NBA Playoffs

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts makes a leaping catch on a ball hit by New York Yankees' DJ LeMahieu during the eighth inning of a baseball game in New York. With the sports calendar still mostly on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press takes a look at some of the live sporting events that would have taken place the week of May 4-10, 2020, including the season's first meeting between the Red Sox and Yankees, in The Bronx. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
May 04, 2020 - 2:03 am
With the sports calendar still mostly on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press takes a look at some of the live sporting events that would have taken place the week of May 4-10: MLB: The 162-game regular season would have been about one-fourth complete after the Boston Red...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media in Oakland, Calif. The Associated Press looks at some of the events that would have been live the week of April 20-26: _ Sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers would have been in Houston with the Oakland A’s for a weekend series. The A's right-hander, who pitched for the 2017 World Series champion Astros, hasn't been back to Minute Maid Park since saying last November that his former team used a camera in center field to steal signs. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
April 20, 2020 - 9:55 am
While watching more replays of classic games with the national sports calendar on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press looks at some of the events that would have been live the week of April 20-26: MLB: — Sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers would have been in Houston...
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This April 1, 2020 file photo shows a statue outside PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, depicting Pirates' Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Bill Mazeroski in his home run trot, after hitting a historic home run to defeat the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. While sports is on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, there are surely lessons to be learned. When normality does return to our stadiums and arenas, maybe we can put them to use. Certainly, this unprecedented shutdown has changed life _ and sports _ in ways we never expected. But maybe, just maybe, that’s not entirely a bad thing. If nothing else, we’ll never get another chance for a reset like this one. Some ideas we might want to take forward when this nightmare is over: virtual drafts, eliminating conference basketball tournaments, and reducing spring training by a couple of weeks. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
April 17, 2020 - 7:03 pm
While sports is on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, there are surely lessons to be learned. When normality does return to our stadiums and arenas, maybe we can put them to use. Certainly, this unprecedented shutdown has changed life — and sports — in ways we never expected. But maybe, just...
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FILE - In this June 10, 1998, file photo, Cicago Bulls' Michael Jordan reaches high above teammates Dennis Rodman, left, Scottie Pippen, and Scott Burrell (24) for a rebound against the Utah Jazz in the second half of Game 4 in the NBA Finals in Chicago. Jordan described his final NBA championship season with the Chicago Bulls as a “trying year.” “We were all trying to enjoy that year knowing it was coming to an end,” Jordan told Good Morning America on Thursday, April 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)
April 16, 2020 - 4:13 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) — Michael Jordan described his final NBA championship season with the Chicago Bulls as a “trying year.” “We were all trying to enjoy that year knowing it was coming to an end,” Jordan told Good Morning America on Thursday. Jordan appeared on the show via video conference from...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2011, file photo, Houston Rockets director of global scouting Arturas Karnisovas poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Houston. The Bulls hired Denver Nuggets general manager Karnisovas to run their basketball operation, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night, April 9, 2020. The person, who confirmed reports by several outlets, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. Longtime executive John Paxson was expected to move into an advisory role. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 13, 2020 - 4:36 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Arturas Karnisovas developed a passion for the Chicago Bulls when he was a teenager in Lithuania. He watched from afar as Michael Jordan set out on a path that turned Chicago into a championship dynasty and a global brand. Now it’s his job to direct Jordan's old team back to the top...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Mike Trout prepares to bat against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. With the national sports calendar on hold because of the coronavirus, there will be no games Wednesday, April 15, 2020, on Jackie Robinson Day, when every person in uniform wears Robinson’s retired No. 42. MLB games and NBA playoffs were among sporting events that had been scheduled this week. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)
April 13, 2020 - 5:05 am
With the national sports calendar now in its second month on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press looks at what would have been held the week of April 13-19: MLB: — Every player would have been wearing No. 42 on Wednesday for Jackie Robinson Day. Major League Baseball...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson responds to a question about the team's two draft picks during a news conference in Chicago. The Bulls hired Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas to run their basketball operation, a person familiar with the situation said Thursday night, April 9, 2020. The person, who confirmed reports by several outlets, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. Paxson was expected to move into an advisory role. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
April 10, 2020 - 1:11 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls came into the season thinking they were poised to contend for a playoff spot. The plan did not unfold the way they envisioned, and now, they have a new leader in the front office. The Bulls hired Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas to run their...
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FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. LeBron James says he probably won't feel any closure on the Los Angeles Lakers' remarkable season unless the NBA is able to finish its season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
April 08, 2020 - 10:53 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Instead of preparing for a playoff run, LeBron James is mostly spending the spring playing hoops with his teenage sons and enjoying tea time with his young daughter. And when he isn't binge-watching “Tiger King” with his wife, he is scanning the news for information on whether...
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A pedestrian wears a hat and a face mask on Sunset Blvd., in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Major League Baseball opening day was to have been Thursday, March 26, but was pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the coronavirus outbreak. The spring training schedule was cut short on March 12 because on the pandemic, and it remains unclear when and if baseball can resume. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 08, 2020 - 4:44 pm
While the world wrestles with the coronavirus pandemic, the three biggest U.S.-based sports leagues currently affected by the crisis are trying to figure out if, how and where games can be safely played again this year. The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball have some similar constraints: Public...
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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter wears shoes with "wash hands" written on them during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The Celtics won 114-111. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
April 06, 2020 - 12:48 pm
With NBA games indefinitely on hold there has been a lot of discussion about postseason possibilities — including by coaches around the league. They're preparing for what a resumption of the season that was shut down March 11 could look like in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Toronto coach...
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