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Embiid injures knee in return; Lakers pip Pacers

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – NBA MVP candidate Joel Embiid emerged from quarantine Friday only to exit in the third quarter with a left knee injury as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 127-101 in Washington. Embiid, who missed Sunday’s All-Star Game because of Covid-19 restrictions, threw down a dunk and landed awkwardly on his […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tempo tempoMar 13th, 2021

Joel Embiid injures knee in first game back with Sixers

NBA MVP candidate Joel Embiid emerged from quarantine Friday only to exit his first game back with a left knee injury in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 127-101 win over the Washington Wizards. Embiid, who missed Sunday’s All-Star Game because of Covid-19 restrictions, landed awkwardly on his left knee and fell to the floor halfway through the […] The post Joel Embiid injures knee in first game back with Sixers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 13th, 2021

James and Lakers advance with 131-122 win over Trail Blazers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — While the ultimate objective is to win a title, LeBron James said the Los Angeles Lakers achieved a key goal against the Portland Trail Blazers — and it wasn't simply to win the first-round playoff series. It was improvement. “We got better throughout the course of the series,” James said. “We knew we were coming into a series versus a hot Portland team that was playing the best basketball inside the bubble along with Phoenix. So we wanted to just come in and try to work our game, get better and better as the games went on, as the series went on. And I believe we did that.” James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Lakers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, beating the short-handed Blazers 131-122 in Game 5 on Saturday night (Sunday morning in the Philippines). Anthony Davis had a playoff-best 43 points for the top-seeded Lakers in their first playoff appearance since 2013. The Lakers hadn't won a playoff series since 2012. James has never lost a first-round playoff series, going 14-0. The Lakers will play the winner of the series between Houston and Oklahoma City. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead with a 114-80 victory earlier Saturday. CJ McCollum had 36 points for the surprisingly scrappy Trail Blazers, who played without injured All-Star guard Damian Lillard. Carmelo Anthony added 27 points. Down 14 in the third quarter, Portland got to 100-97 on McCollum's layup and tied it on Anfernee Simon's 3-pointer to cap an 8-point run with 9:46 left. James answered with a 3. Gary Trent Jr.'s 3-pointer tied it at 109 with just under seven minutes to go. Again the Lakers held off Portland with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's 3. After Trent's 3-pointer closed it to 114-112 with 4:53 left, Davis had a personal 11-0 run to put Los Angeles up 123-112 and all but seal it. The game was originally set for Wednesday night, but players collectively decided not to play in the three playoff games scheduled for that day to protest racial injustice following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Games on Friday were also postponed. James said he hopes the past few days made a difference. “Obviously, the bubble season will never be forgotten. In sports this is the first time we’ve been able to do something like this, but this moment is so much bigger than us playing basketball,” James said. “Hopefully, years on down the line, when America is in a better place, you can look back to this moment and be like, that was one of the catapults that kind of got it going.” Lillard injured his right knee in Game 4 that prompted him to leave the bubble in Florida and return to Portland to see team doctors. Lillard was named MVP of the seeding games heading into the playoffs, averaging 37.6 points and 9.6 assists in eight games. Trent Jr. took his Lillard's spot in the opening lineup. But because of injuries the eighth-seeded Blazers had just nine players available for the game. “All you can do is hope to hang around and make it a fourth quarter game and win in the end, and we didnt quite win it in the end," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. Portland's lone win in the first-round series came in Game 1. TIP INS Trail Blazers: In addition to Lillard, Portland was without Zach Collins because of left ankle inflammation, Nassir Little with dehydration and Wenyen Gabriel with right quad tendonitis. Lakers: Rajon Rondo practiced on Friday but remained inactive for Game 5 as he recovers from a fractured right thumb and back spasms. ... Dion Waiters was game-time decision with a migraine but was available. MOURNING UNCLE CLIFFY: There was a moment of silence before the game for former Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson. He died Saturday at 53. Robinson played 18 seasons in the NBA, his first eight in Portland, and later made the city his home. Portland players also wore headbands during the game in his honor. “His personality and energy were unmatched, and his contributions on the court were unmistakable, helping the Trail Blazers into the playoffs each of his eight seasons with the team,” the Blazers said in a statement. The moment of silence also recognized former Arizona coach Lute Olson and actor Chadwick Boseman. CIVIC DUTY: The Lakers announced before the game than that Staples Center will serve as a voting center for the upcoming general election. Voters can cast ballots at the arena from Oct. 30 through Nov. 3. The arena will also serve as a drop-off site for ballots......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

The Blur ready for PBA return

TNT Tropang Giga veteran Jayson Castro is working his way back to form after sustaining a knee injury in the PBA Philippine Cup bubble finals last year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2021

Kings edge Lakers in LeBron s return; Suns overtake Jazz in NBA standings

James would miss on a potential game-winner with 2.7 ticks left to cap off a 16-point performance in his first match back......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2021

Jazz take down Pacers in Clarkson return but lose Mitchell to injury

Mitchell's exit coincided with Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson's return to action after missing four straight games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2021

