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USA Basketball will open its men's training camp, led by coach Gregg Popovich, in Las Vegas on July 6. The Olympic men's teams from Australia, Nigeria, Argentina and reigning Basketball World Cup champion Spain will also be spending some time in Las Vegas; Argentina will start its training camp there this month.

What is the latest on if Curry, Davis or James will play for Team USA later on this summer?Memphis Grizzlies

The Nuggets committed a live-ball turnover on the very next play, ending in the Torrey Craig alley-oop that sent PHX Arena into an absolute frenzy. But the damage had already been done: Any hope of Denver responding with a run to start the fourth quarter was singlehandedly smothered by Paul’s individual brilliance, working the crowd into a fever pitch before Cam Payne’s lob to Craig blew the roof off the building.Orlando Magic

Philadelphia games have hit the over four of the last five times. Conversely, Atlanta games have gone under eight of the last 10 times. Game 1 hit the over while Game 2 hit the under.Oklahoma City Thunder

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They landed upon 31-year-old Kent Bazemore, signing him for the veteran’s minimum ($2.3 million). Aside from a maddening habit of bungling layups in transition, he delivered the goods as a versatile reserve wing.Detroit Pistons

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It’s complicated for the small forward and the Warriors. Oubre has publicly stated he wants to stay with the team long-term. However, he’d be relegated to a sixth-man role as soon as Klay Thompson returns to the lineup.

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When healthy, Harden has been a fantastic addition to the Nets. He averaged 24.6 points and 10.8 assists in 44 regular-season games. 
Suns: Phoenix led by double digits much of the first half, but went cold over the final 90 seconds of the second quarter, allowing the Nuggets to pull to 59-55 at halftime. ... The Suns shot 50% in the first half both from beyond the arc and from the field, and they made all 11 of their free throws.Charlotte Hornets

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Yes, that is a faux memorial dedicated to LeBron James and his Lakers in the wake of their early playoff demise. While the Suns pulling off the first-round “upset” shouldn’t have been a surprise, the haters were quick to celebrate the King’s early exit, as well as the prospect of the first NBA Finals in a decade that won’t feature LeBron or Stephen Curry.

Since the institution of the NBA’s shot clock, Leonard is just the sixth player to score at least 45 points in a playoff game while shooting at least 72%. His performance, coupled with his earlier output, has made him the first player in NBA postseason history to score at least 29 points while shooting at least 66% in four games in a single series.

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From the franchise’s roots in Philadelphia to initially being named the San Francisco Warriors upon their move cross-country, the Golden State Warriors have had some great players play for them. That’s easy to overlook since they went from 1975-2015 without winning an NBA title, or even making a Finals appearance.Orlando Magic

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But as easy as it was to write off the Clippers for being “choke artists” or for being doomed down in their 0-2 hole with the series shifting back to Dallas, Kawhi simply would not let his team lose.Minnesota Timberwolves

“So we just wanted to show different bodies on him. Obviously we started Ben on him, and then we had different guys rotating. He’s a dynamic player, uses his body well, so it’s tough to really get as physical as you want when you’re guarding him. But I thought we did a good job tonight of just standing our ground and having him shoot and make tough shots.”Phoenix Suns
Again, none of this is meant to disparage Lillard, he is an exceptional player who has risen to the playoff challenge time and again, only to be beaten by superior teams. It’s not clear what the future holds for him or the Portland Trail Blazers but whatever this offseason brings, it’s clear he deserves more. Here’s hoping he gets it, and an opportunity to bring Dame Time deeper into the NBA Playoffs.

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Winning a Game 7 without Paul George summoning a superstar performance bodes well for the rest of the roster, but like many top-heavy teams, this only works if the max players show out like max players.Cleveland Cavaliers

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Brogdon and Warren would be able to fill the Warriors' need for a bench scorer who can initiate the offense and create their own shot. Turner's interior defense would intrigue Steve Kerr.Minnesota Timberwolves

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"Aggression shouldn't be a foul," Rivers said. "One of the things I've done, I've catalogued those plays all year. So it's not just Trae. In general, how many times Ben has been called for fouls for playing just physical, good defense. Arms are in, he's physical, he's doing nothing [against the rules]. The offense is bumping just as much as the defense.

