NBA Playoffs

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
February 12, 2019 - 1:44 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college. Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and...
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Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (1) and Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) fight for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Atlanta. Orlando won 124-108. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
February 11, 2019 - 5:35 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Jeremy Lin is on the move again, with the veteran guard getting waived by the Atlanta Hawks and intending to sign later this week playoff-contending Toronto Raptors. The Hawks waived Lin on Monday and Jim Tanner, one of his agents, confirmed Lin's plan to join Toronto, which was first...
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Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, is fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes, right, as he goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 10, 2019 - 10:14 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III was more than a little excited playing against Phoenix for the first time. The Sacramento rookie grew up in Tempe, Arizona, and was briefly high school teammates with the Suns' Deandre Ayton. Phoenix passed over Bagley with the No. 1 overall pick in last...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) looks to pass the ball over Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Houston. Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his. The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 before the NBA trade deadline. The Raptors are getting center former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis.(AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
February 09, 2019 - 3:23 am
DALLAS (AP) — Khris Middleton thought Nikola Mirotic tilted a playoff series in Chicago's favor nearly four years ago when the Bulls beat his Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Mirotic will be on Middleton's side for the postseason this time around. The Bucks had already surged to the NBA's best...
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Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow, left, checks on teammate Dwyane Wade, who hit his head after a hard landing during the first quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings. Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 09, 2019 - 1:45 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have a legitimate chance to end their 13-year playoff drought and Dave Joerger is trying to impress upon his players the importance of doing the little things correctly. It took more than three quarters for them to get the message against Miami. Even...
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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, left, reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
February 08, 2019 - 3:27 pm
Milwaukee didn't get out of the first round of the playoffs last year. Denver didn't even get into the first round of the playoffs, its postseason hopes thwarted by a loss in the last game of the regular season. As such, few may have seen this coming. The perk of getting to coach the All-Star Game...
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, right, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 03, 2019 - 1:56 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On a night when Sacramento's Buddy Hield set a career-high for 3-pointers, teammate De'Aaron Fox felt that Hield's two dunks were just as important. It's something Fox wants to see more of, too, as the Kings continue to push to end their 13-year playoff drought. Hield...
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January 27, 2019 - 5:19 pm
Sports fans love dynasties. And hate them, too. That a team could be so dominant for a long period as the New England Patriots have been should be admirable. Their detractors point to scandals such as "Spygate" and the deflated footballs saga. Their supporters focus on Tom Brady's brilliance and a...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) passes the ball around New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
December 31, 2018 - 2:37 am
James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena. The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason. The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then...
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday Dec. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Oklahoma City won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 23, 2018 - 1:43 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul George hasn't stopped thinking about last season's playoff exit against the Utah Jazz. "I've owed this to this team. I didn't like the way I finished in this arena last time I was here. That was on my mind," said George, who had 43 points and 14 rebounds to help the...
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