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It’s official: NBA will have a play-in series in the West

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It’s now official: There will be a play-in series to determine the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Memphis’ 108-99 loss to Toronto on Sunday means that it’s no longer possible for more than a four-game difference in the standings between the eighth- and ninth-place finishers in the West when the seeding game schedule ends later this week.

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By the rules the NBA set for this season’s restart, there had to be more than a four-game cushion for the No. 8 team to get the final playoff spot outright. The league decided to add the play-in series option in an abundance of fairness, since about 14% of the regular season schedule was eliminated because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Memphis remains alone in eighth place, even after Sunday’s loss. No team has clinched a spot in the play-in series; the Grizzlies could have assured themselves of no worse than that had they beaten the Raptors on Sunday.

Game 1 of the play-in series will be Saturday, with Game 2 — if necessary — the following day, Aug. 16. To advance and face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, the eighth-place team will have to win one of the two games and the ninth-place finisher would have to go 2-0.

ABC will air Game 1 of the play-in series on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Game 2, if necessary, would be Aug. 16 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.

There will be no play-in series in the Eastern Conference; Brooklyn and Orlando have secured what were the last two available spots on that bracket, with Washington — the only other team that came to Disney with a chance of qualifying in the East — already eliminated.

The playoffs begin Monday, Aug. 17.

“Obviously, that’s what everybody’s goal is,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said Sunday.

The matchup for the play-in will be known no later than Thursday. There are four seeding games on Friday, the last day of the regular season, though none of them will have any bearing on the West matchup.

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Doncic gets 17th triple-double, Mavs top Bucks 136-132 in OT

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Luka Doncic scored 36 points in his NBA-leading 17th triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks scored the last seven points of regulation to force overtime, going on to a 136-132 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Doncic also had a career-high 19 assists and 14 rebounds on the day the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year was named a finalist for the most improved award.

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“He’s getting better by the hour, by the day,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I was most impressed with his leadership throughout the game. Kept a real calm demeanor, kept guys playing during some tough stretches.”

Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks before fouling out in the final seconds hours after the reigning MVP was named a finalist for the award along with LeBron James and James Harden.

Brook Lopez scored a season-high 34 points for the Bucks, who have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

“It’s great to be in this situation,” Lopez said. “We’ve had a lot of these situations all year long so there’s a lot we can take from this.”

Doncic’s final assist was a between-the-legs pass to Maxi Kleber for a three-point play and a 133-128 lead.

After a dunk from Antetokounmpo, Doncic hit a runner to get the lead back to five with 11 seconds to go as the Mavericks kept alive slim hopes to get out of the seventh seed and avoid a likely first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers. Dallas played its third overtime game out of five in the bubble, winning for the second time.

“I’m feeling fresh and just trying to make the right decision,” said Doncic, who has three triple-doubles in five games since the restart. “Sometimes I take a shot and I shouldn’t have.”

Doncic hit two free throws with 21 seconds left in regulation, and the Mavericks forced overtime when two putback attempts by Milwaukee wouldn’t go in after a missed 3-pointer from George Hill.

“One of the most talented guys I’ve ever played against,” Antetokounmpo said of Doncic, his fellow All-Star for the first time this season. “He’s making the whole team better, and he’s going to keep getting better.”

The foul that sent Doncic to the line was originally called as the sixth on Antetokounmpo. The Bucks challenged, and the foul was switched to Khris Middleton.

The Mavericks scored the first nine points of overtime on a 3-pointer from Tim Hardaway Jr. and two more from Dorian Finney-Smith, extending to 16-0 a run that started late in the fourth quarter. Finney-Smith had a career-high 27 points with 11 rebounds.

