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Fri May 2522:04Cavs All-Star Love sustains head injury in Game 6Kevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Jeff GreenPFThunderSchellackers
George HillPGSpursIavaronis
Jayson TatumFree Agent
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 and Tatum inadvertently collided midway through the quarter and both dropped to the floor. Love, who missed a March 28 game at Charlotte with a concussion, immediately raised his left arm as if to signal he needed help.He stayed down for several minutes before he was pulled to his feet. Love walked unsteadily to the bench with guard George Hill holding one of his arms. Love sat briefly before heading to the locker room for further evaluation.The Cavs said Love is being evaluated for a concussion and being kept out as a precaution.Love was replaced by Jeff Green, who sparked the Cavs to a 54-43 halftime lead.Tatum stayed in the game.Love, who is in his fourth season with Cleveland and is the club's second-best player, is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds in the series.
Fri May 2521:14Love leaves Game 6 after banging head with Boston's TatumKevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Jeff GreenPFThunderSchellackers
George HillPGSpursIavaronis
Jayson TatumFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love left Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals after banging heads with Boston's Jayson Tatum.Love and Tatum inadvertently collided midway through the quarter and both dropped to the floor. Love, who missed a March 28 game at Charlotte with a concussion, immediately raised his arm as if to signal he needed help.He stayed down for several minutes before he was helped to his feet. He walked unsteadily to the bench with guard George Hill holding one of his arm. Love sat briefly before heading to the locker room for further evaluation.The team had no immediate word on Love's condition. He was replaced by Jeff Green.Tatum stayed in the game.Love, who is in his fourth season with Cleveland and is the club's second-best player, is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds in the series.
Fri May 2517:44Warriors facing elimination but undaunted entering Game 6Stephen CurrySGWarriorsBuchanalia
James HardenSGThunderSchellackers
Andre IguodalaSG76ersIavaronis
Chris PaulPGNO HornetsFree Agent
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."We have a chance to tie the series at home. That's a pretty good position to be in," coach Steve Kerr said. "We've got to win two basketball games and we've done that an awful lot, so we're very confident."The defending champions trail Houston 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after consecutive wins by the Rockets, capped by Thursday night's 98-94 victory . Now the series shifts to Oracle Arena, a place where the Warriors have lost just one time in their last 17 playoff games.Stephen Curry said the Warriors are encouraged despite falling behind in the series because they believe both games could have gone their way and that a few simple corrections will get them back on track."We have an opportunity to re-establish ourselves at home, get a big win, keep ourselves alive, and then roll the dice into Game 7," Curry said. "No... [More]
Fri May 2516:34Rockets lose ailing Chris Paul, vow to dig in for Game 6James HardenSGThunderSchellackers
Chris PaulPGNO HornetsFree Agent
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.Paul was injured in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's victory that gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals."I hate it for him, above all," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He's practically won us the last two games. But great opportunity for other guys and we have plenty to choose from and we'll be ready."Eric Gordon, the star of Game 5, will start in Paul's place Saturday night. He started 30 games this season while Paul and James Harden dealt with injuries."It will not change anything that we do or how we do it," D'Antoni said.Paul's right leg will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston following Game 6. On Friday, he was with the team, laughing and joking with teammates as they walked on the court for practice.Harden said the Rockets don't have time to dwell on the ab... [More]
Fri May 2516:14On Basketball: Injuries taketh away, and injuries givethKevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Kevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Klay ThompsonFree Agent
Quinn CookFree Agent
Stephen CurrySGWarriorsBuchanalia
Draymond GreenFree Agent
Gordon HaywardFree Agent
Andre IguodalaSG76ersIavaronis
Kyrie IrvingFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Kawhi LeonardFree Agent
Zaza PachuliaCHawksFree Agent
Chris PaulPGNO HornetsFree Agent
The NBA playoffs never go according to plan. The Golden State Warriors are proof of that.Again.They have been the league's best team over the last four seasons, without question. But even the great teams need injury luck on their side, as has been evident in each of their playoff runs over that span.Enter Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala this year.In 2015, Golden State didn't have to face injured Cleveland stars Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love in the NBA Finals and won the title.A year later, the Warriors blew a 3-1 finals lead against the Cavs because the series turned in Game 5 — not because Draymond Green was suspended (the often-offered and incorrect narrative), but because Andrew Bogut got clumsily taken out by J.R. Smith and the Warriors had no one left to defend the rim from LeBron James' constant onslaughts.Last year, Kawhi Leonard came down on Zaza Pachulia's foot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, San Antonio's big lead was gone in an instant and the Warriors steamrolled t... [More]
Fri May 2512:34Houston's Chris Paul out for Game 6 vs Warriors with injuryChris PaulPGNO HornetsFree Agent
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.Paul was injured in the fourth quarter of Houston's win over the Warriors on Thursday night. The win gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.The Rockets say Paul's strained right hamstring will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston following Game 6.
