Top NBA teams struggling
While the San Antonio Spurs are soaring, three of the league's foremost contenders are sputtering. This isn't to say they're doomed, but the Indiana Pacers (four straight losses), Miami Heat (three) and Oklahoma City Thunder (two, Sunday's coming against the lowly Los Angeles Lakers) haven't looked so formidable in recent days. Which team's stretch is most worrying? How will each fare come playoff time?
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According to Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant could be scoring more. That's not to say Brooks is dissatisfied with Durant's ability; instead, the coach praised the MVP frontrunner for being "all about the team." Of course, similar things have been said about LeBron James. Is Durant -- the NBA's scoring leader this season, by a large margin -- the best when it comes to putting points on the board? Where do the rest of the league's top scorers rank? Click on the images below to set your list!
NBA's Best Scorers
2013-14: 23.6 PPG, 30.9 P/48
2013-14: 28.1 PPG, 34.6 P/48
2013-14: 22.3 PPG, 33.3 P/48
2013-14: 18.7 PPG, 29.5 P/48
2013-14: 23.6 PPG, 30.8 P/48
2013-14: 20.4 PPG, 27.7 P/48
2013-14: 22.7 PPG, 28.6 P/48
2013-14: 20.5 PPG, 28.3 P/48
2013-14: 31.8 PPG, 39.7 P/48
2013-14: 20.2 PPG, 27.9 P/48
2013-14: 22.2 PPG, 29.7 P/48
2013-14: 24.2 PPG, 32.2 P/48
2013-14: 24.6 PPG, 30.8 P/48
2013-14: 21.5 PPG, 28.8 P/48
2013-14: 27.2 PPG, 35.0 P/48
2013-14: 21.2 PPG, 30.0 P/48
2013-14: 20.8 PPG, 28.0 P/48
2013-14: 26.5 PPG, 35.0 P/48
2013-14: 21.6 PPG, 32.2 P/48
2013-14: 20.5 PPG, 28.5 P/48
2013-14: 21.3 PPG, 32.4 P/48
Keselowski a Chase contender?
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one lap away from extending his dream start to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Then he ran out of gas. Enter Brad Keselowski, the 2012 champion who missed out on the Chase last season, but who seems to have roared back this time around. With his win at Las Vegas, Keselowski now trails Junior by one point in the standings and -- because of the new win-and-you're-basically-in rule -- can start making plans for the Chase once again. Is he a serious title contender? What is Earnhardt's outlook? Cast your votes below!
MLS gaining on MLB?
A poll released by ESPN has indicated that MLS has gained significant popularity among fans 12 to 17 years old -- so much so that it's actually about as popular as MLB among said fans. The quality of play has dramatically increased in MLS over the past 18 years, and it's become capable of attracting big names seeking one final team before their retirements. It's got to be a worrying trend for MLB -- any league that starts losing young fans is looking at smaller crowds and emptier stadiums a few years down the line.
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