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NBA.com - Shootaround (April 27) -- Toronto Raptors looking to atone for past Game 6 failures
Thursday, April 27
No. 1: Raptors mindful of past Game 6 flubs -- The Kyle Lowry/DeMar DeRozan-era Toronto Raptors have played in four Game 6s ... and are 0-4 in those games. As tonight's Game 6 with the Milwaukee Bucks nears (7 ET, TNT), the Raptors are not only looking to close out the series but also vanquish some demons of playoffs past. Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun has more:
FOX Sports - Is the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard 'the quiet Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant?'
Thursday, April 27
One voice from Leonard's past believes his former player is up there.
Yahoo Sports - 25 Most Expensive Contracts in NBA History
Thursday, April 27
With the salary cap exploding in recent years, NBA salaries are rising. Here are the 25 most expensive contracts in NBA history.
Yahoo Sports - The 25 Shortest NBA Players in League History
Thursday, April 27
NBA players are known for being tall, but several players had success despite being under six-feet. Here are the 25 shortest NBA players ever.
Yahoo Sports - 5 NBA Teams That Started Well but Missed the Playoffs
Thursday, April 27
Many teams get off to a hot start, but sometimes they fizzle out just as quickly. These 5 NBA teams experienced success but missed the playoffs.
Yahoo Sports - 11 Big-Name NBA Players Who Are in for a Major Pay Raise This Offseason
Thursday, April 27
With the salary cap expected to rise once again this offseason, here's a look at 11 NBA players who are looking at serious paydays.
Yahoo Sports - Big, bold and unapologetically brash: what can the English Premier League learn from America’s NBA?
Thursday, April 27
As one of the most globally-recognised brands in sport, the English Premier League has spent the last 25 years successfully delivering its product to fans across the world. From fan culture, to media coverage, to the clubs themselves, the EPL would be wise to take note of just how exactly the NBA is
Yahoo Sports - 5 NBA Players Who Earn Millions of Dollars Off the Court
Thursday, April 27
The NBA is the most visible sport in the world, and the faces of the league become the faces of brands just as easily as you can say 'buckets.'
Yahoo Sports - The art of the 'steal': Unearthing NBA stars
Thursday, April 27
Isaiah Thomas has been the driving force for the Boston Celtics, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed going into the NBA playoffs. The point guard might only be 5-foot-9, but he finished the regular season as the league's third-leading scorer (28.9 points a game). What might be even more amazing
Yahoo Sports - Charlotte Hornets to stand alone as NBA switches its uniform maker
Thursday, April 27
When the NBA switches uniform brands next season, the Charlotte Hornets' game gear will get a logo that sets it a bit apart from the rest of the league. Buried in a press release about the Hornets' plans to switch locations of the box office and fan shop at the Spectrum Center, the team noted
Yahoo Sports - Ranking the Most Exciting Matchups of the 2017 NBA Playoffs
Thursday, April 27
We couldn't be more excited about 2017 NBA Playoffs! We took a look at the most intriguing matchups of the first-round action.
FOX Sports - Thursday's Hot Clicks: Ellysa Spenard; What's your opinion of J.J Watt?
Thursday, April 27
In Thursday’s Hot Clicks, we debate whether J.J. Watt is authentic or fake, plus a look at the lovely Ellysa Spenard. 
Yahoo Sports - Can You Name the 12 Highest-Paid Sports Teams in the World?
Thursday, April 27
Some franchises pay their players better than others. According to the 'Global Sports Salaries Survey,' these are the 12 highest-paid sports teams.
