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Lakers' LeBron James earns spot on All-NBA third team

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James, after his 19th season as a professional, earned a spot on the All-NBA third team.

All-NBA teams were announced Tuesday, with James earning a place on one of the three teams for the 18th time, extending his NBA record.

Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic made the first ...Read more

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Warriors' Steve Kerr gives impassioned plea to lawmakers after Texas elementary school shooting

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DALLAS — Coach Steve Kerr, one of the NBA’s leading voices on social issues, gave another emotional plea for gun control after 14 children and one teacher shot and killed Tuesday at a Texas elementary school just hours before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Kerr said he was “fed up” after the latest mass shooting that took ...Read more

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Heat guard Tyler Herro questionable for Game 5 vs. Celtics; Jimmy Butler off injury report

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MIAMI — Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s 8:30 p.m. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics at FTX Arena after missing Monday night’s Game 4 loss at TD Garden due to a groin strain.

Despite ESPN reporting Tuesday that Herro has the type of injury that typically requires an ...Read more

Zach LaVine has surgery on his left knee as Bulls guard prepares to enter free agency

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CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday after playing through discomfort and swelling for most of the 2021-22 season.

LaVine’s surgery took place at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, where he lives during the offseason, and he’s expected to make a full recovery...Read more

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Knicks' RJ Barrett makes three-summer commitment to Canadian National Team

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NEW YORK — RJ Barrett has made a three-summer commitment to the Canadian National Team.

The Knicks’ budding star was named to his nation’s “core roster” on Tuesday, with the purpose of locking in the 14 players through the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Barrett is expected to participate in the World Cup qualifiers beginning July, with ...Read more

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Mac Engel: This is not Luka Doncic's time. Dallas Mavericks are no match for Golden State's dynasty.

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Watching Luka Doncic embarrass the Phoenix Suns in Game 7 seduced us into thinking he is ready to do something that his team is not.

The Dallas Mavericks are good and are now in the tier of teams that brag, “We are soooo close.”

So close.

So, so close.

And, yet ...

On Sunday night at the American Airlines Center, after Sir Charles ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: The Warriors can gain a massive NBA Finals advantage by sweeping Dallas

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The Warriors shouldn’t need any more incentive to win Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

A trip to the NBA Finals — a sixth in eight years — is on the line, after all.

But the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics provided some additional value on Monday night.

Tied at 2-2, the Eastern Conference Finals are going to go ...Read more

Summer homework: What the Pistons need to ace their offseason

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That collective groan during last week’s NBA Draft Lottery was the Pistons' fan base lamenting dropping two spots to the No. 5 pick. Entering the lottery, the Pistons had the third-worst record and were tied for the best odds (14%) to get the No. 1 pick.

After getting the first pick last season and selecting Cade Cunningham, the Pistons have ...Read more

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Would Malcolm Brogdon make sense with the Knicks or Nets?

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If the reports suggesting the Knicks are interested in trading for Pacers’ PG Malcolm Brogdon are true, they would be in the company of at least seven other teams who could benefit from a deal for Indiana’s floor general – including their rival across the Brooklyn bridge.

In what projects to be an NBA offseason period mirroring a game of ...Read more

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Game over? Louisville makes major move in pursuit of longtime Kentucky target DJ Wagner.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The latest development in the recruitment of star high school basketball prospect DJ Wagner is here, and it’s a big one.

The University of Louisville has hired Milt Wagner for a staff position under new head coach Kenny Payne, a long-expected move that could bring an immediate recruiting splash for this new era of Cardinals...Read more

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Celtics start fast, finish off Miami in Game 4, 102-82

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BOSTON — If Game 3 was about being taken out before it had barely started, the Celtics reversed the concept Monday night.

Beginning with a 29-11 first quarter and building a lead that peaked at 32 points, the Celtics hit back with a 102-82 win over Miami for a 2-2 series tie in the Eastern Conference Finals.

In addition to the finest season ...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: What would it take for the Nets to make a fairytale trade for LeBron James?

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Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James walk into Barclays Center. What sounds like the makings of a bad dad joke could be a dream come true if LeBron ever forced his way to Brooklyn via trade, and “The King” got the trade wheels turning when he suggested he’d love an opportunity to play with the two Nets’ stars on social media.

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Warriors best Mavericks in Game 3, back on NBA Finals doorstep

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DALLAS – Luka Dončić scored 21 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks star’s efforts weren’t enough to beat a Warriors team that emerged with a 109-100 victory Sunday night.

Golden State is now one win away from the NBA Finals.

The Warriors’ starters were in rhythm all night on both ends of the floor, putting ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Based on how balls bounced, is a rivalry brewing for Heat?

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BOSTON — As he walked off the Miami Heat practice court Monday, veteran forward and converted hockey fan Udonis Haslem shook his head.

“Not good. Not good,” he said. “The Lightning, that’s not good for us, right?”

He was talking about the Florida Panthers’ second-round matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the two-time-...Read more

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Mike Sielski: The City Council resolution honoring Joel Embiid was silly, but not for the reasons you think

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia City Council did a silly thing Thursday, passing a resolution honoring Joel Embiid as the “Most Valuable Philadelphian,” and calling the resolution silly is the best thing you can say about it. Embiid had finished second in the voting for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award to the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola ...Read more

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Heat survive loss of both Jimmy Butler and huge lead, hold off Celtics for 2-1 series lead

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BOSTON — It was a night that was going to leave the Miami Heat at a loss, regardless of the outcome, with Jimmy Butler’s night done at halftime due to knee inflammation.

But that also is where the Heat held the line, riding the aggression of center Bam Adebayo to a harrowing 109-103 victory Saturday night over the Boston Celtics at TD ...Read more

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Despite 'questionable' status, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he expects Andrew Wiggins to play in Game 3

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DALLAS — Andrew Wiggins is listed as questionable for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals with ankle soreness, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr is certain the 27-year-old forward will play on Sunday night.

How can Kerr be so sure?

Following a team workout in Dallas Saturday, Kerr said Warriors vice president of communications Raymond Ridder...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: He might be a longshot, but Doc Rivers still Lakers' best shot for coach

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LOS ANGELES — So, the Lakers floated their three leading candidates for coach to the media this week as a sort of trial balloon.

Terry Stotts! Kenny Atkinson! Darvin Ham!

Pssssssst.

The news fell flatter than a Russell Westbrook jump shot. The options quickly lost all air, the shriveled remains floating harmlessly into the cluttered mess ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Steve Kerr has been the Warriors' X-factor this postseason

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SAN FRANCISCO — Coaching in the NBA playoffs is anything but easy.

Just ask Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, who stepped into the Warriors’ head coaching role when Steve Kerr was out with COVID during Golden State’s semifinal series with the Grizzlies.

“Steve, if you’re watching, get healthy quick,” Brown implored Kerr after ...Read more

Kyle Lowry, P.J. Tucker back in Heat mix ahead of East finals Game 3 in Boston

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BOSTON — Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker were on the court Saturday morning for the Miami Heat ahead of Saturday night’s Game 3 at TD Garden against the Boston Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

For the Heat, it was a significant step, considering Lowry had missed eight of the previous 10 games due to a strained left ...Read more