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Timberwolves thumped by Rockets, 102-82 in Game 2

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HOUSTON -- In Sunday's Game 1 of a first-round playoff series, the 3-point loving Houston Rockets made a mere two more 3s than the Timberwolves and still walked away 3-point winners after a last-seconds scare.

In Wednesday's game, Rockets superstar James Harden made just two of his 18 shots from the field three nights after he scored 44 points ...Read more

LeBron James scores 46 points, Cavs even series in 100-97 win over Pacers

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers public relations department comes up with a playoff theme each year.

There has been Rise Up, All In, and Defend the Land in the past few years. This year the motto is Whatever It Takes.

LeBron James came out with that mentality on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena and turned into a scoring machine the Indiana ...Read more

Joel Embiid 'doubtful' for Sixers-Heat Game 3

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Within an hour of arriving in Miami on Wednesday, the 76ers were on a practice court and Joel Embiid was with them for a second consecutive day. But, his return to playing is still unknown as he was officially listed as doubtful for Game 3.

Doubtful does not inspire confidence or probability, but it is definitely an upgrade from being listed as...Read more

Report: Kevin Ollie charges UConn with violating his right to due process

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kevin Ollie's contract dispute with UConn, not surprisingly, is getting messy.

Ollie's lawyers have sent UConn president Susan Herbst a letter accusing the school of violating his constitutional rights by firing him for "just cause" before giving him an opportunity to contest the decision. The letter, dated April 3, was ...Read more

Former Kansas State guard Amaad Wainright sped away from police at 100 mph, affidavit says

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Former Kansas State basketball player Amaad Wainright sped away from police at 100 mph after he was initially stopped following a road-rage shooting that involved his car on Jan. 17 in Overland Park, according to a Johnson County court affidavit obtained by The Kansas City Star.

Wainright has been charged with two felonies: ...Read more

Wenyen Gabriel enters NBA draft, but could still return to Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Wenyen Gabriel joined four University of Kentucky players in announcing Wednesday his intention of entering his name in this year's NBA draft. Like PJ Washington, he said he would not hire an agent, thus leaving open the option of returning to play for UK next season.

Gabriel said he made the decision after speaking with UK ...Read more

Heat concerned 76ers are doing big things even without Embiid

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MIAMI -- The inside story in the Miami Heat's playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers is that the 76ers are doing big things without Joel Embiid.

And that has the Heat concerned even with the status of Philadelphia's big man in doubt for Thursday's Game 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

With the best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series ...Read more

Sixers to face Mavericks in China next preseason

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The 76ers will play the Dallas Mavericks in a pair of preseason games in China as part of the NBA China Games 2018.

The teams will play at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Oct. 5. Three days later, they'll meet again at the Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen.

The NBA China Games started in 2004. The Sixers and Mavericks will become ...Read more

Michigan's Moritz Wagner confident in decision to leave

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These decisions are never as simple as they may look from the outside. Externally, it's always easy to spend someone else's money or determine someone else's future.

But when you're the person in question, the complexities grow beyond imagination.

For the second time in two years, Moritz Wagner found himself in that situation. Only this time, ...Read more

How Klay Thompson's thumb injury is paying off for Warriors

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson suffered a fractured right thumb in March.

It might have been a lucky break.

Thompson is shooting the lights out as the Warriors head to San Antonio with a 2-0 lead in this first-round series. And coach Steve Kerr credited Thompson's bum thumb for providing an unexpected payoff.

"The injury may have helped him...Read more

Warriors' Curry to travel with team to San Antonio for rehab

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors guard Stephen Curry may not play in the first round of the NBA playoffs. But he will still travel with the Warriors to San Antonio on Wednesday for Games 3 (Thursday) and 4 (Sunday) of their first-round series against the Spurs. That way, Curry can both continue rehabbing his Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee with ...Read more

Allen Iverson has grown to appreciate the crossover on Michael Jordan

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What's most striking every time retired NBA players tell old Michael Jordan stories is not the Bulls legend's physics-defying athleticism. It's his bluntness.

And it's on full display in a recent anecdote from Allen Iverson, the former 76ers great who famously sent Jordan into GIF history with a nasty crossover dribble during a Bulls win on ...Read more

Warriors withstand Spurs' adjustments, grab 2-0 series lead with 116-101 victory

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors feared what was coming. Their dominance could lead to complacency. Their discipline could lead to sloppiness. Their accuracy could lead to inefficiency.

The Warriors still finished with a 116-101 Game 2 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday at Oracle Arena for a 2-0 first-round series lead. ...Read more

Dwayne Bacon could alter Hornets' sorry 2nd-round NBA draft history

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Charlotte Hornets fans saw just a slice of Dwayne Bacon. But what he demonstrated his rookie season is a significant departure from this franchise's history with second-round picks:

Major long-term potential; as in could-be-a-starter-someday potential.

Bacon lasted 40 picks before being chosen last June. A factor in his lasting that long was a...Read more

Wade, Heat storm back, even series with 76ers with 113-103 win

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PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Brown went into the night discounting the revelry from his team's 23-point rout in Saturday's opener of this best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series.

"I know we're going to get their very best," the Philadelphia 76ers coach said.

He knew what was coming from the Miami Heat, if not exactly how it would be coming.

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Why pro-Trump Spurs fans are abandoning the team

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The San Antonio Spurs are suffering through a rough couple of days.

On Saturday, they got thumped by the Golden State Warriors (113-92) in their first game of the NBA playoffs.

When asked when star forward Kawhi Leonard, who missed most of the regular season with a right quadriceps injury, might return to the team, head coach Gregg Popovich ...Read more

Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. leaving for the NBA draft

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Make it four one-and-dones for Duke this season.

Wendell Carter Jr. is joining Duke freshmen Marvin Bagley, Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr. in declaring for the NBA draft after helping the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.

"I want to thank Duke University, my coaches and teammates for helping me so much, not ...Read more

Spoelstra, Heat appreciate that 76ers 2.0 will soon get Embiid reboot

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Plan A has turned into Plan B in this best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. But that doesn't mean that Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn't poised to pivot the moment he sees Joel Embiid back on the court.

With Embiid missing his 10th consecutive game Monday night at Wells Fargo Center, the focus of ...Read more

James Harden comes through in the clutch for Rockets in Game 1 win over Wolves

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HOUSTON -- The Timberwolves bade farewell to 14 years without a playoff appearance Sunday night in Houston and Rockets superstar James Harden said a rude hello to them in a best-of-seven series with a 104-101 victory at Toyota Center.

Frontrunner for league MVP after he led the Rockets to 65 regular-season victories, Harden made seven 3-...Read more

Out-of-sync Cavs drop opener in Eastern Conference first-round series to Pacers

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CLEVELAND -- The 2018 NBA playoffs are here, and the Cavaliers continue to be a work in progress.

Missed shots and too many turnovers plagued the Cavs as the Indiana Pacers rolled to a 98-80 victory in the opening game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavs trotted out 30 different ...Read more