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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich: Black History Month vital in ‘racist country’ like US

San Antonio coach endorses NBA’s promotion of Black History MonthFive-time NBA winner has spoken about social issues in the pastThe San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has endorsed the NBA’s promotion of Black History Month, and offered a searing in…

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Gregg Popovich calls Donald Trump a ‘soulless coward’ after Obama comments

San Antonio Spurs coach has been long-time critic of US presidentTrump said Obama and other presidents ignored families of military deadOn the opening day of the NBA season the San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, has launched his latest broadside …

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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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Gregg Popovich’s finest coaching season with the Spurs ended in a 0-4 sweep

The San Antonio coach has led the team to five NBA championships but taking a team depleted by injuries and a retirement to the Conference finals was something else

The San Antonio Spurs’ season is over eight wins short of the franchise’s sixth championship, swept by the Golden State Warriors and outscored by 84 points over the final three and one half games of the Western Conference Finals. So concludes the finest coaching performance in Gregg Popovich’s 21 seasons leading the Spurs.

San Antonio’s line-up for their Game 4 defeat showed how little Popovich had to work with at the end. Patty Mills, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons, what’s left of LaMarcus Aldridge and then Manu Ginobili getting an honorary start for what may have been his final game in a remarkable NBA career. On the sidelines was MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, out with an ankle injury since late in the first half of Game 1 when Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia accidentally undercut him (or committed basketball “manslaughter”, depending on your point of view).

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Ruthless Warriors complete sweep of Spurs to reach third-straight NBA finals

Stephen Curry scores 36 points in 129-115 victory for Golden StateWarriors will face either Cavaliers or Celtics for shot at NBA titleGolden State are first team ever to go through playoffs with 12-0 recordStephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden …

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Kevin Durant pours pain on Spurs as Warriors take 3-0 Conference finals lead

San Antonio on brink of elimination after 120-108 lossGolden State appear set for NBA finals rematch with Cleveland CavaliersKevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on S…

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Kevin Durant pours pain on Spurs as Warriors take 3-0 Conference finals lead

San Antonio on brink of elimination after 120-108 lossGolden State appear set for NBA finals rematch with Cleveland CavaliersKevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on S…

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Warriors two wins from NBA finals after 36-point blowout of shorthanded Spurs

Curry (29 points, seven points, seven assists) leads Warriors in routWarriors take two-games-to-none lead in best-of-seven-games seriesIn-form Golden State improve to perfect 10-0 in postseason so farNBA draft lottery: Celtics edge Lakers and 76ers for…

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‘You ever hear of manslaughter?’: Popovich rips Warriors over Leonard injury

  • Spurs forward will miss Game 2 of Western Conference finals
  • Coach says Leonard was victim of ‘dangerous closeout’

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has ruled Kawhi Leonard out for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals with a sprained left ankle after what Popovich described as a “dangerous” and “unsportsmanlike” closeout by Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia.

Leonard had an MRI on Monday and Popovich had no timetable on when he’d be able to return to action. “We’ll see what the MRI says, but obviously he won’t play tomorrow,” Popovich said.

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Warriors stun Spurs with 25-point comeback in NBA Western Conference finals

Golden State outscore San Antonio 58-33 after Kawhi Leonard is injuredWarriors lead Western Conference finals 1-0 after 113-111 victory Stephen Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying three-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Golden State Warriors rall…

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich attacks Trump again: ‘He’s in a game show’

San Antonio coach speaks before NBA playoff game against WarriorsPopovich is an Air Force veteran and considered career in intelligenceThe San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, a prolific critic of Donald Trump, has fired another broadside at the US …

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NBA round-up: Westbrook scores 57 in record triple-double; Warriors beat Spurs

  • Thunder star leads team to victory over Magic from 21-points down
  • Golden State also overcome deficit to beat Western Conference rivals

Russell Westbrook had 57 points — the most in a triple-double in NBA history — 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-106 overtime win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Westbrook, a leading MVP candidate, led the Thunder to their largest comeback in team history, rallying Oklahoma City from a 21-point deficit in the second half as he recorded his 38th triple-double of the season.

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Everyone in the NBA controversy over resting players is right – and wrong

Adam Silver is correct that teams have an obligation to play star players during big games but coaches’ concerns about the schedule are legitimate

For the last few years, the NBA has mostly avoided the self-created problems that have plagued other US sports. So it was jarring to see a minor concern involving teams resting star players expand into a full-blown crisis in the span of two weeks, with figures on both sides doing their best to fuel the fire.

