NBA Finals

Fans congratulate Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas after Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston. The Celtics won 115-105 to advance to the Eastern Conference championship series. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
May 16, 2017 - 3:43 am
BOSTON (AP) — Ever since the Boston Celtics broke up their Big Three in 2013, they've sat idly this time of year while LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard have battled for NBA championships. With Isaiah Thomas leading the charge, the Celtics have rejoined the fray. Now it's time to see if...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2016 file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a stadium which will be home to the Los Angeles Football Club in Los Angeles. The Boston Celtics are trying to go from No. 1 seed to No. 1 pick. The Los Angeles Lakers don’t need to be first, but they sure better not be worse than third. There's plenty at stake for the NBA's greatest champions on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in the draft lottery. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
May 16, 2017 - 2:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash are gone, though on Tuesday they won't be forgotten. The former All-Stars have as much to do with this NBA draft lottery as the players of tomorrow. The Boston Celtics can benefit in a big way from trading two former champions, while the Los...
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FILE - At left, in an April 20, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James smiles after hitting a basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Indianapolis. At right, in a Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Kevin Durant looks at LeBron James from afar and marvels at how the Cavs main man keeps finding a way to take his game to another level, year after year. (AP Photo/File)
May 11, 2017 - 6:07 pm
Kevin Durant admires LeBron James from afar, marveling at how Cleveland's main man finds ways to elevate his game at age 32 — year after year, title after title. Kobe Bryant was much the same. Ten years into his NBA journey, the unassuming, scoring machine everyone calls "KD", strives to emulate...
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FILE - At left, in an April 20, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James smiles after hitting a basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Indianapolis. At right, in a Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Kevin Durant looks at LeBron James from afar and marvels at how the Cavs main man keeps finding a way to take his game to another level, year after year. (AP Photo/File)
May 11, 2017 - 3:37 pm
Kevin Durant admires LeBron James from afar, marveling at how Cleveland's main man finds ways to elevate his game at age 32 — year after year, title after title. Kobe Bryant was much the same. Ten years into his NBA journey, the unassuming, scoring machine everyone calls "KD", strives to emulate...
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This April 23, 2017 photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gesturing during the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. Lue has been keeping one eye on the Golden State Warriors as his team romps through the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers and Warriors are both 8-0 and waiting to see who they'll play in the conference finals. Lue disagrees that a third straight Finals matchup between Cleveland and Golden State would be a problem. The Cavs will face either Washington or Boston in the conference finals. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, file)
May 10, 2017 - 8:42 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — As the sports world salivates while awaiting a seemingly inevitable NBA Finals, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is keeping his undefeated team focused on its next unknown opponent. And keeping an eye on the Warriors. "I'm always watching," Lue said. "I'm watching everybody."...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slam dunks the ball past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during first half eastern conference semi-final NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 10, 2017 - 5:48 pm
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — As the sports world salivates while awaiting a seemingly inevitable NBA Finals, Cavaliers coach Tryonn Lue is keeping his undefeated team focused on its next unknown opponent. And keeping an eye on the Warriors. "I'm always watching," Lue said. "I'm watching everybody."...
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FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge walks past NBA Championship banners as he prepares to address reporters at the team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. It's been less than a decade since Danny Ainge built the Celtics back into a contender and the East’s top seed. Now with Boston locked in 2-2 tie with Washington and a trip to the conference finals on the line, the outcome will either affirm his recent moves or expose the holes that still exist as his team chases banner No. 18. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
May 09, 2017 - 5:47 pm
BOSTON (AP) — When you work for the Boston Celtics, there's no need for daily reminders about your motivations. They're constantly casting shadows overhead. "There's only one goal in Boston," Celtics coach Brad Stevens recently said. "There's 17 banners hanging above us. We only go for one goal...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, and JaVale McGee (1) share a laugh as they sit on the bench at the end of the second half during Game 4 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz Monday, May 8, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Warriors completed a second-round sweep of the Utah Jazz with a 121-95 victory. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
May 09, 2017 - 3:08 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors are four wins from their third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals — and likely a third straight showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With four All-Stars, including two MVPs, it's not hard to see why. The Warriors eliminated the Utah Jazz in a sweep...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, goes to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during Game 4 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, May 8, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
May 09, 2017 - 1:16 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Splash Brothers provided the fast start, and the Golden State Warriors made it a quick finish to the second round. They're four wins from another NBA Finals appearance, and so far nobody can slow them down. Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the Warriors completed a second...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues over a call with referee Tony Brothers during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto, Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 08, 2017 - 3:24 am
TORONTO (AP) — In his playoff rematch with the Toronto Raptors, LeBron James proved even more lethal than last time. In fact, James may be more lethal now than ever. James averaged 26 points per game as Cleveland took down Toronto to win last year's Eastern Conference Finals in six games. This year...
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