FOX Sports - Preview: Bucks vs. Raptors
Thursday, April 27
The Bucks face elimination as they travel home for Game 6
Yahoo Sports - The unbelievable numbers behind Russell Westbrook's historic season
Thursday, April 27
Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer Close Covers the Oklahoma City Thunder for ESPN.com Follow on Twitter With eight assists against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, Russell Westbrook clinched the holy trinity of NBA stats: averaging a triple-double for a season. It's been done only once before in NBA history
RealGM - Dunc'd On: BOS/CHI and WAS/ATL Game 5s, plus the Free Agent Point Guards
Thursday, April 27
Dunc'd On: BOS/CHI and WAS/ATL Game 5s, plus the Free Agent Point Guards
Basketball Insiders - Westbrook on OKC: ‘I love being here’
Thursday, April 27
With another summer of uncertainty ahead for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook eased concerns about his future with the franchise in the team’s annual exit interviews Wednesday. Because of changes in the new collective bargaining agreement, Westbrook, who signed a three-year extension worth $80 million last summer, is eligible for another extension this summer […]
Basketball Insiders - Raptors Say ‘Heated Film Session’ Reason for Recent Surge
Thursday, April 27
An airing of grievances may have helped the Toronto Raptors avoid nearing playoff extinction. After falling into a 2-1 hole, Toronto now leads the Milwaukee Bucks 3-2 in their best-of-seven first-round series and credits the sudden turnaround to the team clearing the air following its 27-point Game 3 loss. “It was just a heated film […]
Basketball Insiders - Rockets Owner Fined $100k for Confronting Ref
Thursday, April 27
The NBA has fined Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000, one day after he left his courtside seat during live game action to yell at referee Bill Kennedy in the final seconds of the first quarter of Houston’s 105-99 series-clinching Game 5 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. Source: ESPN
Basketball Insiders - Warriors Expect Steve Kerr to Find Solution Regarding Health
Thursday, April 27
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and return to the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries. It just might not be right away. “Look, what he’s facing is fixable,” Myers told The […]
Basketball Insiders - Tyronn Lue Not Worried About LeBron’s Playoff Minutes
Thursday, April 27
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has no reservations about playing LeBron James 43.8 minutes per game in his team’s first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers and, in fact, believes other coaches should ride their stars more in the postseason. “Of course, we’re always cognizant of LeBron’s minutes, but in looking at this situation, we didn’t […]
ESPN - Isaiah Thomas, Celtics know how to rebound
Thursday, April 27
Isaiah Thomas, Celtics know how to rebound
ESPN - Jimmy Butler must impose will in order for Bulls to force Game 7
Thursday, April 27
Jimmy Butler must impose will in order for Bulls to force Game 7
CBS Sports - NBA Free Agency: Waiters, McGee among 32 fascinating players set to hit market
Thursday, April 27
Will Iggy stay in Golden State? Does anyone have any idea what to do with Derrick Rose?
CBS Sports - WATCH: Fred Hoiberg wants no part of this press conference question
Thursday, April 27
Hoiberg was asked about Isaiah Thomas possibly carrying the ball during Game 5
Yahoo Sports - Beal-ieve it: Wizards guard looking like a star
Thursday, April 27
Bradley Beal is starting to show why his backcourt mate John Wall has talked so highly of him even amid criticism.
Sports Illustrated - Fred Hoiberg discontinues press conference when asked if Isaiah Thomas carried
Thursday, April 27
When a Boston reporter trolled Fred Hoiberg over his comments about Isaiah Thomas’s discontinued dribbling, the Bulls coach quickly opted to discontinue his post-game press conference.
CBS Sports - Isaiah Thomas jokes about his defense in hilarious press conference exchange
Thursday, April 27
Celtics point guard does not need anyone to hype up his defense
CBS Sports - Celtics-Bulls Game 5 takeaways: Boston back to itself; unfortunately so is Chicago
Thursday, April 27
The Bulls had it, they had it ... and ... it's gone
CBS Sports - Has ghost of Red Auerbach come to TD Garden to mess with Bulls?
Thursday, April 27
The Bulls found they were without hot water following their Game 5 loss
FOX Sports - Fred Hoiberg leaves press conference when asked if Isaiah Thomas carried
Thursday, April 27
When a Boston reporter trolled Fred Hoiberg over his comments about Isaiah Thomas’s discontinued dribbling, the Bulls coach quickly opted to discontinue his post-game press conference.
FOX Sports - Bulls' Fred Hoiberg walks out of postgame presser after Isaiah Thomas question
Thursday, April 27
The Bulls coach was none too pleased with this question about Thomas carrying the ball.
Yahoo Sports - NBA: Celtics, Wizards take 3-2 leads
Thursday, April 27
Top seeds the Boston Celtics were too good in game five on Wednesday, overcoming the Chicago Bulls 108-97.
FOX Sports - NBA Playoff Capsules
Thursday, April 27
BOSTON (AP) Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Yahoo Sports - 25 Most Expensive Contracts in NBA History
Thursday, April 27
With the salary cap exploding in recent years, NBA salaries are rising. Here are the 25 most expensive contracts in NBA history.
Yahoo Sports - 3 things we learned from Day 12 of the 2017 NBA playoffs
Thursday, April 27
There is absolutely no reason a weekday NBA playoff game should begin at 6 p.m. ET, as Game 5 between the Hawks and Wizards did on Wednesday night. We understand why this specific scheduling conflict happened. The NBA lined up a bunch of Western Conference games yesterday, then doubled down with two
FOX Sports - Celtics beat Bulls 108-97, take 3-2 lead in series (Apr 26, 2017)
Thursday, April 27
BOSTON (AP) The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game 5 of their spirited first-round playoff series:
CBS Sports - John Wall wore cape to press conference after he helped save Wizards in Game 5
Thursday, April 27
Wall finished with 20 points and 14 assists in win over the Hawks
FOX Sports - 3 things we learned from Day 12 of the 2017 NBA playoffs
Thursday, April 27
Rajon Rondo made his mark on Bulls-Celtics Game 5, even from the sideline.
Yahoo Sports - Warriors GM Bob Myers on Steve Kerr: 'This is something he will overcome'
Thursday, April 27
Warriors GM Bob Myers is confident that the back pain Steve Kerr is experiencing is "fixable." But finding a cure may take time.
