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Clippers’ coup to Lakers’ lament: NBA free-agency winners and losers

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets just got a whole lot better during free agency, but things weren’t as great for their cross-city rivalsWhile other leagues like to take their time when it comes to free agency, the NBA gets things done in …

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Michael Jordan says slap of one of his Hornets players was ‘only love’

Charlotte owner frustrated after player ran on to court‘It was like a big brother and little brother tap’Michael Jordan, whose intense competitive spirit along with his otherworldly athletic talent propelled him to six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls…

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Hornets’ Walker hits 60 in defeat while Warriors suffer fourth loss in six games

Jimmy Butler secures win for 76ers as time expiresLuka Doncic gives Dallas glimpse of future against WarriorsJimmy Butler, in his third game with the 76ers, drained a three-pointer as time expired in overtime and Philadelphia overcame an NBA season-hig…

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Dwight Howard becomes just eighth player to grab 30 points and 30 rebounds in a game

Howard helps Hornets storm back to victory against NetsLast player to achieve feat was Kevin Love in 2010Dwight Howard had 32 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, becoming just the eighth player in league history with a 30-30 game, as the Hornets…

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NBA will move 2017 all-star game from Charlotte over controversial HB2 law

NBA to move exhibition out of Charlotte citing controversial LGBT lawDecision comes after legislators revisited law and failed to change muchThe NBA is moving the 2017 all-star game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law tha…

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NBA playoffs: Heat crush Hornets in Game 7 to make conference semi-finals

Miami Heat 106-73 Charlotte HornetsGoran Dragic leads way with 25 points for MiamiThey needed all 82 games of the regular season to get the opportunity to play Game 7 of the opening round at home, and the Miami Heat took full advantage. A trip to the E…

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Stephen Curry-less Warriors rampage into second round of NBA playoffs

Klay Thompson knew Golden State had to come together, that every player needed to raise his game with Stephen Curry sidelined. “None of us can do it alone,” Thompson had insisted hours earlier.

Thompson did his part, scoring 27 points with seven three-pointers as the Warriors rolled into the second round of the playoffs without their injured superstar, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday night in Game 5.

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And one of the stars of the NBA playoffs is … Jeremy Lin?

The Hornets guard is playing brilliantly but it’s mostly gone unnoticed outside of Charlotte and Miami

Some 50 months ago, Jeremy Lin was the biggest thing in basketball. Then a 23 year-old undrafted player out of Harvard, he exploded as an offensive juggernaut for the Knicks and produced more forced puns than a dad convention.

But then it all went bad. Linsanely bad – thanks, dad! – as things always do for the Knicks. After taking New York from lottery-bound to playoff contender in two months, Lin tore his meniscus in mid-March and watched from the bench as Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire got demolished in the first round by the LeBron-led Heat in five games. New York jettisoned him for Raymond Felton (shrugging emoji guy) and the rest is Knicks history.

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Chris Paul breaks hand in Clippers’ playoff loss to Trail Blazers

  • Blake Grffin also injured as Portland tie series
  • Thunder breeze past Mavericks and take series 4-1
  • Kemba Walker stars as Hornets even Heat series 2-2

Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left the Clippers’ Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

It was not clear exactly how the nine-time All-Star was injured, but it appeared he may have bent his wrist awkwardly when defending Portland’s Gerald Henderson on a layup. “He’ll get evaluated, but it obviously doesn’t look very good,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the Blazers’ 98-84 victory evened the series at two games apiece.

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Stephen Curry’s ankle shouldn’t worry Warriors, other playoff teams aren’t so lucky

The Warriors are merely being cautious with Steph Curry while other teams’ injuries might end up having a bigger impact

This may sound strange, but the Golden State Warriors’ most logical course of action could involve sitting their best player for the remainder of their series against the Houston Rockets. Stephen Curry, the reigning MVP, did not play in Monday night’s Game 2 after tweaking his ankle in the series opener. While the injury, at this point, doesn’t seem to be too serious, the Warriors are being super-cautious with their star player. It’s hard to blame them, especially since the postseason is only a few days old and there are already signs that some teams won’t be able to overcome injuries to key players.

“We will definitely err on the side of caution,” Kerr said on Monday, “if he’s not right, then he’s not going to play. It’s not worth risking turning this into a long-term issue.”

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How 5ft 3in Muggsy Bogues made it big in the NBA – video

At 5ft 3in (1.6m), Muggsy Bogues is the smallest player to ever play in the NBA. The former point guard tells Max Whittle about his childhood, raised by his single mother in the Lafayette projects in Baltimore. He then runs through some of the moves th…

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How 5ft 3in Muggsy Bogues made it big in the NBA – video

At 5ft 3in (1.6m), Muggsy Bogues is the smallest player to ever play in the NBA. The former point guard tells Max Whittle about his childhood, raised by his single mother in the Lafayette projects in Baltimore. He then runs through some of the moves th…

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The Hunters: the alternative 2014-15 end of season NBA awards

Who was the most valuable player in basketball? Who deserves Coach of the Year honors? Why does the league vote on these things before the NBA season has even ended?

