LeBron James slams NBA challenge rule, says it needs to change: 'Makes absolutely no sense'

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Jason Kidd used both of his coach’s challenges before the fourth quarter in the Mavericks’ win over the Timberwolves in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Both of those challenges were successful, but, because of NBA rules, the Mavs were still without a challenge in crunch time of a playoff game.

LeBron James took the opportunity to speak out against the NBA’s challenge rule itself.

“Have to change that challenge rule!” the Los Angeles Lakers star said on social media. “No way you have 2 successful challenges and can’t anymore for the rest of the game! Makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE.”

Kidd used his second challenge on an out-of-bounds call that was ruled a jump ball midway through the third quarter. It was a successful challenge, but it was certainly a risky decision. Fortunately for him, the Mavericks

Luka takes over late as Mavs win Game 1 in thriller

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May 22, 2024, 11:17 PM ETOpen Extended Reactions

MINNEAPOLIS — Luka Doncic had 15 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 of his 30 in the first half for the Mavericks, who trailed 102-98 after a 3-pointer by Anthony Edwards with 3:37 left before an 8-0 run the Wolves didn’t stop until a tip-in with 10.5 seconds to go.

Jaden McDaniels had his third straight 20-plus-point game with 24 for the Wolves, but Edwards — who earned his first All-NBA selection prior to the game, on the second team — was stifled for 19 points in a team effort from the Mavericks. Karl-Anthony Towns needed a late burst

Luka Dončić leads strong close by Mavericks for 108-105 win over Wolves in Game 1 of West finals

Luka Dončić had 15 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 108-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 of his 30 in the first half for the Mavericks, who trailed 102-98 after a 3-pointer by Anthony Edwards with 3:37 left before an 8-0 run the Wolves didn’t stop until a tip-in with 10.5 seconds to go.

Jaden McDaniels had his third straight 20-plus-point game with 24 points for the Wolves, but Edwards — who earned his first All-NBA selection prior to the game, on the second team — was stifled for 19 points in a team effort by the Mavericks. Karl-Anthony Towns needed a late burst to get to 16 points and finished 6 for 20 from the floor.

The star power in this series is strong, and for the first night at least, the Mavericks got what they needed from their leading duo, while the Wolves largely struggled to run the offense around theirs.

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Dallas had a 62-38 advantage in points in the paint.

Towns came to life with a long jumper, a lob to Rudy Gobert for a slam and a 3-pointer on a

Luka Doncic, Kyrie irving combine for 63 points and help Mavs take Game 1

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Mike Curtis: Final: #Mavs 108, #Wolves 105. Dallas wins its first Game 1 under Jason Kidd and steals homecourt advantage behind a combined 63 points from Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Doncic had 33, while Irving scored 30. The Mavs are in the driver’s seat going into Friday’s Game 2.
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Kyrie and Luka have scored 30+ each against the Timberwolves in the two games they have played against them this season, both Mavericks wins – 11:09 PM Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Minnesota was 22nd in the league in 3PA per game this season. Tonight, the Wolves took 49 of their 89 shots from behind the arc. The Gafford-Lively combo

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Mother alleges Hornets' Ball struck son with car

Baxter Holmes, ESPN Senior WriterMay 21, 2024, 08:35 PM ET

CloseBaxter Holmes (@Baxter) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print, focusing on the NBA. He has covered the Lakers, the Celtics and previously worked for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times.

A North Carolina mother is suing the Charlotte Hornets and LaMelo Ball after the team’s star guard allegedly struck her son with his vehicle during an attempt to obtain Ball’s autograph.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday and obtained by ESPN, the alleged incident occurred in early October, when the Hornets hosted a fan-focused event at the Spectrum Center in downtown Charlotte called “Purple and Teal Day at the Hive.”

After attending the event, Tamaria McRae stated that her then-11-year-old son Angell Joseph, who is now 12, stood outside the arena’s employee entrance when Ball’s SUV exited the arena.

