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Yahoo Sports - NBA: The 5 Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Sunday, April 30
The C's are arguably the most successful franchise in the NBA. These are the best Boston Celtics players to suit up in green.
Basketball Insiders - Millsap to Opt Out; Hopes to Stay With Hawks
Sunday, April 30
It took some doing, but Paul Millsap finally said what everyone knows to be a certainty. The Hawks’ power forward will opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Well, he almost said it. “I think we all know the answer to do that,” Millsap said […]
Basketball Insiders - Isaiah Thomas Should Return in Time for Game 1
Sunday, April 30
The already short break between rounds of the NBA playoffs won’t provide much of a rest for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas left from the Celtics’ first-round series-clinching victory over Chicago on Friday night to fly to Tacoma, Washington, and attend his sister’s funeral. He was expected to fly cross-country and arrive in […]
Basketball Insiders - Celtics’ Smart: Controlling Emotions ‘Huge’ Vs Wizards
Sunday, April 30
Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who has had run-ins with Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, said players can’t let emotions take over the series. Controlling emotions is “huge — it’s huge,” said Smart. “Everybody’s vital to the team, so we can’t afford to lose anybody.” Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Basketball Insiders - Howard: I Can’t Impact Hawks From the Bench
Sunday, April 30
(Dwight) Howard is not happy. The day after the Hawks were drop-kicked into the offseason by Washington, he used the word “pissed” three times to describe his feelings about the way both his and the team’s the season ended. “It was very difficult,” Howard said Saturday. “I want to play. I want to be out […]
Basketball Insiders - Shaun Livingston, Matt Barnes Returning for Round 2?
Sunday, April 30
The Golden State Warriors hope to get injured reserves Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes back from injuries for the second round of the playoffs after getting more than a week off between series. The Warriors said Saturday that Barnes has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday night’s Game 1 and Livingston remains questionable but is […]
Basketball Insiders - Kevin Love Says Ibaka Gives Raptors ‘Different Dynamic’
Sunday, April 30
(Kevin) Love, though, said Saturday that the addition of Serge Ibaka changes things for Toronto. “Just a different dynamic,” Love said of Ibaka, whom the Raptors acquired from the Orlando Magic in February. “Definitely shooters with both him and [Patrick] Patterson out there. He brings a ton of energy. Played really well in Round 1, […]
Basketball Insiders - Atlanta Hawks Hold Pre-Draft Workouts
Sunday, April 30
The Hawks held a pre-draft workout on Saturday morning with Aaron Holiday, Kyle Kuzma, Jaylen Adams and Angel Delgado, according to a person familiar with situation. All four are early-entry candidates. The Hawks have begun to get a closer look at players in advance on the NBA Draft on June 22. Source: Chris Vivlamore of […]
Yahoo Sports - 7 Professional Athletes That Everybody Loved No Matter What
Sunday, April 30
Most fans have one guy who they just love to cheer for, but most of the time the "fan favorites" turns out to be bad ballplayers and nothing more.
Yahoo Sports - The 10 Most Valuable NBA Teams of 2017
Sunday, April 30
Per Forbes, the average NBA franchise is now worth $1.36 billion. Here are the 10 most valuable NBA teams that are worth more than the rest in 2017.
Yahoo Sports - The 5 Greatest NBA Players to Never Win a Championship
Sunday, April 30
Many of the most talented NBA stars end up winning championships, but a few of the greatest NBA players are so good they transcend hardware.
Yahoo Sports - 25 Most Expensive Contracts in NBA History
Sunday, April 30
With the salary cap exploding in recent years, NBA salaries are rising. Here are the 25 most expensive contracts in NBA history.
Yahoo Sports - 11 Big-Name NBA Players Who Are in for a Major Pay Raise This Offseason
Sunday, April 30
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 - The 25 Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History
Sunday, April 30
Basketball has evolved to become a game that relies on making long-range shots. Here, we look at the 25 best three-point shooters in NBA history.
Yahoo Sports - 9 Players With the Most to Prove in the 2017 NBA Playoffs
Sunday, April 30
The postseason is when the truly great players rise to the occasion. With the 2017 NBA Playoffs now underway, these 9 players definitely feel the heat.
Yahoo Sports - Celtics vs. Wizards: Fun point guard matchup
Sunday, April 30
The players to watch on the Celtics vs. Wizards second-round playoff matchup are Boston's Isaiah Thomas and Washington's John Wall.
