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Stephen Curry replacement Shaun Livingston helps Warriors not miss a beat

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Whether he's been asked to provide 15-20 minutes of stability off the bench or step in for the best, flashiest basketball player on the planet, Shaun Livingston's demeanor hasn't seemed to waver.

He's the same self-assured, buttoned-down, laconic Livingston. Take over for Stephen Curry as the Warriors' starting point guard at...Read more

Hawks eliminate Celtics with 104-92 victory

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BOSTON -- The Hawks are moving on.

And leaving some long-standing failures in Boston behind.

The Hawks advanced to the second-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a dominant 104-92 victory over the Celtics Thursday night at TD Garden. The Hawks won the best-of-seven series 4-2 and will face the Cavaliers on Monday in Cleveland.

The ...Read more

Clippers want to stop the pain

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"There's a little black spot on the sun today.

It's the same old thing as yesterday."

--The Police

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's always something for the Los Angeles Clippers.

A seven-point collapse in the final 49 seconds, a failure to win a closeout game in three chances, the loss of two superstars to injury within minutes during the same playoff...Read more

Hornets guards Jeremy Lin, Kemba Walker in 'attack mode' against Miami's defense

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Among the first things Jeremy Lin did upon signing with the Charlotte Hornets was request Kemba Walker's phone number.

"The first thing I texted him was, 'I'm looking forward to coming here and taking some of the pressure off you.' " Lin recalled at practice Thursday.

That was true throughout the regular season and certainly so in this playoff...Read more

League officiating report says Wade not fouled on final shot of Game 5

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MIAMI -- In the end, the right call was made on the Miami Heat's final offensive play of Wednesday's Game 5 90-88 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

According to the NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report, released Thursday, the Heat's Dwyane Wade was not fouled by Hornets center Cody Zeller on a layup attempt. The Heat trailed by two at the time, ...Read more

With Cavs' Big Three thriving in playoffs, Love confident in what he provides

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- During the early weeks of the season, when Kyrie Irving was still working his way back from knee surgery, LeBron James went out of his way to call Kevin Love the focal point of the Cavaliers' offense.

It was a tough sell at times -- Love himself even questioned the veracity of it -- but James insists it's still true. ...Read more

Chris Bosh, Heat break silence on treatment, potential return

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The difference of opinion between Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat regarding his treatment and potential return from blood clots, which has been playing out behind the scenes, has finally gone public.

Bosh's wife, Adrienne, started it Tuesday night when she responded to a social media post by Miami Herald columnist Ethan Skolnick on Twitter with ...Read more

Clippers' season on brink after Game 5 loss to Trail Blazers

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LOS ANGELES -- Staples Center appeared about half full for tipoff of the Los Angeles Clippers' playoff game Wednesday night, a starting time 30 minutes earlier than normal largely to blame.

There were also large pockets of vacant seats by the end of what might be their final home game of the season.

Half empty was a theme that kept popping up ...Read more

With Curry on bench, Warriors crush Rockets, advance to second round

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors blasted the Houston Rockets out of the sky and right along with it the notion that they can't keep rolling in the playoffs without Stephen Curry.

In their first game since it was determined Curry's knee sprain was a mild one but could keep him sidelined for two weeks, the Warriors closed out the Rockets by ...Read more

Warriors' Stephen Curry in good spirits

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry appeared to be in good spirits Wednesday as the Warriors looked to close out the Houston Rockets in their first-round playoff series.

The injured star and presumed repeat MVP was relegated to spectator status as he deals with a Grade 1 strain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee that's expected to...Read more

Lakers will get chance to woo Warriors' Luke Walton

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak requested and has been granted permission to interview Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton.

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr confirmed before Wednesday's Game 5 of the Warriors' first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets that Kupchak had reached out to general ...Read more

Heat collapse at close, fall to Hornets, 90-88

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MIAMI -- In the end, ineptitude.

A late possession resulting in a 27-foot heave by rookie guard Josh Richardson.

Allowing another key offensive rebound, this time one that leads to the game-winning 3-pointer. And then another wretched offensive possession.

Charlotte Hornets 90, Miami Heat 88 Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

And now...Read more

Hornets coach Steve Clifford responds to Hassan Whiteside's 'flop-offs' remark

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat have appeared to have moved past the accusations.

The same couldn't be said of Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford. On Wednesday, Clifford responded to Heat center Hassan Whiteside referring to the series against the Hornets as the "flop-offs."

After the morning shootaround in preparation for Game 5, Clifford said ...Read more

Hornets' Nic Batum declares himself ready for Game 5

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MIAMI -- Charlotte Hornets forward Nic Batum participated fully in shootaround Wednesday morning at American Airlines Arena and plans to play Wednesday night against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the first round.

Batum missed the previous two games after suffering left foot and ankle injuries in a fall during Game 2 in Miami. The swelling and ...Read more

Kings want to speak with Luke Walton, who deflects attention

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Luke Walton was in a high-profile position for someone trying to keep a low profile these days.

The Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr received his NBA Coach of the Year award Tuesday, and seated next to him on the dais was Walton, the assistant who served as the Warriors' interim coach through the first 43 games of the season while Kerr ...Read more

Clippers' Blake Griffin out for the rest of the playoffs, Chris Paul out indefinitely after surgery

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It was about the worst news the Clippers could have envisioned. The team announced that Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs and Chris Paul is out indefinitely after having surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture in his right hand that he injured Monday night during the Clippers' playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Griffin ...Read more

Balanced Hawks cruise past Celtics to take 3-2 series lead

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ATLANTA -- In a pivotal Game 5, the Hawks routed the Celtics, 110-83, Tuesday night at Philips Arena to avenge two straight road losses in the best-of-seven series. Atlanta leads the Eastern Conference first-round series 3-2. Game 6 is Thursday back in Boston with a chance to move on to the second round on the line.

The Hawks led by as many as ...Read more

Warriors confident, even without injured Stephen Curry

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Before the Warriors' morning film session Tuesday, coach Steve Kerr noted the injuries to Stephen Curry and the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul.

Stunningly, both All-Star point guards are out indefinitely. The two teams might very well meet in the next round of the playoffs. But that wasn't the point of Kerr's message.

The ...Read more

How a pair of Kemba Walker fans became his friends

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Kemba Walker led the Charlotte Hornets to a crucial playoff victory by scoring a game-high 34 points on Monday night and -- who knows? -- maybe it was the brownies.

Brownies, which he seems to love more than any other type of chocolate. Brownies, which were discreetly handed to him in a plastic grocery bag as he headed to the locker room after ...Read more

Relaxed and personable, Tom Thibodeau ready for Timberwolves challenge

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The smiles and handshakes and backslaps looked similar to those on June 23, 2010, when the Bulls introduced Tom Thibodeau as coach.

Thibodeau's talk of building championship habits sounded eerily familiar. Even such classic Thibs-isms like putting as much work into each and every day felt almost comforting in their delivery.

But...Read more