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Wed Jun 2320:57Chris Paul listed as probable for Suns in Game 3Kawhi LeonardSFClippersTeam 10
Chris PaulPGSunsTeam 8
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul is listed as probable to play for the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. The Suns lead the Los Angeles Clippers 2-0. The series shifts to Staples Center on Thursday night. Paul missed the first two games while in the NBA's health and safety protocols since June 16. His status was updated in the league’s injury report Wednesday. The 36-year-old point guard, a former Clipper, averaged 25.5 points, 10.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds in the second round against Denver. The Clippers will be without Kawhi Leonard. He has missed the series so far with a strained right knee. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Jun 2317:37AP source: Celtics hire Nets assistant Udoka as new coachJaylen BrownSFCelticsTeam 4
Al HorfordCCelticsGeoff
Jayson TatumPFCelticsTeam 4
Kemba WalkerPGThunderTeam 5
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to be their new coach, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. The hiring was first reported by ESPN. Udoka, 43, played a total of 316 games over seven seasons with five NBA teams before retiring in 2012 and joining Gregg Popovich's staff in San Antonio as an assistant coach. He was with the Spurs for seven seasons, including in 2013-14, when they won the NBA title. Udoka joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year. Udoka takes over a Celtics team that reached the Eastern Conference finals in three of the previous four seasons before plummeting to the No. 7 seed this year and losing in the first round to Brooklyn. After the five-game loss to the Nets, basketball boss Danny Ainge retired and coach Brad Stevens gave up his spot on the bench to replace him. Onc... [More]
Wed Jun 2317:07AP source: Celtics hire Nets assistant Udoka as new coachJaylen BrownSFCelticsTeam 4
Al HorfordCCelticsGeoff
Jayson TatumPFCelticsTeam 4
Kemba WalkerPGThunderTeam 5
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to be their new coach, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. The hiring was first reported by ESPN. Udoka, 43, played a total of 316 games over seven seasons with five NBA teams before retiring in 2012 and joining Gregg Popovich's staff in San Antonio as an assistant coach. He was with the Spurs for seven seasons, including in 2013-14, when they won the NBA title. Udoka joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year. Udoka takes over a Celtics team that reached the Eastern Conference finals in three of the previous four seasons before plummeting to the No. 7 seed this year and losing in the first round to Brooklyn. After the five-game loss to the Nets, basketball boss Danny Ainge retired and coach Brad Stevens gave up his spot on the bench to replace him. Onc... [More]
Wed Jun 2311:37EXPLAINER: Why was Deandre Ayton's dunk a legal NBA play?Jae CrowderPFSunsDr. A.
When Phoenix's Deandre Ayton reached over the rim to dunk Jae Crowder's pass for what became the winning points of the Suns' 104-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, several players immediately argued that the play was illegal. Perhaps it was wishful thinking on their part. Or, perhaps more likely, they did not fully understand the rule. In almost any other situation, what Ayton did would have been a violation — offensive basket interference — and the shot shouldn't have counted. But in this situation, what he did was perfectly legal. WHY DID IT COUNT? NBA Rule 11, Section I, Subsection f gives part of the answer. That rule states that a player shall not “touch any ball from within the playing area that is on its downward flight with an opportunity to score. This is considered to be a ‘field goal attempt’ or trying for a goal.” Crowder's pass — an extremely difficult one — was not a field goal attempt. Because it was an inbounds pass, it would not have counted as a fi... [More]
Tue Jun 2222:07Pistons win lottery, receive No. 1 pick in 2021 NBA draftDarius GarlandPGCavaliersFree Agent
Isaac OkoroSFCavaliersFree Agent
Chris PaulPGSunsTeam 8
Collin SextonSGCavaliersTeam 9
Nikola VucevicCBullsTeam 5
Newly selected Basketball Hall of Famer Ben Wallace tapped his fist on the table a few times, then clapped his hands and pointed one finger skyward. After one of the worst seasons in franchise history, Detroit has something to celebrate. The Pistons won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night, meaning they’ll have the No. 1 pick on July 29 — and, presumably, the chance to take Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham. “We get to add another young player to the restoration process,” Pistons general manager Troy Weaver said. “We’re excited to be in this position. But it means that we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re going to be diligent about it, but it always helps to be able to add a No. 1 pick from a talented group of players to choose from.” Houston — which basically had 50-50 odds of picking in the top four — got the No. 2 pick. Cleveland will pick No. 3 and Toronto will pick No. 4, after both of those franchises got some lottery luck to move up in the order. But t... [More]
