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Fri Apr 1318:19Butler impact on Wolves starts with leadership, toughnessJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Jamal CrawfordSGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Taj GibsonPFTimberwolvesFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Chris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
Derrick RosePGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Jeff TeaguePGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Karl-Anthony TownsCTimberwolvesFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSGTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The impact made by Jimmy Butler on the Minnesota Timberwolves was obvious from the start, transcending the two ends of the court where he's made his mark as a four-time All-Star.Perhaps no better example of the leadership he contributed to a long-languishing franchise trying to find its way came during a three-day stretch in mid-December.With Butler playing through back spasms, the Timberwolves lost at home to a Phoenix Suns team that ultimately finished with the NBA's worst record. Afterward, Butler was flat on the floor in the locker room, in enough discomfort that moving around was a difficult proposition.Two nights later, Butler powered past the pain to score 37 points and carry the Wolves to victory over the Portland Trail Blazers , who finished third in the Western Conference this season."If you go out there and show them how hard you have to play in this league until the end on a constant basis," Butler said then, cajoling his young teammates, "that's when t... [More]
Fri Apr 1317:30Column: NBA playoffs are wide open _ for onceKevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Carmelo AnthonyPFHawksFree Agent
Chris BoshPFHeatFree Agent
Kobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Jimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
Hey, here's something we haven't heard before.The NBA playoffs are wide open.At perhaps no other time in the league's history have so many teams gone into the postseason with a real shot at hoisting the trophy at the end of this two-month grind.From the top seeds in Houston and Toronto, to the old stalwarts in Golden State and Cleveland, to the brash up-and-comers in Philadelphia and Minnesota, there are potential storylines galore and no real way to predict how it all may shake out."We've got a chance," said LeBron James, who will be seeking his eighth straight trip to the finals. "That's all you can ask for."For pretty much the NBA's entire history, there's been little reason to tune in for the playoffs until they got to the finals. No wonder Charles Barkley became so enamored with the NHL version of the postseason — that's a sport that actually doles out some real drama once the regular season is over.The NBA?Yawn.Over the last four decades, a top-seeded team has claimed 28 champi... [More]
Fri Apr 1316:49Retooled Raptors ready for playoff rematch with WizardsDeMar DeRozanSGSpursFree Agent
Kyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Bradley BealSGWizardsFree Agent
Serge IbakaPFRaptorsFree Agent
Ty LawsonPGWizardsFree Agent
Jodie MeeksSGWizardsFree Agent
Jakob PoeltlCSpursFree Agent
Mike ScottSFClippersFree Agent
Pascal SiakamPFRaptorsFree Agent
John WallPGWizardsFree Agent
Delon WrightPGRaptorsFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — A "culture reset" carried the Toronto Raptors to the top of the Eastern Conference for the first time this season.Next, the Raptors will try to hit reset on their playoff history with the Washington Wizards.After Cleveland swept the Raptors in the second round last spring, team president Masai Ujiri promised to change the culture surrounding the club.That meant greater emphasis on ball movement and 3-point shooting, something the Raptors were able to execute immediately. Toronto had 67 games with at least 20 assists, up from 34 the previous year, and averaged 33 shots a game from beyond the arc, third most in the NBA."We won 59 games," All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan said. "I think that speaks for itself. We know what works for us, what got us here, and what's going to take us even further."Thanks to the offensive overhaul, this Raptors team is far removed from the one swept in the first round in 2015, a series in which the Wizards won by an average of 14 points."That's o... [More]
Fri Apr 1316:49Process no more: 76ers' awaited playoff push starts vs. HeatJoel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Markelle FultzPG76ersFree Agent
Richaun HolmesCSunsFree Agent
Amir JohnsonPF76ersFree Agent
JJ RedickSG76ersFree Agent
Dario SaricPF76ersFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
