Clippers secure No. 2 seed in the West with win over Nuggets

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The Los Angeles Clippers clinched the second-best record in the Western Conference with Wednesday's 124-111 win against Denver, a victory that ensures a first-round postseason matchup next week against seventh-seeded Dallas.

The Clippers are 3-0 this season against the Mavericks, including a 15-point victory Aug. 6.

For its part, Denver will ...Read more

With playoff place locked in, Heat rest starters, lose Crowder in 116-115 loss to Thunder

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The Miami Heat came out with a purpose Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Apparently it was to put together a solid first half and emerge unscathed.

On that count, even after pushing to an early 18-point lead, Erik Spoelstra's team came up short.

With forward Jae Crowder lost for the night after bumping knees with the Thunder's...Read more

Sixers fall to Raptors, brace for first-round date with Celtics

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bring on the Boston Celtics.

The 76ers learned their fate for the opening round of the playoffs minutes before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors. The Indiana Pacers had just beaten the Houston Rockets to clinch at least the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. That locked the Sixers into the sixth spot and...Read more

Orange County declares 8/24 Kobe Bryant Day

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LOS ANGELES -- Orange County supervisors picked an easy-to-remember date to designate as Kobe Bryant Day.

It's Aug. 24, chosen for the two jersey numbers, 8 and 24, the late Lakers legend wore during his 20-year career.

That date is also a day after Bryant's birthday. He would have been 42 this year.

The supervisors voted to observe Kobe ...Read more

Kings and Pelicans finally clash in long-awaited nationally televised game, but …

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The Kings and New Orleans Pelicans were locked in a three-way tie for ninth in the Western Conference when they suited up for a nationally televised game at Golden 1 Center on March 11.

The contest had major playoff implications for both teams, but in a surreal scene shortly before tip-off, the game was postponed, fans were instructed to leave ...Read more

Kansas coach Bill Self will tape Cameo videos. Proceeds to charity, of course.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has partnered with Cameo, an internet site where he will record personalized videos to sell to individuals.

Self's fee for a Cameo call has been set at $150, with all proceeds to go to charity. Cameo customers pay a wide range of celebrities and athletes for personalized birthday...Read more

Montrezl Harrell facing plenty of challenges in his return to the Clippers

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Should Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell clear his four-day quarantine later this week, as expected, the finalist for the NBA's top reserve will have only days to rebuild rhythm with teammates and regain his conditioning before the postseason begins.

And those are only the physical challenges he faces after three weeks away from the ...Read more

Undermanned Sixers fall, 130-117, to Phoenix Suns

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- It could had been worse ... much worse.

The already banged-up 76ers were expected to lose Tuesday on a day they rested players against the hottest squad in the bubble.

The Phoenix Suns pulled away midway through the fourth quarter to take a 130-117 victory at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex. The Sixers dropped to 42-29 ...Read more

Joel Embiid 'mad at the whole world' to start the season: 'I was not myself'

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Joel Embiid confirmed something that we already knew.

The 76ers center discussed not having fun earlier this season on the latest episode of The Old Man &The Three Podcast with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter. Redick played two seasons with the Sixers before signing with the New Orleans Pelicans last summer. He and Embiid have ...Read more

Kyle Kuzma's last-second three-pointer lifts Lakers to victory over Nuggets

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kyle Kuzma had done this so many times before -- enough so that his teammates identified him as their go-to if they needed a game-winner.

They had 4.5 seconds to win this game. LeBron James inbounded the ball and with a play to get him open, Kuzma stepped behind the three-point line to take an open shot. It swished through with...Read more

Jimmy Butler turns showdown into 114-92 Heat rout of Pacers

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No fireworks this time between Jimmy Butler and T.J. Warren.

Then again, perhaps the two were merely sparring for the main event -- next week's start of the NBA playoffs.

Meeting for the first of two games this week, and seeded for a potential best-of-seven postseason series that would start next week, the Miami Heat pushed past the Indiana ...Read more

Clippers' Montrezl Harrell returns to NBA bubble after three weeks away

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In a series of social media posts, Los Angeles Clippers center Montrezl Harrell indicated he has returned to the NBA's Disney World campus after three weeks away and is in the process of rejoining his team ahead of its playoff push.

"I'm back!!!!!!!!" Harrell tweeted Monday morning. On Instagram, he posted a video that he'd geotagged at Disney ...Read more

Saban, Krzyzewski among 74 coaches supporting Calipari's minority hiring program

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With John Calipari among 74 coaches taking part, the John McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative is now taking applications for Future Leader opportunities at schools across the country.

Calipari will fund six positions at the University of Kentucky, UK announced Monday. Information about the program and how to apply can be found at ...Read more

Ben Simmons to be re-evaluated in two weeks after Monday's surgery; Joel Embiid, Josh Richardson to miss Suns game

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The 76ers could be a shell of themselves during Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns at The Arena.

Joel Embiid will be sidelined with a twisted left ankle. Josh Richardson will miss the game due to rest. Tobias Harris (right ankle soreness) and Al Horford (left knee soreness) are questionable.

Meanwhile, Ben Simmons, who...Read more

Kings eliminated from playoff contention and annihilated by Rockets' Austin Rivers

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The Kings played meaningful games into August after the season was postponed nearly four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They went to the NBA bubble with an opportunity to end the league's longest active postseason drought after 13 consecutive losing seasons, but it will feel like any other March or April in Sacramento now that the ...Read more

Lakers are losing and their offense ranks last in the bubble. Is the problem mental?

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A month in the NBA bubble has presented the Los Angeles Lakers with some mental hurdles, causing them to get what center JaVale McGee described as "a little cabin fever."

But that is a small price to pay, McGee said, because the goal is to win the Lakers' 17th NBA championship even while going through some unique circumstances.

"It definitely ...Read more

Sixers-Trail Blazers rapid reaction: Josh Richardson takes over, Lillard a handful

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This was the fifth seeding game for the 76ers in the NBA's restart and second without Ben Simmons, who will undergo surgery in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee. Then the Sixers lost Joel Embiid for good in the first quarter with a left ankle injury.

Not the best news with the playoffs a week away. The Sixers still showed ...Read more

Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal has brain cancer

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LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Famer Paul Westphal, the legendary high school basketball player from Southern California who became an All-American at USC, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, it was announced Sunday by close friend Mike Lupica.

Lupica said in a tweet that Westphal has glioblastoma, which is a rapidly growing tumor in the brain. "...Read more

Butler, Dragic expected back for Heat, as Butler-Warren rematch looms vs. Pacers

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As the stakes increase for the Miami Heat so do the options for coach Erik Spoelstra.

Forward Jimmy Butler and guard Goran Dragic returned to practice Sunday at Disney World, in the wake of injuries that have the Heat on a two-game losing streak going into Monday night's playoff-seeding showdown against the Indiana Pacers.

Butler has missed ...Read more

Draymond Green fined $50K for tampering with Devin Booker live on TNT

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Draymond Green may not be playing in the NBA's Disney World bubble, but that hasn't stopped him from being fined during the league's restart.

The NBA levied a $50,000 fine on the Warriors forward for comments he made as a TNT analyst Friday, saying Suns guard Devin Booker needs a new home.

"It's not good for him. It's not good for his career,"...Read more