NBA Playoffs

Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to steal the ball from Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka during the second half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals Friday, May 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 125-103 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
May 17, 2019 - 11:00 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk. The next possession, a sprawling block to deny Marc Gasol. The next possession, another dunk. The tone was set. And it never changed. The Eastern Conference doesn't belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks — yet...
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ARCHIVO - En esta foto de archivo del miércoles 8 de mayo de 2019, el alero de los Warriors de Golden State, Kevin Durant, centro, renquea para salir de la cancha durante la segunda mitad del quinto juego de una serie de segunda ronda de los playoffs de la NBA contra los Rockets de Houston, en Oakland, California. (AP Foto/Ben Margot, Archivo)
May 16, 2019 - 9:03 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, and the timing of his next examination by doctors likely means he would not return until the NBA Finals if...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference final in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 10:50 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Down for most of the game, clearly rusty at times after nearly a full week off, the Milwaukee Bucks looked very much like a team in trouble. Until the fourth quarter. The team with the NBA's best record this season found its stride at the perfect time. Brook Lopez scored 13 of his...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel signals from the sideline during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. A person familiar with the search says Vogel will be interviewed for the Lakers head coach opening. The 45-year old Vogel did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic.(AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson, File)
May 13, 2019 - 8:04 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have officially named Frank Vogel as coach. The team announced the hiring Monday and will hold an introductory press conference May 20 at their facility. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on May 9 to interview and was hired two days later. The 45-year old...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates his last-second basket with teammates at the end of the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 12, 2019 - 10:55 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard bounced, bounced, bounced, bounced the Philadelphia 76ers out of the playoffs. Leonard hit a shot from the corner over Joel Embiid at the buzzer that bounced off the rim four times before falling to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-90 victory over the 76ers on Sunday night...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, drives past Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee in the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/John Leyba)
May 12, 2019 - 9:15 pm
DENVER (AP) — Damian Lillard's shots kept banging off the backboard, rattling off the rim, going everywhere but through the hoop. The Portland Trail Blazers are going to the Western Conference Finals anyway because CJ McCollum had his back. McCollum scored 37 points and added a crucial chase-down...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel watches his team play the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Vogel as coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday, May 11, because the hiring has not been announced. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday. The 45-year old Vogel did not coach last season following two years with the Magic. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 11, 2019 - 7:02 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Vogel's three-year contract has not been finalized. Vogel flew to Los...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, center, limps off the court during the second half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 09, 2019 - 9:01 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors will be without postseason scoring leader Kevin Durant as they try to close out the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals. "Well, we'll just find somebody on the bench who can give us 35 points and two blocks and 11 boards and nine...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, speaks with coach Mike D'Antoni during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 09, 2019 - 5:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — In the Western Conference finals last season, the Houston Rockets had home-court advantage and took a 3-2 lead over the Golden State Warriors before Houston star Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of the series. As these teams prepare for Game...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving during the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
May 09, 2019 - 2:25 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo has carried the Milwaukee Bucks to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001. The Bucks have reason to believe they can go even further, thanks to a deep roster that received a boost with the return of guard Malcolm Brogdon for the clinching...
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