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Phoenix Suns end NBA record 18-game losing streak to Warriors

Suns had not beaten Golden State since November 2014NBA champions are now 4-6 over last 10 gamesKlay Thompson says team needs more help from fansGolden State’s topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn on Sunday night as they lost to the Wes…

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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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Deandre Ayton tabbed by Phoenix Suns with first overall pick in NBA draft

Suns take Arizona center with No 1 pick in Thursday’s draftHawks take Luka Doncic at No 3 before trading him to DallasKings take Bagley III at No 2; Grizzlies take Jackson Jr at No 4NBA draft 2018: Analysis of all 60 picks – as it happenedThe Phoenix S…

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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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Derek Fisher’s firing shows NBA coaches are increasingly disposable

The Knicks weren’t acting rash in firing Derek Fisher this soon, they were just following a growing NBA trend

For the first few months of the season, the New York Knicks pulled off a convincing imitation of a functional NBA franchise. Not only did they have a winning record, the Knicks looked like they could be in position to make a playoff run. That would have been a remarkable turnaround for a team that won all of 17 games last time around.

Then the Knicks remembered that they were the Knicks. After a promising start to the season, highlighted by the ascent of rookie Kristaps Porzingis, their record was just 23-31, “good” for fourth-worst in the Eastern Conference. On Monday, after a stretch where they had lost nine of their last 10 games, they fired head coach Derek Fisher in the middle of year two of a five-year contract.

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The Phoenix Suns have gone from bad to worse. Time to blame the millennials

Suns owner Robert Sarver thinks young people – including his own NBA team – can’t handle setbacks. Well, maybe Robert Sarver can’t handle his own failings

Phoenix Suns power forward Markieff Morris is having a down year and team owner Robert Sarver thinks he knows why: Morris is a millennial.

“My whole view of the millennial culture is that they have a tough time dealing with setbacks, and Markieff Morris is the perfect example. He had a setback with his brother in the off-season and he can’t seem to recover from it,” said Sarver, a 54-year old financier, in comments to the Arizona Republic.

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Phoenix Suns owner attributes team’s woes to ‘millennial culture’

  • Robert Sarver blames ‘millennial culture’ for team’s’ ongoing woes
  • Suns owner targets Markieff Morris in Arizona Republic interview

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver attributed his club’s ongoing struggles to the inability of “millennial culture” to deal with problems.

The US financier specifically called out Markieff Morris, who was fined $10,000 in September for publicly demanding a trade when twin brother Marcus Morris was traded to the Detroit Pistons. Last month, the power forward was hit with a two-game suspension for throwing a towel at Suns coach Jeff Hornacek.

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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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Oklahoma City Thunder shut down Kevin Durant and face an uncertain future

Paul George may or may not be coming back; Golden State Warriors destroy the Atlanta Hawks; New York Knicks destroy themselves; James Harden has a MVP case; Steve Nash is officially retired

Yes, college basketball owns the month of March, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been big news going on in the realm of organized basketball where teams can’t just refuse to schedule games against their rivals. It’s around that time in the NBA when teams are beginning to clinch playoff spots, key players return to lineups and award races go down to the wire.

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Oklahoma City Thunder shut down Kevin Durant and face an uncertain future

Paul George may or may not be coming back; Golden State Warriors destroy the Atlanta Hawks; New York Knicks destroy themselves; James Harden has a MVP case; Steve Nash is officially retired

Yes, college basketball owns the month of March, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been big news going on in the realm of organized basketball where teams can’t just refuse to schedule games against their rivals. It’s around that time in the NBA when teams are beginning to clinch playoff spots, key players return to lineups and award races go down to the wire.

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Oklahoma City Thunder shut down Kevin Durant and face an uncertain future

Paul George may or may not be coming back; Golden State Warriors destroy the Atlanta Hawks; New York Knicks destroy themselves; James Harden has a MVP case; Steve Nash is officially retired

Yes, college basketball owns the month of March, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been big news going on in the realm of organized basketball where teams can’t just refuse to schedule games against their rivals. It’s around that time in the NBA when teams are beginning to clinch playoff spots, key players return to lineups and award races go down to the wire.

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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.

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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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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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Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver makes revised £20m bid for Rangers

• US financier had £18m takeover bid rejected last week
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Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver makes revised £20m bid for Rangers

• US financier has already had £18m takeover bid rejected
• Sarver has also offered £6.5m loan to stave off administration

Robert Sarver has upped his takeover bid for Rangers to £20m and offered the crisis-hit club a £6.5m emergency loan to help keep it afloat in the meantime.

The US financier had an £18m offer rejected on Tuesday despite the Ibrox board announcing it was dangerously short on cash.

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Rangers board rejects Suns owner Robert Sarver’s £18m takeover bid

• Board says offer does not ‘adequately value controlling interest’
• Sarver owns American basketball team Phoenix Suns
• Easdale’s Rangers loan highlights dire cash flow situation
• Rangers welcome share purchase from Three Bears group

The Rangers board has rejected Robert Sarver’s £18m takeover bid after claiming it does not “adequately value a controlling interest in the company”.

It emerged on Sunday night that the owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns wanted to buy a controlling stake in the crisis-hit Ibrox club. But the recent purchases of significant shareholdings by Dave King and the Three Bears group – the wealthy fans Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor – soon made any such move highly unlikely.

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