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Which Wildcats are suiting up for a run at an NBA title this spring?

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Tuesday night tipped off the NBA Playoffs’ play-in games. With just under two months of NBA playoff action ready to unfold, there are several Kentucky Wildcats that will be participating.

With Cavs guard Rajon Rondo losing to Brooklyn in Tuesday’s opener, they’ll look to play the winner of the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets (who face off tonight). Kevin Knox is averaging just three points per game for the Hawks and most likely won’t see much action tonight.

While the same goes for Hornets center Nick Richards, PJ Washington could heavily impact his team’s chances of winning, as he’s averaging 10 & 5 with 28 games started at PF.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in the playoffs for the second time in Karl-Anthony Towns’ career after beating the Los Angeles Clippers. Towns struggled with foul trouble, and BJ Boston was a healthy scratch.

Up next, the Clippers look to extend their season when they host the San Antonio-New Orleans winner on Friday night. The Wolves begin their seven-game series with the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs and Keldon Johnson face off tonight with the New Orleans Pelicans in the other Western Conference play-in game. Johnson averaged 17 points per game in 74 starts this season.

For the teams that have already secured their seeds, Tyrese Maxey and the Philadelphia 76ers begin their postseason on Saturday vs. Toronto. He’s put together quite the breakout season for the 76ers and will play alongside All-NBA guard James Harden in the team’s quest for an NBA Finals berth.

NBA veteran Brandon Knight has found himself safely in the playoffs with the Dallas Mavericks as they are set to face the Utah Jazz on Saturday. He averaged just over six points per game at the backup combo guard spot this year.

While Jamal Murray is out for the Denver Nuggets, backup center Demarcus Cousins finds himself in position to help another team make a deep playoff run. While All-NBA big man Nikola Jokić will dominate the minutes, Cousins should still have opportunities to contribute.

As for the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns, they each earned the top-seed in their respective conferences and were led by at least one former Kentucky Wildcat.

For Miami, it’s likely first team all-defense Bam Adebayo, rising star shooting guard Tyler Herro and Mychal Mulder.

Out West, it’s MVP candidate Devin Booker. Both teams have made an NBA Finals appearance in the last two seasons and will be ready to make another run this spring.

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Headlines

Schoonover Throws No-Hitter as No. 8 Kentucky Beats Louisville - UK

Stephanie Schoonover threw a no-hitter and No. 8 Kentucky scored nine runs in the opening four innings to beat Louisville 9-0 in five innings Tuesday

Wildcats Win 20th, Run Rule Bellarmine - UK

Ryan Ritter hit a three-run home run and John Thrasher smacked a two-run single as Kentucky got some of its mojo back, thrashing Bellarmine 11-1 in seven innings.

Toppin will seek NBA feedback - Cats Illustrated

Have we seen the last of him at Kentucky?

Abby Steiner Wins National and SEC Runner of the Week - UK

Steiner ran a school record of 10.92 seconds in the 100m and the second-fastest 200m (22.38) in UKTF history.

OT solution might have to come from current UK roster - Kentucky Sports Radio

Recruit and develop.

Tshiebwe says NBA decision coming soon - Vaught’s Views

Hopefully he comes back.

Stephen Curry (foot) could return to practice this week - ESPN

Big news for the former MVP.

Stoops has high expectations for DB Jordan Lovett - Vaught’s Views

He had an excellent spring game.

Congress says Commanders appear to have broken financial laws - ESPN

More drama for the NFL team.

Garrett & Menefee among announcers for new USFL season - USA Today

Interesting choices.

Monty Williams voted top coach by coaches’ association - ESPN

Second straight year he’s received this honor.