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BREAKING: The secret ingredient to Steve Novak's shooting is cheese.

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Not pictured: Giant wheel of cheddar sitting courtside.(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Not pictured: Giant wheel of cheddar sitting courtside.(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Walt Frazier mentioned in passing several games ago that Steve Novak likes cheese. I assumed this was an allusion to the fact that Steve grew up in Wisconsin-- "The Queso State"-- but it now sounds like it's more than just a regional stereotype. Mike D'Antoni, speaking to Jared Zwerling, seconded the notion:

D'Antoni joked that cheese -- yes, cheese -- was the reason for his recent shooting surge, as he's connected on 41 of 86 3-pointers (47.7 percent) since Feb. 6, including five threes Wednesday night in a 120-103 rout over the Cavaliers.

"I don't know. I hear he eats a lot of cheese," D'Antoni said, smiling. "I have no idea."

1. Hmm. That's only 90-ish miles from Steve's hometown.

2. By this logic, I should be one of the greatest shooters of all time.

3. If Toney Douglas's Gatorade isn't spiked with melted Gouda by now, then somebody's being irresponsible.

4. Novolone? Nah, nevermind.