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Cavaliers stunned at home by Pacers in playoff opener as Celtics survive thriller

Pacers shock Cavaliers despite triple-double by LeBron JamesLoss ends streak of 21 consecutive first-round wins for JamesCeltics survive wild finish to top Bucks in overtime in Game 1Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleve…

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From Least Valuable Player to non-play of the year: our NBA season awards

Find out who the big winners of the 2016-17 NBA season were. Note: the Golden State Warriors may make a few appearances

On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season.

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From Least Valuable Player to non-play of the year: our NBA season awards

Find out who the big winners of the 2016-17 NBA season were. Note: the Golden State Warriors may make a few appearances

On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season.

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Bucks’ Antetokounmpo becomes third European import to sign $100m deal

  • Milwaukee extend Greek forward with four-year, $100m contract
  • Antetokounmpo becomes third European import to sign $100m deal
  • Bucks will open pre-season training camp next week in Madison

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a contract extension with Giannis Antetokounmpo, locking up one of the most versatile players in the NBA.

The Bucks announced the deal with the forward on Monday, and two people familiar with the agreement told the Associated Press that it was worth four years and $100m. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team’s announcement did not include terms.

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Bucks’ Antetokounmpo becomes third European import to sign $100m deal

  • Milwaukee extend Greek forward with four-year, $100m contract
  • Antetokounmpo becomes third European import to sign $100m deal
  • Bucks will open pre-season training camp next week in Madison

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a contract extension with Giannis Antetokounmpo, locking up one of the most versatile players in the NBA.

The Bucks announced the deal with the forward on Monday, and two people familiar with the agreement told the Associated Press that it was worth four years and $100m. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team’s announcement did not include terms.

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Stress fractures, hunger and low pay: one woman’s life as an NBA cheerleader

Many dancers are attracted to life as a cheerleader but they often find themselves disappointed at what they thought would be a dream job

“You can deflect leading questions that stereotype you by explaining that this is a hobby

“Q: ‘Do you get paid?’

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How did the lowly Bucks halt the Warriors’ winning streak?

The Milwaukee Bucks, of all teams, took advantage of the Golden State Warriors’ brutal schedule to hand them their first loss in 28 regular season games

For the last month the entire basketball world has been wondering who, if anybody, would (or indeed could) stop the Golden State Warriors. The conversation heated up when the Warriors went 16-0 and set the record for the best start in NBA history. And it boiled over as they stubbornly kept refusing to lose. Many predicted that the Warriors would fall to the Indiana Pacers last Tuesday night, others thought the Boston Celtics would have a shot a few days later. Many thought they could get close to – or break – the NBA record 33 game win streak set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Practically nobody had the Milwaukee Bucks as the ones to finally end the Warriors’ winning ways. Why would they? The Bucks were 9-15 heading into Saturday’s game against the 24-0 Warriors and coming off two straight losses. A young and not entirely fully-formed team, the Bucks didn’t look like they had much chance of putting up a fight, let alone handing the Warriors their first loss of the season. Yet the Bucks won, and won big, defeating the Warriors 108-95, and abruptly halting Golden State’s historic run.

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Golden State Warriors’ winning streak ends at hands of Milwaukee Bucks

  • Golden State Warriors 95-108 Milwaukee Bucks

The Golden State Warriors walked slowly off the Bradley Center floor, exchanging handshakes with the victorious Milwaukee Bucks on the way back to their locker room. They’re not used to losing.

The Warriors’ NBA-record start ended after 24 wins when they lost to the Bucks 108-95 on Saturday night. “We didn’t have it tonight,” interim coach Luke Walton said. “That’s why it is so hard to do what these guys have done so far. It caught up to us.”

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Sports are great for civic pride – and even better for speculators’ pockets

For many owners, sports teams are investments and service to the community is secondary

In their quest for a new downtown arena, the Milwaukee Bucks have been running a familiar playbook. Not only have they been making the typical economic arguments, talking up supposedly inevitable growth in the area around the new building, but they have been seizing on the regional pride of Milwaukeeans and Wisconsinites. In his visits to Milwaukee, Adam Silver has repeatedly invoked the “town hall” as comparison, citing a basketball arena’s capability to hold events such as concerts and the circus.

The team has been similarly aggressive in its appeals to civic pride. This video heralding a new arena’s “ripple effect” includes such lines as, “This is our time, a bold new beginning in Milwaukee”, “This is Wisconsin’s home from the court to concerts,” and “A proud heritage is the spark for a bold new future.” This is how the Bucks’ new owners Marc Edens and Wes Lasry, worth a combined $3.6bn, have justified asking for $250m in public funding from Wisconsin and Milwaukee taxpayers.

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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 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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The NBA playoffs have been pretty boring – but there are signs of life

Paul Pierce and the Wizards embarrass Toronto; Rose and Rondo return to the postseason, and the Spurs, Trail Blazers and Clippers seek to split their series

So far, the NBA playoffs have felt underwhelming. Maybe because seven of the eight first-round series weren’t settled until the very last day of the regular season. Or maybe there have been too many teams taking 2-0 leads in this first round. However, there are some intriguing plotlines developing:

Brad Stevens on D on LBJ/Kyrie: “We made those guys earn everything they got, and I think that’s a step in the right direction from Game 1.”

