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Sports NBA playoffs 2022 live updates: Luka Doncic listed as 'day-to-day' but is out for Game 1

20:55  16 april  2022
20:55  16 april  2022 Source:   usatoday.com

Penguins will need to do some salary cap navigation this offseason

  Penguins will need to do some salary cap navigation this offseason After a record-breaking 15-straight playoff appearances, and a 16th seemingly a given, the Pittsburgh Penguins will head into the 2022 offseason with some difficult questions regarding their core. © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) talks with defenseman Mike Matheson (5). Once contracts expire, the Penguins will sit with a $51.5M cap hit, leaving $31M in space, what should feel like a comfortable number. This $51.5M cap hit includes the $8.

For NBA fans, there is no better time on the NBA calendar than the start of the postseason.

With the final two playoff spots determined with Friday night’s play-in games, the chase for the NBA championship officially begins with four playoff games on Saturday.

And the play-in games provided a perfect appetizer. The game that decided the No. 8 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks had the feel of a Game 7. And the L.A. Clippers-New Orleans Pelicans matchup that decided the No. 8 seed in the West had it all, with the Pelicans finally taking control late in the fourth quarter.

After missing playoffs again, has Lakers' investment in LeBron James and Anthony Davis been a bust?

  After missing playoffs again, has Lakers' investment in LeBron James and Anthony Davis been a bust? After acquiring LeBron James and then Anthony Davis, the Lakers eyed multiple titles. Instead they missed the playoffs twice in the LeBron era.By once the games began, the Lakers were average, and by the final of week of the season, they weren’t very good at all — a $150 million roster with big names and nothing to show for it.

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This season’s playoffs have a ton of compelling angles. Can the Phoenix Suns win their first NBA title? Will the Milwaukee Bucks repeat? Can Stephen Curry return and deliver the Golden State Warriors their fourth title in eight seasons? Can the upstart Memphis Grizzlies spring a surprise?

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was ruled out the rest of the regular season after he sprained a ligament in his left foot on March 16, but he will return for Game 1 Saturday. © Darren Yamashita, USA TODAY Sport Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was ruled out the rest of the regular season after he sprained a ligament in his left foot on March 16, but he will return for Game 1 Saturday.

Follow along as the USA TODAY Sports network keeps you up to date with the action as it unfolds.

Doncic has 39 points, 11 rebounds, 16th tech in Mavs' win

  Doncic has 39 points, 11 rebounds, 16th tech in Mavs' win DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic had 39 points, 11 rebounds and his 16th technical foul of the season for the Dallas Mavericks, who will open the playoffs at home for the first time since 2011 after their 128-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. The Mavericks will play their regular-season finale Sunday without Doncic, unless the technical foul is rescinded by the NBA office. If upheld, his 16th of the season means an automatic one-game suspension. “I got a technical asking how is that not a foul ... that’s it,” said Doncic, who was undercut and knocked down by Portland’s Elijah Hughes when taking a shot from beyond midcourt at the end of the first quarter.

Major changes could be coming if Utah Jazz fall in first round

Perhaps no team in the NBA playoffs has more riding on the first round than the Utah Jazz, who face the Dallas Mavericks today at 1 p.m. ET. They have failed to advance past the first round in two of the past three seasons. And in three second-round appearances, they have won just three games. With Dallas’ Luka Doncic listed as "day-to-day" and out for Game 1, it appears the path to the second round could be wide open. If they do fail, there could be some franchise-altering changes this summer, according to news reports. To put a finer point on it, it could mean the end of the All-Star Donovan Mitchell-Rudy Gobert tandem. Even coach Quin Snyder could depart. And Utah is limping into the postseason. Their longest win streak in two months is three games, and they are 23-24 since the start of the calendar year.

Can Jalen Brunson help fill the void with Luka Doncic out?

Utah Jazz Quin Snyder said that when you see a team like Dallas playing without star Luka Doncic, "You see other guys who are really good players have opportunities. Collectively, their team is capable of finding a high level." For the Mavericks, can that player be Jalen Brunson? The Mavs’ second-round draft pick in 2018, Brunson averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 assists for the Mavericks. He played at Villanova, winning two national championships and was named National Player of the Year as a junior.

Doncic can play in Mavs' finale after NBA rescinds 16th tech

  Doncic can play in Mavs' finale after NBA rescinds 16th tech Luka Doncic will be able to play for the Dallas Mavericks in their regular-season finale after the NBA office rescinded his 16th technical foul of the season Saturday, wiping out an automatic one-game suspension. The Mavericks, already guaranteed opening the playoffs at home, host San Antonio on Sunday night. They still have the possibility of moving up to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. It was the second time this season that the league rescinded a technical foul called against the All-Star guard. Doncic got his latest tech at the end of the first quarter of the Mavericks' 128-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

Luka Doncic out for Game 1

The availability of Luka Doncic looms large over the Dallas Mavericks-Utah Jazz series. Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said during his pregame availability on Saturday that Doncic is day-to-day but will not play in Saturday’s Game 1. Doncic suffered a strained left calf in the regular season finale. He didn’t practice at all during the week and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported there’s "a great deal of skepticism" within the organization on Doncic’s availability the entire first-round. Jalen Brunson will start in Doncic’s place.

Can Ben Simmons make debut against Celtics

When the Brooklyn Nets acquired Ben Simmons at the NBA trade deadline, the expectation was that he could provide the kind of defense that could transform the Nets from a play-in participant to a legitimate title contender. According to reports, Simmons has had a significant recovery from a back injury that has kept him off the court. There is now hope that Simmons could make his season debut at some point in the Nets’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, with Game 1 set for Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Mavs put no timetable on Doncic return with playoffs looming

  Mavs put no timetable on Doncic return with playoffs looming DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks are not putting a timetable on Luka Doncic's return from a calf strain four days before the opener of a first-round playoff series against Utah. The team said Tuesday that the 23-year-old superstar had begun treatment. Doncic strained his left calf late in the third quarter of what turned out to be a meaningless regular-season finale against San Antonio on Sunday. Dallas opens the playoffs at home Saturday against the Jazz. The fourth-seeded Mavericks have home-court advantage in the playoffs for the first time since they won their only championship in 2011. That's also the last time Dallas won a postseason series.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA playoffs 2022 live updates: Luka Doncic listed as 'day-to-day' but is out for Game 1

Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry week-to-week with lower-body injury .
The development is a concerning one with the playoffs approaching.With the playoffs beginning in just over two weeks, such a designation is highly concerning for the Penguins. Although it is possible that Jarry returns in time for the team’s first playoff game, this recent development is not an optimistic one.

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