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Preview: Hawks return home to face Heat

Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports The Atlanta Hawks (32-27) play the Miami Heat (31-28) Friday evening, looking to find a way to win despite losing Trae Young for the foreseeable future in Wednesday’s loss to the New York Knicks. The Heat come in winners of their last three games, potentially poised to find their form ahead of the postseason. Miami would be part of the play-in tournament if the playoffs started today, something they probably would rather not deal with as defending Eastern Conference champions, and they have been playing motivated basketball of late. The...

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DeMar DeRozan’s strong statement on getting Spurs to playoffs

DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs were embarrassed at home by the visiting Miami Heat on Wednesday. The Spurs fell to a 107-87 blowout loss, their biggest home loss against the Heat in team history. Not surprisingly, this got the highly competitive DeRozan a bit worried for his young squad with the NBA Playoffs […] The post DeMar DeRozan’s strong statement on getting Spurs to playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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3 NBA teams whose injury problems will haunt them ahead of playoffs

If there’s a recurring theme in this NBA season, it’s the injuries which are affecting superstars and above-average players. This week alone, NBA fans did not get to see LeBron James, Anthony Davis (returning on Thursday), Kevin Durant, James Harden, Donovan Mitchell and a handful more players on the court.  The amount of injuries this […] The post 3 NBA teams whose injury problems will haunt them ahead of playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Celtics give update on Evan Fournier with playoffs looming

On Thursday, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens provided an encouraging update on Evan Fournier, who has missed the team’s last eight games after being placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols on April 4. As relayed by Yahoo’s Kevin Smith, the wing is “likely” to play this weekend, per Stevens. Earlier in the day, […] The post Celtics give update on Evan Fournier with playoffs looming appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Knicks beat Hawks in overtime, have now won 8 straight games

The Knicks now reside in the East’s No. 4 spot and would have home-court advantage if the playoffs started today. It would be the highest the team has finished the regular season since Carmelo Anthony led them to the No. 2 seed and a second-round playoff appearance in 2013.

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The Celtics have found themselves

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports More 3’s and a commitment to ball movement and defense have revitalized the team. After the dust of a very active trade deadline settled, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in the league. Injuries have created some potholes on Boston’s road to the playoffs, but they’ve been able to maneuver around them and post a 10-4 mark since March 25th. More importantly, the Celtics have an identity. For most of the regular season, the team has largedly been defined by individual success: Jayson Tatum’s rocketing to superstardom,...

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Damian Lillard blasts Trail Blazers for falling into the same traps

With the playoffs right around the corner, the Portland Trail Blazers have found themselves in a rut the last few games. They’re currently on a three-game losing streak after suffering a tough loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. They’ve lost five of their last six games, all of which have been by nine […] The post Damian Lillard blasts Trail Blazers for falling into the same traps appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Daily Knicks

New York basketball is here to stay and you’re going to want this shirt

New York, WE HERE. Just four simple words were enough to fire up all of NYC. Now, you can get a BreakingT shirt to match. Just in time for the playoffs. New York came back against Atlanta to win a high-scoring affair on Wednesday. After the game, Julius Randle fired up the entire state with […] New York basketball is here to stay and you’re going to want this shirt - Daily Knicks - Daily Knicks - A New York Knicks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Hoops Habit

The race for the final Eastern Conference play-in spot is the battle we need

In the most bizarre NBA season in history, we’re getting the most fitting final stretch we could hope for. Thanks to the addition of a play-in tournament to this season’s playoffs, there are more teams with postseason aspirations than ever before. In years past, only the top eight seeds make it in. This year, the […] The race for the final Eastern Conference play-in spot is the battle we need - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Valley of the Suns

The Phoenix Suns have ‘playoff-ready’ written all over them

The Phoenix Suns had question marks surrounding the team at the start of the season. Can they make the playoffs? Can this team finish top five in the Western Conference?  Are they a contender? Yes, yes and yes. The Phoenix Suns are playoff-ready. From watching the Suns play, one could say the team is easily […] The Phoenix Suns have ‘playoff-ready’ written all over them - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bright Side Of The Sun

Locked On Suns Thursday: Chris Paul steps up against Philly as the Suns take the first two on big East road trip

Chris Paul put up 28 and 8 as the Phoenix Suns took down the Philadelphia 76ers. Resiliency is the word of the day after the Phoenix Suns won yet another slugfest, adjusting to a cold night from Devin Booker and pulling away in Philadelphia anyway. The Suns will have to stay resilient with Jae Crowder out with an ankle injury, but was Cam Johnson ready for the starting spot anyway? And finally, we look forward to the playoffs with the results from a Twitter poll about the Suns’ potential first-round opponent. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify! Follow...

