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article April 24, 2014

The Missing Piece

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Whether the Bulls get bounced in the first round or hang on to fight another day -- it's almost certain that Chicago will pursue Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, knowing that if they get him, the impact will be felt throughout the Eastern Conference. More»
miami heat panel article April 23, 2014

Role Player Power

A third straight NBA title won't happen for the Heat unless LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh make it happen -- for the most part. But Miami has always leaned on role players in desperate moments. This year, who will that be? More»
hibbert article April 21, 2014

Wakeup call

The Pacers, still woozy from a late-season swoon, can't afford for their center Roy Hibbert to be playing like a stiff. Hibbert hasn't looked or sounded right in a while now and Indiana desperately needs him to channel his 2013 playoff form. More»
markjackson article April 21, 2014

Room to grow

While it's too early to say Warriors coach Mark Jackson can rest easy, he must feel a little weight off of his shoulders after last Saturday's win. Regardless of the series outcome, what Jackson and the Warriors need is room to grow without so much pressure from ownership. More»
nbaplayoffs1980x1100 article April 20, 2014

Top 20 NBA Postseason Burdens

Everyone feels the heat this time of year, but for these players, coaches and executives, the pressure is felt even more. From Doc Rivers to Kevin Durant and more, winning in the NBA playoffs could change their legacy... or their employment status. More»
steph_paul article April 17, 2014

Western Conference Playoff Preview

The NBA's Western Conference playoffs are the Wild West. There's no clear favorite, and no one would be shocked if the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers or Rockets are standing when the West is finally won. Here are our predictions. More»
heat_pacers_1980 article April 17, 2014

Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Though many would prefer to skip past the first few rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs and just get straight to a Heat / Pacers rematch, there's some interesting matchups here. Can the Nets topple the Raptors? What will the Bulls do to stop John Wall and the Wizards? More»
winston_salem_baseball article April 15, 2014

The New Faces of Baseball

Historically black colleges and universities, HBCUs for short, find themselves in an interesting athletic position these days. With the popularity of baseball waning among young African Americans, many HBCUs have as many, or more, whites and Latinos on their rosters. More»
Pacers-Heat article April 11, 2014

Sudden Impact

The two runaway leaders in the the NBA's Eastern Conference are losing games (somewhat unintentionally), resting players (intentionally) and raising questions about their championship swagger. Can they silence the doubters? More»
nbaawards article April 10, 2014

The Best in the NBA 2014

This NBA season hasn't been pretty, from injuries to tanking to problems in New York and L.A, but it wasn't a total loss. There are still players deserving of accolades, so we hand out awards for the best in the league, including a fierce MVP debate. More»
USATSI_7860463 article April 9, 2014

The Legend Continues

It's been forty years since Hank Aaron hit his record-breaking 715th home run. This week, thousands of fans gathered at Turner Field to pay tribute to a living legend -- and the man many baseball fans still consider to be the true home-run king. More»
NBA-Franchise-Rankings article April 4, 2014

NBA Franchise Power Rankings

Every organization sets a standard. Some have built-in advantages, but even those are squandered if the management is weak. Here's how we rate the NBA franchises taking into account three important top layers: ownership, the front office and coaching. More»
Detroit_Pistons article April 2, 2014

Pitsville, USA

There may be no sadder story in the NBA than the steady collapse and decay of the Pistons, once one of the best-run and most-profitable organizations around. Are there any signs of hope among the wreckage wrought by management? More»
Harrisons-Kentucky article April 1, 2014

Wonder Twins

Aaron and Andrew Harrison weren't instant sensations at Kentucky. But they've matured quickly on the court over the last few weeks. And they could win two huge games in their home state, one that thought the twins may have been destined for gridiron glory instead. More»
albrecht_mcgary_michigan article March 29, 2014

Tough Acts To Follow

Last year, Spike Albrecht and Mitch McGary put themselves on the basketball map with furious tournament performances for the Wolverines. Now, with Albrecht back to earth and McGary injured, they're forced to watch their teammates try to lead the way back to the Final Four. More»
Pitino-Calipari article March 28, 2014

Enemies of the State

When one coaches at Louisville, winner of three national titles, and the other at Kentucky, winner of eight national titles, does that make it tough for two coaches with a personal history to have a close relationship? In a word: yes. More»
stephenson_wade_glare article March 27, 2014

Midwest Manners

It doesn't matter who finishes with the best record in the East, not anymore. It's now about who successfully plants a seed of doubt into the other guy's head. The Indiana Pacers might have accomplished just that on Wednesday night against LeBron James and the Heat. More»
redlarry article March 27, 2014

Red's apprentice

Larry Bird's first lesson on how to be a general manager in the NBA came well before his first lesson on how to be an NBA player. The education of the Pacers' boss was taught early and delivered thoroughly by the Celtics all-time master planner, Red Auerbach. More»
heatslump article March 26, 2014

Stretch Run

The Heat are fading faster than the hairline of their best player. The defending champions have a pedestrian record since the All-Star break and lost to a trio of sub-.500 teams in March. Needless to say, Miami is desperate for a statement win. More»
mccarthy_injured article March 24, 2014

In The Line Of Fire

The line drive that injured Aroldis Chapman reminded us yet again of just how dangerous it can be for a pitcher to be unprotected against batted baseballs. From Herb Score in 1957 to Chapman, Brandon McCarthy, J.A. Happ and others recently, pitchers continue to get hurt. More»

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