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“This was a tough one,” said Kennard, who was a bright spot for a second straight game with 18 points.

The Jazz's bigger concerns might be on the other end of the floor, particularly if Gobert can't dominate as a rim protector due to his responsibilities guarding a 3-point threat.Indiana Pacers

Despite being outscored by 13 in the third, they still had a chance to tie on the final play, only to see Marcus Morris’ three-pointer from the corner enveloped by the right hand of 7-foot-1 Jazz center Rudy Gobert.Denver Nuggets

Speaking of the Mavericks, here are three potential free agents they could pursue on the market.

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Mike Budenholzer said he wants to keep the Bucks’ best players fresh after Game 1 against the Nets, which is a strategy that will put his job at risk.Brooklyn Nets
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While Doncic kept posting big numbers, Leonard was able to get enough critical stops when the Clippers needed them. MP: It's been a lot of fun. Some other guys have been working out with us and they push me. They push me to be better. I think everyone has a good idea of who Bones Hyland is but they really push me and we push each other. It has been a lot of fun. We do a lot of competitive stuff with different drills we do, specifically with shooting. We'll do some 1-on-1 stuff, 2-on-2 and 5-on-5. It has been a lot of fun getting to know these guys and hearing about their backgrounds by working out with them every single day. We'll ultimately make each other better as basketball players because that is what you want to be. You want to make sure you're getting as good as you possibly can be to show yourself off for NBA teams.Phoenix Suns

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Roberts said Tony Gonsolin will come off the injured list to start Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’ll be Gonsolin’s first major league appearance this season. The right-hander was placed on injured list with a right shoulder injury April 4 before appearing in a game. Gonsolin completed a three-start rehab assignment with triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday. … Roberts said Muncy is “day to day” after leaving Friday’s game with right ankle pain. Muncy felt discomfort after trying to beat out a double play ball in the fourth inning.

It is up to the industry to make it happen, to lessen the value of the home run and increase the value of baserunning. Pay for good baserunning. Penalize for bad baserunning.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the team is looking to add to its NL Central-leading roster ahead of the MLB trade deadline, not sell off its stars.

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The Dodgers quickly asked for a replay challenge and after further review, Hayes was rightfully called out.Houston Astros Face Coverings

The St. Louis Cardinals need to act now after ace Jack Flaherty went down with what’s been termed a “significant” oblique injury. Kansas City Royals Face Coverings

How they're underachieving so far: Given the number of sluggers on the roster, the Yankees certainly did not expect to rank among the lowest-scoring teams in baseball. The Bronx Bombers rank fifth to last in baseball in runs scored so far this season, ahead of only the Mets, Pirates, Nationals and Tigers.Chicago White Sox Face Coverings

With four homers through the first four innings Friday, the Giants moved into second place in MLB with 83 long balls, just behind the Atlanta Braves, who have 85.Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings

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Another ill-timed groin injury for Anthony Davis kept him out of Game 5 completely and limited him to just five minutes and zero field goal attempts in Game 6. Injuries were far from the only problem for the Lakers this season and they have a variety of areas they’ll need to improve on this offseason if they’re looking to make another championship run.New Orleans Pelicans

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It’d be very strange if Williams made up this story. It’d also be at least a little surprising if Durant so forcefully refuted this story if it were accurate.Sacramento Kings

Jokic was the first center to win the award since 2000 when Shaquille O'Neal earned it for the Los Angeles Lakers. Embiid is trying to be the first player to lead the Sixers to a title since 1983, when another center, Moses Malone, helped Philadelphia sweep the Lakers out of the Finals, coming through on his "Fo', fo', fo'" declaration.Memphis Grizzlies
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George pulled his usual postseason disappearing act with just one basket through three quarters and making only four in 17 shots for the game.

The most consecutive games he has ever played is 26, and that was almost three years ago, when he averaged a career-high 33.7 minutes a game. Since then, he has played no more than 12 straight in a February 2020 stretch that ended with a shoulder sprain. His longest stretch without injury or required rest this season — one in which his 31.1 minutes per game were fewer than Larry Nance Jr. — is nine games. Orlando Magic

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The length of Simmons and Thybulle slowed Young a tad in the second half, as he spent more time moving east to west, in contrast to his north-to-south commutes before halftime. Young's reading proficiency of the court rates off the chart, but it's a tougher exercise against taller defenders. Both Rivers and Simmons were salty about how the Sixers' defenders were officiated against Young, who loves using a defender's physicality against him.
"I don't think he's a Laker," Johnson said in an interview on AM 570 in Los Angeles. "That's just my opinion. I don't know if they're gonna sign him back or not. I don't think he brings the winning mentality and attitude that we need."

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The Mavs fell short again Sunday despite Doncic accounting for 77 points (scoring 46 and dishing out 14 assists), the most ever in a Game 7.New Orleans Pelicans

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All the focus for the Warriors heading into the 2021 NBA Draft is on the very likely possibility that they will have two lottery picks.

