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76ers vs. Heat – Game Recap – April 21, 2018

MIAMI — Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid certainly aren’t acting like playoff first-timers, and JJ Redick provided the veteran leadership that Philadelphia so desperately needed. The 76ers might very well be the NBA’s team of the future. And that future might be starting sooner than many envisioned. Simmons was the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a playoff triple-double, Redick led Philadelphia with 24 points, and the 76ers moved one win from the second round by topping the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to take a 3-1…

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Hang Time with the Houston Rocket’s Clint Capela

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s May. 07 Mayhem Issue. Subscribe today! “Bonjour!” chef Clemence Gossett says. Clint Capela’s eyes nearly spring from his skull. “You’re French!” the Rockets’ 6-foot-10 Swiss center exclaims, before they jabber in their go-to tongue. He knew he’d be spending his day off in LA facing me in a bake-off at the Gourmandise School inside the Santa Monica Place mall — it was his idea — but he didn’t know it would be with a real live French person in charge. Now he feels…

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Washington Wizards win Game 3 against Toronto Raptors, led by All-Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal

WASHINGTON — On the morning of the Wizards‘ biggest game of the season, John Wall pulled out of the Capital One Arena parking lot in a sleek, silver convertible Ferrari. With sunglasses on, top down and music blaring, Wall enjoyed a beautiful day in the nation’s capital as he left the team’s morning shootaround before Game 3. If Wall, though, didn’t bring the fight later that night to the Toronto Raptors, the Wizards’ season would be on the brink of another disappointing postseason exit. Washingtonians have seen a Wizards superstar…

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New York Knicks to interview David Blatt next week, meet with Spurs assistant James Borrego

8:16 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Ian Begley Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the New York Knicks for ESPNNewYork.com The New York Knicks plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt in Europe next week, league sources told ESPN. Blatt is coaching a team in Turkey this season. David Blatt’s credentials as a European coach are unmatched, and his season-plus with the Cavaliers included a 83-40 record and trip to the 2015 NBA Finals. David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images After the trip overseas, the Knicks are expected to meet with San Antonio…

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Udoka Azubuike of Kansas Jayhawks declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent

Udoka Azubuike will enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent, the school announced on Friday. The Kansas Jayhawks big man said his priority is to gain feedback from NBA officials about his draft stock. Who has declared for the 2018 NBA draft, and who’s testing the waters? We’re tracking the prospects in our Top 100 rankings. ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony projects a new top 60 for the 2019 NBA draft class. 1 Related With Azubuike, a reconfigured Kansas squad could start the 2018-19 season as the No. 1…

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Hassan Whiteside of Miami Heat says he’s ‘not as involved’ in offense, wants more minutes

MIAMI — Heat center Hassan Whiteside suggested a change in Miami’s offensive approach has affected his production in the playoffs. “It’s just different, man. I feel like our offense is a lot different. I’m not as involved in as many dribble handoffs as I was and post-ups as I was in the regular season,” Whiteside said after scoring five points in 13 minutes in Miami’s Game 3 loss to Philadelphia. “That’s what coach [Erik Spoelstra] wants. Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks. That’s what…

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Evan Turner of Portland Trail Blazers ruled out with toe contusion

Portland Trail Blazers forward Evan Turner has been ruled out Thursday’s Game 3 against the New Orleans Pelicans because of a right toe contusion, the team announced. Asked about Turner’s status going forward, Portland coach Terry Stotts said, “I assume it’s day to day because the decision wasn’t made until this morning that he wasn’t gonna play. So we’ll see how it feels. Just right now he can’t go.” Turner’s absence certainly will affect the playing time of others. “Certainly Moe Harkless will play more. Pat Connaughton will play some….

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Gregg Popovich will not coach San Antonio Spurs after wife’s death

Gregg Popovich, whose wife, Erin, died Wednesday, will not coach Game 3 of the San Antonio Spurs‘ first-round playoff series on Thursday night, the team announced. Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina will fill in for Popovich against the Golden State Warriors. Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died early Wednesday at age 67. She had been battling an illness for an extended period. Erin Popovich died early Wednesday at the age of 67. She had been battling an illness for an extended period. The couple was…

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James Harden of Houston Rockets has poor shooting night, comes up big on defense in Game 2 win over Minnesota Timberwolves

HOUSTON — MVP favorite James Harden earned praise for perhaps the best defensive performance of his career after one of the worst shooting outings in NBA playoff history. Harden scored 12 points on 2-of-18 shooting in the Houston Rockets‘ 102-82 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night that gave the NBA’s overall top seed a 2-0 series lead, the first player to make that few shots with as many attempts in a playoff game since Cleveland’s LeBron James in a loss to the Boston Celtics on May 6, 2008….

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell will start vs. Oklahoma City Thunder despite bruised foot

The Utah Jazz tweeted Wednesday night that rookie guard Donovan Mitchell will play and start against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the team’s first-round playoff series. Mitchell, Utah’s leading scorer, had been considered questionable for the game with a bruised foot. After going through pregame warm-ups, Mitchell was deemed healthy enough to play. The Rookie of the Year candidate had 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Jazz’s Game 1 loss. Source link

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