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Ira Winderman: Based on how balls bounced, is a rivalry brewing for Heat?

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BOSTON — As he walked off the Miami Heat practice court Monday, veteran forward and converted hockey fan Udonis Haslem shook his head.

“Not good. Not good,” he said. “The Lightning, that’s not good for us, right?”

He was talking about the Florida Panthers’ second-round matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the two-time-...Read more

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Mike Sielski: The City Council resolution honoring Joel Embiid was silly, but not for the reasons you think

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia City Council did a silly thing Thursday, passing a resolution honoring Joel Embiid as the “Most Valuable Philadelphian,” and calling the resolution silly is the best thing you can say about it. Embiid had finished second in the voting for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award to the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola ...Read more

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Heat survive loss of both Jimmy Butler and huge lead, hold off Celtics for 2-1 series lead

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BOSTON — It was a night that was going to leave the Miami Heat at a loss, regardless of the outcome, with Jimmy Butler’s night done at halftime due to knee inflammation.

But that also is where the Heat held the line, riding the aggression of center Bam Adebayo to a harrowing 109-103 victory Saturday night over the Boston Celtics at TD ...Read more

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Despite 'questionable' status, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he expects Andrew Wiggins to play in Game 3

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DALLAS — Andrew Wiggins is listed as questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals with ankle soreness, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr is certain the 27-year-old forward will play on Sunday night.

How can Kerr be so sure?

Following a team workout in Dallas Saturday, Kerr said Warriors vice president of communications Raymond Ridder...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: He might be a longshot, but Doc Rivers still Lakers' best shot for coach

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LOS ANGELES — So, the Lakers floated their three leading candidates for coach to the media this week as a sort of trial balloon.

Terry Stotts! Kenny Atkinson! Darvin Ham!

Pssssssst.

The news fell flatter than a Russell Westbrook jump shot. The options quickly lost all air, the shriveled remains floating harmlessly into the cluttered mess ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Steve Kerr has been the Warriors' X-factor this postseason

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SAN FRANCISCO — Coaching in the NBA playoffs is anything but easy.

Just ask Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, who stepped into the Warriors’ head coaching role when Steve Kerr was out with COVID during Golden State’s semifinal series with the Grizzlies.

“Steve, if you’re watching, get healthy quick,” Brown implored Kerr after ...Read more

Kyle Lowry, P.J. Tucker back in Heat mix ahead of East finals Game 3 in Boston

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BOSTON — Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker were on the court Saturday morning for the Miami Heat ahead of Saturday night’s Game 3 at TD Garden against the Boston Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

For the Heat, it was a significant step, considering Lowry had missed eight of the previous 10 games due to a strained left ...Read more

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Heat's Bam Adebayo says he has more 'stuff to get mad at' after All-Defensive vote

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BOSTON — Another file has been added to Bam Adebayo’s motivation folder.

And, yes, the Miami Heat center is keeping score, while also appreciating that the most important scores are the ones at the ends of each game in these Eastern Conference finals.

Hours after being relegated to the NBA All-Defensive second team, Adebayo spoke ahead of ...Read more

Nuggets' Tim Connelly closing in on deal with Timberwolves; will meet with Glen Taylor

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MINNEAPOLIS — Nuggets President Tim Connelly is set to meet with Timberwolves controlling owner Glen Taylor in the next step of talks with Connelly to take over as Minnesota's President of Basketball Operations, with a deal being close between the sides, sources confirmed.

Owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez, who are set to take over as ...Read more

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'Late bloomer': Iowa's Keegan Murray on Pistons' radar with No. 5 pick

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CHICAGO — Keegan Murray is used to being doubted.

Shoot, he’s not entirely unsure he hasn’t been part of the crowd casting the doubt.

So, the notion the All-America selection from Iowa is on the verge of being a lottery pick in next month’s NBA draft might have seemed a tad farfetched at one point.