Yahoo Sports - BDL's 2016-17 NBA Playoff Previews: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards
Sunday, April 30
Ball Don't Lie previews the Eastern Conference semifinal showdown between Isaiah Thomas' No. 1-seeded Celtics and John Wall's No. 4 Wizards.
Yahoo Sports - Morning tip: Wizards skip 'rivalry' chatter about Celtics, offer praise before Game 1
Sunday, April 30
Maybe it was because the Wizards just didn't have the energy after a grueling six-game series with the Atlanta Hawks, but all were measured and respectful in their words about their heated rival Boston Celtics before Game 1 tips today. "People want to call it a rivalry, whatever they want,
Yahoo Sports - 5 Former NBA Stars Who Best Compare to LeBron James
Sunday, April 30
Everyone loves to compare LeBron James to Michael Jordan, but we have five former NBA stars who actually compare to LeBron's skills on the court.
Yahoo Sports - NBA asks 60-plus to combine; Ball won't attend
Sunday, April 30
Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider Close Joined ESPN as a college basketball Insider in June 2013 Previously wrote for CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com Follow on Twitter The NBA has sent invites to more than 60 players, including likely lottery picks Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum, for
FOX Sports - How to fix the Chicago Bulls in four simple steps
Sunday, April 30
The Bulls need a complete rebuild as soon as possible Step 1: Pray Dwyane Wade exercises his option and leaves Step 2: Fire the front office -- John Paxson and Gar Forman Step 3: Trade Jimmy Butler for assets, even if it's not to the Celtics Step 4: Embrace 'The Process' and tank
CBS Sports - Wizards-Celtics breakdown, prediction: John Wall, a math problem and a bench gap
Sunday, April 30
The two best point guards in the East go at it in a series sure to be filled with drama.
Yahoo Sports - 2017 NBA Playoffs: First-Round Preview and Predictions in the West
Sunday, April 30
Now that the 2017 NBA Playoffs are officially underway, here's a look at how we see the first round in the Western Conference playing out.
Yahoo Sports - The 25 Best NBA Free Agents and Where They'll Sign
Sunday, April 30
Free agency. It's where basketball players go to get paid, and where both the lives of NBA free agents and the future of a franchise can change instantly.
RealGM - RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton
Sunday, April 30
RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton
Yahoo Sports - Can You Name the 12 Highest-Paid Sports Teams in the World?
Sunday, April 30
Some franchises pay their players better than others. According to the 'Global Sports Salaries Survey,' these are the 12 highest-paid sports teams.
Yahoo Sports - 4 former Wizards players trying out to play in new BIG3 league
Sunday, April 30
A few former Wizards players are hoping to break into a new basketball league. Etan Thomas announced Saturday on Twitter that he, DeShawn Stevenson, Kwame Brown and Michael Ruffin are all trying out for the BIG3, a 3-on-3 league involving former NBA players. The league held a combine Saturday, one
Yahoo Sports - Cavaliers, Warriors well rested as NBA playoffs round two opens
Sunday, April 30
Defending champion Cleveland and season win leader Golden State, each seeking a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, are well rested as the second round of the playoffs begins Sunday. Cleveland superstar LeBron James, trying to reach the NBA Finals for a seventh consecutive year and eighth overall
FOX Sports - Clippers, Jazz prepare for Game 7 in L.A. (Apr 30, 2017)
Sunday, April 30
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul was adamant the sun would not set on Paul Pierce's NBA run in Salt Lake City on Friday night.
FOX Sports - Celtics, Wizards renew intense rivalry in playoffs (Apr 30, 2017)
Sunday, April 30
BOSTON -- "These teams don't like each other."
ESPN - 'Iso Joe' is no joke in these NBA playoffs
Sunday, April 30
'Iso Joe' is no joke in these NBA playoffs
Yahoo Sports - What could have been with Al Horford not John Wall's concern going into Boston series
Sunday, April 30
The Wizards almost looked like a very different team with their courtship of Al Horford, now the centerpiece for the Boston Celtics heading into their semifinal series that begins Sunday at TD Garden. In the end, it all worked out for everyone as both teams are now in the conference semis, where the
RealGM - Vince Carter Plans To Play Next Season, No Retirement In Sight
Saturday, April 29
Vince Carter Plans To Play Next Season, No Retirement In Sight
Yahoo Sports - NBA: Wade's future with Bulls unclear, wants to see plan before making decision
Saturday, April 29
Dwyane Wade has a player option for next season but does not sound too keen of being the only star on a losing team.
