Draymond Green needs to focus more on basketball, less on media I What's Wright?

After Draymond Green’s pregame interview with the TNT crew in the Western Conference Finals, Nick Wright talks about why the Golden State Warriors star may be setting the wrong precedent for other players. Nick also covers Draymond’s relationship with NBA referees, along with issues involving the Dallas Mavericks bench decorum.

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Warriors' Porter Jr. out for G4 (foot soreness)

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DALLAS — The Golden State Warriors will try to eliminate the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night without veteran forward Otto Porter Jr.

The Warriors ruled out one of their valued subs because of left foot soreness at the morning shootaround before Game 4. Golden State leads the Western Conference finals, 3-0.

“He’s still sore,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said “We got to make the wise decision here. This gives him a couple of days to prepare for a possible Game 5 and we just don’t want to take a chance of harming his future availability.”

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If Dallas can stay alive by winning Game 4 on Tuesday, there will be a Game 5 in San Francisco on Thursday. If the Warriors, though, can sweep the Mavericks, they and Porter will have over a week off before the NBA Finals are scheduled to start on June 2.

Porter left Game 3 midway through

Zach LaVine “very much in play” entering free agency

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Research: Mikal Bridges the hardest-working player in the NBA

By | May 24, 2022

The Action Network is able to disclose the hardest-working players in the NBA, exploring the distance covered throughout the 2021-22 season and highlighting the calories each player and team burned on game days – revealing the hardest-working teams and stars. The Top-10 Hardest-Working Players Taking the No. 1 spot is Phoenix Suns’ wing Mikal Bridges. Bridges traveled an impressive 212.5 miles throughout the season and burned an estimated 38,055 calories. Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets fell short of first place by just 1.8 miles. The small forward, one of the NBA’s best dunkers, covered 210.7 miles during his 80 games last season, burning the most calories among the NBA’s top-10 hardest-working players. Tyrese Haliburton (206.7), Tyrese Maxey (206.1), and Scottie Barnes (201.1) complete the top-five hardest

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The Heat might not have enough to overcome the Celtics' defense

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BOSTON — Midway through the third quarter Monday night as the Celtics were pushing their lead to as much as 32 points, Rudy Gobert couldn’t resist.

“This Boston defense is tough” the Utah Jazz center tweeted.

This was both innocuous and accurate at a time when the Celtics were smothering the Miami Heat and rewriting a slew of records on their way to a 102-82 victory that tied the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.

But Gobert, it sure seemed, was subtweeting. He had a point, though maybe not his preferred one.

Gobert was noting the Celtics looked great on defense even though Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart was out with an ankle injury.

Gobert, a three-time DPOY, appears to still be salty that Smart beat him out for the award.

What Gobert was saying without saying, though, is the Heat were powerless to score against Boston in the half court, Smart’s absence

Celtics, fueled by 'urgency,' rout Heat to tie series

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BOSTON — When things have gone poorly for the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, it’s been when they’ve lost focus and allowed the Heat to speed them up and turn them over, leading to fast break points — the one consistent way Miami has scored in this series.

That was the formula Miami used to fuel its victories in Games 1 and 3. And so, heading into Game 4, Boston knew that in order to even this series at two wins apiece, it would have to avoid falling into those same bad habits once again.

Mission accomplished.

The Celtics were utterly dominant at both ends from start to finish, as Boston scored the first eight points and never looked back, cruising to a wire-to-wire 102-82 victory in front of a sellout crowd at TD Garden to send this series back to the shores of Biscayne Bay for

Heat calm despite drubbing: 'Proven we can do it'

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BOSTON — Despite a 102-82 drubbing at the hands of the Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra believes his team can return the favor in Game 5.

“We’ve proven that we can do it,” Spoelstra said. “The margin for error for either team — whatever they have done to us, we can do to them. None of us are happy about what happened tonight.

“This is part of the playoffs. There are these extreme highs and lows, particularly when you have two teams that are pretty closely, evenly matched. But we’ve proven that we can find solutions offensively in a lot of different ways.”

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What gives Spoelstra and his team so much belief is they have spent much of the season dealing with a variety of different injuries and still found a way to earn the best record in the