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A Glimmer Of Hope: Austin Rivers Is Improving Before Our Very Eyes

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In 2010, there was no high school senior more exciting to watch than Austin Rivers. His godly handles, acrobatic layups, pull-up threes and high flying dunks made for one of the more entertaining mixes you will ever set your eyes on and it made him an instant fan favorite in the basketball world. Even without knowing the level of competition he was going up against on a nightly basis, words of him being a lottery pick in the 2012 Draft spread like wildfire.

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Kevin Durant and LeBron James are saving the season

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With no all-encompassing narrative, no 27-game winning streaks, no villains to concoct new heroes, the NBA fell into a rut, as all things with a circadian rhythm are wont to do. Late January, most teams suiting up for game 45 of 82; doldrums are an expectation— maybe it's because of the stark contrast to last season, they just feel a little more pronounced. Then Kevin Durant happened.

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San Antonio Spurs Resort To “Hack-a-Howard,” But For A Very Good Reason

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On Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out everyone's old friend, the Hack-a-Shaq strategy. For seven straight possessions, the Spurs intentionally fouled Dwight Howard.

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Snake: An Out-Of-Bounds Play The Brooklyn Nets Ran To Get An Open Three

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Since the New Year rolled along, the Brooklyn Nets have been the best team in the NBA. (No, really. They're 10-2). One of the reasons for their new found success has been the ball movement. Unlike earlier in the season when they couldn't buy a bucket, the Nets have been moving the ball around the perimeter with crisp passes, which has led to plenty of good looks each and every night.

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Open Shots (1/28): On DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross, Miami Getting Big, Paul George Superstar, and more

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Two games before Terrence Ross set twitter ablaze

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Fit Like A Glove: The Resurgence of James Johnson

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In the 2009 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected James Johnson from Wake Forest with the 16th overall pick. While he showed flashes of potential in his rookie season in Chicago, it was one plagued with inconsistency. For every block, steal or offensive rebound, there were missed shots and turnovers, leading him to playing spot minutes off of Vinny Del Negro's bench.