In a matchup that included three of the four players averaging at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in the bubble, Doncic and Antetokounmpo hit those marks again. Dallas’ Kristaps Porzingis fell short, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Finished the first half on a 32-12 run after falling behind 50-39. Middleton’s three-point play with 1.9 seconds left in the half put Milwaukee up 71-62. … Lopez’s 21 points in the second were the most in any quarter in his career, and he finished five off his career best of 39 for a game, set in 2011. … Middleton had 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Mavericks: Carlisle and Doncic were assessed technical fouls in the second quarter after a no-call when Doncic went sprawling to the ground while driving between Lopez and Pat Connaughton and making contact with Marvin Williams. … G Seth Curry returned after missing two games with right leg soreness.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Play Toronto on Monday in a rematch of last year’s East finals.

Mavericks: Play Utah on Monday.

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Andrew Yang: Knicks may have gotten it all wrong again

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Andrew Yang is concerned the Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau coaching hire might not be the right fit. Nor is Yang convinced the Knicks new administration can change the team’s fortunes with James Dolan as owner.

The former Democratic presidential candidate who participated in seven debates believes he has reason for skepticism. The 45-year-old Westchester native had been a Knicks fan since he was a teenager. He recalls standing on line outside the Garden for special $10 tickets.

Yang, a vocal Knicks critic on his Twitter account, recently turned allegiances to the Nets because of all the orange-and-blue heartbreak.

In a 25-minute interview with The Post concerning his past Knicks fandom, Yang said his hope is Dolan will realize it is in Gotham’s best interests to sell the team and wonders whether new president Leon Rose’s vision will ever come to fruition.

“You want to be cautiously optimistic,’’ Yang said. “Turning over a new leaf is a positive. The main lens you have for Leon Rose is the sense he’s a relationship guy. The concern you have is: Will he hope to be saved by some epic free-agent haul with his high-powered former clients? That concern is somewhat reflective of hiring Thibodeau with whom Rose had a prior relationship.

“You look at Thibodeau with a track record of success, Knicks heritage and DNA. This team has needed an identity, discipline, structure. He provides those things — all positives. You think, “so far so good.” But there’s also a concern Thibodeau is the hire [you make] when you’re ready to compete, and this team is somewhat not ready to compete. Is that a fit?”

Before getting into politics, Yang, a Columbia Law School graduate, founded a variety of startups, including the nonprofit Venture for America that helped recent college graduates become entrepreneurs.

Yang’s latest nonprofit Humanity Forward has distributed $8 million to mostly New York residents during the pandemic.

“I hope the Knicks do well for New York’s sake,’’ Yang said. “You don’t want your hometown team to be a laughingstock, which they’ve been for some years. But I feel like my mental health improved the last few years not being a Knicks fan. It felt like a one-way street after a while. It felt like an abusive, bad relationship.

“I’ve been a hardcore Knicks fan all through my childhood,’’ Yang added. “I grew up on the Ewing Knicks, John Starks, Charles Oakley. And I avidly kept up with them through thick and thin, through the lean Isiah Thomas era with Eddy Curry and soured on them when they dumped Jeremy Lin and started just making bad decisions with their leadership. I became a Nets fan slowly at first. Over time, it’s become easier and easier as they’ve become a better team.”

The Knicks have missed the playoffs seven straight seasons — and have made the postseason just four times since 2001. Yang doesn’t see it changing anytime soon.

“Even if Thibodeau does a great job, I wouldn’t project a playoff run for them,’’ Yang said. “He’s inheriting a roster that’s so poorly assembled. The pieces don’t fit. You’re not even sure of the building blocks. RJ [Barrett] and Mitchell [Robinson] are starting points but after that it’s very fuzzy. It’s unclear if Tom Thibodeau is that figure. He strikes me more as compete-now, no-nonsense coach.

“There’s concern as a fan, this administration will have a hard time succeeding because they’ll be put in a position where they have to act like they’re going to be competitive immediately. You have to know where you are. If you bring in a win-now coach and you’re not ready to win now, is that the right move? And I’m a Thibodeau fan from his Knicks days, Celtics days and Bulls days. I would’ve been encouraged if the Knicks had taken a coach who had a track record of development of young players.”

And it all starts with Dolan, according to Yang.