Ball stopped at a nearby traffic

Knicks' Brunson, Bogdanovic undergo surgeries

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May 22, 2024, 11:12 AM ETOpen Extended Reactions

NEW YORK — Jalen Brunson has had surgery to repair the broken left hand he sustained while the Knicks were losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Knicks also said Wednesday that reserve Bojan Bogdanovic had surgery on his left wrist. No details were provided about either procedure except that both players would be evaluated again in six to eight weeks.

Brunson was hurt in the third quarter of the Indiana Pacers‘ 130-109 victory over the Knicks on Sunday. He finished with 17 points, his lowest of a postseason in which he scored 40 or more five times, becoming just the fourth player to reach that mark in four consecutive postseason games.

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He finished with 32.4 points per game in the playoffs, second only to the 33 that Joel Embiid averaged when the Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in

Jokic joined by familiar names on All-NBA first team

Tim Bontemps, ESPNMay 22, 2024, 08:22 PM ET

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After winning his third Most Valuable Player award in four years earlier this month, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic headlined this year’s All-NBA teams by earning his sixth selection in a row and fourth overall on Wednesday.

Jokic, who was supplanted on the first team last season by 2022-23 MVP Joel Embiid of Philadelphia, led the balloting, the first year of the award being positionless — in part because of the annual slugfest between the two for the one first-team All-NBA center spot.

The irony is that Embiid is one of several players this season — along with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell, New York Knicks forward Julius Randle and Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler — who made All-NBA last season but wasn’t

Wemby makes history with All-Defensive selection

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NEW YORK — Victor Wembanyama‘s latest accolade was like none other.

The San Antonio center has become the first player in NBA history to make the league’s All-Defensive first team as a rookie. The league announced the teams on Tuesday, and Wembanyama appeared on 98 of the 99 ballots cast.

Defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert of Minnesota headlined the team and was the only unanimous selection. He was joined on the first team by Wembanyama, Miami’s Bam Adebayo, New Orleans’ Herb Jones and the Los Angeles LakersAnthony Davis.

“Coming into this league, obviously he had high expectations because he’s 7-3 and shooting step-back 3s. I think a lot of people paid attention more to that than what he actually did on the defensive end,” Adebayo said of Wembanyama. “So, for him to

The stars, schemes and stats that will decide these surprising conference finals

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May 20, 2024, 04:35 PM ETOpen Extended Reactions

After two thrilling rounds of the 2024 NBA playoffs, we’ve reached the final four teams vying for the title.

The defending champion Denver Nuggets? Gone, bounced by the Minnesota Timberwolves after a wild second-half comeback in Game 7.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, the top seed in the Western Conference? Eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks, whose trade deadline makeover created a dangerous championship contender around superstars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

And then there is the East bracket, featuring a matchup few could have predicted heading into the season: the league-leading Boston Celtics against the underdog Indiana Pacers, who needed a Game 7 win inside Madison Square Garden to reach their first conference finals since 2014. The Celtics, meanwhile, are here for the sixth time in eight seasons.

Ahead of each

LeBron James extends All-NBA appearance record to 20, Luka Dončić becomes supermax eligible

LeBron James is now the youngest — and the oldest — player to make an All-NBA team. And Dallas‘ Luka Dončić and Oklahoma City‘s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are in position to make around $1 million per game a few years from now.

Denver‘s Nikola Jokic and Gilgeous-Alexander were the only unanimous first-team selections on this season’s All-NBA team, which was revealed by the league on Wednesday night. They were joined on the first team by Doncic, Milwaukee‘s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Boston‘s Jayson Tatum.

On the second team: New York‘s Jalen Brunson, Minnesota‘s Anthony Edwards, Phoenix‘s Kevin Durant, the Los Angeles ClippersKawhi Leonard and James’ Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis.

The third team had James, Golden State‘s Stephen Curry, Sacramento‘s Domantas Sabonis, Indiana‘s Tyrese Haliburton and Phoenix‘s Devin Booker.

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