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How do you contain a scoring threat like Stephen Curry? If you're the Denver Nuggets, maybe you impede him a little bit -- after all, Curry's not exactly the largest guy on the court. Good physical play is an effective part of many game plans, but Warriors coach Mark Jackson thinks the Nuggets were going a little too far, claiming that they targeted Curry's left ankle, which he sprained in Game 2. Whatever the Nuggets did, it worked -- they've given themselves new life in this closely fought series.

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Warriors or Nuggets?

Despite the Nuggets' early lead, the Warriors were able to mount a comeback of sorts, which may bode well for them in Game 6.

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Which team will win the Nuggets-Warriors first-round playoff series? (Warriors lead 3-2)

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If it weren't for the small matter of the Warriors losing to the Knicks, Stephen Curry would have had a perfect night. As it is, he'll have to be content with a 54-point performance that saw his normally deadly 3-point shot become nearly infallible. Curry is averaging 21.9 points per game to go along with 6.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds -- is he among the NBA's superstars at this point in his career?

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It's been a good year for the Golden State Warriors, so why not celebrate with a new look? The team unveiled an alternate yellow jersey with one notable extra feature: it's got sleeves. Does the revamped look work for you?

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Hitting a 3-pointer is among one of the more difficult tasks in sports, but the Rockets didn't seem to have any trouble doing so in their 140-109 win over the Warriors on Tuesday. They tied the NBA record for a game with 23 and probably would have broken it had the Warriors not intentionally fouled their shooters several times near the end of the game. Were the Warriors playing fairly?

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Flip Saunders joined SportsCenter this morning to discuss whether some teams in the middle of the Eastern and Western Conference playoff standings were contenders or pretenders. Now it's your turn to weigh in. Where do you think the Bulls, Nets, Pacers, Grizzlies and Warriors stand in relation to the elite teams at the top of the standings? Are any of them a real threat to go deep in the playoffs or even win the title?


Running of the Bulls?

All-Stars Joakim Noah and Luol Deng have kept the Bulls afloat until they get Derrick Rose back.

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Are the Bulls (27-17, 3rd in East) a contender or pretender?

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Where Brooklyn at?

Since the Nets replaced Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo has had the team rolling, going 11-3 in January.

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Are the Nets (27-18, 4th in East) a contender or pretender?

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Right on pace?

The Pacers have been without Danny Granger all year, but Paul George has stepped up.

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Are the Pacers (26-19, 5th in East) a contender or pretender?

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Walking out of Memphis?

The Grizzlies are all smiles now, but will they still be winners if they trade Rudy Gay?

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Are the Grizzlies (29-15, 4th in West) a contender or pretender?

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Golden State of mind?

Andrew Bogut's return could be just the thing to take the Warriors to the next level.

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Are the Warriors (27-17, 5th in West) a contender or pretender?

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