Hassan WhitesideCHeatFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Opera Philadelphia took a break from its rehearsal for "Carmen" to record an a capella version of the Philadelphia 76ers' catchy retro anthem , "Here Come the Sixers."Philly can belt out the words ."No. 1, Philadelphia. Here they come, team of the year. One, two three, four, five, Sixers."Keep counting — all the way to 16.The Sixers roar into the postseason on a 16-game winning streak, both the longest for a franchise that boasts The Big Dipper, AI, Dr. J and The Boston Strangler on its all-time roster and also the longest in NBA history to end a season.Perhaps it's fitting an opera company saluted the Sixers' first postseason berth since 2012 because it's another masked man who has terrorized the NBA and whose status has the league buzzing — the self-proclaimed "Phantom of the Process ."Joel Embiid will not be lurking in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center when Game 1 opens Saturday against the Miami Heat (44-38). He'll start the postseason just as he did du... [More]
Fri Apr 1316:39Thunder guard Brewer questionable for opener against UtahCorey BrewerSFThunderFree Agent
Terrance FergusonSGThunderFree Agent
Andre RobersonSGThunderFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder might be without starting shooting guard Corey Brewer for their first-round playoff series opener Sunday against Utah.Brewer sprained his right knee during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis. He did light work Friday and didn't practice.Another Thunder shooting guard, Alex Abrines, is in concussion protocol. He was injured during a win over the Miami Heat on Monday and didn't play against Memphis. The reserve averages 4.7 points per game and has made 84 3-pointers this season.Coach Billy Donovan said he's not sure if either will be ready for the opener."I don't know that yet," he said. "We'll have to get closer to that. I don't want to speculate either way. Every day, we'll find out a little more."The Thunder added the 32-year-old Brewer after the All-Star break to fill the void left when Andre Roberson was knocked out for the season with a ruptured left patellar tendon. Brewer started 16 of 18 games with the Thunder and posted aver... [More]
Fri Apr 1316:39Lillard likes matchup but knows Pelicans are dangerousDeMarcus CousinsCWarriorsFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Jrue HolidaySGPelicansFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
CJ McCollumSGTrailblazersFree Agent
Nikola MiroticPFPelicansFree Agent
E'Twaun MooreSGPelicansFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's Damian Lillard says he likes the first-round matchup against the Pelicans, but in almost the same breath he lists the reasons why New Orleans is dangerous.After splitting their four regular-season meetings, the third-seeded Blazers and sixth-seeded Pelicans open the playoffs Saturday night at the Moda Center."They stole one from us here, and we felt like that was a game that we should have had. We had a bad third quarter," Lillard said. "But they have Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, E'Twaun Moore, they've got a lot of guys that make them a dangerous team."The Blazers won the season's first meeting with New Orleans, 103-93, back in October. But two months later the Pelicans beat the Blazers 123-116 in Portland without Davis. DeMarcus Cousins had 38 points and New Orleans extended its lead to as many as 18 points in the third quarter.The Pelicans lost Cousins for the season because of an Achilles injury in January, and many thought the team's playof... [More]
Fri Apr 1316:19Wizards' Meeks suspended 25 games for positive drug testBradley BealSGWizardsFree Agent
Ty LawsonPGWizardsFree Agent
Jodie MeeksSGWizardsFree Agent
John WallPGWizardsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance.The league announced the suspension Friday, a day before Game 1 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against the East's top-seeded Toronto Raptors. The NBA says Meeks tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone that's prohibited under the league's drug program.Meeks' suspension makes Washington's signing of guard Ty Lawson just before the playoffs make more sense. Lawson replaces Meeks on the Wizards' bench behind starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.In his first season with the Wizards and ninth in the NBA, the 30-year-old Meeks averaged 6.3 points off the bench and was shooting just under 40 percent.___More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
Fri Apr 1315:59Prime time: LeBron defying age, better than ever at 33LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Kendrick PerkinsCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James emerged from a chaotic, complex season unscathed — better than ever.Still the NBA's undisputed king.Despite no longer having Kyrie Irving at his side. Despite an injury-riddled season in which the Cavaliers' roster morphed twice and despite being surrounded by a supporting cast that included rookies and just three holdovers from Cleveland teams he dragged to three straight NBA Finals, James played every game and powered through his 15th pro season like it was another helpless defender in the lane.By investing millions into maintaining his body and with a work ethic that has pushed him since childhood, James seems intent on challenging basketball's natural cycle of aging.At 33, and on the eve of making a run at his eighth straight Finals, James is not slowing down. He remains the game's best all-around player, most dominant force. Still, the one to beat. Still, the player most capable of carrying a team to playoff victories. Still, the most likely playe... [More]
