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Thu Apr 1815:53Magic finally get a playoff game at home; OKC, Indy on ropesPaul GeorgeSFPacersFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCavaliersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Patrick McCawFree Agent
Myles TurnerFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage.Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic.A trio of Game 3s in the NBA on Friday night — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very different story lines. The Magic got a split of their first two games with the Raptors, the Pacers are reeling after a late-game collapse in Game 2 left them trailing the Celtics 2-0, and the Thunder have seemed completely out of sorts as they've gotten into a 2-0 hole against the Trail Blazers."I still don't think we understand how good a team we can be when we play well," Magic coach Steve Clifford said.Indiana had a great chance at getting a split slip away late in Game 2 at Boston. The Pacers have now lost 16 of their last 24 games overall, are looking at a fourth consecutive first-round ouster and have never won a series after losing the first two games.Having said all that, the Celtics are leery of a letup."We know anything can happe... [More]
Thu Apr 1802:23Pelicans' Griffin: Gentry staying, and perhaps Davis, tooAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive said he's keeping coach Alvin Gentry and wouldn't rule out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into rescinding his trade request and committing to New Orleans long-term."We have a very long and successful history together with Klutch Sports," Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said Wednesday, referring to the agency, led by Rich Paul, that represents Davis. "Rich Paul and I have spoken about Anthony and I think we're both excited about what we can potentially build here."Griffin was Cleveland's general manager when LeBron James — who also is represented by Paul — was with the Cavaliers and led them to the franchise's only NBA title.Davis, who is under contract with the Pelicans for one more season, requested a trade in late January. In the aftermath, the Pelicans fired general manager Dell Demps, who has been effectively replaced by Griffin, albeit u... [More]
Wed Apr 1720:43Pistons Griffin misses Game 2 against Bucks due to sore kneeGiannis AntetokounmpoSGBucksFree Agent
Andre DrummondCPistonsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFClippersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Detroit Pistons say Blake Griffin will be out of the lineup for the second game of the team's first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.Griffin sat out Game 1 of the series with left knee soreness. The Pistons lost the opener by 35 points.He took part in light drills at Wednesday morning's shoot around while wearing a heavy brace on his leg. He had been listed as questionable and had been openly lobbying coach Dwane Casey to let him return to the court.Casey said before tipoff Wednesday that Griffin has good days and bad, and the knee might different at different times of the day."He's got the situation with his knee where there's good days and bad days," Casey said before Wednesday's game. "It may feel good in the morning and feel bad at night. He wants to go and I want him to go, but it's a medical decision. Hopefully, at some point, he can go."After missing three games with a sprained knee, Griffin returned on April 5 against Oklahoma City and sco... [More]
Wed Apr 1719:13Lillard, Westbrook, Beverley playing with intensified edgePatrick BeverleyPGRocketsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFThunderFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCNuggetsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard stared intently well after his deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer fell to close out Portland's third quarter against the Thunder. The look on his face was one of determination, focus and yes, even a little bravado.It was as if Lillard was making a statement. It's not new for the Portland guard.Lillard, the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley all play with an edge and have provided some of the most entertaining moments of the postseason so far.With Lillard and Westbrook squaring off in the Portland-Oklahoma City series, they almost feed off each other's energy. Lillard finished with 29 points — including the stone-cold 3 — on Tuesday night and the Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead against the Thunder with a 114-94 victory. The series shifts to Oklahoma City on Friday.Lillard has been dialed in from the start of the series against the Thunder, in part because the Trail Blazers were embarrassed in last year's playoffs by New Orleans. Portlan... [More]
Wed Apr 1718:43Warriors, Spurs try to forget blown chances for 2-0 leadsLaMarcus AldridgePFTrailblazersFree Agent
Patrick BeverleyPGRocketsFree Agent
Andrew BogutCWarriorsFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCKingsFree Agent
DeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsFree Agent
Jared DudleySFBucksFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Montrezl HarrellFree Agent
Gary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFThunderFree Agent
Kevon LooneyFree Agent
Jamal MurrayFree Agent
The Golden State Warriors are trying to regain the lead in a series they probably still can't believe is tied.Same with the San Antonio Spurs, who like the Warriors know they are facing an opponent who won't stay down no matter how far they fall down.The Clippers' historic comeback against the Warriors, followed by Denver's potential season-saving surge against the Spurs, made that clear.So things are all even in those two Western Conference first-round series, which resume with a pair of Game 3s on Thursday night.Philadelphia and Brooklyn play the other Game 3 of the night in an East series that also is tied at a game apiece.Golden State would be up 2-0 if not for the Clippers' colossal comeback — or the Warriors' colossal collapse — on Monday night in Game 2. The Warriors led by 31 in the third quarter before Los Angeles charged back to win 135-131 after the biggest rally in NBA postseason history.The Warriors won Game 1 by 17, appeared headed toward an even easier win in Game 2,... [More]
