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Antetokounmpo no longer just a diamond in the rough

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Giannis Antetokounmpo probably is the least favorite player of NBA writers. Just imagine trying to write “Antetokounmpo” on deadline. And that often. Antetokounmpo led his team in every major statistical category this season, points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He is the fifth ever to do so in league history. ...

Kerr to miss Game 4 against Trail Blazers

/ Apr 24, 2017

Kerr to miss Game 4 against Trail Blazers

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 because of symptoms stemming from back surgery. Kerr stayed behind at the team hotel for Saturday night’s Game 3 at ...

Cavaliers finish off Pacers in four

/ Apr 24, 2017

Cavaliers finish off Pacers in four

LeBron James stuck to the old script Sunday. Again, he bailed out the Cleveland Cavaliers. And again, he sent the Indiana Pacers home for vacation. On yet another milestone day for basketball’s king, James’ crowning achievement was making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 to ...

Grizzles survive in OT to tie series with Spurs

/ Apr 23, 2017

Grizzles survive in OT to tie series with Spurs

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise-record 35 points. Marc Gasol laughed and insisted he didn’t know his teammate was ...

Thunder outlast Rockets, trim series lead to 2-1

/ Apr 22, 2017

Thunder outlast Rockets, trim series lead to 2-1

Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn’t have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and the Thunder held off the Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to ...

Huge rally carries Cavs past Pacers

/ Apr 21, 2017

Huge rally carries Cavs past Pacers

LeBron James celebrated another milestone with the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history. Win one more at Indiana, the four-time MVP will be crowned king of the first round. James scored 41 points while padding his postseason resume with yet another triple-double, leading defending ...

Westbrook’s 51 not enough for Thunder

/ Apr 20, 2017

Westbrook’s 51 not enough for Thunder

Russell Westbrook put up gaudy numbers on Wednesday night. The Houston Rockets got a more modest performance from James Harden, but a collective scoring effort helped them rally for a 115-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-0 lead in the ...

Marc has stats, Pau has wins in Gasols' playoff battle

/ Apr 19, 2017

Marc has stats, Pau has wins in Gasols' playoff battle

Marc is winning the individual battle. Older brother Pau is walking away with the victories in the Gasols’ first NBA playoff battle. The sibling showdown between the Spaniards has added another dimension to the Grizzlies-Spurs opening-round Western Conference series. The Gasols have been competing ...

Bulls take 2-0 lead on top-seeded Celtics

/ Apr 19, 2017

Bulls take 2-0 lead on top-seeded Celtics

The Chicago Bulls talked often during the regular season about believing they had the personnel to play as a physically imposing team. Their output has caught up to those desires so far during the postseason. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one ...

Kansas freshman Josh Jackson declares for NBA draft

/ Apr 18, 2017

Kansas freshman Josh Jackson declares for NBA draft

Josh Jackson declared for the NBA draft on Monday after one of the best freshman seasons in Kansas history, one marked by plenty of highlights on the floor and a few distractions off it. The 203-cm swingman, who is considered a certain lottery pick, ...

Leonard brilliant in Game 2

/ Apr 18, 2017

Leonard brilliant in Game 2

The Spurs responded to another late-game meltdown as they have all season: relying on a little 3-point shooting and a whole lot of Kawhi Leonard. They also got an assist from the officials, according to Memphis coach David Fizdale. Leonard had a postseason career-high ...

Beverley, Harden lead Rockets over Thunder

/ Apr 17, 2017

Beverley, Harden lead Rockets over Thunder

Although James Harden is Houston’s undisputed star, he can’t top Russell Westbrook entirely on his own. As is so often the case, Patrick Beverley was there for support Sunday night. Harden scored 37 points to outshine Westbrook, and the Rockets pulled away in the ...

Cavaliers escape with win in playoff opener

/ Apr 16, 2017

Cavaliers escape with win in playoff opener

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ regular-season issues followed them into the playoffs. They didn’t win their postseason opener as much as survive it. LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland, looking to flip a switch after a shaky-and-streaky regular season, began the postseason by escaping with ...