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Warriors return home to try to finish off Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies may have the momentum, but the Golden State Warriors have history on their side when the Western Conference semifinals continue Friday night with Game 6 in San Francisco. Facing elimination in the best-of-seven Wednesday and lining up without leading scorer Ja Morant, the Grizzlies dominated Golden State on both ends of the court in a historically lopsided …

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The NBA names Western Conference Finals MVP after Magic Johnson

You could definitely make a case that Michigan State basketball legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is the greatest Western Conference player in the history of the NBA. To celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary, they are adding some new postseason awards, and they will be naming one of them, the Western Conference Finals MVP, after Magic himself. The player who is considered …

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Nuggets big man Jokic rises from 41st pick to 2-time NBA MVP

DENVER (AP) To think, Nikola Jokic’s entry into the NBA was once overshadowed by the introduction of the ”quesarito.” ”Hopefully, I’m going to have some percentage from Taco Bell,” joked the Denver Nuggets’ newly minted two-time MVP, whose name scrolled across the TV screen during the 2014 draft while the fast-food chain aired a commercial for its new product. Much …

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Rockets GM Rafael Stone earns third-place NBA Executive of the Year votes

Though the rebuilding Houston Rockets finished with the league’s worst record in the 2021-22 NBA season, it was in many ways a very successful year for second-year general manager Rafael Stone. For starters, that 20-62 record guarantees the Rockets another top-five draft pick in 2022 to add to their stockpile of young talent. In many ways, that lowly record was …

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Ben Simmons’ New Jersey Mansion Sold to Phillies’ Nick Castellanos

It’s been a bouncy year for three-time NBA All-Star Ben Simmons, both on the court, where lately he’s become almost as known for not playing as for playing, and in the real estate arena. Last summer he dropped $17.5 million on a “modern farmhouse” in L.A.’s ritzy Hidden Hills suburb, where several family members of his former girlfriend Kendall Jenner …

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2021-22 non-scoring NBA milestones & records

With most of the NBA’s teams on vacation, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the wild 2021-22 regular season! As usual, we got to witness the good, the bad, the ugly, the incredible, and of course, the silly. Behind the unforgettable moments are raw numbers. As a nerd for stats and trivia, I thought it would be appropriate to …

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I don’t really care… It’s all right

What’s the competitive dynamic in this series like between you, Chris Paul and Devin Booker? Luka Doncic: “It’s just, like I say, it’s playoffs. It’s always going to be like that, so it’s nothing new to me.” Did you see the clip of Booker after he got fouled and called his dramatics “The Luka Special”? Doncic: “Yeah.” What did you …

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Tennessee basketball recruiting: Five-star PF Julian Phillips commits to Volunteers on CBS Sports HQ

247Sports Tennessee picked up a commitment from the highest available prospect in the Class of 2022 on Thursday when Julian Phillips chose the Volunteers over Auburn, G League Ignite and other collegiate and professional options in a ceremony on CBS Sports HQ. Phillips came in at No. 18 in the final Class of 2022 prospect rankings released by 247Sports on Wednesday. The …

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Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic wins NBA MVP for second straight year, tops Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo for award

Nikola Jokic has won the 2021-22 NBA MVP award, taking the league’s top individual honor for the second consecutive year, the league announced Wednesday night. Jokic received 65 of a possible 100 first-place votes and received a total of 875 points, topping Joel Embiid’s 706 total points and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 595 total points. Jokic’s back-to-back MVP awards match the feat …

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Celtics legend Larry Bird reacts to news of new East finals MVP trophy being named for him

On Thursday morning, the NBA revealed a new series of awards to be granted to the best individual player and team from each respective conference finals series in each year’s postseason, with Boston Celtics legendary small forward Larry Bird having his name attached to the Eastern Conference Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. That same day, deputy league commissioner Mark Tatum …

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College basketball power rankings: Big 12 reigns supreme, ACC struggles in final 2021-22 conference comparison

Unlike in the 2020-21 season, when reasonable minds could disagree over which conference closed the campaign as the best in college basketball, there should be little debate over the matter following the 2021-22 season. Not only did the Big 12 produce its second straight national champion in Kansas, but the league was consistently excellent throughout the season. Aside from the …

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Lakers coaching search: Bucks assistant Charles Lee expected to interview for vacant position, per report

The Los Angeles Lakers have already interviewed one Milwaukee Bucks assistant. Darvin Ham was one of the first candidates they spoke to as they’ve tried to fill their vacant head coaching position formerly occupied by Frank Vogel, and now, they’ve requested permission to speak to another Bucks assistant, Charles Lee, according to The Athletic. Lee’s path to prominence as a basketball …

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Draymond Green on dancing with Grizzlies crowd in Warriors’ blowout loss: We can talk smack, and ’embrace it’

Getty Images No one expected the Memphis Grizzlies to blow out the Golden State Warriors by 39 points in Game 5 Wednesday night, especially without All-Star guard Ja Morant on the floor after being sidelined with a bone bruise on his right knee. But Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane and the rest of the Memphis squad dominated the Warriors 134-95, …

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NBA introduces Conference Finals MVP awards, new trophies

The NBA redesigned its championship and Finals MVP trophies, renamed its conference championship awards and introduced Conference Finals MVP honors. (Courtesy of NBA) The NBA announced the addition of two new playoff trophies named for legends of the league in its 75th anniversary season. The hardware will be annually awarded to the MVP of each conference finals series. The Eastern …

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