Lue defends Cavs' 3-point shooting after Charles Barkley suggests Hawks should 'take somebody out'

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ATLANTA -- One day after the greatest 3-point shooting performance in NBA history, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was forced to play some defense.

Lue was critical of Charles Barkley's postgame comments Wednesday and defended his team's wish to continue shooting 3s long after the game had been decided.

The Cavs set an NBA record by making 25 3-...Read more

Warriors' Stephen Curry probably won't play Saturday

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors star Stephen Curry will "probably not" play in Saturday's Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series with the Portland Trail Blazers, coach Steve Kerr said Thursday.

"He's ramping up things in the weight room," said Kerr, whose Warriors lead the series 2-0. "He did get on the floor on the side while we were ...Read more

Cavs set NBA record with 25 3-pointers in 123-98 rout of Hawks to take 2-0 series lead

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CLEVELAND -- J.R. Smith hopped up and down at half court as Kevin Love slapped high fives on his way off the floor. The entire Cleveland Cavaliers' bench erupted in celebration -- and it was only halftime. But their shooting display Wednesday merited all of the applause.

LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cavs set an NBA record with 25 3-...Read more

Hornets GM Rich Cho: Nic Batum is team's No. 1 offseason priority

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Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho, not prone to showing his cards in advance of offseason moves, couldn't have been more direct Wednesday about free agent-to-be Nic Batum.

"Nic is a huge piece. He is our No. 1 off-season priority," Cho said at an end-of-the-season media availability.

"He knows that. We told him that in our exit ...Read more

NBA super agent: Warriors' chemistry 'truly amazing'

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Show me the chemistry?

Even super-agents are entranced by the Warriors' winning blend.

Bill Duffy, the NBA powerbroker who represents clients such as Yao Ming, Steve Nash and Andrew Wiggins, said Tuesday that the Warriors are the best blend of personalities he's ever seen.

"It's just unbelievable. I've been doing this for 35 years and I've ...Read more

Resolution reached: Bosh, Heat agree he is out for playoffs

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Chris Bosh's season came to a formal conclusion Wednesday, with the All-Star forward and the Miami Heat issuing a statement clarifying that he will not be participating in the playoffs.

Bosh has not appeared in a game since Feb. 9 but has been with the Heat during the playoffs.

"The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be ...Read more

LeBron James says he'd like to face Dwyane Wade, Heat in conference finals

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- LeBron James has wanted to face Dwyane Wade in the playoffs since the two entered the league together 13 years ago. He could be three wins from finally getting that chance.

James and the Cavaliers could be on a collision course with his former team in what would be a fascinating Eastern Conference finals. Both the Cavs and...Read more

Warriors down Blazers to take 2-0 series lead

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OAKLAND, Calif.--The Golden State Warriors already showed they can dominate without Stephen Curry, and on Tuesday, they staged a stirring comeback in yet another postseason win.

The Warriors came back from a 17-point deficit, scratching and clawing their way to a 110-99 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Portland ...Read more

Heat survive in OT to make 102-96 opening statement over Raptors

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TORONTO -- How important was this opening statement to the Miami Heat? Apparently so significant that they essentially won it twice.

Forced to overtime after a 10-point fourth-quarter lead melted away on a 39-foot Kyle Lowry 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer, the Heat then stepped up in overtime to defeat the Toronto Raptors 102-96 Tuesday ...Read more

Former teammates Dragic, Lowry have friendly competition in Heat-Raptors series

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TORONTO -- Before Kyle Lowry became a two-time All-Star with the Toronto Raptors and Goran Dragic signed an $85 million deal to remain the Heat's point guard last summer, they were teammates for two seasons in Houston -- including a talented Rockets team that won 43 games and missed the playoffs in 2012.

Lowry was the starter and Dragic was his...Read more

Stephen Curry's return in Saturday-Monday range

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors general manager Bob Myers expects Stephen Curry to return from a sprained knee "somewhere around" the team's two-week timetable, but said Tuesday doesn't know for sure.

"I don't know that it'll be before," Myers told 95.7 The Game. "It might be after."

"I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is ...Read more

Chris Bosh arrives in Toronto separately from Heat, alongside Micky Arison

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TORONTO -- Chris Bosh joined his teammates on a delayed basis Tuesday for the start of the Miami Heat's NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors.

Bosh, who has been sidelined since Feb. 9 due to recurrence of blood clots, has been pushing for a return. He did not travel on Monday's team flight.

The Heat again said ...Read more

Warriors' Curry wins Magic Johnson Award

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry was named the winner of the Magic Johnson Award, which recognizes the top player who shows "cooperation and dignity" in dealing with the media and public.

Curry, who was a finalist for last season's award that went to Chicago's Pau Gasol, was selected through a vote of Professional Basketball Writers Association...Read more

For Dorell, Delon Wright, Heat-Raptors a family affair

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Little brother thought he was out of time. Big brother already had completed 11 NBA seasons and now was off to China.

And then the Miami Heat summoned Dorell Wright for their playoff roster. And then Delon Wright began looking at the playoff bracket for his Toronto Raptors.

And now here they are, head to head, in this Eastern Conference ...Read more

Clippers' Doc Rivers wants to retain core of team

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers may not need a new motto for next season. "Together We Will" would work again, provided they can stay together.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who will largely decide the fate of his roster as the team's president of basketball operations, said Monday he wanted as many of the team's free agents back as ...Read more

Cavs survive late Hawks surge for 104-93 win and 1-0 series lead

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 25 points and came up with two big steals late as the Cleveland Cavaliers continued their dominance over the Atlanta Hawks with a 104-93 victory Monday night to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Cavs over the Hawks after sweeping them in ...Read more

Jeremy Lin says he would 'love' to return to Hornets next season

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Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin, who can opt out of next season on his contract, says he'd very much like to re-sign with the franchise this summer.

"I would love to," Lin said Monday. "I don't like moving every year, I don't like packing and unpacking boxes. So we'll see. But I'm definitely interested in coming back."

Lin played for the ...Read more

Charles Barkley on Chris Bosh: 'He wants to play'

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TORONTO -- The last time Chris Bosh was in Toronto, he pulled out of the Feb. 14 NBA All-Star Game due to a calf strain. Only it was more than that.

Now, as the Miami Heat travel to Toronto for this second-round best-of-seven NBA playoff series against Bosh's former team, the Toronto Raptors, speculation continues about Bosh's status in the ...Read more

Warriors' Curry won't play in Game 2

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry will not play in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"I'll just say he's doubtful just so we give everybody something to chew on," Kerr said Monday, grinning. "He's not playing tomorrow, but he's doubtful."

Kerr had said Sunday that ...Read more

Hornets free agent Nic Batum has 'unfinished business' in Charlotte

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Small forward Nic Batum, the Charlotte Hornets' most attractive free-agent-to-be, said Monday he has "unfinished business" in the Queen City.

Translation: He's predisposed to re-signing with the Hornets if the salary numbers are competitive.

"We should be playing tomorrow (in the Eastern Conference semifinals) and we're pretty mad about that,"...Read more