RealGM - Record 88 Players Make NBA Debut During 16-17 Season
Saturday, April 29
Record 88 Players Make NBA Debut During 16-17 Season
Yahoo Sports - Lonzo Ball Reportedly Will Skip 2017 NBA Draft Combine
Saturday, April 29
UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball will reportedly skip the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania and ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman. Ball, who is widely expected to be a top-five pick, is taking a step several prospects in his position have in the past. For instance, 2016 No.
Yahoo Sports - 2017 NBA playoff schedule: Spurs-Rockets series scores, dates, times, TV channels, streaming, online
Saturday, April 29
After battling through two tough first-round series, the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets have each advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, where they'll face off in their first postseason matchup since the 1994-95 season. Like back in '95, the two teams once again are lead by two
ESPN - Hawks' Millsap confirms he'll 'probably opt out'
Saturday, April 29
Hawks' Millsap confirms he'll 'probably opt out'
Basketball Insiders - Game 7 Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz
Saturday, April 29
The Clippers and Jazz face off for a decisive Game 7 in Los Angeles on Sunday. Who has the upper hand?
NBA.com - Dwyane Wade: Future with Chicago Bulls hinges on course set by front office
Saturday, April 29
CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade wasn't ready to make any declarations about his future with the Chicago Bulls.
NBA.com - Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas expected back for Game 1 vs Washington Wizards
Saturday, April 29
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The already short break between rounds of the NBA playoffs won't provide much of a rest for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.
FOX Sports - 2017 NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards Preview
Saturday, April 29
In the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs,the 1-seeded Boston Celtics aretaking on the 4-seeded Washington Wizards.The second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs featuresexcellent matchups with exciting teams to watch. The series between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards is one that will lik...
NBA.com - Atlanta Hawks focus on re-signing Paul Millsap following first-round exit
Saturday, April 29
ATLANTA -- Paul Millsap confirmed on Saturday he "probably will opt out" of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, leaving the Atlanta Hawks to plot their future following a painful first-round exit from the playoffs.
FOX Sports - Dwyane Wade says he's not sure he'll be back with the Bulls next season
Saturday, April 29
Dwyane Wade has a player option for 2017-18 -- and he's in no hurry to make a decision.
ESPN - Warriors hope for Livingston, Barnes return
Saturday, April 29
Warriors hope for Livingston, Barnes return
FOX Sports - Celtics' Thomas expected back for Game 1 vs Wizards
Saturday, April 29
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) The already short break between rounds of the NBA playoffs won't provide much of a rest for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.
ESPN - Celtics coy on Wizards feud but expect 'battle'
Saturday, April 29
Celtics coy on Wizards feud but expect 'battle'
ESPN - Love: Ibaka gives Raptors 'whole different look'
Saturday, April 29
Love: Ibaka gives Raptors 'whole different look'
FOX Sports - Hawks focus on re-signing Millsap following first-round exit
Saturday, April 29
ATLANTA (AP) Paul Millsap confirmed on Saturday he ''probably will opt out'' of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, leaving the Atlanta Hawks to plot their future following a painful first-round exit from the playoffs.
NBA.com - Golden State Warriors hope to get Shaun Livingston, Matt Barnes back for round 2
Saturday, April 29
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors hope to get injured reserves Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes back from injuries for the second round of the playoffs after getting more than a week off between series.
Yahoo Sports - NBA playoff preview: Spurs-Rockets schedule, lineups, keys to victory
Saturday, April 29
Kawhi Leonard vs. James Harden. Gregg Popovich vs. Mike D'Antoni. Stifling defense vs. high-octane offense. This Western Conference semifinals matchup has all the makings of must-see basketball, especially considering the fact that when these two teams met in the regular season, three of the four
ESPN - Bulls' Portis played with foot burn for 2 months
Saturday, April 29
Bulls' Portis played with foot burn for 2 months
Yahoo Sports - Stevens: Isaiah will play in Game 1 if emotionally ready after sister's funeral
Saturday, April 29
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports / Action Images Isaiah Thomas is expected to be good to go for Sunday's East semifinals opener against the Washington Wizards, but he can sit out if he feels like it. The Boston Celtics point guard left the bench with about a minute remaining in his club's 115-99
FOX Sports - Wade: Future with Bulls hinges on course set by front office
Saturday, April 29
CHICAGO (AP) Dwyane Wade wasn't ready to make any declarations about his future with the Chicago Bulls.
FOX Sports - Watch Boris Diaw's short film Easylife, starring Cedric the Entertainer
Saturday, April 29
Boris Diaw’s short film Easylife starring Cedric the Entertainer has been released.
