Sheridan: Standing Behind My Harden MVP Vote, in Veteran Company

James Harden

I was one of 25 voters who chose James Harden as the NBA’s MVP, and I feel as strongly about my decision today as I did back when I cast my ballot the day after the season ended. As I said then, it was the toughest MVP vote I’ve ever been a part of. What was interesting to me Monday when the ballots were released was the ledger of other voters who went for Harden over Curry. I imagine you have

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Bernucca: Legacy of Clippers-Spurs: Change in Playoff Format?

Duncan Manu Parker

With about two minutes remaining in Saturday night’s Game 7 between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers and still no clear indication regarding which team was moving on and which team was going home, Tim Duncan gave himself a break from the magnitude of the moment and offered some candid perspective. The All-Star forward and face of one of the handful of NBA dynasties approached Doc Rivers, who was in his 12th Game 7 as a coach. With one

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Hubbard: Good choices turn bad for the Mavericks

mark-cuban

In the four years since their unlikely 2010-11 championship season, the Mavericks have made the playoffs three times, missed them once, but have not advanced past the first round. In those three playoff series, they have a 4-12 record. That record has made them the poster children for second-guessers because after winning the title, owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson decided to gamble on greatness rather than being deluded by a perfect storm. The criticism of the Mavericks – particularly

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Kamenetzky: Chris Paul Silences His Haters, Once and for all

CP3

LOS ANGELES — No NBA star has spent this season in the “put up or shut up” crosshairs more than Chris Paul. Among fans and media, the overriding narrative has been that of an hourglass quickly losing sand when it comes to accolades butting up against a limited playoff resume. It seemingly no longer matters that Paul is certainly still among the best guards — “point” or otherwise — in the NBA. It no longer matters if the second half of

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Scotto: Mikhail Prokhorov’s Midlife Crisis

Mikhail Prokhorov

BROOKLYN – Mikhail Prokhorov will reportedly be in Turkey on Sunday celebrating his 50th birthday with legions of $20,000 models hoping to console him after his American playtoy’s season came to a crashing halt at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 Friday night. So what does the unabashed playboy do with this broken playtoy? A little more than five years ago, Prokhorov vowed to bring a championship to Brooklyn or get married if that didn’t happen within five years. Now,

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SheridanHoops Top 50 Free Agents of 2015 — May 1 Edition

LaMarcus Aldridge

Twenty teams already are into their offseason and will be joined by two more this weekend. That means those teams already are looking at a free agent market that will be the last as we have come to know it. The projected salary cap for teams this summer is $67.1 million with a projected tax line of $81.6 million. The cap is rising more than 6 percent from last summer’s $63.065 million, which is actually a smaller increase than the jump

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The Curious Case of Paul Millsap’s Home-Road Splits Are Getting More Complicated

Paul Millsap

Through the first five games of the NBA playoffs, Paul Millsap has attempted 17 3-pointers and has hit on eight of them. With each shot, Millsap’s confidence from long range has grown.  That confidence is well warranted. Since signing with the Hawks in the summer of 2013, Millsap has become an entirely different player in approach and efficiency. Once an undersized bruiser bounded to the paint and midrange in Utah, Millsap has evolved into an analytics-savvy stretch forward equipped with the grit and toughness that guided him to the NBA in the

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