Chris Paul Out Indefinitely Because of Coronavirus Protocols

Paul, the Phoenix Suns guard, could miss at least a part of the Western Conference finals.

#basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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It’s a New Series as the Injury Bug Returns to Bite the Nets

The Bucks tied their playoff series with the Nets, 2-2, as Kyrie Irving left with an injured ankle, joining James Harden on the Brooklyn sideline.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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In Jae Crowder, the Suns Have an Enforcer With Some Flair

Crowder does a little bit of everything for Phoenix. He’s a key defender, a 3-point specialist and if the need arises, a solid salsa dancer.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #crowder-jae, #denver-nuggets, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games

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For Four Key Teams, the Off-Season Begins Early

The Lakers have to figure out how to regroup, the Mavericks need to support Luka Doncic. The Celtics are shaking things up and Portland is looking for a coach.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #dallas-mavericks, #los-angeles-lakers, #portland-trail-blazers

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Nets Brush Aside the Bucks to Lead Series, 2-0

A 39-point drubbing sends the series back to Milwaukee, and the Bucks back to the drawing board.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #milwaukee-bucks, #playoff-games

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N.B.A. Fans Wanted a Show. They’re Also Getting a Reckoning.

The entertainment of the playoffs has been coupled with a pressing message from players that fans have disrespected them for too long.

#assaults, #basketball, #black-people, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #discrimination, #durant-kevin, #fans-persons, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thomas-isaiah-1989

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The N.B.A. Playoffs Yield Several Injured Stars and No Clear Favorite

Last year’s finalists are out, but concerns about stars like James Harden, Chris Paul and Joel Embiid make it hard to determine which teams will take their places.

#basketball, #conley-mike-jr-1987, #dallas-mavericks, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #embiid-joel, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #murray-jamal-1997, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #playoff-games

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Even LeBron James Isn’t Eternal

At 36, with his team’s future in doubt, James faces basketball mortality.

#basketball, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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Lakers Eliminated from Playoffs With Game 6 Loss to Suns

The Los Angeles Lakers, the defending N.B.A. champions led by LeBron James, struggled with injuries all season.

#basketball, #booker-devin-1996, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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The Knicks Enter a Summer of Tough Calls

Their transformation into a playoff team was one of the more remarkable stories of the season. But keeping the momentum going will require some more good calls.

#barrett-r-j-2000, #basketball, #new-york-knicks, #randle-julius, #rose-derrick, #rose-leon-1961, #thibodeau-tom

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Women’s Basketball Is on the Rise. Is Anyone Paying Attention?

W.N.B.A. commissioner Cathy Engelbert on closing the gender gap in sports.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #engelbert-catherine, #national-basketball-assn, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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The Nets Aren’t Unbeatable, but It’s OK to Be Impressed

The Boston Celtics tried in their first-round series but were too depleted to compete. The Nets’ next opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks, may have a better shot.

#antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #milwaukee-bucks, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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Knicks’ Resurgent Season Ends With Game 5 Loss to the Hawks

Julius Randle had 23 points for the Knicks, but it wasn’t enough. The Hawks’ star guard Trae Young dominated again down the stretch.

#basketball, #new-york-knicks

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After Bonding Over Basketball and Biking, a Big Loss

Mark Eaton and Rudy Gobert, paint protectors past and present for the Utah Jazz, had built a relationship of mutual admiration and respect.

#anthony-carmelo, #basketball, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #eaton-mark-1957-2021, #gobert-rudy-1992, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #utah-jazz

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Kevin Durant and (Possibly) the Greatest Basketball Team of All Time

The Brooklyn Nets were built to be an unbeatable superteam of eccentric basketball superstars. Will they dominate the N.B.A. playoffs?

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael

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The Knicks in the Playoffs Recaptures a Bit of Linsanity

This surprising team has recaptured a touch of Linsanity.

#basketball, #fans-persons, #lee-spike, #lin-jeremy, #madison-square-garden, #new-york-knicks, #playoff-games

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Lost Lead Reminds Mavericks Fans of 2006 Collapse

Fifteen years ago, the Mavericks lost the N.B.A. finals after winning the first two games of the series. Now they have blown a 2-0 series lead over the Clippers.

