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Marc Gasol Back: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/15/14

In a surprising move, Marc Gasol made his return last night as the Grizzlies took on the Thunder. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds over just 24 minutes of action, as the Grizzlies picked up

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Recapping a Bad Night for the Cleveland Cavaliers

One of the reasons that I subscribe to NBA League Pass is to be able to watch any game that I want to. And usually, if there’s a game that’s going down to the wire, I’ll just flip right over and check out the finish.

There were a few of those games last night. You had the Pacers and Sixers with a tight game in the final two minutes or so, with the Pacers stopping their road losing streak and getting a nice win. You had the Kings and Wizards putting up 130+, which ultimately ended with the Kings missing a three to tie with two seconds left (which was taken by DeMarcus Cousins…..). Continue Reading

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NBA Power Rankings: 1/10/11

Basketball fans, it’s time for another edition of power rankings here on STS, and after a great week of action in the NBA (which concluded with a possible game of the year candidate in Portland last night), it’s time to see where the teams stand heading into this week.

So without any further ado, here’s a look at the rankings: Continue Reading

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Anderson Varejao Out for the Rest of the Season With Ankle Injury

Seriously, what else can you say here? If you read the headline above, and are a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, what do you really say?

Yes, it’s true. Anderson Varejao, one of Cleveland’s most valuable players (both on the floor and from a trade value standpoint), will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his ankle. Continue Reading

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Game of the Day: April 11

Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers — 1 PM eastern, telecast on ABC

This game will be more interesting in the absence of LeBron James. It’ll also be one the Magic have to win to prove they can play with the Cavs come playoff time.

The league’s top two teams (by a wide margin) square off in a rematch of last year’s conference finals, and it should be a great contest.

The Magic face the Cavaliers for the first time since they acquired Antawn Jamison from the Wizards and since Shaquille O’Neal injured his hand. Missing, too, from the Cleveland rotation will be James, whom Mike Brown is electing to sit so he can rest for the upcoming postseason.

Vince Carter should have a good day against Anthony Parker and Delonte West, so look for big points from him. Jamison and Rashard Lewis will be a great matchup, as both feature the perimeter game as their primary means of scoring.

Most important for Orlando will be Dwight Howard’s play. He’ll only be dealing with Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Anderson Varejao up front, whose inability to guard D13 in last year’s summer collision led to Danny Ferry’s acquisition of the Diesel in the offseason.

The Cavaliers have won two of the teams’ three meetings this campaign, but both of those wins featured 30-point scoring outbursts from LeBron. To be honest, they have very little chance without the King or the Big Cactus. Give the W to Orlando.

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