Cavs' Jeff Green ready for second playoff start

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BOSTON -- Jeff Green may have been waiting for this moment all his life.

The 31-year-old Cavaliers forward is making his sixth appearance in the playoffs. But the furthest his team has advanced was the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, when the Boston Celtics lost to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in seven games.

Green was sidelined that season...Read more

Warriors turn up intensity to force Game 7

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson had drained one of his nine three-point shots and stared right at Houston's James Harden. He put his chest into the likely most valuable player as he guarded him up the floor, bumping with him until officials called the foul.

Thompson turned his back and walked down the court, not intimidated by the contact. He ...Read more

Warriors rally to rout Rockets, force Game 7

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In times of trouble, the Warriors have relied on a trusted formula: A third-quarter surge.

After relying on it to cover first-half sluggishness throughout the regular season, the Warriors used it again Saturday night to salvage their championship aspirations.

Down 10 at halftime, and by as many as 17, the Warriors rode a ...Read more

NBA a 'futures league,' Kentucky coach Calipari says

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In terms of how the NBA draft is trending, Kentucky's Kiddie Cat program is not an outlier. UK's fuzzy-cheeked players fit right in.

UK coach John Calipari suggested as much at the NBA combine. When asked about his players' draft status, he returned again and again to their relative youth. Patience and time will be required to properly assess ...Read more

Kings exploring all options at No. 2, had multiple scouts at EuroLeague Final Four

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In the week since the lottery gifted the Kings' the No. 2 overall pick in next month's NBA draft, fans have heard a lot of speculation regarding European phenom Luka Doncic.

Doncic is a lock to go to the Kings. Or, the Kings have cooled on Doncic. In reality, it appears neither assumption is true.

The Kings are exploring all options with the ...Read more

Cavaliers' Kevin Love placed in concussion protocol, declared out for Sunday's Game 7

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was placed in the NBA's concussion protocol Saturday and declared out for Sunday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.

The 8:30 p.m. game at TD Garden will determine the East's representative in the NBA Finals, which open May 31 at the home of the West champion. The Rockets lead the ...Read more

It will be a strain for the Rockets

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HOUSTON -- If you have followed Chris Paul's NBA career, you had seen this look before -- a blank face hiding a boiling anger inside, frustration on the cusp of eruption.

Paul's body, as it has before in the postseason, failed him Thursday night. Before the Rockets announced his fate, Paul knew. It was written all over his face.

Houston's All-...Read more

Bruce Weber gets raise, contract extension after taking Kansas State to Elite Eight

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- After leading the Kansas State basketball team to a 25-win season and an Elite Eight appearance, the Wildcats rewarded coach Bruce Weber with a contract extension on Friday that will increase his salary and add two years onto his employment agreement.

Weber will earn $2.5 million in base salary next season, a raise of $250,...Read more

Rockets point guard Chris Paul ruled out for Game 6 against Warriors

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HOUSTON -- On the surface, everything seemed fine.

Rockets guard Chris Paul sauntered into the practice facility on Friday. He smiled and laughed with teammates as he walked to the court. He bantered some more during warmups. The Rockets have a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Beneath the surface, though, not...Read more

Warriors in a bind after Rockets win Game 5

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HOUSTON -- His team, the defending NBA champions, is on the verge of elimination for the first time since Kevin Durant joined forces with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. One of the most underrated players, Andre Iguodala, has missed two straight games. The Houston Rockets have held his Golden State Warriors under 100 points in ...Read more

Rockets hold off Warriors for Game 5 victory

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HOUSTON -- It wasn't pretty. Nor was the result. The Warriors walked away with a 98-94 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday. The Warriors trail the Rockets, 3-2, and Houston could close out the series in Game 6 on Saturday at Oracle Arena.

Unlike in the Warriors' Game 4 loss, they called timeout to ...Read more

UNC's Luke Maye withdrawing from NBA draft

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North Carolina forward Luke Maye has announced he will withdraw from the NBA draft.

In a message posted on his Instagram account Thursday morning, Maye said that he would be returning to UNC next season.

"I have had a great experience learning from the NBA process and growing as a basketball player during the past couple weeks," Maye wrote. "...Read more

Cavaliers' LeBron James named to All-NBA first team for record 12th time

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Cavaliers star LeBron James was unanimously selected for the All-NBA first team for a record 12th time, the league announced Thursday.

James' first-team honor, which also came in 2006 and 2008-17, moved him past Kobe Bryant (11) and Karl Malone (11).

James and the Houston Rockets' James Harden were the only two players receiving first-team ...Read more

Warriors' Steve Kerr calls the NFL's national anthem policy 'idiotic'

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HOUSTON -- Warriors' coach Steve Kerr denounced the NFL's new policy on the national anthem as idiotic on Thursday. It requires NFL players to stand if they are on the field during the performance -- or else be subject to a fine. NFL players also have the option of remaining in the locker room.

"I think it's just typical of the NFL," Kerr said ...Read more

It's Paul who has Warriors feeling pain

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- James Harden rolled his eyes and sighed through the thick brush of beard hiding most of his face during the postgame news conference. Chris Paul shrugged off the injury question, but in private conversations, the veteran point guard acknowledged that something wasn't OK.

His foot was bothering him -- badly. He couldn't push ...Read more

Turnovers, suspect supporting cast cost Cavs again as Celtics set up possible closeout game in Cleveland

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BOSTON -- The Eastern Conference finals had been reduced to a best-of-three series, but Cavaliers star LeBron James didn't look at it that way hours before.

"Nah, it's a best-of-one series," James said.

Wednesday night's Game 5 at TD Garden had all of that urgency, all of that scrappiness, all of that smothering defense. The Cavs' Larry Nance ...Read more

Former UCLA coach Jim Harrick, former NBA player Mo Williams join Cal State Northridge coaching staff

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LOS ANGELES -- Former UCLA head coach Jim Harrick, longtime coach Jeff Dunlap and 13-year NBA veteran Mo Williams will join Mark Gottfried's coaching staff at Cal State Northridge, the school announced Wednesday.

Harrick, 79, coached UCLA to eight NCAA tournament appearances and won the national title in 1995. He later served as head coach for ...Read more

Doc Rivers, Clippers agree to a contract extension

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LOS ANGELES -- Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him as head coach beyond next season, the team announced Wednesday.

Rivers had one year left on his deal, which pays him about $11 million. The Clippers didn't announce the length of Rivers' extension or how much he's getting paid.

He has ...Read more

Rockets grab back home-court advantage with 95-92 win over Warriors

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Houston Rockets hadn't faced hard times -- at least not like this.

Sixty-five-win teams don't deal with loads of adversity. Trouble eluded them throughout the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs. They hadn't truly been tested.

So this was new territory for this basketball team -- the series, the ...Read more

Warriors' Stephen Curry has ups and downs in Game 4 loss to Rockets

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- All Stephen Curry feels he ever needs is one shot.

The Warriors guard only needs one shot to spark a shooting streak. He only needs one shot to rile up the Warriors fans at Oracle Arena. And he only needs one shot to turn an uncertain outcome into a definitive one.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, that cut both ways in a 95-...Read more