#basketball, #beverley-patrick-1988, #dallas-tex, #dallas-mavericks, #doncic-luka-1999, #leonard-kawhi, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-clippers, #mann-terance-1996, #playoff-games, #porzingis-kristaps-1995

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Why One American Basketball Team Won’t Be at the Summer Olympics

The U.S. invented basketball but does not dominate one form, three-on-three, when it comes to Olympics qualifying. So, go … Latvia?

#3x3-basketball, #basketball, #gray-allisha-1995, #international-basketball-federation, #olympic-games-2020, #plum-kelsey-1994

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Chris Paul Won’t Be Kept Off the Court

His coach had been inclined to sideline him as he deals with a shoulder injury. But he talked his way into the lineup and helped Phoenix tie its series with the Lakers.

#basketball, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #williams-monty

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High Tech Comes to the High School Basketball Court

Sensors that track the movement of athletes and the basketball were recently used at a high school championship tournament for the first time.

#basketball, #ddsports-inc-shottracker, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #interscholastic-athletics, #national-federation-of-state-high-school-assns, #new-mexico, #playfly-sports-llc, #sensors

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Bruce Brown Is the Nets’ ‘Swiss Army Knife’

With all that Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden can do, it might seem like they don’t need any help on the Nets. But Brown has played a key role this season.

#basketball, #boston-mass, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #brown-bruce-1996, #content-type-personal-profile, #playoff-games

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Ugly N.B.A. Fan Behavior Is Back With Popcorn Toss and Spitting Incident

Inappropriate behavior by fans toward Washington’s Russell Westbrook and Atlanta’s Trae Young has highlighted a pitfall in the return to packed arenas for the playoffs.

#atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #philadelphia-76ers, #stadiums-and-arenas, #utah-jazz, #washington-wizards, #westbrook-russell, #young-trae-1998

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Game On! Great New Sports Books

Just in time for summer, these titles offer a variety of surprises — like the members of the 1986 Boston Red Sox discussing their famous collapse and Kevin Garnett offering his prescriptions for success.

#athletics-and-sports, #baseball, #basketball, #books-and-literature, #cheated-the-inside-story-of-the-astros-scandal-and-a-colorful-history-of-sign-stealing-book, #dicaro-julie-a-1973, #fans-how-watching-sports-makes-us-happier-healthier-and-more-understanding-book, #garnett-kevin, #glory-days-the-summer-of-1984-and-the-90-days-that-changed-sports-and-culture-forever-book, #kg-a-to-z-an-uncensored-encyclopedia-of-life-basketball-and-everything-in-between-book, #martino-andy-journalist, #olmsted-larry-journalist, #ritz-david, #sherman-erik-author, #sidelined-sports-culture-and-being-a-woman-in-america-book, #two-sides-of-glory-the-1986-boston-red-sox-in-their-own-words-book, #wertheim-l-jon

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Derrick Rose Leads Knicks Past Hawks in Game 2

The Knicks head to Atlanta tied with the Hawks, 1-1, thanks to a halftime switch and 26 points from Derrick Rose.

#atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #new-york-knicks, #randle-julius, #rose-derrick, #thibodeau-tom

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The Changing Meaning of Being ‘Like Mike’

Michael Jordan earned a reputation as a fiercely competitive winner with the Chicago Bulls. Owning the Charlotte Hornets hasn’t brought him the same on-court success — yet.

#ball-lamelo, #basketball, #charlotte-hornets, #curry-stephen, #jordan-michael, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries, #tatum-jayson-1998

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W.N.B.A. Suspends Coach for Remark About Liz Cambage’s Weight

Liz Cambage, the Las Vegas Aces center, said Connecticut Sun Coach Curt Miller had made disrespectful comments about her weight during a game on Sunday.

#basketball, #cambage-liz-1991, #connecticut-sun, #las-vegas-aces, #miller-curt-1968, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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The Lakers Weren’t Ready for the Moment. Devin Booker Was.

