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Golden State Warriors ‘MVP’ Kevon Looney fuels classic third-quarter barrage to take Game 2

2:25 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors have a history of big third quarters. No one exactly knows why. Maybe Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gives the best halftime speech around. Maybe it takes them 24 minutes to fully assess how their opponent is approaching the game. Maybe they need …

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Marcus Smart, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert headline NBA’s All-Defensive teams

8:38 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo highlighted the 2021-22 NBA All-Defensive teams, which were announced on Friday night. Smart, the league’s 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year, earned his third first-team nod. He was joined at the guard spot by …

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Lakers coaching search: Front office priorities and how Darvin Ham has made a strong impression

The Lakers appear poised to make a decision on their coaching position soon, with Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts the finalists for the job that became vacant when Frank Vogel was fired at season’s than. But as the final round of …

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NBA draft combine: Biggest questions, scrimmage standouts from Thursday

CHICAGO – The initial pair of combine scrimmages took place Thursday, with two more coming Friday as teams continue to hold interviews and conduct business behind the scenes. As usual, when the entire league gathers in one place for an extended period of time, information travels and draft speculation starts to get serious. A series …

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Boston Celtics center Al Horford available for Game 2 against Miami Heat

12:35 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI – The Boston Celtics announced Thursday afternoon that Al Horford would be available to play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. Horford, who abruptly went into the NBA’s health and safety protocols a couple of hours before Boston’s 118-107 Game 1 loss on …

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart upgraded to probable for Game 2 against Miami Heat

MIAMI – The Boston Celtics announced Thursday morning that Marcus Smart has been upgraded to probable for Thursday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. Smart is expected to be back in the starting lineup as Boston’s point guard and floor general at both ends of the court. He sat out …

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Charles Barkley to Warriors heckler: ‘I’ll f – k your mama’

Charles Barkley’s trash talk reached a vulgar new level on Wednesday, when the “Inside the NBA” crew filmed a live show outside the Chase Center prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Mavericks. The basketball Hall of Famer, who picked the Mavericks to win the series, was being heckled …

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The revolutionary Golden State Warriors defeated Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks by embracing old-school ball

SAN FRANCISCO – Something has dawned on Stephen Curry as the Golden State Warriors stage their first legitimate title quest in nearly three years: He’s now the old guy. “When I look at some of those guys, you’re reminded of how young they are,” Curry said, contemplating the NBA’s starscape while the Warriors prepared for …

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Timberwolves in talks with Nuggets’ Tim Connelly about president role

The Timberwolves are in serious talks with Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly about the franchise’s vacant President of Basketball Operations role, sources tell The Athletic. The Timberwolves recently requested permission from the Nuggets to speak with Connelly, and the sides have moved beyond exploratory conversations, sources said. There have been no agreements reached yet, and …

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