NBA NEWS ARCHIVE
» Thursday, May 31, 2018

Warriors withstand James’ 51 points to win NBA Finals Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors capitalized on a Cavaliers blunder that sent the game into overtime, withstanding a brilliant 51-point performance by LeBron James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.


The Latest: Warriors top Cavs 124-114 in OT to open finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


The Latest: Warriors cling to lead late in 4th vs. Cavs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


The Latest: Warriors lead Cavs heading into 4th quarter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


The Latest: Warriors lead Cavs heading into 4th quarter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


The Latest: Warriors off to another fast 3rd-quarter start

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


Silver says NBA encouraging 76ers to resolve Twitter probe

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Adam Silver has encouraged the Philadelphia 76ers to both quickly and thoroughly resolve the investigation into whether team president Bryan Colangelo used Twitter inappropriately, a story that the NBA commissioner acknowledged was not one he wants to be thinking about during the league's title series.


The Latest: Curry, LeBron off to fast starts in NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


The Latest: Thompson limps off court in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


The Latest: Game 1 tips of NBA Finals tips off in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is dealing with anxiety

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is being treated for anxiety, saying before Game 1 of the NBA Finals that the pressure-packed playoffs bring him so much joy.


The Latest: Tryonn Lue says he is being treated for anxiety

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


Kevin Love cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cleveland forward Kevin Love has completed the NBA's concussion protocols and is in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State on Thursday night.


The Latest: Fashion-forward LeBron shows up wearing shorts

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


Kenny Smith could join list of broadcasters-turned-coaches

NEW YORK (AP) Kenny Smith is an outsider wanting in. The Detroit Pistons could change that.


The Latest: About $5 million in bonus cash await NBA champs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


The Latest: Odds still in Warriors’ favor - in a big way

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


76ers announce Brett Brown’s 3-year contract extension

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have announced a three-year contract extension for coach Brett Brown while team president Bryan Colangelo is embroiled in controversy.


The Latest: G League well represented at NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 (all times local):


NBA players’ union hires director of mental health

NEW YORK (AP) The National Basketball Players Association has hired its first director of mental health and wellness.


Kobe Bryant visits Patriots practice; Brady, Gronk not there

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots were thrilled to have a five-time champion with them at practice this week.


NBA players’ union hires director of mental health

NEW YORK (AP) The National Basketball Players Association has hired its first director of mental health and wellness.


Anticipated or anticlimactic? Warriors-Cavs 4 in NBA Finals

The first one deserved a sequel, which Cleveland won in the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history to even things up with Golden State.


Kevin Love cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cleveland forward Kevin Love has completed the NBA's concussion protocols and is cleared to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State on Thursday night.


DeRozan, Embiid lined up for NBA Africa game in South Africa

The NBA will hold its Africa exhibition game in the South African capital of Pretoria on Aug. 4, with All Stars DeMar DeRozan and Joel Embiid lined up to play.


DeRozan, Embiid lined up for NBA Africa game in South Africa

The NBA will hold its Africa exhibition game in the South African capital of Pretoria on Aug. 4, with All Stars DeMar DeRozan and Joel Embiid lined up to play.


Warriors had to get ready in a hurry for the NBA Finals

It's a quick turnaround for the Golden State Warriors as they get ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.


DeRozan, Embiid lined up for NBA Africa game in South Africa

The NBA will hold its Africa exhibition game in the South African capital of Pretoria on Aug. 4, the league said Thursday, with All Stars DeMar DeRozan and Joel Embiid lined up to play.


Back again: Warriors, Cavs to open NBA Finals at usual site

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The NBA Finals start up right where they finished last year.


Anticipated or anticlimactic? Warriors-Cavs 4 in NBA Finals

The first one deserved a sequel, which Cleveland won in the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history to even things up with Golden State.


Anticipated or anticlimactic? Warriors-Cavs 4 in NBA Finals

The first one deserved a sequel, which Cleveland won in the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history to even things up with Golden State.


Heat for tweet: Browns’ Randall amazed by jersey posting

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns safety Damarious Randall underestimated two things: the power of social media and passion of Cleveland fans.


» Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Celtics: Hayward has surgery, will be ready for next season

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics say forward Gordon Hayward had surgery to remove a plate and screws in his broken left leg and will be ready to start next season.


Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that cost him the last four games of the Western Conference finals.


Warriors, Cavs earned fourth straight Finals the hard way

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cleveland and Golden State were stressed and stretched to their limits in the conference finals this time around, leaving little time to recoup and prepare for their latest showdown in the NBA Finals.


76ers exec accused of trashing others anonymously on Twitter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are investigating whether team president Bryan Colangelo used a variety of Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media.


Heat for tweet: Browns’ Randall amazed by jersey posting

CLEVELAND (AP) Browns safety Damarious Randall underestimated two things: the power of social media and passion of Cleveland fans.


It’s an annual tradition for LeBron James: The NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James spent Memorial Day with his kids enjoying some barbecue. Once the grill got turned off, the television went on and he tuned in to study Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.


Warriors, Cavs earned fourth straight Finals the hard way

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cleveland and Golden State were stretched to their limits in the conference finals this time around, leaving little time to recoup and prepare for their latest date in the NBA Finals.


Mother of G League player who died sues NBA, Pistons

DETROIT (AP) The mother of a G League player who died in March after collapsing on the court during a game has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the NBA and the Detroit Pistons of negligence.


Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that cost him the last four games of the Western Conference finals.


76ers exec accused of trashing others anonymously on Twitter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are investigating whether team president Bryan Colangelo used a variety of Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media.


Judge: $20 million bond for ex-wife of slain NBA player

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) A Tennessee judge issued a $20 million bond Wednesday for the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright in his shooting death nearly eight years ago.


Anthony Anderson to host 2nd annual NBA Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) Actor Anthony Anderson will host the second annual NBA Awards.


Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will be out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that cost him the final four games of the Western Conference finals.


Cavs’ Love satisfied as strained season leads to NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love's arms are lined with finger-nail scratches, discolored bruises and abrasions, hard-earned mementos from months battling under the basket against other NBA big men.


Mother of G League player who died sues NBA, Pistons

DETROIT (AP) The mother of a G League basketball player who died in March after collapsing on the court during a game has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the NBA and the Detroit Pistons of negligence.


Callahan, Mauer lead referee selections for NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Veterans Mike Callahan and Ken Mauer, along with first-timer David Guthrie, are among the 12 referees who have been selected to work the NBA Finals.


Maryland’s Kevin Huerter says he is staying in NBA draft

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Maryland's Kevin Huerter says he is forgoing his final two seasons of college eligibility and staying in the NBA draft.


