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NBA STANDINGS
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1 Warriors 27-5
2 Spurs 25-6
3 Rockets 24-9
4 Clippers 22-11
5 Thunder 20-12
6 Jazz 19-13
7 Grizzlies 20-14
8 Kings 14-17


9 Nuggets 13-18
10 Trail Blazers 13-20
11 Pelicans 12-21
12 Lakers 12-23
13 Timberwolves 10-21
14 Suns 9-22
15 Mavericks 9-23

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:34 am 
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East No. 1

In the hunt: Cavaliers, Raptors

The Cavaliers' victory against the Warriors kept them two games over Toronto in what most assumed would be a loss. So the Raptors will have to be patient and survive this long West Coast road trip to stay within range. What the Raptors have to do is stay within a few games or take the top spot before LeBron James takes his annual sabbatical in January, then create separation, and hold it. That's not going to be easy, but the Raptors legitimately need to make this a priority. They're trying to win every game, sure, and there's no reason to risk injury, but if they want to have any hope of beating Cleveland in a potential Eastern Conference finals, that formula starts with having home-court advantage.

The Cavaliers aren't invulnerable, as far as seedings go. They just don't care as much about it. The Raptors, however, have every reason to put the pedal to the floor. Getting homecourt won't mean they beat the Cavaliers in the playoffs, but not getting it would significantly reduce their chances.

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There's not enough separation yet to rule any of these teams out. Boston is a near-lock at this point, having gotten healthy and ridden out the storm the way it has. The defense still makes me a little queasy, but there's just too much talent there to have serious doubts. Charlotte would be my favorite for the 4 seed. It's clearly above Milwaukee and the rest of the East. But the Hornets have a penchant for dropping games they need to win. Charlotte and Boston have had real trouble with teams over. 500.

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The bigger question than homecourt, realistically, is who can stay out of the Cavaliers' bracket. This is where things will get complicated if the Raptors hang around. You would much rather be a 6 seed in the East with the Cavs in the No. 1 spot. Yes, you have to go on the road against a better team, but none of those teams after Cleveland scares you. If you want to make a run to the Eastern Conference finals outside of the 2 seed (and I consider the Raptors a near-lock for the No. 2), you have to go through the 2-7 or 3-6 matchup.

To put it another way: I would rather be in that range of teams with the Knicks, Bulls, etc. than in the 4-5 Hornets-Bucks spot.

If Cleveland doesn't get the 1 seed, then it gets all crazy.

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West No. 1 seed

Near locks: Warriors, Spurs

Some changes here. I'm bumping theClippers out. This seems crazy in December, but think of it this way. The Clippers are five back in the loss column from the Warriors and Golden State has a 1-0 advantage in tiebreaker already. The Warriors have five losses, total, so far. They would have to double their loss total while the Clippers go undefeated just for L.A. to catch them. They can chip away at the advantage over the coming months. The Warriors aren't invincible like they seemed last year in the regular season. But the Clippers are too inconsistent to believe in it, and that's before this rash of injuries beset them with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and J.J. Redick all missing time.

Realistically, the Warriors are already a near-lock, which won't surprise you. The Spurs' schedule gets way more difficult the longer the season goes, and they haven't looked as rock solid despite their record, either. Houston is interesting, having won 10 in a row and only three back in the loss column, but they would have to maintain their current level of play for literally months to catch them. Houston is great, but games like the Lakers loss on opening night wind up hurting when you're trying to catch the Warriors.

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San Antonio is going to win enough games. It's just what they do. I like Houston's ceiling more than the Spurs' at this point, but you just do not doubt San Antonio. It never works out well, despite their being a 6 seed two years ago. Houston looks great now, but hasn't been hit with any real adversity, outside of a legitimately challenging schedule. We'll see how they do with focus, intensity and consistency once this winning streak cools, but I think they have the formula to sustain.

The Clippers would have to really screw this up not to have homecourt, but really screwing things up is a very Clippers approach. Plus, they were touch-and-go with losing the 4 seed to the Grizzlies for a while before the injuries buried Memphis.

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Don't count out Utah or Memphis here. They are hungry and they hang around. The Jazz, despite this losing streak, have the resume and metrics to really make a run. Both Memphis and Utah have already had bad injury luck, which makes you wonder if they're past the worst of it, or if it's a start to a theme. Memphis is only two games back of the Clippers.

I'm ready to mark out OKC from this group. The Thunder will start the playoffs on the road. (I wrote this last week and already the Thunder are starting to change my mind on this one. They're finally putting away bad opponents, which is a bigger deal than you would think.)

