Month: May 2021

May 20, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) before the game against the Indiana Pacers at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Mets give depressing update after Noah Syndergaard rehab start ends in disaster by Josh Hill WNBA Shootaround: Jonquel Jones for MVP, Connecticut Sun, injuries
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1:53 PM ET Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is expected to play Sunday against the LA Clippers in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series despite a strained neck, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Doncic is officially listed as questionable for the game, but Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Saturday that he thought Doncic
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The Utah Jazz have banned three fans indefinitely for reportedly heckling the family of Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant. The return of fans for the 2021 NBA Playoffs have been universally lauded, but things turned ugly all across the league on Wednesday night. From a Philadelphia 76ers fan dumping popcorn on Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook
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7:27 PM ET The three fans banned indefinitely by the Utah Jazz made vulgar and racially offensive comments to Ja Morant’s parents, the father of the Memphis Grizzlies star guard told ESPN. A statement from the Jazz cited one “verbal altercation” that occurred during Utah’s series-tying 141-129 victory at Vivint Arena on Wednesday night, but
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Feb 20, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, argues with referee Marc Davis (8) as Charlotte Hornets forward P.J. Washington looks on during the second half at Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets won 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports Colts running back Nyheim Hines impressed by Carson Wentz’s
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If it still hasn’t sunk in just yet, it bears repeating: the New York Knicks are making their first trip to the NBA Playoffs since 2012-13. Naturally, it’s understandable that most Knicks-centered articles are examining their ceiling this season. Alas, according to Kanye West, the present is the past – so, like Yeezy, we’re looking
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Donovan Mitchell was less-than-thrilled about not playing for the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of their Western Conference Playoffs series vs. the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. The Utah Jazz medical staff holding out star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell in Game 1’s playoff game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies was a controversial and ill-advised decision. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon
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If it still hasn’t sunk in just yet, it bears repeating: the New York Knicks are making their first trip to the NBA Playoffs since 2012-13. Naturally, it’s understandable that most Knicks-centered articles are examining their ceiling this season. Alas, according to Kanye West, the present is the past – so, like Yeezy, we’re looking
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If it still hasn’t sunk in just yet, it bears repeating: the New York Knicks are making their first trip to the NBA Playoffs since 2012-13. Naturally, it’s understandable that most Knicks-centered articles are examining their ceiling this season. Alas, according to Kanye West, the present is the past – so, like Yeezy, we’re looking
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Paul George, LA Clippers, Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Bruno Silva demolishes Victor Rodriguez with first-round knockout at UFC Vegas 27 (Video) by Curtis Calhoun When “Pandemic P” is already trending on Twitter after one half of LA Clippers playoff basketball, you know Paul George is having himself a bad time. Twitter
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1:04 PM ET The NBA is eager to restart the conversation with its teams and the players’ association about adding a midseason tournament to the league’s calendar, sources told ESPN. Commissioner Adam Silver, a proponent of the idea, has gained optimism that the success of the play-in tournament could drive momentum to reengage teams on
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The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The Spurs have had some incredible offensive performances under Gregg Popovich but nothing tops last night’s 146-125 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. At an offensive rating of 142.3 points
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7:25 PM ET Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is the focal point of the Bucks‘ attack, but Khris Middleton was the closer for Milwaukee on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Miami Heat. Middleton drained a contested, game-winning fadeaway jumper with less than a second remaining in overtime, lifting the Bucks to
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Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors. (Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) Javier Martinez could be a boxing diamond in the rough by Jeremy Herriges Klay Thompson has an encouraging message to downtrodden Golden State Warriors fans. After seeing his Golden State Warriors get eliminated from NBA Playoffs on Friday night during their play-in tournament
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1:15 AM ET Brianna Williams Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Ja Morant was “on his grizzly” as he led the Memphis Grizzlies to a playoff spot with a win over league MVP finalist Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Read more: Lessons from the wildest NBA season on record The 21-year-old put
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10:05 AM ET Two 6-foot-9 Florida twins ranked among the top 15 high school juniors in the country — Matt and Ryan Bewley — are signing two-year deals with the Overtime Elite professional league, sources told ESPN, marking the first prep underclassmen to sign contracts with an American professional basketball league. Matt, who is ranked
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7:46 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry are the finalists for this year’s NBA Most Valuable Player award. The top three vote-getters for each of the NBA’s major end-of-season awards — MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the