But Leonard has earned his reputation as one of the NBA's elite playoff performers -- and earned his two NBA Finals MVP trophies -- because of the poise with which he handles games and moments like this.

When Colangelo bought the team, it had suffered through drug problems, plus the death of key player, Nick Vanos, in a plane crash only a month after a former Sun, Johnny High, was killed in a car accident. High had been named in an indictment with other ex-Suns players for witnessing or being involved in drug transactions. Colangelo would later turn the day-to-day basketball operations over to his son, Bryan.Atlanta Hawks

When the Bucks watch the film from this game, there will be things to correct: They didn’t attack mismatches consistently, defensively they were thrown off by the cuts and player movement of the Nets, and Mike Budenholzer made some, um, interesting rotational decisions.Denver Nuggets
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''This was an embarrassing performance for myself all the way to the last player,'' Denver coach Michael Malone said. ''We are walking out here with our heads held down and rightfully so. There was a reason that their crowd was yelling ''Suns in four!'' and they are calling for a sweep because if we play like this in Denver, this is going to be a really quick series.''

The Philadelphia 76ers' 118-102 Game 2 victory over Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday began shortly after the NBA announced Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic won league MVP honors, with Embiid finishing second. Jokic soundly defeated Embiid, with 971 voting points to Embiid's 586.

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The only thing the Bucks were focused on was getting a win, period, after two rough games in Brooklyn -- especially the 39-point shellacking Milwaukee absorbed in Game 2. And while the Bucks managed to do that, it didn't come without some tense moments.

"We have the capability of rising to the occasion," Irving said. "We’re a very mature basketball club because we play selflessly and trust each other. Any situation in the game, I feel like we have the talent, we have preparation, we have the coaching staff to be able go to go out and execute. After that, its just mainly up to us to continue to play the right way."Phoenix Suns

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George said the Jazz wanted the Clippers to take midrange shots with Gobert roaming the paint but that he "can do a better job of setting those up."Indiana Pacers

“Playing at home is huge, because we don’t seem to lose here,” Embiid said. “It’s rare. The fans, they support us. They’re going to boo you, but it’s to make you play better. I like that energy. Also, playing on the road is the same for me, honestly. As I play on the road, you’ve got the opposition fans talking trash, booing. I feed off of it and I like to shut them up. For me, there’s no difference. Denver Nuggets

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But according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, a potential Hicks trade isn’t entirely off the table. In fact, he believes things could heat up closer to training camp.

"I feel like I've matured," Jeudy said. "You don't know what you're getting yourself into [during] your first year of doing something. This is my second year and I feel like I have learned a lot from my first year. I know how to overcome whatever I had in past years to make this year better."

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He was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year in his first season after guiding New York to 10-5-1 campaign, and an improvement from 6-10 the previous year.NFL Miami Dolphins Team Face Coverings

When Green left Georgia in 2011, the SEC was years away from the high-powered passing attacks that allowed teams such as Chase’s 2019 LSU squad to win the national championship.NFL Dallas Cowboys Team Face Coverings

“Also, with the meditation and everything like that, it relaxes your mind and puts you in a different place where you can focus more and just kind of block out everything else,” said Lindsay. “In this game, you’ve got to be able to have focus.”

Matt: Frankly, I’d feel great about his chances for doing this — we’re talking like 50 percent — if the Chargers had just added one big-time pass-catcher in the offseason. Justin Herbert is that good as a passer. He’s clearly the game’s next elite guy. For pure fantasy purposes, the fact that he has some juice as a rusher with 3.7 attempts per game and five touchdowns in 2020, presents a real path to a ceiling. It comes back to the surrounding cast, where they’re extremely top-heavy but lack many tantalizing talents beyond Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams. With the current construction of the roster, he has a five to 10 percent chance. Herbert is appropriately slotted in current ADP.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings

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Gosper says only owners can decide if the NFL ultimately pursues a more permanent foothold in Europe, whether that's a franchise based there or even a division of teams.NFL Green Bay Packers Team Face Coverings

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Harden’s presence is key to Brooklyn’s championship aspirations. Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving played just eight games together in the regular season, but despite that lack of chemistry, they were impressive against Boston.Brooklyn Nets

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Philly has ranked top two in the regular-season and postseason in blocks per game at 6.2 and 7.2. Atlanta has averaged 6.8 blocks in the playoffs, so we could see a back and forth swat fest or defensive battle between the two squads.

