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Shootaround (April 30): Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards ready for intense East semifinals  

No. 1: Celtics look to control emotions against Wizards -- The Celtics and Wizards tip off their East semifinals series today in Boston, and after the two teams had several tough battles in the regular season, splitting their four-game series, expectations are that this may be a physical series between the two teams. As Chris Forsberg writes for ESPN, the Celtics say they'll need to control their emotions in this series and play the style of basketball that earned them the No. 1 seed in the East

2017-04-30 08:19:48
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Atlanta Hawks focus on re-signing Paul Millsap following first-round exit  

ATLANTA -- Paul Millsap confirmed on Saturday he "probably will opt out" of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, leaving the Atlanta Hawks to plot their future following a painful first-round exit from the playoffs.

2017-04-29 20:39:17
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Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas expected back for Game 1 vs Washington Wizards  

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The already short break between rounds of the NBA playoffs won't provide much of a rest for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.

2017-04-29 16:30:06
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Golden State Warriors hope to get Shaun Livingston, Matt Barnes back for round 2  

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors hope to get injured reserves Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes back from injuries for the second round of the playoffs after getting more than a week off between series.

2017-04-29 10:28:58
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Shootaround (April 29) -- Orlando Magic intend to pursue Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin  

Magic to pursue Cavs' Griffin | Butler wants to stay, keep Rondo | Memphis free agents want to stick around | Durant rested, ready | Lakers attraction tugs at George

2017-04-29 04:13:11
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Milwaukee Bucks eager to build after strong finish to season  

ST. FRANCIS, Wisconsin -- With the sting of their frantic but failed Game 6 comeback effort still fresh in their minds, the Milwaukee Bucks returned to their practice facility Friday morning to pack their things and head their separate ways.

2017-04-29 03:06:27
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Dwyane Wade: Future with Chicago Bulls hinges on course set by front office  

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade wasn't ready to make any declarations about his future with the Chicago Bulls.

2017-04-29 01:46:49
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Raptors introduce Wayne Embry Fellowship  

The Raptors are introducing the Wayne Embry Fellowship, which will give one Canadian applicant each year the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a professional basketball operations environment. The team will begin accepting applications for the inaugural Wayne Embry Fellowship which will take place from July, 2017 until July, 2018 and will provide a paid position [...]

2017-04-28 20:29:51
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Report: Larry Bird stepping down as president of Indiana Pacers  

The Indiana Pacers' playoff run ended at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just over a week ago. As the team recovers from that first-round series loss and tries to figure out its next steps, another tough situation has been dealt to them.

2017-04-28 12:05:37
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Ryan Anderson excited to reach 2nd round  

Here’s the Houston Chronicle with some insight on Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who isn’t used to reaching the second round of the playoffs and is obviously excited about it: Rockets forward Ryan Anderson found himself in the second round for just the second time in his career, having advanced past the first round in his first playoff experience, [...]

2017-04-28 12:01:35
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Shootaround (April 28) -- Rajon Rondo won't play in Game 6 vs. Boston Celtics  

No. 1: Rondo ruled out for Game 6 -- The Chicago Bulls are staring down elimination tonight in Game 6 at home against the Boston Celtics (8 ET, ESPN). Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo flirted with the idea of playing in Game 5, but that didn't happen and now it looks like Game 6 is a no-go for him as well. Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald has more:

2017-04-28 11:36:19
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Detroit Pistons submit bids for future All-Star Game  

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have put in bids to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena.

2017-04-28 10:59:29
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Washington Wizards backup Jason Smith cleared to play vs. Atlanta Hawks  

ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Smith is playing for the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

2017-04-28 09:13:49
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2017 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals Schedule  

Here is the partial schedule for the 2017 conference semifinal playoff series.

2017-04-28 04:53:34
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Raptors eliminate Bucks from NBA Playoffs  

Thursday night in Milwaukee, the Raptors beat the Bucks 92-89 to win Game 6 and the first round playoff series. Toronto will now play the Cavs, with Game 1 scheduled for Monday in Cleveland. Here’s the Toronto Sun reporting on tonight’s series-clinching victory: The real test came in the second half when the Raptors had built the lead [...]

2017-04-28 04:34:58
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Report: Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas to attend sister's funeral on Saturday  

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to attend his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington according to a report in the Boston Globe.

