NBA Playoffs

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman speaks to the media at the team's training facility, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Independence, Ohio. Once again, the Cavaliers are looking for a coach. The team parted ways with Larry Drew and have begun their search for his replacement to continue their rebuild. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 12, 2019 - 3:01 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The Cavaliers aren't chasing a championship this spring. They're pursuing a coach. This time, methodically. No longer NBA title contenders, Cleveland is in the initial stages of an expansive, open-minded search general manager Koby Altman hopes leads to finding a coach to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decisions says the Cavaliers are not bringing back Drew for a second season. Drew, who led the Cavs to a 19-63 record after taking over when Tyronn Lue was fired on Oct. 28, was told the team was not picking up his contract option by general manager Koby Altman, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, April 11, 2019, because the team has not commented. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
April 11, 2019 - 5:57 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' next coach will inherit a better situation than the one Larry Drew got handed. Drew and the Cavs parted ways Thursday after a challenging, 19-win season that followed LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles and included a rash of injuries to a young roster. Although...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger talks with reporters after a training camp practice at the teams practice facility in Sacramento, Calif. Joerger was fired as coach of the Kings Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 11, 2019 - 12:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Dave Joerger on Thursday after three losing seasons. Joerger had a 98-148 record since joining the Kings, but also helped the team reach its best record in 13 seasons this year with 39 wins. But it wasn't enough to earn him a fourth season...
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives between Memphis Grizzlies guard Jevon Carter (3) and forward Justin Holiday (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
April 11, 2019 - 12:40 am
MIAMI (AP) — The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff...
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Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 10, 2019 - 1:14 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two...
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade tosses a basketball before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Miami. Wade is playing his final home regular season game before retiring at the end of the season.(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
April 09, 2019 - 11:55 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's final home game was memorable for countless reasons. All of his children were there. Former President Barack Obama sent a video, one of many tributes. Fans came early and stayed late, chanting his name. His wife slapped his backside in recognition of his making a 3-...
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Brooklyn Nets' D'Angelo Russell reacts after a Brooklyn basket during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. Brooklyn won 108-96. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
April 08, 2019 - 1:24 am
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE Finally, a lot of clarity. On Sunday, two of the remaining three spots got grabbed. Three more seeds were locked in, as was the first official matchup for when the playoffs...
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Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier (10) dunks against Boston Celtics' Daniel Theis (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 07, 2019 - 9:04 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Terrence Ross had 26 points, Nikola Vucevic added 25 points and 12 rebounds and the Orlando Magic rallied past the Boston Celtics 116-108 on Sunday night to clinch their first playoff berth in seven years. Evan Fournier added 24 points for Orlando (41-40), which last made the...
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San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson (8) battle for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 07, 2019 - 5:34 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Nothing is decided about the Spurs' playoff situation except that they're in. And that's all that matters. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 rebounds as San Antonio, locked in a three-team scramble to determine playoff seeding in the Western Conference, extended Cleveland's...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2003, file photo, Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac, top, fights to keep his balance after New Jersey Nets forward Kenyon Marton tried to steal the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The honorees were announced Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis before the Final Four. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
April 06, 2019 - 5:22 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The longest active streak of missing the NBA playoffs belongs to Sacramento, where general manager Vlade Divac has been trying to return the Kings to the league's elite over the last four seasons. Back when the slick-passing Serbian big man was in the paint, the Kings had quite...
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