CBS Sports - Kevin Durant likes the Blazers' future, sees one big hole they need to plug
Thursday, April 27
Durant and the Warriors swept the Trail Blazers in their first-round series
Yahoo Sports - Allen Iverson answers Bleacher Report's call for sports-culture crossover star
Thursday, April 27
Get ready for the comeback of Allen Iverson. The Basketball Hall of Famer is suddenly a cultural icon and influencer again, almost a decade after he was fearlessly challenging NBA big men in the paint. Iverson, 41, will suit up with other NBA legends for the new BIG3 league debuting this summer. This
CBS Sports - Even when Dwight Howard plays well, the Hawks can't beat the Wizards with him
Thursday, April 27
Atlanta is facing elimination, but there's a big adjustment it can make
FOX Sports - Chris Broussard reveals the perfect fit for Paul George
Thursday, April 27
Chris Broussard has an interesting suggestion for Paul George Instead of looking to LA or Boston, consider the Heat: "Miami. Best fit. You need to go somewhere where they know how to win. ... “If I put Paul George on that team with a championship coach in Erik Spoelstra, "I’m not going to say they’re better than Cleveland, "but I think they’re right there close to Cleveland "and certainly better than anybody else in the East."
Yahoo Sports - NBA fines Rockets owner $100K for confronting referee
Thursday, April 27
NEW YORK Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. Byron Spruell, the NBA's president of league operations, announced Alexander's fine today. The incident occurred Tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter
Yahoo Sports - NBA's Jeremy Lin Gets Real About 'Yellow Fever' And Asian Masculinity
Thursday, April 27
Jeremy Lin, who ignited “Linsanity” on the court, may be one of today’s most recognized names in professional basketball, but it wasn’t always easy for the 28-year-old athlete.
Yahoo Sports - NBA: Rockets owner fined $100K for confronting official during playoff game
Thursday, April 27
Leslie Alexander, 73, took it upon himself to complain to referee Bill Kennedy on Tuesday and it came at a cost.
CBS Sports - WATCH: Dwyane Wade's rebounding effort may have been worst of all time in playoffs
Thursday, April 27
This was a horrible play by the Bulls' guard.
CBS Sports - If you hadn't heard, Lonzo Ball really wants to play for Magic Johnson and the Lakers
Thursday, April 27
The UCLA product and southern California native has previously indicated his desire to play for the Lakers
FOX Sports - Hawks rally, but Wizards hold on to take 3-2 series lead
Thursday, April 27
Hawks rally, but Wizards hold on to take 3-2 series lead
NBA.com - Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook hasn't thought about his contract situation
Thursday, April 27
The day after the most extraordinary season of his career was apparently too soon for Russell Westbrook to start pondering his contract future with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
ESPN - Record 182 early entrants for 2017 NBA draft
Thursday, April 27
Record 182 early entrants for 2017 NBA draft
Basketball Insiders - Game 6 Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz
Thursday, April 27
The Jazz pulled out a tight win in Game 5 and now look to end the Clippers' season in Game 6.
Yahoo Sports - CJ McCollum Among Finalists for 2016-17 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award
Thursday, April 27
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 26, 2017) – Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2016-17 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente. The winner will be determined from a combination of fan votes through social media and a panel
CBS Sports - WATCH: Wizards' John Wall rocks the rim with powerful one-handed slam vs. Hawks
Thursday, April 27
Wall threw down a similarly impressive dunk earlier in the series
RealGM - Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson
Wednesday, April 26
Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson
CBS Sports - Tyronn Lue downplays LeBron's heavy workload, calls him 'Benjamin Button'
Wednesday, April 26
LeBron played just under 44 minutes per game in the first round against the Pacers
ESPN - Warriors GM confident of Kerr's full return
Wednesday, April 26
Warriors GM confident of Kerr's full return
ESPN - LeBron's playoff minutes don't worry Cavs' Lue
Wednesday, April 26
LeBron's playoff minutes don't worry Cavs' Lue
Basketball Insiders - Sean Marks Building Plan For Success With Nets
Wednesday, April 26
Citing culture and continuity, the Nets' general manager has the team back on the right track.
RealGM - Les Alexander Fined $100,000 By NBA For Confronting Referee
Wednesday, April 26
Les Alexander Fined $100,000 By NBA For Confronting Referee
Yahoo Sports - If you think 137 players declaring for the draft is stupid, you’re probably stupid
Wednesday, April 26
The outrage over the number of players that declared for the draft is ridiculous.
NBA.com - Cavs coach hosting party to watch Bucks-Raptors series
Wednesday, April 26
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is throwing a TV watch party.
NBA.com - Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers confident Steve Kerr will return to full health
Wednesday, April 26
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and return to the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries.