2017-04-28 03:51:19
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Jamal Murray undergoes surgery  

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray has undergone successful surgery to repair core muscle-related injuries, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia. Murray averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists while being the only Nuggets player to [...]

2017-04-28 01:48:37
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Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo 'long shot' to play in Game 6  

CHICAGO (AP) -- If the Chicago Bulls are to extend their postseason, they almost certainly will have to do it without Rajon Rondo.

2017-04-27 13:33:51
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First-ever NBA Awards on TNT to include six fan-voted awards as part of June 26 show  

The first-ever NBA Awards on TNT - airing Monday, June 26 (9 p.m. ET), live from Basketball City in New York - will include six new award categories to be presented during this year's inaugural show, all determined exclusively by fan voting across NBA.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. New NBA fan-voted awards will include:

2017-04-27 13:32:48
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Shootaround (April 27) -- Toronto Raptors looking to atone for past Game 6 failures  

No. 1: Raptors mindful of past Game 6 flubs -- The Kyle Lowry/DeMar DeRozan-era Toronto Raptors have played in four Game 6s ... and are 0-4 in those games. As tonight's Game 6 with the Milwaukee Bucks nears (7 ET, TNT), the Raptors are not only looking to close out the series but also vanquish some demons of playoffs past. Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun has more:

2017-04-27 12:02:11
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New York Knicks' Joakim Noah undergoes shoulder surgery  

NEW YORK (AP) -- Knicks center Joakim Noah has had right shoulder surgery to repair his rotator cuff, a procedure that could sideline him until training camp.

2017-04-27 09:39:59
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Under Armour Stephen Curry basketball shoe not selling well  

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle reporting on Under Armor’s Stephen Curry basketball, which apparently isn’t selling well. Stephen Curry's signature basketball shoe has been the target of plenty mockery. Thursday morning, on the company's earnings call, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank admitted that he wasn't pleased with the reception to the Curry 3. "As we launched the Curry 3 [...]

2017-04-27 09:27:04
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook hasn't thought about his contract situation  

The day after the most extraordinary season of his career was apparently too soon for Russell Westbrook to start pondering his contract future with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

2017-04-26 14:57:41
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Nuggets guard Jamal Murray to have surgery  

Here’s the Denver Post with an update on a young Nuggets guard: Nuggets guard Jamal Murray will have surgery Thursday to address a "couple of injuries," general manager Tim Connelly said during a radio appearance on Altitude 950 AM on Wednesday afternoon. Murray, who averaged 9.9 points during his rookie season, played part of the season with a sports [...]

2017-04-26 09:47:44
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Tissot Style Watch Contest Rules  

OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

2017-04-26 09:44:34
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George Hill clutch from FT line for Jazz  

Here’s the Desert News reporting on the Jazz and their first round playoff series vs the Clippers: Despite being an 80 percent free-throw shooter during the regular season, George Hill came into Tuesday night's playoff game in Los Angeles as the fifth-best foul shooter for the Jazz during the playoffs. So perhaps he was a good choice for [...]

2017-04-26 08:32:36
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Shootaround (April 26) -- Marcus Smart laughs off Jimmy Butler's Game 4 comments  

No. 1: Smart vows to rise above fray, laughs off Butler's comments -- Like another first-round series in the Eastern Conference (Wizards vs. Hawks), the Boston Celtics-Chicago Bulls matchup is getting chippy. At least it is in terms of soundbites and posturing. Boston's Marcus Smart and Chicago's Jimmy Butler were the parties who squabbled in Game 4 and for his part, Smart is trying to avoid a personal showdown in the series. Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald has more:

2017-04-26 06:24:35
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Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers confident Steve Kerr will return to full health  

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and return to the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries.

2017-04-26 04:50:43
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Report: Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo preparing to try and play in Game 5  

Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo is preparing to make an attempt at playing in Game 5 on Wednesday against the Boston Celtics, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. Rondo missed the last two games with a broken right thumb. Doctors initially told the four-time All-Star he'd be sidelined for "a couple of weeks" due to the thumb fracture. Here's more from Charania:

2017-04-26 04:41:47
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Cavs coach hosting party to watch Bucks-Raptors series  

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is throwing a TV watch party.

2017-04-26 02:30:20
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League fines Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander for incident with referee  

NEW YORK - Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 for confronting a referee during live game action, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, NBA League Operations.

