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Cavaliers have underdog role, Draymond Green's goal of annihilation if they need motivation

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Las Vegas doesn't like them. Draymond Green doesn't like them.

But with the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year starting Thursday, it was hard to tell if the defending champion Cavs will draw on their role as underdogs for motivation.

"The whole underdog thing is ...Read more

Warriors center Zaza Pachulia a full go for the NBA Finals

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors finished off the Spurs on Monday night and then took Tuesday and Wednesday off before returning to practice each of the past three days.

Zaza Pachulia, the only injured Warrior rotation player late in the Spurs series, has participated in all parts of all three practices, without restriction on that sore right ...Read more

NC State upgrades its roster with pair of transfers

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N.C. State's basketball program got a head start on its future on Saturday with the addition of transfers C.J. Bryce and Devon Daniels.

The pair of established, scoring guards gives first-year coach Kevin Keatts a foundation to build on going forward. But N.C. State will have to wait a year before either is eligible.

After two months of roster...Read more

LeBron James' hold on Eastern Conference bedevils Bulls, then and now

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As the car carrying the Bulls contingent traveled to the Cleveland airport on July 3, 2010, cautious optimism hung in the air.

Jerry Reinsdorf, John Paxson, Gar Forman and Tom Thibodeau had just spent three hours at a downtown Cleveland office building, pitching LeBron James and his representatives on why choosing the Bulls in free agency would...Read more

Sixers coach Brett Brown claims friend in Australia defrauded him of over $550,000

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This is far from the type of trip back to Australia that 76ers coach Brett Brown wanted to experience.

Brown went to a municipal Magistrates Court in Brisbane on Friday to testify in the trial of former friend Shane Heal, who is under investigation by Australia's equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Brisbane is Australia's ...Read more

You couldn't create a better script for the Warriors-Cavaliers trilogy

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- If you could script the first NBA Finals trilogy in history -- which is what the Warriors and Cavaliers have now created -- you'd probably want it to include the best player of the era right around the exact moment in time that he's generating reasonable 'best player ever...?' buzz.

With LeBron James, this matchup has that. ...Read more

NC State's Terry Henderson's sixth-year waiver denied by NCAA

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The NCAA has denied Terry Henderson's sixth-year waiver, ending the N.C. State guard's college career on Friday.

Henderson, the Wolfpack's second-leading scorer last season, had appealed to the NCAA in March for an extra season of eligibility.

The NCAA gives athletes an eligibility clock of five years to play four seasons. A sixth season ...Read more

Pro basketball writers honor Pistons' Stan Van Gundy with media award

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Stan Van Gundy is one of the most accessible personalities in the NBA.

On Friday, he was recognized for that trait.

The Pro Basketball Writers Association announced the Detroit Pistons president and coach is the winner of the 2016-17 Rudy Tomjanovich Award, honoring an NBA coach for his cooperation with the media and fans, as well as his ...Read more

NBA Finals tickets lowest of all three Warriors-Cavaliers series

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Want to see the Warriors face the Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals? You'll need less money than the last two years, according to ticket search engine TicketIQ.

It's apparently more affordable to attend a game at Oracle Arena during Warriors-Cavs III than the Finals of 2015 and 2016. The cheapest tickets on TicketIQ, an aggregate of primary and ...Read more

Cavs headed to third consecutive NBA Finals as James becomes league playoff scoring leader

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BOSTON -- Now the Cavaliers' bodies can go where their minds have been going for months.

Back to Oakland.

Back to the site of their greatest triumph.

Back to the NBA Finals.

With a record-setting first quarter, the Cavs made quick work of the Boston Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden. They extended...Read more

Kerr not ready to coach on bench, but Warriors still not closing door on it

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Steve Kerr is not ready to return to the bench as Warriors coach due to lingering health issues, general manager Bob Myers said Thursday, but Myers did not completely close the door on the notion that Kerr would be unable to do so by the time the NBA Finals start on June 1.

"At this point, he's not able to coach," Myers said....Read more

Jalen Coleman-Lands' transfer leaves Illinois with thin basketball roster

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When guard Jalen Coleman-Lands committed to Illinois in 2014, he tweeted, "Looking forward to adding banners and accomplishing my academic goal."

On Thursday, he announced his decision to transfer from the program after two seasons, according to Scout.com.

Coleman-Lands will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. He was considered former ...Read more

USC emerged from draft season a winner. Are Trojans a top-10 team?

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LOS ANGELES -- While Bennie Boatwright was exploring the NBA draft, he worked out alone as he pondered his decision.

The rest of the team didn't see him for a while. One day, someone sent out a text to the team's group chat before a weight-training session, seeking a head count. Who was coming?

A few minutes later, phones buzzed with a message...Read more

Rashad McCants says relationship with UNC, coach Roy Williams no longer exists

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Former North Carolina men's basketball star Rashad McCants says he has no relationship with UNC or coach Roy Williams -- and that isn't likely to change anytime soon.

In 2014, McCants alleged that the university kept him eligible through fake classes and minimal attendance, and he said his former coach was complicit with the scheme. Williams ...Read more

Charlotte to host 2019 NBA All-Star Game

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The previous time Charlotte hosted the NBA All-Star Game was 1991, and Michael Jordan was the game's leading scorer. On his 56th birthday, Charlotte Hornets owner Jordan will host the 2019 All-Star Game, the biggest sporting event ever to come to Charlotte.

The NBA's announcement Wednesday to place the 2019 All-Star Game in ...Read more

Hawks on verge of hiring Warriors' Schlenk as GM

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The Atlanta Hawks are on the verge of hiring Travis Schlenk for its vacant general manager position, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed.

Schlenk currently is the assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors. The 41-year-old Schlenk has spent the past 12 seasons with the Warriors, including the past five as the assistant to ...Read more

Welsh and Holiday decide to stick with the Bruins

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LOS ANGELES--UCLA received a double dose of welcome news Tuesday regarding the NBA draft: Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday are withdrawing their names from consideration.

Welsh announced on Twitter that he would return for his senior season; Holiday's mother, Toya, said in a text message to the Los Angeles Times that her son would come back for ...Read more

Irving, James combine to score 76 points as Cavs take 3-1 lead against Celtics

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers needed a scorer or two to step up Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals to overcome a double-digit deficit against the Boston Celtics.

Enter Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, who drove past and shot over the men dressed in green to lead the Cavaliers to a 112-99 victory at Quicken Loans Arena.

Irving ...Read more

Spurs weigh in on chances of Warriors losing in Finals

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SAN ANTONIO -- In what could have been the last postgame press conference of his 14-year NBA career, Manu Ginobili described to reporters the magnitude of the Spurs' task against the Warriors with a metaphor in his native tongue.

"I said in Spanish, you go to war with a bat," Ginobili said. "You can swing, swing, swing, maybe you'll hit ...Read more

Heat, Bosh moving toward agreement that assures permanent cap relief

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh are moving close to resolution that will allow the team to shed Bosh's salary from its salary cap without concern of that figure returning to its cap, parties familiar with the proceedings confirmed to the Sun Sentinel.

Bosh was sidelined this past season when he failed a preseason physical, after missing ...Read more

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