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Beal, Dinwiddie to miss rest of season

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WASHINGTON (AP) Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie won't take part in the restart of the NBA season, two significant absences in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Beal is out because of a right rotator cuff injury; Dinwiddie announced that he is still testing positive for coronavirus and won't participate.

Washington, Orlando and Brooklyn are the three teams left in the chase for the final two playoff spots in the East. If the Wizards finish within four games of whichever club finishes eighth, then two games will be played to determine the No. 8 seed.

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Kyrie to be on social justice TV event

NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is joining rapper Common and others for a TV special calling for action following the death of Breonna Taylor.

Irving is producing "(hash)SAYHERNAME: BREONNA TAYLOR," which will debut Wednesday at 7 p.m. EDT on the PlayersTv digital and broadcast network.

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Bucks close facility after virus testing

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Lillard ready to return to playing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Grieving the death of a cousin and missing his mother, Damian Lillard struggled emotionally after the NBA shut down because of the coronavirus.

But he also found inspiration in his activism for Black Lives Matter and his flourishing music career.

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JR Smith grateful for chance with Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) JR Smith was not ready to wrap up his 15-year NBA career when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers in late 2018, and the ensuing 20 months were not much fun for the veteran shooter.

"I went through a very depressed state for a long time," Smith said Monday. "I'm a big video gamer, (but) I didn't even play (NBA) 2K anymore. I don't want to hoop, I don't want to work out, I don't want to play 2K, I don't want do anything with basketball."

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Celtics' Brown to continue justice fight

BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown is encouraged by the steps the NBA is taking to connect with its players’ desire to support social justice causes.

He also wants to see the league go further with some of those plans as it prepares to restart the season later this month in Florida.

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Pacers' Oladipo out of season restart

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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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