Booker, the Phoenix Suns’ All-Star guard, is already showing the poise and determination of a playoff regular in his first postseason.

#ayton-deandre-1998, #basketball, #booker-devin-1996, #davis-anthony-1993, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #williams-monty

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New York City Mayor’s Race Intensifies

The temperature on the campaign trail is rising as the primary race enters its final month. 

#adams-eric-l, #basketball, #desusmero-tv-program, #elections-mayors, #nba-championship, #new-york-city, #stringer-scott-m, #voting-and-voters, #yang-andrew-1975

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These N.B.A. Playoffs Burst 2020’s Bubble

The confined, roiled 2020 N.B.A. playoffs reflected their times. So, too, do this year’s celebratory games.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #chase-center-san-francisco-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #united-states-national-anthem-protests-2016

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The Nets’ Starters Are Back Together. And So Are the Fans.

Over 14,000 fans attended Game 1 of the Nets-Celtics series as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Blake Griffin and Joe Harris started together for the first time this season.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #griffin-blake, #harden-james, #harris-joe-1991, #irving-kyrie, #national-basketball-assn, #smart-marcus, #tatum-jayson-1998, #walker-kemba

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Why Being a Knicks Fan Hurts So Good

Knicks fans used to disappointment are now reveling in a season of joy. “God forbid, if we win, we are going to burn this city down,” one famous fan said.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #new-york-city, #new-york-knicks, #playoff-games

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In the NBA Playoffs, The Scariest Teams Are Lower Seeds

Injuries and illness dragged down the records of several teams, including the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. That could mean early postseason exits for the season’s best.

#atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #dallas-mavericks, #denver-nuggets, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-clippers, #los-angeles-lakers, #memphis-grizzlies, #miami-heat, #milwaukee-bucks, #new-york-knicks, #philadelphia-76ers, #phoenix-suns, #playoff-games, #portland-trail-blazers, #sports-injuries, #washington-wizards

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The Phoenix Suns Are Chris Paul’s Latest Project

Paul is pulled in many directions — acting, training, arguing with referees — but now he has his eyes set on winning a championship with the Suns.

#basketball, #houston-rockets, #los-angeles-clippers, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #roberts-michele-a, #wake-forest-university

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Scoot Henderson Has Options. He’s Choosing G League Ignite.

Henderson, 17, will bypass college to play for the Ignite, an N.B.A. developmental team for elite prospects. “You know how every kid has their own path?” he said.

#basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #g-league-ignite, #henderson-scoot-2004, #national-basketball-assn-development-league, #student-athlete-compensation

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Chris Bosh’s Favorite Basketball Writers? Kobe Bryant Makes the List.

“He was one of my heroes growing up,” says the 11-time N.B.A. All-Star and author of “Letters to a Young Athlete.” “Any morsel of knowledge that he shared should be treasured.”

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #books-and-literature, #bosh-chris, #content-type-personal-profile, #writing-and-writers

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Even the Celtics Think the Nets Will Probably Win

The Nets would be heavily favored in the first-round playoff matchup even without Boston’s injury woes. “As a fan of the N.B.A., it’s hard to see those guys losing,” Celtics Coach Brad Stevens said.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries, #stevens-brad-1976, #tatum-jayson-1998

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N.B.A. Awards Picks: Why Stephen Curry Could Win M.V.P.

Denver’s Nikola Jokic separated himself early with historic play. Then Curry, who has won two Most Valuable Player Awards with Golden State, went on a historic run of his own.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #ball-lamelo, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #jokic-nikola-1995, #new-york-knicks

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Ja Morant Is Showing How Much Better He Can Be

Morant, who won last season’s Rookie of the Year Award, avoided a sophomore slump. Still, amid his high-flying dunks and fearsome drives, there is room for him to grow.

#basketball, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999

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It’s the LeBron James vs. Stephen Curry Battle No One Asked For

After years of facing each other in the N.B.A. finals, James and Curry are competing just to make the playoffs. How did this happen?

