Basketball

Brittney Griner’s Supporters Have a New Strategy to Free Her: Make Noise

Her face is on hoodies. Her name is in hashtags. Her “BG” and number are on fans’ jerseys and WNBA courts. As the Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner waits in Russia, detained since Feb. 17 on drug charges, symbols of support for her are all around. They come from people who don’t know her at …

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Who Referees the NBA Referees? On TV, Steve Javie Does.

SECAUCUS, NJ – “They think they know refereeing,” Steve Javie muttered to no one in particular, wearing a wry smile. “It’s even hard in slow motion.” The “they” could be anyone, from enraged fans to confused television broadcasters – and, sometimes, even Javie, who was an NBA official for 25 years. He was sitting in …

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NBA Preview: Miami Heat and Boston Celtics Fight to Win the East

A group of mostly 20-something out-of-towners heading to Miami this time of year would typically be called spring breakers. But for our purposes, we’re referring to the Boston Celtics. Their reward for outlasting the Milwaukee Bucks in a grueling seven-game Eastern Conference semifinal series is a date in the conference finals with the No. 1-seeded …

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Don’t Be Fooled by Tyrese Maxey’s Smile. The Sixers Guard Can Ball.

Many of the key members of the Philadelphia 76ers have become jaded by the realities of life in the NBA Their mettle has been questioned at times, even though they have collectively played professional basketball for decades. Sometimes their ability and their durability have been questioned, too. They approach the season with a guarded demeanor …

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Chris Paul’s ‘Revenge Tour’ Is No Fun for Luka Doncic

Chris Paul had already started the fourth quarter by draining a long 3-pointer and passing to Cameron Johnson, his Phoenix Suns teammate, for another. It was a bad sign for the visiting Dallas Mavericks, because Paul hadn’t even called for the defensive matchup he really wanted. His next time up the court, Paul was dribbling …

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