ESPN - Rockets owner fined $100K for confronting ref
Wednesday, April 26
Rockets owner fined $100K for confronting ref
Yahoo Sports - Spurs, Raptors try to move on to second-round showdowns
Wednesday, April 26
LeBron James and the champs are ready for their next challenger. James Harden and the Rockets are getting revved up in Texas. With their opponents waiting, Toronto and San Antonio will try to set up a pair of second-round showdowns in the two Game 6s on the schedule Thursday night.
Yahoo Sports - Spurs, Raptors try to move on to second-round showdowns
Wednesday, April 26
LeBron James and the champs are ready for their next challenger. James Harden and the Rockets are getting revved up in Texas. With their opponents waiting, Toronto and San Antonio will try to set up a pair of second-round showdowns in the two Game 6s on the schedule Thursday night. The Raptors can finish
Yahoo Sports - NBA fines Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000 for confronting referee
Wednesday, April 26
Alexander talked to Bill Kennedy during Game 5 (video)
NBA.com - League fines Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander for incident with referee
Wednesday, April 26
NEW YORK – Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 for confronting a referee during live game action, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, NBA League Operations.
Yahoo Sports - Rockets owner Les Alexander fined $100K for interaction with ref
Wednesday, April 26
The NBA fined Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000 “for confronting a referee during live game action,” during Game 5 of the Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. With 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Alexander left his courtside seat, walked the sideline and said something to
Yahoo Sports - David Stern says 'shame on the Brooklyn Nets' for resting players, and he's spot on
Wednesday, April 26
Stern criticized the Nets for resting players on the final night of the regular season. And his criticism is absolutely justified.
Basketball Insiders - NBA PM: Abdel Nader Ready to Build on Successful D-League Season
Wednesday, April 26
Boston Celtics prospect Abdel Nader is hoping to build on a year in the D-League, writes Cody Taylor.
ESPN - Westbrook: OKC 'is a place that I want to be'
Wednesday, April 26
Westbrook: OKC 'is a place that I want to be'
RealGM - LeBron James Left McDonald's Endorsement Deal For Upside Of Blaze Ownership
Wednesday, April 26
LeBron James Left McDonald's Endorsement Deal For Upside Of Blaze Ownership
RealGM - LeBron James' Body Feels Worse When He Doesn't Play
Wednesday, April 26
LeBron James' Body Feels Worse When He Doesn't Play
Yahoo Sports - NBA ref has perfect response for a heckling fan
Wednesday, April 26
If you're a veteran NBA referee, you've heard every insult under the sun and then some. And perhaps you've had a few quips ready to respond to some of the chirping, or at least thought of them in your head. What we have here is Marc Davis, a zebra who heard from a loud heckler during a stoppage
RealGM - Russell Westbrook Hasn't Thought About Extension But 'Loves' Being With Thunder
Wednesday, April 26
Russell Westbrook Hasn't Thought About Extension But 'Loves' Being With Thunder
RealGM - Lonzo Ball Prefers Lakers But Prepared To Play For Anyone
Wednesday, April 26
Lonzo Ball Prefers Lakers But Prepared To Play For Anyone
Basketball Insiders - Game 6 Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Wednesday, April 26
Shane Rhodes breaks down Game 5 between Memphis and San Antonio, and looks forward to Game 6.
NBA.com - Drake to host first-ever NBA Awards on TNT
Wednesday, April 26
NEW YORK -- Turner and the NBA today announced Drake – platinum-selling recording artist and multi-faceted entertainer – as host of the first-ever NBA Awards on TNT, airing Monday, June 26, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The inaugural event, held at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City, will be the NBA's official annual award show to honor all of the league's top performers on one night for the first time.
RealGM - 'Nobody Saw The Real John Wall' Due To Left Knee Issues
Wednesday, April 26
'Nobody Saw The Real John Wall' Due To Left Knee Issues
RealGM - Shabazz Muhammad Hires Rich Paul As Agent
Wednesday, April 26
Shabazz Muhammad Hires Rich Paul As Agent
RealGM - Russell Westbrook Has Never Complained About Teammates To Front Office
Wednesday, April 26
Russell Westbrook Has Never Complained About Teammates To Front Office
RealGM - Thunder Complete 2nd Straight 'Season Of Discovery'
Wednesday, April 26
Thunder Complete 2nd Straight 'Season Of Discovery'
NBA.com - Chicago Bulls' Rajon Rondo says he won't play in Game 5
Wednesday, April 26
Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo had some hopes on returning for Game 5 of the team's first-round series with the Boston Celtics tonight (8 ET, TNT). Those hopes, however, have been dashed by Rondo himself, who says his broken right thumb is not healed enough for him to play on.
RealGM - Rajon Rondo Ruled Out For Game 5
Wednesday, April 26
Rajon Rondo Ruled Out For Game 5
Basketball Insiders - Game 5 Preview: Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks
Wednesday, April 26
Buddy Grizzard breaks down the round one matchup between the Wizards and Hawks, and picks Game 5.
