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Spurs good chance at title?
The sound you heard from South Texas on Thursday was that of a contender reasserting itself. Yes, it seems we'd forgotten about the San Antonio Spurs -- you know, that team that was a miracle comeback away from winning last season's NBA title -- but perhaps we should pay heed. After all, thanks to a 111-87 thumping of the defending-champion Miami Heat, the Spurs now sit at 45-16, just one game off the best record in the league, getting it done with their traditional mix of big names and niche-filling role players. Are the Spurs truly a threat? Cast your votes below!
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NBA second half predictions
Mathematically, the NBA passed its halfway mark some time ago. Unofficially, the second half of the season doesn't begin until after the All-Star break. And with that behind us, it's time to look ahead. Will the Indiana Pacers finally end the Miami Heat's reign as Eastern Conference champions? Will the Oklahoma City Thunder -- with Russell Westbrook coming back Thursday, according to Kevin Durant -- rule the West and, ultimately, the league? Cast your votes below!
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What's up in Western Conference?
If the Minnesota Timberwolves were in the Eastern Conference -- like, say, their neighbors the Milwaukee Bucks -- they'd be fourth, with an 11-12 record. Instead, the Kevin Love-led team is in the West ... where it's 11th. And just half a game out of 13th. Tough conference, eh? Which teams will come good?
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NBA 5-on-5: San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs still have the bitter taste of an NBA Finals loss in their mouths but it's time for them to leave that behind as a new season is set to tip-off. Did San Antonio do enough in the offseason to get them over the hump and back on top as league champions? What is the biggest question mark facing them this season? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.
The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard rally this offseason. Now, according to Bradford Doolittle's WARP-based calculations, the James Harden-led team also wins the title of best backcourt in the NBA. These rankings aren't without controversy, though; the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors didn't crack the top 10. Do you agree with the analytics? Click on the images below to set your rankings!
Best NBA backcourts
Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford
Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen
Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks
Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris
Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson
Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier
Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson
James Harden, Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin
Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green
Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson
Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Jose Juan Barea
Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas
John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice Jr.
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