“James Dolan is one of the reasons that team is so difficult to root for,’’ Yang said. “He literally banned fans for being passionate [he banned them for heckling him]. He banned heroes like [Charles] Oakley. I believe his ownership is producing a culture that makes it difficult for the Knicks to produce a winning team despite the fact they have major advantages over any team in the league and have the New York market.

“[Dolan] handed the keys to Isiah, Phil [Jackson] and Steve Mills — all of whom were objectively terrible. That has to start at the top. The best thing you can say about [Dolan] is he’s unafraid to spend money, but he hasn’t been able to install for the franchise the right decision-maker.”

Chants of “Sell the team’’ arose at the Garden before the coronavirus shut down the building. Forbes ranks the Knicks as the NBA’s most valuable franchise at $4.6 billion.

“If James Dolan wanted to truly express his love for New York and his love for the Knicks, he would sell the team,’’ Yang said. “He would look up and say, ‘I’m clearly not the owner this team needs. The team needs a new owner.’ There’d be people willing to put up billions of dollars.”

Yang said he felt the Knicks hit the low point last summer when Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving spurned Broadway for Brooklyn.

“It was the darkest time in Knicks history,’’ Yang said. “Even in the depths of Isiah’s and Phil’s terribleness, there was a sense of what the team was trying to do. But last year you had no idea what they were trying to do. They didn’t know. You had young players and brought in mercenaries on one-, two-year deals. I thought it would be such a disaster and I expressed it [on Twitter]. It was the worst Knicks team. Zero identity. Zero cohesion.’’

The Rose-Thibodeau ticket is something of a start, Yang said.

“It’s an upgrade from the last leadership team,’’ Yang said. “When you have a new leadership team, give them the benefit of the doubt.’’

But it will be hard for Yang, who was at the Garden for Larry Johnson’s four-point play in the 1999 playoffs, to come off the Nets at this juncture.

Yang started to lean slightly away from the Knicks when they let Lin walk in 2012.

“It had been tough to be a fan before then, and when Linsanity was such a bright spot for every Knicks fan, even my now-wife, who never had watched, then the fact we lost Lin over money struck me as so ridiculous,’’ Yang said.

“And it’s hard to give up on your childhood team. Even now I still keep up with what’s going on with them. And I know when they’re good, it’s very good for New York. In the 1990’s, it was an incredible unifying spirit, those Knicks playoff runs.’’

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76ers announce that All-Star Ben Simmons needs knee surgery

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All-Star Ben Simmons will have surgery on his left knee, a big blow for the Philadelphia 76ers and their hopes of making a deep run in this season’s playoffs.

The 76ers announced Saturday that Simmons will be leaving the NBA’s season-restart bubble at Walt Disney World. There was no immediate timeframe for his return, and it’s likely that no firm timetable on his recovery will be set until after the surgery.

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Simmons left Philadelphia’s game against Washington on Wednesday midway through the third quarter because of injury, officially diagnosed as a subluxation of the left patella. A subluxation is a partial and temporary dislocation; the patella is the kneecap.

Tests performed since revealed a loose body inside the knee, which led to the decision for surgery.

“After consultation with the 76ers medical staff and several specialists, Ben Simmons will undergo surgery in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee,” the 76ers said on Saturday in a team release. “The loose body resulted from a left patella subluxation he suffered in Wednesday’s game against Washington.”

Losing Simmons is the latest issue for a franchise that has endured many tough breaks in recent years on the injury front. The 76ers went 47-199 in coach Brett Brown’s first three seasons — the start of the infamous “Trust The Process” era — then improved to 28-54 in 2016-17 and have become one of the Eastern Conference’s top clubs in the three seasons since.

“I do genuinely believe that this can galvanize our group and bring us in sort of an inverted way together,” Brown said Friday, speaking of Simmons’ absence.

Simmons is averaging 16.4 points, 8.0 assists and 7.8 rebounds this season, and his 35.4 minutes per game leads the 76ers. The 76ers have clinched a playoff spot and cannot fall lower than sixth in the Eastern Conference, no matter what happens in the remainder of the seeding games.

