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This is the Nets' worst nightmare

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MILWAUKEE — As “Bucks in six!” chants erupted at the Fiserv Forum, the Nets emptied their bench, and the Bucks connected on a late-game alley-oop from Jrue Holiday to Giannis Antetokounmpo that blew the roof off the arena.

The Nets face an uphill battle to realize their championship dreams in a season mired by the injuries that have been ...Read more

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Hawks defense in 'emergency mode' for Game 4

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A lot has been made of the No. 5 seed Hawks missing two of their best defenders — De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish — for the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against the top-seeded 76ers, and rightly so.

Reddish has been out since February with right Achilles soreness and on Wednesday Hunter was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs, ...Read more

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With Kyrie Irving hurt, Bucks tie series in stunner

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Suddenly, the Nets are in trouble.

Already down a superstar, Brooklyn lost another when Kyrie Irving’s ankle rolled over to a painful sprain. Then the Nets were bullied and pummeled by the Bucks on Sunday afternoon, 107-96, with Kevin Durant unable to carry the weight by his lonesome.

Only a few days ago, the Nets held a 2-0 series advantage...Read more

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Sixers are locked in, focused on keeping momentum heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals

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ATLANTA — The 76ers have been here before.

Back in 2019, the Sixers lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. They bounced back to win Games 2 and 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. They didn’t just win Game 3, they pummeled the Raptors, 116-95, on a night Joel Embiid had 33 points, 10 ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Paul George shows up in Game 3 win, giving the Clippers a chance in series

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They screamed it.

Late in the first half of the Clippers’ survival second-round playoff game against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, Paul George hit a trey over Royce O’Neale, spun on his heels and howled all the way back down the court.

They posed it.

Later in the half, George hit another three-pointer, this time over Donovan Mitchell, ...Read more

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Ira Winderman: Heat in no rush for Riley roulette with future drafts

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Back in 2015, when Miami Heat President Pat Riley was a young, impetuous 69-year-old, still living on the edge, he tossed an unprotected first-round pick the Phoenix Suns’ way as part of a package to acquire Goran Dragic.

The gamble with that 2021 selection ultimately came at only a nominal cost, with the Heat securing a playoff berth this ...Read more

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New Kentucky guard Sahvir Wheeler credits biblical story for his 'attack-you mentality'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The heir apparent as Kentucky point guard described his approach to basketball as aggressive, assertive, unflinching and unyielding.

"I've always had that attack-you mentality," Sahvir Wheeler said Friday.

To explain the source of this unquenchable desire to triumph, Wheeler went biblical. To be exact, Numbers Chapter 13 is ...Read more

Clippers make it a series with Game 3 rout of Jazz

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LOS ANGELES — Ringing Staples Center’s bowl on a videoboard, and projected dozens of feet high in the corners of the arena’s highest reaches, the Los Angeles Clippers’ marketing campaign has been impossible to miss this postseason.

But “Playoffs Our Way” has never rang so true as Saturday.

For better or worse this postseason, the ...Read more

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Nets' Harden out, Green questionable for Game 4 vs. Bucks

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MILWAUKEE — James Harden will not play in Game 4 of the Nets’ second-round series against the Bucks on Sunday, but veteran forward Jeff Green might be available.

Nets head coach Steve Nash listed Green as “questionable” for Game 4, a significant upgrade after his status had not budged since his first-round injury. Green strained the ...Read more

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Sixers small forward Danny Green to miss 2 to 5 weeks with Grade 2 right calf strain

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ATLANTA — Danny Green will miss the remainder of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and perhaps the rest of the postseason.

The 76ers small forward suffered a game-ending Grade II right calf strain early in Friday’s Game 3 victory over the Altanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. The best-case scenario is for him to return in two weeks after he�...Read more

NBA says security guard who bumped P.J. Tucker benched for rest of Bucks-Nets series

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Antjuan Lambert, the 35-year-old bodyguard who shoved Bucks forward P.J. Tucker in Milwaukee on Thursday night, is suspended from court duty for the rest of the series. As Nets star Kevin Durant and Tucker got into it in the third quarter of Game 3, Lambert unnecessarily rushed the court and shouldered Tucker away from Durant.

Lambert “was ...Read more

David Murphy: As the injury concerns mount, the Sixers continue to look like an NBA title threat

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Will they be healthy enough? That’s the only legitimate question about the Sixers right now. If there had been any doubt about the balance of power in this Eastern Conference semifinals series, it was gone by the closing minutes of Game 3.

The starters were still on the court, and you could hear the sound of the ball being dribbled off the ...Read more

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Bob Raissman: Whether or not Jay Williams was telling the truth, Kevin Durant is right about the situation

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NEW YORK — Shortly after ESPN’s NBA pregame show began Thursday evening, panelist Jay Williams looked into the camera and said: “I’m not a liar.” Kevin Durant, warming up in Milwaukee for Nets-Bucks Game No. 3, would not agree.

Last week, Durant accused Williams of lying about a two-year old story the analyst told on national TV and ...Read more

Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie, out since December with ACL injury, eyes return for NBA Finals: source

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MILWAUKEE — If the Nets reach the NBA Finals, Spencer Dinwiddie is determined to play a role.

After more than six months on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, Dinwiddie is eyeing a return to play if the Nets make it to the Finals, the New York Daily News has learned. A source close to the Nets’ combo guard also says after spending most of ...Read more

Joel Embiid-led Sixers rout Hawks in Game 3 of Eastern Conference semis despite losing Danny Green

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ATLANTA — The 76ers will tell you it was all about the basics.

They used the methods Doc Rivers preached since training camp against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. And it led to a 127-111 victory Friday night. The Sixers have a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 will be 7:30 p.m. Monday in ...Read more

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Clippers center Serge Ibaka undergoes season-ending back surgery

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LOS ANGELES — When Serge Ibaka accompanied the Clippers to Dallas earlier this month to watch the sixth game of their first-round playoff series, it raised hope that the 31-year-old center who had battled back from injuries might be available to play again in the postseason.

Instead, with the Clippers returning to Los Angeles having lost ...Read more

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Top Kentucky basketball target could be making his decision much sooner than expected

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The new No. 1 basketball recruit in the class of 2022 might not stay in that spot for long. reported Friday that Jalen Duren — a major Kentucky target — is expected to reclassify to 2021 later this summer and announce a decision on his basketball future then.

Duren — a 6-foot-10 center from Philadelphia �...Read more

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Kristian Winfield: Inside DeAndre Jordan's NBA purgatory: 'It is a tough position for him to be in'

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Imagine you’re a starter for a championship contender, a big man who has made a career for himself as a rim protector, rebounder and finisher at the rim.

Now imagine you’re relegated to the bench in favor of two mid-season additions, neither of whom have historically been the rim protector you have proven yourself to be. You remain on the ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Clippers still searching for answers to keep pace with Jazz

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Venting his frustration after the Jazz had given up a 21-point lead over the Clippers and fell behind by two points near the middle of the fourth quarter Thursday, Utah guard Donovan Mitchell took a detour on the way to his team's huddle and suddenly kicked out his right foot, flipping up the seat of an innocent chair along the sideline.

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John Clay: Lance Ware wants to be an answer man for this Kentucky basketball team

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LONDON, Ky. — Last season, Lance Ware pestered teammate Keion Brooks with so many questions it got to be a running joke.

"Last year, I was asking Keion a lot of questions," Ware said Wednesday. "We would always make fun of me because I was asking questions. 'Yo, Keion, what are we about to do? What's happening here?' Keion always answered my ...Read more