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Zeke Upshaw of Grand Rapids Drive dies aged 26 after collapsing during game

Player was part of Detroit Pistons affiliate team in G-LeagueUpshaw was taken to hospital after incident on SaturdayZeke Upshaw, a player with the Detroit Pistons’ G-League affiliate The Grand Rapids Drive, has died two days after collapsing during a g…

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The Pontiac Silverdome: from dream arena to symbol of American decay

The stadium was once hailed as the finest sporting venue in the world. On Sunday, its demolition will begin and few will shed any tears for its endWhen the Detroit Lions played their first regular season NFL game at the Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium on …

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Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love find their groove as Cavaliers beat Pistons

LeBron James added 22 points and 11 assists for the top seeds, who are favored to win the Eastern Conference again but got all they could handle from Detroit

Kyrie Irving scored 31 points in his first playoff game since being injured in last year’s NBA finals and Kevin Love added 28, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-101 win over the young and confident Detroit Pistons in the opener of their first-round playoff series Sunday.

Related: Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles move on after one final night of magic | Dave Schilling

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NBA MVP: the only ways anyone can stop Steph Curry from winning this year

Is there even an MVP race, or should we just hand the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry the award right now?

Anthony Davis had 59 points and 20 rebounds in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 111-106 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. It may have been the most impressive offensive performance of the year, but, unfortunately for Davis, it came far too late to resurrect what was supposed to be his MVP season. This is, of course, assuming that any player other than Steph Curry has a legitimate shot at the award this year.

Many preseason psychics (including this one) had Davis as winning the first of many MVP awards this season. Some of this may have to do with an eagerness to move on to the sport’s next big thing – for some, the future always has to be now – but Davis really did look to be on the verge of a breakthrough.

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NBA trade deadline: the winners and losers

The Suns sent Markieff Morris to Washington, the Nets got a new GM, but it was a better day for fans of clever accounting tricks than fans of actual basketball

After last year’s hectic trade deadline, there was hope that there would be a similar amount of action this year. Instead, the basketball world looked mostly the same on Thursday at 3.01pm as it did on Wednesday around that time, a reminder that the NBA trade deadline almost always disappoints. Still, even if Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol and Al Horford all stayed put, enough happened yesterday that we can label a few winners and losers.

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Andre Drummond drains 71-foot buzzer-beater for longest field goal since 2007

  • Detroit Piston is usually poor shooter from short range
  • Effort is NBA’s longest since LeBron James shot in 2007

Andre Drummond isn’t famed for his shooting skills – the Detroit Pistons center is just a 35% free-throw shooter this year (last month he missed an NBA record 23 in one game), and is even worse – 17% – from shots in the 10-15 feet range.

But from 71 feet? He’s not too bad.

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NBA free agency: Spurs win the off-season, and Detroit acts dumb again

Hunter Felt take a look at the winners (the Spurs, the Warriors) and losers (the Knicks, the Pistons) in the busiest week in NBA free agency history

Under normal circumstances, it would be premature to start judging basketball teams’ off-seasons here in early July. These are not normal circumstances.

Despite the fact that NBA free agency officially kicked off at midnight last Wednesday, we’ve already seen 90% of the transactions. By Monday night, Yahoo Sports’ Eric Freeman could only list 13 available free agents who could potentially be difference makers. Under these conditions it’s not at all too early to start separating the winners from the losers.

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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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Klay Thompson is Steph Curry’s equal, not his sidekick

A note on All-Star fan voting; LaMarcus Aldridge plays through injury; why you can’t count Kobe Bryant out; Hassan Whiteside improves his NBA2k15 rating the hard way

Yes, we know it’s the week before the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean the basketball season comes to a halt. This week’s NBA news is guaranteed to feature absolutely no talk about football deflation, no high school physics lectures involving air pressure or sophomoric puns on the word “balls.” You’re welcome.

Nick Young on what the Lakers must do without Kobe: “Pretty much just give me the ball and get out of the way.”

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The NBA was right to suspend Kevin Garnett for headbutt

Boston Celtics are having a fire sale; Pau Gasol has a career night; Detroit Pistons thrive without Josh Smith; Portland Trail Blazers fans fight hate through power of dance

Maybe the Eastern Conference isn’t that useless after all. This week’s top stories all come from the East: the good (the Detroit Pistons, no really), the bad (yet another fire sale) and the ugly (Kevin Garnett’s headbutt). Granted, this may be because “Western Conference: Still lots of really good teams” isn’t much of a headline.

The C’s currently possess the rights to as many as 12 first-round picks in the next four drafts, including up to eight in the next two drafts. The final number of first-rounders that Boston will own is dependent upon conditions that are attached to many of the picks. Those conditions will also affect the number of second-round picks the Celtics will own over the next few drafts, but suffice to say, they own a lot of them.

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The NBA was right to suspend Kevin Garnett for headbutt

Boston Celtics are having a fire sale; Pau Gasol has a career night; Detroit Pistons thrive without Josh Smith; Portland Trail Blazers fans fight hate through power of dance

Maybe the Eastern Conference isn’t that useless after all. This week’s top stories all come from the East: the good (the Detroit Pistons, no really), the bad (yet another fire sale) and the ugly (Kevin Garnett’s headbutt). Granted, this may be because “Western Conference: Still lots of really good teams” isn’t much of a headline.

