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Which player had the best sneakers of Week 23 in the NBA?

[ad_1] 10:16 AM ETNick DePaulaESPN In a homecoming he had long been looking forward to, Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas had a surprise in store for his first game back in TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics. That message came via his sneakers, a special edition Nike Kobe AD, conveniently from three seasons ago."You know what's crazy? Those green and gold sneakers were for the Finals the last year
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Raptors focused on playoffs, not playoff seed

[ad_1] 7:55 AM ETTim BontempsESPN TORONTO -- With nine games remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Toronto Raptors still have a mathematical chance to land not just the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but the top overall seed in this year's postseason.It's a worthwhile goal -- one most teams would strive for. But Raptors coach Nick Nurse isn't making it a priority."We're going to play this out," Nurse
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Dirk nostalgic about ‘great memories’ at Oracle

[ad_1] OAKLAND, Calif. -- The fans at Oracle Arena expressed their appreciation for Dirk Nowitzki, an opponent who will always be linked with the building the Golden State Warriors are leaving after this season, throughout the 21-year veteran's final appearance in the arena Saturday night.That included a standing ovation before the beginning of the second quarter, with an assist from his former Dallas Mavericks teammate Steve Nash, now a consultant
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Irving critical of Celtics’ implosion, D on Walker

[ad_1] Kyrie Irving appeared to question Brad Stevens' coaching strategy after Kemba Walker scored 18 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter to rally Charlotte to a 124-117 victory over the Celtics.The Hornets closed Saturday night's game on a 30-5 run that included all 18 of Walker's fourth-quarter points. The Hornets trailed 112-94 with 8:22 remaining.Asked afterward how hard it is to stop Walker when he's playing so
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KD after 35-point loss to Mavs — ‘Not odd at all’

[ad_1] OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was given Saturday night's game off against the Dallas Mavericks to rest. His team followed suit a couple hours later losing 126-91, in what was the group's worst home loss of the year (35 points) in a season that has been littered with them."Defensively we were not connected," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. "We weren't talking and
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Sources — Gasol (ankle) expected to miss month

[ad_1] 8:44 PM ETMalika AndrewsESPN Milwaukee Bucks center Pau Gasol is expected to miss approximately one month with a left ankle injury, league sources told ESPN.Gasol, who missed 26 games earlier this season with a stress fracture in his foot, missed the Bucks' past three games because of this injury. He joins teammates Nikola Mirotic and Malcolm Brogdon among those likely out for the remainder of the regular season.The 38-year-old
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Morant mum on NBA decision after tourney loss

[ad_1] Murray State star Ja Morant will wait to make an announcement on his plans to enter the NBA draft after his team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament on Saturday."That time will come. My focus is not on that right now; it's just celebrating this -- what a great season we had -- with my teammates," Morant said.Morant is widely projected to be a top-three pick in this years
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Bulls shut down Carter, Hutchison for season

[ad_1] CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls have ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison for the remainder of the season, and might soon do the same with Otto Porter Jr.Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson says the Bulls have "run out of time" on Carter (left thumb surgery) and Hutchison (right toe injury). He stopped short of shutting down Porter (strained right rotator cuff), though
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Warriors giving Curry night off to rest vs. Mavs

[ad_1] OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will not play Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks after being given the game off to rest."[Warriors Director of Sports Medicine and Performance] [Dr.] Rick [Celebrini] and I have been talking about it the last couple weeks," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game. "Steph is there for us every single game. And the way he moves and the
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Sources — Spurs agree to deal with Motiejunas

[ad_1] The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a deal with veteran Donatas Motiejunas, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.Motiejunas, 28, last played in the NBA in 2017 for the New Orleans Pelicans. He has spent the past two seasons playing in China.San Antonio (42-31) has lost two straight after winning nine in a row and is now eighth in the Western Conference standings.Motiejunas averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per