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The Rockets lost more than a playoff series. Their title window has closed

After a third straight playoff ouster at the hands of the Warriors, theres nowhere left to go for Daryl Moreys Houston experiment Golden State beat Houston, 118-113, in Friday nights Game 6 of the Western Conferences semi-finals, viewed by many as the de facto NBA finals. For the third straight year, the Warriors closed the books on a Rockets title bid. And they did so without Kevin Durant, the current holder of the best-on-earth moniker. The often contentious series drilled 11 three-pointers and scored 41 points to force a Game…

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NBA playoffs: Curry misses wide-open layup before Rockets seal win

James Harden made a big three-pointer in overtime and scored 41 points, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night James Harden made a big three-pointer in overtime and scored 41 points, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1. A layup by PJ Tucker put Houston up by three with two minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the three-pointer…

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Formerly Jailed Ex-NBA Star Jayson Williams Gives Support to Ex-NYC Jail Union Boss at Retrial

Former New Jersey Nets player and ex-convict Jayson Williams gave moral support to former jail guard union boss Norman Seabrook on Thursday at his retrial for an alleged kickback he received for putting union cash into a hedge fund without authorization. Hes like family to me, Williams told the New York Daily News. Seabrook is accused of accepting a $60,000 payment for making a $20 million union investment into a shady hedge fund. Williams and Seabrook have reportedly known each other for over a decade, with Seabrook helping out with…

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Guy Proves Flat-Earthers Are Wrong In The Most Brilliant Way

Recently, after taking pictures of Lake Michigan and noticing that the surface has no curve, someone did a little practical experiment to see if the earth was truly flat. It involved elaborate calculations and used other tools to find the correct answer, which we have all known for centuries now. However, a 36-year-old software engineer called Jeff went for something much simpler. He used a basketball and a macro lens to simulate the curvature of the Earth and took photos to calculate the equivalent. Quite brilliant, isn’t it? While people…

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On my radar: Jazzy Jeffs cultural highlights

The DJ and producer on Jay-Zs new album, the Philadelphia 76ers and the great taste of blue crab Born in West Philadelphia, DJ Jazzy Parents Just Dont Understand (1988). The groups second Grammy was earned for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Shep Gordon: Hes kind of like a modern-day Forrest Gump. Photograph: Dogwoof This is about Shep Gordons life as a talent manager, the things he accomplished and the people he managed, from Michael Douglas to Sylvester Stallone. Its one of the most special documentaries Ive ever seen definitely…

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Houston Rockets sign James Harden to NBA-record $228m contract extension

The Rockets have signed Harden to the richest contract extension in NBA history, a deal that will pay the star guard $228m through the 2022-23 season The Beard has the richest contract in NBA history. The Houston Rockets signed guard James Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160m on Saturday, giving him a total six-year deal with $228m guaranteed. With Harden under contract on his existing deal for another two seasons, the extension will not affect Houstons aggressive pursuit of free agents this summer as the Rockets try…

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NBA draft: social media error sees Fultz heading No1 to (team name) and (City)

The Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted during Thursdays draft The Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted. The 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No1 pick and the Lakers followed by taking Ball, the start of a record-setting run of one-and-dones in the NBA draft. The point guards from the Pac-12 Conference began a run of seven straight freshmen. Nine of the first 10 selections played just one season of…

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NBA finals: Unstoppable Warriors beat stunned Cavaliers in Game 2

The Cavaliers put in an improved performance against the Warriors in Game 2 but the Western Conference champions were too strong once again The Cavaliers put up a strong fight but still fell 132-113 in Game 2 of the NBA finals to the Golden State Warriors, a superteam who are starting to look and this postseason literally are unbeatable. The Cavaliers played significantly better than they did in the first game of the series, but a triple-double from LeBron James, 20 forced turnovers and 15 stealsstill wasnt enough to topple…

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Kevin Love says Cavaliers’ underdog label in NBA finals is ‘funny to me’

Cavaliers forward on finals rematch with Warriors: The whole underdog thing is funny to me, because yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone. Lets be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA finals. They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite underdogs. Just dont try to tell them that. The whole underdog thing is funny to…

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Kyrie Irving explodes with 42 points as Cavaliers come back to defeat Celtics

Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, as the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of the NBA finals Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Irving stayed on the floor despite rolling his…

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Celtics beats Cavaliers with 0.1 seconds left to keep Eastern Conference finals alive

Avery Bradleys three-pointer dropped in with less than a second left and the Boston Celtics stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 Avery Bradleys three-pointer dropped in with less than a second left and the Boston Celtics, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on Sunday night in Game 3 to end the champions 13-game postseason winning streak. NBA (@NBA) Avery Bradley…for the Game 3 WIN!@cavs 111-108. Marcus Smart: 27 PTS, 5 REB & 7 AST.…

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Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas out for rest of playoffs due to hip injury

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a hip injury Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a hip injury. The team made the announcement on Saturday, a day after Thomas left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland in the second half. Thomas injured the hip in March and aggravated it in Game 6 of the East semi-finals against Washington. Team doctor Brian McKeon says if he continues playing, he could have more…

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