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    After being eliminated by the eventual Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns, will LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have enough to exact revenge next year? The NBA Finals welcomed some new faces this past NBA season. From the Eastern Conference, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks bullied his way to his first title and Finals MVP. In the Western...
    The Phoenix Suns are heading back to the NBA Finals for the first time in 28 years. How many times have they been there before? The Phoenix Suns are Western Conference Champions, with a shot at their first NBA title. Forward Alvan Adams won the Rookie of the Year Award before Phoenix stormed through the Western Conference. They bested the...
    Bob Costas once said that the NBA’s social justice messaging was alienating its fans, and Bob Costas is a very smart man. Ratings numbers for the NBA’s Western Conference Finals are coming in and though they’re way up from last year’s pandemic-plagued season, they are way down from 2019. As Sports Media Watch reports: Tuesday’s Clippers-Suns NBA Western Conference Finals...
    Suns guard Devin Booker vs. the Clippers. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) The Los Angeles Clippers lost Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns because of some worrying deficiencies. The 2021 Western Conference Finals opened with a competitive battle between the Suns and the Clippers. Unfortunately for Paul George and Los Angeles, Phoenix grabbed Game 1,...
    Water safety tips to prevent drowning this summer A soldier: New Iranian President Raisi comes to power with clear hard-line agenda After a decade of failing to break through the Western Conference semifinals with the likes of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams, the Los Angeles Clippers found their man on Friday.  Er, Mann....
    Party Pics: Hollywood Think youre too poor for a personal finance assistant? Think again Chris Paul only missed two games in this shortened 72-game regular season. Can the Sixers rely on Joel Embiid to play through his knee injury? USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Are the Titans legit Super Bowl...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Marcus Morris added 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers finally won at home, finishing off the Dallas Mavericks 126-111 on Sunday in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series. Playing in front of a small but noisy mix of masked fans and cardboard cutouts, the Clippers did what neither team had...
    Which bottom-four playoff team in the West has the best chance of making a Cinderella conference finals run? The West, as always, is a certified Thunderdome. Emerging as the conference’s representative in the Finals will be like plowing through a 10-acre field of barbed wire. Their road to the WCF won’t be easy though and that starts in squaring off...
    Fox Sports personality Nick Wright thinks the Los Angeles Clippers tanked the end of the season to avoid the Lakers in the NBA Playoffs. The NBA Playoffs are set to take place this weekend, but basketball fans will be attentively watching the Los Angeles Lakers’ play-in round matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. In the Western Conference,...
    Getty The Chicago Bulls need some consistency and improved defense at the point guard spot. Coby White has been playing much better of late, and that includes his 25-point performance on Friday night against the Boston Celtics, but the team still needs to address the position over the offseason. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (h/t Blake Schuster of Bleacher Report), “point guard is...
    It should come as no surprise that Stephen Curry was named the Western Conference’s Player of the Month after his extraordinary April that was one of the most prolific scoring runs in league history. “I’ve run out of ways to describe Steph’s play,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after an April 25 win over the Sacramento Kings in which...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the second consecutive month, Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves has been named Western Conference Rookie Of The Month. ???? BACK TO BACK ON EM ???? pic.twitter.com/aBdNUsJaFH — Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) May 4, 2021 In April, Edwards averaged 21.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals a game. He was the only rookie to...
    Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week, the NBA announced Monday. This is Curry’s second Player of the Week award this season and the 16th of his career. In four games last week, Curry averaged 43.8 points on 57.3% shooting, 9.0 3-pointers on 54.5% shooting from beyond the arc, 5.8 rebounds and...
    Source: Pexels If you go back to December 2020 when the predictions were rolling in thick and fast, most pundits or fans wouldn’t have expected the Utah Jazz and Pheonix Suns to be leading the Western Conference. After the Lakers’ return to glory last year, it was assumed LeBron James and Co. would crush all in their path. However, it...
    Navy corpsman suspected of shooting 2 victims is dead at Maryland military lab site Facebook, Google, and other tech giants donated tens of thousands of dollars to a Republican group thats pushing voter suppression laws © Provided by Sports Illustrated The battle for supremacy in the West is one of the most important story lines to watch in the...
