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Pistons say Blake Griffin still day to day with troublesome knee

Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey says star forward Blake Griffin is still day to day heading into the postseason. Detroit opens its series at top-seeded Milwaukee on Sunday night. Griffin, …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 1:59 p.m.

Cavs no longer chasing NBA title, pursuing coach for future

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman says he’s planning a thorough, open-minded search to find the next coach. The Cavs are looking for their fifth coach since 2013 after parting with …


Playoff time: 10 things to know for the NBA postseason

Here are some nuggets going into the NBA playoffs: Golden State is trying to reach its fifth straight NBA Finals, which would put the Warriors in a select club. Milwaukee’s …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

Warriors start playoff road, without LeBron there at the end

The Golden State Warriors are set to begin their quest for a third straight title, and this time it’s up to someone else to try to stop them.


Back as a 3 seed, Portland looks to avoid another early exit

For the second straight season the Portland Trail Blazers earned the third seed in the West and home-court for the playoffs. This year, they’re hoping for a better outcome than …


Nuggets roar into playoffs for first time in 6 years

The Denver Nuggets are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012-13. They’re not just sneaking into the postseason party, either. They’re the No. 2 seed behind the …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 3:58 p.m.

Cavs begin coaching search after parting ways with Larry Drew

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for a new coach. The team is not bringing back Larry Drew for a second season after winning just 19 games this year. Drew took …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 3:11 p.m.

Grizzlies fire coach J.B. Bickerstaff, reassign GM to scout

The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up in which general manager Chris Wallace was demoted to a scout. The Grizzlies announced the moves only …


Spurs’ Derrick White takes leadership role into playoffs

Derrick White is coming off a breakout year at point guard for the San Antonio Spurs. His first postseason start comes Saturday in his native Colorado as the seventh-seeded Spurs …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

Sacramento Kings fire coach Dave Joerger 3 losing seasons

The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Dave Joerger after three losing seasons. The team announced the decision one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season – the NBA’s longest …


Kings extend contract of GM Vlade Divac for 4 seasons

The Sacramento Kings have extended general manager Vlade Divac’s contract through the 2022-23 season. The team announced the decision one day after finishing its 13th straight losing season. Owner Vivek …


NBA sets record with 760 sellouts during 2018-19 season

The NBA sold out a record 760 games in 2018-19, including a Nets crowd that included LeBron James on the final night of the season. The league says the final …


Celtics: Marcus Smart out 4-6 weeks partially torn oblique muscle

The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle. The injury was …


The field is set: NBA matchups for 2019 playoffs finalized

The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went …


NBA roundup: Pistons top Knicks 115-89, clinch final playoff spot in East

Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21 and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons locked up the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot …


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Jackie Young is the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft

Jackie Young is the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft by the Las Vegas Aces. The Notre Dame guard decided to enter the draft and skip her senior season.


NBA roundup: Dwyane Wade scores 30 in last game in Miami; Heat top 76ers 122-99

Dwyane Wade scored 30 points in the tribute-filled final home game of his career, and the Miami Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 on Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

Magic Johnson has abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations. The Hall of Fame point guard cited his desire to get back to the simpler life …


Former Eastern Washington standout Jesse Hunt helps Big Sky advance to Sweet 16 of 3X3U National Championship

Despite going 1-2 in pool play, the four-man team representing the Big Sky will face the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in Sunday’s knockout round.


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Teresa Weatherspoon headline ’19 Hall class

NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Also selected this year were WNBA great Teresa …


NBA roundup: Celtics top Pacers 117-97 in crucial Eastern Conference game

Jason Tatum scored 22 points and Gordon Hayward added 21 in his return to Indianapolis on Friday night, leading the Boston Celtics to a crucial 117-97 victory over the Pacers.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Ex-Eastern Washington standout Jesse Hunt teams up with Big Sky rivals at 3X3U National Championship in Minneapolis

The winner of the 3-on-3 tournament gets a $100,000 grand prize. Each tournament win nets a team $1,000.


NBA roundup: Bucks beat Sixers, clinch No. 1 seed in Eastern Conference

Giannis Antetokounmpo outdueled fellow MVP candidate Joel Embiid, finishing with 45 points and 13 rebounds and leading Milwaukee to a 128-122 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night as …


NBA roundup: James Harden, Chris Paul lead Rockets to rout of Clippers

James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points, and the Houston Rockets routed the Los Angeles Clippers 135-103 on Wednesday night in a potential playoff preview.


Murray State: All-American Ja Morant will enter the NBA draft

Murray State says that All-American guard Ja Morant will enter the NBA draft following a record-breaking season for the Racers. The athletic 6-foot-3 sophomore is projected as a lottery pick …


NBA roundup: Russell Westbrook joins Wilt Chamberlain in NBA history, Thunder beat Lakers

Russell Westbrook became just the second player in NBA history to have 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in a game as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los …


Warriors’ Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant fined for referee comments

Golden State Warriors teammates Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have been fined by the NBA for criticizing the officiating. Green was fined $35,000, Curry $25,000 and Durant $15,000. …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 4:07 p.m.

No playoffs, too few wins: Wiz fire Ernie Grunfeld after 16 years

Ernie Grunfeld has been fired as president of the Washington Wizards after 16 seasons in charge of the team. The Wizards announced his dismissal with four games left in a …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 8:08 p.m.

Gonzaga students react to loss at campus watch party

With about two minutes left in the game, all the students in Gonzaga’s Cataldo Hall stood up as they watched their men’s basketball team fall to Texas Tech, knocking the …


NBA roundup: Warriors beat Grizzlies to break tie with Nuggets in West

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each scored 28 points, with Durant going 12 of 13 from the field, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-103 on Wednesday …