Tue Jun 2221:17Pistons win lottery, receive No. 1 pick in 2021 NBA draftNikola VucevicCBullsTeam 5
The Detroit Pistons did a lot of losing this season, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA and the franchise's worst record in nearly 30 years. It paid off. The Pistons won the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night, grabbing the No. 1 pick in the July 29 draft and presumably the chance to select Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham. If the Pistons keep the pick, it'll be the first time they select No. 1 overall since taking Bob Lanier in 1970. Houston will pick second, Cleveland will pick third, and Toronto will pick fourth. Orlando will get the No. 5 and No. 8 selections, with Oklahoma City picking No. 6 and Golden State also with two lottery slots — No. 7, as part of a trade with Minnesota, and the Warriors' own pick at No. 14. The rest of the lottery results: Sacramento picks No. 9, New Orleans No. 10, Charlotte No. 11, San Antonio at No. 12, and Indiana at No. 13. The lottery — 14 ping-pong balls, all numbered 1 through 14, placed into a hopper — technically only det... [More]
Tue Jun 2217:5776ers hoping Ben Simmons can fix his game in the offseasonJoel EmbiidC76ersTeam 4
Markelle FultzPGMagicTeam 7
Tobias HarrisPF76ersTeam 7
Dwight HowardC76ersFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPG76ersGeoff
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons clanked one free throw off the back of the rim, so he took a breather, fist-bumped Joel Embiid, paced, walked back to the line and bonked another shot. Hey, the 76ers still led the Hawks by 23 points at that point, Game 5 seemed in the bag, so what’s two missed free throws? Just 1 second in game time later, Simmons was back at the line -- Atlanta using a Hack-A-Ben strategy to its advantage in the playoffs -- and Simmons swished one to the roar of the crowd. Back for the second shot, a 76ers fan wearing a No. 25 Simmons T-shirt simulated proper form from the stands, only to have Simmons knock one off the front of the rim. Yes, a three-time All-Star in the first year of a $177 million max deal received a pity ovation in Philly. Simmons missed a stunning 10 free throws in Game 5 -- and that seemingly insurmountable lead turned into an epic defeat that helped usher the top-seeded Sixers out of the postseason. Fans were devastated, the media pounced and ... [More]
Mon Jun 2116:37Nets' ending came quickly, decisions about the future won'tLaMarcus AldridgePFNetsGeoff
Blake GriffinPFNetsFree Agent
James HardenSGNetsTeam 7
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The end for the Brooklyn Nets came quickly. Changes to prevent it from happening again will not. Two days after a team with title hopes went out in the second round of the playoffs, the Nets said they will take some time evaluating their players — and even the people responsible for keeping them healthy. “I think you have to be very careful in the circumstances that we dealt with this year,” general manager Sean Marks said Monday. “No team has ever been through this before. You hope that next season looks vastly different from the protocols that were in place for COVID and so forth, so I don’t want to be too quick to judge anybody and there’s no rash decisions. We’ve never made rash decisions in five years since we’ve been here.” The Nets were eliminated with a 115-111 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. James Harden missed all but 43 seconds of Games 1-4 with a hamstring injury, and Kyrie ... [More]
Mon Jun 2116:17Stevens adjusting to new role with Celtics, mum on new coachJaylen BrownSFCelticsTeam 4
Moses BrownCCelticsFree Agent
Al HorfordCCelticsGeoff
Jayson TatumPFCelticsTeam 4
Kemba WalkerPGThunderTeam 5
BOSTON (AP) — Brad Stevens is still getting used to his new job as the Celtics' president of basketball operations. He’s also keeping tight-lipped about candidates in Boston’s head coaching search. But once he’s made that hire and is done tinkering with the roster this offseason, one thing he promises his successor in advance is that he won’t intervene in day-to-day coaching decisions. He’s got enough to do to get the Celtics back into the top tier of the Eastern Conference. “We obviously have a really good foundation. And you have very talented young players, so I think that that’s a good place to be," Stevens said Monday. "And then, it’s about finding the right fit. There are near-term decisions that can help you improve ... and longer-term decisions that you have to make with the idea of being in the mix. And, ultimately, we want to be in the mix.” That mission began last week when Stevens, who left the bench after eight seasons to succeed retiring front office ... [More]
Mon Jun 2116:07Collins' size a key in Hawks' matchup against Giannis, BucksGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksTeam 3
Bogdan BogdanovicSGHawksGeoff
Clint CapelaCHawksTeam 6
John CollinsPFHawksTeam 7
Joel EmbiidC76ersTeam 4
Danilo GallinariPFHawksDr. A.
