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Yahoo Sports - The 5 Best NBA Players From the One-and-Done Era
Sunday, April 23
People complained about the prep-to-pro era, and now they have the same reservations with the current system, but many NBA stars came up through it.
Yahoo Sports - Ranking LeBron James
Sunday, April 23
LeBron James is the first player to make it to six-consecutive NBA Finals since the guys on Bill Russell's Boston Celtics. Here's his appearances, ranked.
Yahoo Sports - These 10 NBA Teams Have the Longest Active Playoff Streaks
Sunday, April 23
Over half of the NBA makes the postseason each year, but it's still an achievement. These are the 10 longest active playoff streaks.
ESPN - Sources: Cause of Kerr illness still unknown
Sunday, April 23
Sources: Cause of Kerr illness still unknown
Yahoo Sports - 10 Reasons Why Kevin Durant Will Never Win an NBA Championship
Sunday, April 23
Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors to better his chances of winning NBA championships. But this may be easier said than done.
Yahoo Sports - The 10 Best Uniforms in NBA History
Sunday, April 23
Basketball history has seen some great uniforms, so we've listed the 10 best jerseys that have ever graced an NBA stadium.
Yahoo Sports - 17 Myths About the NBA You Shouldn't Believe
Sunday, April 23
The NBA has a long history, which includes many myths and conspiracies. We break down 17 NBA myths that you shouldn't believe.
Yahoo Sports - LeBron James vs. Top NBA Players Ever: Where Does LeBron Rank?
Sunday, April 23
LeBron James is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players to ever suit up in the NBA. But where does he rank among the top 10 true titans of the game?
Yahoo Sports - The 5 Best NBA Duos to Ever Play on the Court Together
Sunday, April 23
With the release of ESPN's '30 for 30' documentary, "The Magic Moment," we were reminded of the incredible effect the best NBA duos can have on the NBA.
ESPN - Fizdale: Need suggestions on guarding Kawhi
Sunday, April 23
Fizdale: Need suggestions on guarding Kawhi
ESPN - Kawhi's performance is brilliant, yet empty in Game 4 loss
Sunday, April 23
Kawhi's performance is brilliant, yet empty in Game 4 loss
FOX Sports - Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT
Sunday, April 23
Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT
NBA.com - Report: Health could force Steve Kerr to miss rest of Warriors-Blazers series
Sunday, April 23
Kevin Durant's left calf strain, which kept him out of Games 2 and 3 in the first round, had been the eye-catching note on the Warriors' injury report.
CBS Sports - Report: Warriors coach Steve Kerr out for first-round series vs. Trail Blazers
Sunday, April 23
Kerr's health situation is worse than previously thought
ESPN - Warriors overcome 17-point deficit to win Game 3 in Portland
Sunday, April 23
Warriors overcome 17-point deficit to win Game 3 in Portland
Yahoo Sports - Warriors rally to bury Blazers in Portland
Sunday, April 23
Portland led most of the way, but Golden State turned it on late and came from behind to take a 3-0 series lead.
CBS Sports - Warriors-Blazers playoff schedule: Series results, scores, dates, times, TV channels, streaming, online
Sunday, April 23
Golden State has a 3-0 lead heading to Portland on Saturday
CBS Sports - NBA playoffs 2017 live scores: First-round series results, schedule, bracket, matchups
Sunday, April 23
The playoffs are starting to heat up
CBS Sports - NBA playoff picks: Expert predictions, brackets, upsets, winners
Sunday, April 23
Our experts predict every series in the 2017 NBA postseason
CBS Sports - NBA playoffs 2017: First-round series predicitions, picks, bracket, championship winners
Sunday, April 23
Our NBA experts predict the first round of the NBA postseason
Basketball Insiders - Marc Gasol Hits Game Winner to Lift Memphis in Game Four
Sunday, April 23
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise postseason record 35 points. Marc Gasol laughed and insisted he didn’t know his teammate was an alternative on the game-winning play. Zach Randolph backed […]
CBS Sports - 2017 NBA playoff schedule: First-round matchups, scores, dates, TV, online, times, bracket, streaming
Sunday, April 23
The Warriors continue to roll without Durant
Basketball Insiders - NBA Looking Into Incident Between Rockets’ Beverley, Fan
Sunday, April 23
The NBA is investigating an incident between a fan and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley after Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs on Friday night, multiple league sources told ESPN. In the first half, Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan’s feet, identified as Stuart Scaramucci, son of […]
Yahoo Sports - 25 Most Expensive Contracts in NBA History
Sunday, April 23
With the salary cap exploding in recent years, NBA salaries are rising. Here are the 25 most expensive contracts in NBA history.
Basketball Insiders - Jusuf Nurkic Returns for Portland in Game Three
Sunday, April 23
Portland saw the return of Jusuf Nurkic, who had missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two playoff games at Golden State because of a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg, started at center. Nurkic, known as the Bosian Beast, played limited minutes and contributed two points and 11 rebounds. […]
FOX Sports - Steph Curry knew he had to assert himself during Game 3 in Portland
Sunday, April 23
Warriors PG Stephen Curry addressed reporters following a 119-113 Game 3 win.
