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Mon Mar 2502:19Breaking down the NBA playoff races, which are winding downGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Chris BoshPFHeatFree Agent
Omri CasspiSFGrizzliesFree Agent
DeMarcus CousinsCWarriorsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Luka DoncicPGMavericksFree Agent
Goran DragicPGHeatFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
James HardenSGRocketsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
Tony ParkerPGHornetsFree Agent
Jeff TeaguePGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Dwyane WadeSGHeatFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — The playoff field is largely set.The positioning, that's still anyone's guess.So even while some of what we could have had for drama over the final 2½ weeks of the NBA regular season won't materialize — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are already out of the playoffs, robbing us of one potential story line — the races for seedings and home-court edges are almost certain now to go down to the final days of the season.Milwaukee has the edge over all other teams in the race for the No. 1 overall seed. Dwyane Wade's career still isn't guaranteed of going past Miami's regular-season finale in Brooklyn on April 10. Golden State, bidding for a third straight NBA championship and fourth in five years, still has a fight on its hands just to get the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference."We're ready to take on any challenger," Warriors forward Draymond Green said.There have been nights where that's looked like a very accurate statement. Others, not so much.The Warriors ... [More]
Sat Mar 2320:18Bulls shut down Carter Jr., Hutchison for rest of seasonChandler HutchisonSFBullsFree Agent
Zach LaVineSGBullsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison for the remainder of the season, and might soon do the same with Otto Porter Jr.Executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson says the Bulls have "run out of time" on Carter (left thumb surgery) and Hutchison (right toe injury). He stopped short of shutting down Porter (strained right rotator cuff), though he did say, "It's kind of trending that way."Carter and Hutchison each appeared in 44 games. The No. 7 pick, Carter averaged 10.3 points and 7 rebounds, while Hutchison averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds after getting drafted 22nd overall.Porter, acquired from Washington last month, missed his third straight game Saturday against Utah. Leading scorer Zach LaVine (right knee tendinitis) sat out his second in a row.The Bulls entered Saturday's game with the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Shutting down Porter and LaVine might result in a few more losses and bett... [More]
Sat Mar 2315:28Timberwolves: Rose has surgery to remove elbow bone chipsDerrick RosePGTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.The Timberwolves announced Saturday that Rose had the procedure done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The Wolves previously said Rose was unlikely to play again this season. They're already eliminated from playoff contention.Rose signed a one-year contract after joining the Wolves for the final few weeks of last season and their playoff series. When healthy, Rose has largely flourished, often playing off the ball instead of his natural point guard position. He averaged 18.0 points and 27.3 minutes in 51 games, his second-highest scoring mark since he tore his left ACL in 2012.Rose missed 16 games earlier in the season for a variety of lower-body injuries.___More AP NBA coverage: and
Fri Mar 2217:17Suns forward Oubre out for the season with thumb injuryTrevor ArizaSFSunsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is out for the remainder of the season following surgery on his left thumb.The Suns said in a statement that Oubre had a procedure on his sprained thumb Friday. The recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks.Oubre was injured during Phoenix's game at New Orleans on March 16 and has not played since.Oubre has been a nice fit in the desert since being acquired from Washington for forward Trevor Ariza on Dec. 17. He's averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 40 games.___More AP NBA: and
Fri Mar 2213:42Lakers' Ingram has surgery, plans to be ready for next yearBrandon IngramSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers forward Brandon Ingram is expected to be ready for next season after undergoing surgery on his right arm. Ingram had thoracic outlet decompression surgery Saturday, the Lakers say. Ingram was declared out for the season earlier this month after he was diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis. A blood clot caused shoulder pain for Ingram, who averaged a career-best 18.3 points and 5.1 rebounds this season. Ingram's surgery was performed at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The Lakers say he is expected to make a full recovery before the start of his fourth NBA season in the fall. Ingram was the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft out of Duke. He turns 22 in September. ___ More AP NBA: and