Solomon HillSFHawksFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
De'Andre HunterSFHawksFree Agent
Onyeka OkongwuCHawksFree Agent
Rajon RondoPGClippersFree Agent
Trae YoungPGHawksTeam 7
ATLANTA (AP) — John Collins' value to the Atlanta Hawks' championship hopes — and in free agency — can't be fully measured by his points and rebounds. To better appreciate the power forward's vital role, try to imagine the Hawks' matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals without Collins' size and athleticism. Game 1 of the series is Wednesday night in Milwaukee. The Bucks are favored by seven points by FanDuel Sportsbook. in a physical conference semifinal series against Philadelphia in which the 76ers seemed to try and bully Collins and the Hawks, he posted double-doubles in the last four games of the conference semifinal series. Collins had 14 points, 16 rebounds, Atlanta's only blocked shot and a steal in the 103-96 series-clinching Game 7 win on Sunday night. “I’m glad I got to experience something like this,” Collins said. “It’s a legendary moment for myself personally.” Collins saw the potential for the Haw... [More]
Mon Jun 2115:17Head games: Ben Simmons' future uncertain after playoff flopJoel EmbiidC76ersTeam 4
Markelle FultzPGMagicTeam 7
Danilo GallinariPFHawksDr. A.
Danny GreenSF76ersTeam 10
Tobias HarrisPF76ersTeam 7
Ben SimmonsPG76ersGeoff
Matisse ThybulleSF76ersFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons backed his way to the basket, spun around Danilo Gallinari for the easy look at the net — an uncontested layup, a dunk — and he passed. Passed the ball. Passed on the shot. Passed on the chance to tie the game. Joel Embiid threw up his hands in disbelief. With a chance to tie Game 7 against Atlanta late in the fourth quarter, Simmons surrendered the chance to play postseason hero and fed the ball to Matisse Thybulle. “I just assumed Gallo was coming over my back,” Simmons said. Simmons thought Gallinari would try to foul him — much as the Hawks did throughout the seven-game series victory to reach the Eastern Conference finals — and going to the line in the clutch was a risk the All-Star guard was not willing to take. His free-throw shooting was the poison in the postseason that ultimately knocked out the top-seeded Sixers. Simmons shot 25-for-73 (34%) from the line in the playoffs and missed 27 alone against the Hawks. Unacceptable numbe... [More]
Mon Jun 2114:37Head games: Ben Simmons' future uncertain after playoff flopJoel EmbiidC76ersTeam 4
Markelle FultzPGMagicTeam 7
Danilo GallinariPFHawksDr. A.
