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Jorge Sierra: Serbia is winning games by an average of 40.7 points so far. That would be the biggest differential in World Cup history, even ahead of 1994 Team USA with Shaquille O'Neal, Dominique Wilkins, Reggie Miller, Alonzo Mourning and several other pretty decent guys.
Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura will miss Japan's final two FIBA World Cup games because of knee discomfort and general fatigue, it was announced. "While everyone had hoped for Rui to finish the World Cup with Team Japan, the Wizards and Japan Basketball believe it is best for Rui to not play the final two games and have a short period of rest before he must start NBA training camp with the Wizards which begins only three weeks from now," the Japanese Basketball Association said in a statement released through the Wizards.
The leader of the German squad Dennis Schroder got some criticism for the failure, especially for the loss against the Dominican Republic, but he doesn’t have a problem with it: “Either I play my game or I do not play at all. I try to put my teammates in the spotlight, I did that today and the last two games. There will always be criticism, I’m built for it, no problem for me”, he said, per Sport1.
Nurse said he intends on playing a bigger recruiting role. It was tough this time around, he said, because he had his hands full with the Raptors' lengthy season. "I think I have got to try and develop some relationships with some of these guys and see where they are at," Nurse said after practice. "But I need more information. I need a better understanding of why or why not? Will they or will they not participate, and why or why not?"
The United States’ matchup against Japan was always expected to be its easiest in the first round of the FIBA World Cup, but Team USA dominated defensively in a 98-45 won over Japan Thursday. The Americans head into the second round undefeated through three games. First-round points carry over into the next round of group play.
Canada’s men’s basketball team finally has a World Cup victory — and some positive momentum in a FIBA World Cup tournament that had been a non-stop narrative of disappointment. Cory Joseph will take it. "It’s always good when there’s a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel, that’s always good," the Sacramento Kings guard said.
John Schuhmann: Turkey, after blowing a potential upset over the U.S., is not going to make the 2nd round. Down 12 w/ less than a minute to go vs. the Czech Republic. Those 4 missed FTs at the end of OT on Tuesday hurt more than we thought initially. Huge win for Sato & crew.
“I think we have to learn how the game is officiated,” Harrison Barnes said. “I think there are some plays that we’re kind of used to how the NBA officiates things. We get the ‘no call’ but then at the other end it just looks like we’re fouling every single time. Whether it’s post defense, whether it’s coming off screens. Whether it’s bumping a guy after driving, so there’s a learning curve we’re getting better at, but tonight it was definitely evident.”
Despite a slow start and a bad shooting night, Spain managed to get a 73-65 win over Iran in Group C of FIBA World Cup. Spain won all three of its games so far and stayed at the top of the group while Iran lost all three and finished last. Puerto Rico (2-1) got the better of Tunisia (1-2) earlier today and advanced further. Marc Gasol led the winning side with 16 points while Victor Claver and Juancho Hernangomez added 11 each. The latter also grabbed ten rebounds for a double-double.
Tommy Beer: Through Serbia's first three games in the FIBA World Cup, Nikola Jokic is shooting 83.3% from the field, and is a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point territory. Oh and he leads his team in assists & rebounds. Serbia is undefeated. Their average margin of victory is 40 points per game
Birch sees the positives in taking part in the FIBA World Cup. And unlike most other NBA types he has no one offering up advice, wanted or not. ““I don’t have an agent as of right now, so no,” he said when asked if anyone tried to dissuade him from coming. “Like I said Khem Birch decides Khem Birch’s career. If I get hurt it’s because Khem Birch got hurt and if Khem Birch wants to do something Khem Birch is going to do it.”
“As you can see I’m doing things I have never done in the NBA that I’m getting to do right now,” he said referring to handling the ball and stepping outside to shoot. “That’s what a lot of guys don’t understand. Coach Nurse gives you the confidence and freedom to do whatever you want. Basically everything you want in the system you have here so I’m lucky.”
Mike Ganter: Khem Birch on his decision to play for Canada: “I don’t let anyone dictate my career or anything. I let Khem Birch dictate what he wants to do and Khem Birch decided to play for his country because I want to go to the Olympics.”
