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Lou Williams Named NBA's Sixth Man Of The Year

Apr 20, 2015 12:42 PM

Lou Williams has been named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year.

Isaiah Thomas finished second, followed by Jamal Crawford.

The Toronto Raptors acquired Williams from the Atlanta Hawks last offseason.

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DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook Win Player Of The Month For April

Apr 17, 2015 7:08 PM

DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for April.

DeRozan had a PER of 24.1 in April, while Westbrook's 28.3 ranked sixth in the Western Conference.

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Brad Stevens, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month For April

Apr 16, 2015 3:22 PM

Brad Stevens and Doc Rivers have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for April.

Stevens helped lead the Boston Celtics to a playoff berth in what was considered a probable rebuilding year.

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Hassan Whiteside Eligible For Most Improved Player Of The Year

Apr 10, 2015 3:16 PM

Hassan Whiteside will be eligible for Most Improved Player of the Year consideration.

Whiteside was previously uncertain if he qualified for it.

The NBA clarified to the Sun Sentinel, "The only players who are not eligible are rookies and first-year players."

The ballot reads: "This award is designed to honor an up-and-coming player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons. It is not intended to be given to a player who has made a 'comeback.' Please vote for three players. Five points will be awarded for a first place vote, three for second and one for third."

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Tags: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Award

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Kerr: Curry Never Talks About MVP Race, But Better Believe He Wants It

Apr 10, 2015 10:59 AM

Stephen Curry scored 45 points, including 15 in the final 5:16 in the Golden State Warriors' win over the Portland Trail Blazers to boost his MVP candidacy.

"Nothing left to say, except he's the MVP," said Steve Kerr. "He never talks about it, but you better believe he wants it."

Curry also broke his own NBA single-season record for three-pointers as he has 276 and counting.

Curry is aware of the constant MVP chatter but said he forces it out of his head when the game begins.

"Finally played a fourth quarter, so I wanted to get out there and make some plays," said Curry.

"He's our MVP," teammate Klay Thompson said, "and he should be for the league because he does it on a nightly basis and he's at his best at crunch time."

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Brook Lopez, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Apr 6, 2015 3:20 PM

Brook Lopez and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Lopez led the Nets to a 3-1 week, averaging 20.8 ppg on 59.4 percent shooting, 10.3 rpg and 2.0 bpg in 36.0 mpg. He posted two double-doubles and one 30-point game during his most recent four-game stretch. Lopez also won the award last week.

Harden averaged 36.8 points per game last week.

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Curry 'Surprised' Mark Jackson Prefers Harden For MVP

Apr 3, 2015 8:32 PM

Stephen Curry was surprised that Mark Jackson endorsed James Harden for MVP over him in comments on the radio this week.

Jackson coached Curry for three seasons with the Warriors.

"It's his opinion obviously," Curry said. "He's probably been watching the league. People are going to ask what he thinks, especially his ties to the Warriors organization and myself specifically. Surprised me he said that. But, it is what it is."

Curry had been vocally supportive of Jackson prior to the coach's dismissal last offseason, something he referenced on Friday.

"Obviously I wasn't shy about trying to defend him last year when things were rumbling outside of our locker room," Curry said. "But for him to ... it's kind of a different situation, but it is surprising that he didn't."

Curry was asked if Jackson endorsing Harden hurt his feelings.

"It was surprising. It didn't really hurt my feelings because it's not like he was actually casting a vote officially, but it was just very surprising."

Curry is currently projected to win the MVP.

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Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic Named Rookies Of The Month

Apr 3, 2015 8:14 PM

Jordan Clarkson and Nikola Mirotic have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for March.

Clarkson ranked third among rookies -- and first on the Lakers -- in scoring (15.8 ppg), second in assists (5.2 apg) and sixth in rebounding (4.8 rpg) in 16 starts. 

Mirotic led all rookies and the Bulls in scoring (20.8 ppg) for the month while ranking second among rookies in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and blocks (1.2 bpg). 

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month

Apr 3, 2015 8:11 PM

LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for March.

James lifted the Cavaliers to an East-best 11-4 record in March by leading the conference in scoring (24.7 ppg), ranking fourth in assists (7.3 apg), finishing sixth in steals (1.73 spg) and adding 6.3 rebounds. 

Westbrook averaged an NBA-high 30.9 points, was second in both assists (10.2 apg) and steals (2.5 spg), and contributed 8.5 rebounds (12th in the West) to lead Oklahoma City to a 10-5 month. 

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Russell Westbrook Eyes NBA's Citizenship Award

Apr 1, 2015 12:25 PM

Russell Westbrook has put up MVP-caliber numbers one season after teammate Kevin Durant won the award, but he's had his eye on another award.

“It’s been one of my main goals all season,” said Westbrook of the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. “I want it.” 

Lee Jenkins writes that the change in Westbrook when away from cameras and tape recorders is significant.

“People who don’t know me probably think I’m mad all the time, and with the way I play, they have a point,” he says. “But I’m not Angry Man off the court. I’m a laid-back chill guy.”  

Westbrook plays with a manic energy and it comes from his approach to the game.

“There are many times throughout a season that you may not feel like playing,” says Westbrook. “You may not want to play on this night, or against this team. But I don’t feel that way. This is one of the best jobs in the world, and you never know how long you’ll be able to do it—how long you’ll be able to run like this and jump like this. So I go for it. I go for it every time. It may look angry, but it’s the only way I know.”

Westbrook has had to take on a bigger role with Durant out for most of the season.

“He plays with a rage that ignites this whole team, this whole arena,” said Durant.

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Stephen Curry, Brook Lopez Named NBA Players Of The Week
Stephen Curry averaged 30.0 points and 8.0 assists, and connected on 24-of-38 three-point field goals (63.2 percent).

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Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul Named NBA Players Of Week
Dwyane Wade led the Heat to a 3-1 week.

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