“If you told me three years (ago) ...Read more

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For Lakers, three coaching candidates to interview again

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers are continuing interviews with three coach candidates from their original pool, one step closer to finding a replacement for Frank Vogel.

Milwaukee assistant Darvin Ham, former Brooklyn coach and current Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson, and former Portland coach Terry Stotts advanced to the next ...Read more

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Kevon Looney steps in for foul-plagued Draymond Green, sparks comeback in Warriors' Game 2 win vs. Mavs

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SAN FRANCISCO — The gold-clad crowd at Chase Center started to chant “M-V-P” in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Friday night.

But it wasn’t Stephen Curry stepping up to the free-throw line.

The cheers were for Kevon Looney, who played harder than arguably any player on the court in the Warriors’ 126-117 ...Read more

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Heat's Bam Adebayo named second-team NBA All-Defensive, one vote shy of first team

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BOSTON — In the end, Bam Adebayo had to settle for a consolation prize.

Beaten out for his primary goal of 2022 NBA Defensive Player of the Year by current Eastern Conference finals opponent Marcus Smart, the Boston Celtics guard, Adebayo had to settle for Friday being named second-team NBA All-Defensive.

It is the third consecutive year ...Read more

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Shaedon Sharpe, 'mystery man' of NBA draft, was ready to play for Kentucky, teammate says

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CHICAGO — Bobby Marks, ESPN’s NBA Front Office Insider, said Shaedon Sharpe made a great impression in a Monday workout arranged by an agent.

“One of the better individual workouts that I’ve witnessed,” said Marks, who is attending the NBA combine this week. “(Sharpe) shot the heck out of it.”

The problem for NBA people is they ...Read more

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Marcus Hayes: Fire Doc Rivers? Don't be ridiculous. He was, in fact, terrific for the Sixers.

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PHILADELPHIA — It seemed like an outrageous claim:

“I think I do a terrific job!”

Doc Rivers said this after his basketball team just got demolished by a tepid Heat team in the second round of the playoffs. He said this a year after getting upset in the second round by a mangy kettle of Hawks.

Ridiculous, right? Wrong.

No coach in ...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: The win-now Kings should trade the No. 4 pick

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NEW YORK — The Sacramento Kings had better not mess this up.

When the Kings leapfrogged the draft order in Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery, the dark cloud hovering about the city’s Golden 1 Center lifted, at least for a moment, as the team secured its best chance at ending a 16-year playoff drought.

The basketball gods agreed and saw to it ...Read more

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Celtics drub Heat in Game 2, even Eastern Conference Finals

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MIAMI — There is nothing subtle or soothing about this Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals.

There is only mass destruction, the type of devastating damage that leaves you dazed and wondering “What the heck just happened?”

A third-quarter Heat tsunami in Game 1 was followed by a stunning Celtics first-half avalanche in Game 2, a 60-21 ...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: Nets' championship hopes hinge on amicable solution with Kyrie Irving

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NEW YORK — No matter which side of the Kyrie Irving fence you sit on, it’s important to remember one thing:

If he leaves as a free agent this offseason, so do the Nets’ championship hopes because they don’t have the cap space to outright replace him.

That’s the gamble the Nets made in the summer of 2019, and what Nets GM Sean Marks ...Read more

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Stan Van Gundy and Reggie Miller explain why stars reject the Knicks

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Stan Van Gundy is not only down on the Knicks’ current roster, he’s skeptical that the vaunted connections of Leon Rose and William Wesley can make the team any better.

“The Knicks right now — do you love their roster? Because I don’t. People always say we’ve got talent. Well, hell, it’s the NBA. Every team has talent,” said Van...Read more

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Who's the best fit for Orlando Magic with No. 1 in 2022 draft?

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CHICAGO — It didn’t take long for the Orlando Magic’s draft lottery celebration to turn into speculation.

Moments after the Magic won the draft lottery Tuesday in Chicago, questions quickly started to surround Orlando, the winner of the No. 1 pick in the June 23 NBA draft.

What will be the Magic’s approach to having the top pick?

Will...Read more