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Lynx overcome miscues on offense to beat Atlanta 68-55

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MINNEAPOLIS — Wednesday night at Target Center so much of what has made the Minnesota Lynx one of the WNBA's biggest surprises this season was missing.

The best-shooting team in the WNBA shot just 35.5-percent, struggled mightily to make a layup. The best three-point shooting team so far this season, the Lynx went 7 for 22.

And still the ...Read more

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Bob Wojnowski: Tom Gores admits Monty Williams mistake, wipes out another Pistons regime

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DETROIT — Monty Williams should have stuck with his first instinct last June when he turned down the Detroit Pistons' coaching job. Owner Tom Gores cranked up the offer until Williams accepted, and like many paid arrangements, it failed.

It failed ingloriously and somewhat predictably. Williams doesn’t deserve all the blame, far from it. ...Read more

Breanna Stewart, Liberty's three-point shooting gets back on track in loss to Mercury

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Finally, the New York Liberty looked like the three-point shooting machine that dominated the 2023 regular-season.

Breanna Stewart, who entered Tuesday night’s matchup against the Phoenix Mercury shooting 17.5% from deep, made all four of her three-pointers while the team tied a single-game record for most made threes (18).

And they came so ...Read more

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Bronny James only worked out for Lakers, Suns, but won't be part of deal with LeBron, agent says

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LOS ANGELES — Bronny James has worked out individually for only the Lakers and Phoenix Suns and likely won't do so for any other teams before next week's NBA draft, according to his agent.

Rich Paul, chief executive of Klutch Sports Group, told ESPN on Wednesday that doesn't mean those two aren't the only potential landing spots for LeBron ...Read more

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How will new CBA affect how Heat handles NBA draft? 'Hitting on draft picks brings value'

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Hitting on draft picks has always been an important part of NBA roster construction. But considering the new Collective Bargaining Agreement imposes more roster-building restrictions than ever for high-payroll teams, finding value in the draft is important as ever.

The Miami Heat will try to come away with value in this year’s NBA draft, ...Read more

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Jerome Tang didn't always value NIL. Now a Kansas State player is getting $2 million.

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Anyone who has monitored Kansas State basketball recruiting over the past two years can understand just how important NIL money has become in college sports.

Shortly after Jerome Tang was hired to coach the Wildcats, he downplayed the importance of NIL deals and called them “pennies” compared to the “dollars” that he could help his ...Read more

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Pistons fire coach Monty Williams after just one season

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DETROIT — After enduring the worst season in franchise history and weeks of deliberation, the Pistons have decided head coach Monty Williams’ time in Detroit has come to an end.

The Pistons fired Williams Wednesday morning after just one season at the helm, a league source confirmed to The Detroit News.

The decision to officially cut ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Klay Thompson, Brandon Aiyuk's social media antics put a price on embarrassment

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The U.S. surgeon general wants to put a warning label — á la cigarettes — on social media, claiming that it is harmful to the mental health of teens.

He should consider expanding that warning to professional athletes, too.

Warning: Using social media during contract negotiations can make you look like a teen.

For San Francisco 49ers wide...Read more

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Sun win 10th consecutive matchup with Sparks, 79-70, maintain best record in the WNBA

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The Connecticut Sun returned from back-to-back road trips with a decisive 79-70 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in front of their home Mohegan Sun Arena crowd on Tuesday.

Connecticut improved to a WNBA-best 13-1 with the win, preserving its position as having the best record in the league. It was the Sun’s 10th ...Read more

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How Warriors had their fingerprints all over Celtics' 2024 NBA Championship

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Standing atop pieces of green and white confetti on the TD Garden parquet floor, a relieved Jayson Tatum shook his head.

“What they gonna say now? What they gonna say now?” Tatum said before later repeating the phrase while celebrating with his mother.

Sounds familiar.

Two years earlier, in the same building, a champagne-soaked Steph ...Read more

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Cigars, champagne and ski goggles: Inside the Celtics' unforgettable locker-room celebration

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BOSTON — It’s late Monday night, less than an hour after the Celtics clinched their latest championship by blowing out the Mavericks in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The postgame party at TD Garden is underway.

In the back of Boston’s champagne-soaked locker room, a tall, slender man stands for a few moments above the fray in a navy blazer ...Read more

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Nuggets championship odds 2025: What sportsbooks think of Denver's chances after Celtics' NBA Finals win

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The Boston Celtics captured their 18th NBA championship after beating the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. While Boston celebrates, the other 29 teams — including the Nuggets — are looking ahead to the 2024-25 season.

So, what are Denver Bronco's chances of winning its second title in three years? If oddsmakers are to be believed, they’re ...Read more

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Mirjam Swanson: Why Paul George and the Clippers might be breaking up

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Now that the Boston Celtics’ championship is out of the way, we can finally get to what you’ve all been waiting for: NBA free agency.

The league has poured a little accelerant on this year’s fun and decreed that for the first time teams can begin negotiating with upcoming free agents on their own rosters the day after the last game of the...Read more

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Lynx find early keys to success

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Alanna Smith was sitting next to Natisha Hiedeman on the Minnesota Lynx bench at the team's first preseason game on May 3. Both were new to the team, Smith via free agency, Hiedeman via trade. They'd known each other two, maybe three weeks.

"And [Hiedeman] goes, 'I love you guys,' " Smith said. "The regular season wasn't even started. So, the ...Read more

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By the numbers: Which title team was more dominant, UConn or the Celtics?

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HARTFORD, Conn. — It’s been quite a year for New England basketball fans.

First, the UConn men’s basketball team dominated the rest of the competition en route to a sixth NCAA title and second in a row. Then, just up the road, the Boston Celtics punctuated a 64-win regular season with a 16-3 tear through the NBA playoffs, coasting to an ...Read more

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Celtics clear favorites to win 2025 NBA title, but path looks tougher

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LAS VEGAS — The Boston Celtics are the clear favorites to become the first team to win back-to-back NBA championships since the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

The Celtics won their 18th NBA title Monday with a 106-88 Game 5 win over the Dallas Mavericks. The victory helped Boston break a tie for the most championships in league ...Read more

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Jeff Van Gundy joins Clippers as lead assistant to coach Tyronn Lue

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LOS ANGELES — Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy and the Clippers have agreed on a deal for him to become the top assistant on head coach Tyronn Lue's staff, people with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak on the matter confirmed to The Los Angeles Times.

Van Gundy's priority will be as the Clippers' defensive coordinator, a ...Read more

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Ex-Laker Darius Morris died of coronary heart disease, L.A. County medical examiner says

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LOS ANGELES — Former Lakers and Clippers guard Darius Morris died at age 33 of coronary artery disease, although the "effects of cocaine, hydrocodone and ethanol" were listed as "other significant conditions," according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.

Morris, who played for the Lakers alongside his mentor Kobe Bryant...Read more

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Everything you need to know about the Nets entering the NBA offseason

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The Boston Celtics hoisted the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy at TD Garden on Monday night, officially bringing the 2023-24 NBA season to an end. And now that the offseason is here, it is time for the Brooklyn Nets — and other teams eager to build toward championship contention — to get back to work.

With a new coaching staff in place,...Read more

Jordan Horston finding ways to spark Storm despite inconsistent role

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The Storm’s 2023 season was akin to a dumpster fire, but it wasn’t a total loss.

Yes, they were next-to-last in the WNBA at 11-29 — their most defeats in franchise history.

But the ending of a Big Three partnership that delivered two titles allowed Jewell Loyd to step out of the shadow cast by departing stars Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart...Read more