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The NBA MVP finalists: Antetokounmpo, James and Harden

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This season’s NBA MVP has won the award before.

A trio of past winners of the award — reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, four-time MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and 2017-18 winner James Harden of the Houston Rockets — were announced Saturday as the finalists for this season’s top NBA individual honor.

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James would join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (a six-time winner), Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the NBA’s only five-time MVPs. Antetokounmpo is bidding to become the 12th back-to-back winner of the award, and Harden is vying for his second MVP in three seasons.

“He’s an incredible teammate, plays unselfishly, does everything,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said of Antetokounmpo last month, stating his best player’s MVP case. “And I think that’s kind of what the MVP is, so we certainly feel like he’s very deserving and we’ll be excited to support him.”

Antetokounmpo is also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, while Utah’s Rudy Gobert is bidding to win that trophy for a third consecutive season.

The league announced the top three vote-getters in six individual categories. Voting has already taken place by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

The NBA has not set specific dates when the winners will be announced.

None of the games taking place at the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World factored into the voting, because ballots were due before games began again July 30.

The league took the step of saying games played before the league suspended the season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic could factor into award consideration, out of fairness to the eight teams that were not invited to the restart.

The other finalists for NBA honors:

Rookie of the Year — Ja Morant, Memphis; Kendrick Nunn, Miami; Zion Williamson, New Orleans.

Most Improved Player — Bam Adebayo, Miami; Luka Doncic, Dallas; Brandon Ingram, New Orleans.

Sixth Man — Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers; Dennis Schroder, Oklahoma City; Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers.

Defensive Player of the Year — Antetokounmpo; Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers; Rudy Gobert, Utah.

Coach of the Year — Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee; Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City; Nick Nurse, Toronto.

GASOL VS. GRIZZLIES

Marc Gasol spent parts of 11 seasons in Memphis, going to three All-Star Games with a Grizzlies jersey on his back, earning two All-NBA selections there and a Defensive Player of the Year award as well.

And now, he’ll play against his former team for the first time.

The Grizzlies face Gasol and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. It’ll be the first game between the clubs since Gasol was traded to Toronto in February 2019 — a move that helped the Raptors win last season’s NBA championship.

Gasol said facing Memphis would be emotional.

“I got there when I was 16 years old. It was my first time out of Spain,” said Gasol, who still owns his Memphis home. “I started high school there as a teenager and left as a father of two kids. … My ties to the city and my roots go pretty deep and my love for the people there, what they mean and the franchise, it’s forever.”

Gasol helped Memphis make the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons including the 2013 run to the Western Conference finals. He is the Grizzlies’ all-time leader for minutes played, field goals made, free throws made and attempted, rebounds, blocks and triple-doubles and is second in points — 49 behind Mike Conley.

The Raptors were supposed to have played back-to-back games against Memphis this season, going there March 28 and then playing host to the Grizzlies March 30. Those games, of course, were called off because of the season suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Obviously it’s a little bittersweet that we couldn’t play in the city of Memphis, to get that love and feel that Iove from the fans,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “But I’m sure he’ll be happy to see some familiar faces and a lot of the people that he spent a lot of time with over the years.”

WORKING WIZARDS

On Friday, the Washington Wizards were eliminated from playoff contention.

On Saturday, they practiced.

The Wizards knew they were playoff longshots even before coming to the NBA’s restart at Disney, especially since Bradley Beal didn’t make the trip because of injury and Davis Bertans opted not to play because of health concerns.

But these eight games — Washington is 0-5 at Disney with three games left — were considered learning opportunities for the team’s young players, and a chance to get some high-level work in before the offseason starts. And just because the playoff chances are now gone doesn’t mean Wizards coach Scott Brooks is changing his thinking on that front.

“It’s about getting better,” Brooks said. “You know, I love our group. We want to keep improving. And the record, I’m not happy with it but I’m happy with our effort after every game that we’ve been in.”

