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  • NBA MVP Curry OK after fall as Warriors lose to Rockets

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) When Golden State's Stephen Curry crashed into Trevor Ariza's shoulder, was upended and sent flying toward the court on Monday night against Houston, it felt like forever before he landed.''That was the worst (fall ever) because you're in the air for a long time,'' Curry said. ''And not knowing how you're going to hit the floor, knowing that it's going to happen, it's inevitable, but you're up there just trying to brace yourself.''

  • NBA MVP Stephen Curry takes nasty fall, walks off court

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) MVP Stephen Curry was able to walk to the locker room after a nasty spill where he flipped over in the air and his head crashed to the court in Golden State's Western Conference finals game against Houston on Monday night.Curry jumped in the air as Trevor Ariza was about to go up for a shot. Ariza saw him and stopped abruptly, causing Curry to be upended in midair when he crashed into Ariza's shoulder. His head hit the court and it propelled him up and back onto the floor, where he remained for several minutes.

  • LeBron, Cavaliers limping their way toward NBA Finals

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James hurts everywhere, the King of Pain.One win from taking the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals, and one step closer to a title he covets more than any other, James leaned against a padded wall on Monday and hardly resembled basketball's most undeniable force.

  • Rockets respond to McHale's old-school coaching approach

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Kevin McHale's stride is painful to watch.His limp is so pronounced it induces his 6-foot-10 frame into an odd bobbing motion with every deliberate step. And it tells a powerful story.The awkward gait for the Houston Rockets' coach is the product of 13 punishing NBA seasons, including the 1987 postseason when he played on a broken foot.

  • Hawks cry foul over Horford's ejection from Game 3

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Al Horford threw an elbow at Matthew Dellavedova during the game.He saved a few more shots for Cleveland's scrappy guard afterward.Horford was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and tossed from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night for striking Dellavedova above his shoulders late in the first half.

  • Hawks' Horford ejected from Game 3 for throwing elbow

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Atlanta forward Al Horford was ejected in the final minute of the second quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night for throwing an elbow at Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.Horford and Dellavedova got tangled on the floor while scrambling for a loose ball. As Dellavedova was rolling up on his right knee, Horford brought his right arm down hard and appeared to strike the side of the scrappy Australian guard's head.

  • Hawks' Horford ejected from Game 3 for elbow

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Atlanta forward Al Horford has been ejected in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals for throwing an elbow at Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.Horford and Dellavedova got tangled on the floor while scrambling for a loose ball. As Dellavedvoa was rolling up on his right knee, Horford brought his right arm down hard to the side of the scrappy guard's head.

  • Cavs' Kyrie Irving out for Game 3 with injured knee

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight Eastern Conference finals game with an injured left knee.Irving, who has been dealing with tendinitis, was ruled out of Sunday's Game 3 about 45 minutes before tip-off. Wearing a new knee brace, Irving put himself through a rigorous workout on the Quicken Loans Arena floor about three hours before the game started. Although he moved well, the Cavs decided to rest him for at least one more game.

  • Golden State Warriors 1 win away from NBA Finals

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors aren't worried about a letdown in Game 4 after taking a 3-0 lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals.''It's easy for us to stay hungry because none of us have really experienced this before or accomplished really anything,'' Curry said.

  • Cavs' Kyrie Irving shoots, still questionable for Game 3

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving took part in the team's shootaround and remains questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals with an injured left knee.Irving wore a new brace on his knee for the second day in a row. He worked on his shooting and did some cutting at the team's facility. Irving sat out Game 2 in Atlanta on Friday, but the Cavs won without him to take a commanding lead over the Hawks.

  • Cavs' Irving tests knee with brace, questionable for Game 3

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Kyrie Irving plopped down on a courtside bench following a brisk workout and two team trainers quickly went to work adjusting straps on his new knee brace.The Cavaliers, completely in command of the Eastern Conference finals, may soon be closer to full strength.

  • Hawks' Kyle Korver out for the playoffs with sprained ankle

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Already facing a daunting task after losing the first two games at home in the Eastern Conference final, the Atlanta Hawks were dealt another major blow Saturday when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs because of a severely sprained right ankle.

  • Hawks' G Korver out for the playoffs with sprained ankle

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Hawks guard Kyle Korver is done for the NBA playoffs because of an ankle injury, dealing another blow to a team that already trails Cleveland 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final.The Hawks announced Saturday that Korver has a severe high right ankle sprain. A foot and ankle specialist will determine the best court of treatment, but he definitely won't play again in the postseason.

  • Raptors' Terrence Ross has ankle surgery

    May 25, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross has had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs.The team says he had surgery in California on Friday, and he'll undergo rehabilitation in Toronto.Ross has averaged 9.8 points in a career-best 82 games this season. He's shot .373 from 3-point range in his career.

  • Hawks lose Korver to right ankle sprain against Cavs

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta's Kyle Korver has an ankle injury and might not return for the Atlanta Hawks against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.Korver left with about a minute remaining in the third period with a right ankle sprain and walked straight to the locker room. The Hawks said he was doubtful to return.

  • Hawks' DeMarre Carroll starts vs. Cavaliers in Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll was a surprise starter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.The Hawks waited until seeing Carroll test his sprained left knee before finalizing their starting lineup less than 30 minutes before the game.

  • Hawks' Carroll starting vs. Cavaliers in Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll was a surprise starter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers.The Hawks waited until seeing Carroll test his sprained left knee before finalizing their starting lineup less than 30 minutes before the game Friday night.

  • Cavs' Irving held out of Game 2 with sore left knee

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving missed Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night after he had his ailing left knee examined by Dr. James Andrews.Irving had been listed as questionable after scoring only 10 points and sitting out the final 8 minutes of the Cavaliers' victory in Game 1.

  • Warriors head to Houston up 2-0

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry has been playing like the MVP he is to help the Golden State Warriors to 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.Now things get tougher as the Warriors head to Houston for two games beginning Saturday night.Curry scored 34 points in Game 1, 33 in Game 2 and has made 11 3-pointers in the series.

  • Houston star Harden's unique game hard to stop - and to like

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Whether he's stirring the pot after a big shot or flailing his arms to draw contact en route to the basket James Harden evokes strong reactions from fans and players alike.The internet abounds with people complaining that his game isn't aesthetically pleasing, but he's even tougher to stop than his game is to like.

  • Isiah Thomas doesn't reject idea of eventual return to NBA

    May 25, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Isiah Thomas said he hasn't spoken with New York Knicks President Phil Jackson since joining the Liberty as a consultant in February.Thomas didn't reject the notion that someday he could return to the NBA. The new president of the New York Liberty was introduced Thursday after being rehired by Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan.

  • Hawks Coach: Carroll's status vs. Cavs a game-time decision

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning but is still questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers.Coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll's status would be a game-time decision.

  • Cavs' Irving misses shootaround, questionable for Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving skipped the morning shootaround Friday before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final to get further evaluation on his ailing left knee.Irving was listed as questionable after scoring only 10 points and sitting out the final 8 minutes of the Cavaliers win over the Atlanta Hawks in the series opener.

  • In this generation, 3-pointers are paramount in the playoffs

    May 25, 2015

    Those notable names of the past, the ones still insisting that NBA playoff offenses must pound the ball inside, have been awfully quiet this week.Perhaps they've finally come to accept that the days of packing the paint are over. In this generation, offense is predicated on space, passing and plenty of 3-point shooting.

  • Howard in starting lineup for Rockets in Game 2 vs Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Dwight Howard was in the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.The center had been questionable to play in Thursday night's game with a sprained left knee. He ran sprints to test his knee during pregame warmups at Oracle Arena before the Rockets made the announcement.

  • Rockets: Dwight Howard playing in Game 2 vs Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Houston Rockets say center Dwight Howard will play against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.The Rockets made the announcement about 30 minutes before Thursday night's game. Howard had been questionable to play with a sprained left knee.

  • Gentry interviews with Pelicans, still focused on Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans' job.Kerr's comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. He said Gentry met with Pelicans officials earlier this week, but the interview process hasn't taken Gentry away from his current coaching duties with the Warriors.

  • Banged-up Cavaliers, Hawks adjust for Friday's Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing.It's understandable. This series could turn into a war of attrition - and they've only played one game.

  • Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston's 2024 Olympic bid

    May 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city's chances of hosting the Summer Games.Pagliuca takes over the effort to convince the IOC to send the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time since 1996. The managing director of Bain Capital and formerly a vice chairman of the bid, he will replace construction magnate John Fish, the point man through a domestic competition in which Boston was selected by the USOC as the American bid city.

  • Curry, James unanimous selections to All-NBA first team

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry, the league MVP, and LeBron James are the only unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team.New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Memphis center Marc Gasol joined Curry as newcomers on the team. Houston's James Harden rounded it out with his second straight selection.

  • Hawks' Carroll avoids serious injury, listed as questionable

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) An MRI on DeMarre Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage, and he hopes to play for Atlanta in Friday night's Game 2 against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Carroll's agent said Thursday.Mark Bartelstein told The Associated Press that Carroll has only a knee sprain and ''maybe a little'' bone bruise. The Hawks confirmed the MRI showed only a knee sprain and said Carroll would be listed as questionable.

  • Rockets' Howard appears ready to play in Game 2 vs Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard appears ready to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, although he's not ready to say as much.Howard participated in about half of the Rockets' morning shootaround Thursday in San Francisco with a black brace over his sprained left knee. During the portion of practice open to reporters, Howard worked on his post-up game - turnaround hook shots, short floaters and a few dunks. He didn't do any running.

  • Agent: Hawks' Carroll has no structural damage in knee

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) An MRI on DeMarre Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage, and he hopes to play for Atlanta in Friday night's Game 2 against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Carroll's agent said Thursday.Mark Bartelstein told The Associated Press that Carroll has only a knee sprain and ''maybe a little'' bone bruise.

  • Hawks lose DeMarre Carroll with left knee sprain

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night with a left knee sprain, an injury that threatens his status for the remainder of the series.Following the Cavaliers' 97-89 win, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll will have a MRI on Thursday to determine the severity of the sprain.

  • Hawks lose DeMarre Carroll to apparent leg injury

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll has left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers with what appeared to be a serious left leg injury.Carroll was hurt when his knee appeared to buckle as he was driving to the basket with about 5 minutes remaining in the game.

  • Leonard, 2 Clippers on NBA's All-Defensive first team

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio was the leading vote-getter for the NBA's All-Defensive first team, where he was joined by Los Angeles Clippers teammates Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan.Leonard received 116 first-team votes and 242 points Wednesday from a panel of 129 writers and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada. Golden State's Draymond Green was second with 229 points and 107 first-team votes.

