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Joel Embiid asks 'what else I have to do' to win MVP, says all energy now focused on 'bigger picture' of helping Philadelphia 76ers win NBA title

Joel Embiid asks ‘what else I have to do’ to win MVP, says all energy now focused on ‘bigger picture’ of helping Philadelphia 76ers win NBA title

12:59 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid congratulated Nikola Jokic on winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for a second straight season, adding Tuesday night that there was “no right or wrong” answer among several serving candidates. But Embiid also said that, going forward, he’ll steer his focus toward …

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NBA great Bob Lanier, Hall of Fame center for Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, dies at 73

NBA great Bob Lanier, Hall of Fame center for Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, dies at 73

Bob Lanier, the left-handed big man who muscled up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the NBA’s top players of the 1970s, died Tuesday. He was 73. The NBA said in a statement that the legendary NBA center died after a short illness. The Hall of Famer and eight-time NBA All-Star had …

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Bucks GM Jon Horst on Game 3: 'That wasn't a quality playoff basketball game, and I think officiating played a role'

Bucks GM Jon Horst on Game 3: ‘That wasn’t a quality playoff basketball game, and I think officiating played a role’

Following the Bucks’ 103-101 victory in Game 3, the Celtics were unhappy with the game’s officials. They believed Bucks guard Jrue Holiday fouled Celtics guard Marcus Smart on a 3-point attempt with 4.6 seconds remaining and that Smart deserved three free throws. Smart and head coach Ime Udoka passionately argued their position on the court, …

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Bucks GM Jon Horst on Game 3: 'That wasn't a quality playoff basketball game, and I think officiating played a role'

Bucks GM Jon Horst on Game 3: ‘That wasn’t a quality playoff basketball game, and I think officiating played a role’

Following the Bucks’ 103-101 victory in Game 3, the Celtics were unhappy with the game’s officials. They believed Bucks guard Jrue Holiday fouled Celtics guard Marcus Smart on a 3-point attempt with 4.6 seconds remaining and that Smart deserved three free throws. Smart and head coach Ime Udoka passionately argued their position on the court, …

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James Harden isn't what he used to be, but he's what the Sixers need

James Harden isn’t what he used to be, but he’s what the Sixers need

Tobias Harris would usually have more to say, but he was trying to take it easy on his windpipe after absorbing an inadvertent Bam Adebayo elbow to the neck in the second half of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 116-108 win against the Miami Heat in Sunday’s Game 4 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series. Harris …

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Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant likely out Game 4, coach Taylor Jenkins says

Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant likely out Game 4, coach Taylor Jenkins says

SAN FRANCISCO — Memphis Grizzlies star point guard Ja Morant is likely to miss Game 4 on Monday with a knee injury, head coach Taylor Jenkins said on Sunday. “He’s got further evaluation going on,” Jenkins said on Sunday. “But from what I have been told, there is probably a really good chance he doesn’t …

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Boston Celtics irate over 'bad missed call' late in loss to Milwaukee Bucks

Boston Celtics irate over ‘bad missed call’ late in loss to Milwaukee Bucks

9:15 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN MILWAUKEE — Every member of the Boston Celtics inside Fiserv Forum on Saturday afternoon was incredulous. With the clock ticking down and the Celtics trailing by three, Boston’s Jaylen Brown handed the ball off to Marcus Smart on the perimeter. Immediately, Smart attempted to get his shot off with Milwaukee …

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Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams fine with 'pretty thick' tension at practice after loss to Dallas Mavericks

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams fine with ‘pretty thick’ tension at practice after loss to Dallas Mavericks

Monty Williams said the Phoenix Suns were still reeling from their 103-94 Game 3 loss in the Western Conference semifinals to the Dallas Mavericks during Saturday’s practice. Which, the coach added, is just the way he would like his team to be heading into Sunday’s pivotal Game 4. “We like guys that have a level …

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