free throws a lot better lately. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Feb 9, 2011 / 10:30 am

Daily Fantasy Diagnosis: 2.9

LeBron James

Beast of the Night: LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and two three-pointers made. He shot 65 percent (15-23) from the field, 69 percent (9-13) from the line and had four turnovers. This was a nice “bounce-back” game after having two relatively quiet games after his 51/11/8 game on Feb. 3. James has been a top-five fantasy player during the past month. Read More »

Smack / Feb 9, 2011 / 1:24 am

Dwight Howard’s 22-and-20 wins duel with Blake Griffin

Dwight Howard

On paper, Magic vs. Clippers was shaping up to be a nice showcase for the NBA. You had Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin, the two most ferocious dunkers and beastly physical specimens in the League, sharing the court. You had one of the top teams in the East hosting an up-and-coming threat in the West. You had random entertaining guys like Jason Richardson, Baron Davis, Gilbert Arenas and DeAndre Jordan lurking in the supporting cast ready to do something … But then the game started, and frankly, both teams looked amateurish for stretches while putting the Amway Arena crowd to sleep. Read More »

D-League / Jan 26, 2011 / 3:45 pm

Top 5 D-League Players in need of an NBA Call-Up

Injuries are inevitable and hard work pays off. Just ask Chris Johnson (Blazers) and Garrett Temple (Bucks), former teammates at LSU and the two most recent NBA call-ups from the D-League. These two were the benefactors to open rosters spots due to a rash of injuries on the Bucks (Brandon Jennings, John Salmons) and Blazers (Marcus Camby, Greg Oden). Read More »

Smack / Jan 5, 2011 / 1:29 am

Knicks drive Spurs to drastic measures in record-setting loss

Tim Duncan

No one knows whether or not the San Antonio Spurs really care about the regular season, and the strange events that took place at Madison Square Garden last night didn’t give us any better indication. After hanging within striking distance of the Knicks throughout the second half, the Spurs found themselves down by 10 with three minutes left after Ray Felton (28 pts, 7 asts) went berserker in crunch time. That’s when Gregg Popovich pulled all of his starters — bringing in Chris Quinn, Gary Neal, Ime Udoka, Matt Bonner and Tiago Splitter to replace Tony Parker (26 pts), Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair. Read More »

Smack / Jan 2, 2011 / 2:55 am

Heat shake off slow start in comeback win; Carmelo is back

LeBron James

Winning really does fix everything. Similar to how the early-season needling of LeBron and Chris Bosh has been all but muted since the Miami Heat started cracking off W’s like Popeye’s makes biscuits, we’re also hearing nowhere near as much noise about Pat Riley coming in to save Erik Spoelstra from himself on the Miami bench. Last night’s Heat/Warriors game was another vote of confidence for Spoelstra, who watched his team sleep-walk through the first half, then got them to strap up defensively and pull off a comeback win in the second half … Read More »

Smack / Dec 14, 2010 / 1:44 am

Wade, James take turns squashing Hornets; Mavs win streak over

LeBron James

The haters are running out of reasons to throw rocks at the Heat. Last night’s blowout of the Hornets — a team that has W’s over Dallas, San Antonio and Miami already on its resume — provided an answer to just about every criticism that’s been levied against D-Wade, LeBron and Bosh‘s crew … You say Wade and ‘Bron can’t play together? While Wade dominated the second quarter, scoring 20 of his 32 points, LeBron owned the third, scoring 13 of his 20 as Miami turned a one-point halftime deficit into a seven-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Read More »

Featured Gallery, Hit List, Latest News / Nov 23, 2010 / 9:00 am

Dime NBA Power Ranking: There’s a new No. 1 in town

Tim Duncan

Ranking the NBA from worst to first…

30. Los Angeles Clippers (2-13) Last week — Lost at Minnesota, lost at Indiana, lost to New York, beat New Orleans Congratulations on pulling off the biggest upset of the young season by knocking off the red-hot Hornets, but it’s still not enough to climb out of the basement. They’re inching their way up the stairs, though. Read More »

Smack / Nov 14, 2010 / 4:35 am

Where there’s D-Will there’s a way: Jazz win another thriller

Deron Williams

Now it’s just getting ridiculous. On their final outing of a four-games-in-five-nights road trip, Jerry Sloan‘s boys faced a prototypical trap game: After huge wins in Miami, Orlando and Atlanta, last night’s tip in Charlotte presented a not-so-glamorous opponent and an understandable excuse to let one get away. But that’s not the Jazz way. Once again they fell behind by double-digits, this time in the first quarter, and once again their collective toughness and Deron Williams brought them back … Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Nov 12, 2010 / 3:00 pm

Buy Low, Sell High: Fantasy Week 3

Al Jefferson

Buy Low: Al Jefferson: His averages aren’t that bad, but the downer for Jefferson’s owners so far this season has been his inconsistency. For a guy who was most likely picked in the top 25 of most drafts, he’s been more than a bit disappointing. Chalk it up to a completely new situation in Utah. The good signs are that he’s averaging nearly 38 minutes a night, rebounding and blocking shots relatively well, and is shooting 78 percent from the line, up from a miserable 68 percent last season. The consistency will come soon enough for Jefferson, who should be fine going forward. Read More »