Position-by-position matchups for the NBA Finals

A position-by-position look at the matchups in the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers:


Orlando Magic hire Steve Clifford as head coach

Steve Clifford was there the last time the Orlando Magic were a playoff contender.


Callahan, Mauer lead referee selections for NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Veterans Mike Callahan and Ken Mauer, along with first-timer David Guthrie, are among the 12 referees who have been selected to work the NBA Finals.


Mother of G League player who died sues NBA, Pistons

DETROIT (AP) The mother of a G League basketball player who died in March after collapsing on the court during a game has filed a lawsuit accusing the NBA and the Detroit Pistons of negligence.


76ers investigate critical tweets linked to Colangelo

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are investigating whether team president Bryan Colangelo used Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and to defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media.


76ers investigate critical tweets linked to Colangelo

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers are investigating whether team president Bryan Colangelo used Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and to defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media.


NBA Finals Preview Capsule

Capsule preview for the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors:


Orlando Magic hire Steve Clifford as head coach

Steve Clifford was there the last time the Orlando Magic were a playoff contender.


76ers investigate critical tweets linked to Colangelo

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have started an investigation into tweets linked in a report to team president Bryan Colangelo that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures.


Atlanta Hawks player charged with drunken driving in Oregon

ATLANTA (AP) A basketball player who just finished his rookie season with the Atlanta Hawks has been arrested on a drunken driving charge in Oregon.


Warriors await word on top defender Iguodala as LeBron looms

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Klay Thompson sat on the floor in the middle of his teammates and pointed to his ''2018 NBA FINALS'' hat during a locker-room photo.


76ers president denies blasting Embiid, others via Twitter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers team president Bryan Colangelo is denying a report connecting the executive to Twitter accounts that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures.


Cavs’ Love satisfied as strained season leads to NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love's arms are lined with finger-nail scratches, discolored bruises and abrasions, hard-earned mementos from months battling under the basket against other NBA big men.


76ers GM denies blasting Embiid, others via Twitter accounts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo is denying a report connecting the executive to Twitter accounts that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures.


» Tuesday, May 29, 2018

AP Source: 76ers agree to 3-year extension with Brett Brown

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers will continue to put their trust in coach Brett Brown.


Rockets lament missed chances after losing to Warriors

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets were up by 14 in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors when they started missing from 3-point range. They shot themselves all the way from prime position to advance to the NBA Finals to the end of a solid season.


LiAngelo Ball works out for Lakers with Lonzo looking on

LOS ANGELES (AP) Just about everything the Ball family does gets attention, and LiAngelo Ball's pre-draft workout with the Lakers on Tuesday was no exception.


Jersey promise could leave Browns player in red if Cavs win

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall better hope LeBron James' postseason excellence is over.


West Game 7 earns TNT NBA’s No. 2 audience ever on cable TV

NEW YORK (AP) Game 7 of the Western Conference finals drew a peak audience of 18 million viewers, making it the second-most watched NBA game in cable TV history.


Jersey promise could leave Browns player in red if Cavs win

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall better hope LeBron James' postseason excellence is over.


Long shots: Odds against Cavs in NBA Finals against Warriors

CLEVELAND (AP) The odds are longer than a Stephen Curry 3-pointer, Kevin Durant's wingspan or Draymond Green's catalog of technical fouls.


Why the Golden State Warriors will win the NBA Finals

If there is a glaring hole on Golden State's championship resume, it's that the Warriors have never gone back-to-back.


Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

LeBron James has rescued the Cavaliers from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals and just pulled them out of a 2-0 hole against Boston.


Love still in concussion program, status for Game 1 unknown

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still unclear.


Warriors back in NBA Finals again after test from Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) The Golden State Warriors, so used to making things look easy, overcame one of their toughest tests to return to the NBA Finals.


Round 4: It’s Cleveland vs. Golden State, again

Here we go again.


» Monday, May 28, 2018

Houston’s Paul out for Game 7 against Warriors

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's Chris Paul has been ruled out for Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Golden State because of a strained right hamstring.


Celtics’ Ainge: Prepared to stand pat this summer (maybe)

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Danny Ainge tore apart the team that made the Eastern Conference finals last year, and then put together a new roster that came one victory from playing for an NBA title.


Ainge: Irving had surgery on his nose

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Celtics general manager Danny Ainge says point guard Kyrie Irving was unable to attend Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals because he was recovering from nasal surgery.


Warriors, Rockets set for Game 7 in West finals

HOUSTON (AP) When the Golden State Warriors lost Game 5 of the Western Conference finals to the Rockets on Thursday night to send them to the brink of elimination they vowed to be back in Houston for Game 7.


Another NBA Finals brings another huge challenge for LeBron

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State or down to Houston to face a team far better than his.


LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

BOSTON (AP) With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out.


Another NBA Finals brings another huge challenge for LeBron

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State or down to Houston to face a team far better than his.


LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

BOSTON (AP) With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out.


» Sunday, May 27, 2018

LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

BOSTON (AP) With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not miss. He would not sit out. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.


LeBron James reaches eighth straight NBA Finals; Cleveland Cavaliers beat Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James reaches eighth straight NBA Finals; Cleveland Cavaliers beat Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7.


Thompson hot hand carries Warriors into Game 7 with Rockets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Klay Thompson flashed back to a night he left the arena still in uniform, furious about his forgettable performance against Denver.


Klay Thompson has 35, Warriors force Game 7 in West finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) An awful start followed by three quarters of utter dominance, spot-on shot-making and beautiful defense - even against one of the game's greatest and hardest to stop in James Harden. That's the way it's been for these up-and-down, uber-talented Warriors, who leave even their coach perplexed.


» Saturday, May 26, 2018

Paul receiving regular treatment to return for Rockets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Rockets star Chris Paul is receiving treatment ''around the clock'' on his injured right hamstring and coach Mike D'Antoni hopes it will only be a matter of days before he is healthy enough to play again.


Paul receiving regular treatment to return for Rockets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Rockets star Chris Paul is receiving treatment ''around the clock'' on his injured right hamstring and coach Mike D'Antoni hopes it will only be a matter of days before he is healthy again.


LeBron, back in Boston, for another Cavs farewell

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won't get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.


LeBron, back in Boston, for another Cavs farewell

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won't get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.


NBA group volunteers with grieving kids over Memorial Day

MIAMI (AP) Rodney McGruder went home for Memorial Day weekend, for reasons that didn't include barbecues and beach time.


Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love won't be able to help LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 7 against the Celtics.


Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love won't be able to help LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 7 against the Celtics.


Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics with a concussion.