NBA.com - NBA announces early entry candidates for 2017 NBA Draft
Wednesday, April 26
NEW YORK -- The National Basketball Association announced today that 182 players -- 137 players from colleges and 45 international players -- have filed as early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
RealGM - NBA Investigating Leslie Alexander For Yelling At Ref During Game 5
Wednesday, April 26
NBA Investigating Leslie Alexander For Yelling At Ref During Game 5
Yahoo Sports - Get a Behind the Scenes Look at How the Cleveland Cavaliers are Working Out During the NBA Playoffs
Wednesday, April 26
During their run to the NBA Finals last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had quite a bit of down time. They swept both their first and second round ser...
Sports Illustrated - Second Time Is The Charm For Gerald Green
Wednesday, April 26
Gerald Green emerged for the Celtics and placed the Bulls on their heels, providing an unexpected boost that was befitting an unusual series. 
Yahoo Sports - 15 Worst NBA Champions in Modern League History
Wednesday, April 26
Not every team that wins an NBA championship is an all-time great. Here are the 15 worst teams to end up winning an NBA title.
Yahoo Sports - In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer
Wednesday, April 26
As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension. Basketball Without Borders has visited countries across the globe since 2001, using
Yahoo Sports - NBA playoffs 2017: How Russell Westbrook's Thunder can become Allen Iverson's Sixers
Wednesday, April 26
Russell Westbrook will go home now that the Thunder have been eliminated from the playoffs, falling to the Rockets in five games. Before we see him back on the floor in six months, it's up to the OKC brass to reconfigure the roster in a way that takes advantage of everything that Westbrook has shown
Yahoo Sports - The night the Spurs' David Robinson took the 1994 scoring title from Shaq
Wednesday, April 26
All is fair in love and war, and since battle terminology is often the metaphor used in sports, for better or worse, let's discuss the day the San Antonio Spurs and David Robinson successfully staged a coup to overtake the Orlando Magic's Shaquille O'Neal for the 1993-94 scoring title. The
Yahoo Sports - NBA draft early entries: By the numbers
Wednesday, April 26
The NBA on Tuesday released the official early entry list for the June 22 draft. It's 182 strong – 137 college players, 45 international players. Of course, only 60, including seniors, will get drafted. (At this point, the Suns are guaranteed a top 5 pick. They also will have two second-round selections
Yahoo Sports - NBA superstar LeBron James talks about life after basketball
Wednesday, April 26
One of basketball’s most celebrated athletes opens up about pursuing more meaningful endorsement deals — and the ones he’s walked away from.
RealGM - Doc Rivers Unlikely To Leave Clippers Regardless Of Playoff Result
Wednesday, April 26
Doc Rivers Unlikely To Leave Clippers Regardless Of Playoff Result
ESPN - BPI playoff chances for NBA teams
Wednesday, April 26
BPI playoff chances for NBA teams
Yahoo Sports - Ex-NBA commissioner David Stern weighs in on rest debate
Wednesday, April 26
David Stern understands the NBA's rest epidemic as well as anyone. More than three years after he made way for his protégé, Adam Silver, to take over as Commissioner, he's still well versed in the rest and recovery debate. He knows about the evolution of sports science and the revelations that
Yahoo Sports - NBA to probe Rockets owner leaving seat to yell at ref
Wednesday, April 26
The NBA says it will investigate why Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander got up from his courtside seat during his team's Game 5 matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder to yell at an official.
NBA.com - Shootaround (April 26) -- Marcus Smart laughs off Jimmy Butler's Game 4 comments
Wednesday, April 26
No. 1: Smart vows to rise above fray, laughs off Butler's comments -- Like another first-round series in the Eastern Conference (Wizards vs. Hawks), the Boston Celtics-Chicago Bulls matchup is getting chippy. At least it is in terms of soundbites and posturing. Boston's Marcus Smart and Chicago's Jimmy Butler were the parties who squabbled in Game 4 and for his part, Smart is trying to avoid a personal showdown in the series. Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald has more:
Yahoo Sports - 2017 NBA Playoffs Roundup, Day 11: Saying Goodbye To Westbrook, The Spurs' Next Great Point Guard And 'Ice-O Joe' Arrives
Wednesday, April 26
On Day 11 of 2017 NBA Playoffs Roundup, we say goodbye to Westbrook's unforgettable season, plot out the Spurs' next point guard and celebrate Iso-Joe. The 2017 NBA Playoffs are creeping toward the conference semifinals, and even as we approach a seemingly inevitable Golden State Warriors-Cleveland
Yahoo Sports - In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer
Wednesday, April 26
As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension. Basketball Without Borders has visited countries across the globe since 2001, using
ESPN - The roller-coaster season ends, but the work is just beginning for OKC
Wednesday, April 26
The roller-coaster season ends, but the work is just beginning for OKC
Yahoo Sports - Charles Barkley hated being auto-tuned on 'Inside the NBA'
Wednesday, April 26
Charles Barkley's facial expression said it all. During Tuesday's episode of 'Inside the NBA,' someone thought it would be funny to auto-tune Shaquille O’Neal as he sang about Russell Westbrook. When Barkley started to speak, the auto-tune was kept on. Despite it being hilarious,
Yahoo Sports - Wizards and Hawks engaging in an NBA playoff tradition: Using press conferences as performances
Wednesday, April 26
Before Game 3 of the Washington Wizards' first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Paul Millsap delivered a promise. He and his teammates would refrain from verbal skirmishes with their opponents. It had not worked when Millsap pronounced the Hawks played basketball while the Wizards
Yahoo Sports - Who Vegas Is Picking to Win the 2017 NBA Championship
Wednesday, April 26
With less than a month remaining in the 2016–17 NBA regular season, here's who the Vegas oddsmakers pick to win the 2017 NBA Championship.
