Simmons primed for Kawhi playoffs showdown

The Raptors’ All-Star brazen dominated a 76ers’ Australian star in their 3 meetings this year.

The Raptors won all 3 absolutely while Simmons had 24 turnovers, including a career high 11 in a 129-112 detriment where Leonard had 31 points and no turnovers. The usually diversion a 76ers kick a Raptors this season, Leonard sat out.

Kawhi Leonard has given Ben Simmons copiousness of problems in a past.Source:News Corp Australia

Game one of a best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final array is in Toronto on Sunday (EST).

The 76ers’ manager Brett Brown pronounced Simmons would ensure Leonard, though not exclusively with mixed Philadelphia players thrown during a three-time All-Star and former NBA Finals MVP.

“So it would be wrong to assume that’s his match-up for a series,” Brown said.

“For certain he will be on him, though we consider we will have opposite possibilities that we wish to uncover Kawhi opposite looks.”

Brown talked down a stress of a 76ers’ 1-3 unchanging deteriorate record opposite a Raptors, indicating to a vital trades both teams executed given their final meeting.

Ben Simmons renews his rivary with Kawhi Leonard.Source:AAP

The Sixers acquired Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in a Feb trade.

The Raptors combined Marc Gasol, a three-time All-Star centre and former NBA Defensive Player of a Year.

“Gasol is an implausible merger for them,” Brown, observant a Raptors became a NBA’s best three-point sharpened group after a Gasol trade, said.

Simmons does have bragging rights over Leonard in one other category. The NBA has announced Simmons’ 76ers jersey was a ninth many renouned during a 2018-19 unchanging deteriorate according to sales on NBAStore.com. Leonard was not in a tip 15.

LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers jersey was No.1, followed by Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Giannis Antetokounmpo, (Milwaukee Bucks), Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), Joel Embiid (76ers), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Kevin Durant (Warriors). Simmons sole some-more jerseys than teammate Jimmy Butler who came in 10th and timid good Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Paul George (Thunder) and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers).

The Lakers also sole some-more sell than any other group followed by a Warriors, Celtics and 76ers.

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Philly comes out on tip after furious brawl

Despite a third-quarter occurrence that saw dual players ejected, the 76ers seized a 3-1 lead in a first-round series opposite a Nets and could allege in a best-of-seven matchup with a home feat Tuesday.

Philadelphia, down by 10 points early in a third quarter, battled behind many of a second half before holding a lead on a run of 8 points by Embiid, who missed diversion 3 with a bruise left knee.

SIMMONS SILENCES CRITICS WITH MONSTER OUTING

Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid was during his overwhelming best.Source:AP

A impact asperse and layup by Embiid gave a 76ers their initial late lead during 102-101 but, after an sell of lay-ups and 3-pointers as good as turnovers, fell behind 108-107 on a basket by Brooklyn’s Joe Harris with 25 seconds remaining.

On a subsequent 76er possession, Embiid flipped a final of his 7 assists to Mike Scott, whose dilemma 3-pointer put Philadelphia brazen to stay 110-108 with 19 seconds remaining.

Brooklyn Nets brazen Jared Dudley and Philadelphia 76ers ensure Jimmy Butler get down and dirty.Source:AP

Australian Ben Simmons — who combined 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for a 76ers — stole a round from Brooklyn’s Jarett Allen and Tobias Harris sank dual giveaway throws for a final of his 24 points to bind a triumph.

Brooklyn Nets conduct manager Kenny Atkinson (third from right) restrains Jared Dudley.Source:AP

Caris LeVert led a Nets with 25 points while Brooklyn had 21 points any from Allen and D’Angelo Russell.

Cameroon star centre Embiid was released a extreme tainted in touching off an rumpus 4:18 into a third entertain that saw Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley ejected.

Jimmy Butler leaves a justice after removing his marching orders.Source:AP

Embiid, who had elbowed Allen in a face in diversion two, was whistled for a tough tainted on Allen that stirred Dudley to rush during Embiid, holding down a Sixers large man.

Butler swung his left arm during Dudley, who wound adult in a front quarrel seats with Simmons during one stage, to acquire his ejection.

NUGGETS STRIKE GOLD

Denver posted a second-best regular-season record in a West this deteriorate though it was Spurs that could have pushed a Nuggets to a domain of rejecting with a victory.

Instead, a Nuggets strike 15-of-31 points from 3-point operation and snapped a 14-game losing strain in San Antonio dating to Mar 2012, with Jokic and Jamal Murray’s 24 points heading a way.

“We haven’t won here in a while. That was on a minds,” Murray said. “Now we go behind home 2-2. We’ll pierce a same defensive appetite and get a pursuit done.”

Deadlocked with a horde Spurs 54-54 during half-time after erasing a 12-point deficit, a Nuggets surged brazen in a third quarter, interjection in partial to a sum run of 28 mins but a turnover.

Murray began a 12-3 Denver run with a 3-pointer and a impact asperse and Jokic combined 4 giveaway throws as a Nuggets non-stop an 83-72 lead and stretched a domain to 91-79 entering a fourth quarter.

The Spurs came no closer than 10 points a rest of a way, with San Antonio’s De Mar DeRozan ejected in a shutting mins after forcefully throwing a round in frustration.

“The group was great. The group was amazing,” Murray said. “A contingency win tonight and we did it. We all trust in any other.”

