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Kyrie Irving injury update: Nets star out indefinitely after setback with shoulder; set to see specialist

Kyrie Irving injury update: Nets star out indefinitely after setback with shoulder; set to see specialistIrving missed 26 games with a shoulder injury earlier this season The Brooklyn Nets had an incredible summer on the free agency front bringing in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but they've had little to show for it so far. Some of that was to be expected with Durant missing the entire season due to a torn Achilles tendon, but Irving has also had serious injury problems of his own. And unfortunately for him and the Nets, they don't appear to be going away. After missing 26 games earlier in the season due to a shoulder injury, Irving returned to action in mid-January. He played in nine games and put together some magical performances, including 54 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls shortly after Kobe Bryant's death, but the pain in his shoulder has continued to bother him. Via ESPN: "That's about all I can tell you," Atkinson said. "His shoulder continues to ..

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Giannis at center, Celtics’ best five and the most important lineups for Eastern Conference’s top contenders

Giannis at center, Celtics' best five and the most important lineups for Eastern Conference's top contendersThe best teams in the Eastern Conference will have to downsize in the playoffs Regular-season coaching largely takes place behind the scenes. The implementation of a system and the development of players is invisible work and can largely be judged solely on results that are based on too many factors to calculate. Playoff coaching, though, is much more of a public chess match. Every minor adjustment counts and rotation decisions can swing entire series. Every slot in a lineup has to be chosen with the utmost care based on the strengths and weaknesses of both the team and its opponent, and when mistakes are made, heads wind up on chopping blocks. More on NBA Most important West playoff lineupsThe teams that navigate these roster decisions correctly are the ones that are going to make deep runs in the postseason. The ones that don't are going to have very disap..

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John Beilein to exit as Cavaliers coach Wednesday, be replaced by JB Bickerstaff, per report

John Beilein to exit as Cavaliers coach Wednesday, be replaced by JB Bickerstaff, per reportBeilein is reportedly set to depart Cleveland 54 games into his first season leading an NBA franchise John Beilein's first season coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers went as poorly as it possibly could. After reports surfaced that the Cavaliers would be unlikely to bring him back next season, Beilein has agreed to part ways with the team, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. With a dismal 14-40 record, the Cavs are currently in the basement of the Eastern Conference, and several veterans -- 2016 champions Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson among them -- have reportedly tried to orchestrate midseason exits. Beilein and the team discussed the coach potentially stepping down during the NBA All-Star break, and those talks continued through Tuesday when a final decision was made. Beilein, who joined the Cavs in May of 2019 on a five-year deal worth approximately over $4 million per season, ..

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Nets’ Kyrie Irving out indefinitely after setback with injured shoulder, set to see specialist

Nets' Kyrie Irving out indefinitely after setback with injured shoulder, set to see specialistIrving missed 26 games with a shoulder injury earlier this season The Brooklyn Nets had an incredible summer on the free agency front bringing in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but they've had little to show for it so far. Some of that was to be expected with Durant missing the entire season due to a torn Achilles tendon, but Irving has also had serious injury problems of his own. And unfortunately for him and the Nets, they don't appear to be going away. After missing 26 games earlier in the season due to a shoulder injury, Irving returned to action in mid-January. He played in nine games and put together some magical performances, including 54 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls shortly after Kobe Bryant's death, but the pain in his shoulder has continued to bother him. Via ESPN: "That's about all I can tell you," Atkinson said. "His shoulder continues to bother..

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Lakers, Bucks and Clippers are cream of the NBA crop, but which one deserves to be the championship favorite?

Lakers, Bucks and Clippers are cream of the NBA crop, but which one deserves to be the championship favorite?Breaking down the matchups and championship chances of the league's three best teams The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and though potentially impactful buyout players could still relocate, we now have a pretty good idea of what rosters are going to look like for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs, which are less than two months out. With the seemingly overnight destruction of the Warriors, this year's championship chase was billed as the most wide-open in recent memory, and three clear teams -- the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers -- have risen to the top. Below I will rank those teams in order of championship chances based on a variety of factors. No. 1: Los Angeles ClippersThe Clippers and Lakers are likely going to meet at some point in the Western Conference playoffs, and when they do, it'll be close to a ..