Fri Mar 2213:42Warriors F Durant to sit out vs ThunderKevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Warriors forward Kevin Durant will sit out Saturday night against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with a right ankle sprain. Durant, the league's No. 4 scorer, also missed Golden State's game against Houston on Wednesday. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Durant will most likely play Monday against San Antonio, but he felt more comfortable giving him a few more days of rest. Durant also sat out at against Oklahoma City in March 2017 with a left knee injury. ___ Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter:
Fri Mar 2213:28Chris Bosh ready to see his jersey retired by Miami HeatChris BoshPFHeatFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh is making a lot of music these days. He drinks beer and thinks about making more beer. He sketches. He paints. He plays with his kids. He has even learned how to use a wrench.He is also happy and healthy.And finally, he's made peace with the devastating way that blood clots ended his NBA career without warning and when he was still in his prime. The Miami Heat will retire his No. 1 jersey on Tuesday night, making Bosh the fourth former franchise pillar with a jersey swaying from the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena after Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal.His career is obviously worthy of celebrating. Bosh just hasn't been in the mood to celebrate, until now."It's very awesome," Bosh said. "I thought I had more time, but in the time I gave it was still worthy enough to have the organization and the great Pat Riley consider this. Pretty cool."Bosh played 13 seasons, the first seven in Toronto and the last six in Miami. He averaged 19.2 points a... [More]
Thu Mar 2121:27Marcus Smart fined $50,000 by NBA for shoving EmbiidJoel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for forcefully shoving Philadelphia's Joel Embiid to the floor.Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, noted Smart's repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct during games this season in handing down the penalty Thursday. Smart has been fined for two prior incidents in 2018-19.Smart shoved Embiid from behind with 7:06 remaining in the third quarter of the 76ers' 118-115 victory on Wednesday. He received a flagrant foul 2 and was ejected.
Thu Mar 2117:27Raptors to be without injured G Kyle Lowry for ThunderKyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Mitchell RobinsonCKnicksFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors say all-star guard Kyle Lowry will miss a second straight game with a sprained right ankle when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit Soctiabank Arena on Friday night.The team made the announcement Thursday on Twitter.Lowry was injured in Toronto's 128-92 win over the Knicks on Monday night when New York rookie center Mitchell Robinson fell on Lowry's ankle. Lowry, who had just returned after missing two games with a left ankle injury, had to be helped to the locker room.He missed Toronto's 132-114 overtime victory at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.The 32-year-old Lowry will miss his 15th game this season due to back, hip and ankle injuries. He is averaging 14.8 points and 9.0 assists per game.___More AP NBA: and
Thu Mar 2114:27Timberwolves: Covington, Rose, Teague likely done for seasonJimmy ButlerSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
Robert CovingtonSF76ersFree Agent
Derrick RosePGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Jeff TeaguePGTimberwolvesFree Agent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have more than likely shut down three of their top five scorers for the rest of the season with lingering injuries: Robert Covington, Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague.The Timberwolves announced before their game Thursday at Charlotte that Covington, who was the centerpiece of the package received in the Jimmy Butler trade, recently suffered a setback with the bone bruise on his right knee. Covington had been progressing closer to a return since getting hurt on Dec. 31. He played in only 22 games for the Wolves after arriving from Philadelphia.Rose has missed the last four games with soreness and swelling in his right elbow. He had an MRI test on Tuesday that revealed a bone chip and a loose body in the joint. Teague has also missed the last four games after aggravating a left foot injury that initially occurred in mid-December. He had an injection on Tuesday to treat chronic inflammation.The team said all three players are not expected to play anymore this season. The Wolves are on the verge of being eliminated from the playoff race.___More AP NBA coverage: and
Thu Mar 2109:37Lopez's 3-pointers have become a key for NBA-best BucksGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Marc GasolCGrizzliesFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
Brook LopezCBucksFree Agent
Kelly OlynykPFHeatFree Agent
