NBA NEWS-DRAFT LOTTERY-SUNS DRAW TOP PICK-CELTICS UP 2-0 IN SERIES

The Phoenix Suns‘ most important victory of the year came Tuesday, as the franchise won the 2018 NBA draft lottery. Barring a trade, this will be the Suns’ first No. 1 overall pick in franchise history. After a league-worst 21-61 season, Phoenix had the best odds to win the lottery. By Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer

The Phoenix Suns had the best odds to win the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and that’s just what happened as Josh Jackson apparently brought them some good luck. The Sacramento Kings jumped into the top three to get the No. 2 overall pick, while the Atlanta Hawks walked away with pick No. 3. By , CBS Sports HQ

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Our mock draft differs in two crucial ways from our recently updated top 100 prospect rankings. It uses the NBA’s official draft order, and it’s adjusted for NBA team needs accordingly. It also attempts to project which players will end up declaring and keeping their names in the draft. By Jonathan Givony, ESPN

On Tuesday night, Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith was given a Flagrant 1 for pushing Boston Celtics big man Al Horford during an alley-oop attempt. Smith made no attempt to make a play on the ball, and Horford was sent careening under the basket near the stanchion. By Dane Carbaugh

The Celtics beat the Cavaliers 107–94 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, but the big moment of the fourth quarter came from Clevaland’s J.R. Smith. Smith pushed Al Horford while he was up in the air as he was going for a dunk. Marcus Smart was not happy about the move from Smith and came over to confront him. By CHARLOTTE CARROLL

 

LeBron James had a tremendous Game 2, finishing with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the Cavaliers, as they lost 107-94 to the Celtics, to fall into a 2-0 deficit in the Eastern Conference finals. Aside from the loss, there was one other moment of misery for LeBron on Tuesday night, as he had to leave to the locker room late in the second quarter due to a possible head injury. By 

Kevin Durant went off, Houston’s shooters were silent. Was Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals indicative of a series to come, or merely one outcome within a long matchup? By ROHAN NADKARNI 

A New York man was arrested Friday for sending a threatening email to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, according to the New York Post. According to the Post, David Pyant, 27, was charged with aggravated harassment for the message he sent to the NBA offices in July of 2017. The league’s head offices are located in New York. By KHADRICE ROLLINS 

 

 

 

 

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