Basketball Insiders - Markieff Morris on Paul Millsap: ‘He’s a Crybaby’
Sunday, April 23
Atlanta’s Paul Millsap and Washington’s Markieff Morris have been jawing at each other in their first-round playoff matchup, likening the physical style of play to mixed martial arts. The bad blood took a personal turn Saturday night in Atlanta, though, after the Wizards’ blowout loss in Game 3 put the Hawks back in the series. […]
Basketball Insiders - Durant, Kerr Both Out in Warriors Game Three Win
Sunday, April 23
Kevin Durant and Steve Kerr were both out for the Golden State Warriors in Saturday night’s 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers. Durant missed his second straight game in the Western Conference first-round series due to a left calf strain. Kerr, meanwhile, did not coach because he is sick. Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) and […]
CBS Sports - Warriors blitz Blazers in second half to take 3-0 series lead in NBA playoffs: Takeaways
Sunday, April 23
The Blazers had no answer for the Warriors once they got going in Game 3
ESPN - Marbury leaves Chinese club over salary, role
Sunday, April 23
Marbury leaves Chinese club over salary, role
FOX Sports - Warriors take 3-0 series lead over Blazers with 119-113 win (Apr 22, 2017)
Sunday, April 23
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Stephen Curry wasn't trying to be a hero. He just wanted the win.
CBS Sports - NBA Playoffs: Conley's Grizzlies survive Kawhi's takeover for signature win vs. Spurs
Sunday, April 23
Memphis can still grind out these victories -- and this one ties its series with San Antonio
FOX Sports - 4 things we learned from Day 8 of the 2017 NBA playoffs
Sunday, April 23
The NBA playoffs just keep getting better and better.
CBS Sports - WATCH: Injured Kevin Durant loses his mind during Warriors' incredible scoring run
Sunday, April 23
The Warriors erased Portland's lead in the blink of an eye
FOX Sports - Mike Conley's proving he's worth every penny of his $153-million contract
Sunday, April 23
Mike Conley is one of the best players in the NBA, even if you don't know it.
NBA.com - David Fizdale's rant becomes Memphis Grizzlies' rallying cry
Sunday, April 23
"Take that for data."
FOX Sports - Grizzlies LIVE to GO: Memphis evens up series 2-2 with a 110-108 overtime victory over the Spurs
Sunday, April 23
Memphis Grizzlies even up the playoff series 2-2 with a overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs 110-108. 35 points for Mike Conley. Marc Gasol would have 16 points including the final shot with .7 remaining in overtime.
Sports Illustrated - Kawhi Leonard's Incredible Fourth Quarter Can't Save San Antonio
Sunday, April 23
In the final 246 seconds of Game 4 against the Grizzlies, Kawhi Leonard provided a transcendent moment in a series that has become required viewing. 
CBS Sports - WATCH: Marc Gasol makes Grizzlies history with winning shot in Game 4 against Spurs
Sunday, April 23
Memphis' franchise center made franchise history
Yahoo Sports - NBA: The 5 Worst Uniforms of the 1990s
Sunday, April 23
The NBA is one of the more stylish leagues in pro sports. But it's seen its fair share of the ugliest uniforms. We call that period of time: the 1990s.
ESPN - Now it's personal: Morris calls Millsap 'crybaby'
Sunday, April 23
Now it's personal: Morris calls Millsap 'crybaby'
FOX Sports - Marc Gasol's OT game winner caps epic duel between Kawhi Leonard and Mike Conley
Sunday, April 23
The Memphis Grizzlies tied their series with the San Antonio Spurs at 2-2 thanks to Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.
CBS Sports - NBA playoff schedule 2017: Grizzlies-Spurs series dates, times, TV channels, online, streaming
Sunday, April 23
How to watch the first-round series between San Antonio and Memphis
Yahoo Sports - The 6 Greatest NBA Teams That Failed to Win a Championship
Sunday, April 23
When the Warriors lost Game 7 of the NBA Finals, they became the one of the five best teams to finish "too early" in league history.
CBS Sports - LOOK: Twitter blasts Grizzlies fan for world's lamest dab during Game 4 vs. Spurs
Sunday, April 23
Social media was not impressed with this guy's celebration
Yahoo Sports - 5 NBA Teams That Started Well but Missed the Playoffs
Sunday, April 23
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.
FOX Sports - Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs 110-108 in OT (Apr 22, 2017)
Sunday, April 23
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said he was an option to take the final shot and that the San Antonio Spurs thought so, too, on a night when he scored a franchise postseason record 35 points.
FOX Sports - Kawhi Leonard May Have Compiled The Greatest 4-Minute Stretch In NBA History
Sunday, April 23
In the final 246 seconds of Game 4 against the Grizzlies, Kawhi Leonard made his case for MVP with the best game of the playoffs on the line. 
Yahoo Sports - NBA: Top 8 Players With the Most Career Assists
Sunday, April 23
Here are the top career assist-leaders of all time for a sense of what today's passers have in store for them to be among the best for career assists.
CBS Sports - NBA Playoffs: Desperation won't always save Raptors, and confident Bucks know it
Sunday, April 23
Milwaukee knew DeRozan and Lowry would respond in a must-win Game 4 for Toronto
CBS Sports - Warriors vs. Blazers: How to watch, live stream Golden State-Portland Game 3 online, TV channel, start time
Sunday, April 23
The Warriors try to take a commanding 3-0 lead in Portland
Yahoo Sports - LeBron James vs. Top NBA Players Ever: Where Does LeBron Rank?