Boston thrashes short-handed Lakers as Davis nears return

Leaning on a 40-point performance from Jaylen Brown, the Celtics controlled the whole game in the wire-to-wire victory that saw Boston lead by as much as 27 points early in the fourth salvo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Embiid returns to power 76ers

Los Angeles---Joel Embiid scored 24 points in his return from a 10-game injury absence to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 122-113 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 5th, 2021

Jazz end skid vs short-handed Rockets; Lakers overcome Pacers

Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz dominated the Rockets and didn't give up the advantage save for the opening moments of the game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 13th, 2021

Lakers rally past Pacers

Kyle Kuzma finished with a team-high 24 points and 13 rebounds while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a clutch steal with 10 seconds left as the Los Angeles Lakers clawed their way back in the final quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers, 105-100, on Friday. LeBron James posted 18 points and 10 assists and Montrezl Harrell had […] The post Lakers rally past Pacers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 13th, 2021

Federer: Retirement never on cards

DOHA—Roger Federer said retirement was never an option during his battle with injury, insisting Sunday the recovery from knee surgery was “completely under control” ahead of his return to competitive tennis at this week’s Qatar Open......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 9th, 2021

Davis facing injury layoff despite scan boost

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis faces a lengthy injury layoff despite a scan revealing he had not suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, ESPN reported Monday. ESPN said Davis was unlikely to return to action before the NBA’s All-Star break, due to take place from March 5-10. Concern mounted for the 27-year-old’s fitness after he […] The post Davis facing injury layoff despite scan boost appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2021

Heat unable to stop rolling Jazz, KD triumphant in return to Golden State

It marked the Jazz’s 18th win in their last 19 contests, and helped them hold on to the top spot in the West longer with the Los Angeles Lakers lagging a game behind......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2021

NBA Pacers guard LeVert out after mass found on kidney

In this file photo taken on January 09, 2021 Caris LeVert of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP) Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert, obtained in the four-team NBA deal that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn, is out indefinitely with a small mass on his left kidney. The discovery was made in an MRI exam as part of a physical before the swap involving Houston, Brooklyn and Cleveland was completed, the Pacers said on Saturday. “LeVert will undergo further medical tests and more details will follow as needed,” the Pacers said in a statement. LeVert has averaged 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists a game so far in his fifth NBA campaign, all with the Nets, who obtained him in a trade two weeks after the Pacers made him the 20th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. “On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance,” LeVert said in a statement. “We are grateful for their extreme thoroughness during the physical process and I am looking forward to joining the team and being part of this great organization as soon as possible.” The Pacers landed LeVert, a 26-year-old American, from Brooklyn, and future second-round NBA Draft choices from both Houston and Cleveland in the blockbuster deal. “We acquired Caris because of who he is as a young man first and foremost,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said. “His basketball skill and on court play speaks for itself. We know he has a great career ahead of him. “We will support Caris through this time and know that he will join us on the court as soon as he’s able.” The Pacers sent Victor Oladipo to Houston in the swap. The 28-year-old US guard was taken second by Houston in the 2013 NBA Draft. He joined Indiana in 2017 and has been a major spark in the Pacers’ offense and battled back from a ruptured right knee tendon suffered in January 2019, returning in January 2020. “We want to thank Victor for what he gave to the Pacers through his play, his diligence in rehab coming back from a serious injury, and his community efforts,” Pritchard said. “These decisions are obviously never easy and this one in particular was hard because of our relationship.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Magic, Pacers extend win streak; Suns tie Lakers for West top spot

The Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers continued their hot start after winning their respective games on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) to move up to 6-2 in the standings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

Lakers seek 17th NBA title; Heat still defiant

Orlando---The Los Angeles Lakers can complete the franchise’s return to the pinnacle of basketball here Friday as they look to seal a record-equalling 17th NBA Finals crown with a victory over the Miami Heat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

Lakers eye 17th NBA crown while Heat remain defiant

Orlando—The Los Angeles Lakers can complete the franchise’s return to the pinnacle of basketball here Friday (Saturday morning, October 10, 2020, Philippine time) as they look to seal a record-equalling 17th NBA Finals crown with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Lakers, who returned to the finals this season after missing the post-season for […] The post Lakers eye 17th NBA crown while Heat remain defiant appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Lakers, Heat ready; bubble a triumph

Orlando—LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers begin the final challenge in their bid to return to the summit of basketball on Wednesday when they take on the Miami Heat team in game one of the NBA Finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Lakers, Heat prepare for battle as NBA odyssey reaches climax

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers begin the final challenge in their bid to return to the summit of basketball on Wednesday when they take on the Miami Heat team in game one of the NBA Finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Lakers, Heat prepare for battle as NBA odyssey reaches climax

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers begin the final challenge in their bid to return to the summit of basketball on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) when they take on the Miami Heat team in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. A full 11 months after the 2019-2020 NBA season first tipped off, a marathon […] The post Lakers, Heat prepare for battle as NBA odyssey reaches climax appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Lakers, Heat prepare for battle as NBA odyssey reaches climax

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers begin the final challenge in their bid to return to the summit of basketball on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) when they take on the Miami Heat team in game one of the NBA Finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020