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Postby Valor on Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:44 pm

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With LeBron leading the way, Cleveland looks unstoppable
Race to the MVP: King James Makes His Surge
By Kurt Walker, NBA.com
Posted Dec 31 2016 09:30PM

Surprisingly, LeBron has been flying somewhat under the radar so far this season, but following another stellar month of consistent winning from Cleveland, this is no longer the case.

Get this, the Cleveland Cavaliers have only lost 4 games in the last two months, and at the center of it all? LeBron James, who has been tearing it up on the defensive end, Averaging just under 3 steals and 2 blocks per game in the 27 game span between December and January while also flirting around with a near triple-double average at the same time.

With the second place team a staggering 10 games behind the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs are all but a lock for the number one seed going into the playoffs, and we are only just about to enter February.

This is what sheer dominance looks like, folks.

And now onto this month’s rankings…

1. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (29-19)
Stats: PPG -- 26.3; RPG -- 9.5; APG -- 9.7; SPG -- 3.4; BPG -- 0.5; FG% -- .463; 3P% -- .332; FT% -- .801
Last Month's Rank: 2
Comment: With each passing month, Westbrook is edging closer and close to that triple double average on the season. Just this month alone Westbrook has picked up 7 more triple double performances, topping his league-leading total to 14 for the season, nearly doubling that of the second place LeBron James (8). As a result of his production, the Thunder shot up the standings with a solid 11-5 month and now occupy the 5th spot in the West.

2. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (39-10)
Stats: PPG -- 28.9; RPG -- 6.0; APG -- 6.4; SPG -- 2.2; BPG -- 0.1; FG% -- .495; 3P% -- .418; FT% -- .914
Last Month's Rank: 1
Comment: After a red hot month of December, the reigning league MVP is going through a shooting slump, with his shooting percentages falling all the way down to 46% from the field and 35% from deep in January, dropping his season percentage to a career-worst 41.8% from three. However, he has picked up the slack with effort and hustle, picking up 3.2 steals per game on the month and helping the league-leading Warriors to a 12-4 record in January.

3. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (37-11)
Stats: PPG -- 23.3; RPG -- 8.6; APG -- 8.7; SPG -- 2.3; BPG -- 1.3; FG% -- .487; 3P% -- .328; FT% -- .703
Last Month's Rank: 5
Comment: Cleveland is looking nearly unstoppable right now, with multiple 30, 40 point blowouts seem commonplace. Their most impressive performance however, came early in the month during their 10 game winning streak (9 straight on the road), in which they absolutely destroyed the Hawks in Atlanta with a winning margin of 75 points (147-72), with LeBron James scoring a season high 40 points along with 14 rebounds, 12 assists, and 5 steals. With career high averages in both steals and blocks, LeBron looks to be making a run for both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year credentials this season.

4. James Harden, Houston Rockets (31-17)
Stats: PPG -- 27.5; RPG -- 6.5; APG -- 6.5; SPG -- 1.8; BPG -- 0.9; FG% -- .474; 3P% -- .451; FT% -- .864
Last Month's Rank: 4
Comment: Another good month at 10-5 for Harden and the Rockets, and the Beard has thrived as a point guard in Mike D’Antoni’s system, consistently producing the goods for the Rockets, with the only outlier being a career high 58 point outburst against the Pelicans. Something tells me Houston will take those oddities in Harden’s production any day of the week.

5. DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers (32-17)
Stats: PPG -- 14.7; RPG -- 15.1; APG -- 0.6; SPG -- 0.1; BPG -- 3.0; FG% -- .671; 3P% -- .000; FT% -- .392
Last Month's Rank: 3
Comment: Chris Paul is having a down year, Griffin is still inconsistent coming off an injury, Paul Pierce is just old now but somehow the Clippers just keep winning, and it’s all thanks to the consistent defensive presence of DeAndre Jordan. The league leader in both blocks and rebounds, Jordan is the early favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year honors, with the only close competitor for the award being LeBron James.

6. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (37-11
Stats: PPG -- 27.1; RPG -- 3.7; APG -- 7.9; SPG -- 1.7; BPG -- 0.8; FG% -- .491; 3P% -- .461; FT% -- .924
Last Month's Rank: N/A
Comment: If LeBron is the foundation of Cleveland’s success, Irving is the spark that takes them to the next level. Irving is playing through an injury (pinched nerve) right now, but somehow was able to average just under 30 points per game this past month while maintaining his efficiency from the field, and is now averaging career highs in all five major statistical categories as well as in shooting percentages on the season. In fact, if LeBron wasn’t his teammate, Irving would be a lot higher up on this list right now.

7. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (29-18)
Stats: PPG -- 23.3; RPG -- 7.0; APG -- 3.2; SPG -- 2.5; BPG -- 0.8; FG% -- .513; 3P% -- .472; FT% -- .914
Last Month’s Rank: 6
Comment: Leonard’s production has fallen off just a tad this past month, with his shooting percentage from the field dipping below 48% (for the month) for the first time this season. However, he is still shooting at a ridiculous clip of just under 48% from deep, including going 8/10 from deep in his career high 38 point performance against the Chicago Bulls to cap off the month.

8. Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics (26-22)
Stats: PPG -- 25.9; RPG -- 3.6; APG -- 6.6; SPG -- 1.3; BPG -- 0.1; FG% -- .452; 3P% -- .408; FT% -- .850
Last Month's Rank: 10
Comment: The only knock on Thomas’ case for MVP considerations was that the Celtics were not even sniffing at .500 prior to this month, and that aspect has been shattered after a fantastic month of winning from Boston, as the Cs went 11-3 for the month to propel themselves, not only to a record of over .500, but in fourth place in the Eastern Conference Standings, with the diminutive point guard leading the way at just under 28 points and 7.5 assists in that span.

9. Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers (29-21)
Stats: PPG -- 23.8; RPG -- 3.7; APG -- 8.5; SPG -- 1.4; BPG -- 0.3; FG% -- .454; 3P% -- .422; FT% -- .879
Last Month’s Rank: N/A
Comment: It does seem like McCollum and Lillard are taking turns filling this spot, doesn’t it? The Portland duo seems to be the perfect complement to each other, as one always picks up the slack when the other is not playing as well. This month in particular, it is McCollum who has slipped and Lillard responded beautifully, putting up 26.8 points and 7.9 assists on 46% shooting from both the field and from deep to maintain the Blazers in the midst of the Western Conference playoff picture.

10. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors (39-10)
Stats: PPG -- 23.3; RPG -- 8.0; APG -- 4.8; SPG -- 1.3; BPG -- 1.6; FG% -- .512; 3P% -- .448; FT% -- .871
Last Month's Rank: N/A
Comment: It seemed for a while that this was never going to work out well for Durant, who has looked awkward in the Golden State offense since joining them in the summer as he spotted his lowest scoring averages since his rookie season. However, it seems to be working a lot better now, with the former MVP having a breakout month with 26 points, 7.6 rebounds and just under 5 assists, shooting at a blistering clip of 54-50-90 in the 16 game span.

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Re: [19-32] Alternate Reality - January Recap

Postby Phil89 on Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:22 pm

Looks like another Cavs vs Warriors finals is on the cards :|

At least you're looking good for a top 3 pick. Hopefully the lottery can be kind to you.
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Re: [19-32] Alternate Reality - January Recap

Postby Lamrock on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:55 am

Looking like you're headed for a top 5 pick... Are you using a real or fictional draft class?
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Postby Valor on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:48 pm

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Patty Mills Out Indefinitely After Re-Injuring Ankle

Patty Mills is out indefinitely after suffering from a high ankle sprain.

The injury, which is the same one on his left ankle that kept him out of 27 of the team’s 52 games thus far, occurred in the third quarter of the Sharks’ 86-102 defeat at the hands of the Seattle SuperSonics. Mills was helped off the floor after landing awkwardly following a missed layup, and did not return. X-Rays were negative but Chicago’s medical staff are said to be concerned as this is the second serious injury on Mills’ left ankle this season.

“Patty sprained his ankle; that's all I know," David Blatt said. "I was told that it would be at least a couple of weeks before they can make another assessment on his timeline, so he’s out indefinitely right now.”