Fri May 2502:24Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA FinalsTrevor ArizaSF/SGRocketsThe Sith Lords
Clint CapelaFree Agent
Stephen CurrySGWarriorsBuchanalia
James HardenSGThunderSchellackers
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.And with three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt watching from a courtside seat Thursday night, this team long known for its powerful offense relied again on its defense to beat the Warriors 98-94 and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals."Both teams are playing their guys heavy minutes so shots will fall or not," James Harden said. "But I think whoever can buckle down and get stops consecutively and create opportunities with their defense is going to win or have a chance at winning games."The last two games, we've done that."Indeed. The Rockets bounced back from an embarrassing 41-point loss in Game 3, when Golden State scored 126 points, to hold the Warriors to fewer than 100 points in two straight wins. Houston's stingy defense helped the Rockets come out on top on a night when Harden, the MVP front-runner, wa... [More]
Thu May 2418:04Alarmed: LeBron, Cavs facing win-or-else Game 6 vs CelticsKevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Aron BaynesFree Agent
George HillPGSpursIavaronis
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Kyle KorverSGJazzFree Agent
Terry RozierFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonFree Agent
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.A piercing alarm sounded."Uh-oh," Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming siren.While Lue and his home were clearly safe, and the light-hearted moment passed quickly, it was also symbolic of Cleveland's urgent situation.The Cavs are in a dangerous spot.Beaten for the third time in Boston in these home-sweet-home Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland will face its second elimination game of the postseason on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.Game 6 is for everything.Except, of course, if there's a Game 7 on Sunday in Boston.Fueled by fueled-up Boston fans who must feel some sort of birthright to see their cherished team play in the Finals, the youthful Celtics again showed zero fear or hesitation on their parquet floor on Wednesday night during a 96-83 win in Game 5 that was never... [More]
Thu May 2418:04Bucks' Antetokounmpo named to All-NBA 2nd teamDeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsSchellackers
LaMarcus AldridgePFTrailblazersIavaronis
Giannis AntetokounmpoFree Agent
Joel EmbiidFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderThe Sith Lords
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named to the All-NBA second team.It's the second consecutive season that Antetokounmpo has been named second team All-NBA. He's the first Buck selected to an All-NBA team in back-to-back seasons since Sidney Moncrief in 1984-85 and 1985-86.In his fifth NBA season, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to their second consecutive playoff berth and the team's most wins since the 2009-10 season. He set new career highs in points (26.9) and rebounds (10.0) per game in addition to dishing out 4.8 assists per game, second-highest of his career. He also shot a career-best 52.9 percent from the field.Joining Antetokounmpoon on the All-NBA second team are San Antonio's LaMarcus Aldridge, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.
Thu May 2416:54James on record 12th All-NBA 1st team; Harden also unanimousDeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsSchellackers
Victor OladipoFree Agent
LaMarcus AldridgePFTrailblazersIavaronis
Giannis AntetokounmpoFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerFree Agent
Stephen CurrySGWarriorsBuchanalia
Anthony DavisFree Agent
Joel EmbiidFree Agent
Paul GeorgeFree Agent
James HardenSGThunderSchellackers
Damian LillardFree Agent
Karl-Anthony TownsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderThe Sith Lords
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.They were joined Thursday on the first team by New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Golden State's Kevin Durant and Portland's Damian Lillard.James passed Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone with the 12th first-team selection of his 15-year career. He also was a second-team selection twice.The second team was forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee and LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, and guards Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto.Injury absences sent Golden State's Stephen Curry tumbling to the third team, where he was joined in the backcourt by Indiana's Victor Oladipo. Minnesota teammates Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler, and Oklahoma City's Paul George rounded out the third team.Voting was done by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Thu May 2407:54NBA players Olynyk, Brewer, LeVert, Powell to coach in IndiaCorey BrewerSG/SFTimberwolvesSchellackers
Caris LeVertFree Agent
Kelly OlynykFree Agent
Dwight PowellFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is headed to India next week, bringing another Basketball Without Borders camp to Asia.Miami's Kelly Olynyk, Oklahoma City's Corey Brewer, Brooklyn's Caris LeVert and Dallas' Dwight Powell will be among the coaches at the camp that starts May 30, the NBA said Thursday.Olynyk was a BWB camp player in 2009, invited from his native Canada to play in Mexico City.Former WNBA players Ruth Riley and Ebony Hoffman will also be coaching in India, along with NBA assistant coaches — Brooklyn's Bret Brielmaier, Atlanta's Darvin Ham, Minnesota's Ryan Saunders and Utah's Mike Wells.The camp runs through June 2 at the NBA Academy in India. Boys and girls from 16 countries were invited.Other BWB camps are planned this year in Serbia and South Africa.
