Clippers 'wilt,' playoffs recede

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was unrelenting in his scathing criticism of his group after their disheartened 123-109 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night at the Target Center before 16,351 fans.

"I just thought Minnesota came out and turned the heat up, and we just couldn't handle the heat, really," Rivers...Read more

Jackson's return fuels Pistons win over Suns

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PHOENIX -- Yes, the Detroit Pistons had some fun.

The Pistons (32-39) opened the second half on a 25-10 run on the way to a 115-88 thumping of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, the team's second-straight victory.

There were smiles all around with the return of point guard Reggie Jackson to the starting lineup after missing 37 games with a ...Read more

How Kansas State overcame key injuries and reached the Sweet 16

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There were a lot of happy people in Kansas State's locker room after the Wildcats clinched a spot in the Sweet 16, but no one had a bigger smile than Dean Wade.

Turns out not playing in victories over Creighton and Maryland-Baltimore County because of a foot injury made the 6-foot-10 junior forward appreciate the success more than being in the ...Read more

Timberwolves strengthen playoff odds with 123-109 rout of Clippers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers threw in the proverbial towel on Tuesday's 123-109 loss to the Timberwolves and just maybe on his team's chances to threaten the Wolves for one of the West's final playoff spots, too.

Rivers sent his reserves into the game with the Wolves leading by 17 points with nearly 71/2 minutes ...Read more

Wichita State's top 2018 recruit granted release from letter of intent

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The "sensational six" has become the "fantastic five" following the news Tuesday that Wichita State's top 2018 recruit, Alex Lomax, requested and has been granted a full release from his letter of intent.

Lomax is a four-star point guard who just led Memphis East to its third straight state championship and was recently chosen Tennessee's Mr. ...Read more

Dan Hurley weighing coaching options with UConn 'still in play'

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Dan Hurley returned to the Rhode Island campus on Tuesday to discuss his future with his team, his staff and athletic director Thorr Bjorn.

Hurley spoke with UConn and Pittsburgh officials about their head coaching positions on Monday, and discussed those offers with Bjorn, a source said, who was also pushing to keep his coach. Hurley then ...Read more

Kevin Love's return overshadowed, but impact of five-time All-Star unmistakable

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CLEVELAND -- Once again, Kevin Love's magnitude seemed to be minimized.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue's decision to take a leave of absence to address health issues superseded Monday's return of the five-time All-Star, who missed seven weeks with a fractured left hand.

During a 124-117 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena, ...Read more

Kansas' big men bring much to the table: 'We should challenge each other to compete'

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Kansas basketball's big men sat near each other while fielding questions from media members in a cramped locker room last week at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan.

Udoka Azubuike, Mitch Lightfoot, Silvio De Sousa, James Sosinski and Clay Young eavesdropped on conversations, and even interjected comments during mandatory interview sessions, ...Read more

Kansas coach Self says Azubuike to start Friday

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Kansas sophomore center Udoka Azubuike played 22 minutes in the Jayhawks' second-round NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional victory over Seton Hall on Saturday after toiling 3 minutes in Thursday's first-round clash versus Penn.

So how many minutes will the 7-footer, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee March 6, work Friday ...Read more

Pistons deny interest in Chauncey Billups-Arn Tellem front office

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The Detroit Pistons denied a report by New York Times writer Marc Stein that the team has expressed interest in bringing in former star guard Chauncey Billups to work with team vice chairman Arn Tellem in a "revamped front office."

Mark Barnhill, spokesman for the Pistons and Platinum Equity, the private equity firm owned by Pistons owner Tom ...Read more

Texas freshman Mo Bamba makes it official, leaving school for the NBA

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Mo Bamba has never disguised the fact he would spend one season at Texas and then turn pro.

Coaches knew that when he was being recruited. Everyone, including Texas' Shaka Smart, knew his time in Austin would be short. Bamba relished every minute, though, and is happy to call himself a Longhorn.

Still, the school announced Tuesday that Bamba ...Read more

Blake Griffin carries Detroit Pistons past Sacramento Kings, 106-90

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Detroit Pistons received a temporary reprieve from their road woes on Monday night.

And Blake Griffin was the catalyst.

Griffin's 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists led the Pistons (31-39) to a 106-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. It's the Pistons' first road win since defeating ...Read more

Warriors struggle without any All-Stars vs. Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO -- Within a week, the Golden State Warriors went from a team loaded with All-Stars to a team that has none.

Therefore, it seemed inevitable the Warriors would lose, 89-75 to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, a matchup that featured an injury-ravaged team against one fighting for its postseason life.

The Warriors have always put ...Read more

NCAA Tournament is sweet for Big 12 with four teams still dancing

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Throughout their winning weekend, Kansas State players insisted their rugged Big 12 schedule helped prepare them for the NCAA Tournament.

"I keep telling a lot of people we probably have the best conference in the nation top to bottom," Wildcats guard Barry Brown said. "What did we have, seven teams in? Seventy percent of our league."

Correct....Read more

Lakers can't overcome turnovers in loss to Pacers

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INDIANAPOLIS -- This time the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't do enough to overcome their mistakes against the Indiana Pacers.

After leading by 12 points in the first half, the Lakers fell to the Pacers in a double-digit loss that wasn't as close as the final score.

The Pacers beat the Lakers 110-100, handing the Lakers their 39th loss while ...Read more

James Johnson seizes control late as Heat outlast Nuggets 149-141 in 2OT

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MIAMI -- It's as if this is the only way the Miami Heat know how to play.

If it's not close, apparently why bother?

So there they were again, playing to the decisive final ticks, and then another set of decisive final tickets, and then another set of decisive final ticks Monday night against a Denver Nuggets teams playing for its playoff life....Read more

Sixers beat Hornets as Ben Simmons nabs ninth triple-double, Joel Embiid grabs 19 rebounds

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers once again produced in the clutch to nab a victory over a struggling opponent.

They used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to defeat the Charlotte Hornets, 108-94, Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

It marked the third straight time the Sixers (39-30) used a late run to beat an inferior team. It happened Friday ...Read more

LeBron James notches 16th triple-double as Love's return gives Cavs a lift in win over Bucks

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CLEVELAND -- On Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena, it was hard to tell who was happier -- Kevin Love or Joe Thomas.

In a season of turmoil that saw coach Tyronn Lue step away earlier in the day to deal with long-lingering health issues, the dark sky is brightening when it comes to the Cavaliers' injuries.

Five-time All-Star Love played his ...Read more

Sister Jean, Loyola's 'international celebrity,' adjusts to burgeoning popularity

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On a sunny day between opening-round games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Dallas, Loyola's 98-year-old team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, planned to go for a simple lunch down the street.

"We couldn't do it -- everybody knows her," said Tom Hitcho, the university's longtime senior associate athletic director for operations,...Read more

As Cavs coach Tyronn Lue steps away, he texts acting coach Larry Drew 'It's your show'

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CLEVELAND -- Larry Drew said he received a text from Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue at 1:30 a.m. Monday that said, " 'It's your show. I need to take a break for a minute.' "

Well aware of the health and sleep deprivation issues Lue has been battling this season, Drew said he answered, " 'Don't you worry about anything else, don't you focus on ...Read more