Brooks has told his team repeatedly at Disney that the losses go on his record, not theirs.

“You can’t waste the days, you have to keep working on each day and keep improving and it’s hard,” Brooks said. “It’s hard to go through, you know, five losses in a row. But in order to get where we need to get to, you’re going to have to deal with it. You’re going to have to be able to handle it. You’re going to have to be able to get better from it, and it also has to hurt, going through it. And that’s fine.”

BUCKS CLINCH

The road to the NBA championship will go through Milwaukee’s white uniforms.

The Bucks have secured the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs for the second consecutive year, the clincher coming when the Los Angeles Lakers lost to Indiana on Saturday.

Ordinarily, that would come with the right to host Game 1 and Game 7 of every series. This year, it just means that the Bucks will be called the home team in those games in each postseason round that they reach.

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Ex-NBA player John Amaechi explains White privilege as ‘the absence of inconvenience’

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White privilege is undoubtedly a touchy subject for most people but former NBA center John Amaechi articulately explained what the phrase meant to him in a video on Wednesday.

Amaechi, a distinguished psychologist who was the first NBA player to speak out about being gay while playing professional basketball, broke down White privilege in a video for BBC Bitesize.

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“Privilege is a hard concept for people to understand because normally when we talk of privilege, we think of immediate, unearned riches and tangible benefits for anyone who has it,” he said. “But White privilege – and indeed, all privilege – is about the absence of inconvenience, the absence of an impediment or challenge. As such when you have it, you really don’t notice it. But when it’s absent, it affects everything you do.”

He compared and contrasted the so-called different types of privilege in the world such as being born into a rich family vs. being born poor and being born able-bodied vs. being confined to a wheelchair.

“I have two very close friends who are wheelchair users and when I first met them, I was completely ignorant in the various ways their lives are made harder through no fault of their own,” he said. “Some of these ways are simply thoughtless but some of them are just the way we live. Just the way we build infrastructure, the way everything works, that just makes their life harder than mine.”

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He explained that even as White people reflect on how hard their lives are or not while watching his video, they can still have White privilege.

“White privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t worked hard or don’t deserve the success you’ve had,” he said. “It doesn’t mean your life isn’t hard or that you’ve never suffered. It simply means that your skin color has not been the cause of your hardship or suffering.”

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Amaechi played in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz between 1995 and 2003. He also made several stops in Europe. As a psychologist, he was awarded with an honorary degree of doctor of science at Manchester Metropolitan University and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his service in sports and his volunteer work.

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‘Mad Men’ star January Jones appears to shoot her shot with notoriously quiet NBA star

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“Mad Men” star January Jones appeared to be shooting her shot from deep three-point range on Thursday night while watching the Los Angeles Clippers take on the Dallas Mavericks.

Jones posted two photos of Clippers star Kawhi Leonard in a postgame interview. Leonard led the team with 29 points, six rebounds and five assists in the 126-111 victory.

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The Emmy Award-winning actress wondered whether Leonard could be her future boyfriend. She added some heart-eye emojis to one of the posts. The other one asked Leonard to give her a ring.

Unfortunately, Jones’ shot appeared to be off the mark.

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Social media users noted that Leonard has a girlfriend and two kids – the latest child being born in April 2019 just as he was gearing up for an NBA Finals run with the Toronto Raptors.

Leonard is notoriously quiet when it comes to his private life and is extremely basketball-focused when it comes to facing the media.

He joined the Clippers prior to the start of the ever-long 2019-20 season after leading the Raptors to their first NBA title. He partnered with Paul George to turn Los Angeles into a team that has a very good shot at making the Finals this year.

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Leonard is averaging about 26 points and 7 rebounds per game.

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Suns’ Devin Booker channeling late Lakers legend during team’s streak: ‘Kobe’s with me every day’

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Devin Booker’s channeling of the late Kobe Bryant is what has propelled the Phoenix Suns to four straight wins since the NBA’s restart, he said on Thursday after the team’s latest victory.