2017-04-26 01:04:11
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Drake to host first-ever NBA Awards on TNT  

NEW YORK -- Turner and the NBA today announced Drake - platinum-selling recording artist and multi-faceted entertainer - as host of the first-ever NBA Awards on TNT, airing Monday, June 26, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The inaugural event, held at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City, will be the NBA's official annual award show to honor all of the league's top performers on one night for the first time.

2017-04-25 12:05:24
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NBA Soundsystem -- NBA Playoffs Fashion Review, Origins of 'Rip City' & 2017 NBA Draft Lookahead  

On this week's episode of NBA Soundsystem with hosts Brent Barry and Laurence Scott:

2017-04-25 09:32:25
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Shootaround (April 25) -- James Harden ready to play in Game 5 tonight  

No. 1: Harden 'ready to go' for Game 5 -- The Houston Rockets are one playoff win away from reaching the Western Conference semifinals. To pull that off, they'll need everyone ready to go, starting with All-Star guard James Harden. After the Rockets won Game 4, word circulated that Harden was playing in that game with an ankle injury. He says he'll be ready for Game 5 tonight (8 ET, TNT):

2017-04-25 07:17:52
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NBA announces early entry candidates for 2017 NBA Draft  

NEW YORK -- The National Basketball Association announced today that 182 players -- 137 players from colleges and 45 international players -- have filed as early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

2017-04-25 05:36:17
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Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant cleared to return for Game 4 against Portland Trail Blazers  

Warriors forward Kevin Durant is cleared to return for tonight's Game 4 against the Blazers (10:30 ET, TNT) after missing the previous two games with a strained left calf.

2017-04-24 18:56:02
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Vander Blue wins D-League MVP award  

Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Vander Blue has been named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league's 22 head coaches, it was announced today. Blue (6-4, 200) played in 47 games (46 starts) for the D-Fenders this season, averaging 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game [...]

2017-04-24 17:50:59
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Larry Bird delivers Pacers' 2021 All-Star bid in an Indy car  

NEW YORK (AP) -- Indiana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it -- in an Indy car.

2017-04-24 13:10:01
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Shootaround (April 24) -- Kevin Durant still questionable for Game 4  

No. 1: Durant still questionable for Game 4 -- Given their druthers, the Golden State Warriors would always prefer to have All-Star forward and former NBA MVP Kevin Durant in their lineup. That wasn't the case on Saturday, as Durant sat out a Game 3 comeback win with a left calf strain. As a closeout Game 4 tonight looms (10:30 ET, TNT), the Warriors may again be without Durant, writes Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle:

2017-04-24 10:26:50
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Chicago Bulls to start Isaiah Canaan in Game 5 at Boston  

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls will start seldom-used point guard Isaiah Canaan in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the lineup switch on Monday.

2017-04-24 07:24:57
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Austin Rivers to return for Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5  

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Clippers will be getting reserve guard Austin Rivers back for Game 5 against the Utah Jazz.

2017-04-24 06:24:07
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Utah Jazz lose Gordon Hayward due to food poisoning  

Just when the Jazz thought they were at full strength, reality set in.

2017-04-24 02:08:09
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Russell Westbrook goes on rant defending Oklahoma Thunder teammates  

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets.

2017-04-24 01:35:27
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Ailing Steve Kerr won't coach Golden State Warriors in Game 4  

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Ailing Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he won't be on the sidelines for Game 4 on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

2017-04-23 20:30:31
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Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley says he was trying to protect himself  

OKLAHOMA CITY -- After being fined $25,000 by the NBA for a postgame exchange with a fan Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley said he was only trying to protect and stand up for himself.

2017-04-23 16:47:34
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Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo fined $25K for attempting to trip Boston Celtics' Jae Crowder  

NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo has been fined $25,000 for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, it was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

2017-04-23 12:38:19
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Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley fined $25K for confronting fan  

NEW YORK -- Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 for confronting a fan, it was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

2017-04-23 11:48:30
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Shootaround (April 23): Golden State Warriors concerned about Steve Kerr's health  

No. 1: Kerr, not Durant, is Warriors' biggest health concern -- Kevin Durant's health might not be the deciding factor for the Golden State Warriors during this postseason run, wherever it ends. That distinction might belong to Steve Kerr, who like Durant missed the Warriors' Game 3 win over Portland Saturday night and could miss the remainder of the series dealing with an undisclosed "illness." Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group explores the uncertainty surrounding Kerr's situation g

2017-04-23 09:33:39
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Russell Westbrook clinches triple-double in first half vs. Rockets  

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook achieved a triple-double in the first half of Sunday's playoff game against the Houston Rockets.

