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Sun May 2018:17Road tripped: Celtics' Game 3 loss another playoff potholeKevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Jordan ClarksonSGLakersFree Agent
Al HorfordCCelticsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Marcus MorrisPFCelticsFree Agent
Larry Nance Jr.PFLakersFree Agent
Jayson TatumSFCelticsFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Celtics were loose, smiling and laughing. They weren't straining to hear each other speak and there were no obnoxious Cleveland fans heckling them.All was quiet as Boston worked out Sunday.Practice isn't an issue on the road in the postseason. Playing games is the problem.Less than 24 hours after a 30-point bludgeoning at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics did some film study and critical evaluation.They were hard on themselves."I thought it was embarrassing," Celtics guard Jaylen Brown said of Boston's 116-86 loss — and his own performance. "I thought we came out, the way I played, the way I performed, how not aggressive I was in the first half, I look at that as fuel to come out in Game 4 and be excited about it and be ready to play and ready to fight."Brown scored just 10 points — 13 below his average after two games in the series — and was in almost immediate foul trouble as the Cavs domin... [More]
Sat May 1918:26Warriors eager to get back on the court, respond from lossKevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Andre MillerPGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Chris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — 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 what they seem to do best: bounce back with brilliance.As the Western Conference finals showdown shifts to Oracle Arena for Sunday's Game 3, tied at one game apiece, the Warriors have spent the past few days discussing their Game 2 troubles and what they're striving to do in order not to be dominated again.It's time to play."I think we're at our best when we feel threatened," Green said Saturday. "Game 1 we felt threatened, we came out with a sense of urgency. Game 2 we maybe didn't feel as threatened and the sense of urgency wasn't there. I think you're allowed one of those a series. We've had our one, now it's time to lock in for the remainder of the series."And for the Warriors that starts on the defensive end against Chris Paul, James Harden and Co., because when they get stops it allows Golden State ... [More]
Sat May 1913:36Weary king: LeBron says he loses sleep after playoff lossesLeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James knows the odds are stacked against the Cavaliers. He's lost sleep over it.The Cavs are down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals to the Boston Celtics, who can take complete command of the series with a win in Game 3 on Saturday night. Although James has twice overcome 2-0 deficits to win postseason series, that doesn't make the challenge any easier."I mean, I lose sleep," the three-time champion said following the team's morning shootaround. "At the end of the day, when you lose any game in the postseason, it's never comfort. Playoffs is never comfort. There's nothing about the playoffs that's comfortable until you either win it all or you lose and go into the summer."So for me it's always day to day grind to figure out ways that you can be better."Only 19 of 300 teams (6 percent) have overcome a 2-0 deficit to win, but two of them were Cleveland squads led by James. He brought the Cavs back in 2007 against Detroit and more famously in the 2016... [More]
Fri May 1820:36Stephen Curry, Warriors unconcerned about MVP's shootingKevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Chris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry has absolutely no concerns about his 3-point touch, so he's counting on the first one he takes going in."I have confidence in myself and my teammates have confidence in me to do what I need to do," the two-time MVP said Friday. "Never worry about it because I know how hard I work at it. It's not a false sense of confidence. I know how hard I work at what I do."His teammates and coach also say enough with the panic about Curry already. Kevin Durant doesn't even want to hear about any shooting struggles: he considers Curry the best shooter on the planet, and so be it if he shows he's human, too, once in a while. This is after all the same sweet shooter who broke his own NBA record for 3s in a single season by hitting 402 in 2015-16."When Steph misses a shot everybody gets up in arms about it. That's how great he is. So many people expect him to make every single shot. Sometimes it doesn't happen," Durant said. "I knew the next couple days was going ... [More]
Fri May 1818:26Bulls F Zipser has surgery to repair broken left footPaul ZipserSFBullsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls forward Paul Zipser has had surgery to repair a broken left foot.The team said Friday the operation was performed in his native Germany. The Bulls gave no timetable for his recovery.Zipser averaged 4.0 points in 54 appearances before sitting out the final nine games last season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
