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Friday Headlines: Wildcats in the NBA Conference Finals

Three former Wildcats have secured their bid.

NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday night’s slate of NBA playoff games brought both good and bad results for former Kentucky Wildcats playing in the two series. First up were the Miami Heat, a team that appeared in the NBA Finals two seasons ago and currently rosters three former Wildcats: former NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo, NBA Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro and Mychal Mulder.

They took care of business closing out the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-90, for a 4-2 series victory and advancement back to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three seasons.

Second up were the Phoenix Suns who were also looking to close out their opponent and move on to the Western Conference Finals. The Western Conference No. 1 seed has been steered by MVP candidate Devin Booker all season, but Booker and the Suns came up well short on Thursday in Dallas to lose 113-86. The series goes back to Phoenix for a game seven with the winner advancing to the WCF.

There are two other series currently being played, Boston vs. Milwaukee and Golden State vs. Memphis, but neither currently rosters any former Kentucky Wildcats. However, the winner of the Boston vs. Milwaukee series will advance to take on Adebayo, Herro, Mulder and the Heat while the winner of Golden State vs. Memphis could potentially face Booker & co. should the Suns win game seven.

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One and done for the Wildcats.

Rich Strike will NOT run in the Preakness Stakes - KSR

The KY Derby winner will focus on the Belmont Stakes.

Digging into the Will Levis first-round hype - Cats Pause

There’s certainly a lot of it.

Thiero’s first high school points came against Tshiebwe - KSR

They have to be excited about playing together.

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy arrested - ESPN

Trouble brewing in Denver.

NFL schedule release winners, losers - USA Today

Which teams got the best breaks?

Butler leads Miami Heat back to Eastern Conference finals - ESPN

Three Wildcats are a series away from the NBA Finals.

Mavericks rock Suns to force decisive Game 7 - USA Today

Poor performance from Devin Booker.