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LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred over Astros cheating scandal: ‘You need to fix this’

LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred over Astros cheating scandal: 'You need to fix this' LeBron James is no stranger to weighing in on important and noteworthy topics that impact the world at large, even if those topics pertain to a sport that he doesn't play. His latest foray into cross-league commentary happened Tuesday when he tweeted out his thoughts about how MLB handled the Astros' cheating scandal. His main concern: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred did not do enough to take into account how the league's players would feel about the punishments handed out. James wrote that Manfred needs to "fix this for the sake of sports." Here are his full comments on the matter, including a sensationally long hashtag: Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseba..

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Clippers expected to sign Reggie Jackson after veteran point guard finalizes buyout with Pistons, per report

Clippers expected to sign Reggie Jackson after veteran point guard finalizes buyout with Pistons, per reportJackson will give the Clippers another playmaker in the second unit Remember Reggie Jackson? After signing a huge contract with the Detroit Pistons back in 2015, injuries and the general state of that franchise has turned the veteran point guard into something of an afterthought. But all of that should change now that he's reportedly on his way to a contender -- and one that plays in the Staples Center at that. Jackson is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers after he finalized a buyout agreement with the Pistons on Tuesday, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Jackson was completing the final season of a five-year, $80 million contract with the Pistons. The Pistons and Jackson's agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA Sports, completed the buyout terms earlier Tuesday before reaching an agreement with the Clippers on Tuesday afternoon. Jackson has been..

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Warriors owner insists team won’t tank for the best pick in NBA Draft: ‘We don’t believe in that’

Warriors owner insists team won't tank for the best pick in NBA Draft: 'We don't believe in that'Joe Lacob says his Warriors will play hard, and is certain Stephen Curry will return: 'That's not even a discussion internally' It's been a strange season in the Bay Area. Kevin Durant is gone, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have missed most or all of the season, and after five straight trips to the NBA Finals and three championships, the Golden State Warriors have the worst record in the league coming out of the All-Star break. At 12-43, they have no chance of making the playoffs, and are in danger of submitting their worst season in over a decade. The upside, though, is that they are going to get a high draft pick for their trouble, and may even come away with the No. 1 overall pick. With just a few months left on the schedule, and nothing to play for, tanking to maintain those odds at getting the top pick would be understandable. However, owner ..

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John Beilein, Cavaliers expected to part ways as early as Wednesday, per report

John Beilein, Cavaliers expected to part ways as early as Wednesday, per reportCleveland would reportedly elevate JB Bickerstaff from associate head coach to head coach John Beilein's first season coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers has gone about as poorly as it possibly could so far. With a dismal 14-40 record, the Cavaliers are currently in the Eastern Conference's basement, and several veterans, including 2016 champions Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, have reportedly tried to orchestrate midseason exits. Now, after reports surfaced that the Cavaliers would be unlikely to bring him back next season, Beilein is in advanced talks with Cleveland about parting ways with the team, per The Athletic's Shams Charania, Jason Lloyd and Kelsey Russo. Beilein and the team discussed potentially stepping down during the All-Star Break, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, and while he had four years remaining on his contract, the former Michigan coach is expected to walk a..

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2020 NBA buyout tracker: Reggie Jackson plans to join Clippers after agreement to leave Pistons, per report

2020 NBA buyout tracker: Reggie Jackson plans to join Clippers after agreement to leave Pistons, per reportKeep up with the latest player movement around the league The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, but that doesn't mean that transactions are done for the season. It's buyout time, where bad teams will cut ties with players, usually veterans in the final year of their contract, allowing them to enter free agency. The team gets to save some money via the buyout, while the player gets to join a contender for the playoff run. It didn't take long for the action to get underway this season, with Marvin Williams reportedly agreeing to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks just a day after the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Furthermore, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joined up with the Dallas Mavericks, while both Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll will reportedly be heading to Houston to bolster the Rockets' small-ball attack. As for Darren Collison, the veteran point guard will reportedly..

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