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Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors. (Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) 3 controversial calls that cost the Warriors against the Lakers by Ian Levy The Golden State Warriors may have lost, but at least Steph Curry won on the internet. Steph Curry channeled his inner Alonzo Mourning during the Golden State Warriors play-in tournament game loss
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Expect this to be a quiet offseason for the Detroit Pistons.  General manager Troy Weaver said as much when speaking with local media on the heels of their last game of the season: “I don’t anticipate having too many roster spots available,” said Weaver. “The answers for the Pistons moving forward are all in-house.” The
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Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Journal Sentinel) Cubs getting healthy at right time with latest roster moves by Alicia de Artola Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger are due to welcome a second child into their lives. Congratulations are in order for Giannis Antetokounmpo and his girlfriend, who announced a second baby on
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11:44 PM ET The Sacramento Kings will bring head coach Luke Walton back for a third season, sources confirmed to ESPN. The Kings extended their record-tying 15-year playoff drought after a second consecutive 31-41 season under Walton, who has two years left on his deal. Sacramento is in the midst of a multiyear rebuilding process
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LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Cubs give injury update on Kris Bryant after he was hit by pitch by Steven Kubitza LeBron James, Anthony Davis will miss Wednesday night’s game vs. the Houston Rockets. Nobody respects the Houston Rockets more than Los Angeles Lakers stars Anthony Davis and
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 08: Tacko Fall #99 of the Boston Celtics defends Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards during the first quarter at TD Garden on January 08, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the
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The Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers will enter the 2021 NBA Playoffs differently. With only two days’ worth of regular-season games left, teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers are approaching the 2021 NBA Playoffs in a completely different manner. Philadelphia has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. New head coach
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Juan Toscano-Anderson just signed a two-year deal with Golden State. The Oakland-native already considers himself a “Warrior for life.” In a sports world increasingly dominated by strict business decisions on the part of organizations and players, there’s something extra special about finding someone who bucks the trend. Juan Toscano-Anderson is one of those people. The
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Alex Rodriguez. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Heather Hardy returns to boxing and looking for answers by Jeremy Herriges Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore have purchased the Minnesota Timberwolves from Glen Taylor. After spending over a month at the negotiating table, former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and tech entrepreneur Marc Lore have agreed to buy the
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The Brooklyn Nets recent struggles have made one thing clear: if they’re going to win a championship, they’re going to need a healthy James Harden leading the way. The Brooklyn Nets have not looked great recently. However, when James Harden first injured his hamstring in a March 31 game against the Rockets, the Nets were
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3:10 PM ET ESPN News Services Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has reached a verbal agreement on a $1.5 billion sale of the team to former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce mogul Marc Lore, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. NBA approval of the deal was still pending, and neither side has publicly announced
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Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and other NBA legends congratulated Russell Westbrook after the Washington Wizards star broke the NBA’s triple-double record. On Monday night, Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook made NBA history, resetting a record that probably won’t be broken for a long time … especially since he has plenty more time to build on
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9:00 AM ET The NBA has created a new award in honor of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league’s all-time leading scorer and a noted civil rights activist, that will recognize a player who best embodies his strive for social justice and racial equality, the league announced Thursday. The winner of the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice
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LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) Explaining the Stanley Cup playoff bracket: How do the NHL playoffs work? by Dave Stevenson Rasheed Wallace has identified the elephant in the room with the Los Angeles Lakers. Former NBA star Rasheed Wallace knows exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers need to win big in
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3:54 PM ET LeBron James will give his injured right ankle one more day of rest Tuesday, when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the New York Knicks. James is targeting a return on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin. Frank Vogel said James was a full participant
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12:48 AM ET SAN FRANCISCO — Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal called out Kent Bazemore on Twitter Monday night after the Golden State Warriors swingman appeared to take a shot at Beal while weighing in on Stephen Curry‘s place atop the NBA scoring race. During Monday’s shootaround, Bazemore, a close friend of Curry’s, praised his
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9:29 PM ET Russell Westbrook made history on Monday with 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks when he collected his 182nd triple-double and broke Oscar Robertson’s record for most career triple-doubles. Westbrook passed Robertson when the Wizards’ point guard grabbed his 10th rebound in the fourth quarter at State Farm Arena.
