Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards — Southwest Division

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No division in the NBA was more competitive last season than the Southwest. Every team made the playoffs, and the division champion was not decided until the final night of the season. Now, with the summer signing season all but complete, the division appears as though it will be as competitive in the upcoming season as it was in 2014-15. The San Antonio Spurs have added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West, the Houston Rockets have added Ty Lawson, the New Orleans Pelicans

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Bernucca: 2015 NBA Draft Trade Grades

Billy King

As many predicted, there was no shortage of trades at the 2015 NBA draft. There just weren’t any big ones. We were all hoping for a blockbuster like DeMarcus Cousins to the Los Angeles Lakers or the Toronto Raptors detonating their roster. Instead, we may have to wait for the powderkeg of Kings training camp, when George Karl first asks Cousins to show harder on a pick-and-roll. We even would have settled for a team such as the Celtics or Hawks taking

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SH Blog: Williams interested in return to Cleveland, Gasol expected to remain in Memphis: Green enjoying championship parade in Oakland

M-Gasol

With a 52-point game notched on his belt earlier this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a familiar face is interested in coming back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, free agent guard Mo Williams is willing to come back to Cleveland, where he made his only All-Star appearance in 2009: Soon-to-be unrestricted free agent point guard Mo Williams is “more than interested” in making a return to Cleveland, sources close to the guard informed

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Mock Draft 3.0 — Picks 21-30

TyusJones

21. Dallas Mavericks – Tyus Jones, PG, Duke If you watched any of Duke’s tournament games, you could see how big of an impact Jones had as a true freshman. Jones is a throwback PG that creates great scoring opportunities for his teammates, but he also has the ability to hit the big shot or convert when he’s open, sort of like Chris Paul. While Jones is not big, he has tons of heart and is a true leader. In a point guard-driven league, especially

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Rising Stock: Biggest Surprise Performers of NBA Postseason

Courtney Lee

Over the weekend, we saw a trio of buzzer-beaters from Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce and LeBron James win NBA playoff games. All three were certainly fantastic moments that ended intense, exciting postseason games. But before we get too excited about them, let’s consider these two factors. 1. The shots by Rose and Pierce were lucky. Yes, lucky. The next NBA player who actually tries to bank in a straightaway shot will be the first. Was some experience and skill involved in finding

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Tweet of the Night: Players react to Mike Conley’s gutsy performance against the Warriors in Game 2

Mike Conley

It was not a certainty that Mike Conley would be available for Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors after missing the past 10 days of action due to multiple facial fractures suffered during the first round of the playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers. Conley did play on Tuesday with a fitted mask, and his presence was enough to help the Memphis Grizzlies tie the series 1-1 heading back home for Saturday’s contest. The point guard helped dictate the pace of

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Tweet of the Night: Marreese Speights reacts to Memphis Grizzlies moving past the first round of the playoffs

Marreese Speights

The Memphis Grizzlies finished off the shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers 4-1 on Wednesday, which means Marc Gasol and company will face the red hot Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the conference semifinals on Sunday. The Warriors beat the Grizzlies 2-1 in the regular season. More importantly, Mike Conley suffered multiple facial fractures in Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs. The point guard, who was on hand during TNT’s broadcast of Game 5, said during a

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