  • With Howard hobbled, Rockets trying to regroup vs. Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calf. (AP) James Harden and the Houston Rockets spent half the season finding ways to win without Dwight Howard and another chunk of the schedule with the center limited because of an injury.Now they might have to do it again to save their season.

  • Bucks sticking to long-term plan with draft approaching

    May 25, 2015

    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks plan to stick with a slow and steady approach to constructing a consistently successful team.It doesn't appear as if an unexpected push for the playoffs this year is going to accelerate the rebuilding process.

  • Curry: Bringing daughter to interview was a last-minute call

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry knows he may no longer be the biggest star in his family. At least for one day, that title belonged to his 2-year-old daughter, Riley.She stole the spotlight from the Golden State Warriors guard and NBA MVP during his news conference after Tuesday night's 110-106 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

  • Stephen Curry says daughter's antics were a 'special moment'

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry knows he may no longer be the biggest star in his family. At least for one day, that title belonged to his 2-year-old daughter, Riley.She stole the spotlight from the Golden State Warriors guard and NBA MVP during his news conference after Tuesday night's 110-106 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

  • Rockets' Howard unsure if he can play in Game 2 vs Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has a sprained left knee and is unsure whether he'll be able to play against Golden State in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night.Howard sat out practice Wednesday at Oracle Arena after an MRI confirmed the injury. He said his knee was still in pain and he'll listen to his body before deciding whether to play. He added that he has ''no doubt'' he'll return at some point in the series.

  • Warriors' Curry fined ,000 for flop in Game 1 vs Rockets

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he disagreed with the NBA's decision to fine him ,000 for violating the league's anti-flopping rules against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.The league said Wednesday that the NBA MVP exaggerated contact after his 3-pointer with 3:07 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 110-106 victory on Tuesday night. Curry made the shot and fell to the court after getting bumped by defender Terrence Jones. The shot gave Golden State a 106-97 lead.

  • For Cleveland and Atlanta, plenty of sports lowlights

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) On the sports misery index, Atlanta and Cleveland are hard to beat.The two cities have combined for one championship over the last half-century - and that came in 1995, when the Atlanta Braves beat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

  • Wolves finally come out on top after heartache, bad luck

    May 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) His voice cracking and tears welling in his eyes, Flip Saunders pointed to the sky about 20 minutes after the Minnesota Timberwolves - the franchise that has been down on its luck for most of the past 25 years - won the draft lottery to get the No. 1 overall selection.

  • Best shot: J.R. Smith making most of fresh start with Cavs

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) J.R. Smith barely has as an inch of skin not covered by tattoos, offering a colorful timeline of the enigmatic Cleveland shooting guard's life.Some of the markings are personal: portraits on his chest of his mom and Jesus, an NBA logo on his ring finger and an interlocking NY on his neck. The tattoos help define him, but he's also been tagged with some labels he didn't seek.

  • Curry's daughter steals spotlight during news conference

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) There's at least one person on the planet who can contain Stephen Curry: his daughter.Curry's 2-year-old daughter, Riley, stole the spotlight from the Golden State Warriors star and NBA MVP during his news conference after Tuesday night's 110-106 victory over the Houston Rockets.

  • Rockets C Dwight Howard bruises left knee

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has a bruised left knee and is questionable to return to Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.Howard hurt his leg midway through the first quarter Tuesday night when teammate Josh Smith collided with his leg. Howard tried to limp back on defense but was unable to run and left the game after the Rockets called a timeout.

  • Timberwolves win draft lottery, Lakers move to No. 2

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves too often came to the NBA draft lottery and left in worse shape than they arrived.And when they finally ended years of lottery futility, it came from the spot where nobody had been winning.The Timberwolves won the lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record earned the No. 1 pick.

  • Minnesota Timberwolves to get No. 1 pick in NBA draft.

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves to get No. 1 pick in NBA draft.

  • Thunder G Westbrook wins NBA Cares award

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been named winner of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.The league announced the honor Tuesday.After receiving a new car for being named the All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook donated the automobile to Kerstin Gonzalez, a single mother of two. During the 2014-15 season, Westbrook's Why Not? Foundation opened new reading centers in three Oklahoma City public schools. ''Russell's Reading Rooms'' provide underserved children with 1,200 books. His yearlong charitable efforts also included hosting Thanksgiving meals, holiday parties and shopping sprees.

  • Quite a change since 2014; Cavs meet Hawks in East finals

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers could only watch enviously as LeBron James made a run at another NBA title in Miami.The Atlanta Hawks were trying to move on after a tough loss in the opening round of the playoffs.My, how things have changed from a year ago in the Eastern Conference.

  • Judge opts to close trial involving Saints, Pelicans owner

    May 25, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A judge has decided to bar the public from a trial in which estranged heirs of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson intend to argue that their patriarch was mentally unfit when he ousted them from ownership stakes in the franchises.

  • Cavs' Irving has "light" workout before Game 1

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving had a ''light, but good'' practice a day before Cleveland opens the Eastern Conference finals in Atlanta.Irving has been slowed by knee and foot injuries during the postseason, but expects to play in the opener against the Hawks on Wednesday night. Cavs coach David Blatt has been pleased with Irving's progress and said Tuesday he hopes Irving ''wakes up tomorrow feeling great.''

  • Calipari: 'Not interested' in vacant Pelicans coaching job

    May 25, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari says he's not interested in the New Orleans Pelicans' coaching job and is happy at Kentucky.The Pelicans fired Monty Williams a week ago and the team's NBA roster features former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans, who played for Calipari at Memphis.

  • Rockets depth proves important in playoffs

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) James Harden and Dwight Howard are undeniably Houston's most important players.But without role players like Josh Smith, Corey Brewer and even 38-year-old Pablo Prigioni, who spent most of his career overseas, the Rockets probably wouldn't be in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997.

  • Hawks' 2-headed point guard a big key to playoff success

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jeff Teague leads the Atlanta offense.So does Dennis Schroder.Sometimes, they do it together.The point guard tandem is a big reason the Hawks have reached the Eastern Conference final for the first time in franchise history. Top-seeded Atlanta hosts LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

  • All-Star center Marc Gasol will consider free agency options

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies head into the offseason with a major goal: re-signing their free agent All-Star center.Marc Gasol is in no hurry, he's on his own timetable.He plans to take as much time as possible to consider all his options as one of this free agent market's biggest targets.

  • For Warriors and Rockets, West finals go beyond MVP talk

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The MVP race was decided weeks ago. Newly crowned Stephen Curry and runner-up James Harden insist there's a bigger prize they've wanted all along.Now is their chance to compete for it.Curry and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors will meet Harden and the rejuvenated Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals beginning Tuesday night.

  • NBA lottery still creating hope and headlines after 30 years

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Phil Jackson remembers watching old teammate Dave DeBusschere pound his fist in triumph, when the Knicks and NBA were dual winners.The first draft lottery in 1985 gave New York the No. 1 pick and the NBA all the publicity a league could want, plus a way to deter teams from losing on purpose.

  • Capsule previews of the NBA's conference finals

    May 25, 2015

    A look at the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference finals (with regular-season and playoff records):EASTERN CONFERENCENo. 1 ATLANTA HAWKS (60-22, 8-4) vs. No. 2 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (53-29, 8-2)Season series: Hawks, 3-1. Atlanta won the final three meetings, though one was with LeBron James sitting out and only one came after Cleveland upgraded its rotation with the acquisitions of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov. The Hawks averaged 109 points and shot 52.3 percent against the Cavs, with Al Horford making 23 of 36 shots (64 percent). James averaged 23.7 points, but had nearly as many turnovers (14) as assists (17) or rebounds (15).

  • John Wall's Wizards wind up in same place, see differences

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Even if John Wall and the Washington Wizards wound up in the same place as a year ago - eliminated in six games in the second round of the playoffs by the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed - they see plenty of differences.First of all, Wall missed three games of the series loss to the Atlanta Hawks because of fractures in his left hand and wrist.

  • Cavs' Irving says he's ready for Game 1 vs. Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving finished an animated post-practice shooting game of ''Around The World'' with LeBron James and then quickly removed any doubt about his playing status for Game 1.''I'm going to go,'' he said.Cleveland's All-Star guard may not be 100 percent - or anywhere close - but he's much better and that's welcome news to the Cavs, who will open the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday in Atlanta.

  • Wizards PG John Wall says his left hand won't need surgery

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall says he does not need surgery for the fractures in his left hand and wrist that kept him out of three playoff games.Wall says Monday that he will head to Cleveland this week or next to see a specialist about the injury and find out what he needs to do to heal properly.

  • Wiggins only unanimous pick for NBA All-Rookie team

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins of Minnesota is the only unanimous selection for the NBA's All-Rookie first team.Wiggins received all 130 votes Monday from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada. He averaged 16.9 points, tops in the class, and his 36.2 minutes per game ranked fourth in the NBA.

  • Cavaliers' Irving says he'll play Game 1 vs. Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving returned to practice and says his leg injuries will not keep him off the court for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.Irving sat out Cleveland's practice Saturday and spent the weekend receiving treatment on tendinitis in his left knee and a sprained right foot as the Cavs rested for their series against the Atlanta Hawks. On Monday, Irving said the time off helped and he feels ''pretty good'' going into Wednesday's series opener.

  • Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge has surgery on left thumb

    May 25, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge had surgery Monday to repair a ligament in his left thumb.The team said in a statement that Aldridge is expected to be able to return to basketball activity in about eight weeks.Aldridge, a four-time All-Star, averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds during the regular season, playing with the injured thumb for part of that time. He averaged 21.8 points and 11.2 rebounds in the playoffs.

  • Changes may be in order after Clippers' playoff collapse

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers were on the verge of finally shedding the dubious reputation that has dogged them for decades only to lose in the second round of the playoffs for the third time in four years.Changes could be coming in the offseason to a team that will surely be haunted by its epic collapse for a long time.

  • Party time: Hawks' streak, LeBron has Atlanta fans buzzing

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta fans love a big winner, and they love big stars.So the stage is set - the NBA's biggest star playing in the biggest series in Atlanta Hawks history. The party invitations have been sent, and the infamously fair-weathered ATL fans should quickly RSVP.

  • Rockets bounce back to advance to conference finals

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Down 3-1 in the series and on the brink of elimination, the Houston Rockets reeled off three straight wins to complete an improbable comeback over the Los Angeles Clippers and return to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997.

  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr coming through in playoffs again

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the stakes high and fans ready to question and critique every move, Steve Kerr knew he'd be in the spotlight no matter how things played out this postseason.That's just the reality of being a rookie coach with the NBA MVP and the league's top-seeded team.