Danny GreenSF76ersTeam 10
Tobias HarrisPF76ersTeam 7
Ben SimmonsPG76ersGeoff
Matisse ThybulleSF76ersFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons backed his way to the basket, spun around Danilo Gallinari for the easy look at the net — an uncontested layup, a dunk — and he passed. Passed the ball. Passed on the shot. Passed on the chance to tie the game. Joel Embiid threw up his hands in disbelief. With a chance to tie Game 7 against Atlanta late in the fourth quarter, Simmons surrendered the chance to play postseason hero and fed the ball to Matisse Thybulle. “I just assumed Gallo was coming over my back,” Simmons said. Simmons thought Gallinari would try to foul him — much as the Hawks did throughout the seven-game series victory to reach the Eastern Conference finals — and going to the line in the clutch was a risk the All-Star guard was not willing to take. His free-throw shooting was the poison in the postseason that ultimately knocked out the top-seeded Sixers. Simmons shot 25-for-73 (34%) from the line in the playoffs and missed 27 alone against the Hawks. Unacceptable numbe... [More]
Mon Jun 2114:27Stevens adjusting to new role with Celtics, mum on new coachJaylen BrownSFCelticsTeam 4
Moses BrownCCelticsFree Agent
Jayson TatumPFCelticsTeam 4
Kemba WalkerPGThunderTeam 5
BOSTON (AP) — Brad Stevens is still getting used to his new job as the Celtics' president of basketball operations. He’s also keeping tight-lipped about candidates in Boston’s head coaching search. But once he’s made that hire and is done tinkering with the roster this offseason, one thing he promises his successor in advance is that he won’t intervene in day-to-day coaching decisions. He’s got enough to do to get the Celtics back into the top tier of the Eastern Conference. “We obviously have a really good foundation. And you have very talented young players, so I think that that’s a good place to be," Stevens said Monday. "And then, it’s about finding the right fit. There are near-term decisions that can help you improve ... and longer-term decisions that you have to make with the idea of being in the mix. And, ultimately, we want to be in the mix.” That mission began last week when Stevens, who left the bench after eight seasons to succeed retiring front office ... [More]
Sun Jun 2012:46NBA fines 76ers' Embiid $35,000 for Game 6 altercationJohn CollinsPFHawksTeam 7
Joel EmbiidC76ersTeam 4
Bruno FernandoCHawksFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was fined $35,000 by the NBA for escalating an on-court altercation in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Atlanta. Embiid fell on top of John Collins on the court in Game 6. Collins then shoved Embiid before both rose to their feet. Embiid had his arms stretched out wide with Collins’ hands around his neck as both walked off the court under the basket. Officials reviewed the altercation and called technical fouls on each player with no free throws awarded. The NBA said Sunday Embiid also failed to comply with an NBA Security interview following the incident. Atlanta Hawks forward Bruno Fernando was suspended for Sunday's Game 7 for leaving the bench area during the spat. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Jun 2011:16Nets had the shooting and scoring, but needed more healthLaMarcus AldridgePFNetsGeoff
Nicolas ClaxtonCNetsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFNetsFree Agent
James HardenSGNetsTeam 7
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
DeAndre JordanCNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets had all the shooting and scoring any team could ever want. They just didn't have the health that every team needs. Kevin Durant was spectacular in his first postseason in Brooklyn, but by the end of it a Big Three was down to 1 1/2. Kyrie Irving was on the bench and James Harden probably should have been. That's the way it often went for Brooklyn after putting together its three superstars. On paper, it looked unstoppable. On the court, it just wasn't seen all that much. “We gave it everything we had,” Harden said. “Just having to deal with injuries throughout the course of the year set us back.” That contributed to an ending far earlier than the Nets anticipated. Brooklyn was eliminated with a 115-111 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Irving missed the final 3 1/2 games of the series with a sprained right ankle. Harden played only 43 seconds of Games 1-4 because of right hamstr... [More]
Sat Jun 1918:26Latest early playoff exit leaves bitter taste for Utah JazzBojan BogdanovicPFJazzTeam 10
Mike ConleyPGJazzFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzTeam 4
Joe InglesSFJazzTeam 5
Donovan MitchellSGJazzTeam 4
Georges NiangPFJazzFree Agent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once again, the Utah Jazz endured a postseason collapse. Making an early exit from the NBA playoffs stung much more this time. The top-seeded Jazz fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in six games after blowing a 2-0 series lead. Injuries to All-Stars Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, coupled with defensive deficiencies exposed by the Clippers’ small-ball lineups, took down a Utah team after a dominating in the regular season. For a team that surrendered a 3-1 series lead to Denver a season earlier, this latest postseason setback left an extra bitter taste. “This hurts more than last year because we were up again and lost again,” Mitchell said. “This is going to eat at me. Even when I go to the grocery store, I’m going to be thinking about it.” Mitchell took another step forward during the postseason as a rising superstar for the Jazz, even while playing through pain after reinjuring his right ankle early in the series against the Clippers. The two-tim... [More]
