• ESPN analyst and former coach Jeff Van Gundy predicts that Houston, led by Dwight Howard and James Harden, will win the NBA title, but can the Rockets beat Portland, San Antonio and Oklahoma City to win the Western Conference?
• The Warriors have had a fabulous season, but can they stop the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in their first-round series that starts Saturday?
• Speaking of the playoffs, who doesn’t want to see the Thunder play the Spurs in the conference finals in a battle of contrasting styles?
• The Thunder’s Kevin Durant averaged 32.0 points and scored more than 25 in 41 consecutive games, so why is the NBA even bothering with an MVP vote?
• CBS Sports’ Ken Berger didn’t include the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins on his all-NBA teams, but didn’t Cousins have a better season than the Bobcats’ Al Jefferson, Berger’s choice for third-team center?
• When 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith allegedly told police at LAX that he had a bomb, was your first reaction, “What a dumb (fill-in the blank)?”
• The 49ers are shopping LaMichael James, but is there a market for a running back who had just 12 carries last season?
• With Matt Schaub expected to be the starting quarterback, will the Raiders trade the No. 5 pick and move down in next month’s NFL draft?
• Now that Atlanta has landed a Major League Soccer expansion team, can Sacramento beat out Minnesota and St. Louis in the next few years for the 24th spot in the league?
• The Giants and A’s entered the weekend in first place, so is it too early to start getting excited about a Bay Bridge World Series?
– Tom Couzens
Who will win the NBA championship ?
• Oklahoma City
• San Antonio
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What should the 49ers do about Aldon Smith ?
• Cut him before the 2014 season: 29%
• Make him sit out a season: 27%
• Give him another chance, let him play: 44%
Total votes: 208