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Capsule preview of the Cavaliers-Celtics conference finals

Cleveland rang up 116.3 points per game against Boston, led by 29.3 per game from LeBron James. The first three games were decided by six or fewer before the Cavaliers …


Others have played well with ankle injuries, Kawhi Leonard up next

Kawhi Leonard will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference finals with an ankle sprain, though the San Antonio Spurs’ MVP candidate has already made it back from the injury …


Celtics seeking validation against Cavaliers in East finals

Ever since the Boston Celtics broke up their Big Three in 2013, they’ve sat idly this time of year while LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard have battled for …


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017

Kelly Olynyk scores 26 points as Boston Celtics power to Game 7 win

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Kelly Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points and the Boston Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington …


East finals trip on line as Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics head to Game 7

Isaiah Thomas used to imagine what it would be like to play in a Game 7 as he watched some of the NBA’s biggest names cement their legacies on the …


Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Kawhi Leonard

Stephen Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from way down after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle …


Warriors, Spurs series filled with familiar story lines

With Spurs coach Gregg Popovich providing some good-natured gamesmanship as he prepares to face familiar coaching pals, Warriors, Spurs gear up for Game 1 of what should be an entertaining …


Cavaliers practicing patience during long postseason layoff

The wait got a little longer for the Cavaliers, who still don’t know who they’ll play in the Eastern Conference finals. With Washington and Boston set to meet in Game …


Warriors’ Steve Kerr returns to practice for 1st time in 3 weeks

Ailing Golden State coach Steve Kerr has attended the Warriors’ morning practice, returning to the floor for the first time in more than three weeks. Kerr sat down and chatted …


Capsule preview of the Spurs-Warriors conference finals

The Warriors are unbeaten and mostly untested in the postseason, and are four wins from a third straight trip to the NBA Finals. They are favored to get past a …


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017

John Wall’s late 3 leads Wiz past Celtics 92-91, forces Game 7

John Wall hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left for the go-ahead points, then hopped atop the scorer’s table and yelled to celebrate the Washington Wizards’ 92-91 victory over the …


All black everything for Celtics before Game 6 at Wizards

The Boston Celtics showed up wearing black clothes ahead of Game 6 of their playoff series against the Washington Wizards. The Celtics’ attire could be seen as a nod to …


James Harden’s great season for Rockets ends in embarrassing loss

The indelible images of James Harden’s “historic year” and the Houston Rockets will be the lowlights from a 39-point loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals to a …


No Love lost: Cavs star accepts reduced role as champs role

Kevin Love doesn’t mind being a third wheel or a fourth or even a fifth. His scoring average has dipped and he’s taking fewer shots. And he’s OK with that. …


Spurs face quick turnaround before conference finals

The San Antonio Spurs are thrilled to be in the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. But they won’t have much time to …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Spurs rout James Harden, Rockets 114-75 to win series

The San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Houston Rockets with a 114-75 victory in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, and they didn’t even need Kawhi Leonard to do it. …


NBA Tipoff: Home’s where the heart is for Wiz, Celtics as Game 6 arrives

Heading into Game 6 between the Wizards and the Celtics, all nine games between the teams during the regular season and playoffs were won by the home team. Washington trails …


Avery Bradley’s defense has been key ingredient for Celtics

Avery Bradley created a buzz with his playoff-career high 29 points. But it’s been the Boston guard’s consistency on defense during the first two rounds that have the top-seeded Celtics …


Warriors’ Mike Brown blending his style into Kerr’s foundation

They often hear him arrive at work from upstairs in the Warriors executive offices, the thundering vroom of his Harley Davidson a telltale sign.


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

Avery Bradley scores 29, Celtics power past Wizards, 123-101

Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 29 points, and the Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 on to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Al Horford …


NBA Tipoff: Spurs look to close out Rockets with Kawhi Leonard ailing

The San Antonio Spurs are a victory away from eliminating the Houston Rockets and advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the NBA title in …


Cavs keeping eye on Warriors on collision course to Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been keeping one eye on the Golden State Warriors as his team romps through the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers and Warriors are both 8-0 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

Spurs overcome Kawhi Leonard injury, James Harden to beat Rockets in OT

Danny Green scored seven of his 16 points in overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs beat James Harden and the Houston Rockets 110-107 in overtime to take a 3-2 lead …


Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas: It’s ‘a joke’ Warriors’ Draymond Green calls anyone dirty

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas can’t believe Draymond Green is calling anyone else a dirty player, let alone his Boston teammate Kelly Olynyk.


Warriors await challenge after cruising to 8-0 in playoffs

The Golden State Warriors are four wins from their third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals – and likely a third straight showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With four All-Stars, …


Stephen Curry’s 30 lead Golden State Warriors to sweep after 121-95 win over Utah Jazz

Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the Golden State Warriors completed a second-round sweep of the Utah Jazz with a 121-95 victory Monday night.


Warriors’ Steve Kerr underwent spinal cord leak procedure

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has had a spinal cord leak procedure on his back and remains out indefinitely. Owner Joe Lacob updated Kerr’s condition during an interview with …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017

Kevin Durant scores 38 points, Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead

Kevin Durant had 38 points and 13 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 102-91 to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. Game …


NBA Tipoff: For LeBron, another Cavs’ sweep is within reach

LeBron James and the Cavs have Toronto on the brink in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. He’s turned 3-0 series leads into a sweep in each of his last seven …


Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr. suspended for Game 4 for knocking over Kelly Olynyk

Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. has been suspended for Game 4 for knocking over Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk. The NBA announced the suspension without pay for “charging and …