Is Mike Conley deserving of a western conference all-star nod?

Mike Conley has been the field general behind the 20-4 start for the Memphis Grizzlies. Will he make the 2015 western conference All-Star team?

By Rich Winter

Mike Conley has always been a solid point-guard since he came into the league. A good player on a team that wins a lot but doesn't play 'flashy'. 

For his career, Conley averages: 13.3 ppg and 5.6 apg. 

Both he and the Memphis Grizzlies have taken a monumental leap forward. The Grizzlies held serve at home last night with a 105-98 win over a Golden State team that came in winners of 16 straight.

Conley's stats have taken a leap forward this season: 17.8 ppg and 6.3 apg. 

Shooting hasn't always been Conley's strength, but he's shooting 47-percent from two and 43-percent from 3-point land and 86 percent from the line (All of those shooting numbers are career highs). 

If Memphis continues to exceed expectations, then Conley might have some arguing power.

But, who would he knock off?

2014 western conference guards: James Harden, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard, Kobe Bryant. 

Conley's numbers are better than Tony Parker's but Parker is still a world champion. 

Lillard's numbers are about where they were a year ago. The Blazers are 19-6 and having another tremendous season. 

Can Mychal Rivera be a big-time tight end for Oakland?

Oakland's Mychal Rivera is in his 2nd year with the Raiders. Can he be the real-deal at tight-end for Oakland.

By Rich Winter

As the Oakland Raiders tick down towards the end of the regular season, I'm sure more than a few players are looking around trying to figure out if they will be back or even if they want to be back. 

While Derek Carr has been better than expected his rookie campaign, it's been hard to figure out the receiving corps. 

Over the past month probably, I've been paying attention to Raiders TE, Mychal Rivera, and I like what I've been seeing. 

Let's check out his numbers since about week 8.

Vs. Cleveland 7-83, Vs. Seattle 8-38 (2) TD's, Vs. Denver 6-64 (1) TD, Vs. S. Diego 3-40, Vs. St. Louis 3-21, Vs. San Francisco 7-109 (1) TD, Vs. Kansas City - 7-39

So, over the last seven weeks: Mychal Rivera - 41 catches (394) yards and 4 TD's. 

You start projecting what he's done over the last seven games into a full season and you get. 

Rivera projected over 16 games: 93 catches, 900 yards and 9 TD's. 

Rivera has been great over the last seven weeks. Seems like Carr has zeroed in him as someone that is reliable, someone he trusts and someone that could have a huge impact over the next ten years. 

He's been extremely durable in his first two seasons, not having missed a game because of injury.

2014 Oakland Raiders 14 (games) 55 (catches) 503 (Yards) (4) Touchdowns.

2013 Oakland Raiders 16 games, 38 catches, 407 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

While I am not sold on any of those Oakland WR's coming back next season, I think the Raiders have a very good tight end that is just a bit under the radar. If he stays healthy, and stays with the team, Rivera could easily be a top-ten TE in this league.

LeBeau, Traversie have big nights as CEB routs Miller

The CEB boys defeated Miller, 74-59 in there only tune-up before Lakota Nation.

By Rich Winter

The CEB boys opened the 2014 - 2015 campaign with an impressive, 74-59 win over the always tough Miller Rustlers.

Creighton LeBeau made 4-9, 3-pointers and finished with 30 points. Sophomore Brexton J. Traversie starting his first game for the Braves, logged a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Sophomore Brexton Traversie delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds in his first varsity start for CEB.

Box score:

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 10 23 19 22 -  74

Miller 15 13 12 19  -  59

Scoring Summary: Grant Kohlus 10, Creighton Lebeau 30, Rardy Anderson 3, Wyatt Jewett 4, Dayson Kohlus 5, Brexton Traversie 14, B. Walking Elk Jr. 8, 

Stat leaders:

Assists: Kohlus (5)

Rebounds: Traversie (13)

Steals: Lebeau (5), Kohlus (4)

Miller was led by Beau Keeter who finished with 23 points.

Eagle Butte gets things rolling at the Lakota Nation tournament when they play Flandreau Indian at 2:30 p.m. at the Ice Arena!

The Glove 11 - Gary Payton 11 records a triple-double for Oregon State

Gary Payton 11, the son of Gary Payton recorded a double-double last night vs. Grambling State. Payton 11 joined his father as the only players in Oregon State history to record a double-double.

By Rich Winter

Better keep an eye on the Oregon State basketball program over the next few years. 

Junior guard, Gary Payton 11 joined his father, Gary Payton, as the only Oregon State men's player to ever record a triple-double. The younger Payton scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists as Oregon State slammed the door shut on Grambling State, 71-43. The Glove recorded his only triple-double on Nov. 26, 1988 when he had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Portland. 

Here is what Gary Payton 11 said in regards to getting the triple-double. 

“It means a lot to me,” Payton II said. “I had a hint in the second half that I was close and I want to thank Coach Tinkle and my teammates for achieving such a special honor.”

The moment was not lost on first-year coach Wayne Tinkle, who kept Payton in despite the big lead. 

“I never want to embarrass an opponent, but this was such a special moment for GP,” Tinkle said. “I would have pulled him out of the game if it wasn’t for his father. This is something a father and son can share. The fact that it was a team statistic (assist) that he needed at the end; I was okay with it. I hope Coach (Shawn) Walker (Grambling State) understands the moment.”

Payton is having a stellar junior season for the 7-2 Beavers. Despite being just 6-foot-3, Payton is leading the team in points (13.3) and rebounds (9.7). 

Gary Payton and his son, Gary Payton 11 are now the only two players in the history of Oregon State basketball to record a triple-double.

LNI Feature - Look out for Raven Patton

Todd County junior, Raven Patton had a break-out game vs. Valentine. Just another option for coach Bob Boyd's Lady Falcons.

By Rich Winter

I was going over the stats that Todd County girls coach Bob Boyd sent me. Now, when I look at stats, I look at stats. Not just the points scored but the points, shooting percentage, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots. 

After looking at the Lady Falcon stats from Friday's 75-28 win over Valentine, Nebraska, I issue a fair warning to the girls participants at LNI, ya better look out for Raven Patton. 

Points - 10 

Shooting percentage - 4-10

3-poing FG - 1-2 

free-throws - 1-1

Rebounds - 3

Assists - 4

Steals - 2

Blocked shots (4)

The Lady Falcons cruised to an easy win over Valentine, but junior, Raven Patton had a monster effect on the game. Todd County is big this year with four players that start going 5-feet-11 or bigger. 

Certainly one to watch at the upcoming tournament.

Box score

Valentine 4 8 4 12 - 28

Todd County 20 15 22 18 - 75

Scoring: Eireann Grimshaw 16, Stevie Lone 15, Allison Cox 15, Raven Patton 10, Darien Quick Bear 4, Rocky Colombe 2, Jordyn Hespe 5, Sidney Guerue 3, Tyra Swalley 2, Wooden Knife 3

Rebounds: Cox (12), Grimshaw (7)

Assists: Cox (5), Grimshaw (4), Patton (4)

Steals: Grimshaw (6), Lone Dog (4), Colombe (4)

Blocked shots: Patton (4), Cox (3)

Next up for Todd County: The Lady Falcon enter play at the Lakota Nation Invitational Wednesday as the No. 4 seed. Todd County opens with No. 12 Custer. Should they win that game they would take on the winner of the McLaughlin vs. Tiospa Zina game.

Win that, and they will likely match up with No. 1 seed Pine Ridge in semi-final action on Friday.