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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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Durant, Irving carry Nets in opener after Harden hurt

Durant, Irving carry Nets in opener after Harden hurt

Kevin Durant knew something was wrong when the Brooklyn Nets were trying to run a play and James Harden wasn’t in the right place. Moments later, Harden wasn’t even in the game, forced to leave with a right hamstring injury…

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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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Brooklyn Nets’ Big 3 starts cold, erupts in 2nd half in Game 1 win over Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets’ Big 3 starts cold, erupts in 2nd half in Game 1 win over Boston Celtics

Ever since the Brooklyn Nets put together their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden four months ago, the basketball world has waited to see what these Nets would look like in the playoffs. While it took a bit…

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LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard ‘confident’ team will stay sharp ‘between the ears’ in the playoffs

LA Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard ‘confident’ team will stay sharp ‘between the ears’ in the playoffs

As the LA Clippers return to the postseason hoping to erase stinging memories of last season’s playoff collapse, Kawhi Leonard feels “confident in this unit” and says the Clippers’ success will come down to how mentally strong they will…

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Canada’s Bottcher beats Italy, China at men’s curling worlds

Canada’s Bottcher beats Italy, China at men’s curling worlds

Coming off an upset loss and with a contender-heavy calendar on the horizon, Canada’s Brendan Bottcher was in desperate need of a solid victory on Tuesday afternoon. His Edmonton-based team delivered with a 7-4 victory…

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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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Matt Dunstone gets an assist at Brier from small town in Saskatchewan

Matt Dunstone gets an assist at Brier from small town in Saskatchewan

Matt Dunstone’s curling team continued to parlay the generosity of a Saskatchewan small town into its strong start at the Canadian men’s championship. Dunstone’s foursome downed Quebec 9-6 on Tuesday for a third consecutive win.…

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Montreal Canadiens fire head coach Claude Julien

Montreal Canadiens fire head coach Claude Julien

The Montreal Canadiens have fired head coach Claude Julien and assistant coach Kirk Muller. The team revealed that Dominique Ducharme will serve as interim head coach and Alex Burrows has joined the coaching staff. Luke Richardson and Stéphane Waite…

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Impact’s poor form continues in shutout loss to expansion Nashville SC

Impact’s poor form continues in shutout loss to expansion Nashville SC

Expansion Nashville SC strengthened its bid for the playoffs as Randall Leal’s 33rd-minute goal provided a 1-0 victory versus the Montreal Impact on Tuesday in Harrison, N.J. Nashville (7-6-7, 28 points) has three victories and…

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Raptors’ Nurse ‘decompressing’ after playoff loss, says contract extension was ‘easy’

Raptors’ Nurse ‘decompressing’ after playoff loss, says contract extension was ‘easy’

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is still taking time to “decompress” after a strange NBA campaign that began with a championship banner raising at Scotiabank Arena, was interrupted by months by the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Jamal Murray proving he can be top option for Canada in future

Jamal Murray proving he can be top option for Canada in future

Draymond Green once said there are 82-game players and 16-game players in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors star was referring to the difference of performing in the regular season versus winning in the playoffs,…

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Raptors go down fighting in longest, strangest season in history

Raptors go down fighting in longest, strangest season in history

Championship defense ends with Game 7 loss to Celtics in 2nd round. When the Toronto Raptors were swept by Washington in the first round of the 2015 playoffs, Kyle Lowry made himself read every scathing…

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Raptors on edge of elimination after loss against Celtics

Raptors on edge of elimination after loss against Celtics

Kyle Lowry had all but pushed the Toronto Raptors to a pair of triumphs with two excellent performances. But the six-time all-star guard had an off night on Monday. And so did the rest of…

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Raptors defeat Celtics with buzzer beating 3 pointer

Raptors defeat Celtics with buzzer beating 3 pointer

OG Anunoby hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Toronto Raptors new life in the NBA playoffs. Kyle Lowry had 31 points and found Anunoby with a precision crosscourt pass with 0.5 seconds on the…

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Raptors wobbled in title defense as Tatum, Smart help Celtics extend series lead

Raptors wobbled in title defense as Tatum, Smart help Celtics extend series lead

The Toronto Raptors had packed with a plan of being in Florida for four months. They’re now just two losses away from leaving the NBA bubble. The defending NBA champions let Tuesday’s game slip away…

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Raptors struggle with finding offensive rhythm in Game 1 loss to Celtics

Raptors struggle with finding offensive rhythm in Game 1 loss to Celtics

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse sat down for his postgame news conference and started looking for answers. For only the second time since the NBA season restarted, his Raptors dropped a game. It just so happened…

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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry diagnosed with ankle sprain

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry diagnosed with ankle sprain

The Toronto Raptors say that Kyle Lowry has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and that his condition will be updated as appropriate. Toronto’s Eastern Conference semifinal series versus the Boston Celtics starts on Thursday. With just a little more…

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Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets match preview

Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets match preview

The Toronto Raptors weren’t expected to perform well this campaign after losing Kawhi Leonard. Coach of the Year finalist Nick Nurse has proven everyone wrong yet again. Toronto Raptors notched their fifth consecutive 50+ win season and have…

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Toronto Raptors to face Brooklyn in 1st round of playoffs

Toronto Raptors to face Brooklyn in 1st round of playoffs

The Toronto Raptors will face a familiar opponent in the first round of the playoffs — the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets clinched their spot against the defending NBA champions with Sunday night’s 129-120 win over…

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Raptors clinch a playoff spot with victory over Warriors

Raptors clinch a playoff spot with victory over Warriors

The Toronto Raptors secured a berth in the 2020 NBA playoffs with a triumph over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Few fans expected the Raptors to suffer a precipitous drop following the offseason departures of…