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Chris Paul Symptom-Free Since Testing Positive, Suns Hopeful Of Early Return In WCF

Jun 20, 2021 11:42 PM

The Phoenix Suns are hopeful Chris Paul will be cleared from the NBA's COVID-19 health and protocols at some point early in the Western Conference Finals.

Paul is quarantining in Los Angeles and has been symptom-free since testing positive for COVID-19 last week.

The Suns lead the Los Angeles Clippers 1-0 in their series. 

Monty Williams said Paul’s return is unknown.

“It’s just a day-to-day thing with him right now,” Williams said after the game. “I probably drive the people here crazy with that, but that’s the way it is. We’re hopeful that any day now we hear he can ramp up and get back with us. But right now, he’s in the protocol.”

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Tags: Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns, NBA

Becky Hammons Identified As Finalist For Blazers' Head Coaching Job

Jun 21, 2021 1:29 PM

Becky Hammon is a finalist to become head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, sources tell Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Hammon is in her seventh year on the coach staff of the San Antonio Spurs. Hammon also interviewed for the head coaching position with the Orlando Magic last week.

The Blazers are expected to have multiple finalists for the head coaching job. Portland is seeking a replacement for Terry Stotts.

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Tags: Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

James Harden Commits For Olympics, Kyrie Irving Likely To Pass Due To Ankle Injury

Jun 21, 2021 2:31 PM

James Harden has committed to play for the United States in the Tokyo Olympics. 

Harden played in the 2012 Olympics and 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Kyrie Irving, however, is unlikely to play as he recovers from his ankle injury suffered in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Irving last played for the United States in the 2016 Olympics. 

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Brooklyn Nets, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

Bam Adebayo Commits To United States For Olympics

Jun 21, 2021 1:40 PM

Bam Adebayo has committed to the United States for the Tokyo Olympics.

The United States has also received commitments from Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker and Kevin Durant.

Adebayo averaged 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33.5 minutes per game last season for the Miami Heat.

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Tags: Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

76ers Believed To Have Decided Against Trading For Kyle Lowry To Hold Out For Bigger Star

Jun 21, 2021 8:32 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers pursued a trade for Kyle Lowry at the deadline, but were unable to get a deal done with the Toronto Raptors. After the 76ers were eliminated in the second round in seven games, it is difficult to conceive of Lowry not giving the team the edge they needed to advance.

"There is a consensus around the league that [Daryl] Morey resisted because he’s angling for an even greater star," writes Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer over Philadelphia's decision not to trade for Lowry.

O'Connor mentions Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal as stars the 76ers are interested in trying to trade for, along with lesser stars such as CJ McCollum and Zach LaVine.

Any major trade the 76ers assemble almost certainly would be built around Ben Simmons, who likely had his trade value drop during the playoffs.

"Trading [Joel] Embiid... is a nonstarter," writes O'Connor.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Ben Simmons: I Love Being In Philly, I Love This Organization

Jun 21, 2021 8:11 AM

Ben Simmons took blame for the Philadelphia 76ers' loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and indicated he prefers to remain with the franchise.

"I ain't shoot well from the line this series," Simmons said. "Offensively, I wasn't there. I didn't do enough for my teammates. ... There's a lot of things that I need to work on."

Simmons shot 15-for-45 on foul shots against the Atlanta Hawks and 34.2 percent from the line throughout the playoffs.

“I love being in Philly,” said Simmons. “I love this organization. The fans are great, great people. I had a bad series. I expect that. It’s Philly.”

Doc Rivers was non-committal when asked if he believes Simmons can be the point guard for a championship team.

“I don’t know the answer to that right now," said Rivers. "I don’t know the answer to that.”

Simmons has four seasons remaining on his five-year, $177 million contract extension

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Trae Young After Game 7 Win: 'We Still Got Some Games Left'

Jun 21, 2021 1:31 AM

The Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-96 in Game 7 to move onto the Eastern Conference Finals.

Nate McMillan reflected upon taking over a team that was 14-20 at the time. 

"What we tried to do was build a culture that will produce winning and create a style that will give these guys an opportunity to win games," said McMillan. "That's respecting the game. You play the game with effort every single night. You play the game together. And you trust in each other.

"Those were the things I was trying to build with this group. I felt like we had some talent even though it was young talent. If we could get that in our system and basically learn to execute and play to win, I felt we could win some games."

Trae Young finished the game with 21 points and 10 assists. Young currently has 12 consecutive games of at least 20 points and 7 assists, the longest streak in NBA postseason history.