Booker helped the Suns with 20 points, 10 assists and three rebounds against the Indiana Pacers in their 114-99 win. The game also included a 20-0 run from the Suns and a shutdown of the Pacers’ T.J. Warren who was coming off a 50-point performance earlier in the week.

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The young star explained that his own “Mamba Mentality” is what has helped get the Suns to within striking distance of the final seed in the Western Conference.

“Kobe’s with me every day. You guys see what I put on my shoes with the ‘Be Legendary.’ It’s a reminder,” Booker said.

His performances since entering the NBA bubble in Orlando, Fla., have been nothing short of Kobe-esque.

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Since July 31, Booker has put together games of 27, 30, 35 and 20 points. One of those games included a win over the Los Angeles Clippers in which he hit a game-winning shot over Paul George.

Suns coach Monty Williams hasn’t been too surprised about Booker’s effort.

“This is how that young man plays all the time and everybody is just getting a chance to see it now,” Williams said, according to Arizona Sports. “I think it’s like an announcement to the rest of the world who wasn’t paying attention to him.”

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Phoenix is 30-39 overall after four straight wins in the bubble. With four games left, the Suns are two games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the West.

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Suns win 4th straight bubble game, top Pacers 114-99

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The NBA bubble appears to have given the Phoenix Suns new life.

Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Suns continued their improbable run in Disney World on Thursday, beating the Indiana Pacers 114-99 for their fourth straight win. The Suns have now climbed out of the basement in the West among the teams in Orlando, while keeping their postseason hopes alive.

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Devin Booker added 20 points and 10 assists and Cameron Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Suns pulled away with a 21-0 run that bridged the end of the the third quarter and the start of the fourth.

“The sky is the limit right now,” said Dario Saric, who was instrumental in the big run.

Malcolm Brogdon had 25 points, six assists and six rebounds to lead the Pacers, who fell to 3-1 in Orlando.

Trailing 75-72 with 2:10 left in the third quarter, Saric scored nine of Phoenix’s 14 points and Cameron Payne added the other five as the Suns finished the quarter on a 14-0 tear. Saric also had four rebounds during the stretch.

“We were playing with a bench that hasn’t really played together,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said of the team’s scoring drought. “We didn’t have a flow all night long.”

The Suns did most of their damage with Booker on the bench with five fouls.

Saric finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Payne chipped in with 15 points.

“We are feeling great,” Saric said. “This hasn’t happened overnight. Since the first week of May guys have been working hard every day. We really worked on our games and it has paid off for us. We are playing without pressure and playing freely.”

The win pulls the Suns out of the basement in the Western Conference among the teams in Orlando, passing Zion Williamson and the Pelicans. New Orleans lost to the Kings 140-125 earlier in the day.

The Suns started strong, jumping out to a 15-point lead in the first quarter, but it quickly evaporated as it turned into a back-and-forth game until late in the third quarter.

T.J. Warren was limited to 16 points on 7-of-20 shooting for the Pacers.

Warren had been red hot since his arrival in the bubble, scoring 32 points in a 120-109 win over Orlando. His 119 points over three games stand as the most in franchise history for a three-game span.

“We can’t forget we have been playing well up until this point,” Pacers guard Victor Oladipo said. “It’s just one loss.”

TIP-INS

Pacers: Were outrebound 53-38.

Suns: Booker made more free throws (six) than the entire Pacers team (five) in the first half.

AYTON LEARNING

Booker said Ayton is getting better with each game.

“He is doing an unbelievable job of screening and we are making good reads,” Booker said. “He’s grown. Every time out is a new experience for him to learn and he is picking it up. We still have four games left and we have to keep fighting though.”

UP NEXT

Pacers: Play Lakers on Saturday.

Suns: Play Heat on Saturday.

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‘The trading card market has been on fire,’ Panini America VP of Marketing says

Back in the 1980s, Jason Howarth was collecting sports trading cards just like every other kid.