In case more proof was needed that the game of basketball has changed wildly in the last few years, check out the starting center for the team with the best record in the NBA — he is often nowhere near the basket.It's by design.Milwaukee's Brook Lopez hardly ever took 3-pointers in high school, or college, or his first eight seasons in the NBA. He's a 7-footer, and 7-footers were told forever to go to the low post and wait to see if someone throws you the ball. Those days are largely gone and perhaps no NBA big man has seen his job description change more than Lopez.He's taken more 3-pointers this season — 461 and counting — than any 7-footer in any NBA season. And that comes after he was 3 for 31, total, from beyond the arc in his first eight seasons as a pro, with many of those heaves coming in end-of-game or end-of-shot-clock situations."In our practice facility we have boxes out deep beyond the 3-point line, from areas we know we can get reps at," Lopez said. "Eventually, you... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:07Oklahoma City Thunder retire Nick Collison's No. 4 jerseyNick CollisonPFThunderFree Agent
Serge IbakaPFRaptorsFree Agent
Russell WestbrookPGThunderFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nick Collison's No. 4 jersey was retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder during a ceremony before their game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.It's the first number the Thunder have retired since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Seattle SuperSonics drafted Collison out of Kansas in 2003 and he spent his entire 15-year career with the club.Collison averaged only 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for Seattle/Oklahoma City, but played a key role in developing the team's Oklahoma City culture and became known as "Mr. Thunder."Mayor David Holt declared Wednesday to be "Nick Collison Day" in Oklahoma City."I could never have expected something like this," Collison said. "But it's really a special night for me and my family. It's been a long run. To be able to have the career I had here and then have a celebration like that, I feel very fortunate. That kind of goes without saying, but it's amazing for me. It's a good feeling coming back. I ... [More]
Wed Mar 2018:47Giannis out again as banged-up Bucks try to clinch divisionGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Malcolm BrogdonPGBucksFree Agent
Sterling BrownSGBucksFree Agent
Donte DiVincenzoSGBucksFree Agent
Pau GasolCSpursFree Agent
George HillPGCavaliersFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Nikola MiroticPFPelicansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Bucks are staggering to the finish line of a special regular season.Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss his second straight game with a sprained right ankle on Wednesday night, one of several key injuries to hit the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks in recent days.A leading MVP contender, Antetokounmpo will rest against the Cavaliers as the Bucks, who enter with the NBA's best record, try to clinch their first Central Division title since 2001.Antetokounmpo also sat Tuesday night when the Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers, who played without LeBron James and deprived fans of a matchup of two of the game's biggest names."He's making progress," coach Mike Budenholzer said of Antetokounmpo. "He just can't go tonight. It's us hopefully being smart and being somewhat cautious, but it's more than that. He can't play. We'll see how the next 24 to 48 hours go, and I'm hopeful he'll be in a good place as we move forward."The Bucks host Miami on Friday.Antet... [More]
Wed Mar 2018:17Giannis out again as banged-up Bucks try to clinch divisionGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Malcolm BrogdonPGBucksFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Nikola MiroticPFPelicansFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss his second straight game with a sprained right ankle, one of several injuries to hit the Bucks in recent days.A leading MVP contender, Antetokounmpo will sit out Wednesday night's game against the Cavaliers as the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks try to clinch their first Central Division title since 2001. He also rested Tuesday night when the Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers, who were without LeBron James.Coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo is still slowed by soreness and the team is being "smart" and "cautious" with its best player. Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.In the past few days, the Bucks have been rocked by injuries to starting guard Malcolm Brogdon (plantar fascia tear) and forward Nikola Mirotic (sprained thumb).The Bucks did not provide a timetable for Mirotic's return, but Budenholzer hopes he'll be back in time for the start of the playoffs.___More AP NBA: and
Wed Mar 2014:37Bucks' Nikola Mirotic out with left thumb injuryMalcolm BrogdonPGBucksFree Agent
Tim FrazierPGWizardsFree Agent
