Thursday, April 26, 2018

Aaron Mansfield

Aaron Mansfield is a freelance sports writer. His work has appeared in Complex, USA Today, and the New York Times. You can reach him via email at aaroncmansfield@gmail.com.

Cody Riley of LiAngelo Ball-UCLA Shoplifting Scandal Declares for Draft

Cody Riley, NCAA Basketball, UCLA

The three UCLA freshmen involved in the November shoplifting scandal in China — LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley — were suspended for the entire season. Ball dropped out of school, and his father, LaVar, helped him and his younger brother, LaMelo, go professional in Lithuania. Hill and Riley, meanwhile, served their suspensions. But Riley might never actually suit …

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With Heat Season Over, Hassan Whiteside Again Vents About Playing Time

Hassan Whiteside, NBA, Miami Heat

A few weeks ago, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside vented about his playing time. He was unhappy that coach Erik Spoelstra would sit him on the bench when other teams went small. He later walked back those comments, saying he trusted Spoelstra. With the Heat’s season having come to an end Tuesday, however, Whiteside again aired his frustration. Hassan Whiteside …

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Marcus Smart May Return For Game 5

Marcus Smart, NBA, Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are all tied up, 2-2, after each team took care of home court. With the series shifting back to Boston, the importance of Game Five cannot be emphasized heavily enough. The Celtics are banged up, but they’ve stayed competitive despite a host of injuries. Getting scrappy guard Marcus Smart back would be a huge …

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Joel Embiid Is Getting Playoff Advice From…Draymond Green?

Joel Embiid, NBA, Draymond Green, Philadelphia 76ers

Draymond Green has been there and done that in the NBA postseason. He has played in three NBA Finals and won two titles, and his team is favored to make another run this year. Joel Embiid, on the other hand, has not. This marks JoJo’s first postseason appearance. Thus far, he has been great. His team leads Miami 3-1, and …

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Is Mike Budenholzer The Next Knicks Coach?

Mike Budenholzer, Atlanta Hawks, NBA

After an up-and-down season largely marred by losing Kristaps Porzingis to a torn ACL, the Knicks recently fired head coach Jeff Hornacek. Now, the storied franchise is searching for its next leader. Rumors have linked a number of big names, including Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and even Kenny “The Jet” Smith (that’s right), to the search. One darkhorse candidate, …

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Apparently, Giannis Antetokounmpo Used To Practice Mean-Mugging In The Locker Room

Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA, Basketball, Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been great thus far in the postseason. He is the biggest the Milwaukee Bucks have been able to tie up their series with the Boston Celtics, 2-2. In the Bucks’ win Sunday, Antetokounmpo played 40 minutes and racked up 27 points (on 12-for-20 shooting), seven rebounds, and five assists. He scored the game-winner, but none of his …

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NBA Playoffs Betting Odds: Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Game 3 Recap

Jimmy Butler, NBA, Minnesota Timberwolves

With the No. 1 seed Houston Rockets threatening to take a commanding 3-0 series lead, the Minnesota Timberwolves defended home court. Minnesota won their Saturday-night matchup, 121-105, to make their first-round Western Conference playoffs series 2-1. Houston was a five-point favorite, so the Rockets failed to cover the spread. Additionally, the game went over the Over/Under (O/U) of 214.5 points. …

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NBA Playoffs Betting Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3 Recap

Indiana Pacers, NBA, Lance Stephenson

The No. 5 seed Indiana Pacers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 92-90, in Game Three of their first-round Eastern Conference playoffs matchup in Indiana Friday night. With the win, the Pacers take a 2-1 series lead. Indiana entered the game as a 1.5-point favorite and thus successfully covered the spread. The game went under the Over/Under (O/U) of 208.5 points. Odds …

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NBA Playoffs Recap: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat Betting Odds

Joel Embiid, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers

The No. 3 seed Philadelphia 76ers and No. 6 Miami Heat continued their competitive series with Game Three in Miami Thursday night. Philadelphia came out on top, 128-108. Philadelphia successfully covered the two-point spread, while the game went easily over the Over/Under (O/U) of 216 points. Odds for Game Four will be released shortly at the BetDSI Sportsbook. We anticipate …

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NBA Playoffs Recap: Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 Betting Odds

LeBron James, NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers

The No. 4 seed Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the No. 5 seed Indiana Pacers, 100-97, in Game Two of their first-round Eastern Conference playoffs matchup Wednesday. The series is now tied at one game apiece. Cleveland failed to cover the spread as an eight-point favorite, and the game went under the Over/Under (O/U), which was set at 209 points. Odds for …

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