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10:50 AM ET Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal will miss at least two games because of a left hamstring strain, the team announced Monday. Beal, who suffered the injury Saturday against the Pacers, had already been ruled out for Monday’s road game against the Hawks. The NBA’s second-leading scorer now will also miss Wednesday’s game
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SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – MARCH 18: Luca Vildoza of Baskonia during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague match between Zenit St Petersburg and TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz at Sibur Arena on March 18, 2021 in Saint Petersburg, Russia (Photo by Anatolij Medved/BSR Agency/Getty Images) First Pitch: Francisco Lindor and the endless pressure of playing in New York
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1:02 PM ET The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin $50,000 on Sunday “for public criticism of the officiating and comments detrimental to the NBA.” On Friday, Griffin said Zion Williamson‘s fractured left ring finger, which will keep him out indefinitely, was “avoidable” if the NBA did a
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Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) UFC Vegas 26 official weigh-in results: Marina Rodriguez vs. Michelle Waterson by Thomas Albano Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green offers tremendous praise of Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Darius Garland. Cleveland Cavaliers fans should be very excited about what Golden State Warriors
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Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat. (Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports) Are the Dallas Cowboys still the most valuable sports franchise? by John Buhler Jimmy Butler ripped Karl-Anthony Towns to shreds with his latest smack-talking episode. Jimmy Butler made Karl-Anthony Towns the latest victim of his one-of-a-kind smack talk. As Butler’s Miami
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Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Kansas City Royals: 1 prospect to call up, 1 veteran to demote by Brad Berreman Shaquille O’Neal could not be more impressed by what Stephen Curry is doing leading the Golden State Warriors this season. Despite the Golden State Warriors likely bound for the play-in tournament, Shaquille
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T.J. Warren, Indiana Pacers. (Mandatory Credit: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports) James Harden provides promising update on his return from injury by Braulio Perez T.J. Warren wanted out of the Indiana Pacers after the team hired Nate Bjorkgren as their next head coach. With Indiana Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren expected to be one-and-done, this story about
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The Los Angeles Lakers were founded in 1947, but their true origins lie in the Midwest. The Los Angeles Lakers nickname history stretches back 74 years to when the team was first introduced into the NBA. The Lakers’ franchise technically began as the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League. They only played one season
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1:16 PM ET The Indiana Pacers are suspending assistant coach Greg Foster for one game and fining center Goga Bitadze for an emotionally-charged on-court exchange Wednesday night in a loss to the Sacramento Kings, sources told ESPN. Foster will serve the suspension Thursday night for the Pacers’ home game against the Atlanta Hawks, sources said.
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The Phoenix Suns were founded in 1968, and their simple nickname has a very simple reason. The Phoenix Suns nickname history stretches back 53 years to when the team was first introduced into the NBA. In the 1968-69 season, the Suns joined the NBA alongside the Milwaukee Bucks. At the time, the Suns were the
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In the NBA Draft, late-lottery teams typically face tough decisions. The late lottery is usually home to teams with some – albeit not a whole lot – of talent. Ideally, teams in the late lottery are up-and-coming, allowing them to either draft based on need or take a chance on someone they can bring along
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NBA stars Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic opened up on a wide range of different topics with FanSided’s Mark Carman during a recent interview. Get Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter Tobias Harris and Dallas Mavericks big man Boban Marjanovic in front of the camera together and you better believe they’ll both be nothing short of entertaining. The
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