We haven’t done particularly well against Toronto, but I don’t feel they have the ‘it’ that makes you worried.

In the NBA playoffs, home teams playing in the United States are 11-0. Home teams playing Canada are 0-2.

Come in fellows..no heroics …Who is holding Gordon..hell somebody man is open!

Come on Dubs…go to HOLE AND DRAW SOME FOULS! I DONT WANT TO HEAR Barkley’s MOUTH!

They BETTER COME ON….they are allowing AD to work out! I’m getting PISSED!

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The NBA playoffs have been pretty boring – but there are signs of life

Paul Pierce and the Wizards embarrass Toronto; Rose and Rondo return to the postseason, and the Spurs, Trail Blazers and Clippers seek to split their series

So far, the NBA playoffs have felt underwhelming. Maybe because seven of the eight first-round series weren’t settled until the very last day of the regular season. Or maybe there have been too many teams taking 2-0 leads in this first round. However, there are some intriguing plotlines developing:

Brad Stevens on D on LBJ/Kyrie: “We made those guys earn everything they got, and I think that’s a step in the right direction from Game 1.”

We haven’t done particularly well against Toronto, but I don’t feel they have the ‘it’ that makes you worried.

In the NBA playoffs, home teams playing in the United States are 11-0. Home teams playing Canada are 0-2.

Come in fellows..no heroics …Who is holding Gordon..hell somebody man is open!

Come on Dubs…go to HOLE AND DRAW SOME FOULS! I DONT WANT TO HEAR Barkley’s MOUTH!

They BETTER COME ON….they are allowing AD to work out! I’m getting PISSED!

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Much remains undecided entering final day of NBA regular season

The Boston Celtics complete improbable playoff push, the Indiana Pacers hold upper hand over the Brooklyn Nets, while Thabo Sefolosha sues the NYPD

It’s the last day of the NBA’s regular season, and there’s still way too much left to be decided when it comes to the upcoming playoffs. Seven out of the eight first-round matchups, in fact. At the beginning of the season, we could only hope that there would be meaningful games being played until the very end of the season. The Basketball Gods have, perhaps, over-delivered.

In the broadcast, Ainge tells Mike&Tommy basically that the deal to get Thomas was so good, it outweighed the risk of falling out of lottery

The Grizzlies are eliminated from division-title contention, and cannot gain the No. 2 seed. It’s a pretty stunning collapse from a team that looked certain to finish in a top-three spot only two weeks ago. But their late schedule, injuries and the Spurs have conspired against Memphis.

The Clippers cannot finish sixth, the best they can finish is second. They clinched no-worse-than-third with their win over the Suns Tuesday.

On advice of my counsel, I hope that you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case. These questions will be answered by my lawyer in a court of law. I will simply say that I am in great pain, that I have suffered significant injury and those were caused by the police.

Related: Why Stephen Curry, not James Harden, is this year’s NBA MVP

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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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Harden kicks LeBron below the belt – and other painful NBA moments

The Chicago Bulls lose Jimmy Butler; Russell Westbrook gets dented; the league struggles to understand Larry Sanders’ struggles; Denver Nuggets fire Brian Shaw

Welcome to a special all-pain edition of NBA five things. It wasn’t really planned to shape up as a themed column, but sometimes we can only respond to what we’re seeing, even if it’s not pleasant. You would think that the injuries would have tapered off after last week’s litany of key players facing extended absences but, then again, you would also have probably guessed that there was no way that the Chicago Bulls could have an even more depressing week than the previous one. This season has been full of surprises, albeit sometimes of the unwanted variety.

Long live the new King. Highlights, photos, recap & reactions from today’s big OT win on http://t.co/VBY18eSOmU. pic.twitter.com/91utdhnqTx

Related: This isn’t the end of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose – that happened long ago

Sources who have been active in arranging care for Sanders worry that the financial security that comes with the buyout of his contract with Milwaukee for “about 40¢ on the dollar” presents a real risk that he won’t seek the treatment he, by his own admission, desperately needs and will fall into a routine of bad habits. One of these sources agrees with the characterization that surfaced in December reports that Sanders no longer wanted to play basketball.

“This is an important issue, but Larry is not the person to be the public face of it,” the source said. “He says all the right things, now he has no credibility. You have to ask, ‘Does he sincerely want treatment, or just to be left to do whatever he wants?’”

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Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are at crossroads

Bucks and Knicks in London are a dud; Doc and Austin Rivers become NBA’s first father-son duo; Larry Sanders in trouble again; Atlanta Hawks revival comes complete with choir

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Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are at crossroads

Bucks and Knicks in London are a dud; Doc and Austin Rivers become NBA’s first father-son duo; Larry Sanders in trouble again; Atlanta Hawks revival comes complete with choir

While it’s still early in the NBA sea… Wait, what? OK, it’s come to our attention that it actually isn’t actually early anymore. In fact, we’re basically halfway through the regular season already. It still feels early though, doesn’t it? It feels like nothing at all is settled in the NBA right now besides the terribleness of the New York Knicks, and even they finally won a game this week.

I’m in the process of working things out now to do as best for my psyche and my physical health going forward. There’s a lot of evaluating going on. There’s a lot of inside talk just to put myself in the best place for my health right now.

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