• Celtics’ Marcus Smart out for Game 4, Robert Williams III available

    Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart will miss Monday night’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the visiting Miami Heat due to his sprained right ankle. Smart sustained the injury in Game 3 and the ankle remained swollen some 48 hours later. In another note, big man Robert Williams III is set to […]

  • Warriors ‘focused’ and seeking sweep of Mavericks

    The Golden State Warriors look to become the first team since Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to make six trips to the NBA Finals over an eight-year stretch by closing out the host Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. The Warriors rode a familiar script — a greater depth of […]

  • Report: Wolves hire Nuggets president Tim Connelly on 5-year deal

    The Minnesota Timberwolves finalized a five-year deal with Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly to have him lead their front office, ESPN reported Monday. The contract is worth more than $40 million and includes ownership equity, per the report. It would make him among the NBA’s highest-paid executives. Connelly became general manager of […]

  • Heat G Tyler Herro (groin) ruled out for Game 4

    Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro has been ruled out of Monday night’s Game 4 against the Boston Celtics with a groin injury. Jimmy Butler (knee), Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Max Strus (hamstring), Gabe Vincent (hamstring) and P.J. Tucker (knee) will all warm up with the intent to play, the team said. All are officially listed as […]

  • Warriors shut down Mavericks to take 3-0 series lead

    The Golden State Warriors are one win away from another trip to the NBA Finals. They’re doing it as a team. And there’s nothing Luka Doncic has been able to do about it. Doncic had his second consecutive 40-point game Sunday night, but the Warriors countered with quality efforts from several players, including Stephen Curry […]

  • Report: Juwan Howard declines Lakers’ coaching overture

    Michigan Wolverines coach Juwan Howard recently declined an overture by the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA team’s head-coaching position, ESPN reported Sunday. Howard will remain at his alma mater, where he will coach his two sons — Jace and Jett — next season, ESPN reported, citing sources. Jace will be a junior and Jett […]

  • Heat star Jimmy Butler questionable for Game 4; Celtics also ailing

    Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler is listed as questionable for Monday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals after missing the second half of the team’s victory in Game 3. Butler is dealing with right knee inflammation that has bothered him periodically during the postseason. He also missed the clinching Game 5 of the first-round […]

  • Celtics need Jayson Tatum to impact Game 4 vs. Heat

    Jayson Tatum had a pain the neck after Game 3 instead of being one to the Miami Heat. After a subpar performance, the host Boston Celtics badly need their star forward to regain his form as they try to even the Eastern Conference finals at two wins apiece on Monday night. Tatum never found a […]

  • Mavericks fined $100K for latest bench violation

    The NBA fined the Dallas Mavericks $100,000 on Sunday for continuing to violate league rules on bench decorum. The latest violations occurred during a 126-117 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals in San Francisco. “On multiple occasions, several players and a member of the […]

  • Bam Adebayo shines as Heat hold off Celtics in Game 3

    Bam Adebayo was missing in action in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals. A bit of soul-searching and an upgrade in aggressiveness made a major difference in Game 3 as the Miami Heat center played one of the top games of his five-year career and repeatedly made demonstrative plays indicative of his […]

  • Jimmy Butler (knee) ruled out for remainder of G3

    Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler was ruled out for the second half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics due to right knee inflammation. Butler scored eight points in 20 first-half minutes but Victor Oladipo started in his place in the third quarter. The Heat subsequently announced Butler was done […]

  • Celtics’ Robert Williams III (knee) ruled out for Game 3

    Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams III was ruled out with left knee soreness Saturday before the start of Game 3 against the Miami Heat. He was added to the injury report earlier in the day. Daniel Theis started in place of Williams with the series split after the first two games. Williams played in […]

  • Mavericks vow to take it to Warriors in Game 3

    Down 2-0 in the Western Conference finals, the Dallas Mavericks have an aggressive game plan for Game 3 at home on Sunday night: Keep firing. The Golden State Warriors’ reaction? Bring it on. One game after the Mavericks died by the 3-pointer, as Jason Kidd admitted, the first-year Dallas coach promised more of the same […]

  • Celtics’ Robert Williams III (knee) questionable for Game 3

    Boston Celtics big man Robert Williams III is questionable with knee soreness for Saturday night’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat after being added to the injury report earlier Saturday. Williams played in the first two games of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals after a four-game absence due to issues with his left knee. He […]

  • Warriors rally to defeat Mavericks, take 2-0 series lead

    Rival coaches Steve Kerr and Jason Kidd agreed Friday night: Game 2 of the Western Conference finals was just like Game 1. It just started 24 minutes later. Kevon Looney shocked the Dallas Mavericks with a career-high 21 points and the Golden State Warriors erased a 19-point deficit en route to a 126-117 victory Friday […]

  • Celtics’ Marcus Smart leads NBA All-Defensive first team

    NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart was a near-unanimous choice for the league’s All-Defensive first team. In balloting results revealed Friday, the Boston Celtics guard got 99 first-team votes from the pool of 100 sports writers and broadcasters who made the selections. Smart was joined on the first team by Phoenix Suns guard […]

  • Heat vets P.J. Tucker, Kyle Lowry listed as questionable for Game 3

    The Miami Heat on Friday listed forward P.J. Tucker and point guard Kyle Lowry as questionable for Saturday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics. Tucker, 37, sustained a left knee contusion during the third quarter of Miami’s 127-102 loss on Thursday. He had five points and four rebounds in 22 […]

  • Warriors heavy Game 2 favorites against visiting Mavs

    The Golden State Warriors will attempt to reach a high-rent NBA milestone and take a commanding lead in the Western Conference finals when they host Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. With their 112-87 romp over the Mavericks in the best-of-seven opener Wednesday, the Warriors moved within one of becoming just the […]

  • Series shifts to Boston as Celtics, Heat meet for pivotal Game 3

    The Boston Celtics went from looking like they were in deep trouble after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals to delivering a severe beating to the Miami Heat in Game 2. The difference in performances by both squads makes Game 3 feel extra pivotal when the best-of-seven series continues Saturday night in Boston. Miami […]

  • Reports: Darvin Ham, Terry Stotts finalists for Lakers job

    Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts are among the finalists for the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching vacancy, ESPN reported Friday. The Athletic added Golden State Warriors assistant and former Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson to the list of candidates moving on to in-person interviews in Los […]

  • Heat’s P.J. Tucker exits game with bruised knee

    Heat starting forward P.J. Tucker departed Miami’s Eastern Conference finals game against the Boston Celtics in the third quarter on Thursday due to a left knee contusion. The Heat announced a short time later that the 37-year-old veteran wouldn’t return to Game 2 of the best-of-seven series. Tucker had five points and four rebounds in […]

  • Celtics bounce back, blitz Heat in Game 2

    Marcus Smart watched the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals from the bench and didn’t like what he witnessed. Smart liked his view much better on Thursday, when he electrified Boston with a superb all-around effort as the Celtics rolled to a 127-102 victory over the host Miami Heat, evening the series at one […]

  • Hornets extend GM Mitch Kupchak

    Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday that he has signed a multiyear extension with the Hornets. Hired in 2018, Kupchak’s contract was set to expire this summer. “For better or for worse, I will be here for the next couple of years,” said Kupchak, who didn’t say how long the extension was for. Kupchak, […]

  • Warriors aim for 200th playoff win, 2-0 lead over Mavericks

    The Golden State Warriors will attempt to reach a high-rent NBA milestone and take a commanding lead in the Western Conference finals when they host Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. With their 112-87 romp over the Mavericks in the best-of-seven opener Wednesday, the Warriors moved within one of becoming just the […]

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