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Cavs romp over Raptors, claim 3-2 series lead

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CLEVELAND -- The frayed nerves and trepidation that typically come with a two-game losing streak in the postseason doesn't apply to LeBron James. He has been in this position plenty of times before.

James entered Wednesday's pivotal Game 5 with a sense of calmness and expected his teammates to follow his lead. What they got instead was an ...Read more

Warriors face must win in Game 5 against Thunder

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Steve Kerr glanced at the bank of cameras facing him inside the Golden State Warriors' practice facility Wednesday and joked that he couldn't curse because it would be picked up by a live feed.

There were plenty of reasons to let the four-letter words fly.

Kerr's defending NBA champions, only weeks removed from the most ...Read more

Joakim Noah hasn't ruled out re-signing with the Bulls in free agency

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At management's season-ending postmortem in April, executive vice president John Paxson made clear his affinity for Joakim Noah, who will be an unrestricted free agent in July for the first time in his nine-year career.

Despite a difficult 2015-16 campaign in which he lost his starting role and endured season-ending shoulder surgery in January,...Read more

Warriors' Steve Kerr on daunting odds: 'We are the defending champs'

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- With this entire historic season on the line, the Warriors have reached their moment of truth. Actually, there will be three moments of truth if they are so lucky, but they have no choice but to take it one moment at a time.

History shows that teams facing 3-1 deficits in the NBA playoffs face incredibly long odds of ...Read more

Ex-NBA player Kermit Washington charged in KC with fraud, identity theft, obstructing justice

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Federal prosecutors in Kansas City announced charges Wednesday against former NBA player Kermit Washington related to the African charity he founded.

Washington, 64, whose career was marred by a 1977 incident in which he punched and almost killed another player (Rudy Tomjanovich), was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles.

A federal grand jury in ...Read more

Could 76ers pull off trade with Celtics to draft Jamal Murray?

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Consider Jamal Murray.

The conventional thinking is that the 76ers will go after Kris Dunn if they trade for Boston's third pick in the NBA draft. But Murray might be a better fit, according to one NBA executive.

"He has a great knack for scoring the ball," said the executive, who spoke of the condition of anonymity. "He can play two positions...Read more

Warriors routed by Thunder, fall behind 3-1 in series

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The MVP didn't play anything like one. The Oklahoma City Thunder acted as if this series is theirs.

And so the defending champion Warriors, the greatest team in NBA regular-season history, are one loss away from being dethroned after being crushed again in a 118-94 loss to the Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals ...Read more

Warriors' Green says little about NBA's decision

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Warriors forward Draymond Green had little to say when asked about the NBA's decision to upgrade his flagrant foul and issue a $25,000 fine rather than suspend him for Game 4.

Asked about the fairness of the league's review of his kick of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams in the groin, Green said Tuesday before the game,...Read more

Cavs fall to Raptors, 105-99, to even series at 2-2

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TORONTO -- The Cavaliers watched the film from Game 3 and entered Game 4 confident there wasn't much to fix. They might want to take another look.

That easy path to the NBA Finals just became much more difficult.

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving scored 26, but shoddy defense, poor 3-point shooting and an early hole led to the ...Read more

Cavs' Dahntay Jones insists foul on Bismack Biyombo wasn't intentional

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TORONTO -- Cavs' Dahntay Jones insisted Monday his groin shot on Raptors' Bismack Biyombo at the end of Game 3 was not intentional and he was surprised by the one-game suspension he served during Game 4.

Asked if he meant to punch Biyombo below the waist, Jones responded, "not at all." He said it was his responsibility to pick up Biyombo on the...Read more

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has high praise for Thunder

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered the Oklahoma City Thunder high praise heading into Game 4 of the Western Conference finals and his team trailing in the series.

"They're the most talented team that we've faced over the last couple of years for sure," Kerr said.

The Warriors are no stranger to the feeling of trailing 2-1 in ...Read more

Warriors' Draymond Green reluctantly awaits Game 4 fate

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Draymond Green said Monday he wasn't bracing for the worst, but didn't like the wait before the NBA announces whether it will discipline him for kicking Steven Adams in the groin.

Green was assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 in the second quarter of the Warriors' 133-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western ...Read more

Warriors blown out by Thunder, 133-105; Thunder take 2-1 series lead

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Draymond Green claimed his kick that landed squarely in the area of the family jewels of Steven Adams was incidental contact as he flailed to draw a foul.

While Adams crouched down in agony as Green pleaded his case, and it all went the Oklahoma City Thunder's way after that.

The Warriors were blasted by the Thunder in Game 3 ...Read more

Cavs, LeBron remain confident despite first postseason loss, vow to play better

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TORONTO -- The conversation among players during the early hours of Sunday was more subdued than usual. All the jokes and laughter were replaced by a sting of disappointment after the Cavaliers lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday night, suffering their first loss of any significance in six weeks.

But ...Read more

Thunder vows to toughen up after being manhandled by Warriors in Game 2 of NBA Western finals

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Three days without a game could have made the Oklahoma City Thunder's last loss feel larger than it might otherwise appear in the rearview mirror of the Western Conference finals.

The Thunder have watched and dissected what went wrong in Game 2, then watched and dissected it some more.

The big takeaways were that they can't ...Read more

Cavs go cold in 99-84 loss to Raptors, suffer first loss of postseason

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TORONTO -- Kyrie Irving walked off the court and crouched down like a catcher along the baseline early in the fourth quarter Friday. Tired and battered, it was one of the few times on this night Irving was left all alone.

The winning streak is gone, replaced by a taste of adversity the Cavs have yet to face in these playoffs. LeBron James had ...Read more

Former coach David Blatt says Cavs are team to beat

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TORONTO -- Former coach David Blatt holds no ill will toward the Cavaliers and told ESPN on Saturday they're the team to beat.

"I think they're playing great," Blatt told ESPN. "I think that the players and the coaching staff are doing a terrific job. I really do. And I think the fact that they are healthy and have actually even added a piece ...Read more

Lakers close to adding Shaw to staff

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LOS ANGELES--Brian Shaw and the Los Angeles Lakers are close to an agreement for him to become Luke Walton's lead assistant coach, the Los Angeles Times learned Saturday.

Shaw's experience as a head coach, an assistant coach and as a championship player were the primary reasons why Walton wanted him on his staff, according to several NBA ...Read more

Davidson coach McKillop tells about Steph Curry's toughness

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You think Steph Curry is not tough enough?

Those whispers have surfaced again during these playoffs. Curry has missed six of a possible 12 NBA playoff games -- first because of a sprained ankle and then with a sprained knee -- and has had to leave two others early. He also got a knot the size of a tennis ball on his elbow Wednesday night, which...Read more

Draft party tab drained Frye's bank account, but didn't break bond with Cavs teammate Jefferson

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- It's been 11 years, and Channing Frye still jokingly carries a grudge.

He thinks back to the night that close friend and Cavaliers teammate Richard Jefferson and eight more buddies from the University of Arizona flew to New York to be with him for the 2005 NBA draft. After Frye was selected eighth overall by the New York ...Read more