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Are Nuggets done without Karl?

With George Karl out battling cancer, the Denver Nuggets have lost their way. The truth is the Nuggets likely will be done before Karl can get back on the bench. Not long ago it seemed, and I wrote, the Nuggets could surpass last season's 54-victory total, challenge the Lakers in the Western Conference finals again and, yes, have a very reasonable chance to win the NBA championship. But these Nuggets, without Karl, and without Martin, barely will win 50 games and won't play the Lakers, won't play in the league Finals, won't win their division and maybe won't even have a home-court advantage in the postseason. The truth hurts. (Denver Post) Comment

Butler faces test of development

Back in the spotlight, Butler needs to answer whether it can take the next step. Tonight's matchup with No. 1 seed Syracuse in the NCAA West Regional will determine whether Butler can break through the ceiling, or be knocked down again. Winner goes to the Elite Eight. "If we were able to beat Syracuse, it'd be just huge for our program," Butler senior Willie Veasley said. "We'd get more exposure. People would really start to believe in us instead of always treating us as the underdog." Coach Brad Stevens denied this represents a crossroads for Butler. He said he didn't want the focus to be on anything other than an opportunity for this team. (Indianapolis Star) Comment

Dolphis ready to cut ties with Taylor?

Miami may be delivering subtle hints that Jason Taylor is not welcome, or needed anymore. The Dolphins might shrug their shoulders at the possibility but that would be a mistake because Taylor belongs on their team and not on a division rival. The Dolphins should be about the business of making themselves better rather than practically driving a good player to Rex Ryan or Bill Belichick. That is exactly what they seem to be doing. How else to interpret the situation when the Dolphins aren't even returning Taylor's calls? (Miami Herald) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Ron Artest and Lamar Odom put the squeeze on Manu Ginobili and the Spurs Wednesday in San Antonio. (AP)

Must-See Video

Josh Smith sends the Hawks to the playoffs with a game-winning dunk to topple the Magic Wednesday night.

Game To Watch

Cornell looks to continue its unprecedented tourney ride in a Sweet 16 matchup against John Wall and Kentucky, 9:57 pm ET

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