JAZZ’S MIKE CONLEY CLEARED TO MAKE NBA RETURN 5 Days After Birth Of Child — 360APROKO

Daddy’s BACK!!! NBA guard Mike Conley has cleared quarantine and will play for the Utah Jazz on Friday … just days after leaving the NBA bubble to witness the birth of his new baby son, Elijah. As we previously reported … it was a QUICK turnaround for the vet — the 32-year-old left the Orlando […]

JAZZ’S MIKE CONLEY CLEARED TO MAKE NBA RETURN 5 Days After Birth Of Child — 360APROKO

JONES: Expect repercussions in Calgary after huge Game 6 Flameout against Dallas — Edmonton Sun

You can’t write about sports in Edmonton without writing about sports in Calgary. It’s just the way it works. Read More

JONES: Expect repercussions in Calgary after huge Game 6 Flameout against Dallas — Edmonton Sun

Four days earlier Calgary fans were quite enjoying the contrast between the booted-out-of-their-own-bubble Oilers and the surprisingly fabulous Flames being led by former Edmonton goaltender Cam Talbot.

Calgary was 15 seconds away from taking a three-games-to-one series lead over the Dallas Stars when they ended up in overtime and lost the game.

Thursday, the Flames became the first team in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs to be ahead by three goals and then behind by four in the same game.

From Calgary’s trip to the final in 2004 to defeating Vancouver in the opening round in 2015, it was a steady stream of one-and-done for the Flameouts. In 2016, the Flames missed the playoffs. They were swept by Anaheim in 2017, missed again in 2018 and were out in five to Colorado last year.

Raptors revel in Fred VanVleet’s backcourt shot, Game 3 win over Nets — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

After Fred VanVleet rained 3-pointers – including multiple DEEP 3s – on the Nets in Game 1, Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn was asked about defending the Raptors guard like Damian Lillard.

Raptors revel in Fred VanVleet’s backcourt shot, Game 3 win over Nets — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

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After Fred VanVleet rained 3-pointers – including multiple DEEP 3s – on the Nets in Game 1, Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn was asked about defending the Raptors guard like Damian Lillard.

“Historically and analytically, VanFleet [sic] hasn’t made those shots at the clip that he made them at,” Vaughn said. “So, it’s a little different with Lillard, and he’s proven he can do that time and time again from deep range.”

There’s something to playing the odds.

But VanVleet – who has risen from undrafted to near-star – keeps beating the odds. VanVleet sunk a backcourt shot to end the first half today.

Time to at least learn his name.

And remember the Raptors’.

The defending champions beat the Nets 117-92 Game 3 Friday. Toronto now leads the first-round series, 3-0.

All 136 teams that took a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven series won it. Up 3-0 for the first time in franchise history, the Raptors will look to eliminate Brooklyn in Game 4 Sunday.

After an ugly Game 2 win, Toronto enjoyed cruising to this victory. So many players contributed.

Pascal Siakam (26 points, eight rebounds and five assists) played his excellent all-around game. VanVleet (22 points on 6-of-10 3-point shooting with with five assists) showed his typical steadiness. Kyle Lowry (11 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals) made his usual subtle mark on the gameSerge Ibaka (20 points and 13 rebounds) brought his productivity off the bench.

Without Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors might not have the same upside as last season. But they have found a winning formula and repeatedly execute it.

Especially against the decimated Nets.

Tyler Johnson (23 points on 5-of-9 3-point shooting) got hot. But Brooklyn couldn’t get much going. Too often overlookedJarrett Allen didn’t even attempt a single shot. He’s a play finisher at the rim, so his lack of offensive involvement reveals bigger problems.

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Breaking down the Warriors’ options with the No. 2 NBA draft pick — Daily Democrat

Will the Warriors take the best player available with the No. 2 pick in October’s NBA draft, or will they trade the pick?

Breaking down the Warriors’ options with the No. 2 NBA draft pick — Daily Democrat

NBA Playoffs Preview: Nets vs Raptors – Defending champs look to extend lead — Mo and Sports

Already down two games in what could be a very brief postseason this summer, the Brooklyn Nets look to halve their playoff deficit when they take to the floor on Friday for Game 3 against a motivated Toronto Raptors side. Can they keep the ball out of an in-form Fred VanVleet’s hands and make it […]

NBA Playoffs Preview: Nets vs Raptors – Defending champs look to extend lead — Mo and Sports

Bucks bounce back, beat Magic 111-96 in Game 2 to tie series — WJMN – UPMatters.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks still haven’t figured out how to slow down Nikola Vucevic. They did shut down his Orlando Magic teammates well enough to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 20 rebounds and Milwaukee rode a fast start to beat the Magic 111-96 […]

Bucks bounce back, beat Magic 111-96 in Game 2 to tie series — WJMN – UPMatters.com

Alexander: Lakers fans, it’s been a long wait — Daily News

OK, Laker fans, you can breathe. Yes, I know. After all of those pre-bubble expectations, all those dreams of title No. 17, it took one loss to put this fan base that has waited so long to get back to the playoffs on the verge of a nervous breakdown. After all, with seven years of…

Alexander: Lakers fans, it’s been a long wait — Daily News