Sunday, April 23
LeBron James is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players to ever suit up in the NBA. But where does he rank among the top 10 true titans of the game?
FOX Sports - Bucks Twi-lights: Giannis throws down a postseason slam
Sunday, April 23
Catch up on all the best highlights and interviews from today's Bucks game
NBA.com - Portland Trail Blazers get center Jusuf Nurkic back in lineup
Sunday, April 23
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jusuf Nurkic will start for the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
CBS Sports - Wizards vs. Hawks: Paul Millsap fires back at Markieff Morris for calling him a 'crybaby'
Sunday, April 23
The two have been battling -- both on and off the floor -- for the entirety of the series
CBS Sports - 2017 NBA playoff schedule: Hawks-Wizards series results, scores, dates, times, TV channels, streaming, online
Sunday, April 23
How to watch the first-round series between Washington and Atlanta
CBS Sports - NBA Playoffs: Jusuf Nurkic will return for Blazers, start against Warriors in Game 3
Sunday, April 23
The Trail Blazers are gaining players while the Warriors are not at full strength
CBS Sports - Spurs vs. Grizzlies: How to watch, live stream San Antonio-Memphis Game 4 online, TV channel, start time
Sunday, April 23
The Grizzlies have a chance to even the series in Memphis
CBS Sports - Warriors vs. Blazers: Golden State's Steve Kerr will not coach Game 3 due to illness
Sunday, April 23
Mike Brown will step in for Kerr in Game 3
NBA.com - Washington Wizards' Otto Porter exits Game 3 with neck injury
Sunday, April 23
Otto Porter left the Wizards' 116-98 loss to the Hawks in the second half with a strained neck and did not return. The injury occurred midway through the third quarter when Porter was seen grimacing after colliding with Tim Hardaway Jr.
Yahoo Sports - NBA investigates incident between Rockets' Beverley, Thunder fan
Sunday, April 23
As of early Saturday night, the NBA had not announced the result of its investigation into an incident that took place after Friday's Thunder-Rockets playoff game between Houston guard Patrick Beverley and an Oklahoma City fan. Beverley exchanged words after the game with a fan identified as Stuart
Sports Illustrated - Pettiness And Defense Have Turned Hawks-Wizards Into A Series
Sunday, April 23
Markeiff Morris and Paul Millsap's beef is at the center at a rejuvenated postseason rivalry between the Hawks and Wizards. 
NBA.com - Golden State Warriors will not have Kevin Durant, Steve Kerr for Game 3 at Portland Trail Blazers
Sunday, April 23
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Warriors are without Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr tonight against the Trail Blazers, with the team announcing about 3 ½ hours before tipoff Kerr will miss Game 3 because of illness and a strained left calf will cost Durant a second consecutive outing.
Yahoo Sports - Duke's Frank Jackson, a Lone Peak grad, declares for NBA draft but will not hire agent
Sunday, April 23
Jackson averaged 10.9 points per game in his first season as a Blue Devil. He played in 36 of Duke's 37 games, making 16 starts. He finished with 61 assists and 49 turnovers for the season, shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 75.5 from the free-throw line. Jackson informed Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
CBS Sports - While Blake Griffin's injury is a tough blow, it shouldn’t make Clippers dismantle core
Sunday, April 23
Luck has simply not worked in L.A.'s favor for years
Basketball Insiders - Game 4 Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz
Sunday, April 23
The Clippers won Game 3 but lost Blake Griffin for the remainder of the playoffs to injury. Who will take Game 4?
CBS Sports - NBA Playoffs 2017: Warriors' Kevin Durant ruled out for Game 3 vs. Blazers
Saturday, April 22
KD missed Game 2 after a big Game 1
CBS Sports - NBA Playoffs 2017: How Clippers can still beat the Jazz despite Blake Griffin's injury
Saturday, April 22
Chris Paul remains a problem, especially with better spacing
Yahoo Sports - BREAKING NEWS: Steve Kerr OUT for Game 3
Saturday, April 22
AT AN ARENA NEAR YOU – Welcome to the latest and greatest edition of the CSN Insiders Notebook. The rumor mill is starting to get hot and heavy with some of the game's biggest names being talked about as being on the move. At the top of the list these days is the New York Knicks and their star player
NBA.com - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr to miss Game 3 due to illness
Saturday, April 22
PORTLAND, Ore. – Steve Kerr will not coach the Warriors in Game 3 against the Trail Blazers tonight because of illness, the team announced about 3 ½ hours before tip off, putting experienced top assistant Mike Brown in the interim job.
NBA.com - Steve Kerr (illness) out Game 3 of Golden State Warriors' battle at Portland Trail Blazers
Saturday, April 22
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Golden State Warriors announced that coach Steve Kerr will miss Game 3 on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers due to an illness. Mike Brown, the top assistant, will fill in for Kerr.
Sports Illustrated - Warriors coach Steve Kerr sidelined for Game 3 with illness, Kevin Durant also out
Saturday, April 22
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will not coach the team on Saturday night due to illness, the team announced.