On 4 May, Steph Curry was named MVP of the 2014-15 NBA season. Curry’s season, however, wasn’t actually over until the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals. That would be either 16 or 17 June, depending on which time zone you happen to follow. Imagine holding a presidential election in September and then forcing candidates to keep on campaigning and debating until the first Tuesday in November.

There are reasons that the NBA does this, of course. Despite what you may have assumed from watching the Eastern Conference playoffs, not every team makes the postseason. In order to avoid penalizing players, coaches, executives etc for the things they can’t do in games they can’t play in, the NBA only examines the regular season when handing out its awards.

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NBA playoff picture comes into focus

Thunder still in position to make playoffs; Nets sneak back in the Western Conference postseason picture; Rockets lose Patrick Beverley; NBA addresses controversial new law

Before this NBA season began it looked like the Western Conference was stacked and the Eastern Conference would be a complete muddle. As the playoff picture starts to come in focus, those predictions are turning out to be, if anything, too conservative.

The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect. We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome at all NBA and WNBA events in Indiana and elsewhere.

The Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Bankers Life Fieldhouse have the strongest possible commitment to inclusion and non-discrimination on any basis. Everyone is always welcome at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That has always been the policy from the very beginning of the Simon family’s involvement and it always will be.

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Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me. As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.

.@GovPenceIN, is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour? http://t.co/uBlKbIf8YK

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2015 NBA mock draft: the Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor debate begins

Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor are likely to be the first two players chosen in the 2015 NBA draft, but who will go No1?

After last night’s lottery, every team knows where they’re picking in the 25 June draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. That means it’s mock draft time, a yearly tradition where basketball experts compete to see whose predictions are the least embarrassingly inaccurate.

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2015 NBA mock draft: the Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor debate begins

Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor are likely to be the first two players chosen in the 2015 NBA draft, but who will go No1?

After last night’s lottery, every team knows where they’re picking in the 25 June draft at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. That means it’s mock draft time, a yearly tradition where basketball experts compete to see whose predictions are the least embarrassingly inaccurate.

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Is Kyrie Irving the Cleveland Cavaliers MVP?

There may be a four-way tie for last in the Eastern Conference playoff standings; New Orleans Pelicans capitalize on Oklahoma City Thunder’s injury woes; Kermit the Frog welcomes back Blake Griffin; San Antonio Spurs should be embarrassed

Welcome to the third act of the NBA regular season where the playoff picture is beginning to come into focus. We have officially entered Scoreboard Watching Time. Unless you’re an Atlanta Hawks fan, you can pretty much focus on your March Madness bracket for the next month or so.

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Michael Jordan makes debut on Forbes’ billionaires list

  • Jordan is 1,741th richest person in the world, Forbes reports
  • 52-year-old is first North American pro athlete to make list
  • Longtime Chicago Bull is owner of NBA’s Charlotte Hornets

Michael Jordan has become the first former or current North American pro athlete to make Forbes’ annual billionaires list, the magazine revealed on Monday.

Forbes rated Jordan as the 1,741st richest person in the world – and 513th in the United States – with an estimated net worth of $1bn.

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Anthony Mason, New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets star, dies at 48

Thirteen-year NBA veteran and rugged power forward played for New York from 1991 to 1996, then for the Charlotte Hornets until 2000

Anthony Mason, a rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.

New York Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Mason’s death, which was first reported by the New York Daily News.

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Does Gregg Popovich owe his success to Tim Duncan?

Atlanta Hawks beat the Golden State Warriors in a possible NBA Finals preview; All-Stars start falling out; Chris Paul accused of sexism; Anthony Davis makes his first three-pointer of the season count

There’s really two ways of looking at this current NBA season. We could look at how many questions we had during the preseason that have yet to be answered and be amazed that the All-Star break is almost upon us. Or we could look at the sheer number of storylines this season has produced and wonder how the heck we haven’t even reached the All-Star break yet. Time has gone much slower for some fanbases than others, we’re probably in year five or six of this NBA season in Minnesota.

> Good game Haks (No #W tonight)

The tech that I [got] right there was ridiculous. I don’t care what nobody says, I don’t care what she says; that’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a tech. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court and when we did that she said, “uh-uh.” I said, “Why, uh-uh?” And she gave me a tech… That’s ridiculous… If that’s the case, this might not be for her.

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