Wed Apr 1718:23Lillard, Westbrook, Beverley playing with intensified edgePatrick BeverleyPGRocketsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFThunderFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCNuggetsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard stared intently well after his deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer fell to close out Portland's third quarter against the Thunder. The look on his face was one of determination, focus and yes, even a little bravado.It was as if Lillard was making a statement. It's not new for the Portland guard.Lillard, the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley all play with an edge and have provided some of the most entertaining moments of the postseason so far.With Lillard and Westbrook squaring off in the Portland-Oklahoma City, they almost feed off each other's energy. Lillard finished with 29 points — including the stone-cold 3 — on Tuesday night and the Trail Blazers took a 2-0 lead against the Thunder with a 114-94 victory. The series shifts to Oklahoma City on Friday.Lillard has been dialed in from the start of the series against the Thunder, in part because the Trail Blazers were embarrassed in last year's playoffs by New Orleans. Portland got o... [More]
Wed Apr 1717:33Injured DeMarcus Cousins unlikely to return this postseasonPatrick BeverleyPGRocketsFree Agent
Andrew BogutCWarriorsFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCKingsFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFThunderFree Agent
Kevon LooneyFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to return this postseason for the Golden State Warriors yet won't require surgery on his torn left quadriceps muscle.Coach Steve Kerr has named Andrew Bogut as his starter in place of Cousins for Game 3 Thursday night of the team's first-round playoff series against the Clippers in Los Angeles.Playing in just his second career postseason game after a nine-year wait, the 28-year-old Cousins went down in the first quarter of a 135-131 Game 2 loss Monday night. He fell in front of the Golden State bench after swiping a ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court. Cousins immediately grabbed at his left quad then hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark.The tear was revealed by an MRI exam Tuesday. The big man returned in January from a nearly yearlong absence while recovering from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon."More than anything, I'm just crushed for DeMarcus," Kerr said Wednesday. "He's been waiting his whole car... [More]
Wed Apr 1717:13Pelicans' Griffin: Gentry staying, and perhaps Davis, tooAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive said he's keeping coach Alvin Gentry and wouldn't out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into rescinding his trade request and committing to New Orleans long-term."We have a very long and successful history together with Klutch Sports," Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said Wednesday, referring to the agency, led by Rich Paul, that represents Davis. "Rich Paul and I have spoken about Anthony and I think we're both excited about what we can potentially build here."Griffin was Cleveland's general manager when LeBron James — who also is represented by Paul — was with the Cavaliers and led them to the franchise's only NBA title.Davis, who is under contract with the Pelicans for one more season, requested a trade in late January. In the aftermath, the Pelicans fired general manager Dell Demps, who has been effectively replaced by Griffin, albeit under ... [More]
Wed Apr 1716:53Pelicans' Griffin: Gentry staying, and perhaps Davis, tooAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive is keeping coach Alvin Gentry will be retained and won't rule out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into rescinding his trade request and committing to New Orleans long-term."We have a very long and successful history together with Klutch Sports," Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said Wednesday, referring to the agency, led by Rich Paul, that represents Davis. "Rich Paul and I have spoken about Anthony and I think we're both excited about what we can potentially build here."Griffin was Cleveland's general manager when LeBron James — who also is represented by Paul — was with the Cavaliers and led them to the franchise's only NBA title.Davis, who is under contract with the Pelicans for one more season, requested a trade in late January. In the aftermath, the Pelicans fired general manager Dell Demps, who has been effectively replaced by Griffin, a... [More]
Wed Apr 1716:43Injured DeMarcus Cousins unlikely to return this postseasonPatrick BeverleyPGRocketsFree Agent
Andrew BogutCWarriorsFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCKingsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center DeMarcus Cousins is unlikely to return this postseason for the Golden State Warriors yet won't require surgery on his torn left quadriceps muscle.Coach Steve Kerr has named Andrew Bogut as his starter in place of Cousins for Game 3 Thursday night of the team's first-round playoff series against the Clippers in Los Angeles.Playing in just his second career postseason game after a nine-year wait, the 28-year-old Cousins went down in the first quarter of a 135-131 Game 2 loss Monday night. He fell in front of the Golden State bench after swiping a ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court. Cousins immediately grabbed at his left quad then hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark.The tear was revealed by an MRI exam Tuesday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Apr 1715:23Pelicans' Griffin: Gentry staying, and perhaps Davis, tooAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive says coach Alvin Gentry will be retained and that he won't rule out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into rescinding his trade request and committing to New Orleans long-term.David Griffin, who was introduced Wednesday as Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, is taking over for former general manager Dell Demps, who was fired this past season in the wake of Davis' trade request.Griffin says Pelicans owner Gayle Benson convinced him of her commitment to winning by agreeing to what Griffin described as "outrageous demands" related to his desire to bolster staffing and resources in the front office.Griffin was the formerly the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers when they won their only NBA title.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 1620:13Celtics, Rockets and Bucks eye 2-0 1st-round series leadsGiannis AntetokounmpoSGBucksFree Agent
