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April 23, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA's most improved player, the league announced Wednesday. Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes. The runner-up was Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who had 13 first-place votes and 158 total points. New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis finished third with 16 first-place votes and 155 points. Dragic, who entered the season with a career scoring average of 9.5 points a game, improved to a career-best 20.3 a game.
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SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan came in fifth for the NBA's most improved player award announced Wednesday by the league, and Blake Griffin was seventh. Jordan, who had a career-best season that included averages of a career-high 10.4 points and an NBA-best 13.6 rebounds per game, had four first-place votes and 66 total. Jordan came in third in voting for the NBA's defensive player of the year award. Griffin, who averaged a career-high 24.1 points per game, had six first-place votes and 39 total.
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April 23, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Wednesday, the NBA announced Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was selected as the league's most improved player this season. Lakers guard Jodie Meeks was recognized in the voting, albeit with a single second-place vote, tying for 20th place. With Kobe Bryant playing just six games this past season with Achilles' and knee injuries, Meeks made the most of his opportunity to start 77 games for the Lakers. Meeks averaged 15.7 points per game while shooting 46.3% from the field and 40.1% from three-point range.
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April 22, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Gregg Popovich has become just the third person ever to be named the NBA coach of the year three times. Popovich, who coached the San Antonio Spurs to a league-best 62-20 record, joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley in that elite group. He also won the honor in 2003 and 2012. The Spurs have won at least 50 games in 16 of Popovich's 18 seasons at the helm, including the last 15 straight. Phoenix's Jeff Hornacek was runner-up in the voting and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau finished third.
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April 22, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kentucky forward Julius Randle has declared for the NBA draft. "I've been blessed and fortunate to be put in a position to have to have decisions. A big decision for me is whether to declare for the NBA draft or not," Randle said in a press conference on Tuesday. "Talking with my family, a lot of prayer, I'm deciding to declare for the NBA draft. " Randle, 19, is a physical power forward who helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA finals, where they ultimately fell to the Connecticut Huskies.
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April 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Joakim Noah will join Michael Jordan as the only Chicago Bulls players to win the NBA's defensive player of the year award, the Associated Press reported. The official announcement of the award is expected to come from the Bulls at a 2 p.m. PDT news conference. Jordan won the honor in 1988. The award comes for Noah after a season in which he emerged as an offensive force after primarily being known for his defense and rebounding. However, even as he has become an offensive focal point for the Bulls, Noah remains their defensive anchor, averaging 1.5 blocked shots a game and creating havoc by rotating onto smaller players in pick-and-roll situations.
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April 20, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The NBA issued a statement Sunday that said Clippers point guard Chris Paul was fouled by Golden State forward Draymond Green when he lost control of the ball and should have been awarded two free throws during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series Saturday at Staples Center. “Just prior to the ball going out of bounds, Paul was fouled by Green and Paul should have been granted two free throws,” the NBA statement said. “Contact preceding out of bounds calls is not a reviewable matter.” For the Clippers, it was too little, too late to hear that the league office was being transparent about its officials missing a call during Los Angeles' 109-105 loss to Golden State.
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April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The six brothers and sisters, with a gap of 31 years from eldest to youngest, gathered in the winter near the first anniversary of their father's death to discuss some problems about the family business. It's also the city's treasured sports team - the Lakers. The team was nose-diving in the standings, losing the interest of fans, and grinding toward its worst season since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960. So Jeanie Buss posed an elementary question to her siblings: What was going on with the Lakers?
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
1. INDIANA 56-26 (Home: 35-6; Road: 21-20) vs. 8. ATLANTA 38-44 (Home: 24-17; Road: 14-27) Season series: Tied, 2-2. Key stat: Even with its epic late-season slide, Indiana still ranked second in the league by giving up only 92.3 points per game. Outlook: Atlanta is a tough matchup for the Pacers because of its ability to space the floor with three-point shooters Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Lou Williams and Jeff Teague. The Hawks also won't be lacking for confidence after beating Indiana by 19 points on the road in the teams' last meeting.
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April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It's springtime in Los Angeles, otherwise known as the season when the Clippers march merrily into the playoffs and the Lakers conduct exit interviews. OK, so maybe this isn't exactly an annual occurrence. The Lakers haven't missed the playoffs during a season in which the Clippers qualified since 1975-76, when the Clippers were located in Buffalo and the Lakers somehow finished two games below .500 with a roster that included Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Gail Goodrich.
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