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Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie teases miraculous playoff return amid ACL recovery

The general assumption was the Brooklyn Nets had lost combo guard Spencer Dinwiddie for the remainder of the season when he suffered a partially torn ACL in December. However, Dinwiddie is dropping hints he could be ready for game action by the time the playoffs roll around. The 28-year-old was asked about his status for […] The post Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie teases miraculous playoff return amid ACL recovery appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Spencer Dinwiddie sees playoff return as ‘realistic’

Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via In his most definitive statement yet, Spencer Dinwiddie told Diamond Leung of The Athletic that sees a return to the Nets in the post-season as a “realistic” possibility. Leung spoke with Dinwiddie at Collision, an annual tech conference. Spencer Dinwiddie was asked about status for the playoffs at Collision: "Ohh, that's a tough one. Recovery's going great...The ramp-up to be able to play in a playoff atmosphere is realistic." Adds conditioning is main hurdle and he's returned to the court in past couple weeks.— Diamond...

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Indiana Pacers: Are the playoffs worth it after recent injuries?

The injury bug has been cruel to the Indiana Pacers for the last several years and it bit big once again on Monday as they lost Myles Turner for what looks like the season. Not only did they lose Turner, but Domantas Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb both missed Monday’s game with injuries. During the game, […] Indiana Pacers: Are the playoffs worth it after recent injuries? - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - 8 Points, 9 Seconds - An Indiana Pacers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Nets’ Kyrie Irving dishes honest take on James Harden’s indefinite status ahead of playoffs

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving wants one and only only thing for James Harden—to get as healthy as possible. The Nets have not been healthy all season as Kevin Durant, Harden and Irving have only played seven games together this season.  According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Harden had a setback with his hamstring injury and […] The post Nets’ Kyrie Irving dishes honest take on James Harden’s indefinite status ahead of playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Golden State Of Mind

Which team would you want Warriors to face if they qualify for first-round of playoffs?

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via The Dubs still have a lot of work to do to guarantee themselves one of the top-eight seeds in the Western Conference. With their recent 6-2 run, the Golden State Warriors have further increased their odds to at least get into the NBA’s play-in tournament. Led by Steph Curry, the Dubs are playing some of their best basketball of the season. It helped that Curry is averaging 41.8 points over the past eight games and looks to be virtually unstoppable on the offensive end. Golden State has climbed up the standings despite missing...

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Utah Jazz: 3 best possible NBA playoff first-round matchups

The Utah Jazz have blazed a trail through the NBA this season after getting ousted in the first round of the playoffs last season. Their conquerors, the Denver Nuggets, proved to be worthy after making it to the Western Conference Finals, but that doesn’t offer much comfort. Now, they sit in the top seed in […] Utah Jazz: 3 best possible NBA playoff first-round matchups - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

The Sixer Sense

Philadelphia 76ers: 3 player with the most to prove to end the season

The final stretch of the regular season is here Philadelphia 76ers fans. The franchise has 15 games left before their regular season is over and then the playoffs begin. While the team as a whole doesn’t have too many questions entering the postseason, there are three players on the Sixers that do have something to […] Philadelphia 76ers: 3 player with the most to prove to end the season - The Sixer Sense - The Sixer Sense - A Philadelphia 76ers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Dream Shake

Rockets vs. Jazz game preview: Utah gets their revenge

Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports During the James Harden Era, the Houston Rockets owned the Utah Jazz. So much so that the Jazz did everything in their power over the last two years to avoid the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. Two years ago, they were unsuccessful. Last season, they were able to lose on the last day of the season to guarantee a date with the Denver Nuggets, a series that they famously blew despite holding a 3-1 lead. I thought the Jazz were going to be amazing last year. The additions of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic were great, I...

