Western Conference

Fantasy Focus: A New MVP

Raw statistics can’t describe the impact Kevin Durant has made in Oklahoma City this season. The 25-year-old small forward once again leads the league in scoring, has posted 19 double-doubles, two triple-doubles and has carried his team to 43 victories. 

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Lillard Retains Skills Competition Title

A finger roll from Trey Burke fell through the net just in time. The converted layup secured a victory for Burke and Portland guard Damian Lillard by one tenth of a second over Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo in the 2014 Skills Challenge. 

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Grizzlies Looking Forward to Break, Coming Back Healthy

After a trip to the Western Conference Finals last year, the 2013-14 campaign has been a rough journey for the Memphis Grizzlies. Coming into Wednesday nights tilt against the Orlando Magic, however, things had begun to turnaround for Dave Joerger‘s team as they’d won 13 out of their previous 17 games. With the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc …

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The Busiest Man at All-Star Weekend

There is no break at All-Star weekend for Portland point guard Damian Lillard. During a time when many NBA players are resting to prepare for the second half of the season, the reigning Rookie of the Year is trying to establish himself among the league’s elite. 

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2014 Rising Stars Mock Draft

By any measurement, Anthony Davis should have been selected an All-Star. Not only is New Orleans hosting the event in 2014, few players are producing at the massive rate of the 20-year-old power forward this season. 

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Waiver Watch: Team Contributors

Kevin Durant’s MVP caliber play has helped propel the Thunder to the best record in the NBA with Russell Westbrook recovering from a third knee surgery in seven months. A career-year from Serge Ibaka certainly has helped as well. 

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Snubs Immediately Make All-Star Case

Carrying a team believed to be destined for the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft into a possible post season berth in the rugged Western Conference wasn’t enough for Goran Dragic to earn his first career All-Star selection.

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Gallinari Out for the Entire Year

There will be no games played in the 2013-14 NBA season by Denver forward Danilo Gallinari. Nine months after undergoing surgery in his left knee to repair a torn meniscus, Gallinari needed a surgical procedure to reconstruct his ACL on Tuesday, keeping him out for the rest of the season. 

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Parker Moving Past the Controversy

A simple hand gesture carried more implications than Tony Parker ever intended. A month ago, the five-time All-Star point guard was photographed flashing the “quenelle” gesture, a French hand signal that is said to represent a reverse Nazi salute.

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Durant’s Scoring Binge Lifts Thunder

Golden State kept waiting for the scoring barrage to end. No matter where Kevin Durant was launching shots from, the result was the same, the ball ripped through the net, the Thunder would chalk up more points and the sellout crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena rumbled. 

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