Thu May 2402:23Rockets to honor Texas school shooting victims before Game 5Chris PaulPGNO HornetsFree Agent
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.Each player's uniform will feature a gray rectangular patch on one shoulder that will read: "Santa Fe HS" when they meet the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. The words will be in green writing with a yellow outline as a nod to the school's colors."If it moves two or three people to understand that we've got to have some change, that would be great," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Your heart goes out to them and it puts you back in reality real quick. It's just time for something to change. We just can't go on (like this)."The patches are one of several tributes the team plans in the first home game since Friday's shooting. Eight students and two teachers died at the school, located 30 miles from downtown Houston. A 17-year-old student is being held on capital m... [More]
Wed May 2315:43Clippers, coach Doc Rivers agree to contract extensionBlake GriffinPFClippersFree Agent
DeAndre JordanCClippersTeam Lorin
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.The team announced the extension Wednesday while not disclosing terms of the deal. Rivers was set to enter the final year of his five-year contract next season.The 56-year-old coach has a 259-151 record in five years with the Clippers. They missed the playoffs this season for the first time in his tenure. Because of injuries, Rivers used a league-high 37 different starting lineups before the team finished with a 42-40 mark after trading Blake Griffin to Detroit in January.Rivers was stripped of his duties as president of basketball operations a year ago. His undivided attention led to one of his best coaching jobs this season that began with nine new players on the roster after the offseason departures of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford.Despite the injuries that led to 11 players missing a total of 265 games, the Clippers kept ... [More]
Wed May 2315:23Clippers, Doc Rivers agree to contract extensionBlake GriffinPFClippersFree Agent
DeAndre JordanCClippersTeam Lorin
Chris PaulPGNO HornetsFree Agent
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.The team announced the extension Wednesday while not disclosing terms of the deal. Rivers was set to enter the final year of his five-year contract next season.The 56-year-old coach has a 259-151 record in five years with the Clippers. They missed the playoffs this season for the first time in his tenure. Because of injuries, Rivers used a league-high 37 different starting lineups before the team finished with a 42-40 mark after trading Blake Griffin to Detroit in January.Rivers says he's proud of the team's past success but "there is more work to be done."Chris Paul left for Houston last summer and DeAndre Jordan, the last of the Big Three, could depart via free agency this summer.Rivers will preside over the team's remaking. The Clippers have two lottery picks in the June draft."Doc is one of the top coaches in the NBA, coming off one o... [More]
Tue May 2221:49Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5Kevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Jaylen BrownFree Agent
Gordon HaywardFree Agent
Al HorfordCHawksBack in the Saddle
Kyrie IrvingFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Kyle KorverSGJazzFree Agent
Terry RozierFree Agent
JR SmithSGNuggetsIavaronis
Jayson TatumFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonFree Agent
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.Two games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he's been to seven straight NBA Finals.Boston will be back in the embrace of its raucous fans at TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday. But a team that has thrived on youth this postseason suddenly looks disoriented without a go-to player and opposite a more veteran squad that has found a new attitude thanks to the fuel being provided by its biggest star.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said all you can do against James is "make it as hard as you can.""LeBron is the best player of this generation and he's just maintained that because of his commitment to improvement," Stevens said. "He's always been an unbelievable physical player. He's always been a savvy player. And he's always had, just like the natural instincts to make the right basketball play along wit... [More]
Tue May 2218:39Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5Kevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Jaylen BrownFree Agent
Gordon HaywardFree Agent
Al HorfordCHawksBack in the Saddle
Kyrie IrvingFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Kyle KorverSGJazzFree Agent
Terry RozierFree Agent
JR SmithSGNuggetsIavaronis
Jayson TatumFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonFree Agent
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 finalsTwo games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he's been to seven straight NBA finals.Boston will be back in the embrace of its raucous fans at TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday. But a team that has thrived on youth this postseason suddenly looks disoriented without a go-to player and opposite a more veteran squad that has found a new attitude thanks to the fuel being provided by its biggest star.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said all you can do against James is "make it as hard as you can.""LeBron is the best player of this generation and he's just maintained that because of his commitment to improvement," Stevens said. "He's always been an unbelievable physical player. He's always been a savvy player. And he's always had, just like the natural instincts to make the right basketball play along with... [More]