SLAM: Can you talk about your role as ambassador and why you wanted to be involved in the World Cup? Dirk Nowitzki: Well, you know, I’m of course sad that my competing days are done. But I still want to help grow the game internationally. I’ve had great success in FIBA competitions and it’s always been fun competing at the highest level, so when they approached me to see if I wanted to do this, of course I was on board. Growing the game internationally, growing the game here in China—there are some amazing fans here—and we have some of the best athletes [here right now for the World Cup], so it should be a fun few weeks. Hopefully we can grow the sport even more.


Coach Aleksandar Petrovic was very proud of his guys including the 39-year-old Alex Garcia who played terrific defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo: “Why this sport is wonderful? On the other side, you have a guy who won the MVP, he’s 23 years old and who stops him tonight?! The guy who is 40 years old and kicks his a** on the court! That’s basketball!”, the coach said while slapping his hand on the table euphorically.
Petrovic also mentioned that he wasn’t worried at all about Giannis, he was afraid of Kostas Sloukas and Georgios Printezis might do: “We showed that we have several players who can stop Antetokounmpo. But yesterday I was more occupied with Sloukas and Printezis and that’s what happened today. When I was preparing this game, a lot of people talked and joked about how to stop Antetokounmpo. I had for six months in my head, since the semifinals between Toronto and Milwaukee, how to stop Antetokounmpo.”
It was expected Team USA was going to face some real tests in the FIBA World Cup, but it wasn't expected they'd have so much trouble passing their first one. A confident and high-energy Turkey, the No. 17-ranked team in the world, gave the Americans a series of heart palpitations before they yanked away a 93-92 victory in overtime.
Khris Middleton gets credit as the hero as he made two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to provide the winning points, the last of his team-high 15 points. It wasn't possible until Turkey missed four consecutive free throws (two by Cedi Osman and two by Dogus Balbay) with nine seconds left that could won the game.
The short term is that the Americans advance to the second round of the World Cup, which will start this weekend in Shenzhen. Their 44-game winning streak in World Cup and Olympic play continues.
Tim Bontemps: Jayson Tatum hurt his left ankle in the final seconds of Team USA's win, after making a really nice play to drop the ball off to Khris Middleton on a break for what wound up being a game-winning play. Hopefully it looked worse than it winds up being.

Marc J. Spears: USA Basketball holds on to beat Turkey 93–92 in overtime preliminary action at the @FIBAWC. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum leaves with injury. Respect to Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman and Turkey, who missed some costly free throws late.
Canada's hopes of advancing at the FIBA World Cup died with a 92-69 loss to Lithuania on Tuesday in Dongguan, China. Kyle Wiltjer had 24 points, while Cory Joseph had 15, but the seventh-ranked Lithuanians — who'd routed Senegal by 54 points two nights earlier — were too much for the undermanned Canadians, who are missing all but two of their NBA players in Joseph and Khem Birch.
Former longtime Toronto Raptors forward Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Edgaras Ulanovas led Lithuania with 15 points.
Donatas Urbonas: Jonas Valanciunas on surviving in the group of death: "It's a delicious victory. We feel a relief, but we came here not only to advance. We have to keep this focus and fight for the game vs Australia."
The Dominican Republic came in with quite an upset for the Germans and with their 70-68 victory, they can rest on top of Group G (2-0) and with a ticket to the second round of FIBA World Cup in their hands.
Rui Hachimura scored 21 points with 8/11 two-pointers, but was not enough. Yuta Watanabe had 11 at halftime and ended up with 15, Nick Fazekas notched a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Let’s entertain a conspiracy theory, an old one that usually surfaces at least once a summer during international competition when American NBA players are involved. If Team USA has an off night shooting or gets into a bit of a shooting slump, it’s because of the ball, or so the theory goes. Literally, the ball used in the FIBA World Cup looks and feels different than the one used nightly in the NBA. Joining us to discuss this is the highly qualified Team USA sharpshooter Joe Harris, the reigning NBA 3-point champion who not only led the league with a .473 3-point shooting percentage last season but also won the annual shooting competition over All-Star weekend.
Like a quarterback who fusses over the air pressure of a football, to the point where he might ask the equipment manager to artificially deflate one or two before a game, or a pitcher who balks at a baseball with seams that aren’t raised enough to throw a good curveball, surely Harris will say that, yes, it’s harder to make 3s with one kind of ball for a few weeks after shooting with something totally different all season? “Uh, no. I wouldn’t put anything on the ball,” Harris said.