The C’s currently possess the rights to as many as 12 first-round picks in the next four drafts, including up to eight in the next two drafts. The final number of first-rounders that Boston will own is dependent upon conditions that are attached to many of the picks. Those conditions will also affect the number of second-round picks the Celtics will own over the next few drafts, but suffice to say, they own a lot of them.

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Assessing the fallout from the JR Smith trade

Oklahoma City Thunder receive Dion Waiters; the New York Knicks receive almost nothing; Tony Allen has a possession to forget; the NBA mourns Stuart ScottThe Cleveland Cavaliers have been a depressing disappointment so far this season. The Oklahoma Cit…

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Everyone calm down, LeBron James is not leaving Cleveland

Cavs coach David Blatt may be on the move; Twitter fight over Kobe Bryant sparks Temecula trip; Josh Smith makes his Houston debut; San Antonio Spurs struggle

The winter holidays are coming to an end. Those nonstop college football bowls will soon no longer seem bottomless. The NFL is over in a lot of markets, with only the postseason teams remaining. This means that for a lot of casual fans, this is the start of the NBA season. We at 5 Things welcome you all, but if you had the Cleveland Cavaliers facing the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals the start of the season has not done you any favors.

When asked if there was any particular injury hampering him, Bryant cited age and soreness.

Old age. My knees are sore at this stage of the season,” he said. “My achilles are sore – both of them. My metatarsals are tight, back is tight. I just need to kind of hit the reset button.

Showed Kobe the Temecula tweets and he started laughing. Couldn’t believe something like that would actually happen.

Kobe: “Mamba army don’t f— around. They take after their captain.”

Kodak Moment , Got to Love em, pic.twitter.com/wtuOwdHs8e

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Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks move on after Rajon Rondo trade

Detroit Pistons waive Josh Smith; Atlanta Hawks stay hot; Sacramento Kings stay wacky; The 5 Games Of Christmas; the Taylor Swift/Rajon Rondo mashup you didn’t know you needed but totally do

Tomorrow is 25 December and you know what that means: all day basketball!

Oh yes, there’s also some sort of holiday about love and goodwill going on, but around these parts Christmas Day is all about the NBA action. To get you prepared, here’s some of the biggest basketball stories of the past week, a week in which the Dallas Mavericks gave their fans an early Christmas present, the Detroit Pistons emptied out some coal left behind in their old stockings and the Atlanta Hawks have been … wait what’s this? The Atlanta Hawks have been fun?

Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction. We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person.

In 2010, the NBA fined Dumars $500,000 for leaking multiple confidential league memos to Wojnarowski, according to multiple sources. This matches the third largest publicly known fine the league has ever handed down. The NBA decided that too many memos were making it into the media, so they conducted a sting operation over several months. They would change a few words or numbers in different team’s copies of otherwise identical memos, so that when the memos leaked they could spot the small differences and trace them back to the leaker. This approach caught Dumars red-handed, as well as an executive from another team who was fined $12,500 for leaking to a draft-focused website. Joe Dumars, the Detroit Pistons, and the NBA all declined to comment on the fine.

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LeBron James stands up in a way Michael Jordan never did

King James deserves credit for using his fame to address social injustice, and is Rajon Rondo off to LA?

Should sports and politics mix? There are some times where there might be some validity to the idea that the sporting world should maintain the illusion that it’s somehow disconnected to serious real world concerns. It’s just a game right? Escapism?

There are other times when the belief that sports and politics should always remain separate not only doesn’t seem right, but it doesn’t even seem remotely possible.

But my biggest concern is the kids. I know what they’re thinking right now. I was one of them kids. When you live in an area like that and you don’t got any hope, and police are treating you any way. I’m not saying all police [officers] are treating kids bad, but when you live in an area like that, it gives you another reason to be bad. My biggest concerns are the kids and making sure that my son grows up in a safe environment…

I’m a parent now. Probably two years ago, it probably would have been different. I probably would not have worn the shirt. But now I’m a dad, it just changed my outlook on life, period. I don’t want my son growing up being scared of the police or even having that thought on his mind that something like that could happen.

Our country is the land of the free, and to keep having these incidents happen – innocent victims or whatever the case may be –0 families are losing loved ones. I’m not pointing the blame at anybody that’s making it happen. I think society has come a long way but it just goes to show how much further we still have to go.

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Cleveland can’t wait on Waiters and Warriors join the ranks of the beaten

NBA: five things weve learned in week twoWaiters finds himself the odd man out in ClevelandRubio and Smart lost to injuryWarriors unbeaten streak ends, as does Lakers winless one Continue reading…

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LeBron is back in Cleveland  and he can propel the Cavs to glory in the East

The Cavaliers are now the most talented team in the East, the Bulls and the Heat can still be a force and the Philadelphia 76ers continue their quest to be the worst team in the NBA Continue reading…

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USA and Serbia face off in the Fiba World Cup gold-medal game

The heavily favoured USA will face the surprisingly resilient Serbia in the concluding game of the Fiba Basketball World Cup Continue reading…

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Fiba Basketball World Cup 2014: can anyone beat Team USA?

James Hardens squad is, of course, packed with NBA talent and heavily favoured to win it all in Spain. Who can push them? Continue reading…