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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Western Conference Playoff Preview Snapshots

Western Conference

This is what we have been waiting for since Halloween. The strength of the Western Conference was as good as advertised and has provided a first round of playoffs that should have NBA fans salivating. The best series appears to be the Los Angeles Clippers vs. the San Antonio Spurs, whom you could argue were two of the league’s three best teams coming down the stretch. And approximately two weeks from now, one of those teams will be headed to its offseason,

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SH Blog: West, East playoff races bring winner-take-all drama to final day

Anthony Davis

The NBA regular season ends tomorrow, and as of now — even with most teams having played 81 of their 82 games — not a single first-round matchup is locked in. It’s an incredibly rare situation that promises to bring loads of drama both Tuesday night and especially Wednesday night, as the 2014-15 slate comes to a close. In the West, the complex playoff picture was reasonably summed up in one tweet on Tuesday morning from San Antonio’s star guard Manu Ginobili: So,

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Brooklyn Nets lose control of their playoff hopes

Joe Johnson face Game 2

BROOKLYN – A string of poor play may cost the Brooklyn Nets a playoff spot in the pathetic Eastern Conference. Their inability over the last several games – and throughout the season as a whole – to consistently beat winning teams could end up being the back-breaker for this ballclub. Despite being without Joakim Noah, the Chicago Bulls outscored the Nets 30-15 in the third quarter and ran away with a 113-86 laugher that cost Brooklyn the eighth spot in the East,

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PODCAST: Changing the format of the NBA Playoffs

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Adam Silver has been commissioner of the NBA for 14 months now. He has been forceful on one issue — the lifetime suspension of Donald Sterling, which led to the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to billionaire Steve Ballmer. It is time for Silver to stand a stand again, and this time it has to do with reformatting the playoffs. I wrote an open letter to Silver about this very issue less than a month ago, and it is certain to

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