  • Cavs' Irving sits out practice, status for Game 1 uncertain

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James should have had a stethoscope hanging around his neck as he reeled off the latest medical updates on him and his teammates.''It goes without saying that we're banged up right now,'' the pseudo Dr. J said Saturday.

  • Rockets hope to carry momentum in Game 7 against Clippers

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Forcing a Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals with a comeback win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Houston Rockets have evoked memories of the Clutch City teams that won NBA titles in 1994 and '95.One more win Sunday will put them in the conference finals for the first since 1997 against a Clippers team that has never reached the conference finals.

  • Hawks finally give Atlanta reason to cheer in playoffs

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) From Cliff Levingston taking the final shot instead of Dominique Wilkins to the largest four-game blowout in NBA history, the Atlanta Hawks have plenty of playoff lowlights.Now, finally, there's something to cheer about.For the first time, the Hawks are headed to the Eastern Conference finals, just one step away from playing for the first championship since the franchise moved from St. Louis to the Deep South in 1968.

  • Irving sits out practice, rests knee as Cavs ready for Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James should have had a stethoscope hanging around his neck as he reeled off the latest medical updates on him and his teammates.''It goes without saying that we're banged up right now,'' the pseudo Dr. J said Saturday.

  • Irving rests sore knee, foot as Cavaliers gear up for Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has stayed off the practice court to rest his injured knee as the Cavaliers began preparing for the Eastern Conference finals against Atlanta.Irving sat out nearly three quarters of Game 6 in Chicago on Thursday night after aggravating tendinitis in his left knee. Irving was seen by team doctors on Friday and on Saturday Cavs' coach David Blatt says he's hopeful his starting point guard will play in Wednesday's Game 1 in Atlanta.

  • Lack of outside shooting costs Grizzlies in playoffs again

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) For the fifth straight year, the Memphis Grizzlies have come up short of the NBA championship they want so badly.After losing to the Golden State Warriors, they head into another offseason looking for the same thing to help them go further - better outside shooting.

  • No longer just a dunker, Griffin emerges as playoff star

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Every NBA fan knows Blake Griffin, resident dunk-monster of Lob City. His one-handed jams have been fodder for highlight reels since his pro career began five years ago.This playoff season, Griffin is showing a new level of production.

  • NBA Calendar

    May 25, 2015

    May 12-17 - NBA draft combine.May 19 - Draft lottery.June 4 - NBA Finals begin.June 15 - Draft early entry withdrawal deadline (5 p.m. EDT).June 25 - NBA draft.

  • Warriors earn some rest before 1st Western final since 1976

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are shooting the ball outside the arc even better than they did during the regular season.Yes, they feel ready for the franchise's first Western Conference final since 1976.They finished off the Memphis Grizzlies in six games, including a 108-95 win Friday night where they became the first team since the 1985 postseason to hit 14 or more 3s in three consecutive playoff games. Curry was 8 of 13 from beyond the arc as the Warriors knocked down their playoff-best 15 3-pointers.

  • In 1st conference final, Atlanta Hawks to face LeBron's Cavs

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) As far as Jeff Teague and the rest of the Atlanta Hawks are concerned, bring on LeBron.Atlanta managed to make it to its first Eastern Conference final without the sort of transcendent, game-changing player that upcoming opponent Cleveland features with LeBron James. The Hawks are OK with that.

  • Warriors advance to Western final, beating Memphis 108-95

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Stephen Curry scored 32 points, including a 62-footer to end the third quarter, and Golden State advanced to its first Western Conference finals since 1976 by beating Memphis 108-95 on Friday night.The Warriors advanced with some of the best shooting in the NBA postseason since 1985, becoming the first team since that year to hit 14 or more 3s in three consecutive playoff games. Curry was 8 of 13 from beyond the arc as the Warriors knocked down a playoff-best 15 3-pointers, closing out Memphis with their third straight win.

  • Grizzlies Tony Allen starts, lasts 5 minute vs. Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Tony Allen started Game 6 on Friday night and managed to play all of 5 minutes before his injured left hamstring sent him to the bench against the Golden State Warriors.Allen said after Friday morning's shootaround that he was at about 60 percent. But he tried to play with Memphis facing elimination. He hit one of three shots before going to the bench. He was limping noticeably when he came out for the second half and stayed on the bench.

  • With Bulls' season over, Thibodeau watch begins

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls' season ended. And the Tom Thibodeau watch began.The Bulls headed into the offseason Friday with one big issue hanging over them - the future of their coach.There is heavy speculation that Thibodeau will not be back because of a rift with management despite a 255-139 record and playoff appearances in each of his five seasons. But there was no word from the Bulls on Friday.

  • Cavaliers push through injuries on path to Eastern finals

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James sat in his usual middle seat at the postgame podium talking about another playoff win, one moving him closer to another NBA championship.He was joined by unlikely company, a point guard to his right and power forward to his left but not the same ones he began these playoffs with a few weeks ago.

  • Grizzlies guard Tony Allen says he's playing vs. Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Tony Allen says he's definitely playing Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors with Memphis needing a win to avoid elimination trailing their Western Conference semifinal 3-2.Allen said after Friday morning's shoot around that he's obviously fighting an injury but will come out to help his teammates as much as he can.

  • Cavaliers, King James take next step toward crown

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Everything changed for the Cleveland Cavaliers when they found out LeBron James was bringing his talents home from South Beach.Just like that, they were contenders again. And now, they're headed to the Eastern Conference finals.The Cavaliers knocked out the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday night to clinch their Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games even though James struggled to score 15 points and Kyrie Irving limped off the court.

  • College star Kaminsky hears doubts as he prepares for NBA

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Frank Kaminsky measured as the tallest player at the NBA Draft Combine, and he felt like a big target already.The do-it-all player of the year in college keeps hearing what he can't do as a pro. He's not strong enough, quick enough, or even young enough next to the flashier kids in the class.

  • James struggles, Cavaliers still advance past Bulls 94-73

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) LeBron James struggled to score 15 points, Kyrie Irving limped off the court and Cleveland still beat Chicago 94-73 on Thursday night to clinch their Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games.Matthew Dellavedova scored 19 points and Tristan Thompson added 13 points and 17 rebounds to help the Cavaliers advance to the conference final for the first time since 2009.

  • Cavaliers' Irving injured in Game 6 of Eastern semis

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was not on the court to start the second half of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls, and ESPN reported he is doubtful to return.Irving, playing on two injured legs, crumbled to the court grimacing in pain after he came down on teammate Tristan Thompson's foot with 9:47 left in the first half. He limped to the sideline and then to the locker room.

  • Gasol in lineup for Bulls in Game 6 of semis

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol is in the lineup for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.Gasol is back after missing two games because of a strained left hamstring. The Bulls hope he can help them avoid elimination with Cleveland up 3-2 in the series, even if he is limited.

  • Top-seeded Warriors, Hawks try to close out series, advance

    May 25, 2015

    The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks have regained control of their respective series, doing their best to restore order in the NBA playoffs.Though things can turn quickly in these series, and the league could easily fall right back into postseason chaos. That's exactly what the upset-minded Wizards and Grizzlies have in mind.

  • Westbrook, Barneys New York launch spring collection

    May 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Barneys New York, a luxury department store chain, has announced the release of its latest fashion collaboration with Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook.The Westbrook XO Barneys New York Spring 2015 Collection is the second installment in the series - Barneys first worked with Westbrook last summer, and will do so again next year.

  • Gasol remains on track to play for Bulls in Game 6 of semis

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol remains on track to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Thursday night.Coach Tom Thibodeau said at the morning shootaround that the five-time All-Star is ''feeling a lot better,'' but would not say if he will be in the lineup. Gasol said Wednesday he plans to play after missing back-to-back games because of a strained left hamstring.

  • Bulls' Noah wins J. Walter Kennedy Award for citizenship

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah won the J. Walter Kennedy Award, given annually to an NBA player, coach or trainer for community service.The two-time All-Star was selected by the Pro Basketball Writers Association for his work with youth. His Noah's Arc Foundation recently launched the ''Rock Your Drop: The Drop of Consciousness'' anti-violence initiative, supporting those impacted by violence and encouraging youngsters to express themselves through sports and art.

  • Allen's absence felt in Grizzlies Game 5 loss to Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies figured Tony Allen's absence would hurt on the defensive end.They hoped that Jeff Green and Vince Carter could make up for the defensive stopper's injury on the offensive end.Instead Green and Carter struggled to make shots and Marc Gasol was unable to dominate inside as the Grizzlies fell 98-78 to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of their second-round series on Wednesday night.

  • Horford's late follow gives Hawks 82-81 win over Wizards

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Al Horford's offensive rebound with 1.9 seconds left after Dennis Schroder's drive to the basket was blocked by John Wall, gave top-seeded Atlanta an 82-81 victory over Washington on Wednesday night and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • Wizards' John Wall plays well returning from hand injury

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) John Wall hardly played like a guy who fractured several bones in his left hand 10 days earlier.Returning to the playoffs after missing the previous three games, the Washington Wizards star scored 15 points and made what could have been a game-saving block in the closing seconds Wednesday night.

  • Clippers, Cavaliers have closeouts on their minds

    May 25, 2015

    As the stakes get higher in these NBA playoffs, LeBron James only seems to get better.The best player in the world has found another gear as he tries to will the Cleveland Cavaliers forward, even as the injuries mount on his teammates and his own body.

  • Grizzlies guard Tony Allen out for Game 5 vs. Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen sat out Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night because of a left hamstring injury.Allen had been listed as questionable to play but the Grizzlies decided before the game to hold him out.

  • Wizards' John Wall starting Game 5 of playoffs vs Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Washington Wizards star John Wall was starting Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night despite several fractures in his left hand.Wall missed the last three games of the best-of-seven series after injuring his hand in a fall along the baseline during the May 3 opener.

  • Wizards' John Wall active for Game 5 of playoffs vs Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Washington Wizards star John Wall was active for Wednesday night's playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks and looked set to start Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals despite several fractures in his left hand.Wall missed the last three games of the best-of-seven series after injuring his hand in a fall along the baseline during the May 3 opener.

  • Clippers down to last chance to close Rockets out at home

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul has never reached the conference finals in his 10-year All-Star career. Neither have the Los Angeles Clippers. Now the pressure is on them to make franchise history together.They failed to get it done in Game 5, losing 124-103 to the Rockets in Houston - the third straight game of the series to be decided by 20 points or more. The Clippers were on the winning end of the first two blowouts, both at home.