Fri Apr 1315:09Thunder play-by-play man Davis suspended 1 game for commentRussell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder television play-by-play man Brian Davis has been suspended for Game 1 of the playoff series against Utah on Sunday for a comment he made about star Russell Westbrook during Oklahoma City's regular-season finale against Memphis.Davis said Westbrook was "out of his cotton-pickin' mind," an exclamation that came after the Oklahoma City guard made an assist in Wednesday's game on his way to setting an NBA record for averaging a triple-double in multiple seasons.Cotton picking was the primary responsibility for black slaves in the South, so the term can be offensive when used by a white person to describe a black person. Many took to social media to complain about Davis' choice of words. Davis is white and Westbrook is black.Dan Mahoney, the Thunder's vice president of broadcasting and corporate communications, said the team considered the comment "inappropriate.""It is with great remorse and humility that I accept this suspension for the insensitive words I u... [More]
Fri Apr 1314:59Denver Nuggets GM has busy offseason aheadWill BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Gary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Paul MillsapPFNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly says contract extensions for center Nikola Jokic and guard Will Barton are among his offseason priorities and he hinted coach Michael Malone might be in line for one, too.The Nuggets have increased their win totals from 30 to 40 to 46 under Malone but they extended their playoff drought to five years when they lost in overtime at Minnesota in the season finale this week."This is the most confident I've been in our core group since I've been here," said Connelly, who's been in his post in Denver since 2013. "I think we have the makings of a team that can enjoy sustainably high levels of success."I think there's going to be some pretty interesting financial decisions we'll make this offseason."Jokic was drafted in the second round in 2014 and signed a three-year, $4 million deal a year later. The Nuggets have a $1.6 million fourth-year option, which they can decline this summer and instead give Jokic a max contract.While that would cri... [More]
Fri Apr 1314:09Next stop for Jazz star rookie Donovan Mitchell is playoffsCarmelo AnthonyPFHawksFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
Over the course of Donovan Mitchell's outstanding rookie season with Utah, Portland star Damian Lillard has become something of a mentor, regularly sending texts of encouragement.So Lillard really didn't mind when Mitchell was the one who broke his rookie 3-point record."He's had a great season, not just for a rookie but for a guard in the NBA. I'm really happy for him," Lillard said. "We've had some communication throughout the season. I like to see a guy that's humble, a guy that works hard. Not many people were talking about him coming out of the draft. He wasn't the talk of the draft."But he just came out and he just showed. That's what makes me a fan of him."Mitchell surpassed Lillard's mark of 185 3-pointers on Tuesday night in Utah's 119-79 victory over the Golden State Warriors.The next night, the two players were face-to-face in the final regular-season game. Portland claimed a 102-93 win on its home court, sending the Trail Blazers into a first-round playoff series against th... [More]
Fri Apr 1312:4910 things to know about the 2018 NBA playoffsOmri CasspiSFGrizzliesFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCWarriorsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
With the NBA playoffs starting Saturday, here's 10 things to know:LEBRON'S STREAKPacers fans, avert your eyes.LeBron James hasn't experienced losing a first-round game in nearly six years.James' teams have won 21 consecutive opening-round contests, a streak that started in Game 5 of the Miami-New York series in 2012. Combining his Cleveland and Miami years, James' teams have won 46 of their last 51 first-round games.James and the Cavs play Indiana in the first round this season.MORE LEBRONJames could set a slew of NBA records in these playoffs.He's already the all-time postseason leader in points, is seven steals from passing Scottie Pippen (395) for the playoff record in that department, is four shots from passing Kobe Bryant (4,499) for another career postseason mark.Depending on how long Cleveland's postseason lasts, James also has a shot at passing Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3-pointers; he's 55 shy of taking over the No. 1 spot there. And if the Cavs make a deep run Jame... [More]
Fri Apr 1306:19In your face! Giannis reaches new heights for BucksGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Eric BledsoePGBucksFree Agent
Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
John HensonCBucksFree Agent
Khris MiddletonSFBucksFree Agent