Yahoo Sports - The NBA Is Finally Seeing The Real John Wall
Wednesday, April 26
Scott Brooks, boss of the Wizards, champion of the point guards, whisperer to Russell Westbrook and John Wall, has been fired twice in his life.
Sports Illustrated - The NBA Is Finally Seeing The Real John Wall
Wednesday, April 26
It's funny what finally being healthy—and having a coach who understands you—can do for a guy. Just ask John Wall.
NBA.com - Tissot Style Watch Contest Rules
Wednesday, April 26
OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
Yahoo Sports - Jacob Lane's 2017 NBA Mock Draft
Wednesday, April 26
The NBA Draft is still a few months away, but workouts will begin within the next few weeks, with more than 40 collegiate underclassmen already in the draft for good. Where is Louisville's Donovan Mitchell in this week's Mock Draft?
Basketball Insiders - NBA AM: What’s Next For The Oklahoma City Thunder?
Wednesday, April 26
With Russell Westbrook's season ending in the first round, pressure mounts for Sam Presti.
Sports Illustrated - Chris Paul Is The Clippers' Last Hope With Season On The Brink
Wednesday, April 26
It’s becoming clear that the Clippers have ready retorts for misguided questions from the media, but fewer answers for the Jazz,
Yahoo Sports - A Value-Based Assessment Of The Pacers And Trail Blazers Playoff Performances
Wednesday, April 26
For Indiana and Portland, the postmortem began in earnest. The Pacers and Trail Blazers were both swept out of the playoffs by teams vying for a third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals in the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively. While the competitiveness of those two series differed
Basketball Insiders - Olshey Won’t Consider Trade Talk for Lillard, McCollum
Wednesday, April 26
Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey spoke with the media at length on Tuesday at the conclusion of the team’s exit interviews for the 2016-17 season. Are Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum off limits or are they like everyone else and open to being dealt? A (Olshey): The odds of anything ever […]
Basketball Insiders - Bulls’ Rajon Rondo May Return for Game 5
Wednesday, April 26
Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo could play through a significant injury once again. Rondo took steps Tuesday night to return from a fractured right thumb and attempt to play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical. Around Rondo and the Bulls, there’s belief that the […]
Yahoo Sports - KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk awaiting word on NBA combine invitation
Wednesday, April 26
It's been known for a couple of weeks now that Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk is putting his NBA stock to the test by declaring for this summer's draft and going through workouts designed to give him enough feedback to make an informed decision about whether to stay in the draft or return to school
Basketball Insiders - Harden: ‘We can play 10-times better’ in Semifinals
Wednesday, April 26
James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason. They don’t believe they played well so far despite downing the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder 4-1 in the first round. “That’s what’s exciting,” Harden said. ”We can play 10-times better, especially offensively.” Source: The Associated Press
Basketball Insiders - Clippers’ Chris Paul: ‘Our backs are against the wall’
Wednesday, April 26
The Clippers, who face some serious remodeling this summer, began moving out of the house Tuesday night in losing Game 5 of their first-round series with the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. The Clippers now trail the series, three games to two, with Game 6 scheduled for Utah’s Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday. “It’s […]
Basketball Insiders - Marcus Smart Finds Butler’s Comments Laughable
Wednesday, April 26
The Celtics guard (Marcus Smart) certainly never heard something like it before when, after his brief nose-to-nose chat with Jimmy Butler in Game 4, the Bulls forward later said, “he is a great actor, acting tough. That is what he does. But I don’t think he’s about that.” Asked about his reaction, Smart looked towards […]
Basketball Insiders - Kobe Bryant Surprised Itch to Play Hasn’t Returned
Wednesday, April 26
Since retiring a year ago after a 20-year NBA career with the Lakers, though, the 38-year-old Bryant said he no longer misses it. Does that surprise him? “Yeah, pleasantly so. That means I’m doing the right thing,” Bryant said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “It’s always concerning to feel like that itch comes back […]
Basketball Insiders - Rockets Take Series 4-1; Advance to WC Semifinals
Wednesday, April 26
James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals after Houston […]
Basketball Insiders - Early Entry Draft Candidates Announced By NBA
Wednesday, April 26
The National Basketball Association announced today that 182 players — 137 players from colleges and 45 international players — have filed as early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. Source: NBA.com
