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King Of Court: Long Shots For NBA MVP

    The NBA season is almost here and oddsmakers are quickly cooking up props for the 2015-16 campaign. One of the most popular – and profitable – markets in recent years has been the NBA MVP odds, with surprising winners in Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose, as well as value outcomes like Kevin Durant.
    Around those winners were four MVP honors for LeBron James, who is the favorite (+190) to win again this season. But we dig a little deeper in our handicapping sports effort to find a few others who may have a chance to receive the NBA’s top individual honor:

    Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (+2,000)
    Anthony is arguably one of the Top 5 players in the NBA and if anyone can make the Knicks relevant again, they should at least get some MVP consideration. New York plays in the weak Atlantic Division, which is really anyone’s to win – or lose. Melo looks like a MVP candidate early into preseason action and has some help in N.Y. this season, which should help take some of the wear and tear off his body.

    Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (+1,000)
    The Clippers are ready to break away from the pack in the Western Conference and it’s Chris Paul doing the heavy lifting. Paul, who actually suffered a minor fracture in his left index finger this preseason, played in all 82 games for L.A. last season, averaging 19 points and almost 5 assists per game. Los Angeles will challenge the NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Pacific and if they can take the division over Stephen Curry & Co., Paul will be a huge reason why.

    LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs (+2,500)
    Aldridge was a force in Portland but now that he’s under the wings of Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan in San Antonio, he could make that next step as a player. The 6-foot-11 power forward is one of the best mid-range players in the NBA and should have plenty of room to operate with defenses forced to respect the Spurs’ other stars. Aldridge, who signed a big free agent deal with San Antonio this offseason, posted more than 23 points and 10 rebounds per game and played a good chunk of the schedule with an injured hand

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October 21, 2015   No Comments

Clipped Again

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Sometimes, we’re the dumbest guys on the block. But even we had to question Vegas giving the Clippers 2 1/2 points after the colossal collapse in Game 6. Seriously, what are we missing here, we thought? Unfortunately, not a thing. Just as we predicted (we know, they took a different route, but…), its a Rockets-Warriors Western Conference Final, but everyone knew that, no?
My old lady keeps asking why I don’t bet these things. She really thinks I’m brilliant. I don’t have the heart to tell her. “Sweetie, if I bet it, it ain’t going to happen. Trust me.”
L.A.Times

May 18, 2015   No Comments

B.B. King: 1925-2015

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    The legendary Blues man passed Thursday night in Las Vegas. He was 89. Couldn’t tell you how much of an impact he had on fans like me. Still remember seeing that “Indianola Mississippi Seeds” album in my Dad’s collection. The cover immediately drew me in. Then I put a needle to it. Oh doctor.
    RIP
    L.A. Times

May 15, 2015   No Comments

He’s No David Blatt

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We hear Houston doesn’t have a pulse. Steve Kerr? He’s all the way live.
We know some would argue Cavs-Bulls being the best series right now but we beg to differ. Never a more contrast in styles than the Warriors and Grizzlies, the Wild, Wild West at its best again. The winner surely captures the Western Conference Final by beating the Clippers, no? We’ll get grief for asking.
ESPN.com

May 12, 2015   No Comments

Series Over?

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Somewhere Bill Standford is shouting “I told you guys, you’ve got to beat the officials too!”
A few sportswriters, we of course not among them (right, right), would love to see this thing end Thursday in San Antonio, unless it’s a nooner and Bloody Marys on Saturday at Staples, to watch some big fight that night.
But back to the matter at hand, in our best Snoop impersonation. As entertaining as Doc Rivers is, he’s still 1 of the biggest whiners in the NBA. And it’s why his Clippers led the NBA in T’s during the regular season. Do you see a pattern here? Do they get hosed by the officials sometimes against the Spurs? Yes. But who doesn’t?
Our play-by-play.
The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2015   No Comments

Did You Really Think Joey Took A Side Door?

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Egotistical referee Joey Crawford, letting everyone at Staples Center know the sheriff was in town, shuffles in before Game 2 of the NBA playoffs on April 22. Spurs vs. Clippers. Just another reason we love The Association.

April 26, 2015   No Comments

The Curious Case Of Scott Brooks

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    As likeable as Scott Brooks is, he never developed a solid reputation as a great head coach. Sam Presti, who we hold in high regard, had to know this from Brooks’ numerous mistakes in past seasons and several this season. Brooks’ firing comes at a curious time, but even more crucial is who the club will pick as his replacement, particularly with the upcoming free agency of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
    Grantland.com

April 23, 2015   No Comments

White Caps

April 23, 2015   No Comments

Stating His Case

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    Russell Westbrook has plenty of folks singing his name as the NBA’s MVP. That chorus grew louder Wednesday night when Westbrook produced his 4th triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s overtime win over the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.
    Washington Post

March 5, 2015   No Comments

Death Takes A Toll In February

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    Earl Lloyd got 4-5 paragraphs in the L.A. Times. Disgusting. But those are the times we live in.
    February has been a cruel month when it comes to deaths of icons and sports figures. Unfortunately, we add Anthony Mason to the list.
    The Sports Fan Journal

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February 28, 2015   No Comments