FOX Sports - Warriors hope to get Livingston, Barnes back for round 2
Saturday, April 29
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Golden State Warriors hope to get injured reserves Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes back from injuries for the second round of the playoffs after getting more than a week off between series.
ESPN - NBA invites more than 60 players to combine
Saturday, April 29
NBA invites more than 60 players to combine
Yahoo Sports - Utah Jazz: Game 7 in L.A. is not ideal, but Gordon Hayward says, 'Bring it on'
Saturday, April 29
"We've come a long way from where we were three years ago," All-Star forward Gordon Hayward said late Friday night after a 98-93 loss in Game 6 at Vivint Smart Home Arena. "If you had told me at the beginning of the year you'd be in a Game 7 against the Clippers in L.A., I'
Basketball Insiders - PODCAST: Clippers-Jazz, NBA Second Round Preview
Saturday, April 29
Jesse Blancarte and James Blancarte jump onto the podcast to talk about the Los Angeles Clippers – Utah Jazz series and to preview some of the second round matchups.
Basketball Insiders - Magic to Offer David Griffin Top Basketball Ops Position?
Saturday, April 29
The Orlando Magic intend to offer their president of basketball operations position to Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, multiple sources said. The Magic can engage Griffin in contract talks at the end of the Cavs’ season, sources said. Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
Basketball Insiders - The Game Seven Hangover Theory
Saturday, April 29
Win Or Lose, one of the teams facing off in the Game 7 matchup between the Clippers and the Jazz face a tougher road ahead because of the possibility of the Game Seven Hangover. BetOnline.ag currently has The Clippers favored to win Game 7. The theory of the Game Seven Hangover is that the emotions and […]
Basketball Insiders - Teams Win Best Of Seven 63.3% Of The Time
Saturday, April 29
SportsBettingExperts.com used data from the three North American professional sports that play a ‘best of seven’ playoff series format. These are MLB baseball, NHL hockey and NBA basketball. First, we looked at the aggregate performance of teams in a 3-0 series across all sports. We found that the team leading 3-0 was a very strong […]
Basketball Insiders - Game 1 Preview: Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
Saturday, April 29
Buddy Grizzard breaks down the round two matchup between the Wizards and Celtics, and picks Game 1.
Yahoo Sports - New 'two-way' contract could be luring Arizona Wildcats — like Kobi Simmons — to NBA
Saturday, April 29
For this year's 182 early NBA Draft entrants, a record number that includes four Arizona Wildcats, the fallback option of playing in the D-League still doesn't have great optics. “There's a big difference between flying charter with Arizona and being on a United Express regional jet from
Yahoo Sports - 2017 NBA Draft Profile: Zach Collins has the look of a lottery pick
Saturday, April 29
Gonzagas star freshman should go early in the first round. When you think of Gonzaga big men in the NBA, you dont think of one-and-dones. Guys like Kelly Olynyk, Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis all spent multiple years in college, and have begun to carve out roles on playoff teams.
ESPN - Wade talks future: 'I don't need to ring chase'
Saturday, April 29
Wade talks future: 'I don't need to ring chase'
Yahoo Sports - 'Iso Joe' is no joke in these NBA playoffs
Saturday, April 29
J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer Close ESPN.com senior writer since 2007 Around The Horn panelist Formerly at Los Angeles Times Follow on Twitter You are excused if you feel the most eye-opening revelation about Joe Johnson's play for the Utah Jazz in this postseason is the fact that Joe Johnson is
Sports Illustrated - Report: Lonzo Ball to skip NBA draft combine
Saturday, April 29
Lonzo Ball to skip the NBA draft combine.
Basketball Insiders - Predicting The 2017 NBA Playoffs – Second Round
Saturday, April 29
Basketball Insiders writers and editors will weigh in with predictions all throughout the 2017 NBA Playoffs. Here is how they see the First round.
