NBA Draft lottery scenarios: How Rockets, Timberwolves, Bulls could lose their first-round picks in 2021

NBA Basketball Minnesota Timberwolves Chicago Bulls Houston Rockets The 2021 NBA Draft lottery will take place on Tuesday and, per usual, there's excitement building for teams ahead of the event.For others such as the Rockets, Timberwolves and Bulls, there's nervous tension. That's because these three teams all have conditions attached to their first-round picks. They will keep their selections if they land within the designated protections (top-four protected, top-five protected, etc.). If they don't, the selections will convey to other teams as parts of previous trade packages.So what are Houston, Minnesota and Chicago hoping for during the draft lottery? Here's how each team can keep its pick and how they could lose it (or see it downgraded) on Tuesday night. MORE: Draft lottery explained, odds for every pickRockets draft lottery scenarios 2021The Rockets had the worst record in the NBA last season, and that guarantees they will have a top-five pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. However, Houston's focus will be on whether the team can secure a top-four pick b[......]

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Boban Marjanovic, Tobias Harris reunite for terrific Goldfish commercial

NBA Dallas Mavericks Basketball Philadelphia 76er夜网论坛s July 2019 marked the end of the "Bobi and Tobi" era, as Boban Marjanovic signed with the Mavericks in free agency and left Tobias Harris behind on the 76ers. Marjanovic and Harris were not just teammates in Detroit, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. They had also grown to become extremely close friends.The "Bobi and Tobi" show brought pure joy to every NBA city, so fans took the breakup pretty hard.💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/GUzjyTP9UV— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) July 3, 2019MORE: NBA trade deadline winners and losers Well folks, here's a bit of good news to brighten your day: The boys are back together again!Marjanovic and Harris reunited for a new Goldfish commercial that radiates buddy comedy energy. In the ad, Harris explains to Marjanovic that the only way to properly eat Goldfish is by grabbing a handful. Harris estimates he snagged approximately 73 Goldfish out of the bag.Of course, Marjanovic takes this as a challenge, and ... boom.The new Boban-Tobias Goldfish commercial. Too good. pic.twitter.com/3AwfndisaC— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) March 30, 2021That poor bag never stood a chance a[......]

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Nets' Kyrie Irving nearly struck by water bottle thrown from stands in Boston

NBA Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets Basketball Nets guard Kyrie Irving had a water bottle thrown at him from the stands at TD Garden in Boston, following Brooklyn's playoff win vs. the Celtics on Sunday night.YES Network captured the moment: Irving was walking off the court with teammates when the bottle landed in front of him. MORE: Why did Kyrie Irving leave the Celtics?Water bottle nearly hits Kyrie Irving as he walks to the locker room following Game 4 in Boston. pic.twitter.com/RrtZth3cqt— YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 31, 2021"We keep saying things like 'We're human, we're human,' but we don't get treated like we have rights when we're out there at times and people feel entitled to go and do things like that," Irving told reporters in his postgame Zoom call. "We keep saying, 'we're human, we're human,' but we don't treated like we have rights when we're out there and people feel entitled to do things like that" - Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/LbSRU6zkHB— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) May 31, 2021A later video (screenshot below) showed a Celtics fan being led from the arena in handcuffs. It is not yet clear whether that person threw the bottle.Ban hi[......]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo shares wonderfully honest opinion about Khris Middleton, his role following Game 3 win

NBA Milwaukee Bucks Atlanta Hawks Basketball Atlanta Hawks v Milwaukee Bucks Know your role like Giannis Antetokounmpo does.There's no denying that Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the top players in the NBA and his playoff dominance this year has solidified that. But the "Greek Freak" has been the subject of criticism from fans and analysts alike for some late-game performances during Milwaukee's playoff run. But he's nothing if not honest and aware: Following the Bucks' 113-102 win over the Hawks in Game 3, Antetokounmpo delivered a healthy dose of self-awareness of his role while praising running mate Khris Middleton:Giannis on Khris Middleton, the closer, in part: “I want to be a winner. I have the whole game to be ‘the guy.’ I don't care about being the guy in the fourth quarter. I trust Khris to death. If Khris asks for the ball, better give him the ball.”— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 28, 2021"I want to be a winner," Antetokounmpo said. "I have the whole game to be 'the guy.' I don't care about being the guy in the fourth quarter. I trust Khris to dea[......]

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Why Shannon Sharpe blocked Kevin Durant on Twitter after fake quote controversy

NBA 夜网论坛 Brooklyn Nets Basketball Maybe Shannon Sharpe should learn to point the thumb before the finger.Kevin Durant isn't the most pleasant person on social media (nor does he have to be), but he had very good reason to be petty on Tuesday, after "Undisputed" host Shannon Sharpe debated a fake quote attributed to Durant.  After a war of words on Twitter, Durant revealed that Sharpe ultimately blocked him, thus ending the public beef and bout between two Twitter titans.But I’m sensitive pic.twitter.com/ui2pSX6tCi— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 13, 2021MORE: Magic tweet, then delete confusing trivia question about team's poor defense Sharpe revealed the reason why he opted to block Durant rather than, like, you know, owning up to the situation and offering a public apology:I’m not gangsta, but I’m not going bck and forth with KD and lose my job either. I’ve had disagreement with other athletes, ppl b4 , we handled it like adults and moved on... “ADULTS” https://t.co/BYJrCxSpfj— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) April 13, 2021"I'm not gangsta, but I'm not going bck and forth with KD and lose my job either," Sharpe's tweet reads. "I've had disagreement with other athletes, ppl b4 , we handled it like adults and moved on... "ADULTS.""There's a[......]