Bojan BogdanovicSGNetsFree Agent
Jaylen BrownFree Agent
Clint CapelaPFRocketsFree Agent
Andre DrummondCPistonsFree Agent
Eric GordonSGPelicansFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFClippersFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCavaliersFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGHawksFree Agent
Donovan MitchellFree Agent
Thabo SefoloshaSGHawksFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
Thaddeus YoungPFNetsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics are preparing for their Game 2 matchup with the Pacers aware their series-opening win was notable more for its ugliness more than the outcome.Meanwhile, the Rockets and Bucks are heading into their respective Game 2s with the Jazz and Pistons expecting more competitive games after dominating victories.Boston limited Indiana to eight points in the third quarter of its 84-74 Game 1 win. It was the Celtics' lowest point total of the season and the first time they won a game in 2018-19 in which they didn't reach 100 points.Change is on the minds of both teams.For the Celtics that could mean tweaks to the starting lineup as they continue to adjust to the absence of Marcus Smart, who is recovering from a torn left oblique."It's frustrating, but you have to take it day-by-day and one day at a time," Smart said Tuesday.Celtics coach Brad Stevens acknowledged Smart's absence forced them to play differently and will continue to require adjustments.Without Smart to hel... [More]
Tue Apr 1616:13Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has torn left quadricepsPatrick BeverleyPGRocketsFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCKingsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins has a torn left quadriceps muscle that will sideline the Golden State center indefinitely, a devastating injury that the Warriors feared was serious when he went down in the first quarter of their first-round playoff loss to the Clippers.An MRI exam Tuesday morning on Cousins' left leg revealed the tear. The Warriors say Cousins will begin immediately on his rehabilitation and updates will be "provided as appropriate."Coach Steve Kerr said after the Warriors' 135-131 Game 2 loss on Monday night that Cousins would be out for a significant period of time.Playing in just his second career postseason game after a nine-year wait, Cousins hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter. At the 8 1/2-minute mark he swiped the ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court and tried to retrieve it when he went down in front of the Golden State bench. Cousins immediately grabbed at his left quad.Cousins had just returned in January from a nearly yearlong absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon suffered while with the Pelicans last season.He had two points, two rebounds and an assist in less than 4 minutes Monday. He fouled out of Saturday's 121-104 Game 1 win with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 1613:23Beaten often but not beaten down, Fizdale eyes Knicks futureJimmy ButlerSGBullsFree Agent
Mario HezonjaFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCavaliersFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFThunderFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
Kemba WalkerPGHornetsFree Agent
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — David Fizdale went to his office one day last week and got right to work as usual.He wrote ideas on a board. Met with other staff in the building.After about 45 minutes, something dawned on him."I had to, like, stop myself. Wait a minute, you don't have to get it all done right now," Fizdale said.There's plenty to do when it comes to fixing the New York Knicks, but it can't happen yet.So Fizdale convinced himself to go home for some family time, but he'll be back to work as a coach this week. He expects to get started pouring over film of college players, and of course there will be months of discussions about potential free-agent targets.He was beaten often during the worst season in the NBA, but he certainly doesn't seem beaten down.A 17-65 finish was tied for the worst in the history of a franchise that has lost plenty for nearly two decades, yet Fizdale said fans have been great to him. Part of that, he figures, is because the Knicks made it clear they wou... [More]
Tue Apr 1602:53DeMarcus Cousins injures left quadriceps early in Game 2Patrick BeverleyPGRocketsFree Agent
Andrew BogutCWarriorsFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCKingsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevon LooneyFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Starting Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins' postseason could be in jeopardy after he injured his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter of Monday night's 135-131 Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs."There's a pretty significant quad injury," coach Steve Kerr said. "We'll get an MRI tomorrow. But he's going to be out for, I'll just say a while because I think it's not clear right now how long he'll be out. It's significant."This is a terrible blow for Cousins in just his second career playoff game following a nine-year wait. The big man returned in January from a nearly year-long absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon.He hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter. At the 8 1/2-minute mark Cousins stole the ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court and tried to retrieve the loose ball when went down in front of the Golden State bench and grabbed at his left quad."We'll rally be... [More]
