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Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday's game at Staples Center.

Lakers star LeBron James goes up for a dunk in front of Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

New Orleans never led by more than five points, and the Lakers secured their 30th win of the season, winning 125-119

Trae Young Isn’t Wearing Down; He’s Getting Better Michael Cunningham | AJC.com

Nobody Seems To Have Answers Gary Washburn | Boston Globe

Celtics Notebook: Aron Baynes close to return Mark Murphy | Boston Herald

Photo: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook Isn’t Having The Season You Think He Is Matt Moore | The Action Network

NBA’s Best 25 Players Under Age  25 Chris Herring/Bobby Marks/Kevin Pelton | ESPN

The Raptors Are The NBA’s Mystery Contender Paul Flannery | SB Nation

Harris Continues To Show Why He Is So Valuable Tom West | Liberty Ballers

Luka Doncic Is a Sore Loser He’s a Sensation Marc Stein | New York Times

David Frizdale explains what’s behind his relentless optimism Zach Braziller | New York Post 

Joakim Noah’s Career Revival Chris Kern | Beale Street Bears

Drummond Is NBA’s Best Scorer In Restricted Area Since His Return Bryan Kalbrosky | Hoops Hype

Photo: From (The Athletic)

The people and places keeping the Black Fives Era alive Moke Hamilton | The Athletic 

Warriors aim to gain momentum against Heat Jannelle Moore | Bball Index

Markkanen Is Still Beasting Vijay Vemu | Blog A Bull

Donovan Mitchell’s get to the line more frequently, and it has bumped his scoring average Andy Larsen | The Salt Lake Tribune

Rockets Slip by Hornets for third consecutive win Hunter Atkins | Houston Chronicle

The Wolves’ Wing Depth Pietro Caddeo | Bball Index

 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT, HARPER, ALTUVE, MCCUTCHEN & MORE

Nationals sluggers Bryce Harper and Matt Adams were claimed by unidentified organizations on revocable trade waivers, according to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post (Twitter link). They join fellow left-handed hitting Nats veteran Daniel Murphy as pending free agents who were not able to make it through the waiver wire. The fact that teams were awarded claims on these players does not, of course, mean … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REPORT, HARPER, ALTUVE, MCCUTCHEN & MORE

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, spoke to reporters on Saturday afternoon and revealed that he had spoken extensively to Brian Cashman, his counterpart with the Yankees, the day before. It was a cordial chat, no doubt, but surely no substantive strategic plans were divulged. For, just as their teams are … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba isn’t here for hangers-on. After being selected sixth in Thursday’s NBA draft, the 7-foot-1 center shot down chatter he was involved with a young woman, after the Instagram user posted a photo of the two, leaving followers to ponder their relationship status. Modal TriggerMo BambaNBAE/Getty Images “I honestly really don’t even … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS-BRADY-RODGERS-SEAHAWKS-GRUDEN

Tom Brady still isn’t at this spring’s organized team activities. Brady has been working out, throwing with Julian Edelman, in the practice bubble in Foxborough on a “semi-regular’’ basis, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Mike Giardi. Delanie Walker coming off another Pro Bowl campaign, which happened to be his third-best season in his career, the Central Missouri product is … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS-BRADY-RODGERS-SEAHAWKS-GRUDEN

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS-FREE AGENTS-KERSHAW-ALL STAR BALLOTS

Clayton Kershaw lasted only five innings in his return from the disabled list and will have an MRI on his back Friday. Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo had a controversial slide into Pittsburgh catcher Elias Diaz on Monday that the league said should have been ruled interference on Rizzo. Then on Wednesday the benches cleared after Pirates starter … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS-FREE AGENTS-KERSHAW-ALL STAR BALLOTS

CLEVELAND CAVS ADVANCE TO THE 2018 NBA FINALS

The best two words in sports are Game 7. On Sunday, the Cavaliers came back from an early 12-point deficit to hand the Boston Celtics their first home loss of the postseason. Cleveland advances to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, where they’ll await the winner of the Warriors and Rockets in Monday’s Game 7. By CBSSports … Read moreCLEVELAND CAVS ADVANCE TO THE 2018 NBA FINALS