Daily Archives: April 7, 2023

Luka Dončić playing solely the first quarter against the Bulls

Luka Dončić playing solely first quarter against Bulls originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago The Dallas Mavericks aren’t leaving anyone out. Or leaving anyone in, for that matter. Luka Dončić is slated to play the first quarter alone against the Bulls on Friday, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. Before the game, the Mavericks decided to rest Kyrie Irving, Josh Green, Tim …

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Celtics’ Jaylen Brown gets five stitches after cutting hand on glass

Jaylen Brown reveals cause of hand injury that required stitches originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown was ruled out for Friday’s game vs. the Toronto Raptors due to a right-hand laceration. Before tip-off, he shed light on how the injury occurred. Brown revealed he needed five stitches after cutting his hand — specifically in-between his …

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Oregon Ducks forward Lok Wur enters the transfer portal

The NCAA transfer portal has a new member. Now former Oregon Ducks men’s basketball guard Lök Wur has decided to leave the program and finish his college career elsewhere. Once a four-star recruit, the lanky 6-foot-9 forward had a difficult time finding a place in the Duck rotation. The redshirt junior didn’t play much in his first two seasons in …

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Nets’ convert David Duke Jr.’s two-way deal into standard contract

The Brooklyn Nets announced on Friday that they converted guard David Duke Jr.’s two-way deal into a standard NBA contract. The second-year player out of Providence signed his first contract with the team in August of 2021. During his time with the Nets, Duke Jr. has signed two two-way contracts until Friday when he finally received a standard NBA contract …

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Changes may be coming to Rockets, Raptors

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors The Atlanta Hawks didn’t wait for the season to end to make their change at coach (in part because they wanted to snap up Quin Snyder before other teams came calling). More coaching changes are coming once the season ends. Jake Fischer at Yahoo Sports talked about some potential changes that have had increasing …

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Ranking Kings’ potential first-round matchups

Ranking Kings’ five potential first-round playoff matchups originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea In one week, the Kings will be making their final preparations to host Game 1 of a first-round playoff series at Golden 1 Center. There’s still plenty to determine by then. Entering Friday’s slate of games, there are three days left in the 2022-23 NBA regular season. …

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Pelicans waive rookie Dereon Seabron from two-way contract

New Orleans Pelicans two-way rookie Dereon Seabron has been waived by the team after spending much of the season in the G League with the Birmingham Squadron. Seabron, who went undrafted last year out of NC State, averaged 16.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists on 49.6% shooting from the field in 44 games with the Squadron. He produced 18 …

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2023 NBA Draft: UConn SG Jordan Hawkins turns pro after leading Huskies to national title

UConn guard Jordan Hawkins announced Friday that he is declaring for the NBA Draft after helping guide the Huskies to the national championship during a standout sophomore season. Hawkins earned All-Big East and All-NCAA Tournament honors while emerging as one of the nation’s top 3-point shooters. The 6-foot-5 former four-star prospect hit 21 of 42 attempts from 3-point range during …

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UConn’s Jordan Hawkins declares for 2023 NBA Draft

Mar 23, 2023; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UConn Huskies guard Jordan Hawkins (24) shoots the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first half at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports / © Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Fresh off of his national title with UConn on Monday, sophomore guard Jordan Hawkins has declared for the 2023 …

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Is the in-season tournament a good idea?

Each week during the 2022-23 NBA season, we will take a deeper dive into some of the league’s biggest storylines in an attempt to determine whether the trends are based more in fact or fiction moving forward. [Last time on Fact or Fiction: The free-throw disparity that favors LeBron James’ Lakers] As the concept of an in-season NBA tournament gained …

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The 12th best player in the transfer portal visits Arkansas

Eric Musselman knows he has to rebuild his backcourt. That started via the transfer portal last week when Washington’s Keyon Menifield committed. Khalif Battle could be next. The Temple guard is rated as the 12th best player in the transfer portal after averaging 18 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Owls last year. The 6-foot-5 wing shot 35% from 3-point …

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Jaylen Brown (finger laceration) ruled out vs. Raptors

Celtics injury report: Jaylen Brown (finger laceration) ruled out vs. Raptors originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston The Boston Celtics will be without one of their best players for Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden. The Celtics announced Friday afternoon that Jaylen Brown has been ruled out because of a right finger laceration. Here’s the full …

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College basketball transfer rankings 2023: Caleb Love picks Michigan, Jalen Cook commits to LSU

Two guards ranked among the top-20 transfers of the 2023 offseason announced their destinations Friday as college basketball’s player movement cycle continued to accelerate. First, former Tulane star Jalen Cook announced that he is transferring to LSU, which is where he began his career as a prospect from the Class of 2020. Then, former North Carolina point guard Caleb Love …

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Spurs’ Jeremy Sochan likely to miss last 2 games of season

After turning in a promising rookie campaign, San Antonio Spurs forward Jeremy Sochan may have played his last game with the 2022-23 season winding down. Sochan, who is dealing with a knee injury, has played in only 12 games since the beginning of February. He has missed the last seven games due to what the team has labeled knee soreness …

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UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr. declares for NBA draft

LOS ANGELES – UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr. has declared for the NBA draft, with the senior deciding to forgo an extra year of eligibility available because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jaquez announced his decision Thursday on his social media accounts. “I have fulfilled my dream of playing basketball for and graduating from UCLA,” he posted. “To all of UCLA’s fans, …

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Wizards vs. Heat odds, line, start time: 2023 NBA picks, April 7 predictions from proven computer model

The Miami Heat (43-37) still have something to play for as they head into their meeting with the Washington Wizards (34-46) on Friday night. Miami is one game back of Brooklyn for the final automatic playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining. Washington is on a four-game losing streak and has been eliminated from 2023 NBA playoff contention.  …

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College basketball transfer portal names to watch

There are over 1,000 players in the college basketball transfer portal, including some genuine college basketball superstars from smaller conferences who very likely want to transfer to a blue-blood program and get a chance to reach the Final Four before they move to the NBA. We’re not going to tell you that USC has a good chance of landing that …

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Mavericks sitting out Kyrie Irving, four others vs. Bulls on Friday

The Chicago Bulls’ matchup against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday just got a little less, or more, interesting. On Friday morning, Mavericks PR announced that the team would be without five core rotation pieces, including two starters in Kyrie Irving and Tim Hardaway Jr. For Dallas, this came as a surprise based on the importance of Friday’s game for the …

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