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Lakers offseason preview: How will Los Angeles shape roster around LeBron James, Anthony Davis?

NBA Los Angeles Lakers Basketball There will be a new NBA champion this season.The Suns eliminated the Lakers on Thursday night with a 113-100 win in Game 6 of their first-round series, ending what had been an injury-plagued season for Los Angeles. LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the rest of the team will get some much-needed rest this summer, but the front office's work is just beginning. MORE: The Lakers lost a war of attrition this seasonHow will Los Angeles general manager Rob Pelinka handle the 2021 offs夜网论坛eason and position the Lakers to be contenders again?  Let's take a look at some of the big decisions he must make.Lakers offseason preview: Free agencyUnrestricted Restricted Option Alex CarusoKostas AntetokounmpoMontrezl Harrell (player)Andre DrummondDevontae Cacok Jared DudleyTalen Horton-Tucker Wesley Matthews  Ben McLemore  Markieff Morris  Dennis Schroder  (via Spotrac)James and Davis are signed through at least the 2022-23 season, so the foundation is in place. As James told reporters during his Game 6 media availability, both he and Davis will have conversations with Pelinka about the supporting cast."I think Rob has done such a great job of constructing this team over the last few years, and he will continue to do that,"[......]

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Mike Conley injury update: Jazz announce guard will not play Game 1 against Clippers

NBA Utah Jazz Los Angeles Clippers Basketball Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers The Jazz will kick off their series against the Clippers without their starting point guard. Ahead of Tuesday's matchup against Los Angeles, Utah announced on Twitter that Mike Conley would not play in Game 1 because of a right hamstring strain.  Mike Conley is out for Game 1 (right hamstring strain).— utahjazz (@utahjazz) June 8, 2021Conley exited the team's series-clinching Game 5 against the Grizzlies last Wednesday and, according to a report from ESPN, he was a limited participant during practice Monday. MORE: Siri disses Bucks when asked Game 2 score vs. Nets Conley has been a consistent夜网论坛 presence for Utah during the playoffs, scoring 20-plus points in each of his team's first three games against the Grizzlies and totaling at least seven assists in each game. This postseason, he has averaged 17.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-high 8.6 assists per game. This is not the first time during the 2020-21 season that hamstring injuries have affected Conley. In ESPN's report, it s[......]

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How long is LaMelo Ball out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Hornets rookie

NBA Charlotte Hornets Basketball Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, one of the NBA's top rookies in 2020-21, is looking at an extended absence after suffering an injury to his shooting hand.Ball was hurt Saturday night in the Hornets' loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles. The 19-year-old has become a franchise mainstay after being drafted third overall by the Hornets last offseason. His passing and pace earned him early recognition and, ultimately, a place in the starting lineup. Ball played in all 41 of Charlotte's games (21 starts) prior to his injury. What's next for Ball? Here's everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he may return to the court. MORE: How long is LeBron James out?What is LaMelo Ball's injury?The Hornets announced Sunday that Ball suffered a bone fracture in his right wrist. Sources told Wojnarowski and Hornets beat writer Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer that the fracture is near Ball's right thumb. Bonnell reported that an initial X-ray taken in Los Angeles did not reveal the fracture but an MRI scan taken in San Antonio, where the Hornets will face the Spurs on Monday night, did. Ball was hurt on a drive to the basket in the first half of Charlotte's 125-98 loss to the Clippers. He was foul[......]

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Nets' Kevin Durant on James Harden playing vs. Bucks with hamstring injury: 'It inspired me'

NBA Brooklyn Nets Milwaukee Bucks Brooklyn Nets v Milwaukee Bucks Basketball James Harden didn't exactly fill up the Game 5 box score on Tuesday night, but his impact went beyond the numbers.The Nets star, who had essentially missed Brooklyn's entire Eastern Conference semifinal series against Milwaukee while dealing with right hamstring tightness, was surprisingly upgraded from out to available ahead of the pivotal playoff matchup. He clearly still had some physical limitations, as he posted five points, eight assists and six rebounds while shooting just 1 of 10 from the field (0 of 8 on 3-pointers) in the Nets' 114-108 win. MORE: NBA players react to Durant's historic playoff performanceBut simply seeing Harden battling through his injury for 46 minutes lifted his teammates' spirits, including Kevin Durant, who exploded for 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two blocks. "It inspired me this morning when he said he was giving it a go and he was thinking about giving it a go," Durant told reporters after Game 5. "I think all of us felt l[......]

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Scott Brooks, Wizards rip fan who ran on court during game vs. 76ers: 'Your thinking is barbaric'

NBA Philadelphia 76ers Washington Wizards Basketball For yet another night, an NBA fan made waves at a game for poor in-arena behavior.This time, it wasn't directed at a specific player. Instead, a fan ran onto the court Monday during the Wizards' win over the 76ers. The incident, which occurred with about three minutes left in the third quarter, didn't last long. The Washington fan barely got夜网论坛 onto the court before security tackled him and the referees stopped the game while he was escorted off the floor in handcuffs. Thankfully, he didn't get near any Wizards players.A fan attempted to run on the court in the middle of Game 4 between the Sixers-Wizards pic.twitter.com/51pdBKOxwh— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 1, 2021Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the fan has been banned from the Capital One Arena and the D.C. police are pursuing charges. MORE: Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers star set for MRI on TuesdayThis incident continues a rash of poor fan behavior at NBA games during the past week. That has included:A 76ers fan dumping popcorn on Russell Westbrook as he went to the locker room to nurse an injuryA Knicks fan spittin[......]

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