NBA Playoffs

Former NBA basketball player and FIBA World Cup Ambassador Kobe Bryant, left, passes a trophy to former NBA basketball player and Chinese Basketball Association president Yao Ming during the draw ceremony for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong Province, Saturday, March 16, 2019. The competition will take place in 8 cities across China later this year. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 10:02 pm
USA Basketball still doesn't know which players will be wearing the red, white and blue this summer in China. Their first three opponents, however, are finally set. The Americans' quest for an unprecedented third consecutive FIBA World Cup championship will start against the Czech Republic,...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with rapper 2 Chainz after the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 07, 2019 - 7:42 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron's competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) dunks against Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu (8) during the first half in Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Oakland, Calif. Bogut is rejoining the Warriors after being cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings. The Warriors lost Damian Jones in December, and he underwent surgery for a torn left pectoral muscle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
March 06, 2019 - 3:14 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors signed Andrew Bogut, who is expected to rejoin the team next week and add depth heading into the playoffs. The Warriors made the announcement Wednesday, after Bogut was cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings. The Warriors are without Damian...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks between Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee (7) and Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
March 05, 2019 - 1:30 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years. LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers weren't much of an obstacle when two teams going in opposite directions passed each other in the Staples...
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Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, shoots over Sacramento Kings' Willie Cauley-Stein in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
February 25, 2019 - 9:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 21 rebounds in his return from the concussion protocol, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves stave off the Sacramento Kings for a 112-105 victory on Monday. Derrick Rose added 20 points and Tyus Jones pitched in 16 points, eight assists and...
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Oklahoma City Thunder Hamidou Diallo heads to the hoop during the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 16, 2019 - 9:33 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo is the NBA's slam dunk champion. Going over Shaquille O'Neal in the first round, then getting a boost from rapper Quavo in the finale, Diallo soared to the crown by topping New...
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Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (1) and Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) fight for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Atlanta. Orlando won 124-108. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
February 11, 2019 - 3:42 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Jeremy Lin is about to be on the move again, with the veteran guard in the process of getting bought out by the Atlanta Hawks so he can sign with the playoff-contending Toronto Raptors. Jim Tanner, one of Lin's agents, confirmed the pending move to The Associated Press. ESPN first...
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Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow, left, checks on teammate Dwyane Wade, who hit his head after a hard landing during the first quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 09, 2019 - 12:45 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have a legitimate chance to end their 13-year playoff drought and Dave Joerger is trying to impress upon his players the importance of doing the little things correctly. It took more than three quarters for them to get the message against Miami. Even...
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday Dec. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Oklahoma City won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 23, 2018 - 12:43 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul George hasn't stopped thinking about last season's playoff exit against the Utah Jazz. "I've owed this to this team. I didn't like the way I finished in this arena last time I was here. That was on my mind," said George, who had 43 points and 14 rebounds to help the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) pumps his fist after hitting the winning shot in the final seconds of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, in San Antonio. Ginobili retired at age 41 Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, after a "fabulous journey" in which he helped the San Antonio Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
August 27, 2018 - 11:15 pm
Manu Ginobili has played his final game, and with that a new era awaits the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili announced his decision to retire Monday, the 41-year-old wrapping up what he called a "fabulous journey" in which he helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club. The...
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