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Beaten often but not beaten down, Fizdale eyes Knicks future

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — David Fizdale went to his office one day last week and got right to work as usual. He wrote ideas on a board. Met with other staff in the building. After about 45 minutes, something dawned on him. “I had to, like, stop myself. Wait a minute, you don’t have to get it all done right now,” Fizdale said. There’s plenty to do when it comes to fixing the New York Knicks, but it can’t happen yet. So Fizdale convinced himself to go home for some…

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Pacers, Celtics enter playoff matchup looking for redemption

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics and Pacers aren’t interested in talking about the past as they prepare to tip off their first-round playoff matchup. Indiana doesn’t want to dwell on injuries, like the season-ending right knee injury Pacers guard Victor Oladipo suffered in January. Likewise, the Celtics aren’t thinking about Gordon Hayward early struggles and eventual demotion from the starting lineup in his first season back from a devastating ankle injury. And neither team wants to focus on the inconsistencies that have gnawed at Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Pacers…

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Nowitzki says goodbye at home, set to visit Spurs in finale

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki notched season highs in points, shots and minutes before telling Dallas Mavericks fans that his record 21st season with the same franchise would be his last. Then the 40-year-old said he gave just about all he had in what he knew would be his final home game , which might make the last game of his career at San Antonio on Wednesday night little more than a curtain call. It’s a fitting finale in some regards because the Spurs were probably Nowitzki’s biggest rivals. “I’m…

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