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The Baseline: Trouble in the West? Is Vaughn out in Orlando and NBA Power Rankings

The NFL season is a thing of the past and  NBA basketball is ready to take center stage in the sports world. The association is always number one in our hearts on The Baseline and we’re here to bring you another jam-packed episode. On this week’s show:

  • Kirk Henderson from SB Nation from Mavs Money Ball joins to help us look further into why the Mavericks and their latest acquisition Rajon Rondo have not looked as offensively prolific as every one was predicting they’d be. Kirk weighs-in on Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and other Mavs as he discusses if their roster is structured for a deep playoff run.
  • The Blazers & Rockets are battling injuries with LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard. Can these potential western conference powerhouses continue to deliver the good despite adversity? What about the Oklahoma City Thunder? Can Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook get them on track or does a move like a trade for Brook Lopez need to be made?
  • We also give you follow-up and fall out from the All-Star reserves line up selection as DeMarcus Cousins gets in and Damian Lillard get left in the cold.
  • In Orlando there have been reports that Jacque Vaughn is sitting on the proverbial “hot seat” with expectations that he may not last the rest of this season. What has gone wrong in the ‘City Beautiful’? Talent is on the roster with players like Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic but it isn’t translating into win.
  • We also look at all 30 teams with the ShawSports.net power rankings. Where do teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers sit amongst the NBA elite as LeBron James begins to heat up. How far up the totem pole does a team like the Atlanta Hawks (who went undefeated in the month of January) go in the rankings?
  • Pau Gasol and Kevin Love returned to their former teams…how were they both received?
  • Dwyane Wade on the mend again and he’s joined by Vince Carter and Thabo Sefolosha. How will their respective teams manage in their absences?

We give you the full hundred on this edition of The Baseline.

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