As is the case with every sport that does not enjoy the NFL’s hegemonic imperturbability, market size can have a significant impact on the NBA’s postseason deliveries—especially when the league’s most recognizable player is in street clothes. At no point was this more apparent than during the 2019 NBA Finals, which was rocked by the double whammy of James failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and the participation of the Toronto Raptors. Not only was the player responsible for delivering the bulk of the league’s more casual fans nowhere to be seen, but as the Eastern Conference rep hailed from Canada, they didn’t have a stateside media market to call their own.
"I would like to thank the DeVos family, Magic leadership and the entire staff, and certainly wish everyone well," Clifford said in a statement released by the team. "It's been an honor and privilege to coach this team in this community."Sacramento Kings
Nigeria became the first country to qualify for the Afrobasket and they did so in some style, winning all six qualifying games over two windows.
The over has hit in Memphis’ last five games and in eight of Utah’s last nine games against Memphis. Quay is going to follow the trends here and roll with the over.
Tee Morant to Donovan Mitchell: “Y’all didn’t have to show us love like that. … That’s why I hope the Jazz win the championship.”San Antonio Spurs
Embiid thought he could play well on a torn meniscus, and he most certainly did so Sunday. We’ll see what Tuesday brings. Oklahoma City Thunder
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The second-seeded Suns, who according to oddsmakers entered the first round as the underdogs against the seventh-seeded Lakers, took it to L.A. from the tip. Jae Crowder connected on a 3 on the Suns' first possession and lifted his index finger to his lips, suggesting the crowd pipe down.Memphis Grizzlies
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