Tue May 2217:39Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5Kevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Jaylen BrownFree Agent
Gordon HaywardFree Agent
Al HorfordCHawksBack in the Saddle
Kyrie IrvingFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Kyle KorverSGJazzFree Agent
Terry RozierFree Agent
JR SmithSGNuggetsIavaronis
Jayson TatumFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonFree Agent
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 finalsTwo games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he's been to seven straight NBA finals.Boston will be back in the embrace of its raucous fans at TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday. But a team that has thrived on youth this postseason suddenly looks disoriented without a go-to player and opposite a more veteran squad that has found a new attitude thanks to the fuel being provided by its biggest star."My teammates are putting me in position and wanting me to be in attack mode and trusting me to put our guys in position to be successful," James said. "It's not about me. It's about the collective group, and I'm one of the byproducts of that."While the Cavs are certainly feeling rejuvenated, coach Tyronn Lue said it hasn't changed their sense of urgency."We still gotta play," Lue said. "We have veteran ... [More]
Sun May 2019:36Road tripped: Celtics' Game 3 loss another playoff potholeKevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Aron BaynesFree Agent
Jaylen BrownFree Agent
Jordan ClarksonFree Agent
Al HorfordCHawksBack in the Saddle
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Marcus MorrisFree Agent
Larry Nance Jr.Free Agent
Jayson TatumFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonFree Agent
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.All was quiet as Boston worked out Sunday.Practice isn't an issue on the road in the postseason. Playing games is the problem.Less than 24 hours after a 30-point bludgeoning at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics did some film study and critical evaluation.They were hard on themselves."I thought it was embarrassing," Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said of Boston's 116-86 loss — and his own performance. "I thought we came out, the way I played, the way I performed, how not aggressive I was in the first half, I look at that as fuel to come out in Game 4 and be excited about it and be ready to play and ready to fight."Brown scored just 10 points — 13 below his average after two games in the series — and was in almost immediate foul trouble as the Cavs domin... [More]
Sun May 2018:17Road tripped: Celtics' Game 3 loss another playoff potholeKevin LoveCTimberwolvesSchellackers
Jaylen BrownFree Agent
Jordan ClarksonFree Agent
Al HorfordCHawksBack in the Saddle
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersBack in the Saddle
Marcus MorrisFree Agent
Larry Nance Jr.Free Agent
Jayson TatumFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonFree Agent
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.All was quiet as Boston worked out Sunday.Practice isn't an issue on the road in the postseason. Playing games is the problem.Less than 24 hours after a 30-point bludgeoning at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics did some film study and critical evaluation.They were hard on themselves."I thought it was embarrassing," Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said of Boston's 116-86 loss — and his own performance. "I thought we came out, the way I played, the way I performed, how not aggressive I was in the first half, I look at that as fuel to come out in Game 4 and be excited about it and be ready to play and ready to fight."Brown scored just 10 points — 13 below his average after two games in the series — and was in almost immediate foul trouble as the Cavs domin... [More]
Sat May 1918:26Warriors eager to get back on the court, respond from lossKevin DurantSFThunderDoppelganger
Stephen CurrySGWarriorsBuchanalia
Draymond GreenFree Agent
James HardenSGThunderSchellackers
Andre MillerPGTrailblazersTeam Erik
Chris PaulPGNO HornetsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — One good beating per series is plenty for Draymond Green and Golden State.The Warriors got it in Game 2 at Houston, and now the defending champions plan to do what they seem to do best: bounce back with brilliance.As the Western Conference finals showdown shifts to Oracle Arena for Sunday's Game 3, tied at one game apiece, the Warriors have spent the past few days discussing their Game 2 troubles and what they're striving to do in order not to be dominated again.It's time to play."I think we're at our best when we feel threatened," Green said Saturday. "Game 1 we felt threatened, we came out with a sense of urgency. Game 2 we maybe didn't feel as threatened and the sense of urgency wasn't there. I think you're allowed one of those a series. We've had our one, now it's time to lock in for the remainder of the series."And for the Warriors that starts on the defensive end against Chris Paul, James Harden and Co., because when they get stops it allows Golden State ... [More]
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