Fri May 1818:26Rockets head into Game 3 confident after big win in Game 2Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Trevor ArizaSFRocketsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Chris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — The Rockets have reason to feel good, tied with Golden State after winning Game 2 in a rout in the Western Conference finals.But a big challenge awaits Sunday at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors have won an NBA-record tying 15 straight playoff games.Houston coach Mike D'Antoni knows all about Golden State's success in Oakland, but thinks it has less to do with being at home than the fact that the Warriors are a great team."The challenge is you're playing Golden State. That's why they've won 15 in a row. Not because of the building, but because they're good," he said. "All these players are used to playing in hostile environments ... it helps a little bit (but) sometimes you feed off the energy also from the other crowd. So you try to take them out as soon as you can and take out the crowd."The Rockets aren't daunted by Golden State's winning streak there and are looking forward to the challenge."It's definitely a great place to play," Trevor Ariza said. "Their fans are... [More]
Fri May 1817:16Big rebound: Cavs confident they can bounce back vs CelticsKevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
George HillPGKingsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Marcus MorrisPFCelticsFree Agent
Terry RozierSGCelticsFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — They've survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA's most compelling reality show — or, as some have called it, spectacle.The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama around them. So it's not a surprise they're calm despite trailing the Boston Celtics 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals."We know what it takes," coach Tyronn Lue said. "We're down 0-2. No need to panic.""We know what we've got to do," added All-Star forward Kevin Love on the eve of Saturday's Game 3.The Cavs have been in dire straits before in the postseason.Just two years ago, Cleveland trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in the NBA Finals to Golden State before coming back to win in seven games and end the city's 52-year championship drought. And back in the 2007 playoffs, LeBron James rallied the Cavs from a 2-0 deficit against Detroit, the hardwood king commencing his legacy by scoring Cleveland's final 25 points during a Game 5 road win.But ... [More]
Fri May 1802:46Houston's P.J. Tucker's unique style a hit on, off the courtJames HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — P.J. Tucker wasn't a high draft pick and actually is undersized by NBA standards.At 6-foot-6, the Houston Rockets forward's intensity and defensive grit helps him overachieve against taller opponents on a nightly basis.Off the court, Tucker also defies the norm.He has spent years curating a wardrobe that has helped his style ascend to the upper echelons of fashion.Tucker was in the Balmain store in Paris during this year's NBA All-Star break when the manager told him there was a special one-of-a-kind piece that would be perfect for him.When Tucker first laid eyes on the beaded haute couture jacket at the French luxury fashion house he loved it, but was certain it wouldn't fit his muscular 245-pound frame.It did."Everybody in fashion knows of those must-have pieces where you're just like: 'I've got to have it,'" Tucker said. "And I had to have this."Then he learned the price of the black and gold open front jacket: $25,000."I had no idea. I was like: 'Oh all right, that... [More]
Thu May 1719:25Back and better: Porter Jr. says he's best in draft classDwight HowardCHornetsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — If given the chance, Michael Porter Jr. would have a simple question for those who touted him as the best NBA prospect in this draft class a year ago and no longer do today.Why?The way he sees it, Porter was widely considered the best high-schooler in the country 12 months ago — even though he had back issues that led to him having surgery last fall and basically robbed him of his only college season at Missouri. So now, he thinks it's logical that if his back is better, his stock should be even higher as well."I'm still the best player," Porter said.And that's his message at the NBA Draft Combine, going on this week in Chicago. The small forward went through the anthropometric testing — height, weight, wingspan, body fat percentage and so on — but isn't partaking in on-court matters this week, opting instead to save his statements there until he gets workouts with teams over the coming weeks."I know without a doubt," Porter said. "I've played against all these g... [More]
Thu May 1718:55Celtics hope to put road woes aside vs. Cavs in ClevelandJaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Home-court advantage has proven to be a valuable commodity for the Celtics so far this postseason.Boston is 9-0 at TD Garden during these playoffs and has blistered opponents early in games, shooting 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from the 3-point line. It's often led to cushions that have helped the Celtics sustain opponents' runs in the second half.But after boasting the third-best road record in the NBA during the regular season, the Celtics have looked like a totally different team since the postseason began. They are just 1-4 away from their building and seen their shooting numbers dip to 41 percent overall and 31 percent from beyond the arc.That can't persist if Boston is going to have success as the series shifts to Cleveland on Saturday.Marcus Smart, who was all over the court in the Celtics' Game 2 win , didn't take any offense to Cavs coach Tyronn Lue's comment that the Celtics have "shown they haven't played that well on the road.""We haven'... [More]
