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Miami Heat President Pat Riley expresses hope for team's future

MIAMI — Pat Riley has plenty of thoughts. Resting players is a travesty that the NBA needs to address. Having a head-to-head tiebreaker with Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, despite his Miami Heat playing the Bulls only three times instead of the customary four, was ridiculous. ...

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Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart fined $25,000 for making obscene gesture

BOSTON (AP)  — Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $ 25,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during Boston’s first-round Game 2 loss to Chicago. The league did not release video of the incident in announcing the fine Wednesday, but TNT’s cameras appeared to show Smart giving ...

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Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: Days since sister died hardest of my life

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the days since his younger sister was killed in a car crash have been the hardest of his life. He’s also expressing thanks for the support he has received around the NBA. Thomas’ comments, released in a team statement Wednesday, are his ...

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Paul George insists comments were intended to motivate Indiana Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)  — Indiana Pacers star Paul George is attacking critics of his recent postgame comments. George calls the notion that he threw teammates under the bus “completely ignorant.” The four-time All-Star insists he was only trying to motivate other players to perform better after losing the first two games ...

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Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith questionable for Game 3 with sore hamstring

CLEVELAND (AP)  — Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith is questionable for Game 3 against Indiana with a left hamstring injury. Smith didn’t play in the second half of Game 2 because Cleveland’s medical staff decided it was better for him to rest than risk making his injury worse. Smith was ...

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Kevin Durant sits out shootaround, remains questionable for Game 2

As Game 2 of the Golden State Warriors’ first-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers nears (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT), the status of star forward Kevin Durant remains questionable.  Durant, who missed Golden State’s practice Tuesday because of a strained left calf, sat out Wednesday’s shootaround: With nine hours until tipoff ...

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NBA fines Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale for criticism of officials

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The NBA has fined Grizzlies coach David Fizdale $ 30,000 for his rant against the officiating in Memphis’ 96-82 loss to San Antonio in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The league announced the fine Wednesday. The Grizzlies are practicing later Wednesday with the series ...

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Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale fined for criticism of officiating

NEW YORK – Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fined $ 30,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. ​Fizdale made his comments following the Grizzlies’ 96-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on April 17 at AT&T ...

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NBA, FIBA and Israel Basketball Association to host first Basketball Without Borders camp in Israel

NEW YORK, MIES, TEL AVIV – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Israel Basketball Association today announced that the 16th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe will be held Aug. 13-16 at The Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, marking the first time that the ...

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