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Celtics’ Marcus Smart has been unflappable against Cavaliers

Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Marcus Smart has been unflappable and Boston’s unquestioned deacon of toughness. The proud everyman for a …


Suns already know 3 great candidates for No. 1 pick

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. …


Gerald Green’s conference finals culmination of long journey

Each time Gerald Green has stepped on the court this season for his hometown Houston Rockets, it seemed like he was playing an elimination game. He couldn’t find a team …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

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

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 night and take a 2-0 lead …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

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

Phoenix has won the No. 1 pick in next month’s NBA draft. It’s the first time the Suns will have the chance to make the first overall selection. Sacramento will …


Rockets have much to improve heading into Game 2 vs Warriors

The Houston Rockets have plenty to fix after squandering their coveted home-court advantage in the Western Conference finals. The list includes limiting turnovers, eliminating open 3s and making things tougher …


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

Hiring rookie coaches has worked out for a slew of NBA teams, and now Phoenix and Atlanta hope to follow suit. The moves to bring Igor Kokoskov to the Suns …


Klay Thompson scores 28, Kevin Durant 37 as Warriors beat Rockets in opener

Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of …


New coach Igor Kokoskov takes aim at resurrecting Phoenix Suns franchise

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Golden chances: Kerith Burke’s broadcasting career started at WSU and has taken her from one basketball dynasty to another

It wasn’t long ago that Kerith Burke was spending her days at a Whole Foods grocery store. Now she’s working the sideline for the defending NBA champions.


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Trail blazed: Washington State grad Brooke Olzendam found her calling on the hardwood. Now she’s living out her dream

Born into a basketball family, the Spokane native has persevered land a job back in the Pacific Northwest as the sideline reporter for the Portland Trail Blazers.


Cavs, Celtics ready for Eastern Conference finals rematch

The Eastern Conference’s representative in the NBA Finals will again come from either Cleveland or Boston. This is the eighth playoff matchup between the teams overall, with Boston leading 4-3. …


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

Golden State stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green admire Houston coach Mike D’Antoni from afar. They like how he empowers all his players to be scorers. Just let it fly …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Point grad: Cavs’ George Hill receives diploma during NBA playoffs

Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill had a good excuse for missing practice – he graduated. While his teammates were getting in a last workout before facing Boston in the Eastern …


NBA Conference Finals preview capsules

Capsules for NBA’s conference finals that start Sunday in the East, Monday in the West


Tim Reynolds: Dwane Casey’s firing means good isn’t good enough

The regular season is irrelevant. That’s the message the Toronto Raptors sent Friday when they fired Dwane Casey, two days after his now-former peers in the NBA said he did …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Rebuilding Hawks pick 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as coach

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 …


Celtics’ Brad Stevens remains humble as team continues to thrive

Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics job five years ago transfixed by the opportunity to lead a franchise steeped in history. Despite having a roster that was down to just 11 …


Houston’s Clint Capela develops into pivotal player for Rockets

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. But after he outshined those stars the …


Wicked good: LeBron James undaunted by Boston, Celtics’ mystique

LeBron James has been deflating to Boston basketball. The Cleveland star has eliminated the Celtics in four straight postseason series and he’ll try to make it five when the Cavaliers …


James Borrego ready to coach Hornets team with existing roster

New Hornets coach James Borrego plans make Charlotte relevant again in the NBA’s Eastern Conference by developing the existing players on the roster. He may not have any other choice. …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 2:07 p.m.

Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey after another sweep by Cavs

Two days after being honored as coach of the year by the National Basketball Coaches Association, Dwane Casey was fired by the Toronto Raptors after the team was swept in …


Hornets officially name James Borrego as coach

The Hornets officially named James Borrego as their head coach. The 40-year-old Borrego joins the Hornets after 15 seasons as an NBA assistant coach. He spent the last three seasons …


76ers’ future looking strong following 52-win season

The Philadelphia 76ers have morphed from laughingstock to legitimate Eastern Conference contender in just two seasons. They won 52 games, had a 16-game winning streak and won a series in …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Connected at hip: Cavs, Celtics intertwined since big trade

In October, the Celtics and Cavaliers were favored to make the Eastern Conference finals. They did, but only after both teams overcame injuries and other adversity. Boston lost All-Stars Gordon …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 2:53 p.m.

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

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Rodney Hood has apologized to his teammates after refusing to check into Game 4 against Toronto. Hood didn’t check in during the blowout after being told to …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 1:51 p.m.

Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison retiring after 15 seasons

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 seasons, all with the same franchise. Collison was a first-round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in 2003 and remained with …


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

Draymond Green’s postseason has featured Charles Barkley declaring he’d like to punch the emotional Golden State star in the face, a death threat from a fan whom Green encouraged to …


Celtics complete improbable run back to conference finals

The Boston Celtics are back in the Eastern Conference finals after a season filled with setbacks. They advanced to the conference finals in consecutive seasons for the first time since …


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

The NBA’s Final Four is set, and it is star-studded: LeBron, the champs, the top overall seed and Celtic Pride. The conference finals start Sunday in Houston, and the East …