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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.San Antonio Spurs

So for those keeping stock, that’s a season-high 47 points and a career-high eight 3s, on the road, against the NBA’s best defense, in a closeout game over the defending champs, to help the Suns win their first playoff series in 11 years while sending LeBron James home in the first round for the first time in his 18-year career … in his first-ever postseason.Phoenix Suns

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Dunlap and Diggs are returning to the numbers they wore in college. Diggs never removed the No. 6 from his social media profiles despite wearing numbers in the 30s during his NFL career.NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Team Face Coverings
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It's Day 1 of the New York Giants mandatory minicamp and it was highlighted by QB Daniel Jones and WR Kenny Golladay building chemistry 1 on 1 on the side of practice. Rookie WR Kadarius Toney showed off his speed during some route running drills and looks like he can be a force offensively.

The idea: The Packers commit to trade Rodgers, pacifying the angry quarterback—but the deal would not happen till next spring. Rodgers, in turn, agrees to give the Packers one more season in exchange for being allowed to transition to a new team before the 2022 draft.

The 49ers were strong enough on defense over the last few years that defensive coordinator Robert Saleh became a hot head coaching candidate and then the head coach of the Jets.NFL Washington Redskins (Football Team) Team Face Coverings

The plan is to use the "committee" approach, which is how the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl in the 2019 season. They finished second in total rushing, but had no backs who cracked the 800-yard mark -- Raheem Mostert (772), Matt Breida (623) and Coleman (544).NFL Philadelphia Eagles Team Face Coverings

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Ultimately, whether he skips or attends the mandatory minicamp that launches on Tuesday means nothing to whether he shows up for or boycotts training camp. He can show up for the minicamp while still preserving his full rights under the labor deal to not report for camp.

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Fassel was head coach of the Giants from 1997-2003 and led the franchise to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXV against the Baltimore Ravens. Fassel spent 16 years as a coach in the NFL with stints as an offensive coordinator for the Giants, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Ravens. He last coached in the NFL in 2006 with Baltimore and spent four years as a head coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League from 2009-2012.NFL Tennessee Titans Team Face Coverings
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Clippers: Serge Ibaka missed his fourth consecutive game with back spasms. The issue kept him out of 30 straight games in the regular season before he played the final two games leading into the playoffs and the first two in this series. Ibaka made the trip for Game 5 after staying in LA for the first two games in Dallas. ... After Leonard, Jackson and George, the next-highest LA scorer was Nicolas Batum with six.

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Tim MacMahon: The Mavs had a pair of sizzling shooting performances to open the series. According to Second Spectrum data, Dallas' quantified shot quality in the first two games was 48.7%, which means that was the predicted effective field goal percentage based on the looks they got. Their actual effective field goal percentage in those games was 65.5%. Tim Hardaway Jr. in particular had the flamethrower firing, hitting 11 of his 17 3-point attempts in those two wins.

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Behind two-thirds of their big three — and a surprisingly strong night from Blake Griffin — Brooklyn pulled away in the fourth quarter, led by as many as 19 in the frame, and won comfortably, 115-107. The Nets take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 on Monday night.Memphis Grizzlies

"The fact that he's pulling for us is dope. We appreciate it. There's just a lot of respect. Hard-fought series. I feel like Ja and I are going to have battles for a long time in our careers. This was just the first one, but there's just a lot of respect all around."Atlanta Hawks

The 76ers announced on Thursday that Joel Embiid has been diagnosed with a “small meniscus tear” in his right knee, but also said that he’s going to be day-to-day. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said that “managing potential swelling and pain on the knee will play a significant part in how soon Embiid returns to the floor,” with the 76ers planning a “physical therapy and treatment program” for their franchise player.Denver Nuggets
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Although the team hopes construction could begin by the end of the year, the proposal still must gain approval from multiple city committees as well as the city council. Khan had been the driving force of a previous $450 million project proposal similar to the new proposal (sans practice facility) in another area adjacent to the stadium, but the city council failed to reach a majority vote this past January and the project was shelved.NFL Buffalo Bills Team Face Coverings

Carter ran for 3,404 yards and 22 touchdowns over four seasons at UNC, including a career-best senior season with 1,245 yards and nine touchdowns on just 156 attempts. He brings a dynamic skillset that could have great success in the Jets new offensive schemes.

The decision to do more than expected came down to an assessment from doctors and how Brady felt.NFL Denver Broncos Team Face Coverings

Both from the standpoint of creating cap space, and perhaps the flexibility to trade for Jones, pairing with free agent acquisition Kenny Golladay in quarterback Daniel Jones’ arsenal could make Engram a name to watch this week.

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When the Titans traded for quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2019, the Dolphins paid $5 million of the player’s salary in order to make it happen. This time around, Tennessee pays the full freight.NFL Los Angeles Chargers Team Face Coverings

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With three Pro Bowls and 10 interceptions in four seasons, Lattimore has earned a big pay day.

