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UPDATED: Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

Toronto Raptors rally past Milwaukee 100-94, advance to first NBA Finals

Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds, leading the Toronto Raptors into the NBA Finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.


Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart to be WNBA ambassador this season

Breanna Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is …


Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts signs extension through 2021-22 season

The extension was first revealed the day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the postseason by the Golden State Warriors.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

WNBA’s new season ready to tip off after busy offseason of moves, injuries

It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and a few injuries to some of the sport’s greatest players


Rudy Gobert, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo headline NBA All-Defensive teams

Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George were the leading vote-getters for the All-Defensive first team. Boston’s Marcus Smart and Milwaukee’s Eric …


NBA Tipoff: Bucks need better bench play to regain control vs Raptors

After back-to-back losses in Toronto, the Bucks return home for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals looking to snatch back momentum in the series. The Bucks won the first …


Monty Williams hoping to give Suns some needed stability

New Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams is aiming to give the franchise some much-needed continuity. The former Philadelphia 76ers assistant is Phoenix’s fifth coach in five seasons. Williams takes over …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Kyle Lowry has 25, Raptors rout Bucks 120-102 to even East finals

Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. Serge Ibaka …


Trail Blazers’ cohesiveness helped them to conference finals

The Portland Trail Blazers faced a number of challenges on the journey to their first Western Conference finals in 19 years. They won 53 games after losing owner Paul Allen …


Wolves turn to Ryan Saunders to help lead franchise modernization

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reorganized again. They are turning to Ryan Saunders, who will be the youngest head coach in the NBA. New president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas liked …


Tim Connelly eager to finish what he started with Nuggets

Denver president of basketball operations Tim Connelly decided to stay with the Nuggets instead of possibly bolting for Washington. He got his start with the Wizards but he wants to …


Luka Doncic, Trae Young unanimous NBA All-Rookie 1st-teamers

Dallas’ Luka Doncic and Atlanta’s Trae Young are unanimous first-team picks for the NBA All-Rookie team. Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, Memphis’ Jaren Jackson and Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III are also on …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Renaissance man: John Beilein ready to breathe new life into Cavs

John Beilein has coached at every level in college but says the Cleveland Cavaliers are his dream job. The 66-year-old Beilein who turned Michigan into a perennial power during a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 8:27 a.m.

A break: Warriors get another long break before NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors have clinched their fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. By the time Game 1 of the NBA Finals arrives in either Milwaukee or Toronto on …


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 11:19 p.m.

Draymond Green, Warriors beat Trail Blazers for 3-0 lead in Western Conference finals

Draymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. …


NBA Tipoff: Bucks lead East finals 2-0, and now series shifts to Toronto

All Milwaukee did in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals was hold serve. And now the Toronto Raptors think it’s their turn to do the same. Down …


NBA Tipoff: Blazers head home for Game 3, down 2-0 to Golden State

Damian Lillard says the Warriors did their job and protected home court. Now it’s time for the Trail Blazers to do the same. The Western Conference finals between the upstart …


Warriors remain optimistic Kevin Durant will return in postseason

Warriors coach Steve Kerr isn’t going to predict when Kevin Durant might play again but the team is optimistic the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP will be back this postseason. …


NBA bans Pacers’ Tyreke Evans for violating league anti-drug policy

The NBA has banned Indiana Pacers free agent guard Tyreke Evans at least two years for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and …


After a scandal and a year in Australia, Brian Bowen II targets NBA

Brian Bowen II is hoping to make it to the NBA after being engulfed in a college basketball corruption scandal. His father testified that he agreed to a $100,000 pay-for-play …


Not every NBA player will put body on line to take a charge

Successfully taking a charge is difficult to routinely pull off with the fast-pace, up-tempo style of play in the NBA. A block versus a charge can have a major impact …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Kevin Durant to miss Games 3, 4 of Western Conference finals

Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals for Golden State in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained …


NBA Tipoff: Bucks seeking 2-0 lead over Raptors in East finals

When the season started, everyone knew the Eastern Conference would have a new king. LeBron James left Cleveland, having taken his talents to Los Angeles. And even Milwaukee star Giannis …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

Mid-major to millions: Ja Morant’s life is changing quickly

Here’s how much everything has changed for Ja Morant in the last 12 months: He’s gone from being considered the No. 3 option at Murray State to the possible No. …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 10 a.m.

WNBA star Liz Cambage traded from Dallas to Las Vegas

The Dallas Wings have traded WNBA star Liz Cambage to Las Vegas for Moriah Jefferson, Isabelle Harrison and the Aces’ first two picks in 2020. Cambage is a 6-foot-8 Australian …


NBA Tipoff: Warriors look to build off strong, well-balanced Game 1

The Golden State Warriors were strong in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against Portland. Stephen Curry got hot and the Warriors moved the ball crisply as the two-time …


Pelicans going at own pace after hitting NBA lottery jackpot

A Pelicans franchise that looked downtrodden when Anthony Davis requested a mid-season trade is now buoyed by the leverage that comes with winning the NBA’s draft lottery. The club now …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

Magic Johnson, Larry Bird to get Lifetime Achievement Award

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hall …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

Tacko Fall among 11 players added to NBA draft combine

The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the draft combine. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

WNBA hires Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert as commissioner

The WNBA has hired Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert as its new commissioner. She replaces Lisa Borders, who stepped down in October. Engelbert will be the first person to have the …