Southwest Division

2013 Western Conference Finals Preview

Since selecting point guard Mike Conley with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Grizzlies have never wavered in believing he could become an elite player. That faith has been a critical component as the team reached the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. The story for both Memphis and Conley has been …

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Mavericks Long Overdue for a Shave

The Mavericks average 20,030 fans per game at the American Airlines Center, but the team is hoping one person in attendance will have a busy Thursday night. Fifty days after making a pact to not shave until the team returned to .500, Dallas has invited the barber of guard O.J. Mayo to tonight’s game against the Pacers.

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Defense Carries Houston to Key Win

On a night when their explosive offensive attack was lacking, Houston briefly turned into defensive stoppers. Over the game’s final 12 minutes, the Rockets controlled the paint, forced Golden State into contested looks and allowed just 12 points, their fewest in the fourth quarter all season.

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Memphis Hoping to Remain a Contender

Twenty days ago Memphis shipped away Rudy Gay, their star forward over the past seven plus seasons as part of a rebuilding effort. In a strictly financial deal, the Grizzlies saved $6 million in salary this season and $6 million in luxury taxes, freeing up cap space for the team to add some back court help in the offseason. 

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Facial Hair Can’t Cover Up Ugly Season

No amount of facial hair can cover up a disappointing 2012-13 season in Dallas. The Mavericks (21-28) have vowed not to shave again until they bring their record back to the .500 mark but a daunting task for a group surrendering 103 points per game, third most in the league. 

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Rockets Road Woes Continue

The NBA’s youngest team is on an unsustainable path to the post season. Houston has made an unexpected playoff push, surpassing the Rockets, Lakers and Timberwolves in the standings even with as the most turnover prone team in the league. 

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Hornets Look to End 11 Game Skid

New Orleans has grown accustomed to playing without the shooting guard it signed to a maximum contract just five months ago. Eric Gordon, the key piece the Hornets received in exchange for Chris Paul last year, has just played nine games since arriving in the Big Easy.

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Memphis Ready to Contend in the West

In the suddenly wide open Western Conference, Memphis is making its case as an elite team. After falling to the Clippers on opening night, the Grizzlies have won five straight, including a 104-86 drubbing of the Heat Sunday night. 

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2012 Season Preview- Southwest Division

There’s another set of star forwards than need to prove they can play well together. Unlike the Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire duo in New York, Memphis has experience playoff success with Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay on its roster. 

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Dallas Successfully Rebuilds on the Fly

Maybe the Mavericks failed to bring in the pair of All-Stars they meticulously cleared cap for, but the team quickly recovered to have a successful off-season. Dallas began the summer with aspirations to immediately restore itself as one of the top contenders, but after missing out on the bigger names available, it was restored as a contender, this season and …

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