Western Conference

Fantasy Focus: McCollum Locking Up Most Improved Player

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Portland continues to defy the odds as C.J. McCollum hones in on the Most Improved Player in the League award. After four of the five starters from a season ago all defected in free agency, or were traded away, the team expected to begin a massive rebuilding effort by elevating the roles of its young talent. The most vital piece was …

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Waiver Watch: Pelicans Shut Davis Down

Players mill around the field after half of the lights went out during the third quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013.  REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (UNITED STATES  - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A shoulder injury may cost Anthony Davis much more than the final 13 games of the regular season. With New Orleans essentially eliminated from post season contention, the team decided to have Davis undergo a pair of surgeries — one on his left knee and another to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an injury Davis revealed he has …

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Fantasy Focus: Leonard Delivering in Primetime

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  As the top two teams in the NBA clashed in a nationally televised game Saturday night, Kawhi Leonard emerged as the most complete player on the court. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year sparked the Spurs to an 87-79 victory over Golden State by dominating on both ends of the floor. Leonard earned his first career All-Star nomination …

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Fantasy Focus: No Answers Exist for Curry

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The long range shooting record continue to fall anytime Stephen Curry steps onto the court. Two nights after setting the NBA record for most consecutive games with a 3-point field goal — a streak extended to 129 games Saturday night — Curry took aim at another pair of 3-point shooting records in Oklahoma City. Despite sitting out for more than five minutes …

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Curry Rips Orlando for 51 Points

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There was simply too much time left on the clock for the Magic to stop Stephen Curry. As the third quarter was coming to a close, just four seconds remained when Orlando forward Ersan Ilyasova drew a foul on Anderson Varejao. After Ilyasova converted both free throw attempts, the inbound pass immediately went into the hands of the leading scorer in …

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Curry Sets Consecutive Games Mark for 3-Point Field Goals

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Not even four seconds ticked off the shot clock before Stephen Curry was able to sprint down the floor and answer a made bucket by the Magic. Once he crossed he half court line, all he needed was just three dribbles, a step back and he launched a shot from 26 feet out. The ball ripped through the net, marking the …

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Davis Shatters Franchise Scoring Record

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Any grandiose expectations levied on Anthony Davis were fulfilled Sunday afternoon. As the rest of the starting lineup in New Orleans combined to score just 19 points, Davis lifted the team to its fourth victory in the last five games and obliterating the franchise scoring record in the process. The Pelicans captured a 111-106 victory as Davis directly impacted 61.3 percent …

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Lillard Erupts for 51 Points on Golden State

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Damian Lillard gave Golden State a new reason to rest its starters in the fourth quarter. During his first game back on the court since being snubbed from the 2016 Western Conference All-Star team, Lillard roasted Stephen Curry, putting the game so far out of reach the Warriors didn’t bother to play him in the fourth quarter. Prior to Friday …

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Catching Up with Zaza Pachulia

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Zaza Pachulia nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NBA All-Star history. With support from his home country of Georgia, as the president helped gain support for Pachulia’s All-Star campaign, along with a savvy social media strategy, the 13-year NBA veteran collected 768,112 votes, fourth most among Western Conference front court players. Just seven months ago, Milwaukee shipped Pachulia …

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Westbrook Claims MVP Honors at All-Star Game

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For 48 minutes as the premier players in the NBA exhibited matador defense, selecting a player to take home MVP honors proved to be a difficult task. Even Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, the 2015 All-Star Game MVP, was unsure of which player would receive the award following a 196-173 victory for the Western Conference. Turns out, Westbrook’s 31 …

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