2017-04-23 06:15:22
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Report: Health could force Steve Kerr to miss rest of Warriors-Blazers series  

Kevin Durant's left calf strain, which kept him out of Games 2 and 3 in the first round, had been the eye-catching note on the Warriors' injury report.

2017-04-23 03:44:54
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Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert could return for Game 4  

The Western Conference first-round matchup between the Jazz and Clippers could have a revolving-door feel Sunday for Game 4, with Blake Griffin out and Rudy Gobert possibly back in.

2017-04-23 03:29:03
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert returns to lineup for Game 4  

After missing all but 11 seconds of the first round, Rudy Gobert was declared good to go for Game 4 against the Clippers.

2017-04-23 03:03:49
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David Fizdale's rant becomes Memphis Grizzlies' rallying cry  

"Take that for data."

2017-04-23 02:49:10
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Jusuf Nurkic won't play for Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 vs. the Golden State Warriors  

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jusuf Nurkic won't play for the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

2017-04-23 02:47:43
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Portland Trail Blazers get center Jusuf Nurkic back in lineup  

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jusuf Nurkic will start for the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

2017-04-23 02:11:55
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Golden State Warriors will not have Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr for Game 3 at Portland Trail Blazers  

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Warriors are without Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr tonight against the Trail Blazers, with the team announcing about 3 ½ hours before tipoff Kerr will miss Game 3 because of illness and a strained left calf will cost Durant a second consecutive outing.

2017-04-23 01:33:36
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Blake Griffin injury update  

The L.A. Clippers announced that forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe suffered during the Clippers' 111-106 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round Playoff series. Griffin will be re-evaluated upon the [...]

2017-04-22 22:15:19
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Blake Griffin out for remainder of NBA playoffs  

Yet another Blake Griffin injury, at the worst possible time. The Clippers will be without their star power forward for the remainder of the playoffs. Here’s the LA Times reporting: This season will finish similar to the last, with a sidelined Blake Griffin on the bench in street clothes. Only this isn't the same old story for the Clippers. The [...]

2017-04-22 19:15:43
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No Steve Kerr or Kevin Durant tonight for Warriors  

Here’s the Bay Area News Group reporting on the Warriors, who will be missing some key pieces tonight but still have everybody they should need to look like their usual selves: The Warriors will be without their coach and star small forward for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday night, plus a pair of other rotation pieces. Steve Kerr [...]

2017-04-22 19:09:08
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Washington Wizards' Otto Porter exits Game 3 with neck injury  

Otto Porter left the Wizards' 116-98 loss to the Hawks in the second half with a strained neck and did not return. The injury occurred midway through the third quarter when Porter was seen grimacing after colliding with Tim Hardaway Jr.

2017-04-22 17:24:30
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Jusuf Nurkic returns from injury for Blazers  

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who was part of the big Trail Blazers turnaround that took place when he arrived from the team in trade from the Nuggets, has a fracture in his leg but is returning much earlier than anticipated and will be playing hurt against the Warriors. Here’s CSNNW reporting: From doubtful to starting! The Bosnian Beast [...]

2017-04-22 15:55:33
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Steve Kerr (illness) out Game 3 of Golden State Warriors' battle at Portland Trail Blazers  

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Golden State Warriors announced that coach Steve Kerr will miss Game 3 on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers due to an illness. Mike Brown, the top assistant, will fill in for Kerr.

2017-04-22 12:42:45
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San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon out sick for Game 4 vs. Memphis Grizzlies  

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without starting center Dewayne Dedmon in Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies because of an illness.

2017-04-22 12:16:36
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San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon out sick for Game 4 vs. Memphis Grizzlies  

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without starting center Dewayne Dedmon in Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies because of an illness.

2017-04-22 08:36:52
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Shootaround (April 22) -- Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook come up big for their teams  

Chris Paul comes up huge | Westbrook shines in Thunder win | Celtics climb back into series | Pacers facing a series of what ifs

2017-04-22 07:28:46
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr to miss Game 3 due to illness  

PORTLAND, Ore. - Steve Kerr will not coach the Warriors in Game 3 against the Trail Blazers tonight because of illness, the team announced about 3 ½ hours before tip off, putting experienced top assistant Mike Brown in the interim job.