So when Harris walked into the room, I handed him the two balls. “It looks like it, but it doesn’t feel like an NBA ball,” Harris said about the ball I bought, further deflating me. “This one feels closer to a FIBA ball. … If you’re going to put these basketballs out and guys are going to grab one and shoot around, I would say more people are going to gravitate toward how this one (the FIBA ball) feels.”
“I always try to get my fingers on the seams, if you can or if you have time,” Harris said. “But, for (the FIBA ball), you catch it, even though there are more seams to it, I’m not getting lost on the ball trying to find it.” There are some differences that matter, Harris added. “An NBA ball, when it gets a little bit wet, it gets a little stickier in your hands,” he said. “Whereas this one is more like the ball you might play with in college, where they’re spongier.”
Serbia advanced to the Second Round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 on Monday after trouncing Philippines 126-67 in Foshan. Nemanja Bjelica led seven Serbian players who scored 10 points or more, while the Philippines' most important player Andray Blatche had a night to forget, finishing with 5 points, 5 rebounds before fouling out.
Spain put Saturday’s triumph over Tunisia behind when they stepped foot on the floor on Monday against Puerto Rico, as they sealed a 73-63 victory, their second in Group C of the tournament that helps them qualify to the second round. Marc Gasol’s experience and dominance helped Sergio Scariolo’s squad get over the tough moments of the game, and the big man finished the game with 19 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.
The Philippines provided no serious challenge to red-hot Serbia. Sasha Djordjevic’s side strolled to the 126-67 win in 2019 FIBA World Cup Group D action at Foshan on Monday to secure a spot in the second round. Nemanja Bjelica saw action after missing the first game and made 7/7 from the field for 20 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic put up 17 points to include himself among seven players scoring in double digits. Nikola Jokic tallied 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in just 18:45.
Luis Scola moved up to the second spot on the FIBA Basketball World Cup all-time scoring list, overtaking Australia's great Andrew Gaze and trailing only the legendary Brazilian Oscar Schmidt.
Donatas Urbonas: Nick Nurse on Jonas Valanciunas: “More Jonas stories... I obviously love Jonas. But I’m gonna try to kick his ass tomorrow (laughs). I don’t know if there was a guy that I spent as much time with and had a strong long relationship like him.”
When asked after the game about a potential second-round matchup against Team USA since he is the NBA MVP, Giannis gave the following answer: “We don’t think about the USA team today. We have focused on the great win that we had, what can we do better. Our next opponent is Brazil. We got to focus on that game. Team USA is really far away. We got to take it game by game.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo: “And yeah, for the MVP? As I said I don’t want to be called that way, that’s in the past now. Just respect the guys who go out there and play as hard as they can and do what I do since day one. That’s helping my teammates get wins. Do whatever it takes. If that’s playing defense, or rebound the ball, or do whatever the coach asks me to do… dive for the ball? That’s what I do. That’s why I was named the MVP”.
Tim Reynolds: 18 FIBA world championship/World Cup tournaments. 18 appearances by the US. 18 consecutive 1-0 starts by the US.
John Schuhmann: USA starters: Walker, Mitchell, Tatum, Barnes & Turner. Same as the last exhibition game vs. Canada.
Lithuania kicked off its FIBA World Cup journey with lots of energy and speed, grabbing their biggest win ever in the tournament with 101-47 against Senegal, in the second game of the game for Group H in the city of Dongguan. Jonas Valanciunas dominated the paint, pacing Lithuania with 13 points and 11 rebounds
Two nations that know each other very well after their multiple games in the preparation period clashed in the city of Dongguan, as Australia beat Canada with a 108-92 victory in the FIBA World Cup Group H opener. Despite a shaky start in the second half, Boomers had an incredible Matthew Dellavedova taking charge, with 24 points (with 6/10 from the three-point line), five assists and three rebounds, as Australia made an impressive run (35-12) in the final period.
Turkey made an early statement in Group E with a convincing 86-67 victory over Japan in their opening test of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Playing without the injured Scottie Wilbekin, Turkey stormed out to an early double-digit lead and were never seriously threatened. It was a balanced effort with Ersan Ilyasova leading the charge with 17 points and 9 rebounds.