Yahoo Sports - Los Angeles Lakers: Tony Snell As A Potential Free Agent Target
Saturday, April 29
The Los Angeles Lakers should take a look at Tony Snell, who could provide offense and some defense to Los Angeles' wing arsenal. The Los Angeles Lakers severely lack solid wings on their current roster. You can never have too many wing players. The league has evolved from a big man's game to
RealGM - Dante Cunningham Declines $3.1M Player Option With Pelicans
Saturday, April 29
Dante Cunningham Declines $3.1M Player Option With Pelicans
RealGM - Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo
Saturday, April 29
Jimmy Butler Supports Bulls Keeping Rajon Rondo
Yahoo Sports - Maryland basketball’s Melo Trimble invited to 2017 NBA Draft Combine
Saturday, April 29
Former Maryland basketball guard Melo Trimble has received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine, per ESPNs Jeff Goodman. It will be the second time Trimble has participated in the NBA Combine. Last year Trimble had the option of removing himself from the draft, an option he exercised at the last minute
ESPN - Wizards close out the Hawks, face tougher test in the Celtics
Saturday, April 29
Wizards close out the Hawks, face tougher test in the Celtics
RealGM - Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls
Saturday, April 29
Dwyane Wade Will Take Time To Decide Upon 17-18 Option With Bulls
ESPN - Gar Forman, John Paxson deserve most blame in lost Bulls' season
Saturday, April 29
Gar Forman, John Paxson deserve most blame in lost Bulls' season
Yahoo Sports - Raptors and Cavaliers: What happened last time
Saturday, April 29
A look back at the 2016 Eastern Conference final between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Game 1 May 17 at Cleveland Cavaliers 115, Raptors 84 Coming off a seven-game battle with the Miami Heat, Toronto was overwhelmed by the well-rested Cavaliers. Kyle Lowry went just 4-14 from the floor
RealGM - Luka Doncic Named Euroleague MVP For 2nd Straight Game
Saturday, April 29
Luka Doncic Named Euroleague MVP For 2nd Straight Game
Basketball Insiders - NBA Saturday: LeBron James Is Still The NBA’s King
Saturday, April 29
Despite emerging contenders, the NBA still belongs to LeBron James, writes Dennis Chambers.
Basketball Insiders - NBA PM: Joe Ingles’ Quietly Vital Progression
Saturday, April 29
Ben Dowsett uses a single Quin Snyder quote to break down Joe Ingles' vital importance to the Jazz.
ESPN - BPI playoff chances for NBA teams
Saturday, April 29
BPI playoff chances for NBA teams
Yahoo Sports - The 11 Winningest Coaches in NBA Playoff History
Saturday, April 29
The winningest coaches in the NBA know how to get the job done in the postseason. Here are the 11 individuals who made a habit of winning in the playoffs.
NBA.com - Shootaround (April 29) -- Orlando Magic intend to pursue Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin
Saturday, April 29
Magic to pursue Cavs' Griffin | Butler wants to stay, keep Rondo | Memphis free agents want to stick around | Durant rested, ready | Lakers attraction tugs at George
Yahoo Sports - Who wants a Game 7?
Saturday, April 29
Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Basketball Insiders - Avery Bradley: I Felt Disrespected By Jimmy Butler
Saturday, April 29
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley said he felt disrespected by comments made by Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler and used them as motivation Friday night when Boston completed its rally from an 0-2 deficit to end Chicago’s season. “You want to know something, I took [Butler’s comments] personal,” Bradley said. “There was a few guys […]
Basketball Insiders - Butler Wants Rajon Rondo to Stay With Bulls
Saturday, April 29
All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler knows he will be the subject of trade rumors yet again this summer, but he repeated his desire to stay with the Chicago Bulls for the long term after Friday’s series-ending loss to the Boston Celtics. In the process, Butler also acknowledged that he would like for Rajon Rondo’s team option […]
Basketball Insiders - LeBron Favors Road Games Over Playing at Home
Saturday, April 29
The Cleveland Cavaliers open their Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors at home on Monday, but LeBron James would be just as comfortable — if not more — playing Game 1 north of the border. “I just like the adversity of the road,” James said after practice Friday. “Home cooking is great; love the […]
Basketball Insiders - Rudy Gobert Suffers Ankle Sprain; Will Play Game 7
Saturday, April 29
Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with a mild left ankle sprain. X-rays were negative. He said he’s good to go for Game 7. Source: Jody Genessy of the Deseret News on Twitter
Basketball Insiders - Dwyane Wade Mum on Plans for Next Season
Saturday, April 29
Dwyane Wade has a player option worth almost $24 million for next season. “I have a lot of time,” Wade said. “I’m far away from that now; just got through this, 14th NBA season. It’s, for me, identified with championships. If I’m not winning a championship I’m never satisfied from that standpoint, but you take […]
Yahoo Sports - Monte Morris invited to NBA Combine in Chicago
Saturday, April 29
Iowa State point guard Monte Morris has been invited to the 2017 NBA Combine, the school announced Saturday morning. Iowa State has had a player invited to the combine, which takes place May 9-14 in Chicago, the past two seasons. Georges Niang, who was taken in the second round of last year's draft
Yahoo Sports - KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk invited to NBA combine
Saturday, April 29
Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk recently received word that he had been invited to participate in this year's NBA combine, May 9-14 in Chicago. The news, which KU coach Bill Self said was expected, is merely the next step in Mykhailiuk's quest to gather information about his stock and status for
Yahoo Sports - 10 Reasons Why Kevin Durant Will Never Win an NBA Championship
Saturday, April 29
Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors to better his chances of winning NBA championships. But this may be easier said than done.
