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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Celtics beat 76ers 114-112 in Game 5, advance to face Cavs

Jayson Tatum caught a pass underneath the basket, shook off a hit and went up for the go-ahead layup with 23 seconds left and the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia …


Donovan Mitchell remains key as Jazz head into offseason

Star rookie Donovan Mitchell was a revelation in helping the Utah Jazz get to the second round of the playoffs. Now he’ll be a key part moving forward for the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

Former Gonzaga big man Kelly Olynyk has changed his look in order to benefit Wigs for Kids

Kelly Olynyk, the former Gonzaga standout, has found a higher calling for the locks that have defined his NBA career.


Pelicans, Anthony Davis, enter offseason encouraged, yet unsatisfied

Anthony Davis isn’t willing to call the New Orleans Pelicans’ season a success. Davis says it’s hard for him to see a season as successful without a championship. Yet Davis …


Finally: Warriors-Rockets is the series everyone wanted

It’s a dream matchup in the Western Conference finals: Defending champion Golden State vs. top-seeded Houston. The Rockets were put together to knock off the Warriors, and have home-court edge …


76ers billionaire owner talks friendship, freeing Meek Mill

Meek Mill had a string of high-profile names support him during a five-month campaign to be freed on bail from prison for probation violations. But the Philly rapper’s biggest advocate …


Raptors’ Dwane Casey voted by peers as NBA coach of the year

Toronto’s Dwane Casey is the NBA’s coach of the year, as presented by the National Basketball Coaches Association. The award named for longtime NBCA executive director Michael H. Goldberg is …


Chris Paul finally gets into conference finals as Rockets advance

Chris Paul is often the most fiery player on the court, but even his Houston Rockets teammates had never seen anything like Tuesday night. Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 …


Warriors reach fourth straight Western Conference finals

Steve Kerr reminded his Warriors after a Game 3 flop in New Orleans that the playoffs aren’t supposed to be easy. The postseason is especially hard for the defending champions, …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 11:16 p.m.

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant lead Warriors into Western Conference finals

Stephen Curry had 28 points, Kevin Durant scored 24 and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference finals by dismantling Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Chris Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

Chris Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points with eight 3-pointers to finally reach the conference finals, helping the Houston Rockets eliminate the Utah Jazz 112-102 in Game 5. It …


Pistons have decisions to make in post-Stan Van Gundy era

Stan Van Gundy’s ouster leaves the Detroit Pistons without a coach and with a leadership void in the front office. If healthy, the Pistons may have the talent to reach …


Tipoff: 76ers hope to keep thwarting history in Game 5 vs. Celtics

Philadelphia dialed up the toughness in its Game 4 victory over Boston to stave off elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston still holds a 3-1 series lead and returns …


In David Fizdale, Knicks get coach LeBron James likes and players praise

The more Knicks management asked about David Fizdale, the more they heard how much players respect him. It can’t hurt that one of them is LeBron James. But the Knicks …


Raptors’ Dwane Casey on hot seat after third playoff loss to Cavs

DeMar DeRozan sees regular-season and playoff basketball as different as checkers and chess. DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors keep running into LeBron James. He’s the ultimate grandmaster. Their inability to …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

AP sources: Hornets finalize deal with James Borrego as new coach

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has finalized a deal to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego as Charlotte’s next head coach, according to people familiar with the situation.


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 10:35 a.m.

AP source: Cavs won’t discipline Rodney Hood for refusal to play

A person familiar with the situations says the Cleveland Cavaliers will not discipline forward Rodney Hood for refusing to play in Game 4 against the Raptors. The Athletic first reported …


Sweep, sleep: Cavs oust Raptors, wait for East finals foe

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are back in the Eastern Conference finals. They swept the Toronto Raptors in four straight games for the second year in a row and …


Stan Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president

After four seasons of mostly mediocre results, the Detroit Pistons are moving on without Stan Van Gundy. He won’t return as president of basketball operations and he isn’t staying on …


Playoff Capsules: LeBron James banks in game-winner as Cavs beat Raptors

LeBron James banked in a running one-hander at the buzzer, giving Cleveland a 105-103 win over Toronto on Saturday night in Game 3 and shoving the Raptors to the edge …


Playoff capsules: Anthony Davis’ big game leads Pelicans to rout of Warriors

Anthony Davis had 33 points, 18 rebounds and four steals as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated Golden State 119-100 on Friday night, trimming the Warriors’ series lead to 2-1.


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Lebron James scores 43 as Cavs beat Raptors 128-110 in Game 2

TORONTO – Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store. Maybe not the fadeaway jumpers James kept making, each seemingly with a higher degree of …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 6:02 p.m.

New York Knicks agree to deal with David Fizdale to be new coach

David Fizdale is coming back to coaching as the latest pick of the New York Knicks to turn around their franchise.


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Joe Ingles career night leads Jazz over Rockets 116-108

Joe Ingles had a career-high 27 points and the Utah Jazz squandered a huge early lead before using a big fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 116-108 to tie …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Suns hire Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as new head coach

The Phoenix Suns have hired Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach. The 46-year-old Serbian becomes the first NBA head coach born outside the United States. He …


Tipoff: Celtics’ Jaylen Brown 1 of many injuries impacting NBA playoffs

Injuries are affecting teams early in Round 2 of the NBA playoffs. From Golden State’s Stephen Curry, to Boston’s Jaylen Brown, who has been able to play has impacted the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

Thunder GM: Coach Billy Donovan will return next season

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said coach Billy Donovan’s job is safe. Oklahoma City had high expectations after trading for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to join reigning MVP Russell …