  • A roof grows in Brooklyn: Barclays Center to get grassy lid

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A roof grows in Brooklyn.One of the nation's biggest green roofs on a sports arena is taking shape atop Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where cranes are hoisting tons of steel beams and decking that will provide the base for an urban prairie in the sky.

  • Mind over matter: Cavs' Irving pushing past playoff injuries

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) As the crowd's roar softened after the Cavaliers fended off Chicago's last, late charge, LeBron James smiled and mocked Kyrie Irving's slow, pained walk.''Get your limping (butt) over here,'' James said before wrapping his arms around his gifted, gimpy younger teammate.

  • Cavs' Dellavedova gets technical for Game 5 incident

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova has been assessed a technical foul by the NBA for his role in a skirmish in Game 5 against the Bulls.Dellavedova locked his legs around Chicago forward Taj Gibson, who was ejected in the fourth quarter after kicking his leg to free himself from the guard's hold. Dellavedova also received an automatic ,000 fine for the technical.

  • Bulls' Gasol plans to play in Game 6 against Cleveland

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol plans to play in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.The five-time All-Star has missed the past two games because of a strained left hamstring. While coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't say if he will play Thursday, Gasol later made it clear that he expects to be in uniform with Chicago down 3-2 and facing elimination at home.

  • A roof grows in Brooklyn: Barclay's Center to get grassy lid

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A roof grows in Brooklyn.One of the nation's biggest green roofs on a sports arena is taking shape atop Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where cranes are hoisting tons of steel beams and decking that will provide the base for an urban prairie in the sky.

  • Grizzlies guard Tony Allen a 'game-time' decision for Game 5

    May 25, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen remains questionable to play in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors because of a sore left hamstring.Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger told reporters after the team's shootaround in San Francisco that Allen will be a game-time decision Wednesday night. The series is tied 2-2.

  • Cavs' Irving pushing past playoff injuries

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Kyrie Irving was understandably sore on Wednesday, a day after battling through injuries to both legs to score 25 points in Cleveland's Game 5 win over Chicago.The All-Star guard pushed through some pain to help the Cavs move within one win of closing out the Bulls. Coach David Blatt said Wednesday he could tell Irving was slowed by a sprained right foot and sore left knee, but he found a way to get open and make shots.

  • Wizards' Wall unsure if he'll play against Hawks in Game 5

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) John Wall's status for Wednesday night's Game 5 against Atlanta is still unclear.The Washington Wizards All-Star point guard practiced his dribbling for the second straight day, but said he doesn't know if he'll play against the Hawks.Wall has missed three straight games since suffering five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand.

  • Police: Cavs' Perkins in verbal dispute with wife

    May 25, 2015

    WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) Police are investigating a roadside altercation between Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins and his wife.According to police, a 911 caller told them that Perkins and his wife, Vanity, were ''fighting'' by their SUV on Wednesday morning. When officers arrived, the couple claimed they were having an argument, police said. However, the 911 caller claimed there was physical contract between the pair.

  • Barkley, 'Inside the NBA' crew get new multiyear deals

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Charles Barkley won't be gone fishin' just yet.After previously suggesting he might leave TNT at the end of his current contract, the Hall of Famer has agreed to a multiyear extension to remain as a studio analyst for ''Inside the NBA.'' The network announced Wednesday that all of the show's stars had received new deals, so Barkley will keep trading barbs with fellow commentators Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal and host Ernie Johnson.

  • Top-seeded Warriors, Hawks return home for pivotal Game 5s

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks spent all season earning home-court advantage in the playoffs, quickly lost it in the second round, and then regained it.Whether they've rediscovered their regular-season form is another matter.

  • Bulls Taj Gibson ejected in 4th quarter of Game 5

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Bulls forward Taj Gibson has been ejected from Game 5 in the fourth quarter for kicking Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.Gibson shoved Dellavedova from behind and then delivered a kick while Cleveland's scrappy guard was lying in the foul lane. Players from both teams then exchanged shoves and pushes under the basket before order was restored.

  • Bulls' Gasol will miss Game 5 with strained hamstring

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) The Bulls are again missing one of their big men.Chicago forward/center Pau Gasol will sit out Tuesday night's Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a strained left hamstring, an injury he sustained in Game 3 of the series and also kept him out of the Game 4.

  • Top seeds Warriors, Hawks returning home for pivotal Game 5s

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks spent all season earning home-court advantage in the playoffs, quickly lost it in the second round, and then regained it.Whether they've rediscovered their regular-season form is another matter.

  • NBA draft to be held at Barclays Center on June 25

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA draft will be held at the Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets, on June 25.The league announced Tuesday that Brooklyn will host the draft for the third consecutive year.The NBA draft lottery, held on May 19 in New York and broadcast on ESPN, will determine the first 14 picks of the draft.

  • Wizards' Wall shows improvement; Game 5 status uncertain

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard John Wall took the next step in recovery from a fractured left hand and wrist: He dribbled.The All-Star missed the last three playoff games since suffering five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand in Game 1 against Atlanta on May 3.

  • New Orleans Pelicans fire head coach Monty Williams

    May 25, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans fired head coach Monty Williams on Tuesday, parting ways with a coach who has a strong relationship with the franchise's marquee player, Anthony Davis.General manager Dell Demps, who'll lead the search for a new coach, said he informed Davis of the decision in a one-on-one meeting after the move was made. When asked about Davis' reaction, Demps said, ''That'll stay between us.''

  • LeBron hasn't tested ankle, Gasol game-time decision

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says he has not yet tested his sprained left ankle as the Cavaliers prepare for Game 5 against Chicago.James had his ankle wrapped at the team's morning shootaround on Tuesday. He got hurt in the third quarter of Sunday's game when he stepped on one of Derrick Rose's feet on a drive to the basket. James stayed in the game and dropped a buzzer-beating jumper to give Cleveland an 86-84 win.

  • Golden State ties series at 2-2, rout Grizzlies 101-84

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Stephen Curry scored 21 of his 33 points by halftime, and Golden State snapped its two-game skid Monday night by routing Memphis 101-84 to tie the Western Conference semifinal at 2-2.The Warriors hadn't lost three straight games all season, and they never came close as they took back home-court advantage. Curry hadn't scored more than 23 points in this series, and he nearly had that by halftime.

  • Bulls-Cavaliers Preview

    May 25, 2015

    Among the multitude of highlights in the long-running clash between LeBron James and the Chicago Bulls, the big moments in this playoff series may stand alone.Two former MVPs, two buzzer-beaters, two wins apiece.With this Eastern Conference semifinal now a best-of-three, those dramatics only figure to increase Tuesday night when the series shifts back to Cleveland for a critical Game 5 after James gave the Cavaliers a thrilling win in Chicago.

  • Wizards guard Wall sits out 3rd straight game against Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) All-Star point guard John Wall will sit out his third consecutive game in the Washington Wizards' second-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.Wizards coach Randy Wittman says Wall won't play Monday night because of an injured left hand and wrist.

  • Cavs and Bulls recovering, Clippers aiming to oust Rockets

    May 25, 2015

    There's been former MVP's winning games with dramatic buzzer-beating jumpers. There's been injuries to stars. There's been a coach getting questioned by his own team.And now this Chicago-Cleveland series is going to get really intense.Game 5's have arrived in the second round of the NBA playoffs, with the Bulls visiting the Cavaliers in their knotted-up series to start a Tuesday night doubleheader. The nightcap features the Los Angeles Clippers - a franchise that has never won two playoff series in the same year - looking to change that and advance, as they take a 3-1 lead into Houston.

  • Cavs coach Blatt owns up to late-game gaffes, LeBron bailout

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) David Blatt stepped over some cables and weaved through a throng of reporters eager to hear his explanation of two head-scratching decisions on Sunday in Chicago.Blatt leaned back and steadied himself. He was up against a wall, literally and figuratively, with some explaining to do.

  • LeBron, Irving both nursing injuries before Game 5

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both underwent treatment for injuries as they prepared for Tuesday's Game 5 against Chicago.James rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's Game 4 win. He battled through the injury before hitting a game-winning shot at the buzzer to even the series 2-2. James said he watched several replays of him turning his ankle over and was shocked he was able to finish the game.

  • Top seeds in both East, West in trouble trailing semis 2-1

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) First-year coach Steve Kerr knows a crucial moment in the playoffs, so he understands exactly the test his Golden State Warriors face trailing Memphis 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal.If his Warriors adapt and correct their mistakes mid-series, then the team that posted the NBA's best record in the regular season can continue its dream season. Keep rushing while turning the ball over and missing too many 3s, and those growing pains will hurt until this time next year.

  • Warriors forward Marreese Speights out with strained calf

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Warriors reserve forward Marreese Speights has a strained right calf that could keep him out for the rest of Golden State's series with the Memphis Grizzlies.The Warriors said Sunday that Speights had an MRI exam that showed a moderate strain, and the forward will be re-evaluated in one week.

  • Bulls' Gasol out for Game 4 against Cavaliers

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol will miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals because of a strained left hamstring.Coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday the five-time All-Star was still sore and remains day to day. He said he is not sure if Gasol will be ready for Game 5 on Tuesday at Cleveland.

  • Pierce's buzzer-beater lifts Wiz past Hawks 103-101

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Paul Pierce's banked-in 21-foot jumper at the buzzer gave Washington a 103-101 victory over Atlanta on Saturday night, even with an injured John Wall reduced to cheerleading, and after a 21-point lead had dwindled down to nothing.The Wizards lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-1.

  • Marreese Speights hurts right calf in 4th vs. Memphis

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Golden State Warriors reserve forward Marreese Speights strained his right calf in the fourth quarter and will not return against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.Speights scored six points in 41 seconds in the fourth quarter pulling Golden State within 83-70 before he hopped to the sideline during a timeout. Then he walked gingerly to the locker room.

  • No giddiness from Doc Rivers and son Austin after big game

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Doc Rivers spares no one on the Clippers, including son Austin. So when the young guard had the biggest game of his young career, it might have been heartwarming to everyone else, but it was just business to the only coach-father and son duo in NBA history.

  • Millsap out of Hawks' starting lineup for Game 3 against Wiz

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap is out of the starting lineup for Game 3 against the Washington Wizards because of flu-like symptoms.Millsap was listed in Atlanta's expected starting lineup Saturday. But when a new list of starters was issued shortly before tipoff, Pero Antic replaced Millsap.

  • Paul set to play for Clippers in Game 4 against Rockets

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul's hamstring injury is showing improvement and he will start for the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.Coach Doc Rivers says Paul might play a few more minutes Sunday because he was feeling better a day after the Clippers won 124-99 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

  • Bulls' Gasol questionable for Game 4 against Cavaliers

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol is questionable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a strained left hamstring.Gasol left Friday night's game, and an MRI showed no major structural damage, although coach Tom Thibodeau said he was ''not sure'' how severe the strain is. He also said ''we'll see how he feels'' when asked if the five-time All-Star will play Sunday.