Thu May 1717:45Bucks officially announce hiring of coach Mike BudenholzerGiannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new coach.A person familiar with the search had told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Milwaukee Bucks had reached an agreement with Budenholzer, the former Atlanta Hawks coach. The Bucks made the official announcement Thursday."The tremendously supportive fans in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin are waiting and ready," Budenholzer said in a statement released by the team. "Now it's up to us to put all the pieces together, and I can't wait to get started."Budenholzer replaces Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in late January. The Bucks lost to Boston in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.The 48-year-old Budenholzer went 213-197 in five seasons with the Hawks. Budenholzer was named the NBA coach of the year in 2015, when he led the Hawks to a franchise-record 60 wins and an appearance in t... [More]
Thu May 1717:15Bucks officially announce hiring of coach Mike BudenholzerGiannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new coach.A person familiar with the search had told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Milwaukee Bucks had reached an agreement with Budenholzer, the former Atlanta Hawks coach. The Bucks made the official announcement Thursday."The tremendously supportive fans in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin are waiting and ready," Budenholzer said in a statement released by the team. "Now it's up to us to put all the pieces together, and I can't wait to get started."Budenholzer replaces Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in late January. The Bucks lost to Boston in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.The 48-year-old Budenholzer went 213-197 in five seasons with the Hawks. Budenholzer was named the NBA coach of the year in 2015, when he led the Hawks to a franchise-record 60 wins and an appearance in t... [More]
Thu May 1717:05It happens every spring: LeBron forced to carry CavaliersKevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
George HillPGKingsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Terry RozierSGCelticsFree Agent
Jayson TatumSFCelticsFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James recovered quickly from his neck strain. There's still too much stress on his back.He's carrying the Cavaliers. It's a springtime tradition.As has been the case for much of his 15-year career, James has had to perform at an extraordinary level throughout these playoffs, most recently in Cleveland's Game 2 loss at Boston.Bouncing back after taking a blow to the jaw from Jayson Tatum's shoulder that violently twisted his head and sent a chill down the spines of Cleveland fans, James finished with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.It was not enough, however. His teammates failed him and the Cavs fell into a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference finals.Kevin Love (22 points, 15 rebounds) helped, so did Kyle Korver (four 3-pointers) and Tristan Thompson (8 points, 7 rebounds). But too many other Cavs ranged from mediocre to awful.If Cleveland is to even the series at home, that has to change starting in Game 3 on Saturday."We have to ramp it up," sai... [More]
Wed May 1622:13AP Source: Bucks agree to hire Mike Budenholzer as coachGiannis AntetokounmpoSFBucksFree Agent
A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer to become the team's next coach.The 2015 NBA Coach of the Year will replace Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in late January.The person confirmed the agreement with the former Atlanta Hawks coach on Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because the team has not made an official announcement.The deal was first reported by ESPN.The Bucks lost to Boston in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.Budenholzer went 213-197 in five seasons with the Hawks, leading them to a franchise-record 60 wins and the Eastern Conference finals in 2015. He and the Hawks mutually agreed to part ways last month with two years remaining on his contract, allowing Budenholzer to pursue other opportunities.The one with the Bucks may have been the best available, thanks to All-Star forward Giannis ... [More]
Wed May 1619:17Backcourt blues: Cavs guards Smith, Hill horrible in Game 2Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Jordan ClarksonSGLakersFree Agent
George HillPGKingsFree Agent
Al HorfordCCelticsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCavaliersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Terry RozierSGCelticsFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford's back and shoved Boston's big man out of bounds.It was the only time Smith was on target.Smith's shoddy performance in Game 2 — he missed all seven shots and committed a flagrant 1 foul in 27 forgettable minutes — underscored a startling disparity between Cleveland's and Boston's starting backcourts that allowed the fearless Celtics to withstand a brilliant, 42-point effort by LeBron James and take a 2-0 series lead.Smith and point guard George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston's Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were faster, hungrier and maybe tougher."I don't think tougher," Smith said afterward, showing better defensive instincts than during the game. "They made shots, we missed shots at the end of the day. We had some good looks, they didn't fall. For them playing on their home court, they fell. It's a matter for us to bounce back, go home, try and get (win) two, even the series up and come back here."... [More]
Wed May 1618:37Backcourt blues: Cavs guards Smith, Hill horrible in Game 2Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Jordan ClarksonSGLakersFree Agent
George HillPGKingsFree Agent
