• September 18, 2021

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Suns beat Bucks for 2-0 lead in NBA Finals

Suns beat Bucks for 2-0 lead in NBA Finals

The ball went from Chris Paul to Devin Booker and didn’t stop moving until Deandre Ayton scored after every Suns player had touched it. The 10-pass sequence was the prettiest play of the NBA Finals and the kind the one-man show…

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Phoenix Suns finish off LA Clippers in 6, advance to first NBA Finals since 1993

Phoenix Suns finish off LA Clippers in 6, advance to first NBA Finals since 1993

With the building he called home for six campaigns of his 16-year career going berserk after a 10-0 run by the LA Clippers, Chris Paul went on an 8-0 run of his own to simultaneously silence the crowd…

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LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard out for Game 2; Marcus Morris’ status uncertain

LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard out for Game 2; Marcus Morris’ status uncertain

The Los Angeles Clippers will again be without Kawhi Leonard in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals versus the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday and another top defender in Marcus Morris is banged up as well. Clippers coach Ty Lue said on Monday…

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Young leads Hawks’ rally past Sixers with Embiid hurting

Young leads Hawks’ rally past Sixers with Embiid hurting

Trae Young overcame a cold start to score 25 points, including a floater that gave Atlanta the lead with 1:17 left, and the Hawks rallied to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-100 on Monday night, tying the Eastern Conference…

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Donovan Mitchell ‘upset’ at Utah Jazz for late call to sit him for Game 1, but says focus is now on Game 2

Donovan Mitchell ‘upset’ at Utah Jazz for late call to sit him for Game 1, but says focus is now on Game 2

Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell acknowledged Monday he was “definitely frustrated and upset” with the late ruling to scratch him from Sunday’s playoff opener but emphasized focusing on moving forward after the team’s medical staff cleared him to play…

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Kyle Lowry says family, winning will impact decision on if he stays in Toronto

Kyle Lowry says family, winning will impact decision on if he stays in Toronto

When asked about his highlight of a crazy NBA campaign, Kyle Lowry rattled off a laundry list of virtually every player on the Toronto Raptors and their high notes. From all-star Pascal Siakam to newcomer…

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Raptors sputter to finish as Kevin Durant sparks East-leading Nets to victory

Raptors sputter to finish as Kevin Durant sparks East-leading Nets to victory

Kevin Durant scored seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Green had 22 points and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 116-103 Tuesday night and clinched a playoff spot. Durant, who…

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Doncic, Mavs beat Lakers 108-93 in Davis’ 2nd game back

Doncic, Mavs beat Lakers 108-93 in Davis’ 2nd game back

Luka Doncic was swarmed by double teams with the Lakers trying to force someone other than the Dallas sensation to defeat them again in Los Angeles star Anthony Davis’ second game back from a long injury absence.…

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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis expects to return Thursday vs. Dallas Mavericks

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis expects to return Thursday vs. Dallas Mavericks

Lakers star Anthony Davis says he will make his return from a nine-week absence on Thursday versus the Dallas Mavericks, so long as his right leg responds well to Wednesday’s practice. Davis said he now feels “100 percent”…

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Anthony Davis days away from return, LeBron James progressing to ‘light work’ on court

Anthony Davis days away from return, LeBron James progressing to ‘light work’ on court

Anthony Davis is days away from making his return from a nearly nine-week absence and LeBron James has progressed to “light work” on the court, Lakers coach Frank Vogel stated before his team’s game versus the Utah Jazz on Monday.…

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Jackson’s jumper gives Clippers 100-98 win over Pistons

Jackson’s jumper gives Clippers 100-98 win over Pistons

Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard both spoke highly of their time in Detroit. Small consolation for the Pistons after those two led the undermanned Los Angeles Clippers to a remarkable triumph in Motown. Jackson sank a jumper with…

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Celtics’ 31-3 run ends Nuggets’ win streak

Celtics’ 31-3 run ends Nuggets’ win streak

Brad Stevens could sense the game slipping away. He could feel the rim-rattling dunks and the transition buckets coming. Instead of Boston bowing to the NBA’s hottest team, though, the Celtics used an epic 31-3…

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Trent’s 3-pointer beats buzzer as Raptors rally past Wizards

Trent’s 3-pointer beats buzzer as Raptors rally past Wizards

Gary Trent Jr. beat the buzzer with a long 3-pointer and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat the Washington Wizards 103-101 on Monday night. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 22…

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JJ Redick joins Dallas Mavericks after trade, has no timetable for return from heel injury

JJ Redick joins Dallas Mavericks after trade, has no timetable for return from heel injury

JJ Redick doesn’t have an ideal number of matches in mind to get ready for the playoffs with the Dallas Mavericks, who were thinking postseason when they acquired the shooting guard with an expiring contract. “The ideal…

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Toronto Raptors trade Norman Powell to Portland Trail Blazers