I mention this because these experiences took something that is so mysterious to so many and demystified it for me. It wasn’t magic anymore. It was studios that were so cold the producers were running around in sweaters when it was 90 degrees outside. It was, “Oh, so that’s how this stuff happens.”NFL Seattle Seahawks Team Face Coverings
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"I mean, it's like that for me," Leonard said. "I don't know how other players think, but just for me, it's about the situation that's in front of you. Just because you played great in, whatever, nine Game 7s, doesn't mean you play great in game 10 and vice versa. It's all about the moment.Cleveland Cavaliers

Valančiūnas averaged 17.1 points and 12.5 rebounds this past season. He's a good low post scorer who can stretch the floor and plays good interior defense. If Oubre doesn't want to come off the bench, there is a potential for a sign-and-trade swap for Valančiūnas which would give the Warriors a good, veteran big who has played in a number of playoff games and gets the Grizzlies another young wing to fit their timeline.New Orleans Pelicans

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The Brooklyn Nets had the worst possible start to Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nets had a play called. Kevin Durant searched for James Harden, and Harden wasn’t where he was supposed to be.

"I never thought about it. Like, even when the season was over, I was into the Portland series, so my focus wasn't on that," he said. "I didn't want to even think about it because it's just a trophy, and the season is not over. So I was just trying to keep my focus on the games."Atlanta Hawks

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EXTREMELY close race: Monty Williams was second, but actually got more first-place votes than Tom Thibodeau. Quin Snyder was third.

If you want to say Green was only talking about the Wizards' situation that's your prerogative. But it can also be said that he was sending a message to Myers, Steve Kerr and the Warriors, one he undoubtedly has already shared in private.

Brown, an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, told ESPN: "It is my understanding that NBA players that play in the Olympics won't be able to play in the AfroBasket because they can only play a certain number of days of international competition in a year.Phoenix Suns
Former Cubs All-Star Aramis Ramírez said he gave Bob Brenly the benefit of the doubt when he felt targeted in a way white players weren’t by the former Cubs broadcaster when they were both in Chicago.

"Passion is a good thing. Competitiveness is a good thing. We'll move on and become closer because of it."Los Angeles Angels Face Coverings

The seven humidors installed since the end of 2019 are notable for appearing in cities where they will usually provide lower-humidity storage, the opposite effect from Colorado and Arizona. But that does not necessarily translate to opposite on-field results.

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Arrieta said postgame he was "pretty sick" Friday and he threw up before the game and after he exited.Houston Astros Face Coverings

Means was pulled from Baltimore's Saturday 10-4 loss to Cleveland after throwing just 29 pitches and uncharacteristically giving up two solo home runs and a single. The Orioles announced Means was pulled due to shoulder fatigue shortly after the game, and this move confirms their southpaw was dealing with more than just being tired. Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings

“He's come in and filled it really nicely,” Cubs manager David Ross said of Wisdom, “and almost carried us here for a little while.”

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“And there’s no reason to put up with that kind of stuff,” he added. “I’m sure there’s a long line of good commentators and people on TV that can do that job way better than he does.”Detroit Tigers Face Coverings
Duane's son, Cole, who also is the co-host of NBC Sports Bay Area's Giants Talk podcast, sure loved Miller's tribute too. Detroit Tigers Face Coverings

“We've heard a whole bunch of stuff and it always changes day to day,” Bauer said. “No one knows what the rules are right now, apparently, including MLB and the commissioner, so it'd be nice as players to know what rules we're competing by and what rules are going to be enforced because, as everyone knows, a rule that's written down that is never enforced is not a rule.

Both teams stood on the dirt around their dugouts as members of the Phillies grounds crew played a game of tug of war with the wiring, which is connected by guide wires to the facade of the second level.Texas Rangers Face Coverings

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And when it comes to his chase rate, strikeout rate, xBA, xwOBA, and xERA, he's in the 99th percentile.

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“If we can just get it to (Patrick) Wisdom with guys on base, we’ll be alright,” Happ said after the Cubs’ 4-3 win Sunday at San Francisco.New York Mets Face Coverings
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Myles Straw of the Astros made that mistake on Saturday when he tried to score from second base on a deep single to left field.Baltimore Orioles Face Coverings
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Minnesota Twins slugger Josh Donaldson isn’t a fan of pitchers using illegal sticky substances to increase spin rate. He called out one pitcher in particular: Gerrit Cole.

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“I don't know,” Bauer said. “Hot, humid day in Atlanta. I just want to compete on a fair playing field. I'll say it again. That's been the whole point this entire time. Let everyone compete on a fair playing field. So if you're going to enforce it then enforce it. And if you're not then stop sweeping it under the rug, which is what they've done for four years now.Kansas City Royals Face Coverings

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said none of the members of his team have approached him about any worries they’ve had facing pitchers who could be using any of these substances, but the process itself could prove difficult.New York Mets Face Coverings

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Condensed Game: Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson all produced RBI hits to lead the Braves to a 6-4 win over the Dodgers