"Everybody is happy we made it to the Eastern Conference finals but we're not satisfied. It's great that we're here, but we still got some games left," said Young.

The Hawks were lead by Kevin Huerter, who scored a playoff career-high 27 points.

Huerter added that the Hawks switched their mindset at the start of this year. 

"It's been a long couple of years. It's been a long two years being at the bottom of the East. And this year, trying to flip a switch and our whole mindset changed. The development process was over." 

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Tags: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Devin Booker Says Chris Paul Is 'Proud Of Us' After Game 1 Win

Jun 21, 2021 1:04 AM

The Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 120-114 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals to take a 1-0 series lead.

Devin Booker, who finished the game with 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists, dedicated the win to Chris Paul.

"We put him on FaceTime. He's our leader. We lean on him for a lot," said Booker. "We know how disappointed he is and frustrated he is he couldn't be out here for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, especially knowing his past history around this time. But we had him all the way through. We brought him in the locker room, had him in our after-game huddle. He's proud of us. He's ready to get back, he's working and we can't wait to have him."

Paul missed Game 1 due to COVID-19 protocols. He is reportedly symptom-free and hoping to return early in the series. 

Monty Williams praised Booker for not forcing his shots and getting his points within the offense.

"He didn't inject himself into the game. He just did it out of what we do. There are times where a guy scores and you just want to go grab the ball and jack up a shot. I thought the way Devin did it tonight was within our scheme and what we do," said Williams.

Booker added that the Suns were extra careful of taking care of the ball without Paul.

The Suns finished with only seven turnovers in the game. 

"I've been alongside him all season and watching him control the game and how he never turns the ball over. When he does it's a rare sight. We knew that was going to be a key for us, taking care of the ball."

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Tags: Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Paul George Says Suns Are 'A Different Caliber Team' After Game 1 Loss

Jun 21, 2021 1:14 AM

Paul George said that the Phoenix Suns posed a different challenge than the Dallas Mavericks or the Utah Jazz following Los Angeles Clippers loss in Game 1.

"This is a different caliber team than the other two teams we faced," said George. "A little bit more guard play. And so we just have to figure out how to counter, which we will. We'll figure out another game plan."

George finished the game with 34 points and seven 3-pointers. 

Reggie Jackson added that defending Devin Booker was different than defending Luka Doncic and Donovan Mitchell due to Booker's mid-range game. 

Booker finished the game with 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.

"[Booker] played with the ball but he does a great job playing off the ball whether it be off ball screens, getting himself open, really, really good in the midrange. The other two [Doncic and Mitchell], really [they are more] 3-ball and [getting] to the rim guys. They are all three-level scorers," said Jackson.

Marcus Morris received treatment at halftime after experiencing left knee pain.

Ty Lue didn't have an update on Morris' status after the game. 

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Tags: Paul George, Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

James Jones Named 20-21 NBA Executive Of The Year

Jun 20, 2021 3:33 PM

James Jones has been named the 20-21 NBA Executive of the Year. Jones joined the Phoenix front office in 2017 and took over decision-making duties shortly before the start of the 18-19 season. 

The award is voted upon by his peers.

The Phoenix Suns reached the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Jones received nine of the 30 first-place votes and earned 65 total points from the voting panel, which comprised one basketball executive from each team. 

Utah Jazz Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey finished in second place with 61 points (nine first-place votes). 

Brooklyn Nets General Manager Sean Marks finished in third place with 51 points (five first-place votes).

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Mike Budenholzer Likely Secured Future With Bucks Following Game 7 Win

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Following Game 7 Win: 'We Are Built For This'

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Joel Embiid Fined $35K For Game 6 Altercation, Bruno Fernando Suspended One Game

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Steve Nash Following Game 7: 'We Just Faced One Too Many Obstacles This Year'

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Relationship Between Brad Stevens, Kemba Walker Described As 'Tension-Filled'

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Chris Paul Officially Out Game 1 Due To Protocols

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Kawhi Leonard Will Not Travel To Phoenix, To Continue Rehab At Home

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Chris Paul Remains In Health & Safety Protocol Ahead Of Game 1 On Sunday

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Lakers To Hire New Athletic Trainer, Expected To Restructure Approach To Player Health

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Terance Mann On 39-Point Game 6: 'They Were Leaving Me Open'

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Nate McMillan: Bogdan Bogdanovic Receiving Treatment On Knee, No Update For Game 7

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Joel Embiid Says He Wants Refs To Call It 'Both Ways' After Game 6

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Tobias Harris Says Sixers Displayed 'Grit' After Game 6 Win


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