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An Underappreciated Tobias Harris Steals the Show as the 76ers Take a Playoff Lead

He averaged 20 points and 7.9 rebounds this season in a total of 82 games with the Clippers and Sixers. In 27 regular-season games for Philadelphia, Harris averaged 18.2 points, tying him with Butler for second on the 76ers’...

Breanna Stewart Shows the Toll of Pro Women’s Basketball’s Never-Ending Grind

The two sides have until the conclusion of the 2019 season to come to an agreement.“The league has also signaled its willingness, its desire, to have a really collaborative relationship with the players, and to hear and to understand...

The 76ers Dash the Evolving Nets’ Dream

Sometime in the third quarter, as the Philadelphia 76ers rained down 3-pointers like mortar shots and Ben Simmons, a giant point guard possessed of preternatural passing ability and a bricklayer’s touch, carved through the Nets, a thought occurred:This was...

Knicks Fans Dream of Durant and Irving. Will Dolan Be the Nightmare?

Prudent decisions have not always been the norm with the Knicks. This is the organization that Stern once said was “not a model of intelligent management.” That comment came a dozen years ago, toward the end of an ugly...

North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell Resigns After Investigation

Sylvia Hatchell, the Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, has resigned less than three weeks after she was suspended amid a university-ordered investigation into her program.The university announced the resignation Thursday night.Ms. Hatchell...

Leaning Into His Role as the Villain, Ben Simmons Leads 76ers’ Rout of Nets

Before Game 3, Embiid admitted: “I probably should’ve been ejected. I saw the play, and that was a bad play.” The foul was ruled a Flagrant 1; a Flagrant 2 would have resulted in an ejection.“I was trying to...

The Sports Arena is a Human Zoo. Sometimes It Gets Messy.

In the secular architecture of New York, few houses of worship invite more devotion than our massive sports venues, built on the holy commandments of tax abatements and corporate sponsorship. Nowhere are more elevated hopes kindled or dashed; nowhere...

N.B.A. Playoffs: Kyrie Irving Powers Celtics to 2-0 Series Lead Over Pacers

Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and the Boston Celtics rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers by 99-91 on Wednesday night. The win gave Boston a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven, first-round seriesComing out of...

The Celtics Really Need Jayson Tatum to Soar Again

BOSTON — Jayson Tatum boomed on LeBron James in last year’s N.B.A. playoffs. You may remember it. Tatum, the 21-year-old swingman for the Boston Celtics, certainly does.The dunk drew a “wow” from the play-by-play broadcaster Mike Breen. A reporter...

Those Denver Upstarts Save Their Season Thanks to Jamal Murray

Fortunately for Barton and the rest of the Nuggets, it was all love in the fourth quarter, thanks largely to Murray, who shot 8-for-24 in Game 1 — including a wide-open elbow jumper he clanked in crunchtime that clearly...

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