Stories tagged: nba
UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 9:11 p.m.
James Harden scores 30, Houston Rockets even series at 2 games apiece with Golden State Warriors
James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece …
Tue., May 22, 2018, 2:37 p.m.
Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron James, Cavs in Game 5
The Cleveland Cavaliers have found a new gear after back-to-back wins in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The series swings back to Boston’s TD Garden for …
Tue., May 22, 2018, 12:52 p.m.
Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell unanimous picks for NBA All-Rookie team
Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell have been unanimously voted to the NBA’s All-Rookie team. The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers …
UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 9:37 p.m.
No contest: LeBron James, Cavs pound Celtics early in Game 3 rout
LeBron James scored 27 points, Cleveland had six players in double figures and the Cavaliers throttled Boston 116-86 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. After being outplayed in …
Sat., May 19, 2018, 3:21 p.m.
Warriors eager to get back on the court, respond from loss
One good beating per series is plenty for Draymond Green and Golden State. The Warriors got it in Game 2 at Houston, and now the defending champions plan to do …
Sat., May 19, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Weary king: LeBron James says he loses sleep after playoff losses
LeBron James has twice come back from a 2-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs. He’s going to need to do it three times to make the NBA Finals for the …
Sat., May 19, 2018, 8 a.m.
Stephen Curry, Warriors unconcerned about MVP’s shooting
Stephen Curry has just one 3-pointer in each of the first two games of the Warriors’ Western Conference finals series with the Rockets as the best-of-seven showdown shifts to Oracle …
Fri., May 18, 2018, 3:24 p.m.
Rockets head into Game 3 confident after big win in Game 2
The Rockets have reason to feel good. They’re tied with Golden State after winning Game 2 in a rout in the Western Conference finals. But they also know a big …
UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Greg Cote: Why the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers are likely to force Game 7s in conference finals
Narratives in a best-of-seven playoff series tend to pivot and change faster than a liar’s recollection. It only takes one game, one result, to flip the script, as we are …
Fri., May 18, 2018, 9:38 a.m.
For some players, changes to draft rules may come too late
If Texas center Mo Bamba had the chance, he would have entered the NBA draft out of high school. Instead, he waited the year and knows he benefited on some …
UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 9:58 p.m.
Balanced Rockets tie Warriors in Western Conference finals
James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 127-105 on Wednesday night to even the …
Wed., May 16, 2018, 7:09 p.m.
AP Source: Bucks agree to hire Mike Budenholzer as coach
A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached agreement with Mike Budenholzer to become the team’s next coach. The former NBA Coach …
Wed., May 16, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis finalists for NBA MVP award
Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award. Harden, who led the league in scoring. Harden, who led …
Wed., May 16, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Backcourt blues: Cavs guards J.R. Smith, George Hill horrible in Game 2
Cleveland’s starting guards need to shake off an awful performance against Boston in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. J.R. Smith and George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston …
Wed., May 16, 2018, 12:12 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 16, 2018, 8:01 a.m.
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. …
Wed., May 16, 2018, 8 a.m.
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 …
Tue., May 15, 2018, 4:50 p.m.
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 …
Tue., May 15, 2018, 8 a.m.
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 …
Mon., May 14, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
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 …
Mon., May 14, 2018, 4:49 p.m.
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.
Sat., May 12, 2018, 1:35 p.m.
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. …
Sat., May 12, 2018, 1:33 p.m.
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 …
Sat., May 12, 2018, 8:22 a.m.
NBA Conference Finals preview capsules
Capsules for NBA’s conference finals that start Sunday in the East, Monday in the West
Fri., May 11, 2018, 4:43 p.m.
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 …