  • Injuries keep piling up, adding to playoff drama

    May 25, 2015

    Kyrie Irving is limping. Pau Gasol is aching. Chris Paul is limited. Kevin Love is gone. And the injury list around the NBA just keeps growing.Welcome to the survival phase of the playoffs.Health will surely factor into the Game 4s on Sunday's schedule, when Cleveland visits Chicago and Houston visits the Los Angeles Clippers - with the Cavaliers and Rockets trying to avoid 3-1 deficits.

  • Clippers' Glen Davis fined ,000 for flop vs Rockets

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Glen Davis of the Los Angeles Clippers was fined ,000 by the NBA on Saturday for violating the league's anti-flopping rules in Game 3 of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets.The flop occurred with 1:09 remaining in the first quarter of the Clippers' 124-99 victory over the Rockets on Friday night.

  • Wizards PG John Wall out for Game 3 against Atlanta Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) All-Star point guard John Wall was inactive for Game 3 of the Washington Wizards' Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday because of an injured left hand and wrist.Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he does not know Wall's status beyond Saturday.

  • Grizzlies' Conley has new mask with swelling easing in cheek

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mike Conley will be protecting his face with a new mask Saturday night against Golden State, needing a more snug fit with the swelling easing in the Grizzlies guard's left cheek.Conley tested the new mask Saturday morning at shoot around, and he says this one has a tighter fit.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    May 25, 2015

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Saturday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- ATLANTA - Jameis Winston's attorneys filed a counterclaim against the woman who is suing Tampa Bay's rookie quarterback, saying the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft did not rape Erica Kinsman and her lawsuit is motivated by greed. SENT: 700 words, photos. SENT: 600 words, phots. UPDATES as warranted.

  • Rose banks in 3 at buzzer to lift Bulls over Cavaliers 99-96

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Derrick Rose wanted to make one thing clear about his winning 3-pointer. He did not call glass.Rose banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer and scored 30 points Friday night to give the Chicago Bulls a 99-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • Injured Chris Paul to start Game 3 for Clippers

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Injured Chris Paul will start for the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 against the Houston Rockets on Friday night.Coach Doc Rivers confirmed before the game that Paul will make his series debut after missing the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals because of a strained left hamstring. The series was tied 1-1.

  • Smith returns from suspension, Shumpert in lineup for Cavs

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is back from a two-game suspension and Iman Shumpert is in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.Shumpert's status was in question after he strained his left groin in Wednesday's win.

  • NBA fines Clippers' Barnes, Bulls' Noah

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was fined ,000 by the NBA on Friday for directing inappropriate language at a courtside fan who turned out to be Houston star James Harden's mother.Barnes made the comments to Monja Willis during the Clippers' Game 2 loss in Houston on Wednesday night.

  • Injured point guards major impact in East, West semifinals

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) John Wall hopes to test his broken left hand and wrist by trying to dribble a basketball.''You have to be able to dribble,'' the Wizards' All-Star guard said Friday. ''It's basically taping my hand behind my back and saying dribble with one hand. It's not happening in this league. It's just something I have to deal with. It's frustrating. It's tough.''

  • Matt Barnes: Injured Chris Paul will play Game 3

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Barnes says injured Los Angeles Clippers teammate Chris Paul will play Game 3 against the Houston Rockets.Paul missed the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals with a strained left hamstring. The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 going into Friday night's game at Staples Center.

  • Wizards' Wall unsure about availability for series vs Hawks

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall doesn't know if he will be available for the Washington Wizards' next game on Saturday or the remainder of the series with the Atlanta Hawks.The All-Star point guard has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand. Wall said Friday the injury news announced the day before was ''devastating. I was excited about playing.''

  • Smith set to return, Shumpert game-time decision for Cavs

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is ready to return from a two-game suspension while Iman Shumpert's status for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Chicago remained in question because of a groin strain.Smith was expected to suit up Friday night for the first time since he hit Boston's Jae Crowder in the face in the opening round. He felt he let his team down by doing that, particularly since the Cavaliers had already lost Kevin Love to a season-ending shoulder injury in that game.

  • Breaking down some numbers from the NBA Playoffs

    May 25, 2015

    A look inside the numbers of the NBA playoffs, as the conference semifinals resume Friday night with Cleveland at Chicago and Houston at the Los Angeles Clippers.The other semis pick up again on Saturday, with Golden State at Memphis and Atlanta visiting Washington.

  • NBA: Most exclusive club when it comes to winning titles

    May 25, 2015

    The NBA could crown a first-time champion this year.Or, at the very least, a team that hasn't won a title in nearly two decades.Of the eight teams remaining in the playoffs, the most recent to win a championship is the Chicago Bulls, who captured the last of their six Michael Jordan-era banners in 1998.

  • With longtime powers sidelined, NBA playoffs have fresh look

    May 25, 2015

    Spurs and Celtics? Already eliminated.Lakers and Heat? Didn't even make the playoffs.There's a new look to this NBA postseason, which will crown a champion that hasn't won the title in at least 17 years - or, quite possibly, a franchise that has never been on top.

  • LeBron leads Cavs into Chicago, with JR Smith joining him

    May 25, 2015

    The statue outside is of Michael Jordan. The court inside, come playoff time, has often belonged to LeBron James.James is headed back to Chicago - with J.R. Smith joining him for the first time in the series - when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Bulls on Friday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • Injured Chris Paul works out on court for Clippers

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul worked out on the court Thursday, a positive sign in his struggle to overcome a strained left hamstring, though it's not known whether he can play for the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 against the Houston Rockets.Coach Doc Rivers said on a teleconference that ''everything is going well'' with the All-Star guard, but his status is unknown going into Friday night, when the series resumes at Staples Center. The teams are tied 1-1 after a split in Houston.

  • Grizzlies' Tony Allen showing why he's called Grindfather

    May 25, 2015

    In Memphis, Tony Allen is known simply as the Grindfather. Kevin Durant and others call him the NBA's toughest one-on-one defender.Give him an opponent, watch him go to work studying tape for angles to attack, tendencies to expose. Then Allen clamps down, getting as close as physically possible and taking that man out of his game.

  • Ex-Knicks exec criticizes Garden for hiring Thomas

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The woman once at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit involving Isiah Thomas is criticizing Madison Square Garden for rehiring the former NBA star.Anucha Browne Sanders won an .5 million suit against Thomas, the Garden and chairman Jim Dolan in 2007. Thomas, the former Knicks president and coach, was hired this week by Dolan as president of the WNBA's New York Liberty.

  • Wizards' Wall has multiple fractures in left wrist, hand

    May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) John Wall has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand, and the All-Star guard's playing status has not been determined.Wall was hurt in Game 1 of Washington's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks. Initial X-rays were negative, but ''multiple examinations'' on Wednesday revealed the injuries, the Wizards announced Thursday.

  • Rockets' Brewer fined ,000 for flopping

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NBA has fined Houston Rockets swingman Corey Brewer ,000 for flopping.Brewer was penalized Thursday for tumbling backward well beyond the baseline and crashing into the basket stanchion after stepping in front of Clippers guard Lester Hudson with 1:03 remaining in the first quarter of Houston's 115-109 victory on Wednesday.

  • NBA TV documentary looks at Rockets' back-to-back champs

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Houston Rockets teams that won consecutive NBA titles in the mid-1990s during Michael Jordan's retirement will be the focus of an upcoming NBA TV documentary.''Clutch City'' looks at the 1994 and 1995 champions, led by Hakeem Olajuwon and coached by Rudy Tomjanovich. It will be televised Monday, June 8, at 9 p.m. EDT, an off day during the NBA Finals when the network has debuted other specials in recent years.

  • Cavs' Shumpert improves, status for Game 3 unknown

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers coach David Blatt walked across his team's practice court wearing a black T-shirt that maybe best sums up his team's current delicate status.''Talent Ain't Enough,'' it said.Not for the Cavs, who are facing the possibility of being down another key player in the postseason.

  • Cavs apologize for in-game video showing man throwing woman

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers apologized Thursday for a video parody that showed a man violently throwing a woman across a room for wearing a Chicago Bulls T-shirt.During a timeout in Cleveland's win on Wednesday night, the team showed a one-minute video (https://youtu.be/zVV6oXTH9Wc ) on its large scoreboard spoofing a popular TV commercial for United Healthcare in which a couple fall while attempting the famous lift from ''Dirty Dancing.'' In the Cavs' in-arena promotion, the male Cleveland fan lifts his partner then tosses her over a sofa, saying: ''Bulls fan? I didn't know you were a Bulls fan.''

  • Phoenix Suns' Morris twins plead not guilty in beating case

    May 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Suns players Marcus and Markieff Morris have pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony aggravated assault.The twins are accused of helping three others beat a man outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24. The brothers entered their pleas Thursday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court.

  • Bulls' Jimmy Butler selected as NBA's Most Improved Player

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) There was a time when Jimmy Butler was kicked out of his home as a teenager with no place to go. He has come a long way since then.The Chicago Bulls guard was named the NBA's Most Improved Player on Thursday after making his first All-Star team and averaging a career high in scoring.

  • Cavs chided for in-game video showing man throwing woman

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers are being criticized on social networks for playing a video during Wednesday night's playoff game that showed a man throwing a woman across a room for wearing a Bulls T-shirt.During the Cavs' game against Chicago, the team showed a video on its large scoreboard spoofing a popular TV commercial in which a couple fall while attempting the famous lift from ''Dirty Dancing.'' In the Cavs' in-arena promotion, the male Cavs fan lifts his partner then tosses her over a sofa, saying: ''Bulls fan? I didn't know you were a Bulls fan.''

  • Seattle arena can move forward after environmental review

    May 25, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The hopes of bringing the NBA back to Seattle and adding an NHL team passed a significant milestone Thursday when a final environmental impact statement found no major issues to block a projected new multipurpose arena in Seattle's stadium district.

  • Conley's comeback stirs memories of gritty performances

    May 25, 2015

    The Masked Assassin. One-Eyed Charlie. The Terminator.Call Mike Conley whatever nickname you prefer.The injured point guard's gritty performance led the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-90 win in Game 2 over the Golden State Warriors and earned him instant respect from players, coaches and fans across the country. It also evoked memories of some of the most courageous showings in sports history.