RealGM - Dunc'd On: All Five Game 6s
Saturday, April 29
Dunc'd On: All Five Game 6s
Yahoo Sports - Paul scores 29, Clippers beat Jazz 98-93 to force Game 7
Saturday, April 29
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it simply when he said Chris Paul willed his team to victory with the season on the line.
Yahoo Sports - Led by Wall and Beal, Wizards moving on to face Celtics
Saturday, April 29
ATLANTA (AP) — John Wall refused to give in.
ESPN - On eve of sister's funeral, Isaiah Thomas' emotions spill out as Celtics advance
Saturday, April 29
On eve of sister's funeral, Isaiah Thomas' emotions spill out as Celtics advance
RealGM - Magic To Offer President Job To David Griffin
Saturday, April 29
Magic To Offer President Job To David Griffin
Yahoo Sports - NBA: Celtics, Wizards progress as Clippers stay alive
Saturday, April 29
Boston and Washington took care of their opponents – the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks – to advance to the next round with 4-2 series wins
Yahoo Sports - Who Are the Best Shooting Big Men in NBA History?
Saturday, April 29
As the game of basketball has changed over time, so have the skills of its players. Here are the 5 best shooting big men of all time.
Yahoo Sports - Who Are the Best Shooting Big Men in NBA History?
Saturday, April 29
As the game of basketball has changed over time, so have the skills of its players. Here are the 5 best shooting big men of all time.
Yahoo Sports - The 10 Most Clutch NBA Players in the Game Right Now
Saturday, April 29
These NBA 10 players will see to it that this season is not without high drama. Clutch is why they play the game and why we, as fans, watch and celebrate.
Sports Illustrated - The Playoffs Confirmed Jimmy Butler Needs The Right Kind Of Help
Saturday, April 29
As soon as the Bulls became Jimmy Butler’s, they were misshapen. By the time they’re fully reformed, the burden of carrying them may fall to someone else.
RealGM - Paul Millsap 'Looking To Expand This, See Where Hawks Can Go'
Saturday, April 29
Paul Millsap 'Looking To Expand This, See Where Hawks Can Go'
Yahoo Sports - The Upshot of Larry Bird’s Latest Exit
Saturday, April 29
Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George could be in the sights of Bird’s old rival: new Lakers president Magic Johnson.
Sports Illustrated - This unreal John Wall sequence sent the Wizards to the second round
Saturday, April 29
The momentum had swung in favor of the Hawks when John Wall saved the Wizards and sent Washington to the second round. 
Yahoo Sports - Durant makes plea to NBA officials: 'S--- talking is part of the game'
Saturday, April 29
Kevin Durant wishes more NBA officials had a better grasp of the language of the game. Durant caught a glimpse of the chatter earlier this week between former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook and Houston guard Patrick Beverley in decisive Game 5 of the Thunder-Rockets series and was disappointed
NBA.com - Milwaukee Bucks eager to build after strong finish to season
Saturday, April 29
ST. FRANCIS, Wisconsin -- With the sting of their frantic but failed Game 6 comeback effort still fresh in their minds, the Milwaukee Bucks returned to their practice facility Friday morning to pack their things and head their separate ways.
RealGM - Erik Spoelstra Has Interest In Running Heat Front Office Someday
Saturday, April 29
Erik Spoelstra Has Interest In Running Heat Front Office Someday
Basketball Insiders - Looking Back At The NBA’s Notable First-Round Moments
Saturday, April 29
The first round of the NBA Playoffs had plenty to offer and delivered on its promise, writes Spencer Davies.
