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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, 9:22 p.m.

Kawhi Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 for 3-2 lead in Eastern Conference Finals

Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark for the fourth time in the series.


Kevin Durant won’t return in time for Game 1 of NBA Finals

Kevin Durant is yet to progress to on-court work in his recovery from a strained right calf and won’t be ready to return for Golden State in Game 1 of …


Damian Lillard among noteworthy All-NBA picks; Klay Thompson left out

Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker were also big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced.


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: Mon., May 20, 2019, 11:02 p.m.

Warriors beat Trail Blazers 119-117 in OT for 5th straight NBA Finals berth

Draymond Green had 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight …


UPDATED: Sun., May 19, 2019, 11:44 p.m.

Kawhi Leonard scores 36, Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2 OTs

Kawhi Leonard scores 36, Pascal Siakam has 25 as Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in double OT, cut conference finals deficit to 2-1


UPDATED: Sun., May 19, 2019, 11:39 p.m.

Ex-Zag Zach Collins proving he belongs in NBA

Zach Collins didn’t know what to expect when he joined up with the Portland Trail Blazers as a gangly 7-foot rookie in the summer of 2017. Would he play right …


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. …


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

The forgotten story of Game 6: The Mother’s Day drama that kept the 1979 Seattle Sonics’ title hopes alive

Forty years ago in Landover, Maryland, the Seattle SuperSonics were crowned NBA champions for the first and only time in their history. But they truly revealed themselves as a championship …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks top Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 Eastern Conference Finals lead

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to score 17 and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed on the way to beating the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 8 p.m.

Former Gonzaga star Dan Dickau’s ties to Portland Trail Blazers go back to his childhood

Dan Dickau has experienced the Portland Trail Blazers organization in several capacities.


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, 10:11 p.m.

Warriors rally from 15 down at halftime, hold off Blazers to take 2-0 series lead

CJ McCollum missed a driving jumper with 32 seconds left and Draymond Green scored on the other end for the Warriors, giving Portland one final chance with 12.3 seconds to …


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 …