Many who made the team weren't prominent or in many cases, even included on USA Basketball's wishlist of players when the roster-building process started last year. Walker tried to say none of that matters. And then he explained why it probably should matter. "I think a lot of us have grown up with doubt coming into our careers," Walker said. "It's nothing new to us. That's unnecessary at this point. Nobody really cares what people think. At the end of the day, we want to win. We have one goal: We want to win the gold medal. And we want to be here."
"This is do-or-die now," Harris said. "There are no more exhibitions, no more mulligans at it. We've talked about how important every single possession is in the FIBA game. You have 40 minutes of 'can't turn the ball over, can't make mental mistakes'. Now it is 40 minutes of being locked in and we have enough depth on this team, on the roster, to play maximum effort whenever you're on the court."
"We obviously hear the noise," said Harrison Barnes, the only member of that Olympic team who is on this World Cup roster. "But at the end of the day, we're the ones that are putting in the time, we're the ones that have to live with the results and we're the ones who have to come together as a team. I think that's what's most important."
Tommy Sheppard is in Shanghai for the group stage of the FIBA World Cup to watch Rui Hachimura and Team Japan take on a tough Group E, a field that includes the Czech Republic, Turkey and the United States. It’s an unusual move, one that certainly isn’t expected out of someone running the entire basketball operations for an NBA team.
Here the old master is working, it's the 22-year-old Mitchell who he's entrusting to guide this important enterprise. Popovich seems to see the leadership qualities in Mitchell that Jazz leadership and his Utah teammates have talked about for the last two years. "There's a lot of learning going on here," Mitchell said. "This last month has helped me in tremendous ways."
While Mitchell knows how important a big three weeks would be for his brand, this isn't about marketing. Popovich wouldn't tolerate such motivations anyway. Mitchell is serious about this. He's impressed his Team USA teammates with his intensity in practice and his film study in the run-up to Sunday's opener. "You wouldn't think he's the age he is, he's ahead of his years," Walker said. "He a natural-born leader. His skill set is unbelievable. He's a great player but he knows he has so much room for improvement. He wants to work."
For Team USA's Harrison Barnes, the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2019 FIBA World Cup is something he appreciates. He also is welcoming the chance to play for San Antonio Spurs and USA head coach Gregg Popovich. "Opportunity to come play for your country, compete with these guys, get better," said Barnes to reporters. "And the opportunity to be coached by a guy like coach Pop, who’s one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, and maybe in all sports history."
Nurse is having a blast doing the two things he loves more than anything outside his nearest and dearest: He’s coaching basketball and he’s experiencing a part of the world he has never seen before. “Are you kidding me?,” Nurse replied when asked about his time coaching Team Canada this summer. “I’ve never been to Australia, I’ve never been to China. Every day is fascinating to me. It’s such an adventure … You get to coach basketball, you get to play in an incredible tournament in incredible venues. I don’t know. I just come outside every day and look around and say ‘What an adventure? How could this not be fun?’”
“I’m excited about the competition on top of that,” Nurse said. “As a basketball coach, that is what you do. You live for the competition and try to figure out how to get a group of guys to beat another group of guys.”
Melvin Ejim, one of the few returning veterans on this team has been impressed. “He’s a good guy, man,” Ejim said following Canada’s first practice in Dongguan. “He’s fun, a great coaching mind, I think everything so far … there’s a reason why we’ve been growing step by step, every time we’ve been playing better, we’ve been improving things, and I think that he’s done a great job so far and hopefully, we can continue throughout the whole tournament.”
