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Where did it all go wrong for these NBA playoff wannabes?

As we enjoy playoff basketball in the NBA, celebrating the brave warriors and Warriors who clawed their way into the top 53 percent of the league, let’s also remember the fallen teams. These are the squads that tried but fell short, whose blockbuster trades blew up in their faces, whose players got hurt or were Dwight Howard. They did not choose the draft lottery but had the draft...
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Joel Embiid doubtful for Game 3 against Heat

The Philadelphia 76ers have already declared Joel Embiid doubtful to play in Game 3 of the team’s playoff series against the Miami Heat on Thursday.Embiid has yet to play in the series because he is recovering from a facial fracture suffered in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. The Sixers came out and won big in Game 1 of the series, but the Heat took it to them in Game 2...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Injury Updates: Mitchell, Embiid, Turner, Lauvergne

Donovan Mitchell will be a game-time decision for the Jazz tonight, according to Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune. Mitchell, who stubbed a toe during the second half of the series opener with Oklahoma City, plans to go through warm-ups before deciding if he can play.“If I’m limping or whatever, if I’m out there kinda trying to adjust and not playing right like my normal self, that...
Via Hoops Rumors
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Erin Popovich, Wife of Gregg Popovich, Passes Away

It’s a sad day for the San Antonio Spurs family. But more than that, it’s a sad day for head coach Gregg Popovich. His wife of four decades, Erin, passed away on Wednesday. The San Antonio Spurs released the following statement:“With deep regret the San Antonio Spurs announce that Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, passed away earlier today. Erin and Gregg were...
Via The Sports Post
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WATCH: Stockton Approves Kings Affiliate & Reveals New Identity

The Stockton City Council unanimously approves the Kings G League lease agreement and reveals the team's new identity - Stockton Kings.
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sixers coach Brett Brown says Joel Embiid's status for Game 3 undetermined

Having missed the past three weeks with a fractured orbital bone, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid is obviously itching to get back on the court. That was taken to a whole new level after Philadelphia dropped Game 2 of its first-round series against Miami on Monday to even things up at 1-1.With Game 3 set to take place in South Beach on Thursday, the hope is that Embiid will...
Via Sportsnaut
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Cavaliers Notes: Thompson's lack of minutes; LeBron and Kawhi?; Gilbert wanted Oladipo

Most of Tristan Thompson‘s recent headlines have been for his off-court behavior, but that isn’t why he has fallen out of the Cavaliers’ playoff rotation, writes Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report. Thompson, who played just two minutes at the end of the Game 1 loss to Indiana, is coming off his worst statistical season since he was a rookie and may still be hampered by a torn calf muscle...
Via Hoops Rumors
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Billboard goes up in San Antonio urging Manu Ginobili to play one more year

Manu Ginobili may be entering the final games of his NBA career, but the city of San Antonio is still not ready to say goodbye.Retired former Spur Brent Barry tweeted an image Wednesday of a billboard that went up in the city urging Ginobili to play another year. The message on the billboard, which was written in Spanish, translated to “One more, Manu.” The Spurs are currently down...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

What should the Brooklyn Nets do this Offseason

When talking about the Brooklyn Nets words like bad, horrible, or ugly might come up. With a record of 28-54, 12th in the Eastern Conference standings to finish the season those words are a good representation of the way they play. But the Nets are also a team that plays hard from start to finish, show grit and has a front office pushing the word “Culture” around the organization...
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Latest on Kawhi Leonard: Spurs won't trade superstar?

The Spurs continue to insist they won’t consider trading Kawhi Leonard this summer, but it’s getting harder to believe, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.Stein suggested last month that coach Gregg Popovich should have a one-on-one discussion with Leonard after the season to repair the relationship. Now he writes that it may be too late for that to make a difference.Rumors...
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Oklahoma City's last stand to stay within history

There are a lot of ways to feel about the Oklahoma City Thunder. For many, the primary feeling for the franchise is an unbreakable dislike spawned from their origin story as an organization. Imported from Seattle and re-named in seemingly random, grab-an-old-softball-hat-at-the-thrift-store style, the Thunder left behind a massive and rabid fanbase that has evolved into a diaspora...
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Marcus Smart eager for return to honor ailing mother’s request

Marcus Smart hopes to return to the Boston Celtics as soon as possible and play in the postseason to honor the request of his mother, who has been stricken with bone marrow cancer.Smart’s 63-year-old mother, Camellia, revealed her diagnosis to the Celtics point guard when he visited her in Texas last week.Smart last played with the Celtics on March 11 and was late ruled out for the...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis joins four Hall of Famers on elite list

With his New Orleans Pelicans riding a 2-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers heading into Game 3 of their first-round playoff matchup on Thursday, MVP candidate Anthony Davis is doing things we’ve rarely seen on an NBA court.Davis tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday night’s Game 2 win and now joins some elite company in averaging 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

NBA player option decisions for 2018-19

A number of NBA contracts include player options in the final year. Those option years give the player the opportunity to either opt into the final year of his deal, finishing out his contract, or to decline the option and hit the free agent market a year early.Over the last two years, only eight of 53 veterans who held player options on their contracts have actually exercised those...
Via Hoops Rumors
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Shootaround: Pacers Locked in For Game 2

April 18, 2018 - At shootaround on Wednesday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan and players Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson talked about staying dialed in as they try to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series with Cleveland.
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Old Blazers tweets are fitting amid playoff struggles

New Orleans Pelicans guards Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo put the Portland Trail Blazers to the sword in Tuesday night’s Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, and it sounds like the Blazers should have seen it coming.Holiday led the charge, dropping 33 on the Blazers, while Rondo, not known for his three-point shooting, made two of them, including a backbreaker in the final...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bledsoe on Rozier: ‘I don’t even know who the f— that is’

The Milwaukee Bucks find themselves 2-0 down to the Boston Celtics as they head back to Milwaukee. And not only that, but point guard Eric Bledsoe is having a very tough series. More specifically, he’s having a tough time matching up against Boston’s Terry Rozier. But two beatings in a row isn’t stopping Bledsoe from mouthing off.Despite Rozier going for 23 points and eight assists...
Via The Sports Post
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

LeBron won’t tempt ‘basketball gods’ with talk of advancing

LeBron James finds himself in an 0-1 hole for the first time ever in the first round of the NBA playoffs courtesy of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ surprising 98-80 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday.James made it clear Wednesday that he’s solely focused on evening up the series at one game apiece and points out it would not be a good idea to look beyond Game 2...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

What The New York Knicks Can Do To Speed Up Their Rebuild

May 18 2013. The last time the New York Knicks played in a playoff game. Since then, the team has oft been in a rebuilding mode trying to fix ghosts of past mistakes in the never-ending quest to bring a title back to the Mecca. Now, the organization is at a crossroads, as they just fired head coach Jeff Hornacek. The team is now in a clear rebuild, and no clear direction, with a...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

LeBron explains why Cavs were caught off-guard by playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers did not look ready for their playoff opener on Sunday, falling behind 25-8 out of the gate and eventually losing 98-80 at home to the Indiana Pacers. LeBron James thinks he knows why.According to James, the Cavaliers did so much regular season tinkering that they spent too little time preparing for the postseason.“I think we spent so much time trying to figure...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss
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