Warriors facing elimination but undaunted entering Game 6

HOUSTON (AP) If the Golden State Warriors are worried as they head into Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on the brink of elimination, they aren't showing it.


Cavs’ Love has head injury, status for Game 7 unknown

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love's troubled season has twisted again.


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» Friday, May 25, 2018

Cavs All-Star Love sustains head injury in Game 6

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss the remainder of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals after banging heads with Boston's Jayson Tatum.


Love leaves Game 6 after banging head with Boston’s Tatum

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love left Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals after banging heads with Boston's Jayson Tatum.


GM says ’overwhelming likelihood’ Suns will keep No. 1 pick

PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the ''overwhelming likelihood'' is that the team will keep its No. 1 overall pick and not trade it away.


Bucks player ’gave in’ during arrest to avoid officers’ guns

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown said Friday he ''gave in'' when police used a stun gun as they detained him for a parking violation because he didn't want officers to ''pull out their guns.''


The Latest: Milwaukee chief confirms discipline for officers

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Latest on the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and the police body camera video (all times local):


The Latest: Bucks player says he ’gave in’ during arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Latest on the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and the police body camera video (all times local):


Rockets lose ailing Chris Paul, vow to dig in for Game 6

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets will be without star guard Chris Paul for Game 6 because of a strained hamstring, a huge blow for a team trying to close out the Golden State Warriors.


On Basketball: Injuries taketh away, and injuries giveth

The NBA playoffs never go according to plan. The Golden State Warriors are proof of that.


Houston’s Chris Paul out for Game 6 vs Warriors with injury

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's Chris Paul will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night because of a hamstring injury.


Alarmed: LeBron, Cavs facing win-or-else Game 6 vs Celtics

CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston's defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home.


Bucks player says he tried to stay calm during arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) NBA player Sterling Brown says he tried to remain calm when Milwaukee police used a stun gun to take him down during his arrest for a parking violation.


Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination.


Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA Finals

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets are so full of physical defenders that Golden State coach Steve Kerr said many look like they could play football.


Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA Finals

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets are so full of physical defenders that Golden State coach Steve Kerr said many look like they could play football.


Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination.


» Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

HOUSTON (AP) Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State's last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.


Golden State’s Iguodala to miss Game 5 against Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) Golden State's Andre Iguodala will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.


Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking violation is just the latest setback for efforts to improve relations between Milwaukee officers and the city's black population.


The Latest: Gov. Walker: Police video shows value of cameras

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Latest on the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and the police body camera video (all times local):


James on record 12th All-NBA 1st team; Harden also unanimous

NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James was unanimously selected to the All-NBA first team for a record 12th time, while Houston's James Harden also appeared on all 100 first-team ballots.


Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking violation is just the latest setback for efforts to improve the strained relationship between Milwaukee officers and the city's black population.


The Latest: Lieutenant governor calls Brown video "alarming"

MADISON, Wis. (AP) The Latest on the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and the police body camera video (all times local):


The Latest: 3 officers disciplined in Bucks player’s arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Latest on the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and the police body camera video (all times local):


NBA defends quest for ’integrity fee’ payment in sports bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting.


NBA defends quest for ’integrity fee’ payment in sports bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting.


Bucks’ Brown decries ’police intimidation’ during arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Sterling Brown and says officers have been disciplined for acting ''inappropriately'' after the Bucks player was zapped with a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation in January.


NBA players Olynyk, Brewer, LeVert, Powell to coach in India

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA is headed to India next week, bringing another Basketball Without Borders camp to Asia.


Bucks’ Brown decries ’police intimidation’ during arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Sterling Brown and says officers have been disciplined for acting ''inappropriately'' after the Bucks player was zapped with a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation in January.


Video of Brown arrest sparks criticism of Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has apologized to Bucks player Sterling Brown for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined.


Rockets to honor Texas school shooting victims before Game 5

HOUSTON (AP) When the Houston Rockets suit up for Thursday night's Western Conference finals game, they'll carry onto the court a remembrance of the 10 people who lost their lives in last week's Texas school shooting in Santa Fe.


Video of Brown arrest sparks criticism of Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has apologized to Bucks player Sterling Brown for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined.


Bucks guard Sterling Brown’s statement on Milwaukee arrest

Text of a statement from Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown about his January arrest by Milwaukee police during an interaction over a parking violation:


Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.


Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined.


» Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined.


Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include the use of a stun gun, and he said some officers were disciplined.


Celtics, Cavs scuffle in first half of Game 5

BOSTON (AP) Boston's Marcus Morris and Cleveland's Larry Nance Jr. had to be pulled apart in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night after a hard defensive play by Morris sent Nance to the floor.


Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include use of a stun gun, and said some officers had been disciplined.


Rockets return home for Game 5 against Warriors

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have a chance to take their first lead in the Western Conference finals with a victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.


Golden State’s Iguodala still struggling with bruised knee

HOUSTON (AP) Andre Iguodala's bruised left knee improved Wednesday, but he was still listed as questionable for the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.


Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include use of a stun gun, and said some officers had been disciplined.


The Latest: Milwaukee NAACP head: No reason to use stun gun

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Latest on Milwaukee police releasing body-camera footage showing the arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown (all times local):


The Latest: Bucks issue statement supporting Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Latest on Milwaukee police releasing body-camera footage showing the arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown (all times local):


Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for a January arrest that started with a parking violation and escalated to include use of a stun gun, and said some officers had been disciplined.


Bucks guard Sterling Brown’s statement on Milwaukee arrest

Text of a statement from Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown about his January arrest by Milwaukee police during an interaction over a parking violation:


The Latest: Video shows police arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Latest on Milwaukee police releasing body-camera footage showing the arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown (all times local):


The Latest: Milwaukee Bucks guard Brown says arrest ’wrong’

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Latest on Milwaukee police releasing body-camera footage showing the arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown (all times local):


Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of Bucks guard Brown

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Bucks guard Sterling Brown on Wednesday for officers' actions during a January arrest that included use of a stun gun, and said some officers had been disciplined.


The Latest: Milwaukee chief apologizes for Brown arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Latest on Milwaukee police releasing body-camera footage showing the arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown (all times local):


Dispute highlights North Dakota’s tough sell of new nickname

FARGO, N.D. (AP) It's been two years since the University of North Dakota unveiled its new Fighting Hawks logo that put it in good standing with the NCAA, but a familiar cheer at its hockey games shows what many students and alumni still think of the switch: ''Let's go Sioux!''


Video of Bucks guard’s arrest in Milwaukee to be released

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee police are poised to release body camera footage Wednesday from the officers who used a stun gun on NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown during a January arrest.


Clippers, coach Doc Rivers agree to contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers and coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him around to oversee the post-Lob City era.


