How much abuse should a professional player be willing to take from a fan?

By March 12, 2019
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    Thompson was one of five Warriors named in a 35-player roster by USA in April last year, alongside Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins.

    However, the 29-year-old Thompson said a decision over his availability would have to wait until after the NBA postseason in May and June.

    "You've got to ask me after the Finals," he said after the Warriors' 117-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA on Tuesday.

    "I don't have a good answer for you. A lot can happen between now and then.

    "It's an honour to represent my country. It's always fun to play in China but come ask me that in a couple of months."

    Thompson helped USA win the World Cup in 2014 and also gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    USA will face Turkey, the Czech Republic and Japan in Group E at the World Cup, which begins on August 31.

  • Bucks hand Lakers fourth consecutive loss Bucks hand Lakers fourth consecutive loss

    The Milwaukee Bucks put the Los Angeles Lakers into an even deeper hole in the NBA on Tuesday.

    Los Angeles fell to Milwaukee 115-101, making their postseason dreams all the more unrealistic. It was the Lakers' fourth straight loss.

    The Bucks entered the matchup coming off a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but handled the opposition without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat with an ankle injury. LeBron James also did not play in the contest, as he was dealing with a sore left groin.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the unlikely star, pouring in a game-high 35 points for the Lakers off the bench.

    Milwaukee were led by Khris Middleton, who contributed 30 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Lakers look even more unlikely to make the playoffs now as the Bucks continue to assert themselves as a dominant force. 

    The Eastern Conference-leading Bucks will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, while the Lakers will host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

     

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    Ben Simmons recorded a game-high 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists to help the 76ers top the Charlotte Hornets 118-114.

    Stephen Curry scored a game-high 36 points as the Golden State Warriors took down the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-107.

     

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    Philadelphia 76ers 118-114 Charlotte Hornets
    Houston Rockets 121-105 Atlanta Hawks
    Milwaukee Bucks 115-101 Los Angeles Lakers
    Golden State Warriors 117-107 Minnesota Timberwolves
    Brooklyn Nets 123-121 Sacramento Kings
    Los Angeles Clippers 115-109 Indiana Pacers

     

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    The reigning MVP's performance saw him make more NBA history as the Rockets extended their winning streak to three games.

    Harden is having a historic season – averaging 35.8 points, 7.7 assists and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 43.5 per cent from the field and 35.5 per cent from three-point range.

    The 29-year-old guard poured in 30 or more points in 32 consecutive games from mid-December to late February, a mark topped only by Wilt Chamberlain.

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