    (CBS4) – Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month for the month of March. Jokic averaged 27.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists and 1.30 steals during March. Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets goes to the basket against Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on March 12 in Memphis. (Photo...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has become the eighth player in the team’s history to be a rookie of the month. On Thursday, the team announced Edwards has been named the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March. TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 14: Anthony Edwards #1 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the...
    Nobody likes being disrespected, especially the Utah Jazz, but did All-Star center Rudy Gobert just unintentionally disrespect the very franchise he plays for? No NBA team embodies small-market energy quite like the Utah Jazz. Despite being one of the better-run organizations in the league, Rocky Mountain franchise is often disrespected by the league at large, so much so that even All-Star center Rudy...
    What we know about sexual harassment claims against Rep. Cawthorn Merkel, German governors mull way ahead on lockdown The Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, overcoming a Devin Booker ejection and a 38-point night from LeBron James in doing so. The 114-104 win gave the Suns their 15th win out of the last 18 games....
    Next1 of 6Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse First Week Finals separates the NBA’s contenders from the pretenders after the first week of every month of the season. Now that a full month of NBA action is in the books, teams are starting to find out how this season’s version of themselves will be able to compete within...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the seventh time in his career, tying him with Alex English for the second most in franchise history. ???? | YOUR Western Conference Player of the Week 29 PPG14.7 RPG6.7 APG52.2 FG% #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/uom6xQxhVb — Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) January 25, 2021...
    Denver Nuggets (7-7, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (8-5, fourth in the Western Conference) Phoenix; Friday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Denver visits Phoenix in Western Conference action Friday. The Suns are 6-3 in Western Conference games. Phoenix is seventh in the Western Conference shooting 36.1% from deep, led by Langston Galloway shooting 50% from 3-point range....
    Memphis Grizzlies (5-6, 10th in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8, 15th in the Western Conference) Minneapolis; Friday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Memphis will try to keep its three-game road win streak intact when the Grizzlies face Minnesota. Minnesota went 19-45 overall and 8-24 at home a season ago. The Timberwolves gave up 117.5 points per game while...
    New Orleans Pelicans (4-6, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10-3, first in the Western Conference) Los Angeles; Friday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles will try to keep its four-game win streak going when the Lakers take on New Orleans. Los Angeles went 52-19 overall and 25-10 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Lakers...
    Los Angeles Clippers (8-4, second in the Western Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (5-7, 12th in the Western Conference) Sacramento; Friday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Los Angeles faces Sacramento for a Pacific Division matchup Friday. Sacramento finished 8-5 in Pacific Division action and 16-19 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Kings averaged 110.1 points per game while allowing opponents...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Early on, the COVID-19 pandemic seemed likely to result in the shortest sports season in Colorado history — under three months, from January 1, 2020, to the stretch in...
    Utah Jazz (1-1, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0, fifth in the Western Conference) Oklahoma City; Monday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City faces Utah in a matchup of Northwest Division teams. Oklahoma City went 44-28 overall and 8-5 in Northwest Division action in the 2019-20 season. The Thunder allowed opponents to score 108.4 points...
    NBA The Detroit Pistons and Blake Griffin would enter the equation Russell Westbrook montage with the Warriors jersey The new NBA season starts in just over three weeks and the franchises are still looking for a move in the market with which to climb a notch or two in their aspirations. Especially two teams...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. After a furious flurry of moves over the last week, the brunt of the NBA offseason is already in the rearview mirror. The 2020 NBA Draft feels like it happened a month ago,...
    The Houston Rockets are ready to surprise people next season. That is, according to Western Conference rival, Draymond Green. Green will be on one of the top contenders next season. His Golden State Warriors are primed for a comeback after their league-worst record this season. With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson returning to full health, we may see the second...
    Denver Nuggets (46-27, third in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (52-19, first in the Western Conference during the regular season) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Saturday, 9 p.m. EDT WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Lakers lead series 3-1 BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Lakers look to clinch the Western Conference finals over the Denver Nuggets in game...
    Los Angeles Lakers (52-19, first in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Denver Nuggets (46-27, third in the Western Conference during the regular season) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT LINE: Lakers -6; over/under is 214.5 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Lakers lead series 2-1 BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in the...
    The Lakers and Nuggets face off in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night Anthony Davis gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead over the Nuggets on Sunday in thrilling fashion, as he took advantage of a Denver miscommunication, stepped back behind the three-point line and nailed a dagger as time expired. Make no mistake — these Lakers...