Sat Jun 1916:5676ers put Process legacy on the line in Game 7 vs HawksBogdan BogdanovicSGHawksGeoff
Seth CurrySG76ersTeam 4
Joel EmbiidC76ersTeam 4
Tobias HarrisPF76ersTeam 7
Ben SimmonsPG76ersGeoff
Trae YoungPGHawksTeam 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doc Rivers met Joel Embiid on the court, slapped the big man’s hand and gave him a big I-told-you-so in the waning moments of a Game 6 victory. Rivers believed in his 76ers. Embiid, Seth Curry and even Tobias Harris came through down the stretch to reward Rivers’ faith in them and win in Atlanta. “These guys are young, man,” Rivers said. “They need to believe that. I didn’t know if they did or didn’t. I thought they did. You can tell in the way we played. But he have another game.” This Eastern Conference semifinal comes down to Game 7 Sunday in Philadelphia and there’s scant proof the home-court edge will matter much for the top-seeded Sixers. Game 1, Atlanta leads by 26 points, wins. Game 5, Hawks trail by 26, win. Both games in Philly. Here comes Trae Young and the Hawks back to Philadelphia, with recent road success on their side -- but the weight of Atlanta’s career 0-9 mark in Game 7s on the road against them. “You have to look at tha... [More]
Sat Jun 1914:26Sore knee threatens Bogdanovic's status for Hawks in Game 7Bogdan BogdanovicSGHawksGeoff
Solomon HillSFHawksFree Agent
Kevin HuerterSGHawksFree Agent
De'Andre HunterSFHawksFree Agent
Tony SnellSFHawksFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks may be without their top 3-point shooter with their season on the line. Bogdan Bogdanovic's status is uncertain for Sunday night's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series at Philadelphia due to a knee injury. Bogdanovic left Friday night's 104-99 home loss to the 76ers in the fourth quarter with right knee soreness and did not return. Coach Nate McMillan said Saturday the soreness is not related to the fracture in the same knee which forced Bogdanovic to miss 25 games early in the season. Asked if he is optimistic Bogdanovic can return for the decisive game of the series, McMillan said “I really don’t know or have an answer to that question. ... We’ll see how he feels later today and tomorrow.” Bogdanovic struggled before leaving Friday night's game. He made only 3 of 11 shots and scored only seven points. After scoring 22 points in Game 4, he managed only six points in Wednesday night's Game 5 win. “Basically this came about in th... [More]
Fri Jun 1817:26Nets, Bucks hope to avoid early exit in Game 7 on SaturdayGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksTeam 3
Jeff GreenPFNetsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFNetsFree Agent
James HardenSGNetsTeam 7
Jrue HolidayPGBucksTeam 9
Kyrie IrvingPGNetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantPFNetsFree Agent
Khris MiddletonSFBucksDr. A.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn's blockbuster brought James Harden to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, creating a team with potential to shoot its way out of any situation. Milwaukee's move gave Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton a top two-way guard in Jrue Holiday, who could run his team and slow down the other. Both teams hoped their big trade was the one that would lead to a championship. One of them won't even get halfway there. The Nets and Bucks play Game 7 of their second-round series Saturday in Brooklyn, with the winner moving on to play for the Eastern Conference title and the loser falling well short of expectations. “With everything we’ve built and been through, we got the second seed for this particular reason and we’ve just got to go out there and hoop,” Harden said. “At home. One game.” In a series where the home team has won every game, the Nets hope their strong ending to the regular season pays off now. They won their final five games to finish ... [More]
Fri Jun 1816:56Mavericks figure to keep focus on Doncic amid sudden shakeupTyson ChandlerCRocketsFree Agent
Luka DoncicPGMavericksTeam 3
Dirk NowitzkiPFMavericksFree Agent
Kristaps PorzingisPFMavericksTeam 8
Jason TerryPGBucksFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Mark Cuban is suddenly without a coach and general manager after the Dallas Mavericks were one of the models of stability in the NBA for more than a decade. The owner's next moves figure to be all about superstar Luka Doncic following coach Rick Carlisle's decision to quit a day after the club announced the departure of longtime GM Donnie Nelson. The loss of Nelson was of more consequence for Doncic, who was a teenager playing professionally in Spain when Nelson started courting his latest European prodigy. Doncic was drafted 20 years after Germany's Dirk Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011. “It was kind of tough on me,” Doncic told reporters in Slovenia, where he's preparing to help his home country try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. “I really like Donnie. It was tough on me, seeing that, but I'm not the one making decisions there.” Sure enough, Cuban's first move appeared to be with Doncic in mind. The Mavericks added Nowitzk... [More]
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