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Steph Curry Named NBA's 2014-15 MVP

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • May 4, 2015, 11:56 AM

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With the kind of playoffs performance Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is having, it’s easy to forget how good he was in the regular season. He averaged 23.8 points, 7.7 assist, and 4.3 rebounds in 2014-15, and he led the Warriors to a franchise-best 67 wins. He also hit 286 threes, which set a new NBA record. (The previous record holder? Steph Curry, when he made 272 in 2012-13.)

That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Curry’s accomplishments this season. And for all of it, today he was named the NBA’s 2014-15 Most Valuable Player.
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Andrew Wiggins Named 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • May 1, 2015, 2:53 PM

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The Minnesota Timberwolves had a brutal 2014-15 season, posting an NBA-worst record of 16-66. But there was one very bright spot in Minneapolis: Andrew Wiggins. The first-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft played all 82 games for the Wolves (after being traded by the Cavaliers before the start of the season) and averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 boards a game. And at the age of 19, Wiggins was a team leader in a locker room decimated by injuries.

Yesterday, his sterling debut season earned him Rookie of the Year honors. He received 110 first-place votes from the 124 sportswriters and broadcasters on the award panel. Nikola Mirotic of the Bulls was second with 14 first-place votes.

Wiggins the only Timberwolves player to win the award.
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Steph Curry Has Playoff-Defining Night in New Orleans

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 24, 2015, 11:31 AM

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The Golden State Warriors headed to New Orleans up 2-0 in their series against the Pelicans. But in last night’s Game 3, the Pelicans put their series deficit aside and showed the Warriors they weren’t out of it. Not yet.

Heading into the fourth quarter, New Orleans had a 20-point lead on the best team in the league. It looked like the Pelicans had the game in their beaks.

But Warriors star Steph Curry wasn’t about to throw in the towel.
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2015 NBA Playoffs: Opening Round Preview

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  • Lauren Shute
  • April 17, 2015, 6:10 PM

The long regular NBA season is over, which means two things: First, no more tanking! And second, the real quest for the NBA Championship is here. The NBA playoffs begin on Saturday, and there are plenty of storylines to carry us through the also-long postseason.

Can the San Antonio Spurs repeat as champs? Can they even make it out of a Western Conference that find two other Texas teams (Houston and Dallas) looking for championship glory? Will the Pelicans play spoiler after squeaking in on the last day of the season? How does LeBron James’ return season to Cleveland end: with a title, or a whimper?

All that and more begins this weekend. And we have our predictions on what teams make it out of the first round!

Western Conference 

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Golden State over New Orleans in 6: As expected, Anthony Davis has had an incredible second season. But his presence may not be enough to hold off the firepower of Klay Thompson and MVP candidate Stephen Curry in this first round matchup. With the third and fourth best 3-point percentage in the league, it’s going to be tough for not only the Pelicans to stop them, but anyone else from the West.   
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Threepeat! UConn Tops Notre Dame for Third Straight National Championship!

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The women's basketball championship game will have a familiar feel to it with UConn and Notre Dame playing for a title for the second straight year.

Unlike last season's game when much of the conversation building up to the matchup of undefeated teams was about the frosty relationship between Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw. This year there is much friendlier attitude between the coaches and their teams, despite the rivals once again meeting on the game's biggest stage.

A win for the Huskies on Tuesday night would be a third straight title for UConn and 10th overall for Auriemma. That would tie him with UCLA men's coach John Wooden for the most all-time in college basketball.
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Ray Allen is the Ultimate Sneakerhead

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 7, 2015, 4:00 PM

Collecting sneakers has become a huge hobby and a big business in the US and around the world. And if Ray Allen’s Instagram feed is any indication, the NBA star is one of the biggest sneakerheads around.
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Check Out Duke’s Championship Bling

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 7, 2015, 11:17 AM

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Well that didn’t take long. The confetti had barely stopped falling in Indianapolis after Duke defeated Wisconsin to win the 2015 Men’s Basketball National Championship when we got our first look at the hardware players and coaches will receive. And it sure is sparkly.

The title rings were revealed on the March Madness Twitter account early this morning. They’ll be created by the company Jostens using logos and personalized touches on the sides. Oh, and diamonds. Lots and lots of diamonds.

Take a look. But maybe wear a pair of sunglasses when you do:
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