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West 6th-7th-8th seeds

Near locks: Thunder, Jazz

In the hunt: Blazers, Nuggets, Kings, Lakers

This turned into a big pile of "ugh." The Thunder are a lock, Utah too. Portland is in a lot of trouble. The offense has cooled, the defense is a complete mess and they're starting to point fingers. It's bad. It's really bad.

That said, Portland is 3-12 against teams over .500, which is a high number of games vs. better competition. Meanwhile, the Blazers are 10-7 against teams below .500. As the schedule balances out, they can probably right themselves.

The Kings, unbelievably, might be in the best position. 2016 is weird, man.

I don't have any faith in Denver or the Lakers to really make the kind of run they'll need, but the door is definitely open. I was ready to close the door on the Pelicans, Suns, Wolves and Mavericks, but then I wasn't expecting all of the teams listed above to all turn bad (except for the Kings who are on a win streak). The Pelicans are only three games back. so these teams are technically still alive. I'm just not optimistic, let's say.

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Its an

UNBELIEVABLE season for Russell Westbrook :shock:


31.7 pts 10.6 Rebs 10.9 Assists


on 62.5% winning pct. ( 20 - 12 )

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Stephen Curry likely to become NBA's first $200-million player under new CBA

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is in line to land a five-year, $207 million contract next summer under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and its players, ESPN.com reports. Such a deal would be the largest in league history.

The Warriors, though, may have a hard time keeping their roster intact after this season, per the report.

Playing the last of a four-year, $44 million deal, Curry is widely considered one of the most underpaid players in the NBA. While the guard is making $12 million this season, his next deal could triple that figure to $36 million for 2017-18.

The new designated veteran player provision that will create the windfall for Curry allows teams to re-sign superstars meeting certain thresholds to deals worth as much as 35 percent of the salary cap. Under the previous CBA, a player with Curry’s level of experience could sign deals worth 30 percent of the cap.

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miron_lang wrote:
Its an

UNBELIEVABLE season for Russell Westbrook :shock:


31.7 pts 10.6 Rebs 10.9 Assists


on 62.5% winning pct. ( 20 - 12 )


yes bro MVP season

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The rule will make it extremely difficult for another team to lure Curry from Golden State — the max contract he could sign elsewhere is for $135 million over four years, ESPN notes.

The provision is intended to help small-market teams retain their stars, and ironically, it is appears to be partly based on Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join Curry in Golden State last summer.

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Meanwhile, since Durant has been in the league for 10 years, he’ll also be eligible to sign a deal next summer worth $36 million annually. But since he’ll have been in Golden State for only one season, the Warriors will not be able to use the designated player exception to sign him.

That means the Warriors will likely have to clear cap space to keep Durant. The team has Klay Thompson and Draymond Green locked up with long-term deals, but if it signs Curry and Durant to max contracts, it might not have the cap space to bring back free-agents-to-be like Andre Iguodala and Shawn Livingston. Spinning it further forward, the Warriors may eventually have to choose between Thompson and Green as their second designated veteran player exception.

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NBA

NBA First-Quarter Awards: An MVP Race For The Ages And More

BY BEN GOLLIVER


Now that all 30 NBA teams have passed the 20-game mark in the regular season, it's time to hand out some first-quarter awards. These award selections are intended solely as a reflection of games played through Sunday, rather than as a projection of the final year-end results.

The heated race for Most Valuable Player is the headliner this year, but there's plenty of intriguing races to examine around the league. Check out our picks below.


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Most Valuable Player

1. Russell Westbrook, Thunder
2. James Harden, Rockets
3. Kevin Durant, Warriors 
4. LeBron James, Cavaliers
​5. Chris Paul, Clippers

The Sam Presti Talent Diaspora has created one hell of a three-headed MVP race between Westbrook, Harden and Durant. This race is as good as it gets: all three former Thunder teammates are: playing central roles for winning teams, enjoying career years, surpassing expectations, telling compelling stories, and registering historic statistical outputs.

The Crossover's pick is Westbrook (31.1 PPG, 11 APG, 10.9 RPG), whose early work has been showered with praise thanks to a whopping 12 triple doubles in his first 24 games. From a pure stat-accumulation standpoint, Westbrook is up to something seriously special. The following chart shows the largest combined totals of points, rebounds and assists for All-NBA First Team selections during the three-point era. The top performers are clear-cut Hall of Famers at their absolute most productive: Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James and Larry Bird. As it stands right now, Westbrook dwarfs all of them.

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