  • Shaquille O'Neal tumbles on set of TNT halftime report

    May 25, 2015

    Shaquille O'Neal took quite a tumble during the ''NBA on TNT'' halftime show of the Clippers-Rockets game on Wednesday night.O'Neal appeared to get his foot caught in wires and crashed off the raised platform onto the floor of the set. He lost his shoe in the process and his 7-foot-plus, 325-pound frame was on the deck for a time.

  • Pelicans' Holiday has screw removed from right leg

    May 25, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) Jrue Holiday has had surgery to remove a screw from his lower right leg, which has hampered the New Orleans Pelicans guard for much of the past two seasons.The Pelicans say a procedure performed Wednesday was deemed successful after a screw was removed from a rod previously placed along Holiday's shin to help him heal from a stress fracture that first sidelined him two seasons ago.

  • Clippers' Paul out against Houston in Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will miss his second straight game with a strained left hamstring, sitting out Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston.Paul was injured Saturday night against San Antonio, but returned to hit the winning shot to eliminate the Spurs.

  • LeBron puts headband back on for Game 2 vs. Chicago

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) King James placed his crown back on for Game 2.LeBron James returned to the floor Wednesday night against Chicago wearing his signature headband, which the Cavaliers' star had ditched since a March 7 game against Phoenix. Since his high school days in Akron, James had always worn a headband before surprisingly putting it away for nearly two months.

  • Cavs start forward Tristan Thompson in Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson started Game 2 against Chicago, a move that put LeBron James back at his customary small forward position.Thompson started 15 games during the regular season, but 6-foot-8 big man has been most effective coming off the bench with Cleveland's second unit.

  • Utah Jazz hold first pre-draft workouts of summer

    May 25, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Quin Snyder and his assistants weren't in place when the Utah Jazz began their pre-draft workouts a year ago. The entire coaching staff will have its fingerprints all over the process this time around.The Jazz held their first pre-draft workout of the offseason Wednesday, hosting six seniors and officially beginning the next stage of player evaluation.

  • Cavaliers cancel arm slings giveaway during playoffs

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers canceled a plan to give away 20,000 arm slings to fans to show support for injured starting forward Kevin Love, who is out for the rest of the NBA playoffs.Love underwent surgery last week after his left shoulder was dislocated when his arm was yanked from the socket by Boston center Kelly Olynyk in Cleveland's series-clinching win in the opening round. The Cavs intended to hand out the slings, adorned with a sponsor's name, during their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Chicago but scrapped the idea.

  • Utah Jazz hold first predraft workouts of summer

    May 25, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz held their first predraft workout of the offseason Wednesday, hosting six seniors and officially beginning the next stage of player evaluation.Coach Quin Snyder is out of town this week, but general manager Dennis Lindsey, assistant general manager Justin Zanik and vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin were all in attendance. Assistant coach Brad Jones ran the session that included guards D.J. Newbill (Penn State), Rayvonte Rice (Illinois), Trey Zeigler (TCU), Russell Byrd (Master's College), Denzel Livingston (Incarnate Word) and forward Maurice Ndour (Ohio).

  • Pelicans' Pondexter has offseason surgery

    May 25, 2015

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.The Pelicans say the procedure, performed Wednesday, was successful, adding that they'll soon be able to project a timetable for Pondexter's return to ''basketball activities.''

  • King wants to keep Lopez, try to build Nets around him

    May 25, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The big blockbusters haven't done much for the Brooklyn Nets. So now general manager Billy King is looking to improve from within.Just don't rule out another trade.Keeping Brook Lopez is the priority, while moving Deron Williams and Joe Johnson could be options if King decides to break up Brooklyn's core.

  • Pass first? Point guards look to show you can score, win

    May 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Bob Cousy, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas set the standard for championship point guards, winning mostly by setting up their teammates even though they were capable scorers.Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving are trying to see if they can take a different path to the title, more often beating opponents scoring the basketball, though they are capable passers.

  • Cavs expected to start Tristan Thompson in Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is expected to start Game 2 against Chicago, a move that puts LeBron James back at his customary small forward position.Thompson started 15 games during the regular season, but 6-foot-8 big man has been most effective coming off the bench with Cleveland's second unit.

  • Warriors lose shooting touch in Game 2 loss to Grizzlies

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A celebratory night quickly turned into a puzzling one for the Golden State Warriors.With the long-range shots not falling as usual and sloppy play from the start, a night that started with Stephen Curry being handed the Most Valuable Player trophy ended with the first home for the Warriors in more than three months.

  • Conley comes back, leads Grizzlies past Warriors 97-90

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to score 22 points, and Memphis used a smothering defensive effort to beat Golden State 97-90 on Tuesday night, evening the Western Conference semifinals 1-1.Wearing a clear mask to protect his swollen face and red left eye, Conley stole the spotlight from newly minted MVP Stephen Curry. He made his first four shots to get the Grizzlies going, and his teammates did the rest on defense.

  • Curry presented with MVP award before Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was presented with his NBA Most Valuable Player trophy before Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against Memphis.Commissioner Adam Silver handed Curry the trophy to the cheers from a raucous crowd Tuesday night.

  • Grizzlies' Mike Conley starts in Game 2 vs Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Memphis point guard Mike Conley started for the Grizzlies in Tuesday night's Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors after missing the previous three playoff games.''I'm going to give it a go,'' Conley said after testing himself in pregame warmups. ''I'm very excited.''

  • Grizzlies' Mike Conley to start in Game 2 vs Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Memphis point guard Mike Conley will start for the Grizzlies in Tuesday night's Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors after missing the previous three playoff games.''I'm going to give it a go,'' Conley said after testing himself in pregame warmups. ''I'm very excited.''

  • Grizzlies' Mike Conley trying to play in Game 2 vs Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger says injured point guard Mike Conley is going to try to play in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors.Conley was warming up wearing a protective mask before Tuesday night's game. He had been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after the team's morning shootaround in San Francisco.

  • Wizards G John Wall out for Game 2 vs Hawks with hand injury

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Washington Wizards star John Wall was surprisingly on the inactive list for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night because of a left hand injury.Wall injured the hand when bracing himself as he fell along the baseline in the series opener on Sunday. He finished the game, scoring 18 points, dishing out 13 assists and playing almost 39 minutes as the Wizards upset the top-seeded Hawks 104-98.

  • TIPOFF: Paul '50-50' for Clippers; Bulls' Rose ready to play

    May 25, 2015

    Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers thinks the odds are 50-50 point guard Chris Paul will return on Wednesday night to try to help the Clippers build a 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals.Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has no such concerns about his franchise point guard after Derrick Rose suffered a shoulder stinger in their Game 1 win over Cleveland. Rose said he's raring to go in the other Game 2 set for Wednesday night.

  • Howard happy in Houston and focused on getting a ring

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Dwight Howard knows he's a polarizing figure. He's finally learned to be OK with that.The bad feelings toward Houston's star center originated when he wanted out of Orlando and intensified amid rumblings that he couldn't get along with Kobe Bryant in his one season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Plan LeB: LeBron may be more aggressive vs. Bulls in Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James leaned against a padded basket stanchion and spun a ball on his index finger. As it rotated, his brain seemed to be turning just as quickly.He's plotting his next move against the Bulls.After losing Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series to Chicago, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers regrouped on Tuesday to watch film, work on outside shooting and devise a better defensive scheme to stop a pick-and-roll play the Bulls executed to near perfection during their 99-92 victory.

  • Bulls' Derrick Rose says shoulder "feels good" for Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose says he has no pain in his right shoulder and doesn't expect to have any problems going into Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.Rose sustained a ''stinger'' in his shoulder late in Chicago's 99-92 win over the Cavaliers in the series opener on Monday night. Rose says he's ''not sore or anything, so that's a good sign.'' He scored 25 points with five rebounds and five assists, showing flashes of the player he was before being slowed by knee injuries the past few years.

  • Grizzlies' Mike Conley upgraded to questionable for Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable to play in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors.Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said after the team's morning shootaround in San Francisco that if Conley plays Tuesday night, he will start. Conley has missed the last three games recovering from surgery to repair broken bones in his face.

  • LeBron may be more aggressive against Bulls in Game 2

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says he may have to change his mindset and be more aggressive in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls.With Cleveland missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, the Cavs dropped Game 1 on Monday night. James scored 19 points and added 15 rebounds and nine assists, but he often deferred to others instead of driving to the basket and that may have to change if the Cavs intend to even the series on Wednesday night.

  • Griffin's triple-double lifts Clippers over Rockets 117-101

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Blake Griffin had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double to lift the Chris Paul-less Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-101 victory over Houston on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

  • Clippers' Paul's hamstring keeps him out against Houston

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Chris Paul will not play for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal Monday night because of a strained left hamstringPaul was injured Saturday night in Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs but returned to hit the game-winning shot.

  • Mike Miller makes surprise start for Cavs in Game 1

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers veteran swingman Mike Miller was a surprise starter for Game 1 against Chicago.With Cleveland missing starters Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, Cavs coach David Blatt decided to go with Miller, who made 15 regular-season starts. The 15-year veteran's addition to the lineup was mildly shocking since Blatt also had James Jones and Shawn Marion as options.

  • Spurs facing most uncertain future ever under Popovich

    May 25, 2015

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs are facing their most uncertain future ever under Gregg Popovich.San Antonio has only five players under contract for next season. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have not decided whether they will return or retire from their Hall of Fame careers. Potential franchise cornerstone Kawhi Leonard is expected to be back, but he is a restricted free agent coming off winning Defensive Player of the Year just one season after earning NBA Finals MVP honors.

  • TIPOFF: Wizards look to keep up their winning ways on road

    May 25, 2015

    The Washington Wizards are right at home on the road.Over the last two years, the Wizards have been the ultimate road warriors in the playoffs, winning eight of nine games away from D.C. and becoming the first team in NBA history to capture four straight Game 1s in the other team's arena.

  • LeBron lifts media blackout to call Chris Paul

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James lifted his personal media boycott during the playoffs to phone a friend.Cleveland's superstar does everything he can to block out distractions during the postseason: turning off his cellphone, avoiding Twitter and watching NBA games only with the sound muted.

  • Warriors' Stephen Curry voted NBA's MVP over Harden, James

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried.He had felt this way in the past - when he barely received any scholarship offers out of high school, when some questioned whether his game could translate from tiny Davidson College to the NBA, when he sat in a doctor's office searching for answers on how to fix his troublesome right ankle.

  • Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry wins NBA MVP

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, beating out Houston's James Harden in a race that turned out not to be that close.The league announced the results Monday.Curry received 100 of 130 first-place votes for a total of 1,198 points from a panel of 129 writers and broadcasters, along with the fan vote on the NBA's website. Harden had five first-place votes and 936 points. Cleveland's LeBron James got five first-place votes and 552 points.

