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Warriors overcome 'subdued' day with Game 3 win over Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO -- The Warriors first experienced what coach Steve Kerr called a "subdued feeling." Then, the team both grieved and expressed sympathy over Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, passing away.

The Warriors then experienced sluggishness. Then, the Warriors saw the Spurs pour out their emotions stemmed from Popovich's ...Read more

Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo to enter NBA draft, not hire an agent

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PHILADELPHIA -- As expected, redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo has become the fourth player from Villanova's national championship team to enter the NBA draft but the second one to not hire an agent, leaving his options open for a possible return to the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-5 DiVincenzo, who was named the most outstanding player of the ...Read more

Joel Embiid lifts Sixers over Heat in first game back from injury

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MIAMI -- The 76ers welcomed back their best player, and got back to their winning ways.

Joel Embiid finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks as the Sixers defeated the Miami Heat, 128-108, Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at AmericanAirlines Arena. Philly will take a 2-1 series ...Read more

Heat lose to 76ers, fall to 2-1 deficit in opening round

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat had enough grit, turning this into a foul-filled street fight.

They had enough fire, Justise Winslow chasing down Joel Embiid for a blocked shot, Goran Dragic flexing amid his third-quarter scoring outburst.

But what they did not have were enough weapons or the ability to sustain, eventually worn down in a 128-108 loss ...Read more

Steve Kerr remembers Erin Popovich; Spurs announce Gregg Popovich will not coach Game 3

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SAN ANTONIO -- The somber mood permeated the Warriors' morning shootaround with their stoic facial expressions and soft words for obvious reasons. The Warriors mourned the passing of Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, an incident that Warriors coach Steve Kerr called "shocking" and "unexpected" after "courageously fighting a ...Read more

Dwyane Wade on Kevin Hart: 'We're not friends right now'

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade draws a firm line when it comes to the playoffs. And the Miami Heat guard is not crossing that line even when it comes to his friendship with comedian Kevin Hart.

So after drawing motivation from Hart rooting for his hometown Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of this best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series, Wade said ...Read more

Timberwolves thumped by Rockets, 102-82 in Game 2

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HOUSTON -- In Sunday's Game 1 of a first-round playoff series, the 3-point loving Houston Rockets made a mere two more 3s than the Timberwolves and still walked away 3-point winners after a last-seconds scare.

In Wednesday's game, Rockets superstar James Harden made just two of his 18 shots from the field three nights after he scored 44 points ...Read more

LeBron James scores 46 points, Cavs even series in 100-97 win over Pacers

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers public relations department comes up with a playoff theme each year.

There has been Rise Up, All In, and Defend the Land in the past few years. This year the motto is Whatever It Takes.

LeBron James came out with that mentality on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena and turned into a scoring machine the Indiana ...Read more

Joel Embiid 'doubtful' for Sixers-Heat Game 3

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Within an hour of arriving in Miami on Wednesday, the 76ers were on a practice court and Joel Embiid was with them for a second consecutive day. But, his return to playing is still unknown as he was officially listed as doubtful for Game 3.

Doubtful does not inspire confidence or probability, but it is definitely an upgrade from being listed as...Read more

Report: Kevin Ollie charges UConn with violating his right to due process

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kevin Ollie's contract dispute with UConn, not surprisingly, is getting messy.

Ollie's lawyers have sent UConn president Susan Herbst a letter accusing the school of violating his constitutional rights by firing him for "just cause" before giving him an opportunity to contest the decision. The letter, dated April 3, was ...Read more

Former Kansas State guard Amaad Wainright sped away from police at 100 mph, affidavit says

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Former Kansas State basketball player Amaad Wainright sped away from police at 100 mph after he was initially stopped following a road-rage shooting that involved his car on Jan. 17 in Overland Park, according to a Johnson County court affidavit obtained by The Kansas City Star.

Wainright has been charged with two felonies: ...Read more

Wenyen Gabriel enters NBA draft, but could still return to Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Wenyen Gabriel joined four University of Kentucky players in announcing Wednesday his intention of entering his name in this year's NBA draft. Like PJ Washington, he said he would not hire an agent, thus leaving open the option of returning to play for UK next season.

Gabriel said he made the decision after speaking with UK ...Read more

Heat concerned 76ers are doing big things even without Embiid

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MIAMI -- The inside story in the Miami Heat's playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers is that the 76ers are doing big things without Joel Embiid.

And that has the Heat concerned even with the status of Philadelphia's big man in doubt for Thursday's Game 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

With the best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series ...Read more

Sixers to face Mavericks in China next preseason

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The 76ers will play the Dallas Mavericks in a pair of preseason games in China as part of the NBA China Games 2018.

The teams will play at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Oct. 5. Three days later, they'll meet again at the Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen.

The NBA China Games started in 2004. The Sixers and Mavericks will become ...Read more

Michigan's Moritz Wagner confident in decision to leave

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These decisions are never as simple as they may look from the outside. Externally, it's always easy to spend someone else's money or determine someone else's future.

But when you're the person in question, the complexities grow beyond imagination.

For the second time in two years, Moritz Wagner found himself in that situation. Only this time, ...Read more

How Klay Thompson's thumb injury is paying off for Warriors

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson suffered a fractured right thumb in March.

It might have been a lucky break.

Thompson is shooting the lights out as the Warriors head to San Antonio with a 2-0 lead in this first-round series. And coach Steve Kerr credited Thompson's bum thumb for providing an unexpected payoff.

"The injury may have helped him...Read more

Warriors' Curry to travel with team to San Antonio for rehab

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors guard Stephen Curry may not play in the first round of the NBA playoffs. But he will still travel with the Warriors to San Antonio on Wednesday for Games 3 (Thursday) and 4 (Sunday) of their first-round series against the Spurs. That way, Curry can both continue rehabbing his Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee with ...Read more

Allen Iverson has grown to appreciate the crossover on Michael Jordan

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What's most striking every time retired NBA players tell old Michael Jordan stories is not the Bulls legend's physics-defying athleticism. It's his bluntness.

And it's on full display in a recent anecdote from Allen Iverson, the former 76ers great who famously sent Jordan into GIF history with a nasty crossover dribble during a Bulls win on ...Read more

Warriors withstand Spurs' adjustments, grab 2-0 series lead with 116-101 victory

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors feared what was coming. Their dominance could lead to complacency. Their discipline could lead to sloppiness. Their accuracy could lead to inefficiency.

The Warriors still finished with a 116-101 Game 2 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday at Oracle Arena for a 2-0 first-round series lead. ...Read more

Dwayne Bacon could alter Hornets' sorry 2nd-round NBA draft history

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Charlotte Hornets fans saw just a slice of Dwayne Bacon. But what he demonstrated his rookie season is a significant departure from this franchise's history with second-round picks:

Major long-term potential; as in could-be-a-starter-someday potential.

Bacon lasted 40 picks before being chosen last June. A factor in his lasting that long was a...Read more