Basketball Topics

May 23, 2014

Carter-Williams made unanimous pick for NBA's all-rookie team

Michael Carter-Williams has been unanimously chosen to the NBA’s all-rookie team. Chosen 11th overall in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers guard was the only unanimous selection, which also includes Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, Utah’s Trey Burke, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee and New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. ...

Cavaliers interested in Gentry; T-Wolves talk to Joerger

May 23, 2014

Cavaliers interested in Gentry; T-Wolves talk to Joerger

Lucky in the NBA lottery, the Cavaliers are hoping their good fortune continues as they look for a new coach. The team asked the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday for permission to speak with assistant coach Alvin Gentry about Cleveland’s coaching vacancy, a person ...

Spurs roll to 2-0 lead

May 22, 2014

Spurs roll to 2-0 lead

The San Antonio Spurs are cruising toward a return to the NBA Finals, and Oklahoma City looks powerless to slow them down without Serge Ibaka. Tony Parker scored 22 points, Danny Green made seven 3-pointers and added 21, and the Spurs used a dominant ...

LeBron, Wade dig Heat out of hole to even series at 1-1

May 21, 2014

LeBron, Wade dig Heat out of hole to even series at 1-1

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade followed the same old script Tuesday night. When Miami got into trouble, the All-Star duo bailed out the Heat. Again. James scored the first six points in a decisive 12-2 run, and combined with Wade for Miami’s final 20 ...

Duncan leads Spurs in rout

May 20, 2014

Duncan leads Spurs in rout

The San Antonio Spurs were planning to attack the lane whether Oklahoma City big man Serge Ibaka was playing or not. The fact that the Thunder’s athletic defender was absent only made things easier for them. Tim Duncan scored 27 points and San Antonio ...

Pacers open series against Heat with dominant win

May 19, 2014

Pacers open series against Heat with dominant win

Indiana is done talking about home-court advantage. The top-seeded Pacers are ready to use it against the two-time defending champs. They took the first step Sunday, when Paul George finished with 24 points and seven assists, David West added 19 points and seven rebounds, ...

Clippers look toward future

May 17, 2014

Clippers look toward future

The Los Angeles Clippers hadn’t even digested the final loss of their tumultuous season before they had to consider the growing possibility that owner Donald Sterling won’t leave the club quietly. After a month of playoff pressure and incredible off-court drama, a 104-98 loss ...

Ibaka out for postseason

May 17, 2014

Ibaka out for postseason

Oklahoma City defensive specialist Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the rest of the NBA playoffs because of a left calf injury. The 208-cm forward had an MRI on Friday, a day after the Thunder eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers and advanced to the ...

Thunder finish Clips, make Western finals

May 16, 2014

Thunder finish Clips, make Western finals

When the Oklahoma City Thunder were down by 16 points and struggling to make any shot early in Game 6, they looked all but ready to fold up and head home for a series-deciding finale. Instead, Kevin Durant shouldered the Thunder and carried them ...

Kerr spurns Knicks for Warriors

May 15, 2014

Kerr spurns Knicks for Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are taking another chance on a television analyst and former NBA guard who has never been a head coach at any level. The Warriors won the bidding war with the New York Knicks for Steve Kerr on Wednesday, hiring him ...

May 15, 2014

Late rally carries Heat past Nets, into Eastern finals

LeBron James leaped onto a courtside table as the postgame celebration was starting, thumped his chest and punched the air. Next stop: The Eastern Conference finals. Again. James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 28 and Ray Allen delivered two huge plays in the ...

Thunder stun Clips

May 14, 2014

Thunder stun Clips

Russell Westbrook finished off Oklahoma City’s stunning comeback. Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes he should never have had the chance. Westbrook scored 38 points and made three free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining, and the Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 50 ...