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Kings support protesters marching over man shot by police

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The struggling Sacramento Kings find themselves in the national spotlight and it has nothing to do with another disappointing NBA season in their sparkling new 2-year-old arena. Instead of looking ahead to the draft lottery as they wind down their 12th consecutive losing season, the Kings — like many nationwide — have turned their attention to demonstrators who have joined hand-in-hand on game nights to block entrances to the building. A wave of protests have followed the March 18 fatal shooting by police of Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man.

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Netflix And Shrill: Conservatives Are Fuming At Netflix Over Susan Rice

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With President Donald Trump renewing his attacks on online retailer Amazon this week, conservatives are directing their ire at another web giant: Netflix. Former Obama administration official Susan Rice is joining the streaming company’s board of directors, Netflix announced Wednesday. The news prompted outrage from conservatives who claim Rice misled the public about the 2012 attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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Hip surgery ends a lost year for Isaiah Thomas, who now faces an uncertain future

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This time last year, Isaiah Thomas was on his way to the first All-NBA appearance of his career, vying for the league lead in scoring while leading the Boston Celtics to their first 50-win season in a half-dozen years. Now, a year and two teams removed from the greatest heights of his career, the Los Angeles Lakers point guard has again come to a crashing low. The Lakers announced Wednesday that Thomas would go under the knife to repair the right hip that has now scuttled two seasons, and has generated massive uncertainty about what comes next for a perennial underdog and two-time All-Star who just 12 months ago appeared to be on the verge of a superstar breakthrough.

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DeMar DeRozan excused from Raptors for ‘personal reasons’

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DeRozan has been visiting his father, Frank, back in L.A. throughout the season. As the Toronto Raptors prepare for Saturday’s big game against the Boston Celtics, the status of star guard DeMar DeRozan appears to be up in the air. DeRozan, who was excused from Toronto’s practice on Thursday, has reportedly flown to his hometown of Los Angeles in order to be with his ailing father.

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DeMar DeRozan excused from Raptors to be with ailing father

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The Toronto Raptors don’t play another game until Saturday, when the top team in the Eastern Conference take on the Boston Celtics. Whether Raptors star DeMar DeRozan will be there to play that day is still up in the air. According to multiple reports, DeRozan was excused from Raptors practice on Thursday to fly to his hometown of Los Angeles to be with his ailing father.

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Which Injury Will Affect The NBA Playoffs Most?

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Which Injury Will Affect The NBA Playoffs Most?

FiveThirtyEight’s NBA podcast on what Kyrie Irving’s and Steph Curry’s injuries mean for the stretch run.

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner

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Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 29, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle talk about the news that Kyrie Irving recently had knee surgery and won’t be back for three to six weeks. How will the surgery affect the Boston Celtics’ playoff seeding? How would losing Kyrie for the first round of the playoffs affect the team?

Next, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs because of his own knee injury. The crew breaks down what that means for the Warriors and what their chances of winning the NBA title are.

Plus, a significant digit on an oddly important member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:

  • Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.
  • The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor took a look at how Irving’s injury may affect the Celtics.
  • Chris wrote about how the Warriors should adjust their offense without Curry.
  • Significant Digit: .700, the winning percentage of the Cavaliers when Jose Calderon is in the starting line-up.

Neil Paine is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight. @Neil_Paine

Chris Herring is a senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight. @herring_nba

Kyle Wagner is a senior editor at FiveThirtyEight. @kylenw

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Brad Stevens is the NBA’s Coach of the Year Hands Down, Apparently

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The regular season has another two weeks to run, but the clamor for Brad Stevens to be crowned Coach of the Year in the NBA could hardly grow any louder. On Wednesday night, Jaylen Brown sank a three pointer at the buzzer as the Boston Celtics dug out yet another unlikely win, 97-94 on the road against the Utah Jazz. The win was the Celtics’ second against one of the top four seeds in the Western Conference in five days and saw them complete their four-game road trip with a perfect 4-0 record, extending their winning run to five games.

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Brad Stevens is the NBA’s Coach of the Year Hands Down, Apparently

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The regular season has another two weeks to run, but the clamor for Brad Stevens to be crowned Coach of the Year in the NBA could hardly grow any louder. On Wednesday night, Jaylen Brown sank a three pointer at the buzzer as the Boston Celtics dug out yet another unlikely win, 97-94 on the road against the Utah Jazz. The win was the Celtics’ second against one of the top four seeds in the Western Conference in five days and saw them complete their four-game road trip with a perfect 4-0 record, extending their winning run to five games.

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