2017-04-22 07:10:46
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LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (toe) to miss remainder of postseason  

The Los Angeles Clippers just can't escape the injury bug.

2017-04-22 05:53:22
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Report: NBA reviewing incident between Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley and fan  

OKLAHOMA CITY — As first reported by ESPN, the NBA is investigating an incident between Rockets guard Pat Beverley and a fan following Game 3 of the playoffs on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

2017-04-22 04:03:45
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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin to miss remainder of playoffs with toe injury  

The L.A. Clippers announced that forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe suffered during the Clippers' 111-106 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round Playoff series.

2017-04-22 03:47:22
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LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin injures right big toe in Game 3 against Utah Jazz  

SALT LAKE CITY -- The LA Clippers lost in the first round of the playoffs last year mainly because Chris Paul and Blake Griffin sat against the Blazers with injuries. So that's why Friday's events in Game 3 against the Jazz were more ominous than anything, when Griffin left in the second quarter with a sore big toe.

2017-04-22 03:42:41
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Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics both make starting lineup changes for Game 3  

CHICAGO - While Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was scrambling to adjust to point guard Rajon Rondo's sudden absence from his starting lineup, Celtics coach Brad Stevens was creating an opening by design.

2017-04-21 17:50:47
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Kings hire Scott Perry as Executive VP of Basketball Operations  

The Sacramento Kings today hired Scott Perry as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, according to General Manager Vlade Divac. Perry will report directly to Divac and assist in all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Kings front office, including roster management and development, player personnel matters, scouting strategy and free agency negotiations. "I’m thrilled that [...]

2017-04-21 11:17:56
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Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with broken right thumb  

The Chicago Bulls have staked managed to build a 2-0 lead over the top-seeded Boston Celtics thanks largely to the play of point guard Rajon Rondo. If the Bulls are to finish the job and eliminate the Celtics from the playoffs, they'll have to do so without him.

2017-04-21 10:49:01
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Washington Wizards' Ian Mahinmi to miss at least Games 3, 4 vs. Atlanta Hawks  

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Injured Wizards backup center Ian Mahinmi will miss at least Games 3 and 4 of Washington's first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

2017-04-21 10:37:38
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Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. fined $25K by NBA  

NEW YORK -- Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. has been fined $25,000 for kicking the ball into the spectator stands, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

2017-04-21 10:35:40
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Portland Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic doubtful for Game 3  

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers upgraded center Jusuf Nurkic to doubtful for Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

2017-04-21 10:04:56
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Sacramento Kings hire Scott Perry as executive VP  

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings have hired Scott Perry to be executive vice president of basketball operations.

2017-04-21 09:44:27
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Brooklyn Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov selling 49 percent stake in team  

MOSCOW (AP) -- Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has told Russian media he's selling a 49 percent stake in the NBA club.

2017-04-21 08:58:07
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NBA fines Russell Westbrook $15,000 for comments after Game 2  

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been fined $15,000 for using inappropriate language during a postgame media interview, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

2017-04-21 08:53:45
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Shootaround (April 21) -- Isaiah Thomas should suit up for Game 3 tonight  

No. 1: Thomas expected to join Celtics for Game 3 -- By his own admission, Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has dealt with the hardest week in his life. He flew home to the Seattle area after Game 2 to mourn with family over his younger sister's death in a car accident. As Game 3 of the Celtics' first-round series looms tonight (7 ET, ESPN), Thomas should be on the court come game time, writes Adam Forsberg of ESPN.com:

2017-04-21 08:32:57
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Washington Wizards' Kelly Oubre Jr. fined $25K for kicking ball into stands  

NEW YORK (AP) -- Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. was fined $25,000 by the NBA for kicking the basketball into the stands at the end of a playoff game.

2017-04-21 06:33:54
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OKC Thunder needs Victor Oladipo to break out of slump  

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Victor Oladipo knows the Oklahoma City Thunder need more offense from him, and Russell Westbrook's wingman is feeling the heat.

2017-04-21 04:55:58
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Kevin Durant optimistic of playing in Golden State Warriors Game 3 at Portland Trail Blazers  

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant said he felt ready to play in Golden State's Game 2 playoff win a day earlier yet the Warriors opted to be cautious with their superstar as he nurses a strained left calf.

