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This Miami Heat Player Rained 3-Pointers on the Lakers’ Parade

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Duncan Robinson was struggling with his 3-point shot in the N.B.A. finals, and that was a problem because shooting 3-pointers is the one thing he does exceptionally well. Jimmy Butler, his teammate on the Miami Heat, invited him to his hotel room for a late-night chat. It was a pep …

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The Aces Got to the W.N.B.A. Finals With Physical Play. What Happened?

The Las Vegas Aces battled and bruised other teams en route to the top seed this W.N.B.A. season. A’ja Wilson dominated the block on both sides of the court, and Angel McCoughtry sliced through defenders with ease. Driving to the basket, getting to the foul line and pushing the pace were what made the Aces …

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis Fulfill Lakers’ Finals Promise

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Purple-and-gold confetti fell on LeBron James late Saturday night as he sat on the court in a largely empty arena and digested the fresh reality that he was headed to his ninth N.B.A. finals in 10 seasons. One of the first people he thought about was Anthony Davis, his teammate …

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A Young Core Carries the Celtics Past the Raptors. But There’s More Work to Do.

The last time Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart were in a Game 7, they were up-and-coming youngsters on a 2018 Boston Celtics team that was full of potential going up against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tatum even famously dunked on James in the fourth quarter of a losing effort — a …

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Rockets’ ‘Microball’ Puts P.J. Tucker at the Center of Chaos

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The joke doesn’t have quite the same bite now that the N.B.A. is playing all of its games in a so-called bubble, but it elicited a hearty laugh from P.J. Tucker of the Houston Rockets regardless. Have you heard the one about how the only center in Houston is the …

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Damian Lillard Out for Game 5 of Lakers-Blazers Series

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, one of the standout performers of the N.B.A. restart at Walt Disney World, will sit out Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a sprained right …

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N.B.A. Owners Set a July 31 Restart, All in Florida

N.B.A. owners on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a restart plan featuring 22 of the league’s 30 teams at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in July to complete what the league described as the “first formal step among many required to resume the season.” The single-site proposal was ratified by a vote of 29 to 1, …

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N.B.A. Team Owners to Vote on 22-Team Plan to Resume Season

The N.B.A. will formally present a return-to-play plan to owners on Thursday that calls for 22 of its 30 teams to resume the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World in Orlando in late July, according to several people familiar with the league’s intentions. The structure requires the voting support of at least 23 owners, but …

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