Yahoo Sports - Maryland basketball’s Justin Jackson made the right choice by entering the NBA Draft
Wednesday, April 26
For the moment, Maryland forward Justin Jacksons name is in the 2017 NBA Draft. Hes on the leagues list of 182 early-entrant candidates released Monday, and if he doesnt withdraw his name by May 24, his career in College Park will be over after one season. Between now and then, hell get feedback from
Sports Illustrated - Rockets owner fined $100,000 for confronting referee
Wednesday, April 26
NBA fines Rockets owner $100,000 for confronting referee
ESPN - Clippers suffer deflating Game 5 loss, on the brink of elimination
Wednesday, April 26
Clippers suffer deflating Game 5 loss, on the brink of elimination
RealGM - Dunc'd On: UTA/LAC, HOU/OKC, MEM/SAS Game 5s, Playoff MVP So Far
Wednesday, April 26
Dunc'd On: UTA/LAC, HOU/OKC, MEM/SAS Game 5s, Playoff MVP So Far
Yahoo Sports - Elfrid Payton Finalist for NBA Cares Community Assist Seasonlong Award
Wednesday, April 26
– At every community event he participated in this season – which was many and often – Elfrid Payton would always say how grateful he is to be in a position to help others. In between all the hard work in the gym to improve his basketball performance, Payton made a concerted effort to give back to the
ESPN - Rockets win series highlighted by Beverley's battles with Westbrook
Wednesday, April 26
Rockets win series highlighted by Beverley's battles with Westbrook
ESPN - Manu Ginobili provides Spurs the 'juice' to pull out pivotal Game 5
Wednesday, April 26
Manu Ginobili provides Spurs the 'juice' to pull out pivotal Game 5
Yahoo Sports - Drake to host first-ever NBA Awards show
Wednesday, April 26
Canadian and platinum-selling rapper Drake will host the NBA Awards on June 26, the league announced on Tuesday.
Yahoo Sports - Rockets advance while Spurs, Jazz take 3-2 leads
Wednesday, April 26
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped Houston overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night to advance to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals.
Yahoo Sports - Forget wins. Forget stats. Westbrook's year was about so much more
Wednesday, April 26
This season wasn't going to end any other way for the Thunder. A team so dependent on the brilliance of one individual never had a chance in today's NBA. The archaic formula could work in the regular season against other flawed teams and in an environment where the opponents are constantly changing
Sports Illustrated - Russell Westbrook's Historic Season Has Come To An End
Wednesday, April 26
It is almost impossible to extricate the overwhelming volume of what Russell Westbrook accomplished on the floor this season from the limitations of the Thunder as a whole.
RealGM - Thunder Were +5 In Series When Both Westbrook, Harden Were On Floor
Wednesday, April 26
Thunder Were +5 In Series When Both Westbrook, Harden Were On Floor
Sports Illustrated - Patrick Beverley on Russell Westbrook: "Men lie, women lie, but the numbers don't"
Wednesday, April 26
Patrick Beverley had the last laugh.
Sports Illustrated - Watch: Russell Westbrook heads to locker room without shaking hands with Rockets
Wednesday, April 26
Russell Westbrook had no time for post-game handshakes.
ESPN - 'Heated film session' fuels Raptors' resurgence
Wednesday, April 26
'Heated film session' fuels Raptors' resurgence
Sports Illustrated - Bulls' Rajon Rondo out for Game 5 with injured thumb
Wednesday, April 26
Bulls' Rajon Rondo will not play Game 5 vs. Celtics with injured thumb.
Basketball Insiders - Post-Lottery Players Proving Their Worth This Postseason
Wednesday, April 26
Lottery players aren't the ones dominating this year's NBA playoffs, write Dennis Chambers.
Basketball Insiders - 2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List
Tuesday, April 25
The National Basketball Association announced today that 182 players -- 137 players from colleges and 45 international players -- have filed as early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Basketball Insiders - NBA PM: Isaiah Canaan, Changing of the Guard
Tuesday, April 25
In Rajon Rondo's injury, Isaiah Canaan has suddenly found himself with a tremendous opportunity.
RealGM - NBA Announces 182 Early Entry Candidates For 2017 Draft
Tuesday, April 25
NBA Announces 182 Early Entry Candidates For 2017 Draft
RealGM - Blazers Won't Bring Back Festus Ezeli
Tuesday, April 25
Blazers Won't Bring Back Festus Ezeli
RealGM - Gordon Hayward 100 Percent Recovered From Food Poisoning
Tuesday, April 25
Gordon Hayward 100 Percent Recovered From Food Poisoning
RealGM - Rajon Rondo Shoots At Practice, Could Return For Boston Series
Tuesday, April 25
Rajon Rondo Shoots At Practice, Could Return For Boston Series
Sports Illustrated - Pat Riley wishes the Heat had maxed out Dwyane Wade instead of Chris Bosh
Tuesday, April 25
Pat Riley expressed some regret over the events that led to Dwyane Wade’s departure from Miami.
