Shanoff's WUC: Greene, OKC, Kobe-LeBron, ACC

Today's Calls: Reggie Bush vs. Shonn Greene, Kevin Durant vs. Kobe-LeBron, Duke vs. UNC, Jim Harbaugh vs. Al Davis, Joel Pineiro vs. John Lackey, CBS vs. Tim Tebow, Tiger Woods vs. Sex Addiction and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: In honor of Kobe vs. LeBron tonight, let's talk about some of the morning's best matchups. ↵

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↵• Kobe vs. LeBron: Who's the NBA's real MVP? (Um: Durant.) ↵

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↵Reggie Bush vs. Shonn Greene: Bigger playoff breakout? (Hold 'til Monday.) ↵

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↵• Duke vs. UNC: More deflating loss last night? (UNC, 3rd in a row.) ↵

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↵• Tim Tebow vs. CBS: Super Bowl ad a big deal? (Not really.) ↵

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↵• Tiger vs. Sex addiction: Help his image? (At least he's trying.) ↵

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↵More on those -- and a lot more -- after the jump. ↵NFL Conf Champ Week: No offense to Percy Harvin, but is Shonn Greene the NFL's real Offensive Rookie of the Year? Greene has been the X-factor in the Jets' offense. ↵

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↵Speaking of RBs: Everyone talks about the Saints' passing attack behind Brees, but in the backfield -- especially now that Reggie Bush seems to have found his stride -- the Saints are loaded. ↵

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↵Picks: SN's Vinnie Iyer says "Saints-Colts." (My picks coming tomorrow.) ↵

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↵NBA Talking Points: ↵

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↵• Why was Kevin Durant my Midseason MVP? Last night provided good symbolism: Durant was individually brilliant (31 and 10) AND the Thunder topped their entire win total from last season. ↵

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↵• NBA Finals Preview: Kobe vs. LeBron tonight, with the best game of the season's 2nd half coming immediately. Yeah, yeah: Probable preview of the NBA Finals ... who wins this game is meaningless. It's just posturing. ↵ ↵

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↵The story line of the 2nd half? Trades. Who deals to win now, who finds pieces to lure free agents next summer and who is just trying to dump salary. ↵

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↵CBB Mania: I'm tempted to write off NC State upsetting Duke as simply a highly motivated underdog taking advantage of a sleepy in-state rival not taking the game seriously enough. But I also want to flag this as a data point to justify Duke not getting out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. ↵

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↵Speaking of not making the Sweet 16 this year: Um, UNC? ↵

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↵Big win for G'town over Pitt at Pitt. And a big game for Chris Wright. (DeCourcy's a fan.) ↵

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↵Be sure to check out DeCourcy's mid-term grades for college hoops. (But Mike: No love for Northwestern? Make up for the preseason pick of UNC to the Final Four by giving the Wildcats at least a solid B+ for staying in the conversation for March.) ↵

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↵NFL Coaching Carousel: Jim Harbaugh, to his credit, wants nothing to do with the Raiders' mess. (Per Cook, is Harbaugh waiting on RichRod's failure at Michigan?) ↵

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↵MLB Hot Stove: Joel Pineiro is the Angels' replacement for John Lackey. (Or maybe that's "replacement.") ↵

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↵MLB Good Read: The Red Sox had a better offseason than the Yankees, says Stan McNeal. ↵

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↵Super Bowl Ads: CBS has approved the ad from Focus on the Family featuring Tim Tebow. (Check out an extended take over at TimTeblog.com. Work in progress.) ↵

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↵Pop Culture: Speaking of Tebow, his rumored former girlfriend, Janell Wheeler, was on "American Idol" last night (and apparently does pretty well for herself). ↵

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↵Tweet of the Day from Rockets GM Daryl Morey (@dmorey), scouting the UNC-Wake game in Chapel Hill: "UNC has smart seating rules I am learning.1 is if your team leaders R from UK/Duke&you have not drafted a TarHeel, BobUecker has better seat" ↵

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↵The Last Word: Tiger in sex rehab?! Oh, wait: We covered this a week ago. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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