LeBron James received one fifth-place vote, tying him with James Harden and Ben Simmons for 13th in the voting. James had never finished lower than 11th in MVP voting before this season.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Kyrie Irving had 25 and the two superstars carried the Brooklyn Nets after James Harden’s early injury in a 115-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.Cleveland Cavaliers

The Atlanta Hawks will be without wing De’Andre Hunter for the rest of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.Phoenix Suns

On April 23, 10 days after the contract had expired, Vanessa Bryant posted her pair of white "POP" 6s with the caption "2 More Drops."

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Guillorme is on track to be activated during the Mets' series against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field that starts on June 11.MLB Face Coverings Online Sale

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Here are the full takeaways from the Mets' 4-0 win over the Padres, which included 11 deGrom strikeouts.Minnesota Twins Face Coverings

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Bauers is in the Mariners' lineup for Thursday's game in Detroit, and he'll be back in Cleveland on Friday when Seattle opens a three-game series.

Cole also addressed his non-answer to a question Tuesday about whether he had used a grip substance called Spider Tack.

The commissioner only seems interested in the integrity of the game as it relates to revenues. Until the bottom line is affected and he takes decisive action, however, players are in a no-man’s land of sorts. If they don’t cheat, they risk losing their jobs. If they cheat, they are in danger of being punished when the rules are enforced.Detroit Tigers Face Coverings

"It was a really important win for our team based on what happened yesterday, that was a tough day."

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Consider Monday’s short slate an appetizer for tomorrow where all 30 teams will be in action on the main slate. As always, be mindful that salaries and scoring formats differ across the various fantasy sites, and a home run play on Yahoo may be a below-average MLB DFS pick on DraftKings or FanDuel.New York Mets Face Coverings
Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill: Henry, who's won the NFL's past two rushing crowns, should stand a better chance to win a third in 2021 given defenses will have to think hard about stacking the box to stop him at the risk of leaving Jones in man-to-man coverage. But whether Jones is single-, double- or triple-teamed, Tannehill will surely enjoy throwing to the best receiver he's ever played with ... and maybe getting a Pro Bowl nod himself in 2021 after feeling like he got snubbed last year.

Justin Fields has signed his rookie contract and it may not be too soon to sign him to an extension if you ask Bears fans. According to Tom Peliserro, the Bears signed Fields to a four-year deal worth $18,871,952 and includes a $11,085,056 signing bonus.

Almost 20 showed up, and it grown weekly. It's created bonds and connections that otherwise might not have happened, which could be helpful in multiple areas, from combining to connect on deals to warning other players about experiences with financial advisers and others who might not have the athlete's best interest in mind.

St. Brown has looked the part in practice, and teammates laud his professional approach to the game. It would surprise no one if he emerged as one of Goff’s most trusted targets by the end of the season, but rookie receivers tend to have steep learning curves in the NFL.NFL Green Bay Packers Team Face Coverings

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“I don’t know that it helps or hurts, it’s just, it is what it is,” Payton said. “It’s the schedule change. It is unique this year, there’s a few days required for the players to be off. And then the plus would be an additional week to recover from any injury that took place. But we’ll approach the third preseason game, just like we have in the past, we’ll play a lot of players so that that won’t become the new last one. That’ll still be the third one.”NFL Minnesota Vikings Team Face Coverings

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I was more an interested observer because I knew that after buying the services of pass-catchers Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith and Nelson Agholor and guaranteeing them more than $70M combined, the value-conscious Belichick was already a little out of his element with the cash-flinging. There’s taking advantage of the market -- which the Patriots did at the start of free agency -- and then there’s buying a pair of $800 sunglasses for full price because you have the money in your wallet.NFL Atlanta Falcons Team Face Coverings

Picture this: Baltimore is down double digits in the fourth quarter of the 2021-22 AFC Divisional game. They need a spark from anywhere they can get it, and sophomore linebacker Patrick Queen just made a tackle for a loss to force a punt. NFL Los Angeles Chargers Team Face Coverings

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During his three seasons in Tuscaloosa, Surtain notched 116 total tackles, six tackles for loss, intercepted four passes, returned one for a touchdown, and broke up 24 more.NFL Baltimore Ravens Team Face Coverings

That’s a matter of opinion and the one that will be voiced most loudly will be the dissatisfied one. The Patriots had the room under the cap to pay Jones. He’s not at all the brittle fella he got painted as in the past few weeks. I would be willing to wager he will be one of the 10 best receivers in the NFL through the remainder of his contract. The Patriots still aren’t daunting at wide receiver.