Jabari ParkerPFBullsFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo's meme-worthy scowl started with a look in the mirror.The Milwaukee Bucks All-Star was an NBA rookie then, trying to come up with a look he could flash after making a big play. Antetokounmpo thought about the glare his mother would throw his way when he misbehaved as a child. It took about a week to perfect as he struck poses in front of the mirror."Now it comes easy. You've just got to put your nose up like this," said Antetokounmpo, wrinkling his face after a recent practice.It can look so much more intimidating on the court.As Antetokounmpo's skills reach new heights, so does his confidence as he enters his third career postseason. The Bucks open their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday in Boston."You don't think. It's just second nature. You're just playing now," Antetokounmpo said. "There are points when you're young, you're scared to make the wrong decision late."This is no longer the gangly, 6-foot-11 forward who would defer... [More]
Fri Apr 1306:09Donovan Mitchell's big rookie season heads into the playoffsCarmelo AnthonyPFHawksFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Donovan MitchellSGJazzFree Agent
Ben SimmonsPF76ersFree Agent
Over the course of Donovan Mitchell's outstanding rookie season with Utah, Portland star Damian Lillard has become something of a mentor, regularly sending texts of encouragement.So Lillard really didn't mind when Mitchell was the one who broke his rookie 3-point record."He's had a great season, not just for a rookie but for a guard in the NBA. I'm really happy for him," Lillard said. "We've had some communication throughout the season. I like to see a guy that's humble, a guy that works hard. Not many people were talking about him coming out of the draft. He wasn't the talk of the draft."But he just came out and he just showed. That's what makes me a fan of him."Mitchell surpassed Lillard's mark of 185 3-pointers on Tuesday night in Utah's 119-79 victory over the Golden State Warriors.The next night, the two players were face-to-face in the final regular-season game. Portland claimed a 102-93 win on its home court, sending the Trail Blazers into a first-round playoff series against th... [More]
Fri Apr 1305:49Finally: Miami's Ellington set to play a big postseason roleWayne EllingtonSGHeatFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — The last time Wayne Ellington played any meaningful minutes in a postseason game was nine years ago.At the Final Four.Ellington was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 NCAA Tournament after leading North Carolina to the national title. But since turning pro, postseasons have marked the start of vacations for Ellington, who has been in only two NBA playoff games, logging 13 1/2 minutes — all in the fourth quarters of blowouts.That's about to change.Coming off a record-setting regular season, Ellington will play a vital role for No. 6 seed Miami in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series that starts Saturday in his hometown of Philadelphia against the third-seeded 76ers."It's so sweet the way it's coming," Ellington said. "I don't want to get religious, but I really feel like it's God's plan the way that everything's worked out, where I ended up at and where I'm headed to. I'm appreciative. After all this time, now to be here, I don't think a player could be more g... [More]
Thu Apr 1221:19Lakers' big summer looms after 5 straight losing seasonsLonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
Kobe BryantSFLakersFree Agent
Kentavious Caldwell-PopeSGLakersFree Agent
Channing FryePF/CCavaliersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
Josh HartSGLakersFree Agent
Brandon IngramSFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Kyle KuzmaSF/PFLakersFree Agent
Brook LopezCBucksFree Agent
Julius RandlePFPelicansFree Agent
Isaiah ThomasPGNuggetsFree Agent
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — And now the real season begins for the Los Angeles Lakers.At least that's what the fans of the 16-time NBA champions repeatedly have been told while Los Angeles missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record for the fifth consecutive year.Ever since they took over the Lakers' basketball operations a year ago, Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have founded their rebuilding project around the acquisition of one or two elite free agents this summer — or next summer, they've recently amended.Magic firmly believes the Lakers' championship pedigree, glamorous location and salary cap room for two enormous contracts can attract superstars near the primes of their careers to lift one of the NBA's cornerstone franchises back to its accustomed heights. The Lakers had only missed the playoffs five previous times in their first 65 years of existence before they doubled that number during this dismal half-decade.But while the pursuit of Paul George an... [More]
Thu Apr 1219:39Clippers look to heal with decisions looming about futurePatrick BeverleyPGClippersFree Agent
Avery BradleySGClippersFree Agent
Danilo GallinariSFClippersFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
Montrezl HarrellPFClippersFree Agent
DeAndre JordanCMavericksFree Agent
Austin RiversSGWizardsFree Agent
Milos TeodosicPGClippersFree Agent
