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NBA playoffs: LeBron James scores 46, Cavaliers hold off Pacers to even series; Jazz past Thunder to even series

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:20:00 PDT

LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.

Dazzling from the start, James scored the game's...

Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, dies

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:55:00 PDT

The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died.

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday. The team didn't provide further details.

"We mourn the loss of Erin," Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman...

Sixers center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 against Heat

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:25:00 PDT

The Philadelphia 76ers are still uncertain when they will have center Joel Embiid back in the lineup.

On Wednesday, the Sixers officially listed Embiid as doubtful for Thursday’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. Embiid has missed the past 10 games because of broken orbital...

Now it's the 76ers' turn to adjust to the Heat

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:53:00 PDT

The playoffs are all about adjustments, and now it is the 76ers ' turn. When the Sixers visit Miami for Game 3 of their opening-round series Thursday night, they will try to bounce back from Monday's 113-103 loss to the Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.

Miami made the first adjustment after opening...

DeRozan scores 37, Raptors put Wizards in 0-2 hole with 130-119 win

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:45:00 PDT

DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff high with 37 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards, 130-119, on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.

Kyle Korver's delicate balance with Cavaliers: time to grieve, time to play

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:30:00 PDT

Kyle Korver is getting daily treatment on his bruised right foot and taking medication to fight off a “nasty little bug” that has made its way through Cleveland's roster.

Only time can heal his broken heart.

As he begins chasing a championship, Korver is wrestling with the recent death of his younger...

Commentary: It's time for Sixers to play Joel Embiid

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:55:00 PDT

It's time for Joel Embiid to return.

That was actually going to be the first sentence of the column regardless of Monday night's outcome in Game 2 of the 76ers opening-round playoff series against Miami.

If the Sixers won, taking the heart out of the Heat with another comeback, then the series...

The Draymond Green flagrant foul tracker is underway

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:35:00 PDT

Draymond Green was called for his first flagrant foul of the 2018 NBA playoffs Monday night when he caught Davis Bertans in the face with an elbow as the two were tied up for a rebound beneath the basket late in the fourth quarter of what became a 116-101 win for Green's Golden State Warriors over...

76ers' Ben Simmons on a different level, but still learning

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 PDT

The argument that Ben Simmons shouldn't be the NBA Rookie of the Year because he gained an unfair advantage from what amounted to a redshirt year rehabilitating his broken foot is ridiculous.

The league defines a rookie as somebody who plays his first game, which is what Simmons did in the 2017-18...

Allen Iverson has grown to appreciate his crossover of Michael Jordan — the Bulls great, not so much

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:20:00 PDT

What's most striking every time retired NBA players tell old Michael Jordan stories is not the Bulls legend's physics-defying athleticism. It's his bluntness.

And it's on full display in a recent anecdote from Allen Iverson, the former 76ers great who famously sent Jordan into GIF history with...

G League salaries increasing to $35,000 for most players and up to $385,000 for 2-way contracts

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:35:00 PDT

G League salaries are going up next season, to $35,000 for most players and up to $385,000 for those on two-way contracts.

Salaries also can be enhanced through bonuses and call-ups. NBA teams called up 50 players a total of 60 times last season, generating just over $11 million in additional salary.


Dwyane Wade offering real-time lesson in championship basketball

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:35:00 PDT

The last time James Johnson was on a playoff court with Dwyane Wade before this opening-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers was in the 2016 Eastern Conference semifinals. The aura, even as an opponent with the Toronto Raptors in their seven-game victory, was undeniable.

But now, as a Miami...

NBA playoffs: Heat hand 76ers first loss in more than a month

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:30:00 PDT

Dwyane Wade turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers' 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series.

Playing without injured All-Star center Joel Embiid for the 10th straight...

How 7 teams can even their NBA playoff series (sorry, Spurs)

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:35:00 PDT

With the first set of playoff games out of the way, it's time to take stock of all eight first-round matchups, and where they stand after the opening weekend.

Here's a look at the biggest takeaway from the first game of all eight series, and what needs to change for the losing team to make them...

NBA playoffs: Pacers upset Cavaliers; Rockets hold of Timberwolves

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:35:00 PDT

Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics overcame Khris Middleton's long 3 that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime Sunday to open their playoff matchup.

The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when Middleton took...

Heat know they quickly have to get up to speed against 76ers

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:20:00 PDT

The Miami Heat were the first to acknowledge they were schooled in their playoff opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. That had class back in session Sunday in advance of Monday night's Game 2 at Wells Fargo Center.

The question is whether a tutorial is enough to overcome the grim lessons of Saturday's...

NBA playoffs: Pelicans hold off Trail Blazers 97-95 in Game 1

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:40:00 PDT

Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-95 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.

Jrue Holiday added 21 points, outplaying both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and had a big blocked shot in the closing...

Durant, defending champ Warriors get defensive, beat Spurs

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:30:03 PDT

The Golden State Warriors had something to prove all right: Oh yes, they plan to stay on top in these playoffs despite a disappointing finish to the regular season. Kevin Durant helped the defending champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and...