    Los Angeles Lakers (52-19, first in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Denver Nuggets (46-27, third in the Western Conference during the regular season) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EDT LINE: Lakers -7.5; over/under is 215.5 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Lakers lead series 2-0 BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in the...
    NBA : basket Michael Balcaen 07:37 – 19 September 2020 The Lakers took the lead in crushing the Nuggets in the opening round of the Western Conference Finals. The Top 5 of the night is the best illustration of this. A one-sided first. The Lakers started the final of the Western...
    CBS SPORTS: LIVE PLAYOFF UPDATES LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Lakers have made it to the Western Conference for the first time in ten years after the Lakers’ LeBron James led the team past the Houston Rockets. The Lakers will be playing against the Denver Nuggets in Game 1, which was scheduled to start Friday at 6 p.m....
    Lakers vs. Nuggets isn’t the Western Conference Finals we were expecting. These are the lineup, matchup and strategic issues that will decide a winner. The Western Conference Finals are here. It’s not the Battle for Los Angeles that many envisioned since last July, but instead, the Lakers taking on the Denver Nuggets for the right to represent their conference against...
    Denver Nuggets (46-27, third in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (52-19, first in the Western Conference during the regular season) Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Friday, 9 p.m. EDT LINE: Lakers -7; over/under is 212 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Lakers and Nuggets meet to begin series BOTTOM LINE: The Los Angeles Lakers play the Denver Nuggets...
    The 25 best rock n roll anthems The Overlooked Reason It’s so Hard to Buy a Home in 2020 Who ya got? Previewing the Western Conference 2nd round The conference semifinals are finally set. After previewing the Eastern Conference's second round earlier this week, theScore's NBA feature writers Joseph Casciaro and Joe Wolfond now predict the West semis. ©...
    LeBron James went all Mike Breen on us celebtrating Luka Doncic’s game-winner.LeBron James could not be more excited about Luka Doncic‘s game-winning 3-pointer. From somewhere inside of the NBA bubble, the Los Angeles Lakers point forward watched Game 4 of the Western Conference Playoffs series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Without Kristaps Porzingis, Doncic delivered the...
    6 Things to Know About Actress Sofia Pernas, Justin Hartleys Rumored New GF 10 ways to boost your financial awareness Early predictions for the 2020 NBA Western Conference Playoffs The 2020 NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference are already set. That’s close to becoming the case out west with the exception of a play-in tournament between the Portland Trail...
    NBA : The final day of the regular season delivered its verdict in the Western Conference, where the Trail Blazers and Grizzlies will compete for the final ticket to the NBA playoffs. We now know the identity of the two barragists in the Western Conference. While there were four candidates for the play-in before Thursday’s matches […] This...
    Sudden sewing boom has sewing machine sellers scrambling 6 national restaurant chains in deepest trouble amid COVID-19 include Outback Steakhouse, IHOP and Dennys Daily NBA bubble primer: How the Western Conference play-in series will be won Until the end of the NBA’s seeding-game schedule on Aug. 14, Yahoo Sports NBA will deliver a daily bubble primer, complete with up-to-date...
    Eric Gordon, #10, Houston Rockets, (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) The West is home to many of the NBA‘s brightest stars, but the contributions of role players could tilt the scales of a tightly-packed conference. Eric Gordon, Houston RocketsGordon has missed Houston’s first three games with a left ankle injury, and could remain on the sideline for two weeks as...
    The 2010s decade gave birth to a spectacular dynasty in the NBA. When Steve Kerr took over the Golden State Warriors in 2014, he magically transformed them into a championship-winning team. Fans of the Bay team enjoyed a refreshing a few years as their team became frequent entrants in the NBA finals.  Is it the management style of Steve Kerr...
    Jerami Grant is a vital piece in Denver | Harry How / . There is little more than a month left for the return of the NBA and in the panorama of the Western Conference at the moment there are several teams that are emerging as candidates for the championship. In addition to the great stars of each organization, year...
    Orlando City will play expansion Inter Miami in the opening match of the Major League Soccer tournament starting next month in Florida. The July 8 matchup is a nod to the tournament’s host state. Games will be played without fans in attendance at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. The draw for the group stage...
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