Rockets to wear patches to honor Santa Fe shooting victims

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets will wear patches on their jerseys to honor the victims of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.


Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals.


Harden scores 30, Rockets even series at 2 games apiece

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Chris Paul pounded the ball down demonstratively on Stephen Curry's home court in sheer delight.


» Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dikembe Mutombo to receive Sager Strong Award

NEW YORK (AP) Hall of Fame basketball player Dikembe Mutombo will receive the Sager Strong Award at this year's NBA Awards show.


Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals


Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals


Simmons, Mitchell unanimous picks for NBA All-Rookie team

NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Utah's Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA's All-Rookie team.


Rockets-Warriors a roller-coaster of blowouts after 3 games

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) One thing is clear through three games of the power-packed Western Conference finals between a Golden State team that has won two of the past three championships and a Houston team that had a league-best 65 wins.


BIG3 league to conduct youth 3-on-3 tournaments this season

NEW YORK (AP) The BIG3 will host 3-on-3 tournaments and skills clinics for children in the cities where it plays games this season.


Milwaukee police to release video of Bucks guard’s arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee's mayor is expressing concern about police conduct in the stun-gun arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown in January.


» Monday, May 21, 2018

Kerr honored for excellence on court, cooperation with media

Golden State's Steve Kerr has won the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given to an NBA coach in recognition of his cooperation with media and fans, as well as excellence on the court.


Mike Budenholzer looks to unlock Bucks’ defensive potential

MILWAUKEE (AP) Preparing for Giannis Antetokounmpo kept Mike Budenholzer up at night.


Rockets-Warriors a roller-coaster of blowouts after 3 games

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) One thing is clear through three games of the power-packed Western Conference finals between a Golden State team that has won two of the past three championships and a Houston team that had a league-best 65 wins.


Warriors’ Andre Iguodala doubtful for Game 4 with sore knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is listed as doubtful for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night against Houston because of a sore left knee.


Warriors’ Andre Iguodala doubtful for Game 4 with sore knee

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is listed as doubtful for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night against Houston.


LeBronzed? James honored by drive to build statue of him

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James may go from idolized to immortalized in his hometown.


LeBronzed? James honored by drive to build statue of him

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James may go from idolized to immortalized in his hometown.


After a year lost to hoops scandal, Bowen seeks answers

Brian Bowen had the opportunity to spend a couple of days last week playing in real basketball games, replete with scoreboards and referees and with every courtside seat filled.


» Sunday, May 20, 2018

Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the Houston star as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.


Road tripped: Celtics’ Game 3 loss another playoff pothole

CLEVELAND (AP) The Celtics were loose, smiling and laughing. They weren't straining to hear each other speak and there were no obnoxious Cleveland fans heckling them.


Road tripped: Celtics’ Game 3 loss another playoff pothole

CLEVELAND (AP) The Celtics were loose, smiling and laughing. They weren't straining to hear each other speak and there were no obnoxious Cleveland fans heckling them.


Warriors eager to get back on the court, respond from loss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) One good beating per series is plenty for Draymond Green and Golden State.


» Saturday, May 19, 2018

Basketball great Bill Russell released from hospital

SEATTLE (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell was released from a Seattle hospital Saturday after an overnight stay for an unknown condition.


Warriors eager to get back on the court, respond from loss

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) One good beating per series is plenty for Draymond Green and Golden State.


Basketball great Bill Russell released from hospital

SEATTLE (AP) NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell has been released from a Seattle hospital after an overnight stay for an unknown condition.


Basketball great Bill Russell hospitalized briefly

SEATTLE (AP) NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell has been released from a Seattle hospital after an overnight stay for an unknown condition.


Weary king: LeBron says he loses sleep after playoff losses

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James knows the odds are stacked against the Cavaliers. He's lost sleep over it.


Big rebound: Cavs confident they can bounce back vs Celtics

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) They've survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA's most compelling reality show - or, as some have called it, spectacle.


» Friday, May 18, 2018

Stephen Curry, Warriors unconcerned about MVP’s shooting

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry has absolutely no concerns about his 3-point touch, so he's counting on the first one he takes going in.


Rockets head into Game 3 confident after big win in Game 2

HOUSTON (AP) The Rockets have reason to feel good, tied with Golden State after winning Game 2 in a rout in the Western Conference finals.


Bulls F Zipser has surgery to repair broken left foot

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Paul Zipser has had surgery to repair a broken left foot.


Houston teams; athletes offer support after school shooting

HOUSTON (AP) Rockets star Chris Paul is among many in the Houston sports world offering condolences to the families affected by an area school shooting that left 10 people dead.


For some players, changes to draft rules may come too late

CHICAGO (AP) Mo Bamba is fully convinced that he's ready for the NBA.


Houston’s P.J. Tucker’s unique style a hit on, off the court

HOUSTON (AP) P.J. Tucker wasn't a high draft pick and actually is undersized by NBA standards.


Duke’s Allen understands he has to address concerns head-on

CHICAGO (AP) The way Grayson Allen sees it, he might as well attack this full-court press head-on.


» Thursday, May 17, 2018

Back and better: Porter Jr. says he’s best in draft class

CHICAGO (AP) If given the chance, Michael Porter Jr. would have a simple question for those who touted him as the best NBA prospect in this draft class a year ago and no longer do today.


Celtics hope to put road woes aside vs. Cavs in Cleveland

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Home-court advantage has proven to be a valuable commodity for the Celtics so far this postseason.


Bucks officially announce hiring of coach Mike Budenholzer

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new coach.


It happens every spring: LeBron forced to carry Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James recovered quickly from his neck strain. There's still too much stress on his back.


Bucks officially announce hiring of coach Mike Budenholzer

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new coach.


Rockets rout Warriors 127-105 to tie series at 1-all

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season.


» Wednesday, May 16, 2018

AP Source: Bucks agree to hire Mike Budenholzer as coach

A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer to become the team's next coach.


AP Source: Bucks agree to hire Mike Budenholzer as coach

A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached agreement with Mike Budenholzer to become the team's next coach.


AP source: The Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer as head coach.

MILWAUKEE (AP) AP source: The Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer as head coach.


AP source: The Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer as head coach.

MILWAUKEE (AP) AP source: The Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer as head coach.


Harden, James, Davis finalists for NBA MVP award

NEW YORK (AP) Houston's James Harden, Cleveland's LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA's MVP award.


Backcourt blues: Cavs guards Smith, Hill horrible in Game 2

CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford's back and shoved Boston's big man out of bounds.


Backcourt blues: Cavs guards Smith, Hill horrible in Game 2

CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford's back and shoved Boston's big man out of bounds.