Yahoo Sports - Peninsula icon, former NBA referee Jess Kersey remembered for 'magnetic personality'
Saturday, April 22
Jess Kersey's proudest officiating moment wasn't about him. It didn't involve Kareem, Jordan, Bird or LeBron. It wasn't derived from the staggering numbers he compiled refereeing professional basketball for three decades. Indeed, the memory that made Kersey beam most came eight years
NBA.com - Report: NBA reviewing incident between Houston Rockets' Patrick Beverley and fan
Saturday, April 22
OKLAHOMA CITY — As first reported by ESPN, the NBA is investigating an incident between Rockets guard Pat Beverley and a fan following Game 3 of the playoffs on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
NBA.com - San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon out sick for Game 4 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Saturday, April 22
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without starting center Dewayne Dedmon in Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies because of an illness.
ESPN - Rockets look to fix first-quarter struggles
Saturday, April 22
Rockets look to fix first-quarter struggles
Yahoo Sports - NBA combine in Chicago kicks off NBA draft process for Detroit Pistons
Saturday, April 22
Next month's NBA draft combine is the first major event in the process for the Pistons as they try to return to the playoffs. Here's a look at the key events and dates leading to the draft in June. Early-entry eligibility deadline (Sunday): NCAA rules allow underclassmen to go through the predraft
NBA.com - San Antonio Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon out sick for Game 4 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Saturday, April 22
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be without starting center Dewayne Dedmon in Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies because of an illness.
Yahoo Sports - Rites of postseason: LeBron looks for sweep, Clippers ailing
Saturday, April 22
They seem like postseason traditions: LeBron James is going for a sweep, and the Los Angeles Clippers have big problems. James is one win from the second round and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers might be on the cusp of getting several rest days. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin will miss the
Basketball Insiders - Game 4 Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday, April 22
Can the Oklahoma City Thunder keep the momentum rolling at home? An important Game 4 looms large.
Yahoo Sports - Report: NBA looking into incident postgame between Patrick Beverley, son of Thunder minority owner
Saturday, April 22
The Rockets requested the league look into this.
RealGM - NBA Reviewing Incident Between Patrick Beverley, Son Of Thunder Minority Owner
Saturday, April 22
NBA Reviewing Incident Between Patrick Beverley, Son Of Thunder Minority Owner
Yahoo Sports - NBA Playoffs: League investigating altercation between Patrick Beverley, Thunder fan
Saturday, April 22
Clearly they don't forgive and forget, as one fan was seen berating Patrick Beverley during the Rockets' Game 3 matchup with Oklahoma City. That moment incited Beverley to go back for more. Beverley went to address the fan after the game, as seen in both the video and the GIF above. Words were
Sports Illustrated - Blake Griffin Can't Put Off Free Agency Plans Any Longer
Saturday, April 22
Despite his recurring health issues, Blake Griffin remains arguably the top target in this summer’s free agency class and he should start thinking big. 
Basketball Insiders - Game 4 Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls
Saturday, April 22
Without Rajon Rondo, the Chicago Bulls were shellacked by the Boston Celtics in Game 3. Will Game 4 bring more of the same?
Yahoo Sports - Baseline: Matching Game: NBA stars and tennis pros
Saturday, April 22
There are plenty of similarities between these two star-studded sports. (AP Photo) While the ATP Tour begins the clay-court season, NBA basketball tips off two months of playoff basketball. The biggest superstars in both sports will be on center stage even while red-hot Roger Federer rests until the
ESPN - Sources: NBA reviewing Beverley, fan incident
Saturday, April 22
Sources: NBA reviewing Beverley, fan incident
ESPN - Griffin out for rest of playoffs with toe injury
Saturday, April 22
Griffin out for rest of playoffs with toe injury
RealGM - Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts Interviewed As Package Deal In 2008
Saturday, April 22
Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts Interviewed As Package Deal In 2008
RealGM - Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past
Saturday, April 22
Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past
Yahoo Sports - The NBA is letting James Dolan screw over 'a—hole' fan
Saturday, April 22
The NBA commissioner's office on Friday informed Knicks season-ticket holder/heckler Mike Hamersky it can't help him in his duel with owner James Dolan. More than a week after Hamersky was denied from renewing his partial season-ticket plan at the first deadline, the NBA finally got back to the
Yahoo Sports - Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Former Arizona Wildcat Matt Brase one step away from D League title
Saturday, April 22
To get a job in the NBA, Matt Brase didn't rely on his Arizona basketball lineage or a phone call from his grandfather, Lute Olson. Brase sent a letter with a resume to every NBA owner, general manager and head coach. Because this took place during the five-month NBA lockout of 2011, no one was hiring
Basketball Insiders - John Wall Gives Washington Wizards A Mental Edge
Saturday, April 22
John Wall has played a central role in helping his team keep a mental edge, resulting in a 2-0 series lead.
Sports Illustrated - The Wizards' Offensive Resurgence Has Put The East On Notice
Saturday, April 22
The Wizards pose a legitimate threat in the East thanks to the offensive machine that is its starting lineup.