RealGM - Hornets To Wear Jordan Brand Next Season
Tuesday, April 25
Hornets To Wear Jordan Brand Next Season
Sports Illustrated - The Rockets Adapt Out Of Playoff Necessity
Tuesday, April 25
The Rockets were the most prolific three-point shooting team in history during the regular season, but they've been forced to adapt during the postseason.
RealGM - Damian Lillard: Defeating Warriors Becoming An Obsession
Tuesday, April 25
Damian Lillard: Defeating Warriors Becoming An Obsession
Basketball Insiders - Game 6 Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks
Tuesday, April 25
David Yapkowitz breaks down what could be a series-deciding Game 6 between the Raptors and Bucks.
RealGM - Pat Riley Wishes He Would Have Given Dwyane Wade Max In 2014 Instead Of Chris Bosh
Tuesday, April 25
Pat Riley Wishes He Would Have Given Dwyane Wade Max In 2014 Instead Of Chris Bosh
Sports Illustrated - More Drake: Which Version Of The 6God Will Host NBA Award Show?
Tuesday, April 25
Drake, a man of many personas, will host the NBA's inaugural award show. Which version of the Canadian rapper will show up on June 26?
RealGM - Pat Riley Wanted To 'Say Something Like Dan Gilbert' After LeBron Left Heat
Tuesday, April 25
Pat Riley Wanted To 'Say Something Like Dan Gilbert' After LeBron Left Heat
Sports Illustrated - Drake will host inaugural NBA awards show
Tuesday, April 25
The NBA landed a big name for the upcoming awards show. 
Basketball Insiders - NBA AM: Pacers Have Some Big Questions
Tuesday, April 25
As the Indiana Pacers enter the offseason, they face tough questions and decisions about their future.
Sports Illustrated - The All-Microwave Team: The Unsung Heroes Of The NBA Playoffs
Tuesday, April 25
When NBA stars go to the bench, these guys are called upon. Here are five players providing instant offense during the playoffs.
Sports Illustrated - How Slow-Mo Joe Is Picking Apart The Clippers
Tuesday, April 25
After being unceremoniously cut by the Clippers in 2014, Joe Ingles is tasting revenge against his former team.
Basketball Insiders - Game 5 Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz
Tuesday, April 25
Joe Johnson turned back the block and willed Utah to victory in Game 4. Now the series moves back to L.A. for a crucial Game 5.
RealGM - Dunc'd On: TOR/MIL, WAS/ATL, GSW/POR, Could Non-Playoff All-Stars Beat GSW?
Tuesday, April 25
Dunc'd On: TOR/MIL, WAS/ATL, GSW/POR, Could Non-Playoff All-Stars Beat GSW?
Sports Illustrated - The Golden State Warriors Are Looking Scarier Than Ever
Tuesday, April 25
The Warriors’ dismantling of the Blazers in Game 4 proved they are far and away the best team in the postseason field—and they have the potential to reach another level.
Sports Illustrated - Jazz beat writer recounts harrowing moments when United flight’s engine failed over ocean
Tuesday, April 25
Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy was on board a plane when one engine failed over the ocean. 
RealGM - Kevin Durant Returns To Warriors Lineup For Game 4
Tuesday, April 25
Kevin Durant Returns To Warriors Lineup For Game 4
RealGM - Magic Johnson To Represent Lakers At Lottery
Monday, April 24
Magic Johnson To Represent Lakers At Lottery
RealGM - All-NBA Teams To Be Announced Prior To June 26th Award Show
Monday, April 24
All-NBA Teams To Be Announced Prior To June 26th Award Show
RealGM - Magic Johnson Didn't See Player Worth Building Around On Lakers' Roster
Monday, April 24
Magic Johnson Didn't See Player Worth Building Around On Lakers' Roster
Sports Illustrated - Watch: LeBron James sends get-well message to Steve Kerr
Monday, April 24
LeBron James wishes a quick recovery to Steve Kerr. 
RealGM - Kristaps Porzingis Declines To Comment On Why He Skipped Exit Meeting
Monday, April 24
Kristaps Porzingis Declines To Comment On Why He Skipped Exit Meeting
Sports Illustrated - TIME 100: Former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove writes tribute to LeBron James
Monday, April 24
Rita Dove writes about LeBron James for TIME. 
Sports Illustrated - NBA draft 2017: Early entry list
Monday, April 24
Full list of underclassmen who have declared for the NBA draft.
ESPN - 2017 NBA playoffs: Key dates, schedule, matchups and news
Saturday, April 15
2017 NBA playoffs: Key dates, schedule, matchups and news