Celtics’ Marcus Smart has been unflappable against Cavaliers

BOSTON (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make ''winning plays'' with the game on the line.


Backcourt blues: Cavs guards Smith, Hill horrible in Game 2

CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford's back and shoved Boston's big man out of bounds.


Rockets have much to improve heading into Game 2 vs Warriors

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have plenty of things to fix after squandering their coveted home-court advantage in the Western Conference finals.


Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron, down Cavs 107-94

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout.


Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron, down Cavs 107-94

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout.


Tuesday’s Sports in Brief

BASEBALL


Suns already know 3 great candidates for No. 1 pick

CHICAGO (AP) Deandre Ayton might be going back to Arizona after all. The same can be true for Marvin Bagley III. Or maybe Luka Doncic gets to reunite with his past coach.


Green’s conference finals culmination of long journey

HOUSTON (AP) �� Gerald Green was at a crossroads.


Cavs star James goes to locker room after shot to jaw

BOSTON (AP) Cavaliers forward LeBron James said he just needed a chance to ''recalibrate'' when he left in the second quarter Tuesday night after taking a shot to the jaw from Boston's Jayson Tatum.


» Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron, down Cavs 107-94

BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.


Cavs star James goes to locker room after shot to jaw

BOSTON (AP) Cavaliers forward LeBron James left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night and went to the Cleveland locker room in the second quarter after colliding with Boston's Jayson Tatum under the basket.


Suns win NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1 next month

CHICAGO (AP) Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough was on stage moments after the NBA draft lottery ended, talking about the future of the Suns and mentioning how they had the best odds of picking No. 1 overall.


Suns wins NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1 next month

CHICAGO (AP) Phoenix has won the No. 1 pick in next month's NBA draft.


Suns win NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1 next month

CHICAGO (AP) Phoenix has won the No. 1 pick in next month's NBA draft.


Phoenix Suns win NBA draft lottery, will have No. 1 overall pick next month

CHICAGO (AP) Phoenix Suns win NBA draft lottery, will have No. 1 overall pick next month.


NBA teams look to the future with draft lottery, combine

Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA's eyes turn to the future this week.


Welcome, rookies: Kokoskov, Pierce getting their 1st shots

Brad Stevens' first opportunity to become an NBA head coach was presented to him by Boston. Same goes for Tyronn Lue, with Cleveland. Same goes for Steve Kerr, with Golden State.


Durant’s 37 lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

HOUSTON (AP) Kevin Durant continues to deliver in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors.


» Monday, May 14, 2018

Igor Kokoskov takes aim at resurrecting Suns franchise

PHOENIX (AP) Igor Kokoskov is the first NBA head coach born and raised outside North America, but he reminded everyone at his introductory news conference with the Phoenix Suns on Monday that he didn't exactly just get off the plane.


Lineup change possible as LeBron, Cavs look to bounce back

BOSTON (AP) Put Kevin Love's name atop the list of the Cavaliers that walked out of Cleveland's 25-point Eastern Conference finals Game 1 loss to Boston a little staggered, but with an unbowed head.


Lay your money down: Court says states can OK sports betting

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks.


Ray Allen says LeBron James doing what he does in playoffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Ray Allen has enjoyed watching former teammate LeBron James lead Cleveland through the NBA playoffs. And it's not much different than what Allen saw almost daily when the two were part of the Miami Heat's run to a NBA title in 2013.


Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.


New Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says defense is ’who I am’

ATLANTA (AP) At the start of his first news conference as the Atlanta Hawks coach, Lloyd Pierce looked down at a row filled with four of his new players.


» Sunday, May 13, 2018

LeBron has ’zero’ concern after Cavs’ lopsided Game 1 loss

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James has made Boston's TD Garden his personal playground during the playoffs in recent years.


Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beating Cavaliers 108-83

BOSTON (AP) Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and scorched the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.


Top-seed Houston hosts Warriors to start conference finals

HOUSTON (AP) The Golden State Warriors are in the unfamiliar position of opening on the road as they prepare for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals with the top-seeded Rockets in Houston on Monday night in the series that many have been waiting for all season.


» Saturday, May 12, 2018

Cavs, Celtics ready for Eastern Conference finals rematch

BOSTON (AP) The jerseys and venues will be the same, but so much has changed since the last time Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics met in the Eastern Conference finals.


Point grad: Cavs’ Hill receives diploma during NBA playoffs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) George Hill has gone from point guard to point grad in the NBA playoffs.


Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni, king of the 3, draws singular praise

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry and Draymond Green admire Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni from afar for how he empowers all his players to be scorers.


Point grad: Cavs’ Hill receives diploma during NBA playoffs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) George Hill has gone from point guard to point grad in the NBA playoffs.


» Friday, May 11, 2018

Celtics’ Stevens remains humble as team continues to thrive

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) When Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics head coaching job five years ago, he didn't allow himself to get caught up in thinking about how he could add his name to the franchise's rich history.


Rebuilding Hawks pick 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as coach

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are hiring a young coach in Lloyd Pierce to lead a rebuilding team that is about to add even more youth.


On Basketball: Casey’s firing means good isn’t good enough

The regular season is irrelevant.


Atlanta hiring Lloyd Pierce as Hawks’ next head coach

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are giving Lloyd Pierce his first head coaching job in the NBA, choosing a man who has been an assistant with Philadelphia and Memphis to rebuild the franchise.


Hawks reach agreement with Lloyd Pierce for the Philadelphia 76ers assistant to be Atlanta’s head coach

ATLANTA (AP) Hawks reach agreement with Lloyd Pierce for the Philadelphia 76ers assistant to be Atlanta's head coach.


Celtics’ Stevens remains humble as team continues to thrive

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) When Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics head coaching job five years ago, he didn't allow himself to get caught up in thinking about how he could add his name to the franchise's rich history.


Houston’s Capela develops into pivotal player for Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's Clint Capela certainly isn't a household name, and doesn't get nearly the attention other centers like Ruby Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns receive.


Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey after another sweep by Cavs

TORONTO (AP) Masai Ujiri believes Dwane Casey deserves to be recognized as the best coach in the NBA, but the Toronto president doesn't think Casey should be leading the Raptors.


Basketball Without Borders returns to India

NEW YORK (AP) Basketball Without Borders is returning to India.


Wicked good: LeBron undaunted by Boston, Celtics’ mystique

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) There haven't been any championship banners hoisted into Boston's hallowed rafters since 2008.


On Basketball: Casey’s firing means good isn’t good enough

The regular season is irrelevant.


Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey after another sweep by Cavs

TORONTO (AP) Masai Ujiri believes Dwane Casey deserves to be recognized as the best coach in the NBA, but the Toronto president doesn't think Casey should be leading the Raptors.


