NBA Playoffs

Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam, left, fights for a loose ball with Houston Rockets' Eric Gordon during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 19, 2019 - 2:56 pm
Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors' long-term plans. The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing...
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October 18, 2019 - 8:06 pm
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Former UConn basketball star Kemba Walker returned to campus Friday to get a good look at the next generation of Huskies. The Boston Celtics guard, who led Connecticut to the 2011 national championship, was among the thousands of fans who attended First Night, the annual...
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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan stands on the sideline during an NBA preseason basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
October 15, 2019 - 6:40 pm
No one knew. Russell Westbrook had a chance to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in the final moments of Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series against Portland. He tried a layup with 18 seconds left. It missed. No one knew that was the 17,350th and final shot he would take as a...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, drives toward the basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
October 15, 2019 - 5:35 pm
DENVER (AP) — The Nuggets didn't make major upgrades over the summer like so many of their Western Conference opponents, and they're fine with that — they figure Denver will turn into a desired destination soon enough. The Nuggets return a young corps that won 54 games last season and came within...
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) tries to rebound the ball during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
October 15, 2019 - 4:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers' complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked. Billy Cunningham was Barkley's first NBA coach and joked the Sixers...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz's Ed Davis during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
October 15, 2019 - 2:19 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo. So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors...
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Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon (00) looks to pass the ball as he is guarded by Boston Celtics' Enes Kanter, left, during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
October 15, 2019 - 1:56 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon doesn't put much credence in outside expectations. The Orlando Magic weren't widely picked to be a playoff team last season, and then not only did the Magic make the postseason but wound up winning the Southeast Division. It's an accomplishment worth noting since...
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Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) drives against Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis (0) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 1:54 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine would love to showcase their skills before the home crowd when the All-Star Game returns to Chicago this season for the first time since Michael Jordan stole the spotlight in 1988. It would mean the Bulls' promising young stars have taken their games...
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In this photo taken Oct. 10, 2019, Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, works against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, left, during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. Bagley averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last year as a rookie.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 15, 2019 - 12:52 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The winningest season in 13 years only whetted the appetite in Sacramento. Nothing short of ending the NBA's longest active playoff drought will be enough to consider the upcoming season a success for the Kings. A roster led by emerging young stars like point guard De'...
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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
October 15, 2019 - 12:01 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker says a busy offseason for the Phoenix Suns is proof the franchise is serious about ending a playoff drought that's approaching a decade. Booker and last year's No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, comprise the team's promising young core and the Suns hope they can grow...
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