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Bucks arena financing deal appears imminent

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Wisconsin, Milwaukee county, city and team officials hope to reach a deal this week on public financing for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

"The number of issues is narrowing," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Tuesday.

"There's still work to be done, so there's no white smoke. But I feel confident we'll be able to work out the remaining issues," ...Read more

Rockets facing hole truth

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Somewhere, Chris Paul is slowly shaking his head, all too aware that the Houston Rockets are never quite out of it when you think they are.

It's too early to say the Rockets have the Golden State Warriors exactly where they want them, but Houston yanked the playoff carpet out from under the Los Angeles Clippers this month, becoming the ninth ...Read more

James, Cavs heading to NBA Finals after completing sweep of Hawks

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James pulled the conference championship T-shirt over his sweaty, weary frame and had enough energy left to dance.

This is why James returned to Cleveland. The Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals.

James scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and passed for seven assists to guide the Cavs past the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 ...Read more

Warriors can clinch conference title at home

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors finally get to test out the home-court advantage Wednesday night that they worked so hard all season to nail down.

The Warriors have been so efficient in the playoffs so far that the coveted home-court edge hasn't really come into play yet. In the first two playoff rounds against New Orleans and Memphis, they ...Read more

Tom Thibodeau may be running out of options for new NBA coaching job

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As with most aspects regarding Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls, perception depends on the differing perspectives.

From Thibodeau's side, the fact that the Bulls have yet to publicly announce his status for next season is viewed as an impediment to his snagging the Pelicans or Magic job.

From Bulls management's view, if Thibodeau were as coveted as...Read more

Report: Korver to have ankle surgery Wednesday

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?CLEVELAND -- Kyle Korver will have surgery on his right ankle, according to Turner Sports' David Aldridge.

The Hawks guard was lost for the remainder of the postseason after he was diagnosed with a severe high ankle sprain suffered in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers. An X-ray following the game was negative but an...Read more

No suspension for Rockets' Dwight Howard

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HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will not be suspended for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals after the NBA announced Tuesday it would not reclassify his flagrant foul of the Warriors' Andrew Bogut to a Flagrant 2 foul.

"Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand," ...Read more

Harden slashes, Curry crashes, Rockets roll

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HOUSTON -- In case you didn't know who finished second in the most-valuable-player vote, James Harden wanted to inform you.

He was the best player Monday, not Stephen Curry, and the Houston Rockets shrugged off possible elimination with a 128-115 victory over Golden State in Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals.

Harden had 45 points and...Read more

Warriors lose Game 4 to Rockets; Curry OK after nasty fall

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HOUSTON -- After Stephen Curry fell and hit his head on the court, he was down for a few minutes and then remained in the locker room for about a quarter before making his return.

The Warriors' comeback, on the other hand, fell short. The Houston Rockets staved off elimination with a 128-115 win Monday in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals...Read more

Hawks' Horford will not receive additional discipline

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CLEVELAND -- Al Horford will not receive additional discipline for the Flagrant Foul 2 that resulted in his ejection from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday night.

Horford was assessed the foul with 34.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter when he got tangled up with the Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova. Horford delivered an elbow...Read more

James' historic triple-double powers Cavs over Hawks for 3-0 series lead

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James had a miserable start and a memorable finish. As a result, the Cavaliers are one win away from their second NBA Finals trip in franchise history.

James had 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists after missing his first 10 shots and the Cavs beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 in overtime Sunday to take a commanding 3-0 ...Read more

Warriors' Stephen Curry is always in game-on mode

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HOUSTON -- There's a game Stephen Curry plays after practice with his coach, the most accurate three-point shooter in NBA history.

It's from the free-throw line, not the arc, because Steve Kerr will turn 50 in a few months and Curry is, um, nowhere near that.

Two points are awarded for a swished free throw, one for an ordinary make and none ...Read more

Rockets' Terry has no plans to call it a career

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SEATTLE -- Monday may be the last game of the season for Houston, which needs a Memorial Day win to avoid being swept out of the Western Conference finals by Golden State.

It may also be the last time Jason Terry, who is an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, suits up for the Rockets.

However, the 37-year-old Seattle native has no plans ...Read more

History is on Warriors' side heading into Game 4

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HOUSTON -- If history holds up, the Warriors soon will be headed to the NBA Finals.

They lead the Houston Rockets 3-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals, and never has an NBA team come back from that deficit to win a series.

Heading into Game 4 on Monday, the Warriors also have recent history on their side. They carry the ...Read more

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