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Michigan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard declines Los Angeles Lakers’ interest

University of Michigan coach Juwan Howard recently declined a Los Angeles Lakers overture for the franchise’s coaching job, electing to remain at his alma mater, where Howard will coach his two sons next season, sources told ESPN. The Lakers have a formal search process in place, but courting college coaches typically requires a different level …

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NBA fines Dallas Mavericks $ 100,000 for third bench-decorum violation of postseason

DALLAS – The Mavericks were fined $ 100,000 for “continuing to violate league rules regarding team bench decorum,” the NBA announced Sunday. It is the third time the Mavericks have been fined for bench-decorum violations this postseason. The fines have totaled $ 175,000, doubling on each occasion. The statement from the league office cites multiple …

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NBA fines Dallas Mavericks $ 100,000 for third bench-decorum violation of postseason

DALLAS – The Mavericks were fined $ 100,000 for “continuing to violate league rules regarding team bench decorum,” the NBA announced Sunday. It is the third time the Mavericks have been fined for bench-decorum violations this postseason. The fines have totaled $ 175,000, doubling on each occasion. The statement from the league office cites multiple …

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Miami Heat survive Jimmy Butler’s exit to earn gutsy win vs. Boston Celtics in Game 3

BOSTON – The Miami Heat took their Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics personally. That was the message coming out of a proud Heat locker room after a gutsy 109-103 win on Saturday night that gave them a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. After getting embarrassed throughout a lackluster Game 2 …

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Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins questionable, but expected to play, in Game 3 of Western Conference finals

8:13 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN DALLAS – Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins is listed as questionable with left ankle soreness ahead of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks. Wiggins appeared to have tweaked his ankle late in the third quarter of Game 2 on Friday when he landed on …

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Miami Heat’s Kyle Lowry will warm up, intends to play in Game 3, says coach Erik Spoelstra

BOSTON – Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry will warm up “with the intention to play” in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, according to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Lowry has not played since reinjuring his left hamstring in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series against …

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Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to meet with Tim Connelly in continued pursuit of Denver Nuggets president, sources say

Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly is traveling to meet with Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor this weekend in the next step in the team’s pursuit to hire Connelly and make him one of the NBA’s highest-compensated executives, sources told ESPN. Connelly has discussed the job extensively with Timberwolves minority owners Marc Lore …

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Jason Kidd irked by Dallas Mavericks shot selection after blowing lead in Game 2

SAN FRANCISCO – Coach Jason Kidd blamed the Dallas Mavericks’ one-dimensional offensive approach for blowing a 19-point lead in Friday’s 126-117 loss to the Golden State Warriors, criticizing his team for relying too heavily on the 3-point shot during Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Mavs made 21 of 45 3-point attempts in …

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Golden State Warriors ‘MVP’ Kevon Looney fuels classic third-quarter barrage to take Game 2

2:25 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors have a history of big third quarters. No one exactly knows why. Maybe Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gives the best halftime speech around. Maybe it takes them 24 minutes to fully assess how their opponent is approaching the game. Maybe they need …

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Marcus Smart, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert headline NBA’s All-Defensive teams

8:38 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo highlighted the 2021-22 NBA All-Defensive teams, which were announced on Friday night. Smart, the league’s 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year, earned his third first-team nod. He was joined at the guard spot by …

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