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The situation prompted NBA commissioner Adam Silver to admit “I know we can do better” in September 2020. Many black assistant coaches around the league have also vocalized their frustrations on the subject. “Steve is a good hire. He’s never coached, but he’s brilliant when it comes to basketball … but the list of qualified black assistants, guys putting in their time and going nowhere, seems to be getting longer and longer,” one assistant told NBC Sports’ Monte Poole at the time of Nash’s appointment.

With the Wizards up by an insurmountable lead, both Beal and Westbrook both sat out midway through the fourth quarter. If you needed further proof that Westbrook’s night was done, look no further to when he threw both of his sneakers to a young fan in the crowd and sat on the sidelines with his socks.Phoenix Suns

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Earlier Tuesday, the Indiana Pacers learned they wouldn't have Caris LeVert, which was a hard blow to handle before the play-in tournament tipped off.

After watching James play 35 minutes and record a triple-double while leading the Lakers back from a 13-point halftime deficit, are you still willing to succumb to all the late-season doomsday chatter and count them out?San Antonio Spurs

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Daryl Morey posed for a photo in a bookstore wearing a T-shirt of the Liberty Bell emblazoned with a ''Come To Philly For The Crack'' slogan and held a copy of ''Basketball for Dummies.''Minnesota Timberwolves

"We've been through a lot, and so we're hardened in a lot of ways," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "We've been backs against the wall most of the year and [had] to play tonight to get into the playoffs just to earn the right to play probably the most talented team that's been assembled since I've been in the NBA.Sacramento Kings

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: NBA playoffs: Grizzlies upset Jazz in Game 1 of first round series