The array continues with diversion 5 Tuesday in Denver.

Later games Saturday find Milwaukee during Detroit and Houston during Utah with any visiting bar heading a array 2-0.

The NBA also announced a $15,000 excellent on Saturday opposite Portland brazen Maurice Harkless for tossing his wipe into a stands in a final seconds of a 120-108 detriment Friday during Oklahoma City. Harkless was given a technical tainted and ejectedfor a move.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

AT BROOKLYN

Philadelphia 76ers 112 Brooklyn Nets 108 (Philadelphia 76ers leads array 3-1)

AT DETROIT

Milwaukee Bucks 119 Detroit Pistons 103 (Milwaukee Bucks leads array 3-0)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

AT SAN ANTONIO

Denver Nuggets 117 San Antonio Spurs 103 (San Antonio Spurs 2 Denver Nuggets 2)

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We’re propitious to have him: Warriors faith in Bogut

Bogut, who won a championship with Golden State in 2015, rejoined a group as a backup in Mar after a stand-out NBL deteriorate with a Sydney Kings.

He will, however, see a lot some-more play-off movement now Cousins is sidelined.

Kerr could have started 23-year-old large male Kevon Looney or brazen Draymond Green during centre, though pronounced he was assured in Bogut’s abilities.

Andrew Bogut will see copiousness some-more justice time in a playoffs.Source:AFP

“I consider Bogut will do a good job. He’s been good given he’s been back,” Kerr pronounced forward of a play-off diversion three, entrance after a teams separate a initial dual games of a best-of-seven series.

“This is because we got him – only in case. We were anticipating we wouldn’t have any injuries obviously, though that was a many exposed position.

“We’re propitious to have Andrew.”

Last month Bogut, 34, pronounced he was happy to only be along for a float and would be excellent fluttering a towel and entertaining his teammates from a bench.

Cousins is not suspicion to need medicine to correct his harmed left quad muscle, that he tore while using down a lax round in a initial half of a Warriors’ 135-131 detriment to a Clippers in Oakland.

Cousins, who in Jan done his Warriors entrance after a ripped Achilles tendon kept him off a justice for roughly a year, is doubtful to lapse during a play-offs as Golden State follow a fourth NBA championship in 5 seasons.

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America blows adult over ‘atrocious’ farce

Unfortunately for fans of a Red Raiders they were on a wrong side of a vicious call in overtime that put Virginia on a approach to a 85-77 win and a place in history.

Texas Tech trailed by dual points with 1:40 remaining in overtime when ensure Davide Moretti chased a lax round down court. As he attempted to benefit possession it was poked out of his palm by De’Andre Hunter, though a delayed suit replay suggested his fingers were a final to graze a round before it went out.

The overturned preference incited a diversion on a head.

Instead of giving Texas a round and a possibility to tir a game, Virginia went adult a other finish and extended their lead.

Just like that — with a scores during 77-73 — Texas’ suggestion was broken.

The Red Raiders refused to go divided progressing in a mad finish and took their initial lead of a second half during 66-65 with 35 seconds on a time in law time.

Two purchase giveaway throws to Norense Odiase done it a three-point lead before Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter strike zero though net from a dilemma to tie it during 68-68 with 12 seconds remaining.

Jarrett Culver’s try to retake a lead struck iron though Hunter — after grabbing a miscarry — inexplicably by a round divided in a impulse of panic to give a Raiders one final possibility with one second to make a tie-breaking score.

Culver’s unfortunate try from a dilemma was blocked and a diversion headed to overtime.

Hunter gave Virginia an early lead from a tainted line before Matt Mooney followed a purchase triple with a burst shot in all sorts of trade to put Texas Tech adult 73-70.

But Virginia came true behind as Kyle Guy done dual giveaway throws and Hunter strike another dilemma 3 for a 75-73 advantage with dual mins remaining.

A pivotal call went opposite Davide Moretti ensuing in a Texas Tech turnover and it was all Virginia from there as they done an 11-0 run to put a diversion away.

Hunter emerged as a star Virginia desperately indispensable in a second half as he exploded to finish with 27 points and 9 rebounds.

Guy also had 24 points for a first-time champions — adequate to see him voted a Final Four’s many superb actor after his essential tainted shots sent Virginia to a inhabitant pretension game.

Brandone Francis led Texas with 17 points on a night where 5 players all reached double-digits in scoring for a a runners-up.

It usually wasn’t utterly enough.

The diversion didn’t seem to be headed for a classical as Texas Tech crawled out of a blocks and was down 17-7 after 10 minutes. But a third-seed rallied and reeled off a 16-4 run to take a lead late in a initial half.

Virginia steadied to take a 32-29 advantage into halftime and was starting to mangle divided adult 53-43 with 10 mins to play.

It went right down to a handle from there — and usually a quarrelsome arbitrate preference in overtime and Virginia’s cold heads down a widen valid to be a difference.

De’Andre Hunter was on fire. Picture: Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

Recent NCAA men’s basketball champions

2019 — Virginia (defeated Texas 85-77)

2018 — Villanova (defeated Michigan 79-62)

2017 — North Carolina (defeated Gonzaga 71-65)

2016 — Villanova (defeated North Carolina 77-74)

2015 — Duke (defeated Wisconsin 68-63)

2014 — Connecticut (defeated Kentucky 60-54)

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