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Weltman steps in to lead Magic

Jeff Weltman was perfectly content as the general manager of the Toronto Raptors two weeks ago. He was working alongside someone he considers a close friend, the ownership was first rate and his family was enjoying life in Toronto. A call from Orlando Magic president Alex Martins, however, convinced the ...

Irving leads Cavaliers to brink of NBA Finals

/ May 24, 2017

Irving leads Cavaliers to brink of NBA Finals

Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet. The pain couldn’t stop him. The Celtics couldn’t either. Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James ...

Warriors sweep away Spurs, make NBA Finals again

/ May 23, 2017

Warriors sweep away Spurs, make NBA Finals again

Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable. Heavily favored to beat the Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the Warriors completed a dominant sweep in the Western Conference finals. Stephen Curry scored 36 points and Golden State beat injury-ravaged San ...

Gutsy Celtics rally for stunning win over Cavs

/ May 22, 2017

Gutsy Celtics rally for stunning win over Cavs

Leprechauns are imaginary. Celtic pride is very real. Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and playing without star Isaiah Thomas, stunned ...

Warriors pounce on injury-plagued Spurs

/ May 21, 2017

Warriors pounce on injury-plagued Spurs

The Spurs were injured but Golden State was expecting a fevered fight on the home floor of the five-time NBA champions. The Warriors’ depth and talent settled things early. Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds as Golden State beat injury-riddled San Antonio ...

LeBron not one of finalists for MVP award this season

/ May 20, 2017

LeBron not one of finalists for MVP award this season

LeBron James will have to settle for trying to win another NBA title. He isn’t even a finalist for the MVP award. Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the three players in the running for the league’s top individual honor. The NBA ...

Cavs send Celtics to record loss

/ May 20, 2017

Cavs send Celtics to record loss

An NBA playoff-record, 41-point halftime lead. A franchise record for total points. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record. And LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers can still do better. “I believe we’ve got another level, as well,” he said after Cleveland ...

LeBron, Harden, Westbrook lead All-NBA first team picks

/ May 19, 2017

LeBron, Harden, Westbrook lead All-NBA first team picks

For Cleveland’s LeBron James, there was history. For Houston’s James Harden, there was affirmation. And for Indiana’s Paul George and Utah’s Gordon Hayward, a chance at signing contracts exceeding $200 million this summer is gone. James and Harden headlined the All-NBA first team that ...