Paul George, Victor Oladipo Talk Return From Injury as Playoffs Begin

Paul George is back for the Los Angeles Clippers; Victor Oladipo, for the Miami Heat. The road to return was long but has them back in time for the playoffs.

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Wesley Matthews Does Dirty Work for Milwaukee Bucks

Wesley Matthews does the little things for the Milwaukee Bucks. “We talk about trying to make everything difficult,” said Coach Mike Budenholzer.

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An N.B.A. Female ‘First’ Hopes It’s Not Such a Big Deal Soon

Lisa Byington, the league’s first full-time female play-by-play broadcaster, with the Milwaukee Bucks, said she’s proud but hopes the novelty has a short shelf life.

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N.B.A. Eastern Conference Preview: The Bucks Aren’t Finished Yet

The Bucks might be better, while the Sixers and Nets are playing wait-and-see with key stars. The Eastern Conference could play out in several ways.

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What the Milwaukee Bucks’ Win Did for Their City

This troubled, divided city needed something to celebrate.

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How a Steal and Alley-Oop Now Leave the Bucks One Win from Title

Jrue Holiday’s daring decisions sealed a victory for Milwaukee in Game 5, giving the Bucks a 3-2 series lead over the Phoenix Suns.

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The Bucks Have Big-Time Supporters: Kareem and Oscar Robertson

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson were the top two scorers on Milwaukee’s 1971 title team. They’re rooting for Giannis Antetokounmpo win it all this year.

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What It Means to Be Clutch in Basketball’s Biggest Moments

Legends are made in the N.B.A. finals, which begin Tuesday. Basketball players who have come through in high-stakes moments like this explain how they did it.

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‘It Hurts’: Season Is Over Before Nets See How Good Big Three Can Be

Injuries kept the Nets from knowing what they could really look like once their stars — Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden — were playing well together.

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Milwaukee Bucks Beat Nets in Game 7 Overtime

Injuries to the Nets’ stars weighed on the team, which had been favored to win the championship this season.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Warriors’ Championship Glow Is Gone. And Yet …

Yes, the Golden State Warriors have looked awful in two blowout losses to start the season. But there are a few reasons for optimism. One big one: James Wiseman.

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N.B.A. Christmas Day Guide: What to Watch

With LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Luka Doncic playing, there’s something for everyone. If you haven’t kept up since last season, here’s everything you need to know.

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N.B.A. Eastern Conference Preview: Will the Nets Reign Supreme?

The Bucks got better, but the Nets with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant might be too much for Milwaukee — or any other team in the East — to overcome.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Plans to Sign $228 Million Deal With Bucks

With less than a week before the deadline, Antetokounmpo indicated that he would sign a five-year extension with the team that drafted him in 2013.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Has Left the Bucks, and Their Fans, Waiting

The Milwaukee Bucks superstar was gifted pens by many of his teammates in hopes he would sign a so-called supermax deal with the team. In a complicated business, it’s not that simple.

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N.B.A. Free Agency Frenzy: 5 Takeaways

A player was traded three times, and the Lakers and Clippers jockeyed for each other’s stars. But Milwaukee is still waiting for a big decision from its biggest star: Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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2020 N.B.A. Free Agency Updates: Trades and Signings

The Bucks are trying to satisfy Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Warriors are scrambling and the Rockets are dealing with two unhappy stars.

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Timeline: A Year That Changed the N.B.A.

From the virus to protests to an outpouring of grief.

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Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins Second M.V.P. Award

After the Bucks’ early playoff exit, the award is a reminder of 2007, when Dirk Nowitzki was named most valuable player after a first-round loss.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks Lose to Heat, Facing Elimination from Playoffs

For the second consecutive year, the Bucks entered the playoffs with the league’s best regular-season record. Down 3-0 against the Miami Heat, questions are swirling around the future of the team and its superstar.

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Stories of 2020: Five Lives Caught in a Year of Upheaval and Pain

In a year that has filled morgues, emptied schools, shuttered workplaces, swelled unemployment lines and polarized the electorate, these are a few of the Americans struggling to respond.

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‘It Was Challenging’: Bucks Return, Balancing Basketball and Activism

“This group wants to do both,” Coach Mike Budenholzer said of pursuing a championship without abandoning the team’s efforts to combat police brutality and systemic racism.

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After a Long Lull, Protesting Is Taking Hold Across Baseball

Carlos Delgado remembered the difficulty of demonstrating alone 16 years ago. Now, he and current players are encouraged by a growing sense of solidarity with Black athletes.

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The N.B.A. Finds That Social Justice Is a Team Sport

Individuals like Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Colin Kaepernick changed society. Can this generation of athletes do it together?

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Former Milwaukee Bucks Player John Henson Talks Profiling and Protests

“At some point,” said John Henson, who was racially profiled in Wisconsin in 2015, “it needs to be a loud enough message so that everyone says, ‘Hey, this is not OK.’”

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One N.B.A. Team Walked Out. A Generation of Athletes Followed.

More games were halted in basketball, baseball and hockey, and the messages from athletes reverberated beyond the sports world.

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Live Updates: Jacob Blake Had Knife at Time of Police Shooting, Officials Say

Wisconsin’s attorney general also identified the Kenosha officer who shot Mr. Blake multiple times as Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran.

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N.B.A. Playoff Power Rankings

In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein analyzes the championship hopes of the top contenders — Raptors? Lakers? Clippers? Bucks? — and offers a peek inside one of the bubble hotels.

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The Milwaukee Bucks Are Ready for a Long Stay in the Bubble

In this week’s newsletter, Marc Stein discusses the unusual way the Bucks have prepared for a run to the finals — and why the Los Angeles Clippers may meet them there.

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