Tim MacMahon: Mike Conley, who has the unofficial label as the league’s best veteran who has never been an All-Star, believes that he’s earned his spot this season. His answer when @andyblarsen asked Conley about his All-Star chances: “That would mean the world to me obviously. It would say a lot about me as a person after the year I had last year to come back and compete at the level that I’ve competed at. I do feel like I’ve played well enough to be in that conversation and to quite frankly be one of those reserves. I think this year everything has fallen into place where we [have] the best record and we’ve got a coach coaching the team. It’s all falling in line, so if it’s not going to happen this year, that would be tough.”
May 18, 2021 | 2:25 pm EDT Update
Mike Finger: Just noted to Rudy Gay that, technically, he doesn’t have a contract beyond tomorrow. “I’ve thought about it once or twice,” he said.
Tom Orsborn: Rudy on what factored into his strong play down the stretch of the regular season: “Just playing free, playing with a little bit of desperation, trying to just manage my time better, going out there and leaving it all out there.”