NBA.com - Washington Wizards backup Jason Smith cleared to play vs. Atlanta Hawks
Friday, April 28
ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Smith is playing for the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their opening-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
RealGM - Magic Considering Kevin McHale For President Job
Friday, April 28
Magic Considering Kevin McHale For President Job
Yahoo Sports - Orlando Magic considering Kevin McHale for team president
Friday, April 28
The Orlando Magic have serious interest in Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Kevin McHale for their team president position, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation
RealGM - ESPN Lays Off Marc Stein, Henry Abbott, Chad Ford
Friday, April 28
ESPN Lays Off Marc Stein, Henry Abbott, Chad Ford
Basketball Insiders - NBA PM: Ageless Vince Carter Still A Game-Changer
Friday, April 28
Even at 40, Carter has proven to be a contributor worth rooting for, writes Ben Nadeau.
Yahoo Sports - NBA Playoffs: Joe Johnson, JaVale McGee among 20 first-round postseason heroes
Friday, April 28
The first round is almost over, so let's have a look at some of the players who have risen to the occasion on the big stage. This isn't about the greatness of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard , or even Giannis Antetokounmpo and Gordon Hayward -- this is about the role players who have swung series
Sports Illustrated - NBA Social Rankings: Who Won The Press Conference?
Friday, April 28
This week, we head to the podium and rank the best postgame press conference moments, because players and coaches signed off the court. 
Yahoo Sports - C.J. McCollum would like the Blazers to go after Paul George, please and thank you
Friday, April 28
After seeing his season end in a four-game sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum set about starting his offseason. As he waited at the airport, the smooth scorer and playmaker — who averaged a career-high 23 points per game and led the NBA in free-throw
Sports Illustrated - With Larry Bird Gone, What's Keeping Paul George In Indy?
Friday, April 28
With Larry Bird stepping down, the tear-down is almost complete in Indiana: all that remains is Paul George.
Yahoo Sports - ‘NBA 2K17’ Update Buffs & Nerfs Shooting In All The Right Places
Friday, April 28
‘NBA 2K17’ has been in a bit of shooting crisis over the past couple weeks, but a new update seems to have brought that fervor to a close. Here are all the buffs and nerfs you need to know.
Yahoo Sports - Potential playoff free agents the Dallas Mavericks should target
Friday, April 28
Though out of the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks keep their eyes on potential playoff free agents who can add depth to the team next year. As the playoffs get more intense, the winners continue to strive for victory as the losers sit at home and watch. While most are watching for the excitement, GMs
NBA.com - Detroit Pistons submit bids for future All-Star Game
Friday, April 28
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have put in bids to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena.
Yahoo Sports - Detroit Pistons submit bids for future NBA All-Star Game
Friday, April 28
The Detroit Pistons have put in bids to host a future NBA All-Star Game at Little Caesars Arena. The team says in a release Friday that bids were submitted to the league for 2020 and 2021. Little Caesars Arena is being built just north of downtown Detroit and is expected to open this year. It also will
NBA.com - Reports: Larry Bird stepping down as president of Indiana Pacers
Friday, April 28
Legendary tussles between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird NBA executives will not be a part of the future for two of basketball's most iconic figures.
Basketball Insiders - A New Draft Camp Hopes To Provide Additional Exposure
Friday, April 28
A new pre-draft event at IMG Academy hopes to bridge the gap for those players looking for more pre-draft exposure to the NBA teams.
Yahoo Sports - Sixers 2016-17 player evaluation: Richaun Holmes
Friday, April 28
Richaun Holmes
RealGM - Larry Bird Stepping Down As President Of Pacers
Friday, April 28
Larry Bird Stepping Down As President Of Pacers
Sports Illustrated - Report: Larry Bird stepping down as Pacers president
Friday, April 28
Report: Larry Bird stepping down as Pacers president
Basketball Insiders - Sources: Larry Bird to Step Down as Pacers President
Friday, April 28
Larry Bird is stepping down as Pacers president, league sources tell The Vertical. Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations. Bird is expected to continue on as a consultant, working with Pritchard and the Pacers front office, league sources tell @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 28, 2017 Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical
Sports Illustrated - 'Playoffs!' An Ode To Pitbull's Eternal 'Timber' Remix
Friday, April 28
The NBA playoffs have been entertaining on the court, but there's something missing. It needs more Pitbull. 
