The Extra Pass: Five teams to watch closely as the trade deadline nears

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With just more than 48 hours left until the NBA’s trade deadline, it feels like the biggest deals may be behind us — Rudy Gay and Luol Deng have already been moved. Rumors are swirling, but the feeling around the league is it is all a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.

Still there are a number of teams trying to make deals. While there are more hoping to get something done, here are five teams to watch as they are pushing hard to make something happen in the next two days.

1) Denver Nuggets. They are trying hard to move Andre Miller, who has landed deep in Brian Shaw’s doghouse, and there are certainly a lot of teams that could use a veteran point guard who can start or come off the bench. He is popular in the locker room, his teammates love him. The Nuggets are likely…

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Dion Waiters leaves with injury after throwing down monster dunk against Sixers (VIDEO)

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Dion Waiters is known for being a bit of a chucker if you’re the glass-half-empty type, or perhaps as a deadly outside shooting threat if you’re feeling more positive.

On this play from Tuesday night’s win over the Sixers, however, he showed that he has the athleticism to attack the rim with the best of ’em, finishing a monster jam in traffic over Spencer Hawes.

The down side was that Waiters landed awkwardly, and left the game with what the team was calling a hyperextended left knee. He did not return, but the Cavs won their fifth straight, 114-85.

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Wyoming star Larry Nance Jr. injures knee in win

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Wyoming knocked off Fresno State at home on Tuesday night, but the win wasn’t the big story of the night.

Star forward Larry Nance Jr. went down with a knee injury that appeared pretty serious. He had to be carried off the court after being unable to put any weight on the leg.

Head coach Larry Shyatt said that Nance will be getting an MRI this morning to determine just how bad the injury is. “It doesn’t look good,” he said after the game.

Nance was Wyoming’s leading scorer (15.4 ppg), rebounder (8.6 rpg) and shot-blocker (2.1 bpg), and losing him for an extended period of time will be a massive blow to a team that is now 8-5 in the Mountain West but that has struggled to score points at times this season.

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Should Knicks Try Dealing With Rockets For Jeremy Lin?

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s no secret that the New York Knicks want to upgrade at the point guard position.

So how about a little Linsanity, the sequel?

After all, it was two years ago this month that Jeremy Lin went from a little-known bench player to the toast of the town. Who better to swoop in and save the season?

“We’ve heard about (the Knicks) going after a point guard — Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague. I know another guy they’d love to get their hands on right now and that’s Jeremy Lin,” ESPN basketball insider Chad Ford said in a recent podcast with Grantland’s Bill Simmons. “The question is, would Houston do it? I know the word is no. But maybe to get out of that contract, maybe if Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. are in the deal. Maybe.”

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Schmeelk: Knicks Need To Plan For 2015, So They CAN’T Trade Hardaway, Jr.

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I give this Knicks team a lot of credit. Not many teams would come out right after the All-Star break and pick up right where they left off almost a week ago. It was another excruciating loss for the Knicks because of inconsistent effort, bad defensive strategy by the coach and terrible decision-making at the end of the game. If ownership and the front office began to forget what this team was over the All-Star break they were reminded very quickly that the Knicks are a bad basketball team. This chances of this season being meaningful are nil. The Knicks stink.

It’s an important thing to reinforce only 48 hours or so before the trade deadline. Perhaps those facts might just convince Steve Mills not to trade future pieces for a point guard who will help this year, but hurt the team’s future…

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Gerald Green with the wild alley-oop slam over Kenneth Faried (VIDEO)

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This was nuts.

Thanks to Kenneth Faried going up to try to intercept the pass that was intended for Gerald Green, his flying toward the rim just made this an even more highlight-worthy alley-oop finish.

Faried is as athletic as they come, and credit him for giving his all to try to defend the play. But few in the game can match the hops that Green displays on a nightly basis.

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Mike

Mike

Maybe it’s my fault.

Maybe I led you to believe it was easy, when it wasn’t.

Maybe I made you think my highlights started at the free throw line, and not in the gym.

Maybe I made you think that every shot I took was a game winner.

That my game was built on flash and not fire.

Maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength.

That my pain was my motivation.

Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a god-given gift and not something I worked for – every single day of my life.

Maybe I destroyed the game.

Or, maybe you are just making excuses.