In response, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent every team a memo on Monday saying there would be “significant penalties” for not following league rules about sending proper notice when resting players from primetime games. Silver is right to be upset, especially considering the amount of money the NBA receives from their deal with ABC, not to mention that the games in question – involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors – were supposed to draw in casual fans.

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Is Kawhi Leonard the NBA’s most valuable player? | Hunter Felt

The NBA has no shortage of worthy MVP candidates, but the San Antonio Spurs star might have established himself as the frontrunner

For most of the season, Kawhi Leonard was having one of the quietest MVP campaigns in recent memory. That changed on Monday night when Leonard scored 39 points as the San Antonio Spurs fought back from a 16-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets.

In the game’s final 30 seconds, he single-handedly secured the 112-110 win with a soon-to-be legendary sequence where he put the Spurs ahead with a three-pointer and then raced to the other end of the floor to block James Harden’s potential game-tying lay-up. The win helped the second-placed Spurs keep pace with the Golden State Warriors, while igniting a long overdue discussion about Leonard’s place in an incredibly competitive MVP race.

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Basketball in 2016: 10 memorable moments

The Golden State Warriors’ dream season ends in a LeBron James nightmare; legends leave the game; the basketball world mourns Pat Summitt

You can be forgiven for thinking that the Cleveland Cavaliers were finished. After all, no team in NBA history had ever come back from a 3-1 NBA Finals lead and they were playing a Golden State Warriors team that wasn’t just good but historically unprecedented. Having gone 73-9 in the regular season, the 2015-16 Warriors were arguably a single win away from being in the “best NBA team ever” conversation.

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Craig Sager: much-loved NBA reporter who brought color and courage

The Turner Sports veteran was not just an unlikely fashion icon and one half of basketball’s best comedy teams. He was a powerful figure of strength and will

It was a night of mourning across the NBA. On Thursday, broadcasters, coaches and players paid tribute to long-time Turner Sports reporter Craig Sager, who died from myeloid leukemia aged 65. With Sager’s death, the game lost one of its greatest ambassadors – and one if its most colorful characters.

Related: Craig Sager, beloved NBA broadcaster, dies aged 65

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ‘sick to my stomach’ after US election

  • Popovich decries ‘xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic’ comments
  • Coach spoke for several minutes before Spurs’ 96-86 win over Detroit

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Donald Trump’s election victory made him “sick to my stomach” and suggested America was heading for a Rome-like downfall.

Related: What can the NFL learn from the NBA about Donald Trump?

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Why the funeral for the Golden State Warriors’ 2016 season is premature

For those in a rush to bury the Warriors after Monday’s lopsided loss to the Spurs, it’s worth remembering how difficult it can be to integrate a new star

Come with me, if you will, to a time not too long ago; a simpler, more civilized time before the NBA arms race went positively nuclear. 31 October 2014, to be exact. The Cleveland Cavaliers were playing the New York Knicks, not unlike this very year. Just like this year, the Cavs were heavily favored, and the Knicks were predicted to lay down and play dead because, well, they’re the Knicks. It was a festive atmosphere in Cleveland then, too. LeBron James was playing in his first game as a Cav since the fateful Decision that sent him to South Beach. Emotions ran high. Expectations were through the roof. It was, as they say, a moment.

Except, James and the Cavaliers did not keep up their end of the bargain. They lost 95-90 to a Knicks team that would end up only winning 16 more times the entire season. LeBron was minus-13 that night and coughed up eight turnovers. The Cavaliers ended up trading for JR Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov and advancing to the NBA Finals. They were said to be too small to compete for a title because that didn’t have a true center to complement Tristan Thompson. LeBron could not coexist with another primary ball handler like Kyrie Irving. He just didn’t fit with a team that wasn’t built to have a superstar of his gravity on the court 40 minutes a night.

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Spurs thrash Warriors in NBA opener as Cavaliers roar past Knicks

  • Kevin Durant suffers heavy loss in first regular season start for Dubs
  • LeBron James scores triple-double as champions start with easy win

Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 35 points and the San Antonio Spurs emphatically spoiled Kevin Durant’s long-awaited Warriors debut on Tuesday with a 129-100 rout that sent Golden State fans for the exits early on opening night.

Durant had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but little looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reigning Western Conference champions in a forgettable first game — and quite a different one after the Warriors dominated at home and came out of the blocks last season with a record 24-0 start.

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