“I was hoping that my cards would someday pay for my house and buy me whatever I wanted,” Howarth, Panini America’s Vice President of Marketing, said.

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However, there was an overproduction of cards, which devalued a product that was supposed to be built on scarcity. But when Panini America came into the U.S. market and bought Donruss Trading Cards in Texas, and won the exclusive license for the NBA back in 2009, the company started to build a product that was more rare, and it slowly, but surely, started to bring back the resurgence of trading cards.

Howarth now calls it a “global community.”

“We’ve been fortunate,” Howarth told Fox News on Wednesday. “The trading card market has been on fire.”

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Howarth, who has been working with Panini America for 10 years, joined the company right when they entered the United States market. Panini was predominantly known around the world for their stickers, but once they obtained exclusive rights to create trading cards for the NBA, NFL, and NASCAR, among other sports as well, the market began to ascend.

“People can see what people are opening online, and they can see cards all over the world instead of just going down to their local hobby store,” Howarth said. “Now, it’s a global thing.”

“Over the last two years, you get this NBA rookie class with (Atlanta Hawks guard) Trae Young and (Dallas Mavericks guard) Luka Doncic, that kind of comes up and really gets everyone excited,” Howarth added. “And then you follow that up with this year’s NBA class, (Memphis Grizzlies guard) Ja Morant and (New Orleans Pelicans forward) Zion Williamson, and then other guys step in from the rookie class whether it’s (Miami Heat guard) Tyler Herro and (Chicago Bulls guard) Coby White, now (Denver Nuggets center) Bol Bol is playing well. All of those guys get people excited.”

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A huge reason for the rejuvenated interest in trading cards might actually stem from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Since there were no sports for nearly four months, Howarth believes there was a desire for people to connect with sports and athletes. Another reason for the industry’s growth started six years ago when “case breaking” was introduced. People would actually live stream opening up cases of product on the internet, and it immediately started to elevate trading card enthusiasts into a global community.

“The people from a hobby community were a little bit slower to adapt in the past, but when the coronavirus pandemic happened, they were able to turn on the dime because they were so familiar with the case breaking idea and concept,” Howarth said. “There was a road map outlined in front of them, and they were able to just get everything to go online and go virtual. They were able to promote retail opportunities while there were shutdowns. They were performing great online, and Walmart and Target have seen phenomenal growth as well.”

Panini America has seen a huge increase in usage for its NFL Blitz and NBA Dunk apps for collecting cards digitally. The company gave away cards to encourage people to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic and it kept them engaged as well. According to Howarth, between both apps, they gave away over 600,000 packs of cards since March. Collecting cards digitally established a connection with a younger generation that is accustomed to being on their phones. Panini America also created a tool in the app called “Card Hunter,” which allows you to go around and search for cards to collect.

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“That’s when we started to see people really engaging in the app,” Howarth said. “People were spending a lot of time in those apps, collecting the cards and connecting with the community.”

Now, Panini is gearing up for the NFL season, and Howarth says that they are excited to see the 2020 NFL draft class, which features Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, Washington’s Chase Young, and a host of young talented running backs and wide receivers. Panini is focused on how it’s going to continue to engage and interact with collectors during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We’re certainly digging in on how we can continue to get collectors excited about trading cards, and doing some unique experiences, all socially distanced, all digital and virtual,” Howarth said. “The goal is to continue that connection with our players, the collector, and our products. Hopefully, we’re back to some level of normalcy over the next several months, but we have to operate on what we’re going off of in the next three weeks and keep pushing in that way.

Howarth continued: “The thing that has been unique during this pandemic, we all started to think about how we can do things differently in terms of how we engage and get our products in the hands of fans. Last week would have been the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City (NJ), and they have over 40,000 people go through there in four days. We don’t have it this year because we can’t get that many people together, but it will be interesting to see how we can connect with consumers even if we can’t stand in front of them with packs of cards. We’ll continue to do that with our physical trading cards products, and our digital trading apps as well as some digital content.”

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