NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic, left, of Croatia, and center Myles Turner defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
November 30, 2018 - 2:20 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James' team was in danger of blowing a close game Thursday night until he seized control and carried his teammates to victory. The Los Angeles Lakers are still getting used to this enormous advantage, and they love it. The Indiana Pacers? They've seen this plenty of times...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2010, file photo, director Dan Klores attends the premiere of "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Klores thinks basketball, invented in the U.S. by a Canadian and now being played by more than 300 million people in China, can have an even more powerful reach than soccer, the world's most popular sport. NYU professor David Hollander developed "How Basketball Can Save The World: An Exploration of Society, Politics, Culture and Commerce Through the Game," a four-credit course that will debut for the summer 2019 session. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
November 29, 2018 - 3:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Basketball is moving from the court to the classroom at NYU, though students won't be tested on dribbling or shooting. Nor will they spend much time on the game's role as exercise or entertainment. The theme is how it can save the world. That's the ambitious belief of professor...
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Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, second from right, puts up a shot against Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green (32) during the closing seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Washington. Also seen are Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) and forward Markieff Morris, second from left. The Heat won 113-112. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 19, 2018 - 12:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kelly Olynyk certainly wasn't counting on Dwyane Wade to miss. When Wade did, Olynyk was in the perfect spot. Olynyk grabbed the rebound off Wade's errant turnaround jumper and layed in the go-ahead basket with 0.2 seconds left Thursday night, lifting the Miami Heat to a ragged...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James looks on during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles. The only certainty in the NBA this season is that James won't win the East _ ending an eight-year run of that, four in Miami and four in Cleveland.(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)
October 15, 2018 - 1:54 pm
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. A banner will be displayed. Highlights will be shown. And then the Warriors will have to start all over again. The...
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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 12, 2018 - 5:46 am
Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a happy man these days. He's got a new contract. He's got his son Nick, who was helping out in San Antonio, working in the Warriors' video room now. He's leading a team that has won three of the last four NBA championships and is the overwhelming favorite to win it...
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Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan signals to his players during the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers during a preseason NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin).
October 11, 2018 - 9:17 am
Steve Kerr and Jay Wright will be assistant coaches for the U.S. national basketball team, putting the coaches of the NBA and NCAA championship teams on Gregg Popovich's staff. Nate McMillan will be the other assistant, USA Basketball announced Thursday. The trio of coaches will work with Popovich...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, dunks as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, center, and guard Monte Morris watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. James says he didn’t choose the Lakers as his free-agent destination because of his burgeoning career as a Hollywood producer and performer. He remains focused on basketball, and he wants to create a winning team to end the Lakers’ franchise-record five years without a playoff berth. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
October 10, 2018 - 6:36 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When LeBron James chose the Los Angeles Lakers, the burgeoning entertainment mogul realized many people would think he joined a mediocre team with a five-year playoff drought because he wanted to be in Hollywood. James simply scoffs at the notion he's thinking about anything but...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler plays against the Houston Rockets in the first half during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series in Minneapolis. With Butler's trade demand swirling like a dark cloud around coach Tom Thibodeau, newly minted super-max player Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves arrive for training camp. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
September 25, 2018 - 12:14 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Training camps for most NBA teams open Tuesday, and with the season fast approaching, here's 10 items of note as the league heads into the 2018-19 campaign: ___ JIMMY BUTLER As media days were ending Monday, Jimmy Butler was still with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It's likely temporary...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James smiles as a microphone is placed on his chest during media day at the NBA basketball team's practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
September 24, 2018 - 8:12 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James realizes the size of the challenge he accepted when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. After eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances, he knows his new team isn't a true contender with Golden State and the NBA's elite just yet. The superstar welcomed every step...
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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers speaks during media day at the NBA basketball team's practice facility Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 24, 2018 - 5:07 pm
The Latest on NBA media day from around the league on Monday (all times Eastern): 5:05 p.m. Doc Rivers says he's always been political, he just doesn't talk about it much. But the Los Angeles Clippers coach is urging his players who are eligible to vote in next month's midterm elections to do so,...
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