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Fri May 2612:43Warriors open as favorite over Cavs in NBA FinalsStephen CurryPGWarriorsIavaronis
Kevin DurantSFThunderSchellackers
LeBron JamesSFHeatBuchanalia
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be the underdog against the Golden State Warriors as the NBA Finals get underway next week.The 2016 champion Cavs will battle the 2015 champion Warriors for the third straight year.James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cavaliers routed the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title.Both teams dominated throughout the playoffs -- the Warriors making history by going an unprecedented 12-0 through three rounds in the Western Conference with the Cavs losing just a single game to the Celtics.The league will showcase the two best teams again when the NBA Finals tip off on Thursday night (ABC, 9 p.m. ET).The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ES... [More]
Fri May 2611:35Warriors open as favorite over Cavs in NBA FinalsStephen CurryPGWarriorsIavaronis
Kevin DurantSFThunderSchellackers
LeBron JamesSFHeatBuchanalia
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be the underdog against the Golden State Warriors as the NBA Finals get underway next week.The 2016 champion Cavs will battle the 2015 champion Warriors for the third straight year.James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cavaliers routed the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title.Both teams dominated throughout the playoffs -- the Warriors making history by going an unprecedented 12-0 through three rounds in the Western Conference with the Cavs losing just a single game to the Celtics.The league will showcase the two best teams again when the NBA Finals tip off on Thursday night (ABC, 9 p.m. ET).The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ES... [More]
Fri May 2604:27F Amir Johnson (sprained right shoulder) able to play Thursday i...Amir JohnsonPFRaptorsFree Agent
F Amir Johnson (sprained right shoulder) was able to play Thursday in the Celtics' season-ending loss to the Cavaliers. He scored one point in six minutes.
Fri May 2604:27G Avery Bradley led Celtics with 23 points in season-ending loss...Avery BradleySGCelticsFree Agent
G Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points in a season-ending loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday."We're definitely disappointed. I felt like if we weren't, it would be a problem," Bradley said. "We feel like we should be here, and we feel like we should be a championship-contending team."
Fri May 2604:27F James Jones going to seventh straight NBA Finals, all with LeB...James JonesSFHeatFree Agent
F James Jones is going to his seventh straight NBA Finals, all with LeBron James. Bill Russell holds the record of appearing in 10 consecutive Finals. Jones scored two points in eight minutes Thursday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. Boston.
Fri May 2604:27G Deron Williams contributed 14 points in 17 minutes off bench a...Deron WilliamsPGNJ NetsTeam Erik
G Deron Williams contributed 14 points in 17 minutes off the bench as the Cavaliers rolled to a 135-102 blowout of the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Fri May 2604:27F Kevin Love had 15 points and 11 rebounds and game-high plus-43...Kevin LovePFTimberwolvesIavaronis
F Kevin Love had 15 points and 11 rebounds and was a game-high plus-43 as the Cavaliers rolled to a 135-102 blowout of the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Fri May 2604:27F Chris Bosh and Heat agreed to part waysChris BoshPFHeatSchellackers
F Chris Bosh and the Heat agreed to part ways. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald reported the sides were in talks Tuesday, and sources told ESPN on Wednesday that the Heat, Bosh and the players' union tentatively agreed to a resolution.Bosh, 33, was sidelined this past season when he failed a preseason physical -- Heat team doctors declined to clear him to take part in training camp -- after he missed the second half of the previous two seasons due to blood clots. Bosh last played in a game on Feb. 9, 2016, remaining on the Heat's roster and taking up salary cap space as the sides worked through medical and legal issues. His five-year, $118 million contract runs through the 2018-19 campaign.
Fri May 2604:27F LeBron James scored 35 points to become all-time playoff point...LeBron JamesSFHeatBuchanalia
F LeBron James scored 35 points to become the all-time playoff points leader while clinching his seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance.James also had eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a blocked shot in a 135-102 blowout of the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.James, who shot 13 of 18 from the floor and 4 of 7 from 3-point range, hit a 3-pointer with 2:41 left in the third quarter to pass Michael Jordan and move to the top of all playoff scorers. James finished the night with 5,995 playoff points, topping Jordan's mark of 5,987. Jordan appeared in 179 postseason games; James played his 212th.
Wed May 2423:34NBA notebook: Bosh, Heat part waysChris BoshPFHeatSchellackers
The Miami Heat and 11-time All-Star forward Chris Bosh have agreed to part ways.The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald reported the sides were in talks Tuesday, and sources told ESPN on Wednesday that the Heat, Bosh and the players' union tentatively agreed to a resolution.Bosh, 33, was sidelined this past season when he failed a preseason physical -- Heat team doctors declined to clear him to take part in training camp -- after he missed the second half of the previous two seasons due to blood clots.Bosh last played in a game on Feb. 9, 2016, remaining on the Heat's roster and taking up salary cap space as the sides worked through medical and legal issues. His five-year, $118 million contract runs through the 2018-19 campaign.The agreement has not been finalized as Bosh and his family, agents and lawyers are still reviewing documents, according to ESPN.--The Atlanta Hawks are in the process of finalizing a deal that would make Travis Schlenk, the Golden State Warriors' vice ... [More]
Wed May 2417:20Bosh, Heat agree to part ways after resolutionChris BoshPFHeatSchellackers
The Miami Heat and 11-time All-Star forward Chris Bosh have agreed to part ways.The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald reported the sides were in talks Tuesday, and sources told ESPN on Wednesday that the Heat, Bosh and the players' union tentatively agreed to a resolution.Bosh, 33, was sidelined this past season when he failed a preseason physical -- Heat team doctors declined to clear him to take part in training camp -- after he missed the second half of the previous two seasons due to blood clots.Bosh last played in a game on Feb. 9, 2016, remaining on the Heat's roster and taking up salary cap space as the sides worked through medical and legal issues. His five-year, $118 million contract runs through the 2018-19 campaign.The agreement has not been finalized as Bosh and his family, agents and lawyers are still reviewing documents, according to ESPN.Bosh is guaranteed his remaining $25.3 million salary for 2017-18 and $26.8 million salary for 2018-19, but a significant po... [More]
Wed May 2405:55F Amir Johnson (sprained shoulder) did not play in Game 4 of Eas...Amir JohnsonPFRaptorsFree Agent
F Amir Johnson (sprained shoulder) did not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday.