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3 teams that need to be very scared of LaMelo Ball’s return to the Hornets

With the playoffs approaching in less than a month, LaMelo Ball’s return could not have come at a better time. The Hornets are fighting for playoff positioning out east and are currently the eighth seed. Due to the new play-in tournament, they would play the Miami Heat for a chance to secure the seventh seed […] The post 3 teams that need to be very scared of LaMelo Ball’s return to the Hornets appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Timberwolves news: The reason Chris Finch is adamant in keeping D’Angelo Russell on the bench

With a 16-43 record, D’Angelo Russell and the Minnesota Timberwolves are not going to make the playoffs this year. They’ve struggled all season long, as they’re a relatively young roster still trying to figure things out. However, they’ve won four games in their last 10 games. Not the best, but it’s at least an improvement […] The post Timberwolves news: The reason Chris Finch is adamant in keeping D’Angelo Russell on the bench appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Preview: Hawks, Knicks meet amid hot streaks

Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports Two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference meet Wednesday evening. The Atlanta Hawks (32-26) and New York Knicks (32-27) will meet Wednesday evening in what is surprisingly a game that could have home-court implications in the first round of a potential playoff series between these two teams. Obviously, there is still a little ways to go in the regular season, but if it ended today, the Hawks and Knicks would meet in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. Atlanta has won 9 of their last 11,...

Hoops Habit

The Golden State Warriors will go as far as Steph Curry can take them

The Golden State Warriors got off to a slow start to the 2020-21 season. The setback took place in the offseason when Klay Thompson once again tore his Achilles during a workout. However, thanks to Steph Curry having a historic year, Golden State has made a late-season run that could land them in the playoffs […] The Golden State Warriors will go as far as Steph Curry can take them - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Lake Show Life

Los Angeles Lakers: 3 things that must improve to make deep playoff run

Things are looking up for the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis has been could play this Thursday and LeBron James should be returning not too long after. We all knew that the Lakers were going to make the playoffs regardless but it is about time that the fans get to see some playoff-caliber basketball. When […] Los Angeles Lakers: 3 things that must improve to make deep playoff run - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - Los Angeles Lakers News and Fan Community

Nothin' But Nets

Brooklyn Nets: Kyrie Irving’s clutch performance made fans forget about bad news

On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets were dealt a blow when it was revealed James Harden had suffered a setback while going through rehab for his injured hamstring. Head coach Steve Nash said it’s possible Harden doesn’t return until the playoffs. Throw in Kevin Durant’s thigh contusion and inability to consistently see the court after returning […] Brooklyn Nets: Kyrie Irving’s clutch performance made fans forget about bad news - Nothin But Nets - Nothin But Nets - Brooklyn Nets News and Fan Community

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James Harden health status updated; Steve Nash reacts as Nets nears playoffs

Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden has had a significant setback in his road to recovery from a hamstring injury. The team has confirmed that Harden has not progressed as they had hoped and that recent test results indicate that the former MVP will need to spend more time on the sidelines. This report comes via […] The post James Harden health status updated; Steve Nash reacts as Nets nears playoffs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Brooklyn Nets: James Harden suffering setback is tremendous blow ahead of playoffs

Brooklyn Nets fans have been impatiently gearing up for James Harden’s return since his hamstring injury coincided with Kevin Durant’s long layoff finally coming to an end. But the Net’s Big 3 now really won’t get the necessary time to gel before the postseason. According to the latest buzz, Harden has reportedly suffered a setback during his […] Brooklyn Nets: James Harden suffering setback is tremendous blow ahead of playoffs - Nothin But Nets - Nothin But Nets - Brooklyn Nets News and Fan Community

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James Harden out ‘indefinitely’ with hamstring ‘setback’

Photo by Michael Hickey/ Just when you thought it couldn’t worse, it has. Just before Steve Nash’s pregame presser, our phones buzzed; a press release broke courtesy of Brooklyn’s PR team. James Harden had suffered an on-court “setback” while rehabilitating his right hamstring and will be out “indefinitely.” Soon, the news was big news... The Nets will continue to be cautious with Harden, and there's a possibility that Harden's return could come closer to the start of the playoffs in a month, sources tell ESPN. For now, he will continue to be out....

Are the Pelicans too inexperienced to make the playoffs? | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Dave McMenamin and Scottie Pippen react to Jrue Holiday's comments about the feelings around the New Orleans Pelicans this season with Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram among the additions brought in by David Griffin, and Anthony

Scottie Pippen: James Harden needs to rest more during the regular reason | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Dave McMenamin and Scottie Pippen debate the idea of the Houston Rockets using load management on James Harden during the 2019-20 NBA season in the hopes of having him perform better in the playoffs. #TheJump #NBA #Sports ✔

Sky’s the limit for the 76ers if Joel Embiid can keep his weight down – Scottie Pippen | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Dave McMenamin and Scottie Pippen react to Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid saying he's lost about 25 pounds this summer, and discuss what the Sixers need from Embiid in order to go far in the 2020 NBA playoffs -- with Pippen saying