Hawks offer glimpse of renovated arena with virtual tour

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are using a high-tech virtual tour to give current and potential season ticket holders a glimpse of their renovated arena.


Hawks offer glimpse of renovated arena with virtual tour

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks are using a high-tech virtual tour to give current and potential season ticket holders a glimpse of their renovated arena.


Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey after another sweep by Cavs

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors fired Dwane Casey on Friday after the team was swept in the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight season.


Borrego ready to coach Hornets team with existing roster

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) New Hornets coach James Borrego plans make Charlotte relevant again in the NBA's Eastern Conference by developing the existing players on the roster.


Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey after another sweep by Cavs

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have fired Dwane Casey after the team was swept in the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for second straight season.


Panthers sign running back Kenjon Barner from Eagles

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent running back Kenjon Barner from the Philadelphia Eagles to a one-year contract.


Raptors fire NBA Coach of Year Dwane Casey after team is swept in playoffs by Cavaliers for 2nd straight time

TORONTO (AP) Raptors fire NBA Coach of Year Dwane Casey after team is swept in playoffs by Cavaliers for 2nd straight time .


» Thursday, May 10, 2018

Connected at hip: Cavs, Celtics intertwined since big trade

CLEVELAND (AP) Boston playoff star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue are cousins. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be.


Connected at hip: Cavs, Celtics intertwined since big trade

CLEVELAND (AP) Boston playoff star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue are cousins. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be.


Paul to bring slime as host of Kids’ Choice Sports awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul is going to bring the slime as host of the Kids' Choice Sports awards.


Hornets officially name James Borrego as coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Hornets have officially named James Borrego as head coach.


76ers’ future looking strong following 52-win season

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers have morphed from laughingstock to legitimate Eastern Conference contender in just two seasons.


Connected at hip: Cavs, Celtics intertwined since big trade

CLEVELAND (AP) Boston playoff star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue are cousins. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be.


Cavs laugh off Hood’s apology for not entering Game 4

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Rodney Hood got an unusual reaction when he apologized to his Cleveland teammates for refusing to check into Game 4 against Toronto.


Oklahoma City forward Collison retiring after 15 seasons

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 years in the NBA.


Cavs’ Hood apologizes for refusing to enter Game 4 blowout

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers forward Rodney Hood has apologized to coach Tyronn Lue and his teammates for refusing to check into Game 4 against Toronto.


Oklahoma City forward Collison retiring after 15 seasons

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 years with the Thunder.


Draymond Green elevates game, brings it on both ends for W’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Draymond Green's remarkable postseason has pushed beyond basketball, featuring Charles Barkley declaring he'd like to punch the emotional Golden State forward, a death threat from a frustrated fan who Green encouraged to get the help he needs, and an attempt by the All-Star to listen in on the Pelicans huddle.


Paul to bring slime as host of Kids’ Choice Sports awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul is going to bring the slime as host of the Kids' Choice Sports awards.


The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.


The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.


Celtics complete improbable run back to conference finals

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have been mining possibility out of improbable odds throughout the 2017-2018 season.


The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.


Celtics beat 76ers 114-112 in Game 5, advance to face Cavs

BOSTON (AP) With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by two, Marcus Smart had a chance to clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws.


» Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Thunder’s Paul George has arthroscopic surgery on left knee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.


Kings promote Peja Stojakovic to assistant GM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings have promoted Peja Stojakovic to assistant general manager.


Donovan Mitchell remains key as Jazz head into offseason

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Restless nights became common for Donovan Mitchell during his rookie season.


Raptors not all-in on Dwane Casey’s future, evaluating team

TORONTO (AP) Raptors head coach Dwane Casey knows this much about his future in Toronto: his key to the gym still works.


Kings shift Stojakovic into assistant general manager role

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Peja Stojakovic is now an assistant general manager of the Sacramento Kings, after spending the last three seasons with the franchise in other executive capacities.


Pelicans, Davis, enter offseason encouraged, yet unsatisfied

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis wasn't willing to call the New Orleans Pelicans' season a success.


Finally: Warriors-Rockets is the series everyone wanted

The buildup for this series truly began in February, with some pointed comments from Golden State's Draymond Green.


Raptors’ Dwane Casey voted by peers as NBA coach of the year

The Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey was the NBA's best coach this season, according to his fellow NBA coaches.


76ers billionaire owner talks friendship, freeing Meek Mill

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Michael Rubin poses for pictures and shares bro hugs from his courtside seat before Philadelphia 76ers playoff games with a hodgepodge of celebrities that could be straight out of a ''Dancing With The Stars'' casting call.


76ers billionaire owner talks friendship, freeing Meek Mill

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Michael Rubin poses for pictures and shares bro hugs from his courtside seat before Philadelphia 76ers playoff games with a hodgepodge of celebrities that could be straight out of a ''Dancing With The Stars'' casting call.


Paul finally gets into conference finals as Rockets advance

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul is an ultra-intense competitor, often the most passionate player on the court.


Warriors reach fourth straight Western Conference finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After a Game 3 flop in New Orleans, similar to that lone first-round loss against San Antonio last month, coach Steve Kerr provided a quick reminder to the Golden State Warriors:


Curry "off the leash" in leading Warriors past Pelicans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is back doing everything with fire, flair and without fear after impatiently spending almost a month and a half on the sidelines.


Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul didn't want to talk about his postseason failures, not after Houston's win Tuesday over Utah finally got him into the Western Conference finals.


Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul didn't want to talk about his postseason failures, not after Houston's win Tuesday over Utah finally got him into the Western Conference finals.


» Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers to finally reach the conference finals, helping the Houston Rockets eliminate the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5 on Tuesday night.


Pistons have decisions to make in post-Van Gundy era

DETROIT (AP) When the Detroit Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy in 2014, owner Tom Gores called it the most important decision his organization had made.


76ers hope to keep thwarting history in Game 5 vs. Celtics

BOSTON (AP) An improbable Eastern Conference finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers is in reach for the Boston Celtics.


In Fizdale, Knicks get coach LeBron likes and players praise

NEW YORK (AP) The more Knicks management asked about David Fizdale, the more they heard how much players respect him.


Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson resigns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson abruptly resigned Tuesday and the team said he had fallen short of meeting its ''high standards of conduct'' amid reports he had acted improperly toward women.


Raptors’ Casey on hot seat after third playoff loss to Cavs

TORONTO (AP) To DeMar DeRozan, regular-season and playoff basketball are as different as checkers and chess.


Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson resigns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson has resigned amid reports that women had accused him of improper conduct.


Timberwolves assistant coach Rick Brunson resigns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves say assistant coach Rick Brunson has resigned amid reports that women had accused him of improper conduct.


AP sources: Hornets finalize deal with Borrego as new coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan has his guy.


AP source: Cavs won’t discipline Hood for refusal to play

CLEVELAND (AP) Rodney Hood's playoff problems now extend to off the court.


AP source: Cavs not disciplining Hood for not entering game

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers will not fine or suspend forward Rodney Hood for refusing to enter Game 4 against Toronto.


Sweep, sleep: Cavs oust Raptors, wait for East finals foe

CLEVELAND (AP) Their doubters are dropping off as quickly as the competition.


LeBroom: James, Cavs sweep Raptors to make conference finals

CLEVELAND (AP) Once the sweeping was done, LeBron James peeled off his jersey and headed toward the locker room. He stopped on the way to share a moment with his two sons, who held basketballs while patiently waiting to take some shots.


» Monday, May 7, 2018

McConnell helps 76ers hold off elimination against Boston

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The chants for ''TJ! TJ!'' grew louder each time T.J. McConnell darted through the lane for an easy basket or buried a 3 to build an insurmountable lead for the 76ers. He wore a sheepish look as teammates rubbed his head on the bench in appreciation, the big moment due on an undrafted guard who plugged a role in the early Process days and morphed into a surprise postseason savior.


Down 3-0, Raptors change lineup for Game 4 against Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) Down 3-0 in the series to LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Toronto coach Dwane Casey changed his starting lineup for Game 4.


Rockets, Warriors look to advance to conference finals

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul is a win away from finally reaching the Western Conference finals in his 10th season in the playoffs.


Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president

DETROIT (AP) After four seasons of mostly mediocre results, the Detroit Pistons are moving on without Stan Van Gundy.


Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president

DETROIT (AP) After four seasons of mostly mediocre results, the Detroit Pistons are moving on without Stan Van Gundy.


Clock running down: Raptors almost out of time against Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) After three games, the Toronto Raptors have yet to find the answer.


Knicks announce hiring of David Fizdale as new coach

NEW YORK (AP) David Fizdale has been hired as coach of the Knicks, saying he is hoping to ''build the type of winning team the passionate fans of New York will be proud of.''


Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president

DETROIT (AP) After four seasons of mostly mediocre results, the Detroit Pistons are moving on without Stan Van Gundy.


Pelicans’ preferred pace presents dilemma vs. Warriors

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Pelicans' penchant for pushing the pace looks more and more like a quixotic mission to out-Warrior the Warriors.


Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president

DETROIT (AP) Stan Van Gundy will not return to the Detroit Pistons as coach or president of basketball operations.


Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president

DETROIT (AP) Stan Van Gundy will not return to the Detroit Pistons as coach or president of basketball operations.


Detroit Pistons fire head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons fire head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy.


In the NBA playoffs, teams quick to tinker with lineups

The ''Death Lineup'' breathed new life into the Golden State Warriors.


» Sunday, May 6, 2018

Comedian apologizes for ’edgy joke’ about Warriors’ Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A comedian is apologizing for a social media post in which he said he hopes Golden State forward Draymond Green ''gets shot in the face'' leaving the arena after Game 4 of a playoff series against the Pelicans.


Comedian apologizes for ’edgy joke’ about Warriors’ Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A New Orleans-area comedian is apologizing for a social media post in which he said he hopes Golden State forward Draymond Green ''gets shot in the face'' leaving the arena after Game 4 of a playoff series against the Pelicans.


Durant’s scores 38, Warriors down Pelicans for 3-1 lead

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Kevin Durant made his approach to taking over a pivotal NBA playoff game sound so simple - and look that way, too.


Raptors president fined $25K for walking on court to yell

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri $25,000 for walking onto the court at halftime of Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers to verbally confront officials for reversing a call.


Raptors president fined $25K for walking on court to yell

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri $25,000 for walking onto the court at halftime of Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers to verbally confront officials for reversing a call.


Captain crunch: LeBron shines brightest when closing games

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James breaks hearts, shatters dreams and delivers joy all in one breath. He carries one city, crushes the other.


Game 4: Cavaliers, Celtics look to finish off East sweeps

The unthinkable has happened before.


LeBank: James hits buzzer-beater to down Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) The moment required brilliance. LeBron James delivered again.


LeBank: James hits buzzer-beater to down Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) The moment required brilliance. LeBron James delivered again.


Celtics take 3-0 series lead with OT win over 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Al Horford had no use for the premature celebration that showered confetti all over the 76ers' home court at the end of regulation, delaying overtime and prompting an impromptu cleanup job.


» Saturday, May 5, 2018

Rondo, Green serve up spicy subplot in NBA playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rajon Rondo and Draymond Green have won NBA titles and never have been known to shy away from conflict on the court.


Rondo, Green serve up spicy subplot in NBA playoffs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Rajon Rondo and Draymond Green have won NBA titles and never have been known to shy away from conflict on the court.


LeBron knows Cleveland can’t get cavalier with 2-0 lead

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) A devout student of the game, LeBron James understands that history says the Cavaliers will likely eliminate the Raptors.


AP source: Spurs’ Becky Hammon plans to interview with Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon plans to interview for the Milwaukee Bucks' coaching job, a person familiar with the search told The Associated Press.


Rockets blast Jazz 113-92 to take series lead

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) When Houston's offense gets going, the Rockets are nearly impossible to beat.


AP source: Spurs’ Becky Hammon plans to interview with Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon plans to interview for the Milwaukee Bucks' coaching job, a person familiar with the search told The Associated Press.


» Friday, May 4, 2018

Bucks beginning coaching search, with Prunty in pool

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks' coaching search is underway, with interviews starting as early as this weekend.


Bucks beginning coaching search, with Prunty in pool

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks' coaching search is underway, with interviews starting as early as this weekend.


Bucks beginning coaching search, with Prunty in pool

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the search for the team's next coach is underway with interviews starting as early as this weekend.


Called shot: LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what's happening again to the Toronto Raptors.


AP sources: Hornets begin narrowing coaching search

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan is getting closer to hiring his next NBA coach.


AP sources: Hornets begin narrowing coaching search

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) People familiar with the situation say the Hornets are narrowing their head coaching search after interviewing several candidates.


Called shot: LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what's happening again to the Toronto Raptors.


Kevin Hart’s jet blows tire landing in Boston; no one hurt

BOSTON (AP) It was a rough landing during a rough week for Kevin Hart.


Kevin Hart’s jet blows tire landing in Boston; no one hurt

BOSTON (AP) It was a rough landing during a rough week for Kevin Hart.


