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    We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
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    Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

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    Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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    Something to play for
    Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Winning isn't everything. Just ask Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

    "I could care less about winning or losing this game," Popovich said in the huddle Thursday night against Oklahoma City.

    What he meant to say was "couldn't care less" but you get the idea. When you have 962 career coaching wins, grammar mistakes are easy to overlook.

    And true to his word, Popovich and the first-place Spurs proceeded to lose, seemingly on purpose. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan both saw fewer than 30 minutes of action while Manu Ginobili watched in street clothes. The 106-94 OKC victory ended San Antonio's winning streak at 19 games.

    Of course, the Spurs have a luxury no other team has: a three-game lead in the Western Conference standings with six games to go. They could snooze through the rest of their schedule and still have home court advantage throughout the postseason.

    For teams like the Mavs, Knicks, Suns, Grizzlies and Hawks, the situation is quite a bit different. These squads are fighting for their playoff lives.

    There's no holding back in April. It's all or nothing.

    This win or go home concept is something Kobe Bryant is all too familiar with. Last season, the Lakers needed a late surge to overtake Houston and Utah for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

    With L.A.'s season hanging in the balance, head coach Mike D'Antoni relied on his superstar more than ever, keeping Bryant on the floor for 45.2 mpg in six April appearances. During that stretch, Bryant put up 30.5 ppg on 44.4 percent shooting. Only New York's Carmelo Anthony averaged more points during the month of April (36.9 ppg in eight contests).

    Al Jefferson's fantasy contributions last April were just as significant. He boosted his scoring average from 17.4 ppg to 21.5 during the final month while playing almost 35 mpg. Both of those were season-highs.

    Jefferson's huge month wasn't enough to lift Utah into the playoffs but it certainly gave fantasy owners an edge. The same could be said of Dirk Nowitzki's performance in 2012 when the Mavs snuck in with the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

    Like most great players, Nowitzki saved the best for last. His April heroics included 23.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg and a 94.7 free throw percentage in 36.5 mpg. Prior to that, Nowitzki had averaged 21.2 ppg in only 32.7 mpg.

    The list goes on. Goran Dragic, a relative unknown at the time, exploded for 18.9 ppg in April of 2012 while leading the Rockets to within two games of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

    Houston leaned on Dragic pretty heavily down the stretch, playing him 36.4 mpg in 14 April appearances. During that time, Dragic heaved up 13.7 field goals, five three-pointers and 5.4 free throws per game. Dragic's numbers are even more astounding when you compare them to his pre-April averages (9.8 ppg, 23.8 mpg, 7.8 FG, 2.5 3PT, 2.2 FT).

    Houston's playoff bid fell short in 2012 but Utah's did not. And for that, we have Paul Millsap to thank. Head coach Tyrone Corbin threw caution to the wind by letting Millsap play 37.2 mpg in April, a sizable increase from what he saw during the first four months of the season (31.8 mpg in 52 contests). The result was a season-high 18.3 ppg on 48 percent shooting.

    But that was two years ago. This season, Dallas is already feeling that sense of urgency. And so far, Nowitzki has been up to the task. With the Mavericks' playoff hopes hanging on by a thread, Nowitzki has put up 29.5 ppg in 37.5 mpg over his last two contests.

    More than any other month, April is when fantasy stars shine ... as long as there's a reason to.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

      Updated:

      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      Enter to win tickets to Nitro Jam

      The Great 38 is giving tickets to Nitro Jam. Enter below for your chance to win. More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | March 14-15 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun events happening in Tampa Bay this weekend! More>>

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year'

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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