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February 14, 2015 Updates

Based on this data, it appears as though Rudy Gobert and Andrew Bogut both have a good case to be selected as the defensive specialist for the Western Conference All-Star team this season. Gobert has the highest block percentage, holds opponents to the lowest field goal percentage at the rim and helps Utah’s defensive rating by a healthy 6.9 points while on the court. Bogut’s numbers are similarly good, but behind Gobert’s in most relevant categories. Basketball Insiders

The defense-void, dunk-filled exhibition served as a glimpse into the coming years for the T'wolves. Spoiler: It looks exciting, flashy and — just maybe — successful. "The future is bright for us," Wiggins said after his 22-point showing. "I think (four is) the most people (from one team) in a rookie-sophomore game. So it just shows a lot for the team. It shows us rising." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2015 Updates

"I think (the) media gets too much power to vote on stuff like that quite frankly I don't think you really know a lot about as much we know about it," Durant said when asked if MVP winners should be allowed to vote on the MVP like former Heisman Trophy winners are allowed to do with the annual award for the best college football player. "So we play against these guys every single night, we battle against these guys, we know what they say on the court, we know how they handle their teammates, we know how they approach the game, and our votes should count. Our opinions should count," Durant continued. "I don't think you guys know as much we do and I don't see why you have more power than we do." ESPN.com

"We really know these guys inside and out," Durant said of why players should vote for the awards. "There are a lot of guys that deserve Defensive Player of the Year or Sixth Man of the Year but you guys (decide sometimes because) they are not the sexier names. A lot of people will see the names of these players and don't look at the other guys that contribute to our game as well. You guys aren't in the scouting reports, you're not in the team meetings and the film sessions to really break down each player's games. I don't see why you have more power in voting than we do. We are out there on the court playing with them. We appreciate how you guys blow the game up and bring attention to the game but at the same time, to keep it pure, the players should have more say in that stuff." ESPN.com

"You guys vote on the MVP and I think MVP is a lot about narratives and what may happen during that time," Durant said when asked about the difference between a great season and a player having an MVP-type season. "There's a lot of guys that play extremely well for years and years and just starting to get MVP consideration. But I think that consistent play sometimes gets a little boring to people but if you look at a guy like James Harden, he's been doing it for three years, same things and people start to act like it's new. Steph Curry has been doing the same thing for three years and I guess the narrative (is) around their team but what he's been doing is new to everybody," Durant continued. "Once you guys really watch games and realize what these guys have been doing consistently for years, it's nothing new. It's all the same. I guess the hype around it is a little different so... of course everybody gets better but if you stay consistent in what you do it's not like they came out of nowhere." ESPN.com

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The Atlanta Hawks finished January 17-0, the best record over a month in NBA history, and have been rewarded for it. Head Coach Mike Budenholzer has been named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for a second straight month. He earned the honor in December when Atlanta went 14-2, but his January was even more impressive. Coach Bud's team has won 33 of 35 games since Thanksgiving and has 16 wins over teams with .500-or-better records - three more than any other team. In January the Hawks earned quality wins over the Blazers (twice), Clippers, Grizzlies, Wizards, Raptors, Bulls and Thunder. They also beat the Pistons twice when Detroit was playing its best basketball of the season. NBA.com

Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr has been named NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for January, the NBA announced today. Kerr led the Warriors to a Western Conference-best 12-3 record during the month, becoming the first Warriors head coach to win Coach of the Month honors since Don Nelson in April 2007 and joining Nelson (April 2007 & February 1989) and George Karl (March 1987) as the only coaches in Warriors history to receive the monthly accolade (the NBA began giving out the award in 1982-83). Golden State began the month with six consecutive victories and won 11 of its first 12 games in 2015, giving the team 11 wins in three consecutive months for just the second time in franchise history (1961-62). The Warriors, who led the league in scoring (116.2 points), field goal percentage (.485) and point differential (+14.0), won 12 games in the month of January for the first time since 1975-76 (12-4). The month also saw the Warriors extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 19 games (Nov. 13 – Jan. 25), winning an NBA-record 11-straight home games by at least 13 points (Dec. 22 – Jan. 23). NBA.com

January 28, 2015 Updates

Now Cavs coach David Blatt believes it's time for the narrative surrounding LeBron James' campaign to change as well. Specifically, Blatt wants to know why James' name doesn't appear in the MVP conversation more often. "That's just kind of funny, to be honest with you," Blatt said before the Pistons game. "First of all, he's the greatest player in our game, and he's had, since he's been healthy -- and really all year, but particularly since he's been healthy -- his performance has been as high level as ever. And you don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing." ESPN.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

So it’s not an MVP award. But Hoops Hype’s “Tweeter of the Year” might be the next best thing for social media maestro Manu Ginobili, who has claimed the honor for the second straight time. The inquisitive Argentinian has 2.79 million followers on the popular site, no doubt a factor in his victory in the voting conducted by the USA Today subsidiary. He’s also a legitimately good Tweeter, parsing out everything from candid photos of his adorable kids to math riddles. “I love everything new, anything that looks like it will change things,” he said after last year’s victory. “I was very excited and I saw a lot of potential in the social network. It’s a very positive way to stay in touch with fans and reading news and be connected.” San Antonio Express-News

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