With Ricky Rubio coming from a great game and him being one of the most prominent NBA stars in the FIBA World Cup, the Spanish guard was asked during the press conference after the game between Spain and Tunisia to comment on the absences of NBA players. Rubio was cautious on his answer and also asked for everyone to focus on the players who are present in China: “It’s a tough question because I don’t know every case. Everyone has a different reason. You can’t judge them all the same way. That been said, of course, you want to compete, to give everything for your country, but at the same time you have to take care of yourself too. It’s either yourself or your family some times. Life is bigger than basketball, and we can’t forget that. Still, we can’t focus on the players who are not here. We have to focus on the players who are here in this tournament. The ones who are not, I bet they have a good reason for not being here”.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup will be special for every player, but Luis Scola has one additional reason to enjoy the tournament. At China, the 39-year-old forward will represent Argentina for the record-equaling fifth time in a World Cup. “I love the game and representing my country so much, that is more than just a game for me” he points out, FIBA relays. “I always feel an intense passion and love for playing the game at international level, to be here, with my teammates, wearing the blue and white jersey” adds Scola. “I know that a lot of the guys from my generation retired, but I feel like playing a bit more, so I am still here, older, but still here to be on the court, traveling and cheering for my teammates.”
Italy last played at the flagship event back in 2006, during the last World Cup held in Asia. One of the players who saw action for the Azzurri back then is San Antonio Spurs three-point specialist Marco Belinelli, who remembers his previous World Cup experience well. "Being back in the World Cup is a very big achievement," he said. "It's a great competition, and I was on that 2006 team. We had a young team then, but we've always seen this as a great and important competition."
From the first day this team got together in Las Vegas four weeks ago, Popovich has been trying to foster chemistry with the mashed together group. Indeed, he's held a few of his marathon dinners where he's tried to lay the groundwork. But them going out as a group on their own made him smile. "They've become close in a short period of time," Popovich said. "The camaraderie has blossomed, and I think that will bode well for us."
The loss last week in Australia wasn't a picnic and the players had to go from answering questions about all the stars who aren't with them to explaining how they ended their 78-game win streak. The cheer, for now, remains. "You have to enjoy being with people in order to feel responsible for them," Popovich said. "To be accountable to each other, you have to have some sort of empathetic bond. You have to love each other to a degree."
"We have great chemistry I think. We're getting along really well," Kemba Walker said after practice Friday at an international school in the Pudong section of the sprawling city. "We want to play for each other and that's the biggest thing."
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Spoelstra is almost afraid to say it out loud, but he prefers the polo look. “Pat would be shocked,” Spoelstra said. “There is so much less to think about. I feel more mobile. The thing I hate most about suits is wearing dress shoes.” Several head coaches echoed Spoelstra’s remark about how the casual look simplifies sartorial decision-making — and packing, a constant headache during normal times.
Frank Vogel, head coach of the Lakers, followed the same path out of the video room as Spoelstra. Before his first game as a graduate assistant under Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky, Vogel was scribbling scouting tips on the white board when Pitino approached. “You’re not wearing that, are you?” Pitino asked him. Vogel was wearing his only suit — a graduation gift from his parents. He told Pitino he was going to wear it for each game, and change out shirts and ties to avoid detection. Pitino would not have it. He invited Vogel to his house that night, and gave him 15 suits — Armanis and Brionis — plus the number for his tailor, Vogel recalled.
The coaches’ association has taken periodic polls, mostly recently two seasons ago, and found “overwhelming support” for suits over polos, Carlisle said. Carlisle spent two years as an assistant with the New Jersey Nets under Chuck Daly, perhaps the most fashion-forward head coach in NBA history. Daly had a sponsorship deal with Hugo Boss. On one road trip, he invited Carlisle to a Hugo Boss outlet for a shopping spree. “It was the nicest stuff I had ever had to that point,” Carlisle said.
While not typically a critique levied on the New Orleans Pelicans, a recent story from The Athletic’s Seth Partnow revealed a potential glaring weakness for the franchise. After The Athletic did similar reports for NHL and NFL franchises, Partnow took a look at the size of the analytics departments for each NBA franchise. While Partnow admitted to it likely being an incomplete sample size, the Pelicans not only had the smallest analytics department, they had just one full-time staffer in the department.
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He did show off more of a willingness to shoot in the scrimmage games as he was able to knock one down in their scrimmage opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. In fact, he took two 3-pointers in that game. The thing is, he hasn’t taken any shots from deep since then. “I went back and studied the game (against the Indiana Pacers),” said coach Brett Brown. “There was one time where I thought ‘Yep, you could’ve fired a perimeter shot’ and it wasn’t even really a three as I remember it. It’s not on my mind like it is everybody else’s. I think he has chewed up space when people sag in. He’s chewed up space and driven in.”