Yahoo Sports - NBA playoffs 2017: Celtics return to form, Thunder outlast Rockets, Chris Paul saves Clippers
Saturday, April 22
Friday night's NBA playoff games saw the Eastern Conference's one seed finally play like a one seed and two Western Conference battles that went down to the wire. The Celtics showed up in Chicago to shrink the Bulls' advantage in the series to 2-1. The Thunder outlasted the Rockets after
RealGM - Inspirational Video From Kevin Garnett Helps Lift Celtics In Game 3
Saturday, April 22
Inspirational Video From Kevin Garnett Helps Lift Celtics In Game 3
ESPN - BPI playoff chances for NBA teams
Saturday, April 22
BPI playoff chances for NBA teams
RealGM - Blake Griffin Ruled Out For Playoffs With Toe Injury
Saturday, April 22
Blake Griffin Ruled Out For Playoffs With Toe Injury
Basketball Insiders - Blake Griffin Out For Playoffs With Toe Injury
Saturday, April 22
The L.A. Clippers announced that forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe suffered during the Clippers’ 111-106 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round Playoff series. Griffin will be re-evaluated upon […]
Sports Illustrated - Blake Griffin will miss remainder of playoffs due to big toe injury
Saturday, April 22
Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a big right toe injury.
Basketball Insiders - NBA Saturday: The Philadelphia 76ers’ Best Case Scenario
Saturday, April 22
What is the best possible scenario for the 76ers this offseason? Dennis Chambers examines the possibilities.
Yahoo Sports - This year was supposed to be different for the Toronto Raptors. Instead, it's more of the same.
Saturday, April 22
This was supposed to be the year that things were different for the Toronto Raptors. The combination of finally breaking through and winning a pair of playoff series last season – the first time Toronto had done so in 15 years – and making a pair of shrewd deals at February's trade deadline to bring
Yahoo Sports - Rondo denies trying to trip Crowder from bench
Saturday, April 22
Relegated to street clothes with a fractured thumb, Rajon Rondo of the Chicago Bulls still found himself accused of getting physical in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics. The mercurial point guard denies he was trying to trip Jae Crowder from the bench by extending his leg while the Celtics
Yahoo Sports - Smart on KG's Message: "Play Like Dogs"
Saturday, April 22
CHICAGO – Kevin Garnett's words are so powerful that he can inspire a team that he doesn't even play for. Garnett, a former champion with the Boston Celtics who is more than four years removed from his last game in green and white, sent a message to the team this week that lit a fire in its belly
ESPN - Rockets right there at Game 3 finish, but slow start stung
Saturday, April 22
Rockets right there at Game 3 finish, but slow start stung
Yahoo Sports - How Kevin Garnett gave the Celtics inspiration in the midst of their pain
Saturday, April 22
Down 2-0 to the Bulls and mourning the death of Isaiah Thomas' sister, the Celtics needed to regain some swagger. They turned to an old legend for help.
ESPN - Bulls appear to be in big trouble without Rondo running the show
Saturday, April 22
Bulls appear to be in big trouble without Rondo running the show
ESPN - Westbrook's more reserved triple-double is just enough in Game 3 win
Saturday, April 22
Westbrook's more reserved triple-double is just enough in Game 3 win
ESPN - Celtics have renewed zest, swagger after Game 3 win
Saturday, April 22
Celtics have renewed zest, swagger after Game 3 win
Basketball Insiders - Warriors’ Durant Remains Questionable for Game Three
Saturday, April 22
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant participated fully in a “light” practice on Friday and remains questionable with a left calf strain for Saturday’s Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Durant said he felt good after practice but that it was frustrating to be injured again. “I want to play,” he said. “I want […]
Basketball Insiders - Westbrook Fined 15k For Post-game Comments
Saturday, April 22
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been fined $15,000 for using inappropriate language during a postgame interview, the NBA announced Friday. Westbrook used a profanity when asked about his 51-point, 10-rebound, 13-assist line after the Thunder’s Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Basketball Insiders - Kevin Garnett Sends Inspirational Video to Celtics Prior to Tip-off
Saturday, April 22
Kevin Garnett recorded an inspirational video message aimed at pumping up the Celtics after they lost the first two games of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. Boston players suggested it set the tone for their 104-87 Game 3 triumph on Friday night. After being shown the video by teammate Avery Bradley, Celtics guard […]
Basketball Insiders - Clippers’ Blake Griffin Leaves Game With Toe Injury
Saturday, April 22
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin suffered a bruised right big toe Friday in a 111-106 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. He left the game in the first half and was ruled out to return as the Clippers awaited the results of X-rays, which were negative. […]
Sports Illustrated - Chris Paul torched the Jazz in the fourth quarter
Saturday, April 22
With Blake Griffin sidelined due to a right toe injury, Chris Paul carried the Clippers past the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter of Game 3.
Yahoo Sports - How NBA two-way contracts impact on the Miami Heat
Saturday, April 22
A brief primer, via dleaguedigest, on the new NBA two-way contracts clears up the confusion surrounding them. How do the new contracts affect the Miami Heat salary cap? “A player an NBA team wishes to designate with a two-way contract will receive $50,000 in training camp, a number that is paid by the
Yahoo Sports - Bradley Reacts to Win
Saturday, April 22
Avery Bradley discusses the Celtics Game 3 win over the Bulls. In the game, Bradley earns 15 points, grabs seven rebounds and dishes seven assists.
