Men's Basketball theundefeated.com —  The Golden State Warriors hammered the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, 118-91, in Game 2 on Wednesday night to split the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Green had 10 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. Warriors guard Stephen Curry had 28 points and made five 3-pointers in 29 minutes and injured his elbow after wildly diving into the stands for a loose ball. Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo was in attendance, watching his former Spartans forward in Green.
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Men's Basketball newsok.com —  Tom Izzo is a wanted man. Between sharing an embrace courtside at Oracle Arena with former Spartan Branden Dawson and talking with Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, Izzo is approached by numerous media members and celebrities at Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. While Izzo, 61, eventually put on a yellow Warriors T-shirt to support former Spartans star Draymond Green, he wasn't above texting Thunder coach Billy Donovan before the game. Izzo also took time to speak to The Oklahoman:
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The Detroit Pistons hosted a workout for six NBA draft candidates today, including Matt Costello of Michigan State. The Pistons did not open the workout for media and cast it as something of a test run for three weeks of draft workouts ahead. They plan to begin more formal pre-draft workouts on or about May 31.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo cited Gavin Schilling as a player who can contribute when healthy, but don't forget Kenny Goins and Nick Ward.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Rapper Snoop Dogg and former Toronto Raptors player Morris Peterson are hosting a celebrity basketball game to help Flint amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. “Hoop 4 Water” is scheduled for Saturday at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "Senior Alvin Ellis" is a phrase many Michigan State fans never thought they would hear. On the list of the team's potential transfer candidates, Ellis has occupied the top spot in most fans' minds for much of the past three years. He has played sparingly, and Tom Izzo has at times publicly questioned his commitment to basketball. But Ellis has stuck it out in East Lansing, and after spending most of two seasons on the bench and in the doghouse, there were signs of life in the second half of of last season.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Throughout the course of July, former Michigan State basketball players will be reuniting under the name “Spartan Heroes” to try to take home a $2,000,000 prize at The Basketball Tournament.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The lottery order is set, and now the mock drafts can really begin. The NBA held its annual draft lottery on Tuesday night in New York, using ping pong balls to select the draft order for the 14 teams that missed the playoffs. The order is meaningful for Michigan State's two NBA draft hopefuls, who are both projected by some to be picked among those first 14 picks. And with the order finalized, projections for where Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis will be picked can start to take team needs into account.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Deyonta Davis declared last week that he always planned to leave Michigan State for the NBA after one season, surprising Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo. "That's not true," Izzo said. "I don't think that's the way he meant it. I sit down with my guys: 'What's your goals for the year?' Every kid. My manager's goal is to be one-and-done. My wife's goal is to be one-and-done. Everybody's goal is to be one-and-done. If so, why didn't he decide at the end of the year? That's where these kids, you've got to give them a break. He also said we didn't let him shoot threes. Well, there is a reason. I don't think it was meant in that context at all, because it was a very amicable deal.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I sit down with guys and say 'what are your goals for the year?' Well, every kid ... my manager's goal is to be one-and-done. My wife's goal is to be one-and-one. Everybody's goal is to be one-and-done. If (that were true), why didn't he just decide at the end of the year? ... That's where these kids, you've got to give them a break. They also said I didn't let him shoot 3's. Well, there's a reason (for that)," Izzo explained. "We sat down, we had a meeting. 'Would you like to be a one-and-done, is that one of your goals? Well, yeah.'
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Men's Basketball si.com —  Even after 73 wins and 82 million dollars, after the championship and the All-Star Game, after Steph Curry called him the voice and Steve Kerr called him the heart and nobody dared call him a tweener again, Draymond Green still sometimes sprints down the court on defense and hears a giant holler to the sideline: “Coach, post up!” The giant points down at Green, a head shorter, and raises a mitt on the left block. And just like that, everything Green has done throughout the day to quiet his soul—watching the WNBA on TV in his home atop the Berkeley Hills, playing dominos with his friends, eschewing coffee for water and hype music for J. Cole and Boyz II Men—flies out the window of Oracle Arena.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Kyle Ahrens knew all the reasons a redshirt made sense last season. The Versailles, Ohio native, was coming off multiple leg injuries in high school, and joining a crowded and talented perimeter group at Michigan State. As the season approached last fall, it was difficult to see where he might find his minutes.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  In what is arguably the best recruiting class in the history of Tom Izzo’s tenure at Michigan State, there is a lot to be excited about this fall. The Spartans have two McDonald’s All-Americans, the No. 6 power forward in the nation, and Michigan's Mr. Basketball joining the program. And there is potentially more good news to come for MSU.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Stunningly, Draymond Green kept his mouth shut on the court for a full practice Saturday. Golden State's outspoken swingman is striving to cut down on his arguing and technical fouls for the rest of the postseason — which could be as challenging a task in the Western Conference finals as slowing down the explosive Thunder tandem ofKevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Maybe never has a college basketball program produced such a contrast in two NBA draft prospects at once as Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis. Both played at Michigan State and for the Big Reds in high school — Lansing Sexton and Muskegon, respectively. Both are intriguing to NBA teams, each expected to be chosen in next month’s draft somewhere after the top five and before 25. But they have almost nothing in common. Not in who they are or how they’re viewed as players and people.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  "I thank him every day," Valentine said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "He's doing his thing and definitely paving the way, making it easier for me. He says that all the time, he paves the way... He worked, was picked 35 and had to do it the hard way."
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Men's Basketball csnne.com —  If the Celtics plan on adding to their collection of ball handlers, NBA Draft prospect Denzel Valentine checks all the boxes. As a senior at Michigan State, the 22-year-old displayed an impeccable blend of versatility, passing vision, and shooting ability. Valentine operates pick-and-rolls with the precision of a brain surgeon. At 6-foot-6 with a 6-11 wingspan, he has the size to see and pass over the defense. In that sense, he’s similar to Celtics guard Evan Turner, who Valentine compared himself to at the NBA combine.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Before Denzel Valentine steps on an NBA court, he’ll know where he stands against the NBA’s best. The former Michigan State and Lansing Sexton star has been chosen for the USA Basketball Select Team, he confirmed Friday at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Denzel Valentine came back to Michigan from the 2015 NCAA Tournament riding high. Michigan State had just made the Final Four, and after playing a key role in the run Valentine figured he had played his way into the NBA draft discussion. But when he googled NBA draft boards and scanned for his name, he couldn't find it. That made the Lansing native face a harsh reality: he wasn't yet seen as a likely NBA player. "I was a little mad," Valentine said. "I felt like I was an NBA player."
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