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NEW YORK – The NBA has handed Raptors head coach Nick Nurse a US$50,000 fine for his actions in Toronto’s 115-112 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Amalie Arena.

Nurse was fined for throwing his face mask behind the scorer’s table and toward the spectator stands, and for directing profanity toward game officials before exiting the court, NBA executive vice-president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said Sunday in a release.

“I just hope the money goes to a good cause,” Nurse said in a pre-game availability before Sunday night’s game in Cleveland.

The incident occurred after Pascal Siakam missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer that could have tied the game.

Nurse watched the final play while squatting near the sideline. When the ball rattled around the rim before falling out, Nurse ripped Cheap Basketball Jerseys off his facemask and flung it over the table and towards the boards.

A few people were stationed nearby but fans were not in the area as courtside seats in that section are tarped off.

“Today is a new day and I’ve got to do a better job,” Nurse said. “It’s a difficult job to do (while) wearing a mask (but) I’ve got to do better with it. I certainly respect the protocols and why we’re doing all that stuff.

“It’s just difficult to communicate when you’re wearing a mask in a game that’s got music and fan noise and all kinds of things that you’re trying to do. I’ve just got to do a better job with that.”

The Jazz took 41 free throws, compared with the Raptors’ 14. After the game, Nurse said it “just didn’t seem like they were going to let us win tonight,” without offering specifics.

The 27-shot difference in free throw attempts between the teams was the second largest in the NBA this season, topped by the 28-shot difference Houston had over Golden State on Wednesday.

Entering play Sunday, the Raptors were shooting 4.5 fewer free throws per game than opponents this season, the second-largest disparity in the league. Chicago takes 5.0 fewer per game than its opponents.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 21, 2021.

With files from The Associated Press.

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The Hawks have won seven straight games for the first time since 2016-2017. They’re currently the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, one game out of the 4th seed, and three and a half games ahead of the Raptors at the 11th seed. The win streak can mostly be attributed to Nate McMillan, he’s done a good job of keeping his Jerseys Basketball record perfect since he became the interim head coach on March 1.

The team’s defense and fourth-quarter play can be directly attributed to the coaching change. But just as Danilo Gallinari has been a significant factor in the recent win-streak, Bogdan Bogdanović can take the Hawks to an even higher level — a fourth seed. Chase explained just how Gallo’s recent hot-streak shooting only followed some shooting woes at the beginning of the year.

“Gallinari began his Hawks career injured. He played in just two of the first four games before missing nearly a month with an ankle injury, and when he did return, he looked like a shell of himself. In his first 17 games back, Gallo shot an abysmal 34.3% from the field while averaging just over 10 points and 2 rebounds per game… However, that all changed on a magical night against Boston.”

“The 6’10” Italian couldn’t miss, setting a franchise record for threes in a game, canning 10 of them in just 12 attempts, and ending the game with 38 points… Over Atlanta’s last five games (all wins), Gallo has managed to shoot 53.8% from the floor and over 50% from behind the arc, averaging 21.4 points per game and 6.4 rebounds.”

Just as Gallo couldn’t miss against Boston, Bogi couldn’t miss last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Coming off the bench, he shot 9-for-14 from the floor and made five 3-pointers in the victory. Scoring a season-high 23 points, it was only his second double-digit game since returning on March 2nd from an avulsion fracture in his right knee that cost him 25 games. He added six rebounds and three assists.

In the span that Bogi missed — January 11th through February 28th — the Hawks went 10-15. Since he’s returned, Atlanta hasn’t lost. Obviously, this isn’t all because of Bogdanović, but he has steadily improved his shooting since coming back. When playing 20 or more minutes in the seven games since returning, he’s shooting 51.4% from the field and 30% from beyond the arc — though he was 5-for-9 in last night’s win.

Bogi hasn’t quite found his groove consistently, but just as Gallo had to shoot out of his slump; the Serbian will need to continue to have more nights like these with the second unit. His only other game that made the four-year, $72 million worth it was the loss against Brooklyn at the beginning of the season. Bogi shot 7-of-14 from the field and 6-of-11 from deep, adding four rebounds. Expect more of these 20-point games from him, Gallo, and De’Andre Hunter when he returns. Travis Schlenk knew exactly what he was doing putting this roster together, having four of five guys that can explode at any point.

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Former No. 1 overall pick LaRue Martin is a perfect example of how the draft process in sports can be a crapshoot.

The Portland Trail Blazers used the top pick on Martin in 1972, one selection before the then-Buffalo Braves drafted Bob McAdoo. Martin never panned out in the NBA, and McAdoo became a Hall of Fame big man and Los Angeles Lakers standout.

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Born in Chicago, LaRue Martin stayed close to home and signed with Loyola University.

Martin blossomed with the Ramblers, averaging 16.6 points and 14.4 rebounds during the 1969-70 season. A double-double threat every night, Martin averaged 18.2 points and 15.9 rebounds in 67 career games.

Through Dec. 24, 2020, no player in school history has more rebounds than the 1,062 that Martin grabbed at Loyola.

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The Portland Trail Blazers found themselves infatuated with LaRue Martin for reasons beyond just his play.

The 1972 NBA draft has been linked to controversy for years because of allegations that some of the draft’s top prospects, including Bob McAdoo, had been drafted and signed with teams in the rival American Basketball Association.

In that regard, Portland viewed Martin as the safe pick and used the No. 1 overall pick on him. Martin may have been the smart pick from a contract standpoint, but he became one of the biggest busts in league history.

Martin averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in five seasons with the Trail Blazers. McAdoo and Julius Erving, the 12th overall pick who later joined the NBA after playing in the ABA, made the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Portland hasn’t had much luck with their No. 1 overall picks since taking Martin. Bill Walton struggled with injuries and the less said about Greg Oden, the better.