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Can James Harden still be an elite scorer? Or is the Sixer now just a facilitator? Daryl Morey won't say

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PHILADELPHIA — Daryl Morey used the word “unlocked” a couple of times when referring to 76ers point guard James Harden.

That led to the Sixers’ president of basketball operations being asked if there’s multiple levels Harden can elevate to than what he’s shown the past couple of months with his new team or should people adjust their...Read more

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Western Conference finals preview: A quick look at the Warriors-Mavericks matchup

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Dallas Mavericks’s dominant performance in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals series Sunday against the Phoenix Suns was a look at what’s to come for the Warriors.

The Mavericks, behind superstar Luka Doncic, sent the Suns packing for their end-of-season vacations much sooner than anticipated with a Game 7 ...Read more

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William 'Worldwide' Wesley tabbed to change the Knicks dreary lottery luck

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After a career of operating in the shadows, William ‘Worldwide’ Wesley is stepping into the spotlight.

The Knicks executive and backroom basketball operator will represent the team at the draft lottery Tuesday in Chicago, where James Dolan’s squad will face long odds to move into the top-4.

Wesley, nicknamed ‘Worldwide Wes,’ had been...Read more

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Warriors 'hopeful' Otto Porter Jr. will play Game 1 of Western Conference finals

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SAN FRANCISCO — Coach Steve Kerr on Sunday said he’s “hopeful” that Otto Porter Jr. will be cleared to play at the start of the Western Conference finals.

Porter has missed the last game and a half due to soreness in his right foot that flared up during the Golden State Warriors’ Game 5 blowout loss Wednesday night. Porter had done ...Read more

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Heat to face Celtics in Eastern Conference finals after Boston routs defending champion Bucks

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The Miami Heat finally know who stands between them and a trip to the NBA Finals.

With a 109-81 decimation of the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, the Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. Boston will face Miami in Game 1 on Tuesday at FTX Arena in Miami at 8:30 p.m...Read more

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Celtics smash defending champion Bucks 109-81 in Game 7, reach Eastern Conference Finals

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BOSTON — Over seven games, 15 nights and 336 minutes, the Bucks tried to frame their second-round series with the Celtics as a bet.

That they could successfully isolate Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown against Giannis Antetokounmpo, the greatest player in the world, and Jrue Holiday in a tilted contest of stars.

That Boston’s role players ...Read more

Heat to face Celtics in Eastern Conference finals after Boston routs defending champion Bucks

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The Miami Heat finally know who stands between them and a trip to the NBA Finals.

With a 109-81 decimation of the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, the Boston Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. Boston will face Miami in Game 1 on Tuesday at FTX Arena in Miami at 8:30 p.m...Read more

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Steve Kerr returns to Warriors after testing positive for COVID-19 last week

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SAN FRANCISCO – Steve Kerr returned to coach the Warriors Sunday after he tested positive for the coronavirus last week.

Kerr cleared the NBA’s health and safety protocols this weekend after he missed the Warriors’ last three games due to COVID-19. During that span, Golden State went 2-1 with Mike Brown at the helm and advanced to the ...Read more

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Report: Wolves' Towns undergoes treatment for multiple injuries

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MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns' girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, posted a photo Saturday of Towns on her Instagram story that set off some concern among Minnesota Timberwolves fans on social media.

The photo was of Towns on a couch but with what appeared to be a brace on his right leg.

It turns out Towns has multiple injuries he is trying to heal...Read more

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After 13 years in NBA, Warriors' Steph Curry graduates from Davidson College

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SAN FRANCISCO — Steph Curry has a mantle full of trophies earned through his Warriors career. He can add a college diploma to his collection.

Thirteen years after leaving Davidson College for the NBA, Curry will graduate with the class of 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Curry won’t be at his alma mater’s graduation ceremony...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Heat's Udonis Haslem getting NHL playoff chills from Panthers

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These have been tense times for Udonis Haslem, sweating out these playoffs, stakes raised, clock ticking.

Oh, and he’s been involved with the Miami Heat’s championship chase, as well.

Consider it playoffs squared for the South Florida icon, because the veteran Heat captain also can’t get enough of his Florida Panthers.

“It’s ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: It's an injustice Kirk Speraw is not retiring from UCF

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Kirk Speraw announced his retirement earlier this week as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa.

If life were fair, he would be retiring after nearly three decades as the head basketball coach at UCF.

In hindsight, the firing of Speraw as UCF’s longtime basketball coach a dozen years ago turned out to be one of the biggest injustices ...Read more

Dieter Kurtenbach: The Warriors are old, grouchy and here to put the NBA's young guns in their place

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SAN FRANCISCO — These NBA playoffs have been about the next generation.

LeBron James, 37, is at home, tweeting through his boredom. Kevin Durant, 33, was swept in the first round. (He always finds time for social media.) James Harden’s hard living on and off the court has zapped him of his superpowers at 32 and played a huge role in the ...Read more

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Mike Sielski: The Sixers did the worst thing you can do to Philly sports fans. They gave them false hope.

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The most toxic commodity in Philadelphia sports is unfulfilled hope. The 76ers of this era have delivered little more than that. It’s no stretch to say that the collective reaction around here to the Sixers’ 99-90 loss Thursday night and their six-game, second-round flameout to the Heat goes beyond mere disappointment. There’s anger in the...Read more

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Warriors fend off Grizzlies to win series behind Thompson and Wiggins

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Chase Center crowd chanted “Whoop that trick! Whoop that trick!” late in the fourth quarter after the Golden State Warriors pulled away with a 11-point lead.

The cheers mocked the Memphis Grizzlies’ unofficial anthem, which Stephen Curry had said was the team’s mentality heading into Game 5, a statement that upset ...Read more

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Celtics beat Bucks, 108-95, force Game 7 behind Jayson Tatum's 46 points

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MILWAUKEE — Jayson Tatum watched his season slip to the brink Wednesday, first standing in a crowded left corner and then alone on the right wing, as the Celtics’ final possessions imploded without him.

On Friday night, Tatum took Boston’s fate into his hands and willed and scored his way to a Game 7.

Tatum poured in 46 points and never ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Heat's undrafted players outplayed 76ers' pedigree -- sports at its best

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There was a moment in the second half of this signature Miami Heat night, this beautiful Thursday night, when the television camera swung to a seated Pat Riley, who arched his neck and lifted his chin and offered the angular idea of an eagle surveying his constructed world.

What was it the poet wrote, about this being your created world — ...Read more

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Doc Rivers will return as Sixers coach, team president Daryl Morey says

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PHILADELPHIA — Addressing the big question about Doc Rivers’ future as the 76ers’ head coach, team president of basketball operations Daryl Morey gave his assurance on Friday that Rivers will be back next season.

“He’s a great coach,” Morey said one day after the Sixers were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the second round of the ...Read more

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David Murphy: Joel Embiid says the Sixers need tougher players like P.J. Tucker. They also need more of it from James Harden.

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PHILADELPHIA — What now?

The question had been swirling for weeks, two little words bubbling beneath the red-white-and-blue crust of the Sixers’ latest strategic pivot. They did what they could to make you ignore it, to fool yourself into thinking that the best was yet to come. But it was always there, and with 1:08 left in a do-or-die Game...Read more

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Joel Embiid refuses to dwell on postseason injuries, but admits the Sixers must get tougher after another second-round exit

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PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid wrapped close friend Jimmy Butler into a hug near the 76ers’ bench before walking off the court late Thursday, the physical representation of one All-Star and his team moving on to the Eastern Conference finals and the other again falling short of the ultimate goal.

When Embiid emerged from the Sixers’ locker ...Read more