League asks State Dept. for clar­ity on travel ban


In re­ac­tion to Pres­i­dent Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive order sus­pend­ing im­mi­gra­tion from seven pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­tries, the NBA has con­tacted the State De­part­ment to try to de­ter­mine how the order could im­pact the league.

Two NBA play­ers — Mil­wau­kee Bucks for­ward Thon Maker and Los An­ge­les Lak­ers for­ward Luol Deng — have Su­danese roots, and the league does a sig­nif­i­cant amount of work over­seas through its Bas­ket­ball With­out Bor­ders pro­gram.

“We have reached out to the State De­part­ment and are in the process of gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion to un­der­stand how this ex­ec­u­tive order would ap­ply to play­ers in our league who are from one of the im­pacted coun­tries,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a state­ment Saturday night. “The NBA is a global league.”

A judge granted a re­quest from the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union to stay the order Saturday night, but it re­mains to be seen whether the order could im­pact Deng or Maker. The Lak­ers al­ready have played their one game this sea­son in Toronto, and given that Los An­ge­les has one of the NBA’s worst records, bar­ring a trade, it seems Deng will have no is­sues.

Mil­wau­kee, as it hap­pened, played in Toronto on Fri­day night. Maker, who left Su­dan — one of the seven coun­tries on Trump’s list — as a small child and has an Aus­tralian pass­port, was able to return to the United States with his team­mates with­out in­ci­dent. The rookie started his sec­ond game of the sea­son Saturday night in an over­time home loss to the Bos­ton Celtics, fin­ish­ing with four points and two re­bounds in 10 min­utes.

“No,” Bucks Coach Ja­son Kidd told re­porters when asked whether Maker had is­sues get­ting back into the coun­try. “He’s start­ing.”

While the Bucks have com­pleted their regular sea­son se­ries in Toronto, there re­mains a pos­si­bil­ity the teams could meet in the play­offs, which could leave Maker’s sta­tus for fu­ture games in Toronto un­clear. — Tim Bontemps

War­riors rout Clip­pers

Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 43 points in the third quar­ter fol­low­ing his half­court buzzer­beater at the end of the first half, and the Golden State War­riors rolled to a 144-98 win over the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers in Oak­land, Calif., for their ninth vic­tory in 10 games.

Blake Grif­fin scored 20 points for the Clip­pers, who have lost four of five since star guard Chris Paul went down with a torn lig­a­ment in his left thumb.

HEAT 116, PIS­TONS 103: Go­ran Dragic scored 23 points, and host Mi­ami pushed its win­ning streak to seven games with a vic­tory over Detroit.

CELTICS 112, BUCKS 108 (OT): Isa­iah Thomas fin­ished with 37 points as vis­it­ing Bos­ton beat Mil­wau­kee in over­time.

KINGS 109, HOR­NETS 106: DeMar­cus Cousins had 35 points and 18 re­bounds, and Sacra­mento handed host Char­lotte its fourth straight loss.

TIM­BER­WOLVES 129, NETS 109: Karl-Anthony Towns had 37 points and 13 re­bounds to lead Min­nesota to a vic­tory over Brook­lyn in Min­neapo­lis.

GRIZ­ZLIES 102, JAZZ 95: Zach Randolph scored 28 points, and Mem­phis de­feated Utah in Salt Lake City.

NUGGETS 123, SUNS 112: Danilo Gal­li­nari scored 32 points as Den­ver won at Phoenix.

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