2017-04-21 04:08:23
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Fans rally behind Memphis Grizzlies and coach after ref rant  

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Grizzlies coach David Fizdale provided Memphis fans a couple of new catchphrases from his ref rant after Game 2.

2017-04-21 02:20:11
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Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with broken right thumb  

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.

2017-04-21 02:15:53
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant remains questionable for Saturday's Game 3  

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Durant dealt with so much scrutiny when he decided to join Golden State last July, he keeps reminding himself of that and considering the big picture as he waits again to get healthy and help his team.

2017-04-21 01:46:45
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Utah Jazz need a big Derrick Favors vs. LA Clippers' duo of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin  

SALT LAKE CITY -- With no Rudy Gobert, the Utah Jazz are hoping it's Derrick Favors time.

2017-04-21 01:22:39
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Rajon Rondo injured: broken thumb  

Just when things were looking up for the Chicago Bulls, surprisingly up 2-0 in their postseason series against the No. 1 East seed Boston Celtics, guard Rajon Rondo has been lost to injury. Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night, and underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a [...]

2017-04-21 01:12:47
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Milwaukee Bucks introduce Toronto Raptors to "Barney" theme song  

With a split in Toronto, the Bucks have given themselves a chance to win their first playoff series since 2001.

2017-04-21 01:05:44
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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert out for Game 3 with left knee injury  

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will not play in Game 3 against the Los Angeles Clippers after hyperextending his left knee and suffering a bone contusion in the series opener.

2017-04-20 13:07:43
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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James reaches latest postseason milestones  

The Cavaliers might be getting thrashed by the Pacers in Thursday's Game 3, but that didn't stop LeBron James from climbing up the career postseason points and rebounds lists.

2017-04-20 09:20:19
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Shootaround (April 20) -- Memphis Grizzlies, fans fired up for looming Game 3  

No. 1: Fizdale's helping Memphis get fired up for Game 3 -- Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was issued a $30,000 fine by the NBA for his postgame rant about officials after Game 2. Memphis' players stepped up to pay that fine, but the words he used have set the stage for a wild Game 3 tonight, writes Geoff Calkins of The Commercial Appeal:

2017-04-20 06:56:21
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Devondrick Walker wins D-League Most Improved Player award  

Delaware 87ers guard Devondrick Walker has been named the 2017 NBA Development League Most Improved Player, as voted on by the league's 22 head coaches. The award honors the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement during the 2016-17 NBA D-League season. In his third season in the NBA D-League and his first with [...]

2017-04-20 05:17:46
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Kings hire Luke Bornn as VP of Strategy and Analytics  

The Sacramento Kings today announced the hiring of Luke Bornn as Vice President of Strategy and Analytics. Bornn joins the Kings organization after most recently serving as Head of Analytics for A.S. Roma of the Italian Serie A Football League, where he worked closely with managers, coaches and sports scientists to measure and evaluate athletes and [...]

2017-04-20 01:47:52
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant sits out Game 2 against Portland Trail Blazers  

OAKLAND - The Golden State Warriors did not risk Kevin Durant getting a worse injury than the strained calf muscle that sidelined him for Game 2 of their playoff series against Portland.

2017-04-20 01:14:01
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Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart fined $25,000 for making obscene gesture  

BOSTON (AP) -- Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during Boston's first-round Game 2 loss to Chicago.

2017-04-19 20:12:58
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Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart fined $25,000 for making obscene gesture  

NEW YORK -- Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture on the playing court, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

2017-04-19 19:13:17
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Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith questionable for Game 3 with sore hamstring  

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Even after practice ended, J.R. Smith didn't stop.

2017-04-19 15:50:58
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Shootaround (April 19) -- Russell Westbrook not worrying about who guards him in series  

No. 1: Westbrook not fretting Beverley's defense -- In the playoffs -- just as in the regular season -- the onus remains on Russell Westbrook to take the Oklahoma City Thunder as far as he can carry them. While he was solid in a Game 1 loss to the Rockets (22 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists), the point guard most were raving about was Houston's Patrick Beverley. Westbrook isn't concerned with the defense he or anyone else throws at him in Game 2 tonight (8 ET, TNT), writes Ramona Shelburne of

2017-04-19 10:56:24
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NBA fines Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale for criticism of officials  

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The NBA has fined Grizzlies coach David Fizdale $30,000 for his rant against the officiating in Memphis' 96-82 loss to San Antonio in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

2017-04-19 09:36:51
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