Al HorfordCCelticsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCavaliersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Terry RozierSGCelticsFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford's back and shoved Boston's big man out of bounds.It was the only time Smith was on target.Smith's shoddy performance in Game 2 — he missed all seven shots and committed a flagrant 1 foul in 27 forgettable minutes — underscored a startling disparity between Cleveland's and Boston's starting backcourts that allowed the fearless Celtics to withstand a brilliant, 42-point effort by LeBron James and take a 2-0 series lead.Smith and point guard George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston's Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were faster, hungrier and maybe tougher."I don't think tougher," Smith said afterward, showing better defensive instincts than during the game. "They made shots, we missed shots at the end of the day. We had some good looks, they didn't fall. For them playing on their home court, they fell. It's a matter for us to bounce back, go home, try and get (win) two, even the series up and come back here."... [More]
Wed May 1615:17Celtics' Marcus Smart has been unflappable against CavaliersKevin LovePFCavaliersFree Agent
Al HorfordCCelticsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
JR SmithSGCavaliersFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make "winning plays" with the game on the line.And more times than not, it's been Marcus Smart making them.Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round, Smart has been unflappable and Boston's unquestioned deacon of toughness.From sacrificing his body diving for loose balls or keeping plays alive with a rebound , to causing deflections on defense, to popping up out of the crowd for a timely rebound or tip-in, Smart is the proud everyman for a once underdog Celtics team that has outworked the Cavaliers through the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals."That's me. That's how I was raised," said Smart, who was Boston's top performer off the bench in the Celtics' 107-94 Game 2 win with 11 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. "I'm the youngest of four boys. My whole life I had to fight."I had to get down and do things in order to... [More]
Wed May 1615:17Backcourt blues: Cavs guards Smith, Hill horrible in Game 2Jaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Jordan ClarksonSGLakersFree Agent
George HillPGKingsFree Agent
Al HorfordCCelticsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCavaliersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kyle KorverSGCavaliersFree Agent
Terry RozierSGCelticsFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford's back and shoved Boston's big man out of bounds.It was the only time Smith was on target.Smith's shoddy performance in Game 2 — he missed all seven shots and committed a flagrant foul in 27 forgettable minutes — underscored a startling disparity between Cleveland's and Boston's starting backcourts that allowed the fearless Celtics to withstand a brilliant, 42-point effort by LeBron James and take a 2-0 series lead.Smith and point guard George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston's Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were faster, hungrier and maybe tougher."I don't think tougher," Smith said afterward, showing better defensive instincts than during the game. "They made shots, we missed shots at the end of the day. We had some good looks, they didn't fall. For them playing on their home court, they fell. It's a matter for us to bounce back, go home, try and get (win) two, even the series up and come back here."Th... [More]
Wed May 1601:57Suns already know 3 great candidates for No. 1 pickDevin BookerSGSunsFree Agent
Goran DragicPGHeatFree Agent
Josh JacksonSFSunsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — 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.The Phoenix Suns have a trio of fine candidates for the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.In various ways, the team already has an element of familiarity with each one of them.Ayton played his college ball at Arizona. Bagley, the Duke freshman star this past season, is an Arizona native. And Doncic, the Slovenian teen who has been tabbed a can't-miss NBA prospect, won a title with new Suns coach Igor Kokoskov last summer — when they helped give the tiny nation its biggest sports win, a gold medal at the European Championships.These are good days for the Suns, who have gone through three dreadful seasons and eight consecutive playoff-less campaigns. But they have a new coach in Kokoskov, a promising young core and after winning the draft lottery on Tuesday night, a chance to pick No. 1 overall at the draft in New York n... [More]
Wed May 1601:47Green's conference finals culmination of long journeyGerald GreenSGCelticsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
Chris PaulPGRocketsFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerald Green was at a crossroads.Released by Milwaukee in training camp, the career journeyman couldn't find another NBA team that wanted him.He contemplated playing internationally and in the G League, but no one had any use for the over-30 player with almost a decade of NBA experience."I was honestly contemplating retirement," he told The Associated Press. "A lot of people don't know that, but I was done."So he contacted his agent to put an expiration date on his basketball career."I was like: 'Look man, when Jan. 1, 2018, hits, if I'm unsigned, I'm putting out a big statement on my Instagram letting everybody know, thank you for the awesome career over all these years but I'm done,'" he said. "'I ain't going to play no more.'"Just four days shy of his self-imposed deadline, Green received the call that would change everything: His hometown Houston Rockets wanted him."Basketball was the last thing on my mind until I got that call," he said. "Then it's kind of like ..... [More]
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