James scores 43 as Cavs beat Raptors 128-110 in Game 2

TORONTO (AP) Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store.


Kevin Hart’s jet blows tire landing in Boston, no one hurt

BOSTON (AP) It was a rough landing during a rough week for actor and comedian Kevin Hart.


Dragic looks to summer, sees bright future in Miami

MIAMI (AP) Goran Dragic is going back to his native Slovenia in a few weeks for the summer. There's a couple of weddings the Miami Heat guard needs to attend, a trip scheduled with his wife to Paris for a fashion show and probably even some pickup basketball to remind his friends that he's an NBA All-Star and they aren't.


Game on! NBA makes esports entry with NBA 2K League debut

NEW YORK (AP) On the night LeBron James began the second round of the playoffs, a computerized Cavalier tormented teams the way the real Cleveland superstar does.


» Thursday, May 3, 2018

Warriors’ McCaw cleared for limited on-court work

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Golden State Warriors reserve guard Patrick McCaw has been cleared for limited on-court activities as he tries to come back from a spinal bruise that has sidelined him since March 31.


Warriors guard Patrick McCaw cleared to do on-court work

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State guard Patrick McCaw has been cleared to do some modified shooting and on-court running following a frightening fall at Sacramento on March 31 when he lost feeling in his lower half and was taken out on a stretcher with a severely bruised lower back.


AP source: Knicks agree to deal with Fizdale to be new coach

NEW YORK (AP) David Fizdale is coming back to coaching as the latest pick of the New York Knicks to turn around their franchise.


NBA asks Raptors to tell rapper Drake to tone it down

TORONTO (AP) The NBA has asked the Toronto Raptors to tell rapper Drake to avoid a repeat of his verbal exchanges with Cleveland's Kendrick Perkins during Game 1 of Toronto's second-round series against the Cavaliers.


AP source: Knicks agree to deal with Fizdale to be new coach

NEW YORK (AP) A person with knowledge of the details says the New York Knicks have agreed to hire David Fizdale as their new coach.


Warriors’ shooters deal with off-nights in different ways

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When Stephen Curry's shot needs a little something, he dives into ''The Menu.'' Warriors teammate Klay Thompson might put up a few extra shots after an off night. If Kevin Durant is trying to rediscover his rhythm, he does some studying that usually means watching his made shots.


Jazz heading home, looking for 2-1 lead on the Rockets

Quin Snyder walked into his news conference after Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals with a stoic look, slowly rubbing his forehead, barely if ever cracking anything that would resemble a smile.


Rookies Fultz, Tatum having different playoff experiences

BOSTON (AP) When Markelle Fultz spent two days in Boston last June visiting the Celtics during the pre-draft process, it felt like home.


Warriors’ shooters deal with off-nights in different ways

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When Stephen Curry's shot needs a little something, he dives into ''The Menu.'' Warriors teammate Klay Thompson might put up a few extra shots after an off night. If Kevin Durant is trying to rediscover his rhythm, he does some studying that usually means watching his made shots.


Rookies Fultz, Tatum having different playoff experiences

BOSTON (AP) When Markelle Fultz spent two days in Boston last June visiting the Celtics during the pre-draft process, it felt like home.


Warriors’ shooters deal with off-nights in different ways

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When Stephen Curry's shot needs a little something, he dives into ''The Menu.'' Warriors teammate Klay Thompson might put up a few extra shots after an off night. If Kevin Durant is trying to rediscover his rhythm, he does some studying that usually means watching his made shots.


Rookies Fultz, Tatum having different playoff experiences

BOSTON (AP) When Markelle Fultz spent two days in Boston last June visiting the Celtics during the pre-draft process, it felt like home.


Warriors’ shooters deal with off-nights in different ways

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When Stephen Curry's shot needs a little something, he dives into ''The Menu.'' Warriors teammate Klay Thompson might put up a few extra shots after an off night. If Kevin Durant is trying to rediscover his rhythm, he does some studying that usually means watching his made shots.


Rookies Fultz, Tatum having different playoff experiences

BOSTON (AP) When Markelle Fultz spent two days in Boston last June visiting the Celtics during the pre-draft process, it felt like home.


Suns hire Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as new head coach

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.


Ingles’ career night leads Jazz over Rockets 116-108

HOUSTON (AP) Utah had a four-point lead in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night when Donovan Mitchell missed a jumper and sailed above three Houston Rockets to grab the rebound and finish with a nifty one-handed slam.


» Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Thunder GM: Coach Billy Donovan will return next season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Wednesday that coach Billy Donovan's job is safe, despite a disappointing season.


Suns hire Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as new head coach

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.


Suns hire Jazz assistant Kokoskov as new head coach

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.


Suns hire Jazz assistant Kokoskov as new head coach

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.


Celtics’ Brown 1 of many injuries impacting NBA playoffs

Injuries are having a major impact on the NBA playoffs.


Thunder GM: Coach Billy Donovan will return next season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder general manager Sam Presti said coach Billy Donovan's job is safe, despite a disappointing season.


Bickerstaff: Grizzlies will rebound from 60-loss season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff believes he can make the franchise competitive immediately with a quick recovery from a 60-loss season.


Bickerstaff: Grizzlies will rebound from 60-loss season

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff believes he can make the franchise competitive immediately with a quick recovery from a 60-loss season.


James has triple-double, Cavs beat Raptors in OT in Game 1

TORONTO (AP) This time, LeBron James didn't have to do it all by himself.


James has triple-double, Cavs beat Raptors in OT in Game 1

TORONTO (AP) This time, LeBron James didn't have to do it all by himself.


Stephen Curry returns to score 28, Warriors beat Pelicans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Long before tipoff, Stephen Curry swished his routine tunnel shot on the second try. Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous energy and anticipation.


James has triple-double, Cavs beat Raptors in OT in Game 1

TORONTO (AP) This time, LeBron James didn't have to do it all by himself.


» Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Jazz try to slow Harden in Game 2 after Game 1 rout

HOUSTON (AP) No one on the Utah Jazz is using the word ''stop'' when referring to what they'll try to do to James Harden in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night after the Houston Rockets' star scored 41 points in a Game 1 rout.


Grizzlies give Bickerstaff new deal, remove interim tag

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have decided to make J.B. Bickerstaff their next head coach, removing the interim tag from his title.


Grizzlies give Bickerstaff new deal, remove interim tag

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies have decided to make J.B. Bickerstaff their next head coach, removing the interim tag from his title.


Rozier (29 pts), Tatum (28) help Celtics beat 76ers 117-101

BOSTON (AP) Boston's rising stars stalled The Process and led the Celtics to victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.


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