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #basketball, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries

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Marv Albert, Hall of Fame N.B.A. Sportscaster, Is Retiring

Albert, who turns 80 in June, will call his last game in the Eastern Conference finals.

#albert-marv, #athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #radio, #television

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After Helping Her Husband Gain Freedom, Maya Moore Savors Her Own

Moore, the 2014 W.N.B.A. M.V.P., is reveling in married life and continuing a fight for criminal justice reform alongside Jonathan Irons, whom she married after helping him win his release from prison after 23 years.

#atlanta-ga, #basketball, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #irons-jonathan-1981, #moore-maya, #university-of-connecticut, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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For Jrue Holiday, It’s a Good Game When His Wife Says So

The pressure is on as the Bucks head to the N.B.A. playoffs, but Holiday has somebody at home who understands competition: his wife, Lauren, who faced high expectations on the U.S. national soccer team.

#basketball, #holiday-jrue, #holiday-lauren, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #new-orleans-pelicans-basketball, #united-states-womens-national-soccer-team, #university-of-california-los-angeles

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Vanessa Bryant Delivers Emotional Hall of Fame Speech for Kobe

Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers star who was killed in a helicopter crash last year, was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

#basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #bryant-kobe, #bryant-gianna-2006-20, #bryant-vanessa-1982, #catchings-tamika, #deaths-fatalities, #duncan-tim-1976, #garnett-kevin, #halls-of-fame, #jordan-michael, #los-angeles-lakers, #mulkey-kim

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‘No Smile, No Trash Talk’: Behind Tim Duncan’s Quiet Excellence

A bank shot carried Duncan from St. Croix to Wake Forest, five championships with the Spurs and now the Hall of Fame.

#basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #duncan-tim-1976, #elliott-sean, #halls-of-fame, #san-antonio-spurs

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W.N.B.A. Braces for ‘Fierce Competition’ in New Season

A wave of talented rookies could make for tense battles as new faces like Aari McDonald and Charli Collier take on perennial all-stars like Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #indiana-fever, #mcdonald-aari, #new-york-liberty, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Kevin Garnett’s Prep-to-Pros Jump Changed the N.B.A.

Garnett was widely doubted before he was drafted, but over more than 20 years in the league he reset the limits for N.B.A. big men and made a case for the Hall of Fame.

#abdul-jabbar-kareem, #basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #boston-celtics, #garnett-kevin, #halls-of-fame, #minnesota-timberwolves, #national-basketball-assn

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What Rudy Tomjanovich Learned by Coaching the Greats

Tomjanovich led the Houston Rockets to two championships (Hakeem Olajuwon), briefly coached the Lakers (Kobe Bryant) and oversaw an Olympic team (Kevin Garnett).

#basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #bryant-kobe, #coaches-and-managers, #content-type-personal-profile, #horry-robert, #houston-rockets, #los-angeles-lakers, #thibodeau-tom, #tomjanovich-rudy, #westbrook-russell

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LaMelo Ball Talks Wild Passes, Rookie of the Year and ‘Space Jam’

Ball, the Charlotte Hornets guard, is one of the season’s standout players, and not just among rookies. The secret to his shot? “Just shoot it with confidence.”

#ball-lamelo, #basketball, #charlotte-hornets, #content-type-personal-profile

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The Biggest Dance Show in Town? At a Brooklyn Nets Game

Since February, the Brooklynettes have performed live at Barclays Center to crowds that are smaller than usual — but huge for dance.

#barclays-center-brooklyn-ny, #basketball, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-nets, #brooklynettes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #long-criscia, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #singh-asha-1990, #stadiums-and-arenas

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Tamika Catchings Is Taking Her ‘Superpower’ to the Hall of Fame

Catchings, a 10-time W.N.B.A. All-Star, said her hearing loss helped her have greater court awareness and better anticipate her opponents’ moves.

#basketball, #basketball-hall-of-fame, #catchings-tamika, #content-type-personal-profile, #ears-and-hearing, #halls-of-fame, #indiana-fever, #university-of-tennessee

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