In 25 games played this season, Mills has averaged 10.6 points and 4.8 assists in 25 minutes per game.
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Re: [19-32] Alternate Reality - January Recap

Postby Valor on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:51 pm

Phil89 wrote:Looks like another Cavs vs Warriors finals is on the cards :|

At least you're looking good for a top 3 pick. Hopefully the lottery can be kind to you.

Cavs and Warriors are unreal, and the East looks really crap. (N)

Lamrock wrote:Looking like you're headed for a top 5 pick... Are you using a real or fictional draft class?

Yep...losing my starting PG again is gonna hurt. We were utter garbage before Patty came back last time. I'm using real draft classes so at least I can scout them a bit IRL as well :cool:
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Re: [19-33] Alternate Reality - Patty's Out...Again

Postby Phil89 on Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:28 pm

Hopefully there can be some upsets in the playoffs (Y)

Sucks to see Patty miss more games.
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Re: [19-33] Alternate Reality - Patty's Out...Again

Postby Valor on Fri May 05, 2017 2:39 am

Phil89 wrote:Hopefully there can be some upsets in the playoffs (Y)

Sucks to see Patty miss more games.

He just can't stay healthy at all it seems...Is this the Chicago PG curse? :(
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Re: [19-33] Alternate Reality - Patty's Out...Again

Postby Andrew on Fri May 05, 2017 10:53 am

You're using a real Draft Class? Hey, then you can get Lonzo Ball! Enjoy dealing with virtual LaVar. :P
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Re: [19-33] Alternate Reality - Patty's Out...Again

Postby Valor on Mon May 15, 2017 3:59 pm

Andrew wrote:You're using a real Draft Class? Hey, then you can get Lonzo Ball! Enjoy dealing with virtual LaVar. :P

Here's hoping someone picks him first before I'll even get the chance to make that decision :facepalm2: :facepalm2: :facepalm2:
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Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Thunder’s Russell Westbrook Headline 2017 All Star Starters

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Posted Feb 6, 2017 7:49 PM ET

NEW YORK -- LeBron James (2,908,746) of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Russell Westbrook (2,803,903) of the Oklahoma City Thunder headline the list of 10 All Star starters selected by fans for the 2017 NBA All Star Game. James and Westbrook finished as the top vote getters in their conference.

In addition to James, the Eastern Conference All Star Starters also feature fellow Cleveland Cavalier guard Kyrie Irving (1,997,545), Washington Wizards guard John Wall (1,877,415), Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (1,971,671), and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (1,690,987).

In the Western Conference, Westbrook is joined in the backcourt by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (2,673,787), while the frontcourt features Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (2,393,053), San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2,147,812), and Los Angeles Clipper forward Blake Griffin (1,829,566).


Eastern Conference Starters
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks: A 10 time All Star, Anthony is averaging 20.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game for the Knicks. This would be Anthony’s 9th selection as a starter.

Paul George, Pacers: George is averaging 23.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game so far this season, and is rewarded with his fourth All Star appearance and his third as a starter.

Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers: If not for his teammate LeBron James, Irving would be squarely in the MVP conversation right now, as his 27.3 points and 7.9 assists averages have been a massive factor in the Cavs running away with the Eastern Conference. This marks the fourth time in six seasons Irving has been selected to the All Star game.

LeBron James, Cavaliers: The top overall vote getter and the leading scorer in All Star Game history (291 points), James has earned his 13th All-Star nod (all consecutive and all starts) in 14 seasons. The four-time Kia NBA MVP is set to become the fifth player in league history to start at least 13 All-Star Games, joining Kobe Bryant (15), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (13), Bob Cousy (13) and Michael Jordan (13).

John Wall, Wizards: An All-Star for the fourth straight year, the former number one overall pick is averaging 18.8 points, 9.0 assists, and an impressive career high 3.1 steals per game this season.


Western Conference Starters
Stephen Curry, Warriors: Leading the league at 28.6 points per game this season, the two-time reigning Kia NBA MVP has made the All-Star team for the fourth consecutive time and the fourth time overall, all as a starter.