“I do concede when it’s blatantly obvious and he’s spaced out, for instance, we’re posting Joel or Al Horford as an example, and Jo ends up down in that low zone, we can’t have four people on the perimeter,” said Brown. “So there are times where he could grab a corner, sometimes no, sometimes he can be behind a backboard and playing in that dunker spot as I call it, but it’s old news to me, to be truthful. I feel like his head is in a good place to shoot it and produce, but I don’t see it as trepidation or lack of confidence. I don’t see it like that.”
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, those close to the situation believe the Duke product is clearly not in the right state to play in the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season: “When you watch him play, he clearly is not in condition to compete at the highest level,” said Windhorst on The Hoop Collective podcast. “As I watched him play two games, I don’t actually think they should have played him at all the way he’s playing. In fact, I talked to a scout who said to me he shouldn’t be out there right in the condition he’s in. He said to me he’s moving worse than he did in Summer League last summer when he got hurt in his first or second game.
One said that the compact comeback could be a true equalizer. Example: Some league insiders see Portland as a threat to upset the Lakers in a first-round series after welcoming back its previously ailing frontcourt pair of Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins. The other executive, by contrast, described the eight seeding games all teams must play before the postseason as a lengthy runway that will afford the Lakers, the Bucks and the Clippers time to regain their March form.

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The Pac-12 Conference’s most improved player could become its most valuable. Chris Smith is returning to UCLA for his senior season, putting off the NBA for one more chance to continue his dramatic upward college trajectory. Sean Smith, Chris’ father, made the announcement Monday. “Chris is returning to school due to too much uncertainty on both sides of the coin,” said Sean Smith, alluding to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the cancellation of workouts for NBA prospects and a delayed draft. “He’ll finish his degree and work to improve in the areas he needs to improve on.”
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Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and will return to the Bulldogs for his senior season, putting them in contention to be the preseason No. 1 team in the country. Kispert was a potential second-round pick, ranking No. 47 overall and No. 6 among small forwards in ESPN’s NBA draft rankings. But he, like teammate Joel Ayayi last week, is heading back to Spokane, Washington, to compete for a national championship.
The NBA on Monday announced the launch of an alternate telecast centered on sports betting for select games, the latest broadcast enhancement for the NBA restart. NBABet Stream will feature overlays displaying point spreads and odds, as well as betting analysis, beginning with the Oklahoma City Thunder-Denver Nuggets game Monday. The NBABet Stream broadcast is available on NBA League Pass, NBA TV via the NBA App and NBA.com through the league’s direct-to-consumer subscription product.
As much as he wanted to be with his New Orleans Pelicans teammates, was going back to basketball worth it under those circumstances? Was it wise to spend months away from his family — Lauren pregnant with their second child — during a worsening pandemic? His actions in the past proved that basketball isn’t everything to him, his family is. One night the answer came to them. When it did, it felt so simple. He would play and donate the remainder of his salary this season, about $5 million, to businesses, nonprofits and higher learning institutions that serve the Black community and communities of color.
“There needed to be a reason why I felt it was worth leaving my family and my pregnant wife to go into this bubble,” Jrue said. “I think that gave me a great reason to go back and play, to feel like I’m doing something for my people and this culture. Donating the rest of my contract was kind of the ultimate decision for why I was going.” The newly created Jrue and Lauren Holiday Fund has committed to donate $1.5 million to organizations and businesses in New Orleans, $1 million in Indianapolis where Lauren is from, and $1.5 million in Los Angeles and Compton. An additional $1 million will be given to Black-owned small businesses in 10 U.S. cities and $500,000 will go to historically Black colleges and universities.
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“So on that play, at replay, Olynyk, we judged that he took an aggressive swipe and he made some contact into the facial area of Kyle Lowry,” Guthrie said in the pool report. “At replay, in my judgement, I felt like that did meet the criteria for a flagrant foul. After reviewing that more postgame, and thinking about it a little bit more, to me, it now is more of a natural basketball play going for the ball and that the contact really did not rise to the criteria of a flagrant foul. In both of these instances and cases, though, as always, I know that the league office will review them as they always do all flagrant fouls and they’ll make their determinations at the end of the day on what they think they ended up, in their judgement, that it was. But we had our judgments in the live game.”
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