Curry, Warriors romp over Rockets, 115-80

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HOUSTON -- Stephen Curry keeps making threes and the Golden State Warriors keep getting closer to their first NBA Finals appearance in 40 years.

They're really one and the same, the NBA most valuable player continually pushing the Warriors in their attempt to reward a starved franchise and deserving fan base.

The latest chapters were released ...Read more

Curry's barrage helps Warriors demolish Rockets, 115-80

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HOUSTON--Calmly removing his mouthpiece after a 3-pointer that broke the Houston Rockets' backs and hopes for a comeback, Stephen Curry stared into a crowd stunned into silence.

The fight is nearly over after Curry exploded for 40 points in the Golden State Warriors' 115-80 flogging of the demoralized Rockets on Saturday to take a 3-0 lead in ...Read more

Cavs' Irving could return for Game 3 while Hawks lose Korver

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The Atlanta Hawks have lost one of their All-Stars for the rest of the postseason. The Cavs can certainly relate to that. Just as these two teams are trending in opposite directions, however, so too is the health of their rosters.

While the Hawks ruled out Kyle Korver for the remainder of the playoffs, Kyrie Irving worked ...Read more

Bulls typically deliberate in Tom Thibodeau deliberations

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In many ways, Tom Thibodeau and Bulls' management are operating in a business-as-usual mode this offseason.

Thibodeau made clear his stance in the direct aftermath of the season-ending loss to the Cavaliers by saying, "until they tell me I'm not, I expect to be here." And management has begun draft workouts and meetings at the Advocate Center ...Read more

Kerr says Warriors not impacted by long, delayed flight to Houston

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HOUSTON -- The Warriors' six-hour flight delay from the Bay Area on Friday will be no factor in Game 3 against the Rockets on Saturday night, coach Steve Kerr told reporters after a morning shoot-around at the Toyota Center.

"This happens in the regular season all the time," Kerr said. "We got in at a decent hour, we got a good meal, everybody ...Read more

Hawks' Korver out for playoffs, may need surgery

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Kyle Korver will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs and will undergo further tests on his right ankle that will determine if surgery is necessary.

Following the news first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks released a statement that said an MRI and examination Saturday morning at the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic ...Read more

Stint in China makes it hard tell how good Mudiay is

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So how good is Emmanuel Mudiay?

NBA fans are scouring for game tapes and scouting reports to give you a breakdown of this draft mystery man. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound point guard is projected as a top-five pick in the June 25 draft, and could go as high as third to the 76ers.

But his ability has come into question based on his decision to play ...Read more

LeBron powers short-handed Cavs to 94-82 win over Hawks, 2-0 series lead

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ATLANTA -- The Cavaliers are down to one superstar and plenty of helping hands.

The Hawks might be down to their last rites.

LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists and the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks, 94-82, Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. And they did it without ...Read more

Cavs' Irving misses shootaround, questionable for Game 2 against Hawks

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ATLANTA -- Kyrie Irving missed the Cavs' morning shootaround and is listed as questionable for Friday night's Eastern Conference finals Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks. Irving spent the morning with team doctors and another MRI is likely.

Irving has been fighting tendonitis in the knee for weeks, but the Cavs privately feel as if there isn't ...Read more

Warriors hold off Rockets 99-98, lead series 2-0

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry looked into the Oracle Arena crowd and punched the air after having effectively ending the cookout for two between him and James Harden.

Harden crumpled to the floor and buried his head, his last-second opportunity to win the game dashed.

The Warriors edged the Houston Rockets 99-98 in Game 2 of the Western ...Read more

Mavericks' Parsons won't admit if he had microfracture surgery

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Chandler Parsons was moving around on crutches Thursday afternoon during an NBA Cares event at Bayles Elementary School in East Dallas when a reporter asked the Dallas Mavericks small forward if the surgery he underwent on his right knee on May 1 was indeed the dreaded microfracture surgery.

Parsons paused, then said: "I don't think they want ...Read more

With good news on Carroll, Hawks still face uphill climb

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?The Hawks now face an uphill battle in the Eastern Conference Finals.

They just might be able to make the climb with DeMarre Carroll.

The Hawks got very good news on Thursday when tests of Carroll's injured left knee revealed no structural damage. Many feared the worst when the Hawks starting small forward, and primary defender of the ...Read more

Warriors' Curry unanimous pick for All-NBA first team

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Stephen Curry was a unanimous pick for the All-NBA first team, and Klay Thompson made the All-NBA third team to give the Warriors two selections after a 67-win regular season.

Curry, the league's Most Valuable Player, joined Cleveland's LeBron James in receiving first team votes on all 129 ballots. They were joined on the first team by New ...Read more

MRI shows no structural damage for Hawks' Carroll

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An MRI exam on the left knee of Hawks' forward DeMarre Carroll showed no structural damage and confirmed the original diagnosis of a sprain. Carroll will be day-to-day.

His immediate status for Friday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers is not known.

Carroll was a Philips Arena on Thursday before the Hawks' practice...Read more

Lakers have big plans (Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns) for pick

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers found gold in a pot of ping-pong balls at the end of their worst season ever.

Now comes the easy part. Wait for the Minnesota Timberwolves to draft Duke's Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and then take the other one with the No. 2 pick.

Which one ends up with the Lakers? Not even they know. ...Read more

James, Smith lead Cavs to 97-89 victory against Hawks

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ATLANTA -- Right about the time Kevin Love ran off the floor holding his shoulder and Kyrie Irving began dragging his foot up and down the court, the Cavaliers evolved from an offensive juggernaut into a defensive force.

After a slow start Wednesday, that defense and J.R. Smith's red-hot shooting carried the Cavaliers to a 97-89 victory against...Read more

Warriors' Speights remains out for Game 2

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Warriors forward Marreese Speights (right calf strain), who has missed the past four games, remains out for Thursday's Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday.

Kerr added that he's not sure if Speights will be available at any time in this series.

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Clippers' Jordan, Paul named to All-Defensive first team

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Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan and point guard Chris Paul were named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team, the league announced Wednesday. The voting panel includes 129 writers and broadcasters from the U.S. and Canada.

This is Jordan's first time receiving the honor, and Paul's fourth-consecutive time and fifth overall in his career.

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Kings' Divac says Cousins 'is untradeable'

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Vlade Divac seemingly has put an end to the persistent rumors that Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins might be traded.

"Right now, if we're talking about today, yeah, DeMarcus is untradeable," the Kings vice president of basketball and franchise operations said during an interview on NBA Radio on SiriusXM before Tuesday's NBA draft lottery....Read more

Pistons point guard Jennings trying to come back early, earn role

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Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings said Tuesday night that his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon is ahead of schedule.

While Jennings said he hoped to be 100 percent by November or December, Pistons physical therapist Arnie Kander has set an aggressive timetable for him to at least return to the floor.

"My goal is to be back ...Read more