Sprung: Kyle Lowry is the Early Eastern Conference MVP

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The Eastern Conference’s leader in Win Shares signed a highly publicized free agent contract this past offseason with the East’s best team. That player is not LeBron James but Kyle Lowry, the undisputed leader of the Toronto Raptors. And it is Toronto – not Cleveland – which has the East’s best record at 18-6. Lowry and the Raptors are 5-3 without All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, who injured his groin the day after Thanksgiving in a loss to Dallas. SheridanHoops went one-on-one with Raptors

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition III; Prince William sees LeBron

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The Prince will go see the King tonight in Brooklyn, and William should see a show from LeBron. The biggest Brit of them all should also take a look at the baseline photographers to see something else that is a freak show: The shutterbugs will be all spiffed up. Word was passed along to the fotogs last week that jeans and sneakers will not be tolerated if they plan to take their usual cross-legged seats along the baseline for Monday night’s

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Jimmy Butler emerges as NBA’s most improved player

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Not a single SheridanHoops staff member picked Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler to win this year’s Most Improved Player award, but nearly a quarter of the way through this season, Butler would appear the runaway winner. The Marquette product scored at least 20 points in a game just five times a season ago, but has reached that number eight times in his last nine games including a 26-point, five assist performance in Sunday’s win over Brooklyn. Butler says his confidence and

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SH Blog: Westbrook electric in return as Thunder begin long climb toward playoffs; Stoudemire rips Knicks’ effort

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Russell Westbrook is back and possibly better than ever, and now the long climb officially begins for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they attempt to re-insert themselves as a contender in the loaded Western Conference. In Friday night’s 105-78 home rout over the Knicks, Westbrook put up 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 24 minutes — making him the first player in the shot-clock era to score at least 32 points and eight assists in a timeframe that short.

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings; Edition II: Headline Porn For Cuban Indeed

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So Mark Cuban wants to move his Mavericks, the Spurs, the Rockets and the Pelicans to the Eastern Conference, replacing them in the West with the Bucks, the Bulls, the Pacers and the Pistons. And as he predicted after making that suggestion to New York and Dallas reporters as he did one of his StairMaster workouts Wednesday night, his idea will turn into “headline porn.” As a publisher, I get what he means. If I publish “The 10 Hottest NBA Cheerleaders” it

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