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May 16, 2015

NCAA looking at 30-second clock

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee has recommended reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds among a series of changes aimed at speeding up a game that has reached historic lows in scoring. The NCAA experimented with a 30-second shot clock during ...

Cavs finish Bulls in rout

May 15, 2015

Cavs finish Bulls in rout

LeBron James struggled to score 15 points and Kyrie Irving limped off the court, but the Cleveland Cavaliers still beat the Chicago Bulls 94-73 to clinch their semifinal series in six games. Matthew Dellavedova scored 19 points and Tristan Thompson added 13 points and ...

May 14, 2015

Shimoji won't return to coach Saitama for 2015-16 season

by Ed Odeven

As expected, the Saitama Broncos are making a coaching change after another atrocious season. Head coach Kazuaki Shimoji won’t be back on the sideline for the 2015-16 campaign, the Broncos announced on Thursday afternoon. Saitama posted a 6-46 record in Shimoji’s lone season at ...

Horford puts Hawks on top

May 14, 2015

Horford puts Hawks on top

With their magical season on the brink, the Atlanta Hawks needed someone to come up big. Al Horford wasn’t supposed to be the guy. He would not be denied. The Hawks center swooped in to snatch an offensive rebound and dropped in a shot ...

May 13, 2015

Niigata parts ways with Hiraoka

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB reached the playoffs in each of Fujitaka Hiraoka’s two seasons as head coach. But they failed to advance to the Final Four, which they did in May 2013 under Hiraoka’s predecessor, Matt Garrison. On Wednesday, the Albirex announced that Hiraoka, ...

LeBron's 38 carries Cavaliers past Bulls

May 13, 2015

LeBron's 38 carries Cavaliers past Bulls

With the “Big 3″ reduced to the “Banged-Up 2,” LeBron James again showed why he’s Cleveland’s one and only. James scored 38 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cavaliers held off Chicago’s charge in the fourth quarter for a 106-101 victory over the ...

Pelicans fire Williams

May 13, 2015

Pelicans fire Williams

The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday, parting ways with a coach who has a strong relationship with the franchise’s marquee player, Anthony Davis. General manager Dell Demps, who’ll lead the search for a new coach, said he informed Davis ...

Curry, Warriors even series

May 12, 2015

Curry, Warriors even series

Steve Kerr challenged his Golden State Warriors to ratchet up the intensity to playoff-level. With MVP Stephen Curry leading the way, they responded and looked like the team that cruised through the regular season. Curry scored 21 of his 33 points by halftime, and ...

LeBron lifts Cavs over Bulls

May 11, 2015

LeBron lifts Cavs over Bulls

LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play — and then drew one up of his own. “Give me the ball and get out of the way,” he said. James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt’s idea for a last-second inbounds play and ...