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Pacers' Oladipo out of season restart

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The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee.

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NBA emphasizes mental health in 'bubble'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part.

The Pelicans guard will be living in the NBA's "bubble" when 22 teams gather near Orlando, Florida, this month to resume their suspended season.

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Gobert looks forward after virus

There were the tweets from strangers. “I hate you.” “You ruined the whole world.” “You deserve it.” And there was the scorn from inside his own locker room, the presumption that he infected a teammate with coronavirus, the suggestion that his recklessness somehow caused the entire sporting world to come to an absolute standstill.

Utah center Rudy Gobert is still standing tall, after all that and more.

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Heat close facility after 2nd positive

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Florida virus numbers loom over NBA

The coronavirus numbers kept climbing Thursday, with a single-day record for new cases being set in Florida and the NBA revealing that the count of players and staff from the 22 remaining teams that have confirmed diagnoses of COVID-19 continues to grow.

The NBA numbers: nine more positive players from tests conducted between June 24-29 to bring the total to 25 who have been positive since mandated testing began June 23, as well 10 positive-testing staff members from the teams that will start arriving at the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida next week for the resumption of the season.

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Davis: Lakers' title chances improved

LOS ANGELES (AP) The sudden suspension of the NBA season was a double disappointment for Anthony Davis.

"It happened on my birthday, which is kind of a bummer because I couldn't do anything," the Los Angeles Lakers' seven-time All-Star big man said with a laugh.

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Bucks, Lakers focused on shedding rust

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers have all but guaranteed themselves the top two playoff seeds and face a balancing act when the NBA returns to action.

While other teams will be fighting for a postseason berth or playoff seedings when they play the final eight regular season games in Florida, the Lakers and Bucks will be looking to shake off the rust after a 4+-month hiatus wile also staying healthy.

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Nets plan to play despite virus cases

NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving aren't coming back. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren't going, either.

Spencer Dinwiddie is a maybe, with his status unclear after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus.

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76ers G Simmons healthy for restart

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons’ back pain threw his postseason status into uncertainty had the NBA season reached its natural conclusion.

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Grizzlies' Morant adds 12 pounds

Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA's hiatus, adding 12 pounds of muscle to help absorb contact when the NBA's likely rookie of the year fearlessly attacks the basketball.

And the Memphis Grizzlies point guard knows exactly what he wants when he leads his team to Orlando.

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