#NBA

.Brooklyn, NY, USA
Kevin Durant represents the Brooklyn Nets in NBA. (Photo credit: Instagram/KevinDurant)

  • Kevin Durant is set to feature for the squad in Tokyo alongside a new group of NBA stars
  • Nets star guard James Harden was forced to skip the Olympics due to a hamstring injury
  • The lineup reportedly also includes Cleveland forward Kevin Love

.Phoenix, AZ, USA
Cameron Payne top scored for Phoenix Suns with 29 points on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NBA)

  • Suns led the first quarter over Clippers with a scoreline of 25-22
  • Clippers were trailing by four points at the end of the third quarter
  • With just over 30 seconds remaining in the game, Clippers took the lead and it was 101-100 in their favour

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Kobe Bryant MVP Award. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The three worst teams in the season each had a 14% chance of winning the number one pick in the draft 
  •  Some of the top prospects in the NBA draft were Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley and many others
  • Houston Rockets in the season had to let go of their talisman James Harden

.Detroit, MI, USA
Only the 14 teams that did not make the 2021 postseason were eligible for the lottery. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@DetroitPistons)

  • Detroit Pistons have secured the first overall pick in July's NBA Draft
  • Houston Rockets will pick second and Cleveland will go third
  • Golden State Warriors had to settle for 7th and 14th pick

.New York, NY, USA
The Globetrotters were founded in 1926. (Photo credit: Instagram/Harlem Globetrotters)

  • The Globetrotters called on the NBA to reward the team's work in helping to spread basketball worldwide
  • Silver has fuelled speculation that the NBA is considering adding a 31st team to the league
  • The Globetrotters were founded in 1926, and are best known as a travelling exhibition team

Stephen Curry is reportedly nursing an injury. (Photo credit: Instagram/StephenCurry30)

  • Curry has won two FIBA World Cup titles with Team USA
  • He has never played in the Olympics
  • Curry will reportedly take the time off to nurse the lingering effects of a tailbone fracture

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Fourteen ping-pong balls numbered 1 through 14 will be placed in a lottery machine. (Representative Image: Unsplash)

  • The NBA Draft Lottery takes place on June 22 at 8.30 pm EST
  • The current system of the NBA draft lottery was decided in 1990
  • The 14 teams that did not make the 2021 postseason are eligible for the Lottery

.Philadelphia, PA, USA
Hawks led the second half by 55-50 over 76ers. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Hawks won the game 103-96 over Philadelphia 76ers
  • Hawks took a 4-3 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals
  • 76ers' Joel Embiid top-scored with 31 points, and Kevin Huerter top-scored for the Hawks with 27 points

.Philadelphia, PA, USA
Philadelphia 76ers will play a playoff decider game against Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@NBA)

  • Ben Simmons has been going through a poor run of form
  • His confidence has been completely destroyed during NBA playoffs
  • NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has issued a challenge to Simmons

.Phoenix, AZ, USA
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  • Clippers have lost the first game of the West Conference Finals 120-114 to Suns
  • Devin Brooker scored 40 points, tucked home 13 rebounds and made 11 asists
  • This is Brooker's first triple-double in NBA