Toronto Raptors trade Norman Powell to Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday attained guard Norman Powell from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood. In addition, center Jusuf Nurkic tweeted that he is returning from a right wrist fracture and will be in the Blazers’ lineup versus…

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Raptors drop 9th straight with loss to Rockets

Raptors drop 9th straight with loss to Rockets

Stephen Silas walked off the court at halftime thinking he’d seen a sign. Danuel House Jr. swished a 51-footer at the buzzer, sending the Rockets to the locker room on a high after 20 consecutive…

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Irving’s 34, Harden’s triple-double help Nets edge Knicks

Irving’s 34, Harden’s triple-double help Nets edge Knicks

It was clear from the noise in the seats, even with only about 1,600 fans in presence. It was obvious from the emotion on the court, where Julius Randle had to be restrained by Knicks teammates after…

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5 Raptors ruled out for rescheduled game vs. Pistons due to COVID-19 protocols

5 Raptors ruled out for rescheduled game vs. Pistons due to COVID-19 protocols

A greatly reduced Raptors team will host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in Toronto’s temporary home of Tampa, Fla. The team stated Tuesday that starters Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are out as…

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Victor Oladipo turned down 2-year, $45.2 million extension from Houston Rockets

Victor Oladipo turned down 2-year, $45.2 million extension from Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo recently turned down a two-year, $45.2 million maximum contract extension, the most the franchise could offer him before summer free agency, sources told ESPN. As expected, Oladipo is pursuing a longer-term deal, sources…

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Raptors’ COVID-19 issues worsen, forcing postponement of Sunday game against Bulls

Raptors’ COVID-19 issues worsen, forcing postponement of Sunday game against Bulls

After dodging COVID-19 for almost half of the NBA campaign, the Toronto Raptors have been dealt a big blow. The NBA called off Toronto’s game versus the visiting Chicago Bulls on Sunday night due to…

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Nets rout Magic 129-92, run NBA-leading win streak to eight

Nets rout Magic 129-92, run NBA-leading win streak to eight

Kyrie Irving had 27 points and nine assists, James Harden scored 20 points and the Nets extended their longest winning streak since moving to Brooklyn to eight matches with a 129-92 rout of the Orlando Magic on Thursday night. The…

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Minnesota Timberwolves fire coach Ryan Saunders, hire Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch as replacement

Minnesota Timberwolves fire coach Ryan Saunders, hire Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch as replacement

The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Toronto Raptors assistant Chris Finch as the franchise’s new coach Monday. Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas fired Ryan Saunders on Sunday, clearing the way for Minnesota to eschew an interim coach and move…

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Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant named NBA All-Star Game captains

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant named NBA All-Star Game captains

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant were named the captains for next month’s NBA All-Star Game on Thursday night. James and Durant will pick their respective teams from the remaining 22 All-Stars on March 4 after…

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Blake Griffin to sit while Detroit Pistons weigh trade, buyout options for former NBA All-Star

Blake Griffin to sit while Detroit Pistons weigh trade, buyout options for former NBA All-Star

Six-time NBA All-Star forward Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons have agreed that he will be out of the lineup until the franchise and his representatives work through a resolution on his playing future, Pistons general manager Troy Weaver…

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Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James now MVP favorite at some sportsbooks

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James now MVP favorite at some sportsbooks

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is now the NBA MVP betting favorite or runner-up at most sportsbooks, thanks to an unexpected commitment to the regular season that has led the Lakers to the league’s best record. The…

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George out for Clippers-Hawks due to coronavirus protocols

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George out for Clippers-Hawks due to coronavirus protocols

The Los Angeles Clippers ruled out stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on Monday for Tuesday’s road game versus the Atlanta Hawks, citing the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Tuesday marks the first of six road games in nine days for…

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Boston Celtics’ third straight game off due to COVID-19

Boston Celtics’ third straight game off due to COVID-19

The NBA informed Tuesday afternoon that Wednesday night’s match between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic at TD Garden has been postponed because the Celtics can’t field the minimum eight players due to players entering the league’s health and…

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Raptors still searching for 1st win after blowing another lead in loss to 76ers

Raptors still searching for 1st win after blowing another lead in loss to 76ers

The Toronto Raptors have carved out a reputation over the past few years of being a mentally tough and adaptable team that’s excellent at making modifications down the stretch. Three games — and three losses…

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Grizzlies lose Morant to ankle injury, beat Nets in overtime

Grizzlies lose Morant to ankle injury, beat Nets in overtime

Ja Morant could barely stand, needing a wheelchair to take him from the court area after spraining his left ankle. Having already lost their first two matches, now the Memphis Grizzlies had lost the NBA Rookie of the…

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Foot injury to keep Draymond Green out of Warriors’ season opener

Foot injury to keep Draymond Green out of Warriors’ season opener

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (muscle strain in right foot) will not play in Tuesday night’s regular-season opener versus the Brooklyn Nets. “Draymond will not play [Tuesday],” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated after Monday’s practice. “He went through…