Nikola MiroticPFPelicansFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic is out indefinitely an examination of his left thumb revealed a sprain and a fracture.Since being acquired by the Bucks on Feb. 7, Mirotic has played in 14 games with three starts. He is averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.9 minutes per game for the NBA-leading Bucks.Milwaukee announced the injury a few hours before Wednesday night's game at Cleveland.Earlier this week, the Bucks signed guard Tim Frazier to shore up their backcourt with Malcolm Brogdon out indefinitely with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. Brogdon started 64 games this season for Milwaukee.___More AP NBA: and
Wed Mar 2012:47Grizzlies' Bradley to miss at least a week with bruised shinAvery BradleySGClippersFree Agent
JaMychal GreenPFGrizzliesFree Agent
Garrett TemplePG/SGGrizzliesFree Agent
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard Avery Bradley will miss at least a week because of a bruised shin.The Grizzlies announced Wednesday that the condition of Bradley's shin was revealed after their 135-128 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Bradley had collected 21 points and five assists in that game.The Grizzlies said Bradley will be evaluated again in a week.Bradley came to the Grizzlies at the trade deadline last month in a deal that sent guard Garrett Temple and forward JaMychal Green to the Los Angeles Clippers.The 28-year-old has averaged 16.1 points and 4 assists in 14 games with the Grizzlies.___More AP NBA: and
Wed Mar 2012:17Pistons send Thomas, Mykhailiuk to G LeagueReggie BullockSGPistonsFree Agent
Khyri ThomasSGPistonsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have assigned Khyri Thomas and Svi Mykhailiuk to Grand Rapids, the team's G League affiliate.Mykhailiuk was acquired from the Lakers on Feb. 6 in the deal that sent Reggie Bullock to Los Angeles. He has played in three games with the Pistons and appeared in 39 for the Lakers before that.Thomas has appeared in 23 games with the Pistons, averaging 2.7 points.The Pistons began a five-game road trip with a loss to Cleveland on Monday. They face Phoenix on Thursday night.___More AP NBA: and
Tue Mar 1922:06Doc Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumorsLeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers denied rumors on Tuesday night that he's interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers.The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach Luke Walton, whose job status is widely believed to be in jeopardy. Fueling the speculation involving Rivers is that he is close friends with Magic Johnson, Lakers president of basketball operations.Rivers and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer agreed to a shorter contract extension last year that included an opt-out after this season. Rivers said the opt-out existed to "make sure it was the right fit for everyone."However, Rivers said that's being replaced with a long-term deal."I have a job and the Lakers have a coach," Rivers said. "Straight and upfront, I'm going to be here until Steve says 'Get out.'"The coach said earlier this year he and Ballmer mutually agreed to remove the opt-out and make it an extension."This is a great place to work," Rivers said.Rivers has coached the Clippers since 2013, compiling an 887-654 record. He also served as president of basketball operations for three seasons before ceding those duties to Lawrence Frank in 2017.The Clippers were 41-30 going into Tuesday night's game against Indiana at Staples Center. They currently own the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.___More AP NBA: and
Tue Mar 1921:46Injured Collison to miss 1st game after 71 starts for PacersCory JosephPGPacersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darren Collision will miss his first game of the season for the Indiana Pacers because of a right quad contusion.The guard had started all 71 games until sitting out Tuesday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.Cory Joseph was to start in his place.Pacers coach Nate McMillan says Collison got hurt Monday night in a 106-98 loss at Portland. He thinks the injury occurred on a drive to the basket, when he got kneed.Collison complained of soreness and didn't feel that he could play in the second game of the back-to-back.The 10-year veteran out of UCLA is averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 assists.___More AP NBA: and
Tue Mar 1921:26Doc Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumorsLeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers is denying rumors that he's interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers.The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach Luke Walton, whose job status is widely believed to be in jeopardy.Rivers is so eager to tamp down the speculation that he says paperwork on a new contract extension is already being worked on.He says he had an option to opt out of his contract this summer. However, Rivers says that earlier this year he and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer mutually agreed to remove the clause, which existed to "make sure it was the right fit for everyone."The Clippers are 41-30 going into Tuesday night's game against Indiana at Staples Center. They own the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.___More AP NBA: and