Wizards' Jodie Meeks suspended 25 games for positive drug test

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:25:00 PDT

The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance.

The league announced the suspension Friday, a day before Game 1 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against the East's top-seeded Toronto Raptors. The NBA says Meeks tested positive...

Joel Embiid won't play Game 1, Sixers coach Brett Brown says

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:15:00 PDT

PHILADELPHIA It's official. Joel Embiid will not play in Game 1 of the 76ers' opening-round playoff series with the Miami Heat. That game will be 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

The decision to not play Embiid is far from shocking. The Sixers had said it would be "optimistic" and "unlikely"...

Heat must cure road woes to have any chance against Sixers in first round

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:15:00 PDT

Their recent record indicates the Miami Heat have played poorly on the road.

They are just 2-12 away from home since Jan. 31. For coach Erik Spoelstra, it’s hardly a measure of their effort. Regardless, the Heat have to cure the road woes in a hurry if they are to defeat the third-seeded Philadelphia...

Lonzo Ball will need to get tougher if he wants to have staying power with the Lakers

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 20:25:00 PDT

Magic Johnson famously looked up to retired numbers on the wall of the Lakers’ practice facility last summer and loudly saved a space for the NBA’s most celebrated rookie.

“We expect a Ball jersey up there one day,’’ he said.

It turns out the Lakers would have been thrilled simply to see more of...

Former Maryland guard Lexie Brown taken ninth overall by Connecticut Sun in WNBA draft

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:15:00 PDT

The Connecticut Sun passed on drafting UConn's Kia Nurse and instead selected Duke's Lexie Brown with the ninth overall pick of Thursday's WNBA draft.

NBA playoff matchups: Who's playing whom in the first round

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:35:00 PDT

The bracket for the NBA playoffs is set. We're here to break down all eight first-round matchups for you. The action starts Saturday.

Eastern Conference matchups

1. Toronto Raptors vs. 8. Washington Wizards

How Toronto Got Here: After being swept in the second round last year, the Raptors found...

2018 NBA playoff odds: Title favorites? It's not the Warriors or the Cavs right now.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:50:00 PDT

The Houston Rockets essentially went wire-to-wire as the best team in the NBA. Coach Mike D'Antoni guided his team to win streaks of 17, 14 and 11 games, and James Harden emerged as an MVP candidate while showing he could share the court with Chris Paul, a ball-dominant guard acquired in the offseason...

South Korean basketball league ousts foreign players for being too tall. Some attempt to shrink.

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:40:00 PDT

American basketball player David Simon recently received news that he is no longer allowed to play in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and the reason would make any fans of the sport scratch their heads.

He's too tall.

Simon, a 35-year-old center for Anyang KGC, stands about 6 feet 7 inches,...

Kobe Bryant brings viewers inside the obsessive film-watching process he learned from Tex Winter

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:45:00 PDT

Isaiah Thomas reached out to Kobe Bryant for some help during last year’s NBA playoffs. Thomas had scored 53 points combined in the first two games of the Celtics’ series against the Bulls, but his team was down 2-0.

“I said, ‘All right, send me your touches from the game,’” Bryant recalled. “‘I’ll...

Lauri Markkanen's banner rookie season creates hope for the Bulls' future

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:10:00 PDT

Here’s the list of players who posted at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 145 3-pointers during the 2017-18 NBA season:

LeBron James. Dario Saric. Lauri Markkanen.

“I probably haven’t spoken enough about Lauri today,” executive vice president John Paxson said Thursday, deep into his 30-minute...

Orlando Magic fire Frank Vogel

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:50:00 PDT

The Orlando Magic are looking for a new coach.


The team fired Frank Vogel on Thursday, a move that continues a trend of severe instability at the team’s head-coaching position.

Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman informed Vogel of the move around 8:35 a.m., less than 10...

Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:10:00 PDT

The New York Knicks will open their offseason with a coaching search.

The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday, making the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek.


Wizards finish eighth in East after 101-92 loss to Magic, setting up playoff matchup with Raptors

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:55:00 PDT

The Washington Wizards went cold in the final quarter of their final game of the regular season — and it cost them.

The Wizards shot 5-for-25 in the fourth quarter and 34 percent for the game, losing 101-92 to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night and finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff...

NBA roundup: Timberwolves beat Nuggets in OT to reach playoffs

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:25:00 PDT

Jimmy Butler scored 31 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves ended the NBA's longest-running playoff drought, beating the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime Wednesday night in the first final-day play-in game in the league in 21 years.

When the...

Timberwolves back in the NBA playoffs after a 14-year absence

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 21:55:00 PDT

The toughness that Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and the rest of the veterans brought to the Minnesota Timberwolves this season was on display from start to finish.

Finally, after a 14-year absence, the long-languishing franchise is back in the playoffs.

Fittingly, it took until the last game and then...

LeBron James plays all 82 games for the first time in his career

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:50:00 PDT

LeBron James capped his 15th regular season with yet another record.

James played in his 82nd game on Wednesday night against the New York Knicks, completing an end to end run that underscores the 33-year-old's remarkable consistency. The four-time MVP had never played every game in a regular season...

