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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised LeBron James for willingness to speak out on social issues

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CLEVELAND -- It's been over a week since Fox News host Laura Ingraham suggested LeBron James should "shut up and dribble" instead of continuing his harsh criticism of President Donald Trump.

But San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich jumped into the fray on Sunday, praising the Cavaliers star for his willingness to speak up on social issues ...Read more

When every little thing matters, the Hornets get an unexpected boost over the Pistons

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- I picture this voice in the back of Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford's mind each game, chanting "How long can I trust them? ... How long can I trust them?"

"Them" are the five players who make up the Hornets' second unit. The bench was a liability last season, and was addressed in the offseason, particularly when ...Read more

Minnesota crushed by Purdue to end regular season

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue fans were bummed entering Sunday's game when a win against Minnesota wouldn't give them a chance to share the Big Ten regular season title.

That opportunity was gone when Michigan State survived a scare against Wisconsin to finish 16-2 and clinch the outright conference championship.

The No. 9 Boilermakers still ...Read more

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised LeBron James for willingness to speak out on social issues

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CLEVELAND -- It's been over a week since Fox News host Laura Ingraham suggested LeBron James should "shut up and dribble" instead of continuing his harsh criticism of President Donald Trump.

But San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich jumped into the fray on Sunday, praising the Cavaliers star for his willingness to speak up on social issues ...Read more

The Sixers and Markelle Fultz need to come clean and halt all the speculation

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It's time for Markelle Fultz to talk.

The 76ers' first-overall pick needs to clarify why he missed his 54th consecutive game Sunday due to what the team is calling "shoulder rehabilitation." However, Fultz really isn't playing because he lost his outside shot.

The longer the point guard remains silent, the more there will be speculation, which...Read more

Zaza Pachulia denies he intentionally fell on Russell Westbrook's legs

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The inquiry annoyed Warriors center Zaza Pachulia.

"Seriously?" Pachulia said with an incredulous tone.

Following the Warriors' 112-80 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook argued that "obviously it was intentional" that Pachulia fell on Westbrook's legs when he was on the floor....Read more

Michigan State survives Wisconsin, 68-63 to win Big Ten title outright

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MADISON, Wis. -- A third outright Big Ten title did not come easy for Tom Izzo.

And after a long few days, neither did Michigan State star Miles Bridges' offense.

It took Cassius Winston making all six of his 3-point shots and a late 11-2 run to deliver a 68-63 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday at Kohl Center that gave the top-ranked Spartans ...Read more

Duke's Coach K, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim offer ideas for changing college basketball

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DURHAM, N.C. -- After Duke's 60-44 win over Syracuse on Saturday, the talk wasn't about the return of Marvin Bagley III or the Blue Devils' fifth straight win and their fourth straight while holding an ACC opponent under 60 points.

Instead, the talk from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was about the dark cloud hanging ...Read more

Pistons' Stan Van Gundy: NCAA 'one of worst organizations'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy admits it's a case of defending your own.

But he is declining to level criticism at college coaches in the wake of the FBI probe of corruption in college basketball that has ensnared big-name players and big-name coaches -- including Michigan State star Miles Bridges.

Over the course of ...Read more

Wolves' Jimmy Butler has surgery on meniscus

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The Timberwolves announced Sunday that All-Star guard Jimmy Butler underwent successful meniscus surgery on his right knee.

The operation was performed by Dr. Diane Dahm at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Butler will be sidelined indefinitely, the Wolves said.

The injury occurred during the Wolves' 120-102 loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday.

In ...Read more

Lakers survive Kings scare behind Caldwell-Pope's big game

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lately in Sacramento, during games between the Lakers and the Kings, there tends to come a point when the visiting team's fans take over the crowd.

On Saturday evening, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made it happen with just under six minutes left in the third quarter.

When Caldwell-Pope sank a three pointer, his seventh of the...Read more

Timberwolves shake off adversity to beat Bulls, 122-104

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wolves on Saturday were playing on the back end of one of the most difficult back-to-backs you might think of.

Friday in Houston the Wolves lost both a game to the Rockets and star Jimmy Butler to a knee injury for at least a good while. And then they were unable to get out of town because of mechanical difficulties with ...Read more

Warriors overcome tension-filled moments to rout Thunder, 112-80

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- For once, the compelling drama did not just center on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Instead, the Warriors secured a 112-80 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday by overcoming other tension-filled moments that could derail most teams. The Warriors (46-14) also avoided a regular-season sweep to any opponent ...Read more

UCLA hopes to make a late run

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BOULDER, Colo. -- UCLA appears to be in a precarious spot heading into its final two games before the Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament.

The Bruins have fallen into a tie for third place in the conference standings after losing to Utah on Thursday. They are on the edge of securing an NCAA tournament berth, according to most projections. ...Read more

Heat get opportunity to exhale with 115-89 rout of Grizzlies

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MIAMI -- Eric Spoelstra offered no pretense during his pregame media session.

"It's time."

He paused, offered nothing more until prodded.

"It's absolutely time right now," he finally continued. "Our guys understand that it starts tonight."

That was the hope and it continues to remain the hope, with the Miami Heat opening their five-game ...Read more

With Marvin Bagley III back, Duke beats Syracuse, 60-44

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DURHAM, N.C. -- When Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III checked into the game Saturday, the some 9,300 fans in Cameron Indoor Stadium gave him a standing ovation.

They had waited for his return since he injured his knee in a game against North Carolina on Feb. 8. He had missed the last four games with a mild knee sprain. And in his first game back...Read more

Joel Embiid powers Sixers past Magic, 116-105

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers did their best to downplay it.

They'll tell you the goal heading into Saturday night's matchup against the Orlando Magic was to play a complete game. But you had to know that "complete game" were the code words for not having a let-down against the struggling Orlando Magic.

They didn't, beating the Magic, 116-105, in ...Read more

Kansas claims at least a share of 14th consecutive Big 12 title by winning at Texas Tech

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kansas has won 14 straight Big 12 championships ... and counting.

The No. 8-ranked Jayhawks (23-6, 12-4) busted a tie with UCLA for most consecutive conference titles on Saturday by claiming an historic 74-72 victory over No. 6 Texas Tech (22-7, 10-6) at United Supermarkets Arena.

Devonte Graham scored 26 points, including ...Read more

Timberwolves say Jimmy Butler has meniscus injury; no timetable for return

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Saturday afternoon that Jimmy Butler -- who hurt his right knee in the third quarter of Friday's loss in Houston -- has an injury to the meniscus cartilage in the knee.

Team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Diane Dahm of Mayo Clinic evaluated the MRI, which was taken after the Wolves -- delayed by ...Read more

Michigan adds to resume, routs Maryland, 85-61

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Michigan put together its best half in a long time and never looked back.

As a result, the Wolverines will enter next week's Big Ten tournament with momentum at their backs.

Michigan received a career-high 28 points from Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, 22 of which came in the first half, as the Wolverines blew by Maryland on ...Read more