  • Clippers-Rockets Playoff Capsule

    May 25, 2015

    WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALSNo. 2 HOUSTON ROCKETS (56-26, 4-1) VS. No. 3 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (56-26, 4-3)Season Series: Split, 2-2. Each team won once at home and once on the road, with the Clippers winning in more decisive fashion. They cruised to 17-point and 15-point wins while the Rockets won by two points and five points in their two victories.

  • AP Source: Warriors star Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Some called him too small. Others too fragile.Stephen Curry has another label now: NBA MVP.The Golden State point guard has won the league's most coveted individual award, a person familiar with the decision said Sunday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not released the voting results. An official announcement and news conference are expected Monday, and Curry will be presented with the award on the court before Game 2 of the Warriors' Western Conference semifinal series against Memphis on Tuesday night.

  • AP source: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry selected NBA most valuable player

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) AP source: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry selected NBA most valuable player.

  • Paul questionable as Clippers and Rockets begin series

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) When the Houston Rockets open their second-round Western Conference playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, it will have been six days since they last played.The Clippers are in a much different situation after clawing their way out of the first round with a gritty performance in downing the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday night.

  • LeBron, Cavs ready to take on raging Bulls

    May 25, 2015

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James embraces challenges, big or small, personal or professional. They drive him, push him, make him dig deeper.He's about to face another daunting one. Actually, a dozen of them.The Bulls are charging at him.On Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers, missing two starters, will open their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals against a confident and finally healthy Chicago team looking to exact some revenge on James, who has eliminated them from the NBA playoffs three times since 2010.

  • Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley out for Game 1 vs Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is sitting out Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors as he continues to recover from surgery to repair broken bones in his face.Conley warmed up on the court Sunday wearing a clear, plastic mask. But it has been less than a week since he had surgery and the team says he will not play.

  • Bulls-Cavaliers Preview Capsule

    May 25, 2015

    No. 2 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (53-29, 4-0) vs. No. 3 CHICAGO BULLS (50-32, 4-2)Season Series: Cavaliers, 3-1. Cleveland was 3-0 with F Kevin Love in the lineup and 0-1 when he wasn't; Love's season ended last week because of a shoulder injury. Bulls G Jimmy Butler missed two of the four games, G Derrick Rose missed one. Cavs F LeBron James averaged 28.3 points, while G Kyrie Irving shot just 39 percent but averaged 21.3 points.

  • Clippers have 2 days rest before facing Rockets in 2nd round

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers have less than two days to enjoy their wildly entertaining first-round series victory over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.And what a victory it was.Chris Paul, who willed himself back from an early hamstring injury, banked in a shot over Spurs iron man Tim Duncan with a second left to lift the Clippers to a 111-109 victory in Game 7 on Saturday night that eliminated San Antonio.

  • Grizzlies-Warriors Playoff Capsule

    May 25, 2015

    EASTERN CONFERENCENo. 1 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (67-15, 4-0) vs. No. 5 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (55-27, 4-1)Season Series: Warriors, 2-1. The teams split two games in Memphis, then Golden State won its lone home game of the season series by a deceptive four-point margin - since the Warriors led by 27 after three and then a bunch of reserves gave just about every bit of the lead away.

  • For Bulls, question remains which team will show up

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls are about to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and even they aren't quite sure which team will show up.That's because they were as inconsistent as anyone during the season.

  • Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo suspended 1 game

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Saturday for running over Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy.Antetokounmpo was called for a flagrant foul 2 and ejected for the play in the Bucks' season-ending 120-66 playoff loss to the Bulls on Thursday. Antetokounmpo will sit out the first game next season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

  • Grizzlies, Warriors ready to meet in conference semifinals

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors waited a week to play another playoff game, and they're still not exactly sure who they're facing in the Western Conference semifinals.Sure, they know they'll host the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday. They just have no idea whether Mike Conley can play after having surgery to repair broken bones in his face or how Memphis will adjust without its point guard.

  • Hawks face quick turnaround, but seem to have swagger back

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks seem to have their swagger back.Just in time for the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.Coming off their most complete performance of the postseason, the top-seeded Hawks faced a quick turnaround before hosting the Washington Wizards in Game 1 on Sunday.

  • Nets end disappointing season without clear way to improve

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mikhail Prokhorov arrived from Russia as Nets owner in 2010, vowing a championship in five years or he would get married.Basketball season in Brooklyn is over.Time for wedding season?The Nets ended a largely disappointing 2014-15 on Friday with a 111-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series. Brooklyn fell 4-2 to the top seed in the Eastern Conference, those two victories pushing the Nets' total for the season to 40.

  • Wizards-Hawks Preview Capsule

    May 25, 2015

    A look at the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards (with regular season and playoff records):No. 1 ATLANTA HAWKS (60-22, 4-2) vs. No. 5 WASHINGTON WIZARDS (46-36, 4-0)Season series: Hawks, 3-1. Atlanta won the first three meetings before giving its entire starting lineup the night off on April 12 and going with Elton Brand, John Jenkins, Mike Muscala, Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder in a 108-99 loss. The Hawks averaged 110.3 points with their regular team and made 16 3-pointers in a 120-89 rout on Jan. 11.

  • Hawks find their groove in finishing off Nets in first round

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Atlanta Hawks may never duplicate the way they played in January, during the best month in NBA history.They at least begin May looking better than in April.The 60-game winners and runaway No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference weren't sharp when the playoffs started, mostly because they were so good during the regular season that they lost their edge once everything was clinched.

  • Bucks coach Jason Kidd looks ahead to bright future

    May 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd looked ahead to what he sees as a bright future, rather than dwell on the disheartening final 48 minutes of this season.The Bucks improved from an NBA-worst 15 victories last season to 41 in their first season under Kidd. Their surprising season come to an abrupt halt with the worst defeat in franchise history, a 120-66 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series.

  • Spurs, Clippers ready for Game 7 of 1st round series

    May 25, 2015

    Doc Rivers stepped to the podium a few minutes after his Los Angeles Clippers survived another road game against the defending champions, a clutch performance that set up a Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs in what has easily been the series of the first round.

  • Grizzlies' gritty D to be tested by Warriors without Conley

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) To the Memphis Grizzlies, it's simply grit and grind. Harass opponents from one end of the court to the other, frustrating players into missing shots and forcing turnovers until they lose their offensive rhythm.Tony Allen calls it shutting off the water.

  • Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard receives college degree

    May 25, 2015

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) Gina Johnson was rooting hard for the Portland Trail Blazers to upset the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Damian Lillard is her son, so she didn't have much of a choice.Johnson, however, did have other thoughts.

  • Mike Conley to travel with Grizzlies; playing status unclear

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley will travel with the team for its first two games of the Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors, but his status for the series is uncertain.Memphis coach Dave Joerger discussed Conley's plans Friday before practice. Conley wasn't on the court as Joerger spoke.

  • Mavericks' Parsons has knee surgery; no timetable for return

    May 25, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons has undergone knee surgery, and there is no timetable for his return.Parsons had cartilage damage in his right knee. The arthroscopic procedure Friday was done by team physician Dr. T.O. Souryal.Parsons just finished the first season of a three-year, million contract. He averaged 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 66 games, all starts. He missed the last six games of the regular season and all but the opener in a 4-1 first-round playoff loss to Houston, his former team.

  • Thunder introduce new coach Billy Donovan

    May 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It's safe to say new Thunder coach Billy Donovan will stay in the NBA this time.Donovan jokes that he has coached in the league before - eight years ago, he was hired by the Orlando Magic, only to change his mind the following day and return to the University of Florida. He said that decision had nothing to do with the Magic, and that it was more about his relationships with his family and Florida.

  • Warriors GM Bob Myers voted NBA's executive of the year

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) His voice cracking and his eyes watering, Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers nearly let his emotions get the best of him on one of the biggest days of his career.Myers accepted the NBA's executive of the year award Friday while his wife, Kristen, sat in the front row of a hotel ballroom alongside his parents. He got choked up while thanking her for all she does in raising their daughters, 5-year-old Kayla and 2-year-old Annabelle, when work often takes him to other places.

  • Governor says deal on new Milwaukee Bucks arena 'close'

    May 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks a deal to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks is ''close.''Walker commented on the status of negotiations Friday, the day after he personally joined the talks for the first time.Walker says, ''I think we're close. But obviously we have to work out the last little bit of details.''

  • Warriors believe depth, sacrifice keys to their success

    May 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Those golden yellow shirts the Golden State Warriors give to fans at every home playoff game are printed with a slogan that reads: ''STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.''The wording is more than just a catchphrase for fans - it's practically a team motto.

  • Bulls beat Bucks, it's on to Cavaliers

    May 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) When playing at their best, the Chicago Bulls are a team that can go far in the NBA playoffs. They just aren't making things easy for themselves along the way.The Bulls finally came up with the dominant performance they needed to close out a first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, shaking off a surprisingly stubborn team with a 120-66 rout Thursday night that nearly set an NBA playoff record for the largest margin of victory. That performance only came after the Bulls allowed the Bucks to win two games to get back in the series after falling behind 3-0.

  • Dunleavy scores 20, Bulls clobber Bucks 120-66 to advance

    May 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points and Chicago came close to an NBA playoff record, finally putting away Milwaukee with a 120-66 victory in Game 6 to clinch their first-round series Thursday night.The Bulls, who move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, finished four points from the NBA playoff record for largest margin of victory. Minnesota beat St. Louis 133-75 on March 19, 1956.

  • Despite Walker involvement, no deal on new Bucks arena

    May 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Despite Gov. Scott Walker joining the talks, no deal has been reached on financing a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.Walker had his first face-to-face meeting Thursday with officials from the NBA team and others who have been working to reach a deal. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1QR2ivK) reports there was no deal to finance the proposed 0 million downtown arena.

  • Ainge wants to build on Celtics' surprising playoff berth

    May 25, 2015

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and John Havlicek had some of their best years coming off the bench for the Boston Celtics. As did Cedric Maxwell, whose number is also hanging from the rafters at the Boston Garden.So Celtics general manager Danny Ainge would like Isaiah Thomas not to worry about whether he is going to be labeled as a second-stringer.

  • Blazers head home after season marked by injuries

    May 25, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The moment that defined the Portland Trail Blazers this season came in early March, when Wesley Matthews collapsed at midcourt and grasped his ankle during a game against Dallas.Matthews said later that he first thought someone had hit him from behind. It was far worse.