This is where the Chiefs let down last season. Opposing quarterbacks had a QBR of 89.7 in the red zone, which was 29th. The league average was 70.3.

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Just because Jones won't play his entire career in Atlanta doesn't diminish his importance to the Falcons. Yes, seeing him play for Tennessee next season will be strange. If another player wears No. 11 for Atlanta in the immediate future -- which would be a mistake, for what it's worth -- it would be stunning.NFL New York Giants Team Face Coverings

Lance now will have more than a month to soak up everything he's learned so far from his in-person workouts with the 49ers and continue to digest Shanahan and McDaniel's playbook as he adjusts to the NFL level.NFL Arizona Cardinals Team Face Coverings

This is the first time in Rodgers' career that he will have skipped the team's mandatory minicamp. In fact, until this year, he had been a regular participant in most -- if not all -- of the offseason program.

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Matt Shoemaker is likely thrilled at the prospects of facing any team other than Kansas City. After back-to-back starts against the Royals, lasting just 4.2 innings with 15 earned runs and 13 of 18 baserunners scoring, Shoemaker is in desperate need of a reset. In 50.2 innings this season he has allowed 43 runs, though 23 of those have occurred in his three matchups with Kansas City.Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings

In a game of inches and umpire reviews and split-second calls on infield grounders, the difference is not negligible.

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The Rays’ team average isn’t too much better than the Yanks at .228 (24th), but they’re sixth in MLB with 4.92 runs averaged per game. The Yankees? They’re in 28th with 3.69.Chicago White Sox Face Coverings

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In a 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, the spin rate and usage of Bauer’s four-seam fastball were noticeably down. Bauer held the Braves to three runs in six innings, but he didn’t pitch well. The 10 baserunners he allowed were a season-high.Seattle Mariners Face Coverings

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Eventually, pitchers will adjust. The very best always do. But shifting the competitive advantage once again is not to the benefit of the game itself. It’s about time MLB policed these issues as they were happening, not long after the fact.

The hope is that once umpires check pitchers regularly, the use of foreign substances will dissipate -- and as some players are inevitably busted, the gentlemen's agreement between managers will evaporate and teams will more aggressively police each other through their use of in-house video.
During the Warriors’ final trip to the NBA Finals in 2019, Thompson tore his ACL on a dunk attempt in Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors. After the Raptors won, the Warriors re-signed Thompson to a massive five-year, $189.9 million contract that offseason, with the expectation that he would return for the 2020-21 season.

Dallas fought to get it close in the fourth quarter but didn’t have the energy and skill players to get the job done.Denver Nuggets

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When all was said and done, the 24-year-old star finished his night was a game-high 45 points on 16-of-30 shooting, including 6-for-15 from 3-point range.

CP3 may not be 100 percent yet, but fortunately for the Suns, it hasn’t impacted his role as their reliable closer.

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Almost as soon as the game began, Harden left the court and headed for the locker room.Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Sun hold onto the two spot again this week, but things could start to go south in Uncasville soon. Jonquel Jones will miss at least the next four games because of EuroBasket, and losing the frontrunner for MVP for even four games could be an issue. Though, the Sun facing Chicago three times in the next four games could be a blessing if the Sky continue to play like one of the W’s worst teams. We’ll see what happens. If you told me in the preseason Jonquel would miss three games against the Sky, I would have been incredibly worried for the Sun! Now, I’m a little less worried.Sacramento Kings

“They have grown richer -- spiritually and mentally. But I think it has taken a strain and a toll on a few,” Dr. William Parham, the NBPA’s director of mental health and wellness, told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s to be expected. But I think as a group of men, they have done well and are going to do better. For those remaining in the struggle, we’re with them every step of the way.”New Orleans Pelicans