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Clippers’ Blake Griffin to miss rest of playoffs with toe injury

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz. The team says …


Paul Newberry: Savor some unpredictability as NBA playoffs begin

Say this about the NBA playoffs: It’s usually quite predictable. Nothing wrong with that.


NBA Playoff Capsules: Russell Westbrook leads Thunder over Rockets

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the …


NBA Tipoff: Gary Payton: Draymond, not Kawhi, should get defensive award

As one of best defensive players of his generation, Gary Payton knows what it takes to thrive on that end of the floor.


NBA Playoff Capsules: James, Cavs come from 26 down, beat Pacers to take 3-0 lead

LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana …


Kevin Durant optimistic of playing in Warriors’ Game 3 at Portland

Kevin Durant says he felt ready to play in Wednesday’s Game 2 playoff win yet the Golden State Warriors opted to be cautious with their superstar as he nurses a …


Jazz need a big Favors vs. Clippers’ duo of Jordan and Blake

Derrick Favors has been thrust back into the spotlight with a new role after Rudy Gobert went down with a knee injury 17 seconds into Game 1 against the Los …


Reliable Golden State reserves maintain Warriors’ high level

They are “The Others,” Golden State’s tight-knit second unit of non-superstars. The backups, and a talented bunch, indeed.


Thunder needs Victor Oladipo to break out of slump

Victor Oladipo knows the Oklahoma City Thunder need more offense from him, and he’s feeling the heat. The shooting guard was a solid wingman during Russell Westbrook’s record-setting season, but …


NBA Tipoff: Celtics down 2-0, and Boston needs another comeback story

Boston, a city with a flair for playoff comebacks, now needs another. The Celtics are on the brink.


NBA Playoff Capsules: Rockets overcome Westbrook’s 51, take 2-0 lead over Thunder

James Harden scored 35 points and the Houston Rockets overcame 51 points from Russell Westbrook in the highest-scoring triple-double in playoff history, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Wednesday …


NBA Tipoff: Spurs, Cavaliers look to take big step toward series sweeps

The San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost a playoff game in the Bluff City since 2011, and the Memphis Grizzlies haven’t beaten them anytime or anywhere since winning that first-round series.


NBA Playoff Capsules: Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics 111-97 to take 2-0 series lead

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 …


Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic out Game 2, Warriors’ Kevin Durant questionable

Golden State’s Kevin Durant missed practice because of a strained left calf and is questionable for Wednesday’s Game 2 against Portland, which will be without center Jusuf Nurkic. The Warriors, …


NBA Playoff Capsules: LeBron, Cavs edge Pacers 109-108 in Game 1

LeBron James scored 32 points and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers escaped with a 109-108 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1. Indiana had a chance to steal the …


Westbrook vs Harden the highlight when NBA playoffs open

MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden face each other in the highlight of the NBA first round. They were teammates in Oklahoma City, and now Harden leads a record-setting …


Capsule previews of every NBA first-round playoff series

Capsule previews of every NBA first-round playoff series