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ESPN’s Perkins says Lowry would make Heat top three in East, threat to Nets, Bucks

A look at how today is setting up for the Miami Heat ahead of the 6 p.m. start of NBA free-agency negotiating period, with updates posted here throughout the day:

2:45 p.m. update: Former NBA center and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins just said on “SportsCenter” that a Heat addition of Kyle Lowry in free agency would push the Heat past the Philadelphia 76ers and to No. 3 in the East (they closed No. 6 last season) and make them a challenger to the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.

“They would be No. 3 in the East,” Perkins said. “It would be the Nets and the Bucks and the Miami Heat. If you get a guy like Kyle Lowry, at one of the most important positions in the game today, the point guard position, a guy that’s won a championship, a guy that’s battle tested, that fits the Heat Culture,

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Kobe Bryant’s Old Tweets To Giannis Going Viral After Bucks Win Title

Kobe Bryant and Giannis Antetokounmpo shakes hands after a game.

Kobe Bryant and Giannis Antetokounmpo shakes hands after a game.

Last night, Giannis Antetokounmpo won his first NBA championship, completing a challenge issued to him two years ago by the late Kobe Bryant.

In fact, in the wake of Giannis’ all-time great closeout performance and the Milwaukee Bucks’ first NBA title in 50 years, two of Kobe’s old tweets to the “Greek Freak” are going viral. The first one was from August 2017, when Kobe responded to Giannis asking him for a challenge.

The “Black Mamba” urged him to go win MVP, which Giannis eventually did twice. After his first MVP award in 2019, Kobe assigned another task to the young superstar.

“My man….MVP. Greatness. Next up: Championship #MambaMentality,” he tweeted on June 24, 2019.

Mission accomplished.

After last night’s game, Giannis spoke candidly about the impact Kobe’s challenges had on him.

“Kobe Bryant thinks I can do

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Bucks or Suns? Our writers share their picks

<span>Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images</span>

Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

What the Suns need to do to win

Limit the Bucks’ second and third options. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who remains day-to-​day with left knee injury, will find a way to hit baskets when he gets on the floor. It might be in transition. It might be in the half-court. But over the course of the series, he will have one or two Giannis Games. Limiting Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Antetokounmpo’s supporting cast will be the key. As the Suns’ rim-protector, much of the defensive responsibilities will fall on Deandre Ayton. The former No 1 overall draft pick has undergone a metamorphosis during this year’s playoffs, and he will need to bring every bit of his defensive savvy to bottle up the Bucks. Oliver Connolly

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Keep doing what they’ve been

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Khris Middleton leads Bucks over Nets

Facing down the possibility of yet another ignominious Eastern Conference exit, the Milwaukee Bucks have forced a Game 7 against the NBA’s title favorites.

Behind a playoff career-high 38 points from Khris Middleton, the Bucks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 104-89 on Thursday in Game 6 to even the series 3-3. The teams will play a Game 7 on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Brooklyn.

The win is a welcome response for the Bucks, who fell behind 3-2 after blowing a 17-point second-half lead in Game 5 despite facing the absence of Kyrie Irving and the struggles of James Harden. For fans of a team that has chronically underperformed in the playoffs, it felt like the inflection point of a familiar story.

Once again, the Bucks built up a big lead in Game 6, leading by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Nets eroded the lead

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