Mon Apr 1523:33DeMarcus Cousins injures left quadriceps early in Game 2Patrick BeverleyPGRocketsFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCKingsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Starting Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins injured his left quadriceps muscle in the first quarter of Monday night's Game 2 in the first round of the playoffs against the Clippers and was done for the night.Golden State said Cousins wouldn't return and was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam in the next 24 hours after he got hurt in just his second career playoff game following a nine-year wait. The big man returned in January from a nearly year-long absence following surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon.He hobbled to the locker room at the 8:09 mark of the first quarter. At the 8 1/2-minute mark Cousins stole the ball from Patrick Beverley in the back court and tried to retrieve the loose ball when went down in front of the Golden State bench and grabbed at his left quad.Cousins fouled out of Saturday's 121-104 Game 1 win with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Apr 1518:43Magic, Spurs, Blazers look for 2-0 series leadsLaMarcus AldridgePFTrailblazersFree Agent
Will BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Michael Carter-WilliamsPGBucksFree Agent
DeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSFPacersFree Agent
Gary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Enes KanterCThunderFree Agent
Kyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Jamal MurrayFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCNuggetsFree Agent
Nikola VucevicCMagicFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
Orlando had to fight until the final days of the regular season to get its postseason berth. Portland had to scramble down the stretch to replace a huge part of its success.And as is usually the case, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had his team playing its best basketball at the end.The Magic, Trail Blazers and Spurs were playoff ready. That's why they're all taking 1-0 series leads into their respective Game 2s on Tuesday night — with Orlando at Toronto, San Antonio at Denver and Portland playing host to Oklahoma City.Orlando and San Antonio, both No. 7 seeds, won on the road and grabbed home-court advantage. But they both know what's coming when Denver and Toronto get fueled by desperation on Tuesday night."It's going to be a lot tougher," Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan said."We're going to get their best," Magic coach Steve Clifford said.It goes without saying that all the teams that are down 1-0 found ways to get better for Game 2. The same goes for the teams leading those series. C... [More]
Mon Apr 1516:23DeMar DeRozan raises game another level in San AntonioLaMarcus AldridgePFTrailblazersFree Agent
DeMar DeRozanSGRaptorsFree Agent
Tim DuncanPFSpursFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFSpursFree Agent
Derrick WhiteFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The thinking of DeMar DeRozan before joining San Antonio: Shoot.The mentality now: Share.Always a skilled scorer, the 29-year-old and four-time All-Star has taken his game to another level in San Antonio by taking to the floor with a different approach — a get-teammates-even-more-involved approach."Spurs' way, baby," said DeRozan, whose team leads 1-0 heading into Game 2 on Tuesday against the second-seeded Denver Nuggets.A year under coach Gregg Popovich has rubbed off on DeRozan , who was acquired in a deal last summer that sent Kawhi Leonard to Toronto. He's coming off a regular season in which he averaged 21.2 points, 6.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds. Those are the sorts of numbers no Spurs player has averaged for a season. Not David Robinson. Not Tim Duncan. Not Tony Parker. Not George Gervin.Flattering, for sure."All the great players who came through this organization, the history, for me to be mentioned in something like that is definitely amazing," DeRozan said. ... [More]
Mon Apr 1516:03Enes Kanter making most of second chance with Trail BlazersPaul GeorgeSFPacersFree Agent
Enes KanterCThunderFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCNuggetsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Looking back on it now, the Trail Blazers were clearly smart to pick up Enes Kanter after he was waived by the New York Knicks.Kanter was brought aboard by Portland as insurance for the final stretch of the season, meant to back up starter Jusuf Nurkic.Then Nurkic broke his leg and Kanter was thrust into a starting role with his new team. After Portland's playoff-opening victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Damian Lillard dubbed the 6-foot-11 center the Blazers' MVP."He had a huge presence down the stretch and played a huge part in us winning this game," Lillard said after Portland's 104-99 victory Sunday.Kanter finished with 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds, and was effective on defense against the likes of Russell Westbrook and Paul George.It's been quite a journey from New York castoff to Portland playoff hero for the seven-year NBA veteran.Kanter, 26, was waived by the Knicks following the trade deadline. Once a starter, he fell out of the ... [More]
Mon Apr 1512:22Kings hire Luke Walton as coachLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Walton as their coach just days after the Los Angeles Lakers parted ways with him following three losing seasons.The Kings announced Monday that Walton will replace Dave Joerger. Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac fired Joerger last week following a 39-43 finish that was the best record for the franchise in 13 years.The 39-year-old Walton was dismissed by the Lakers on Friday after Los Angeles went 37-45. He went 98-148 in three years with Los Angeles in his first full-time head coaching job. The former Golden State top assistant never led the Lakers to the playoffs, not even after the arrival of LeBron James last summer.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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