Sports Illustrated - Nike, Under Armour, Adidas pass on endorsement deal with Lonzo Ball
Friday, April 28
Nike, Under Armour, Adidas say they are not interested in deal with Lonzo Ball
RealGM - Nike, Adidas, Under Armour Decline Deal With Lonzo Ball
Friday, April 28
Nike, Adidas, Under Armour Decline Deal With Lonzo Ball
RealGM - Blake Griffin Considered More Likely To Leave Clippers Than Chris Paul
Friday, April 28
Blake Griffin Considered More Likely To Leave Clippers Than Chris Paul
RealGM - Chris Paul Could Take Multiple Meetings But Clippers Expect Him To Re-Sign
Friday, April 28
Chris Paul Could Take Multiple Meetings But Clippers Expect Him To Re-Sign
RealGM - Veteran Teammate: Clippers 'Most Complicated Team' I've Ever Been On
Friday, April 28
Veteran Teammate: Clippers 'Most Complicated Team' I've Ever Been On
NBA.com - Shootaround (April 28) -- Rajon Rondo won't play in Game 6 vs. Boston Celtics
Friday, April 28
No. 1: Rondo ruled out for Game 6 -- The Chicago Bulls are staring down elimination tonight in Game 6 at home against the Boston Celtics (8 ET, ESPN). Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo flirted with the idea of playing in Game 5, but that didn't happen and now it looks like Game 6 is a no-go for him as well. Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald has more:
Sports Illustrated - The Greek Freak Falls Victim To His Achilles Heel
Friday, April 28
Oh, the irony: Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA's Greek Freak, fell victim to his Achilles heel in NBA playoffs. 
Sports Illustrated - Bulls' Rajon Rondo out for Game 6 with injured thumb
Friday, April 28
Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo will not play in Game 6 vs. Celtics due to injured thumb
ESPN - Pelton mail: Most surprising top-100 NBA player?
Friday, April 28
Pelton mail: Most surprising top-100 NBA player?
RealGM - Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Is Best Player In NBA Right Now
Friday, April 28
Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Is Best Player In NBA Right Now
Sports Illustrated - Typical Toronto: Raptors Overcome Puzzling Struggles To Survive Bucks
Friday, April 28
The Raptors squandered homecourt advantage and almost forfeited Game 6 before outlasting the Bucks.
RealGM - Jamal Murray Undergoes Core Muscle Surgery
Thursday, April 27
Jamal Murray Undergoes Core Muscle Surgery
RealGM - Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin
Thursday, April 27
Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin
RealGM - NBA Creates Six New Award Categories Determined By Fan Voting
Thursday, April 27
NBA Creates Six New Award Categories Determined By Fan Voting
RealGM - Rajon Rondo Remains Doubtful For Game 6
Thursday, April 27
Rajon Rondo Remains Doubtful For Game 6
RealGM - Recruiting From Harden, Ariza Helped Rockets Sign Eric Gordon
Thursday, April 27
Recruiting From Harden, Ariza Helped Rockets Sign Eric Gordon
Sports Illustrated - Milwaukee Is No Place For The Claustrophobic
Thursday, April 27
The Bucks' defense leaves little space for daylight, and Milwaukee has hovered closely over DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry all series. 
RealGM - Warriors Expect Steve Kerr To Return To Bench
Thursday, April 27
Warriors Expect Steve Kerr To Return To Bench
RealGM - Stephen Curry's Current Under Armour Shoe Not Selling At Expectations
Thursday, April 27
Stephen Curry's Current Under Armour Shoe Not Selling At Expectations
Sports Illustrated - Knicks center Joakim Noah has shoulder surgery
Thursday, April 27
Knicks center Joakim Noah has shoulder surgery  
RealGM - Dunc'd On: BOS/CHI & WAS/ATL Game 5s, Plus The Free Agent Point Guards
Thursday, April 27
Dunc'd On: BOS/CHI & WAS/ATL Game 5s, Plus The Free Agent Point Guards
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.
RealGM - Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson
Wednesday, April 26
Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson
RealGM - Les Alexander Fined $100,000 By NBA For Confronting Referee
Wednesday, April 26
Les Alexander Fined $100,000 By NBA For Confronting Referee
Sports Illustrated - Devin Booker Q&A: What's Next For The Suns Star?
Wednesday, April 26
Suns star Devin Booker has big plans for his NBA career, and he's not limiting himself to 70 points. 
Sports Illustrated - NBA Playoffs Superlatives: The Best (And Worst) Of The First Round
Wednesday, April 26
The Crossover audits the first round of the NBA playoffs, naming the biggest surprise, best quote and worst complaint. 
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
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. 
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.
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,
Sports Illustrated - Rockets owner fined $100,000 for confronting referee
Wednesday, April 26
NBA fines Rockets owner $100,000 for confronting referee
ESPN - 2017 NBA playoffs: Key dates, schedule, matchups and news
Saturday, April 15
2017 NBA playoffs: Key dates, schedule, matchups and news