  • Rookie of the year Wiggins on MN: 'I hope I'm here forever'

    May 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Wiggins sat down on a black leather couch, his navy blue tuxedo jacket and bow tie bunching up at the neck as his 6-foot-8 frame plopped down for a break.The first rookie of the year in Minnesota Timberwolves history was sitting in a no-frills room in the back alleys of Target Center with cinder block walls and empty lockers that house the WNBA's Lynx in the summer. There is nothing fancy about the 25-year-old building that is home to an NBA franchise that has gotten so many things wrong over the last decade.

  • Nets try to take force No. 1 seed Hawks to go the distance

    May 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) They were separated by 22 victories in the regular season and a mere nine points so far in the playoffs.The Atlanta Hawks, on cruise control over the final weeks of the season, and Brooklyn Nets, who didn't even have a postseason spot until after their final game, have delivered one of the closest, most competitive series of the first round.

  • Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins voted NBA's top rookie

    May 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Dressed in a Navy blue tuxedo with shiny black lapels, Andrew Wiggins certainly looked the part while collecting his NBA rookie of the year award Thursday.He looked even better on the court in his first season in the league.Wiggins became the first Minnesota Timberwolves player to win the rookie of the year, and he did it in a landslide. He received 110 of 130 first-place votes and had 604 points in the voting. Chicago's Nikola Mirotic finished second with 14 first-place votes and 335 points and Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel was third.

  • Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins named NBA's top rookie

    May 25, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Wiggins has been named the NBA rookie of the year.The NBA made the announcement on Thursday. After coming to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland, Wiggins averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing all 82 games in his first season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder hire Florida's Billy Donovan as coach

    May 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder hired Florida's Billy Donovan as their coach Thursday, hoping he will help the franchise win an NBA championship in Oklahoma City.''We warmly welcome Billy and his family to Oklahoma City,'' team chairman Clayton Bennett said. ''He is the perfect fit for our organization and for our community, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.''

  • Ainge defends Olynyk for injuring Love

    May 25, 2015

    WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge came to the defense of forward Kelly Olynyk for the play that injured Kevin Love.Ainge says the Cleveland forward was ''a little over the top'' in his complaint that Olynyk tried to hurt him on purpose. Ainge said he sympathizes with Love, who had waited his whole career to make the playoffs. Love will miss the rest of the postseason with a dislocated shoulder.

  • Trail Blazers' Lillard to give graduation speech at Weber St

    May 25, 2015

    OGDEN, Utah (AP) Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will deliver an address when he graduates from Weber State on Friday.Lillard will graduate with a degree in professional sales from the College of Applied Science & Technology. He will be one of two student speakers at the Dee Events Center at 8 a.m., the school said Thursday.

  • Florida's Billy Donovan hired to coach Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Florida's Billy Donovan as their new coach.The Thunder made the announcement Thursday.The 49-year-old Donovan led Florida to two national championships, four Final Fours, seven Elite Eights and 14 NCAA Tournament berths in 19 years. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Gators in December that would have paid him an average salary of million through 2020.

  • AP source: Thunder reach agreement to hire Florida's Donovan

    May 25, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Donovan is headed back to the NBA.This time, he's expected to stay more than a day.Donovan agreed Thursday to become the Oklahoma City Thunder's next coach, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has announced the agreement.

  • AP source: Florida's Billy Donovan agrees to coach NBA's Thunder

    May 25, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) AP source: Florida's Billy Donovan agrees to coach NBA's Thunder.

  • Magic extend general manager Rob Hennigan for 2 more years

    May 25, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) The Orlando Magic have extended general manager Rob Hennigan through the 2017-18 season.The team announced the two-year extension Thursday. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed.Hennigan just completed his third season as the Magic's leader of basketball operations, and was entering the final year of his contract before Thursday's new pact.

  • Grizzlies earn some rest before semifinal with Warriors

    May 25, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies were so busy finishing off their first-round series they haven't considered the impact of playing the Golden State Warriors without Mike Conley.Yet.Now that the Grizzlies have ousted Portland 4-1 in the first round with a 99-93 win on Wednesday night, they can focus on if they will be preparing for the NBA's best team in the Western Conference semifinals with or without their starting point guard.

  • Rockets fire social media manager after distasteful tweet

    May 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets have fired their social media manager after he posted a tweet with an emoji of a gun pointed at a horse's head as they were beating the Dallas Mavericks.The Rockets confirmed the dismissal of Chad Shanks on Wednesday. Shanks wrote on his personal Twitter page that he would no longer run the Rockets' Twitter account but was grateful to the organization.

  • Spurs look to move on, Bucks try to hang on in NBA's Game 6s

    May 25, 2015

    The San Antonio Spurs want to move on. The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to hang on.Game 7s are great for fans, though for an older team such as the Spurs, they should be avoided - especially because in this series it would require them to win a third time in Los Angeles.

  • NBA Playoff Capsules

    May 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) LeBron James hit a jumper from the corner at the buzzer to give the Cleveland Cavaliers an 86-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.James finished with 25 points to help the Cavaliers win in another wild finish, returning the favor after Chicago took Game 3 on Derrick Rose's banked 3-pointer at the buzzer.

  • Kevin Love has shoulder surgery, sidelined 4-to-6 months

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love had surgery on his badly damaged left shoulder that could require six months of recovery, officially ending any remote chance he had of returning during Cleveland's playoff run.Love, whose arm was yanked from the socket on Sunday by Boston's Kelly Olynyk during Game 4, had the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday. The team released a brief statement saying the forward had the procedure and that his projected recovery time is 4-to-6 months.

  • AP Source: Thunder, Donovan in talks about coaching vacancy

    May 25, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Billy Donovan is entertaining a move to the NBA again.This time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person familiar with the search said.Eight years after leaving Florida to coach the Orlando Magic and then changing his mind the following day, he appears poised to make the jump and not look back this time.

  • Kevin Love has shoulder surgery, could miss 4-to-6 months

    May 25, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love had surgery on his dislocated left shoulder and may need up to six months to recover.Love was injured in Cleveland's series-sweeping win at Boston on Sunday, and will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs.

  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker to get involved in Bucks arena talks

    May 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will step into negotiations to finance a new downtown Milwaukee arena for the Bucks.Walker told reporters Wednesday the intent is to try to get a deal done quickly.The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1P8gGMl ) reports Walker said he would be personally involved in the talks Thursday in Milwaukee. He repeated that the city and county needed to play what he called ''meaningful roles'' to get a package that has a chance of legislative passage.

  • Ex-NBA player Crittenton pleads guilty in fatal shooting

    May 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2011 shooting death of a mother of four.Crittenton appeared in court Wednesday and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.Prosecutors have said Crittenton was aiming for a man who had robbed him days before the shooting but shot 22-year-old Julian Jones instead.

  • Walker to get involved in Bucks arena talks

    May 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Gov. Scott Walker says he will step into negotiations to finance a new downtown Milwaukee arena for the Bucks.Walker told reporters Wednesday the intent is to try to get a deal done quickly.The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1P8gGMl ) reports Walker said he would be personally involved in the talks Thursday in Milwaukee. He repeated that the city and county needed to play what he called ''meaningful roles'' in order to get a package that has a chance of legislative passage.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar briefly examined at LA hospital

    May 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar briefly returned to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday, two weeks after the 68-year-old NBA career scoring leader had quadruple coronary bypass surgery.''This morning, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was experiencing some dizziness following his April 16 quadruple bypass surgery,'' the hospital said in a statement. ''He contacted his physicians who told him to come to the emergency department at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was evaluated by his surgeon and cardiologist. After a battery of tests, they found no complications.

  • Hawks beat 76ers 95-79 for 8th straight win

    December 10, 2014

    ATLANTA (AP) - Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap each scored 17 points and Atlanta beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-79 on Wednesday night, giving the Hawks their longest winning streak in 17 years.Korver sank five 3-pointers as Atlanta (15-6) won its eighth straight - the Hawks' longest since an 11-0 start to the 1997-98 season.

  • Warriors, Rockets both without starting centers

    December 10, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Golden State's Andrew Bogut and Houston's Dwight Howard are both out for Wednesday night's game between the Western Conference leaders because of injuries.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Bogut is still bothered by right knee tendinitis and Festus Ezeli will start at center. Kerr expects Bogut to return for Saturday's game at Dallas.

  • Mavericks' Nelson out for game against Pelicans

    December 10, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) - Jameer Nelson sat out the Dallas Mavericks' game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night due to a sore right shoulder.J.J. Barea made his first start of the season in Nelson's place at point guard against the Pelicans.Nelson, who missed three games last month because of back spasms, had season highs of 18 points and four 3-point field goals Tuesday at Memphis.

  • Anthony, Duncan among the missing for Knicks-Spurs

    December 10, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and Spurs veterans Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are among several big names out of action for Wednesday night's game between New York and San Antonio.Anthony felt soreness in his left knee after playing 39 minutes Tuesday night in New Orleans. He had 17 points and eight rebounds in New York's ninth straight loss.

  • Knicks' Anthony sits out against Spurs

    December 10, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Carmelo Anthony sat out New York's game Wednesday night against San Antonio because of soreness in his left knee, and the Spurs were without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.Anthony experienced soreness in the knee after playing 39 minutes Tuesday night in New Orleans. Anthony had 17 points and eight rebounds, but it wasn't enough to keep New York from suffering its ninth straight loss, 104-93 to the Pelicans.

  • Bulls looking for answers for defensive woes

    December 10, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) - Compared to their high standard, the Chicago Bulls are struggling on defense. Everyone on the team agrees with that part.When it comes to talk of trust issues, then everything gets a little murky.Heading into Wednesday night's game against Brooklyn, Chicago was allowing 100.5 points per game, tied for 19th in the league. The Bulls allowed an NBA-low 91.8 points last season and 92.9 points for the 2012-13 season, which ranked third.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist returning from foot injury

    December 10, 2014

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will see his first action in nearly a month Wednesday night in the Hornets' game against the Boston Celtics.Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said before Wednesday's game that he would bring Kidd-Gilchrist off the bench behind starters Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson.

  • Warriors release new arena renderings

    December 10, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have released new renderings for their planned San Francisco arena after the last design became an Internet punchline for its resemblance to a toilet.The updated concepts announced by the Warriors on Wednesday show a more curved look for the arena. Much of the viewing deck next to the arena - which together previously gave the aerial appearance of a giant toilet seat with the lid down - is now gone.

  • King James commits personal foul with royal touch

    December 10, 2014

    LONDON (AP) - When King James touched the future queen of England on the shoulder after a basketball game, royal watchers cried foul.LeBron James, whose nickname is ''King James,'' met Prince William and his wife Kate at an NBA game between Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets in New York on Monday. The three posed for a photograph and James put his right hand on the Duchess of Cambridge's right shoulder.