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  • Ingram, JJJ to join USA FIBA World Cup roster
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Brandon Ingram and Jaren Jackson Jr. will join Team USA for the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: BI and JJJ join Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Austin Reaves and Big Bobby Portis on the team. Woj reports that the team will finalize its 12-man roster later in June. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • Report: Lakers not interested in adding Kyrie
    The Lakers are not interested in adding Kyrie Irving in free agency, per The Athletic's Jovan Buha.

    Advice: On the same day that a report surfaced suggesting that Kyrie had reached out to LeBron James about joining Dallas, the Lakers made it clear that they weren't going to bring Irving to them. If the duo want to reunite to chase a championship, it would likely be in Dallas, though that wouldn't be realistic. LeBron has one more year on his contract, so the Mavs would have to trade for him, and it's unlikely that the Lakers would accept any offer that Dallas can make. Yesterday, 5:42 pm
  • Report: Tyler Herro still experiencing soreness
    Tyler Herro (fractured right hand) is still experiencing soreness and swelling in the right hand according to Ros Gold-Onwude of ESPN.

    Advice: Despite the optimism of Herro returning in any capacity for these NBA Finals, it still seems he may have a ways to go. Ros Gold-Onwude reported Monday that she spoke with Herro prior to Game 2 and he said he can still feel soreness when making a "follow through" shooting motion. The hope was for Herro to return by Game 3 however a more cautious approach seems to be what he and the Heat are taking. Game 3 is on Wednesday. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Nikola Jokic drops 41 in losing effort Sunday
    Nikola Jokic contributed 41 points to go with 11 rebounds, four assists and a pair of three-pointers.

    Advice: Jokic was monstrous on the offensive end in this one, hitting 16-of-28 shots and 7-of-8 free throws to deliver his third 40-point effort of the 2023 postseason. Denver’s other four starters combined for 41 points on 15-of-34 shooting, and Jokic understandably focused his energy on scoring with so many teammates struggling. The four assists are his fewest of the postseason, and they match his second-fewest of the regular season. Jokic has been masterful for the entirety of the Nuggets’ playoff run and, despite the loss, he was the best player on the court again Sunday. The Nuggets suffered their first home loss of the playoffs, but Jokic will look to guide his team to a road win Wednesday in Miami for Game 3. Sunday, 11:32 pm
  • Bam Adebayo goes 21/9/4 w/ two blocks Sunday
    Bam Adebayo accumulated 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting Sunday in a win over Denver, adding nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

    Advice: As expected, Bam got the job done in the paint, and he was even more efficient than the 13-of-25 shooting night he had in Game 1 when he scored 26. Bam finished behind only Gabe Vincent (23 points, four triples) for team lead in scoring, and through two games, Adebayo is the team’s leader in points. Jimmy Butler has struggled on offense, racking up 34 points on 33 field goals, but the difference between Game 1 and Game 2 was Max Strus and Duncan Robinson hitting shots, and Miami’s bench playing a bit more consistently throughout the contest. Adebayo has had his way with Denver in the series thus far, and there’s no indication he’ll slow down in Game 3 back in South Beach. Sunday, 11:25 pm
  • Lovely to Love your lovin': K-Love goes 6/10/1/2
    Kevin Love scored six points Sunday and added 10 rebounds, an assist, two steals and two triples as the Heat defeated the Nuggets 111-108.

    Advice: Love was a DNP-CD in each of Miami’s last three games, but with Caleb Martin dealing with a non-COVID illness (yet still able to play), the former landed in the starting lineup Sunday. Love logged 22 minutes, his most since playing 23 in Game 4 of the second-round series against the Knicks, and turned them into quality production. It’s unclear what his role will be Wednesday in Game 3, but Coach Spo should give him a long look when considering his rotations for the rest of the Finals. Sunday, 11:19 pm
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    Kevin Love MIA - PF,C
  • Gabe Vincent stunts on Nugs w/ 23 points, 4 threes
    Gabe Vincent finished Sunday’s win over Denver with 23 points, three assists, two steals and four triples.

    Advice: Through two games of the NBA Finals, Miami’s leading scorers are… checks notes … Bam Adebayo and Gabe Vincent. If you laid some money down on Bam and Vincent futures, it’s time to start playing the lottery! Vincent was blisteringly hot in this one, leading his team in the scoring department and stroking it from downtown yet again. The UC Santa Barbara product has 42 points on 15-of-26 shooting, including a mind-melting 9-of-16 from beyond the arc through Games 1-2, and he’ll look to keep up the hot shooting in front of his home crowd when the series shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Wednesday. Sunday, 11:14 pm
  • No prob for D-Rob: Robinson sparks 4Q Miami rally
    Duncan Robinson totaled 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3-Pointers) and added an assist across 17 minutes in Sunday’s win over Denver.

    Advice: Robinson wasn’t on the court too much in this one, but he certainly made the most of his minutes. D-Rob started the fourth quarter, and to the untrained eye, it appeared Reggie Miller was out there wearing his jersey due to the speed of his scoring. Robinson racked up all 10 of his points in the first 2:16 of the quarter, acting as the catalyst for a 13-2 Miami run to take an 88-85 lead. Robinson and Miami’s other role players came to play after dreadful showings in Game 1, and they’ll look to carry that momentum into Wednesday’s Game 3 at home. Sunday, 11:03 pm
  • Ekes out another double-double
    Murray ended Sunday's 111-108 loss to the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals with 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal over 39 minutes.

    Advice: It took awhile for Murray to get going, but he was a key player in the second quarter, collecting eight points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the stanza as the Nuggets built a 16-point lead before the Heat began to chip away at the deficit. Although Murray finished as the team's second-highest scorer, the team needs heroic nights from Murray, who has saved the Nuggets with his stellar play beyond the arc throughout the playoffs. Murray often stays on the court when Nikola Jokic takes a seat, and the Nuggets need Murray to step up in those moments. Sunday, 10:25 pm