76ers win 16th straight, earn 3 seed in romp over Bucks

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 21:00:00 PDT

Joel Embiid and JJ Redick watched from the bench, Ben Simmons had a scoreless first half and the Philadelphia 76ers still won their 16th consecutive game, thumping the Milwaukee Bucks 130-95 Wednesday night to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference .

Markelle Fultz had his first career...

Heat go overtime for season-ending win over Raptors, No. 6 seed, matchup vs. 76ers

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:55:00 PDT

It was a harrowing ride Wednesday night, which could just as well sum up the Miami Heat's season, but, in the end, closing night ended with the preferred results courtesy of a 116-109 overtime over the Toronto Raptors at AmericanAirlines Arena.

A 44-38 final record.

The No. 6 Eastern Conference...

76ers' Embiid 'unlikely' for playoff Game 1 with eye injury

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:51:00 PDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said it's unlikely he'll be available for at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend.

Embiid hasn't played since March 28 when he suffered a broken bone around his left eye in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid,...

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy calls tanking huge issue for NBA

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:15:00 PDT

Ever-quotable Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has some thoughts on tanking.

“We have about 10 teams that have gone out of their way to try to ensure they have a better chance to lose,” Van Gundy said. “To me, the essence of sports is two teams playing against each other trying to win.

“Even in Philly’s...

NBA notes: 76ers' Joel Embiid unlikely to play in Game 1 of playoffs

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:15:00 PDT

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid says it's unlikely he'll be available for at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend.

Embiid hasn't played since March 28 when he suffered a broken bone around his left eye in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid wore a black mask that...

Kobe Bryant, others react to Andre Ingram's big night: 'What a story, huh?'

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:30:00 PDT

Andre Ingram’s story caught the attention of many, including one former Laker on Tuesday night, who unwittingly shared time in the team’s facility with him.

Kobe Bryant didn’t see the game, but when he saw Ingram’s highlights later, he was hooked.

“I was able to catch the highlights, but what a...

Kevin Durant reportedly will opt out of his Warriors deal — so he can re-sign

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:45:00 PDT

The Warriors and Kevin Durant agreed to a discounted rate last offseason — two years, $51 million with a player option after one season — so the team could afford to keep other pieces in place, such as forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston. The nine-time All-Star made much...

Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell trade barbs over who should be the NBA's Rookie of the Year

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:40:00 PDT

The NBA Rookie of the Year race is getting interesting, and not just on the court.

It’s basically a two-man contest between Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (15.9 points per game, 8.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.8 steals) and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell (20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals).


Jalen Brunson to declare for NBA draft, hire an agent

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:35:00 PDT

Jalen Brunson is headed to the NBA.

Brunson, the former Stevenson star who was named the 2015 Mr. Basketball of Illinois, announced his decision to declare for the NBA draft on Wednesday via a letter posted to

The 6-foot-3 point guard from Lincolnshire helped Villanova win two national...

Andre Ingram steals the show in Lakers' loss to Rockets

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 23:15:00 PDT

Staples Center stirred in anticipation as a thin 32-year-old rookie with taut cheeks and gray-speckled hair walked over to the scorer’s table to check in. The arena erupted when the part-time math tutor made his first three-pointer.

Later, in one corner of the arena an “Ingram” chant began, and...

NBA: 76ers set team record with 15th consecutive win

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:20:00 PDT

JJ Redick scored 28 points and the surging 76ers set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive victory, holding off the Hawks to move a step closer to locking up the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The 76ers overcame a tough night for rookie star Ben Simmons, who missed the morning shootaround...

NBA teams paying closer attention to players' wingspan

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:30:00 PDT

Not until Nate McMillan began being fitted for custom-made suits a few years into his NBA career three decades ago did he understand just how far his arms reached.

When Bill Walton dominated at UCLA in the 1970s, no one ever measured his wingspan — from fingertips to fingertips and arms outstretched.


NBA roundup: Paul George, Russell Westbrook help Thunder clinch playoff spot

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 22:00:00 PDT

Paul George scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook got his 25th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched a playoff spot with a 115-93 win over the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Westbrook finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists for the Thunder, who were down 18 in...

Column: 76ers' philosophy of losing is downfall of sports

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 15:44:00 PDT

Two games until the playoffs, and it's not too early to consider the Miami Heat 's challenge. Because they'll not just play an ascending Philadelphia 76ers team, as standings and seedings now suggest.

They'll also be asked to save civilization, preserve the Republic, maintain precious world order...

Digest: Hawks' Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic) has ankle surgery

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 21:26:00 PDT

Atlanta Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic), already out for the season, had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. The expected recovery time is six to eight weeks. Delaney has been out since March 6 with the left ankle sprain. He averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 assists in 54 games, including...

76ers rout Mavericks 109-97, win 14th straight to tie club mark

Sun, 8 Apr 2018 14:31:03 PDT

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown acknowledged that after he told his players and the media before the season began that the goal was to make the playoffs, it "wasn't well received" by many in the cautious front office.

Turns out, Brown had the pulse of The Process. Not only are the Sixers...