Yahoo Sports - Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo picking up the point from NBA great Jason Kidd
Saturday, April 22
While catching his breath during a break along the sideline, the Milwaukee Bucks' star pupil put his arms on his hips and leaned his 6-foot-11 frame over to listen to coach Jason Kidd. Giannis Antetokounmpo is learning the nuances of running a team from one of the best point guards and triple-double
Yahoo Sports - The NBA’s Longest Team Might Be Around for a While
Saturday, April 22
Giannis Antetokounmpo is now a transcendent star and the Milwaukee Bucks are playing like the best team in the Eastern Conference
Sports Illustrated - Blake Griffin out for remainder of playoffs due to right toe injury
Saturday, April 22
Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a big right toe injury.
Yahoo Sports - Gary Payton: Draymond, not Kawhi, should get defensive award
Saturday, April 22
As one of best defensive players of his generation, Gary Payton knows what it takes to thrive on that end of the floor. In one of the tightest races for defensive player of the year in quite some time, the nine-time All-Star told The Associated Press that he is leaning toward Golden State's Draymond
Sports Illustrated - Rajon Rondo denies trying to trip Jae Crowder from bench during Game 3
Saturday, April 22
Bulls guard Rajon Rondo denied trying to trip Celtics forward Jae Crowder from the bench during Game 3 on Friday night.
Yahoo Sports - Gary Payton: Draymond, not Kawhi, should get defensive award
Friday, April 21
As one of best defensive players of his generation, Gary Payton knows what it takes to thrive on that end of the floor. In one of the tightest races for defensive player of the year in quite some time, the nine-time All-Star told The Associated Press that he is leaning toward Golden State's Draymond
Sports Illustrated - Jerry West calls Russell Westbrook a ‘reincarnation of Michael Jordan’
Friday, April 21
Jerry West had the highest of praise for Russell Westbrook.
RealGM - Bulls May Shift Course On Jimmy Butler's Future Due To Playoff Success
Friday, April 21
Bulls May Shift Course On Jimmy Butler's Future Due To Playoff Success
Sports Illustrated - LaVar Ball responds to Nike exec: 'Big Baller Brand about to be your competition'
Friday, April 21
LaVar Ball responded to Nike global basketball sports marketing director George Raveling on Friday, saying that his Big Baller Brand will soon compete with the apparel giant.
Basketball Insiders - Game 4 Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Friday, April 21
The Memphis Grizzlies made a statement in Game 3 and now look to even the series in Game 4.
Yahoo Sports - NBA Green Energy All-Star Campaign
Friday, April 21
On , NBA Green will join the global celebration of the 47th annual Earth Day by officially launching the to highlight the NBA's commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy. NBA Green partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to create a vignette featuring NBA
Yahoo Sports - Bucks believe rookies Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker can do the job
Friday, April 21
MILWAUKEE — Unusual as it is for an NBA playoff team to start one rookie, the Milwaukee Bucks start two — guard Malcolm Brogdon and forward center Thon Maker. The Bucks are the first team to start two rookies in a playoff game since Golden State did it with Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli in the 2013
Sports Illustrated - NBA Social Rankings: Who Won The Week?
Friday, April 21
We determine who won the week in and off the court, with Carmelo Anthony, Dion Waiters and others taking center stage. 
Yahoo Sports - NBA Social Rankings: Who Won The Week?
Friday, April 21
Welcome back to The Crossover’s weekly social media power rankings, where we determine who won the week off the court.
RealGM - Celtics' Coaches Wanted To Trade For Carmelo Anthony At Deadline
Friday, April 21
Celtics' Coaches Wanted To Trade For Carmelo Anthony At Deadline
RealGM - Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations
Friday, April 21
Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations
Yahoo Sports - With James Harden at point guard, 'Everybody eats'
Friday, April 21
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Yahoo Sports - The Greatest 4th Quarter Comebacks in NBA Playoff History
Friday, April 21
Cleveland overcame a 25-point halftime deficit to complete one of the best comebacks in NBA Playoff history. Imagine if they had to do it all in the fourth.
Yahoo Sports - Russell Westbrook's news-conference expletive cost him 15 bleepin' grand
Friday, April 21
As it turns out, the NBA doesn't like it when players say the F-word during nationally televised press conferences.
Basketball Insiders - Game 4 Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers
Friday, April 21
Spencer Davies looks back at a miraculous Cavs Game 3 comeback, and forward to a potential clinching Game 4.
Sports Illustrated - Rajon Rondo Injury Another Strange Turn For Bizarre Bulls
Friday, April 21
The Bulls season continues to get weirder, as Rajon Rondo suffers a fractured thumb just when he started to gel with his teammates and coaches. 
Yahoo Sports - Soccer-Bulgarian championship group B results and standings
Friday, April 21
April 21 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the Bulgarian championship Group B matches on Friday Friday, April 21Naftex Bourgas 0 Beroe Stara Zagora 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Pirin Blagoevgrad 28 11 5 12 33 38 38 2 Beroe Stara Zagora 29 10 7 12 30 32 37 -------------------------3 Naftex Bourgas
Yahoo Sports - Grizzlies Morning After: Z-Bo, role players make Grizzlies dangerous
Friday, April 21
Zach Randolph made his head coach's decision to reinsert him in the starting lineup as anything but desperate. Grizzlies coach David Fizdale watched a vintage performance from his veteran power forward. Randolph gave the struggling Grizzlies offense a much-needed third scorer to go alongside Mike
Basketball Insiders - Game 4 Preview: Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Friday, April 21
David Yapkowitz breaks down Game 3 between the Bucks and Raptors, and previews Game 4.
