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NBA trade deadline: Former No1 pick Fultz to Magic as Gasol heads to Raptors

Eastern Conference leading Bucks acquire Nikola MiroticMarkelle Fultz has struggled so far during NBA careerFormer No1 overall pick Markelle Fultz has a new home, going from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Orlando Magic according to multiple sources as t…

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Confusion reigns after Suns and Grizzlies nearly trade for wrong player named Brooks

Teams confuse Dillon Brooks and MarShon Brooks during move‘What happened last night was unfathomable,’ says GMThe Phoenix Suns traded Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards on Saturday for Kelly Oubre Jr and Austin Rivers, according to multiple reports…

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‘I felt anger’: why NBA star Marc Gasol helped crew a migrant rescue boat

While many of his fellow player spent the off-season on the beach, the Grizzlies center decided he could not watch a humanitarian crisis from the sidelinesMarc Gasol will never forget the terrified look on the face of Josefa, the Cameroonian woman left…

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Size matters: the evolution of the NBA big man

A new generation of seven-footers has shifted the balance of power in the NBA from the shorter guys – but are these changes good for the game?

Last week, late in the first quarter of an NBA game in Detroit, Michigan, Myles Turner, the Indiana Pacers’s 20-year-old 6ft 11in center, popped out to the top of the three-point line and hit a 25ft jump shot with an arc so high the cameraman had to raise the viewing angle to follow it. Less than a minute later, he hit another one from the same spot. Both shots were so smooth that neither of them even skimmed the rim. The field goals were no anomaly. Turner is shooting 41% from the three-point line, well above the league average of 35%.

More than a thousand miles west in Denver, Colorado, Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets’ 21-year-old 6ft 10in center, stood with his back to the basket, 15ft away, and threw a no-look, over-the-shoulder pass to a cutting team-mate for a wide-open lay-up. The pass, more common in a Harlem Globetrotters game than an NBA one, was nothing new for Jokic. A three-minute YouTube compilation posted to the site last month highlights dozens of them. “Jokic actually has some flair,” said former NBA coach George Karl, whose memoir about his life in basketball, Furious George, was published this week. “He throws some balls that only guards think about throwing.”

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NBA free agency winners and losers: the Warriors’ title hopes and KD’s likeability

Kevin Durant has made the Golden State Warriors the biggest winners of free agency, who were the others?

This offseason was always going to hinge on what Kevin Durant would do when he hit free agency. Durant’s surprise decision to sign a two-year, $54.3m deal with the Golden State Warriors could end up altering the league just as much as LeBron James’s decision to join the Miami Heat back in 2010. Durant’s shocking announcement came while the league was still adjusting to the new realities brought about by a salary cap. Some have found their situations greatly improved by the events of the last few days. Others, particularly those who hail from the Oklahoma City area, not so much.

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NBA playoffs: Kawhi Leonard leads the way as Spurs sweep Grizzlies

San Antonio Spurs 116-95 Memphis GrizzliesSpurs will face Thunder or Mavericks in conference semi-finalsKawhi Leonard scored 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Memphis Grizzlies 116-95 on Sunday, sweeping the best-of-seven series and advanci…

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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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Golden State Warriors storm to 73rd win to eclipse Jordan’s Bulls in record book

Warriors defeat Grizzlies to finish regular season with 73 winsStephen Curry pours in game-high 46 points in winning effortGolden State eclipse 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who went 72-10With a resounding win over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Golden State Warr…

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Warriors fight back from 10 points down to top Memphis and nab 71st win

  • Golden State beat Memphis 100-99 for 33 road wins
  • Next win will tie Chicago’s single-season record of 72 victories

Draymond Green is doing his best to help the Golden State Warriors make NBA history.

Related: Warriors star Draymond Green admits team is ‘bored’ and wants season to end

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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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Rudy Gay interview: ‘Growing up with women made me tough’ – video

Since Rudy was selected eighth overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, he has played for Memphis, Toronto and Sacramento while also winning gold with Team USA at the 2010 and 2014 Fiba World Championships. Speaking to the Guardian’s Max Whittle, Gay reveals how…

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Stephen Curry’s 62-foot buzzer-beater helps Warriors into Conference finals

NBA MVP scores 32 points as Golden State seal seriesGolden State Warriors 108-95 Memphis GrizzliesStephen Curry scored 32 points, including a 62-footer to end the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to their first Western Conference f…

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NBA semi-finals: Is there any way the Grizzlies can stop the Warriors?

Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks fall to 0-1; Los Angeles Clippers will face Houston Rockets after eliminating the San Antonio Spurs in dramatic Game 7; Chicago Bulls prepare to face Love-less Cleveland Cavaliers

Now that it’s over, we can be honest: the first round of the NBA playoffs was something of a bust, salvaged only by the instant classic seven-game series played between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs. But, hey, maybe that just means that the postseason won’t peak early this year, right?

Well, maybe, assuming that it doesn’t instead devolve into a battle of attrition. While the quality of play should improve in this second round – the absence of the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors can only make things more interesting – it’s not promising that the surviving teams have apparently had to sacrifice players to the Basketball Gods to make it to the second round. The course of this postseason may end up being entirely dependent on the health, or lack thereof, of players like Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Bradley Beal and Mike Conley.

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Pelicans overtake Thunder for final playoff spot as race goes down to wire

Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets seek to crash the Eastern Conference playoffs; Paul George returns to the Indiana Pacers; the San Antonio Spurs rattle the Golden State Warriors

With the NCAA tournament now firmly in the past, it’s time to turn our attention squarely on the level of basketball where players actually get paid for their work. Welcome to the last two weeks of the NBA regular season which are, for those teams desperately trying to stave off elimination, the playoffs to get into the playoffs.

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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.

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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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Stephen Curry’s 62-foot buzzer-beater helps Warriors into Conference finals

NBA MVP scores 32 points as Golden State seal seriesGolden State Warriors 108-95 Memphis GrizzliesStephen Curry scored 32 points, including a 62-footer to end the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to their first Western Conference f…

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Stephen Curry’s 62-foot buzzer-beater helps Warriors into Conference finals

NBA MVP scores 32 points as Golden State seal seriesGolden State Warriors 108-95 Memphis GrizzliesStephen Curry scored 32 points, including a 62-footer to end the third quarter, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to their first Western Conference f…

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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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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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