Kevin Durant, Warriors: Moving to a new team doesn’t seem to have affected his popularity amongst fans, as Durant is now an eight-time All-Star (every season since 2009-10).

Blake Griffin, Clippers: This with make the sixth NBA All-Star selection for the high flying Clipper, who is averaging 21.3 points and 11.4 points per game this season.

Kawhi Leonard, Spurs: The two-time reigning Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year is a starter for the second year in a row after making his All-Star debut last season.

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: The two time NBA All-Star Game MVP and six time All Star has posted a league leading 17 triple-doubles so far this season, and is looking to become the first since Oscar Robertson (1961-62) to average a triple-double for the season.



Four First Time All Stars Headline Reserves For 2017 All Star Game

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Posted Feb 8, 2017 7:49 PM ET

NEW YORK -- First time All-Stars C.J McCollum of the Portland Trailblazers, Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons lead the list of 14 players selected by the NBA’s head coaches as reserves for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Joining McCollum and Hayward on the Western Conference reserves are McCollum’s Blazers teammate Damian Lillard, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.

In addition to Antetokounmpo and Jackson, the East reserves are Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Dwyane Wade of the Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, and Boston Celtics duo Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas.

As always, arguments will crop up around the players left out. In the Eastern Conference Pistons center Andre Drummond did not get picked despite impressive averages of 19.1 points and 14.2 rebounds per game; while the Cavaliers, who are running away with the Eastern Conference, did not get a third All-Star as Kevin Love (16.9 points, 11.5 rebounds) was omitted, as did Jimmy Butler (19.3 points, 2.6 steals) of the Chicago Bulls, who currently rank second in the conference.

In the Western Conference, the most notable omissions include Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans (23 points, 10.9 rebounds), Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timerwolves (20.4 points, 11.0 rebounds), and the league leader in both rebounds (15.0) and blocks (3.0) in DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.


Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks: A first-time All-Star, the 22-year-old is the first Milwaukee player selected to the All-Star Game since Michael Redd during the 2003-04 season.

Chris Bosh, Heat: Making his twelfth All-Star appearance, the Miami Heat big man has fought off health concerns from the past two seasons to average 20.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.

Al Horford, Celtics: This makes the third straight All-Star appearance (2015-17) for the new Boston Celtic, and fifth nod overall.

Reggie Jackson, Pistons: The first-time All-Star is third in the league in assists (9.3) while also averaging 18.3 points per game.

Kyle Lowry, Raptors: An All-Star for the third year in a row, Lowry is averaging career highs in both points (21.7) and steals (2.3) so far this season.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics: The 60th and final pick of the 2011 NBA Draft ranks fifth in the NBA in scoring with a career-high 25.6 points, helping him secure his second All-Star berth in a row.

Dwyane Wade, Bulls: The 13-time All-Star is enjoying a good first season in his hometown of Chicago, where his 18.9 points average is currently propelling the Bulls to the second seed in the Eastern Conference.


Western Conference All-Star Reserves

DeMarcus Cousins, Kings: Despite swirling trade rumors all season long, the Kings center has produced a solid 20.7 points and 10.3 rebounds en-route to his third consecutive All-Star nod.

Draymond Green, Warriors: An All-Star for the second straight season, the multi-talented Green has been showing off his versatility with averages of 13.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game this season for the league-best Warriors.

James Harden, Rockets: Harden’s five All-Star selections have all come in his five seasons with Houston.

Gordon Hayward, Jazz: Averaging career highs of 20.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.6 steals, Hayward is Utah’s first All-Star selection since Deron Williams in the 2010-11 season.

Damian Lillard, Trailblazers: The third time All-Star is averaging a career best 8.5 assists per game to go along with his 24.0 points average.

C.J. McCollum, Trailblazers: The NBA’s Most Improved Player of 2016, McCollum has again elevated his game to the next level by earning his first All-Star selection.

Chris Paul, Clippers: This marks the 10th All-Star selection for Paul, making him one of the 6 active players to have 10 or more selections in their careers.

The East and West All-Star coaches are determined by the best record in the conference. Golden State head coach Steve Kerr and his staff has earned the honor in the West, while the East coach has yet to be determined.

Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue is not eligible to coach the East All-Stars because he did so last year.

The East and West rosters for the 66th NBA All-Star Game are below.

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Minnesota’s Towns and four Sixers headline roster for 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

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Posted Feb 7, 2017 6:28 PM ET

NEW YORK -- The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, last season’s unanimous Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, and a record tying number of four participants from the Philadelphia 76ers, including number one overall pick Ben Simmons, highlight the list of 20 players selected by the league’s assistant coaches to play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 17 during NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans.

Philadelphia’s four participants match the Cleveland Cavaliers’ record in both 2013 and 1998.

Towns, who helped the U.S. Team defeat the World Team 157-154 in last year’s BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, is one of five NBA players averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season. The Stars Team also features Knicks Phenom Kristaps Porzingis, who is averaging just under 17 points and 10 rebounds this season, and the Sacramento Kings’ Malachi Richardson, who was a late inclusion after making heads turn in his recent NBA debut (and lone) game, finishing with 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in the Kings’ 132-86 rout of the Washington Wizards.

Joining Towns, Porzingis, and Richardson on the Stars Team are Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kris Dunn of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dario Saric of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Justise Winslow of the Miami Heat.

The Elites Team is anchored by number one overall pick Ben Simmons, who is the early favourite for the Rookie of the Year award, averaging 12.2 points, 8.7 rebounds (ties for most among rookies), and 4.7 assists per game. Simmons is joined on the team by his Philadelphia teammates in Joel Embiid (10.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Jahlil Okafor (18.8 ppg).

Rounding out the Elites are Bobby Portis of the Chicago Bulls, Boban Marjanovic of the Chicago Sharks, Norman Powell of the Seattle Supersonics, Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets, Brice Johnson of the Los Angeles Clippers, Wade Baldwin of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Buddy Hield of the hosts New Orleans Pelicans.

Below are the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge


Stars Roster
Devin Booker (Suns)
Jaylen Brown (Celtics)
Kris Dunn (Timberwolves)
Brandon Ingram (Lakers)
Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)
Malachi Richardson (Kings)
D’Angelo Russell (Lakers)
Dario Saric (76ers)
Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves)
Justise Winslow (Heat)


Elites Roster
Wade Baldwin (Grizzlies)
Joel Embiid (76ers)
Buddy Hield (Pelicans)
Brice Johnson (Clippers)
Boban Marjanovic (Sharks)
Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets)
Jahlil Okafor (76ers)
Bobby Portis (Bulls)
Norman Powell (Sonics)
Ben Simmons (76ers)


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New Three Point Champion to be Crowned as Thompson will not defend title

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Posted Feb 7, 2017 7:18 PM ET

NEW YORK -- With Defending Champion Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors announcing he will not defend his title, the JBL Three-Point Contest will have a new winner on All Star Saturday at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The six player field features Thompson’s All Star teammates in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, as well as the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers, and the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George.

Each participant ranks in the NBA’s top 15 in three-pointers made this season, including the league leader in Stephen Curry (206) and second place James Harden (198), Damian Lillard rounds out the top five on the list with the fourth most three-pointers made (178).

The players have one minute to shoot as many as the 25 balls as they can. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round.


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Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine Looks to Three-Peat in 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk

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Posted Feb 7, 2017 7:18 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Two time defending Slam Dunk Champion Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves will look to complete the first three-peat in NBA Slam Dunk Contest history on All-Star Saturday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

LaVine will be joined by the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon, last year’s runner-up who was narrowly edged to the title following a dazzling performance that included three consecutive perfect scores of 50. Rounding out the field of four contestants are rookie Marquese Chriss of the Phoenix Suns, and LaVine’s Timberwolves teammate Andrew Wiggins.

Verizon Slam Dunk is a two-round event in which the four participants can perform any dunk they choose without time limits. The players have a maximum of three attempts to complete each dunk in both the first round and the final round. Five judges score every dunk on a scale of 6 to 10, resulting in a high score of 50 and a low score of 30.

All four competitors get two dunks in the first round. The two players with the highest combined score for their two dunks advance to the head-to-head final round. The player with the highest combined score for his two dunks in the final round is crowned the champion.
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