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Should Kyrie stay with Cavs?
He's the post-LeBron James face of the Cleveland Cavaliers ... for now. But Kyrie Irving, as ESPN's Brian Windhorst writes, faces an interesting decision this summer: Sign a long-term extension with his team, or decline the offer and effectively start the countdown clock on his stay in Ohio. Doing the latter certainly would hurt him from a PR perspective; James still hasn't fully recovered from "The Decision." But it's hard to deny the struggles of a team that currently is five games out of a playoff spot in the staggeringly weak East.
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NBA All-Star Game thoughts?
Say what you will about the NBA All-Star Game, but this year it wasn't anonymous. The New Orleans 2014 version set the record for most combined points (318), most by a team (163 by the victorious Eastern Conference), most in a half (89 by the Western Conference in the first half) and many, many more. The final was 163-155, with Kyrie Irving taking MVP honors. Meanwhile, the dunk contest didn't exactly earn rave reviews for its East vs. West format. What did you make of the weekend?
Love, Curry, Kobe All-Star starters
It will be a contest for the young -- and, in a couple of cases, the old -- when the 2014 All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Feb. 16. Or it could be, if everyone is healthy by then. The starters have been unveiled, with four first-time starters -- the Western Conference's Stephen Curry and Kevin Love and the Eastern Conference's Paul George and Kyrie Irving -- joining regulars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and, yes, Kobe Bryant. (Blake Griffin was the other.) Wade and, especially, Bryant earned votes despite fighting through injuries this season. Who didn't deserve the call? Who did but must wait until next Thursday, when the reserves are announced? Cast your votes below!
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NBA 5-on-5: Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron who? OK, we won't go that far. But things are looking up for the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Kyrie Irving nearing elite status and his supporting cast growing (No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett!) and growing (talented-but-injury-prone center Andrew Bynum!). Can the Cavs take the next step? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.