RealGM - Russell Westbrook Fined $15,000 For Inappropriate Language After Game 2
Friday, April 21
Russell Westbrook Fined $15,000 For Inappropriate Language After Game 2
Basketball Insiders - Bulls: Rajon Rondo Has Fractured Thumb, Out Indefinitely
Friday, April 21
The Chicago Bulls released the following statement regarding Rajon Rondo: “Rajon Rondo injured his right hand in Game 2 at Boston on Tuesday night. Rondo underwent a subsequent exam and x-rays that confirmed a thumb fracture. Surgery is not required for this injury, and he is out indefinitely.” Source: Chicago Bulls
RealGM - Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Thumb Fracture
Friday, April 21
Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Thumb Fracture
Sports Illustrated - Bulls guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with thumb fracture
Friday, April 21
Bulls guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with thumb fracture.
RealGM - Wizards' Home Playoff Uniforms Can No Longer Be Bought By Fans
Friday, April 21
Wizards' Home Playoff Uniforms Can No Longer Be Bought By Fans
RealGM - Magic Interested In David Griffin For GM Job
Friday, April 21
Magic Interested In David Griffin For GM Job
Yahoo Sports - Sources: Orlando Magic interested in Cavaliers GM David Griffin
Friday, April 21
Griffin’s contract with Cleveland expires at the end of the season and talks on a new contract with ownership have been stalled for months.
Yahoo Sports - NBA playoffs 2017: Cavs make history, Bucks obliterate Raptors, Grizzlies take Game 3
Friday, April 21
Thursday night's NBA playoff games gave us one of the greatest comebacks in postseason history, a brutal blowout and a classic visit to the "Grindhouse" in Memphis. You know, standard stuff. The Pacers suffered a demoralizing loss at home in Game 3 against the Cavs and are on the verge
Basketball Insiders - NBA AM: LeBron James is Still the King
Friday, April 21
Even in his 14th year, LeBron James shows us things we haven't seen before.
Yahoo Sports - Seven things we've learned from the NBA playoffs so far
Friday, April 21
People like to say playoff basketball is better than the regular season because the players try harder. Maybe that's the case to an extent, but the real reason the playoffs are so much more intense is because there is heightened scrutiny about every little detail. Coaches have more time to gameplan
Sports Illustrated - NBA Playoffs: A Conversation About The Bulls And Celtics
Friday, April 21
The Bulls are shockingly leading the Celtics 2–0, which called for an emergency conversation about the NBA playoffs' most surprising series. 
Yahoo Sports - NBA playoffs: Spurs players question Gregg Popovich's decision to bench starters
Friday, April 21
There's no denying Gregg Popovich's legacy in the NBA, but sometimes even the best make mistakes. In Thursday night's 105-94 playoff loss to the Grizzlies, the Spurs coach made the decision to sit his entire starting lineup just 52 seconds into the second half.  Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge
Yahoo Sports - 2017 NBA Mock Draft: Predictions for Prospects Who Will Sneak into 1st Round
Friday, April 21
Take a look at some of the best players on this year's NBA playoff teams and where they were drafted. Jimmy Butler was the last pick of the first round in 2011. Marc Gasol went 48th in 2007, and Kawhi Leonard (2011) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (2013) were each taken 15th. Paul Millsap went 47th in
Yahoo Sports - NBA Podcast: Fred Katz on the Russell Westbrook Experience
Friday, April 21
Russell Westbrook had an incredible season, and likely will be named the NBA's Most Valuable Player at the league's awards show in June. Along the way, he's also become the league's most polarizing player, one for whom everyone has an opinion of some kind. This is why I wrote a column
RealGM - Dunc'd On Game 3s: CLE Comes Back On IND, MIL/TOR, MEM/SAS
Friday, April 21
Dunc'd On Game 3s: CLE Comes Back On IND, MIL/TOR, MEM/SAS
Basketball Insiders - LeBron Guides Cavs to Overcome Largest Halftime Deficit
Friday, April 21
It was as rough of a first half as LeBron James has faced in his career, followed by as dramatic a comeback as the 70-year history of the NBA has ever seen. The Cleveland Cavaliers erased a 25-point halftime hole to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 on Thursday and go up 3-0 in their first-round […]
Basketball Insiders - Celtics Expect Thomas to Rejoin Team for Game Three
Friday, April 21
The Boston Celtics gathered Thursday afternoon at the United Center for an off-day practice without All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas. Stevens said Thomas, who returned home to Tacoma, Washington, to be with family following the death of his younger sister, is expected to rejoin the team late Thursday night and be ready to play in […]
Basketball Insiders - Billy Donovan: ‘Have Enormous Amount of Trust [in Westbrook]’
Friday, April 21
Russell Westbrook has been able to do just about anything he wants this season. He averaged a triple-double, broke Oscar Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles and carried the Thunder to the playoffs despite the loss of Kevin Durant in free agency. Thus far in the playoffs, however, his individual brilliance hasn’t translated into wins against […]
Basketball Insiders - Warriors’ Durant Hopeful to Play in Game Three
Friday, April 21
Kevin Durant said he felt ready to play in Golden State’s Game 2 playoff win Wednesday, yet the Warriors opted to be cautious with their superstar as he nurses a strained left calf. Durant posted an update about his injury during a livestream on his personal YouTube channel Thursday evening. He is hopeful of playing […]
Basketball Insiders - LBJ Moves Past Kobe For Third in NBA Postseason Scoring
Friday, April 21
LeBron James might have some work left to do to catch Kobe Bryant’s five championships, but he now has eclipsed the former Los Angeles Lakers star in another statistical category that defined Bryant’s career: playoff points. With James’ and-one shot in the lane and ensuing free throw with 7:26 left in the second quarter for […]
Sports Illustrated - The Bucks' Defense Has Quarantined DeMar DeRozan
Friday, April 21
The Milwaukee Bucks have discovered a secret formula to holding Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan without a field goal.