Wed May 2405:55F Al Horford contributed 16 points and seven assists in Boston's...Al HorfordPF/CHawksTeam Lorin
F Al Horford contributed 16 points and seven assists in Boston's Game 4 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.
Wed May 2405:55G Avery Bradley led Celtics with 19 points in Game 4 loss at Cle...Avery BradleySGCelticsFree Agent
G Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 19 points in a Game 4 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday. Bradley shot just 7 of 19 from the field.
Wed May 2405:55F Kevin Love contributed 17 points and career playoff-high 17 re...Kevin LovePFTimberwolvesIavaronis
F Kevin Love contributed 17 points and a career playoff-high 17 rebounds in the Cavs' Game 4 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Wed May 2405:55F LeBron James scored 34 points to go with six assists in Game 4LeBron JamesSFHeatBuchanalia
F LeBron James scored 34 points to go with six assists in Game 4 vs. Boston, even though he left the game with 6:46 remaining in the second quarter after picking up his fourth foul. He never previously had that many fouls in the first half in his 14-year career, and Cleveland trailed 46-33.James recovered from an 11-point, 4-of-13 shooting night he endured in Cleveland's stunning Game 3 loss. He shot 15 of 27 from the field Tuesday and closed the game with 15 points in the fourth, including a 3-pointer with 3:52 remaining for a 106-97 lead.James trails Michael Jordan (5,987 points) by just 28 points for first place in NBA playoff history in scoring.
Wed May 2405:55G Manu Ginobili will take three to four weeks to mull retirement...Manu GinobiliSGSpursTeam Lorin
G Manu Ginobili will take three to four weeks to mull retirement after the Spurs were swept by the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Ginobili, 39, left Monday night's Game 4 loss with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter to a standing ovation from the San Antonio crowd and chants of "Manu! Manu!" and "One more year!" "Very hard to find the words to describe my feelings after yesterday's game. Still overwhelmed. Thank you SO very much!," Ginobili tweeted Tuesday. The four-time NBA champion and two-time All-Star got the honorary start and finished with 15 points, seven assists and three steals.
Tue May 2320:29Celtics' F Johnson will not startAmir JohnsonPFRaptorsFree Agent
Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson will not start in Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night due to a right shoulder sprain, coach Brad Stevens said prior to the game.Kelly Olynyk will start in Johnson's place.Stevens said he is not sure whether Johnson will play at all Tuesday.Johnson injured his shoulder early in Sunday's Game 3 after getting tangled with up Cleveland's Tristan Thompson. Johnson later returned to that game but did not practice on Monday.Johnson is averaging 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13 postseason appearances, including nine starts.This will be Olynyk's first playoff start of his career. He started six regular-season games this season. He is averaging 8.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in the postseason.The Celtics, who trail in the series 2-1, are also without guard Isaiah Thomas due to a hip injury.
Tue May 2319:33NBA notebook: Magic hire Weltman, Hammond to front-office positionsManu GinobiliSGSpursTeam Lorin
The Orlando Magic revamped their organization by hiring Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations and John Hammond as general manager, the club announced Tuesday.Weltman spent the past four seasons as the right-hand man to Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Hammond spent the past nine seasons as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.Weltman served as Milwaukee's assistant general manager under Hammond from 2008-13. The two also previously worked together in the Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons' organizations.Orlando's interim general manager Matt Lloyd is expected to remain in the organization. He filled the role after Rob Hennigan was fired in April.--Steve Kerr's status for the NBA Finals remains an uncertainty. The third-year Golden State Warriors coach has missed his team's last 10 playoff games as he deals with complications from back surgery two years ago entering the team's third straight Finals appearance."Just day-by-day," Kerr told ESPN website The Undef... [More]
Tue May 2316:16Spurs' Ginobili mulls retirement after sweep by WarriorsManu GinobiliSGSpursTeam Lorin
Manu Ginobili's storied NBA career hangs in limbo after the San Antonio Spurs were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals on Monday night.Ginobili, 39, left Monday night's Game 4 with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter to a standing ovation from the San Antonio crowd and chants of "Manu! Manu!" and "One more year!"The four-time NBA champion and two-time All-Star thanked fans for the gesture on his Twitter account Tuesday morning."Very hard to find the words to describe my feelings after yesterday's game. Still overwhelmed. Thank you SO very much!," Ginobili tweeted.Ginobili said he has not yet made up his mind about retirement."I'm getting closer and closer (to the end of my playing career)," Ginobili told reporters after the game. "There is no secret, for sure. It's getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels.The Argentinean has s... [More]
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