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76ers face James Harden contract problem after another playoff failure

76ers face James Harden contract problem after another playoff failure

Early in the fourth quarter of Game 6 between the Sixers and Heat, an exhausted Doc Rivers abandoned attempts to scheme his team back into it and appealed directly to its competitive spirit. “Fight for this,” implored Rivers. “Come on guys, fight for this.” They didn’t. Miami’s lead swelled to 19, then to 20 before …

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2022 NBA Draft: Ten players who can boost their stock the most during the pre-draft process

2022 NBA Draft: Ten players who can boost their stock the most during the pre-draft process

The NBA Draft Combine is a mere days away, giving us the showcase event of the pre-draft process where scouts, executives and decision-makers will get an extended look at this year’s class. This, my friends, is the point in the pre-draft timeline where things really start to come into focus. In the weeks ahead, players will begin …

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NBA draft decisions that will shape college basketball in 2022-23

NBA draft decisions that will shape college basketball in 2022-23

Next week’s G League Elite Camp and NBA scouting combine provide a huge opportunity for players to prove themselves in front of NBA decision-makers. In turn, it’s a critical week for college basketball programs hoping their star players will come back for another season before turning pro. Some players testing the draft waters have maintained …

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NBA Offseason Buzz: All Eyes on Utah Jazz Stars + Knicks, Clippers, Pelicans Rumors

NBA Offseason Buzz: All Eyes on Utah Jazz Stars + Knicks, Clippers, Pelicans Rumors

Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images The offseason has begun for all but eight teams in the NBA, and no franchise’s future has been a greater subject of discussion in league circles than that of the Utah Jazz. But for all the talk of potential wholesale changes in Salt Lake City following another premature playoff exit, …

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Which NBA superstar has the most to lose in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series?

Which NBA superstar has the most to lose in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series?

The NBA’s conference semifinals have not disappointed. The East and West gifted us three pivotal Game 5 showdowns over the next 48 hours. We might have had four were it not for the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies blowing a last-minute lead to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of their second-round series. Game 5 often …

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2022 NBA Mock Draft: Duke's Paolo Banchero goes No. 1 with Iowa's Keegan Murray a surprising No. 3 pick

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Duke’s Paolo Banchero goes No. 1 with Iowa’s Keegan Murray a surprising No. 3 pick

Duke • Fr • 6’10” / 250 lbs Projected Team Houston PROSPECT RNK 3rd POSITION RNK 1st PPG 17.2 RPG 7.8 APG 3.2 3P% 33.8% Banchero is the safest bet in the upper range of the lottery this year because of his NBA-ready frame and the fact that he can already score at all three …

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Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst questions officiating in Game 3

Milwaukee Bucks GM Jon Horst questions officiating in Game 3

Following the Bucks’ 103-101 victory in Game 3, the Celtics were unhappy with the game’s officials. They believed Bucks guard Jrue Holiday fouled Celtics guard Marcus Smart on a 3-point attempt with 4.6 seconds remaining and that Smart deserved three free throws. Smart and head coach Ime Udoka passionately argued their position on the court, …

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