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Denver’s Nikola Jokic said he learned as a rookie from Spurs’ Tim Duncan

DENVER -- Nikola Jokic remembers feeling helpless on that April night in 2016.The Denver Nuggets center was a rookie facing Tim Duncan, who was in his 19th and final NBA season. Duncan scored a season-high 21 points and left...

DeRozan ejected for firing ball toward ref Foster

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Spurs star DeMar DeRozan was ejected with 5 minutes, 1 second remaining in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets for throwing the ball in the vicinity of official Scott Foster.With the...

Ben Simmons, KD, Lou Williams and more keys to these Game 3s

The Brooklyn Nets and LA Clippers have taken home-court advantage heading into pivotal Game 3s on Thursday.What adjustments do the Philadelphia 76ers and Golden State Warriors need to make?Let's start in Philadelphia, where all eyes are on the Sixers'...

NBA upset watch – Big matchups, key adjustments and huge Game 2s

The No. 7 seeds in each conference enter Tuesday's Game 2s having stolen home-court advantage -- for now.Here are the key adjustments and matchups to watch in Raptors-Magic and Nuggets-Spurs.Raptors-MagicTraditions must be honored. And so it is that sphincters...

The Thunder will only go as far as Paul George can take them

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Some 50 minutes before tipoff, Paul George walked onto the floor at the Moda Center on Sunday with black tape canvasing both shoulders and picked up two basketballs. As is his pregame routine, standing on the...

Silver again mulls NBA midseason tournament

9:43 PM ETTim BontempsESPN NEW YORK -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday that he remains intrigued by the possibility of the NBA adding some kind of midseason tournament to its schedule in the future."It may be that even...

NBA playoff and lottery projections

What's at stake for the NBA playoff race and draft lottery on the final day of the NBA regular season?Two teams are competing for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and it will go down to the...

D’Antoni hospitalized with virus, return likely soon

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has been hospitalized since Friday due to an intestinal virus but expects to be released Tuesday and rejoin the team before the playoffs.D'Antoni, 67, has been under observation since Friday at Memorial-Hermann Hospital in...

Brooklyn gets breathing room in Eastern Conference playoff push

10:35 PM ETMalika AndrewsESPN MILWAUKEE -- After Kenny Atkinson fulfills his postgame duties, loosens his tie and boards the team plane to Indianapolis, he plans to have a glass of red wine. The head coach of the Brooklyn Nets...

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