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The San Antonio Spurs are gone until November

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — Gregg Popovich gets on. (Getty Images) Steve Kerr couldn’t even be around for the 2017 Western Conference finals, such as they were. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, expert assessor as ever stood, called his absence “ a crap situation .” He speaks for all of us. [ Fantasy Football is open! Sign up now ] The former Spurs deep reserve and Golden State Warriors coach has missed 10 games since...
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Player Review: Rakeem Christmas is tough to figure

Indy Cornrows (C. Cooper) — It’s unclear what role the mixed bag 25-year-old can consistently play for the Pacers outside of emergency depth. It’s difficult to pinpoint what exactly it is that Rakeem Christmas is or should be for the Indiana Pacers . He runs the floor hard and isn’t afraid to scrap on the offensive glass (grabbing the second-highest percentage of Indiana’s misses), but generally...
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LeBron James wins PBWA's Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Ohio.com The Cavaliers’ LeBron James was named the winner of the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award by Professional Basketball Writers Association, the NBA announced Sunday. Named after the league’s second commissioner, the award is presented to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows “outstanding service and dedication to the community.” James, 32, is the fourth Cavalier selected, following...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook named to All-NBA first team

SBN: Welcome to Loud City (joshua broom) — Westbrook earns a second first-team All-NBA nod and sixth All-NBA selection in seven seasons After surpassing Oscar Roberson’s single-season triple-double record while averaging 31.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg, and 10.4 apg, today, Oklahoma City Thunder phenom Russell Westbrook has received his sixth All-NBA selection, and second-consecutive first-team nod. Westbrook, who recently celebrated the...
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Celtics NBA Draft lottery curse has been vanquished

CelticsBlog (Sean Penney) — Winning the NBA Draft lottery puts to rest the notion that the Celtics have been cursed with bad luck They say that patience is a virtue. For Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics , a patient approach of hoarding assets over the last several years is finally paying off. The Celtics resisted the urge to cash in the coveted draft pick owed to them by the floundering Brooklyn Nets in a trade...
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The 5th pick has a mixed history

SBN (Greg) — The 5th pick has yielded Hall of Famers and total busts Now that we know the Sacramento Kings will have the 5th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft , it’s worth taking a look at what that draft position has yielded historically. I’ll be honest, it’s a mixed bag. There are some first-ballot Hall of Famers, and there are some massive busts. Year Player Drafted By 1980 James Ray...
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The Celtics won the 2017 NBA draft lottery, and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — Celtics general manager Danny Ainge smiles like a man who knows he’s got the Nets on call waiting. (AP) Just one night after earning a right in the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics won the 2017 NBA draft lottery on Tuesday night. For the first time in the common draft era , the Celtics hold the right to make the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. [Follow Ball Don’t Lie...
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2017 NBA Draft order in place after Lottery results

Peachtree Hoops (Kris Willis) — The order is set The Boston Celtics are in the Eastern Conference Finals but they will be making the first pick in the 2017 Draft after winning the draft lottery Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Lakers were fortunate to keep their pick and will have the No. 2 selection. Philadelphia will pick third. The Atlanta Hawks have three picks (19th, 31st and 60th) The draft will be held Thursday,...
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2017 NBA draft lottery primer: What you need to know

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — The 2017 NBA draft lottery takes place in New York City on Tuesday, cementing the order of selections for the first round of the June 22 NBA draft. (Until the NBA’s general managers get to wheeling and dealing with draft-night trades that completely change the face of the proceedings, anyway.) Here’s what you need to know to be fully prepared for this year’s edition of the NBA’s annual...
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Let’s dream up some fun offensive plays for Kristaps Porzingis

Posting and Toasting (zachdiluzio) — Kristaps should be fun! For some reason, much of the conversation around the Knicks has revolved around the offense. By now, the word "Triangle" probably invokes an involuntary response similar to that of a New York college student hearing the name "Donald Trump.” The offense wasn't really the issue, but there are still plenty of improvements to be made on that end of the floor. How to do...
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Player Review: Aaron Brooks was too small

Indy Cornrows (C. Cooper) — Using the 32-year-old off-ball was needed until it wasn’t. Aaron Brooks was signed by the Indiana Pacers with the intention of him providing additional speed-oriented depth and infusing the league’s worst bench in terms of three-point shooting (29.1%) with floor spacing. Yet, by the end of the season, the reason they needed him most ended up indirectly being the reason...
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James Harden hits the club after Houston's season-ending, 39-point loss

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — James Harden leaves the court on Thursday. (Getty Images) James Harden swears that he was fully healthy during Thursday’s season-ending, Game 6 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, chasing off any suggestions that the MVP candidate worked through injury or illness or both in one whopper of a disappointment in Houston’s defeat. [Follow Ball Don’t Lie on social media: Twitter | Instagram ...
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Ten Things About the NBA: Phil Wants to be the Atlanta Hawks GM

Peachtree Hoops (Phil Naessens) — Phil has lost his mind and wants to be the next Hawks GM....and he tells you exactly what he plans to do I have decided to enter my name into the Atlanta Hawks General Manager pool. I decided to do this after listening to the Toronto Raptors TV guys laughing about how dumb it was for the Hawks to trade Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Because I like the Hawks and their fan base so...
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LeBron James' wedding gift to David Fizdale wasn't on his registry, but it was pretty generous

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Malika Andrews) — LeBron James and the Cavaliers have swept the first two rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs, in part, due to James’ no nonsense attitude and ability to take over a game at any given moment. After all, he is arguably the best player in the world. But according to Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale who worked with James when he was an assistant coach for the Miami Heat, James isn’t...
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Manu Ginobili's OT block saved Game 5, and maybe the Spurs' season

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — Manu Ginobili blocks James Harden’s shot, sealing Game 5 for the Spurs. (AP) After an 0-for-the-first-four-games start to the opening round, with the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies tied at two games apiece, Manu Ginobili turned in a strong performance in Game 5. He scored 10 points and brought what teammate Patty Mills called “the grandpa juice” with his hustle and tenacity to ...
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