Eastern Conference

Fantasy Focus: Fourth Quarter Heroics

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All Paul George needed was one quarter to redeem himself.  During the first three quarters of Saturday’s game against Detroit, the Pistons defense smothered the All-Star forward, limiting him to just 11 points on 2-of-11 shooting from the field. As a team, the Pacers didn’t fare much better, as Indiana converted just 39.2 percent of its attempts from the field …

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Butler Leading by Example in Chicago

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Chicago needed a trio of clutch offensive plays Wednesday night and each time, the team turned to Jimmy Butler. The All-Star shooting guard then sealed a 102-100 overtime victory against Indiana with his most clutch defensive effort of the season. The victory not improved the Bulls record on the season to 18-12, but was the first step towards patching the …

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Catching Up with Jarrett Jack

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The last two weeks have proven professional athletes can be targeted. Especially in New York. Early Wednesday morning, Knicks forward Cleanthony Early was robbed by a ski-masked robbery crew outside of a strip club and shot in the knee. The assailants took two gold chains, his iPhone and even gold caps off of his teeth as Early stepped outside of the …

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Catching Up with Goran Dragic

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A multitude of reasons can trigger a slow start to a new season for a player. It can stem from pressure of living up to a new contract, adjusting to new teammates or even some off the court distractions. For Miami point guard Goran Dragic, all of the above are applicable. 

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Fournier Delivers Clutch Basket for Orlando

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ORLANDO- A pair of free throws with 26 seconds remaining put the Magic down by a single point. The minuscule deficit was magnified as the Magic offense had stalled in the fourth quarter, posting just 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field during the first eleven plus minutes of the period. Houston had clamped down defensively, as Dwight Howard …

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Waiver Watch: Bosh’s Versatility Carrying Miami

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Seemingly each night Miami has a different requirement of Chris Bosh. Sometimes the Heat need him to dominate in the post, other nights long range shooting is the order. Bosh has been able to excel at both. The emergence of Hassan Whiteside at the center position has enabled Bosh to shift back to power forward — his natural position — allowing him …

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Fantasy Focus: The Return of Irving

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Exactly 200 days after fracturing his left kneecap, Kyrie Irving is planning to make his season debut Sunday against Philadelphia. The initial time for his return was supposed to be three-to-four months, meaning if Irving’s recovery process went exactly as planned, he would be able to participate in training camp. 

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The Resurgence of Batum in Charlotte

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A fresh start in a new city, at a new position, has clearly revitalized Nicolas Batum. After playing through a wrist injury that drastically altered his effectiveness shooting the ball all of last season, the Trail Blazers began their massive rebuilding efforts last summer by sending Batum to Charlotte in exchange for Noah Vonleh — a seldom used rookie — and Gerald …

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Waiver Watch: Blossoming Into a Star

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Five years ago, Isaiah Thomas had to wait until the absolute final selection to have his name called in the 2011 NBA Draft. Now, he is on the verge of becoming a household name. Thomas has abandoned his role as a sixth man to become the star player for a promising Boston team. 

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Fantasy Focus: Quiet Career Year from Millsap

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One of the most balanced teams in the league is starting to place its trust into one player. The name Paul Millsap is etched atop the team’s leaderboard in nearly every major statistical category, as he leads the team in points, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, steals, minutes and ranks second in blocks. The production from the 30-year-old is precisely what …

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