Sports Illustrated - Watch: LeBron James shares personal connection to Kendrick Lamar’s music
Friday, April 21
LeBron James was asked about Kendrick Lamar’s music after Cleveland’s playoff win over Indiana in Game 3, and gave a poignant response.
ESPN - Pelton mail: How special were NBA superstars this season?
Friday, April 21
Pelton mail: How special were NBA superstars this season?
Sports Illustrated - Cleveland's Historic Comeback Epitomizes Greatest Offense Of LeBron James's Career
Friday, April 21
The Indiana Pacers scored 74 points in the first half of Game 3. Then LeBron James flipped the Cavaliers' demonstrative switch. 
RealGM - Kings Hire Luke Bornn As VP Of Analytics And Strategy
Friday, April 21
Kings Hire Luke Bornn As VP Of Analytics And Strategy
Sports Illustrated - Kobe Bryant forms ‘Mamba League’ to teach kids fundamentals
Thursday, April 20
Kobe’s taking the teaching of the game into his own hands.
RealGM - Rudy Gobert Ruled Out For Game 3, Jazz May Use Hack-A Strategy
Thursday, April 20
Rudy Gobert Ruled Out For Game 3, Jazz May Use Hack-A Strategy
RealGM - RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin
Thursday, April 20
RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin
RealGM - David Fizdale: Kawhi Leonard Bleeds Antifreeze
Thursday, April 20
David Fizdale: Kawhi Leonard Bleeds Antifreeze
RealGM - David Stern: NBA In Great Position For All Parties
Thursday, April 20
David Stern: NBA In Great Position For All Parties
Sports Illustrated - The People And Places That Made Clint Capela
Thursday, April 20
Clint Capela has come a long way, with his travels through group homes and basketball factories shaping his leap to NBA relevancy. 
RealGM - Jeff Withey's Ex-Fiancee Files Police Report Alleging Domestic Violence
Thursday, April 20
Jeff Withey's Ex-Fiancee Files Police Report Alleging Domestic Violence
RealGM - Russell Westbrook Shattering Usage Rate Record In Playoffs
Thursday, April 20
Russell Westbrook Shattering Usage Rate Record In Playoffs
RealGM - Russell Westbrook Claims To Not Care About 51/10/13 Line After Game 2 Loss
Thursday, April 20
Russell Westbrook Claims To Not Care About 51/10/13 Line After Game 2 Loss
RealGM - Dunc'd On: OKC/HOU (Did Russ Play Selfishly?), ATL/WAS, POR/GSW Game 2s
Thursday, April 20
Dunc'd On: OKC/HOU (Did Russ Play Selfishly?), ATL/WAS, POR/GSW Game 2s
RealGM - Kristaps Porzingis Wants To Remain With Knicks, Doesn't Explain Skipped Meeting
Thursday, April 20
Kristaps Porzingis Wants To Remain With Knicks, Doesn't Explain Skipped Meeting
RealGM - Kevin Durant Ruled Out Of Game 2 With Strained Left Calf
Thursday, April 20
Kevin Durant Ruled Out Of Game 2 With Strained Left Calf
RealGM - Heat Expect Chris Bosh Situation To 'Run Its Course, Take Care Of Itself'
Wednesday, April 19
Heat Expect Chris Bosh Situation To 'Run Its Course, Take Care Of Itself'
RealGM - Chris Paul 'Would Love' To Have Staples Center Statue
Wednesday, April 19
Chris Paul 'Would Love' To Have Staples Center Statue
RealGM - Marcus Smart Fined $25,000 For Flipping Off Fan
Wednesday, April 19
Marcus Smart Fined $25,000 For Flipping Off Fan
RealGM - Daryl Morey Subtweets Russell Westbrook On Rebounds
Wednesday, April 19
Daryl Morey Subtweets Russell Westbrook On Rebounds
RealGM - Pat Riley Wants To Retain Roster, Downplays Adding 'Whale' In Free Agency
Wednesday, April 19
Pat Riley Wants To Retain Roster, Downplays Adding 'Whale' In Free Agency
RealGM - Stephen Curry Deletes All Social Media Apps From Phone For Playoffs
Wednesday, April 19
Stephen Curry Deletes All Social Media Apps From Phone For Playoffs
ESPN - 2017 NBA playoffs: Key dates, schedule, matchups and news
Saturday, April 15
2017 NBA playoffs: Key dates, schedule, matchups and news
ESPN - Experts predict Eastern Conference first-round series
Friday, April 14
Experts predict Eastern Conference first-round series
ESPN - Experts' first-round Western Conference picks
Friday, April 14
Experts' first-round Western Conference picks