Tyrone WallacePGClippersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers are finally out of their misery, a long season marred by significant injuries coming to an end just short of the playoffs.They finished with a winning record of 42-40, but their streak of consecutive postseason appearances ended at six. They closed out the season Wednesday night with a 115-100 loss to the Lakers, dropping their last four games in a row.They kept their playoff hopes alive until the final week of the regular season despite the injuries. Eleven players missed a total of 265 games.Coach Doc Rivers started an NBA-leading 37 different lineups because of the injuries. The Clippers were forced to dip into the G League for starters, most notably C.J. Williams (who was signed to a multi-year deal) and Tyrone Wallace.The season began with nine new players on the roster after the offseason departures of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford.But injuries soon befell the newcomers. Point guard Patrick Beverley was lost for the season after righ... [More]
Thu Apr 1219:09Lin plans to return to Nets a new player next seasonJarrett AllenCNetsFree Agent
DeMarre CarrollSFNetsFree Agent
Allen CrabbeSFNetsFree Agent
Spencer DinwiddiePGNetsFree Agent
Joe HarrisSFNetsFree Agent
Rondae Hollis-JeffersonPFNetsFree Agent
Caris LeVertSGNetsFree Agent
Jeremy LinPGHawksFree Agent
Brook LopezCBucksFree Agent
D'Angelo RussellSGNetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Lin didn't even make it through one full game this season.He plans to return next season playing a different way so he can stay on the floor and help the Brooklyn Nets keep building.Lin played in just 36 games in 2016-17 due to hamstring injuries and ruptured his right patella tendon in a loss at Indiana on opening night of this season. His plan to stay healthy focuses on ditching all the on-court motor skills that started Linsanity six years ago across the city with the New York Knicks in exchange for a new range of motion."So, like, at every level of ability to be more dynamic, I'm not just looking at whether my knee will hold up. I'm looking at whether I have done enough to completely change pre-existing movement patterns," Lin said Thursday, a day after the Nets finished 28-54, their third consecutive 50-loss season after three straight playoff appearances.The Nets won seven of their last 13 games after losing 19 of 22.The 29-year-old Lin spent a large chun... [More]
Thu Apr 1218:39Nuggets improve by 6 games, fall short of playoffs againWill BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Torrey CraigSFNuggetsFree Agent
Kenneth FariedPFNetsFree Agent
Devin HarrisSGMavericksFree Agent
Gary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Richard JeffersonSFNuggetsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Paul MillsapPFNuggetsFree Agent
Jamal MurrayPGNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic only had a basic outline of his offseason plans: Rest, work out in Denver, return home to Serbia and rest some more.It's not more elaborate since the Nuggets big man figured he'd be working for a while longer.The Nuggets won six more games than a year ago and yet finished in the same position — a spot out of the playoffs. This season even came down to a winner-take-all scenario in Minnesota, where the Nuggets came up short in overtime to miss out on the playoffs for a fifth straight season."I'm not mad. I'm not sad, because I think we played good," Jokic said Thursday. "We're not making the playoffs because we were not focused the whole season, every game."Still, the Nuggets won six straight down the stretch to climb into contention for a spot, before losing to the Timberwolves in a spirited game."If we play with that sense of urgency that we did at the end, then we wouldn't have even been in this position," Will Barton said. "It's all a part of growing."... [More]
Thu Apr 1218:29Moving parts: Cavaliers to use 10-man rotation in 1st roundKevin LoveCCavaliersFree Agent
Jordan ClarksonSGCavaliersFree Agent
Jeff GreenPFWizardsFree Agent
George HillPGCavaliersFree Agent
Rodney HoodSGCavaliersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Larry Nance Jr.PFCavaliersFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — With the playoffs just days away, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue typically would have his lineup rotations set by now.Nothing has been typical about this season for the Cavs.Lue said Thursday that he plans to use a 10-player rotation for Cleveland's opening-round series against the Indiana Pacers, but that things could change depending on injuries, matchups and performances."I will play 10," Lue said after the Cavaliers watched film on the Pacers, who went 3-1 against Cleveland this season. "We'll just see how it looks and if one guy is not great this round, then it might be nine."Lue and his staff have been juggling lineups and using different combinations on the floor for months, forced to adjust and re-adjust, first because of injuries and then by a slew of trades that transformed the team.Lue refused to name his full starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1. He revealed previously that four of them will be LeBron James, Kevin Love, Jeff Green and George... [More]
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