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Butler leads Timberwolves to 121-105 win against Rockets in Game 3

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A 17th sellout crowd this season showed up at Target Center Saturday night to celebrate the first NBA playoff game there since 2004.

So did All-Stars Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves in a 121-105 victory against the Houston Rockets.

The Wolves hadn't played a playoff game at Target Center since Kevin Garnett...Read more

Cavs' Love feels urgency going into Game 4 against Pacers: 'We have to win this one'

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Love found himself the team spokesman by default, surrounded by the media while he iced his knees as the other Cavaliers left Bankers Life Fieldhouse after Saturday's practice.

But he was a good gauge of the mood since the five-time All-Star got only two shots in the second half as the Cavs blew a 17-point lead and lost by...Read more

Sixers beat Heat in Game 4 behind Simmons' triple-double, Embiid's rim protection

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MIAMI -- Brett Brown predicted this.

The 76ers coach said on Friday that the already physical Miami Heat would elevate their physicality in Saturday's Game 4 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup. He said the Sixers would have to welcome it.

They did just that, escaping with a 106-102 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena to take a...Read more

Warriors' Kevin Durant to play in Game 4 vs. Spurs, Shaun Livingston probable

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SAN ANTONIO -- Warriors forward Kevin Durant will play in Game 4 of the first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday after rolling his left ankle toward the end of Game 3 on Thursday. The Warriors listed reserve guard Shaun Livingston as probable after he sprained his left ankle at the end of Game 3.

"I'm good," Durant said. ...Read more

Warriors pleased with Stephen Curry's modified practice on Saturday

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SAN ANTONIO -- As he moved around the court, Warriors guard Stephen Curry kept sinking shots into the net. It did not matter the distance. He attempted 3-pointers from the corner. He hoisted jump shots from the elbow. He took more shots from the top of the key.

As he completed a shooting workout at the end of the Saturday's practice with ...Read more

You can't take Tomball out of Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler

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TOMBALL, Texas -- If you don't know how four-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler defied the odds to get from there to here, his social media account bios will tell you.

His Twitter profile reads "From Tomball, all the way to the Minnesota Timberwolves," while on Instagram it's "small town to a big city = tomball to minneapolis."

And if you don't ...Read more

Coach K to Grayson Allen on career: 'Yours has been a skyrocket'

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DURHAM, N.C. -- In prepping for his final public appearance at Cameron Indoor Stadium as a Duke student, Grayson Allen received a tip from his mother to control his emotions.

"(Here's) a quote my mom sent me today to help me not cry while I was up here," Allen said during his senior speech at Duke's basketball banquet Thursday night. "Don't cry...Read more

Knicks to interview Hawks coach Budenholzer for vacancy

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ATLANTA -- The Knicks will interview Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer for their vacant head coach position this weekend, according to a person with knowledge of New York's plans. Budenholzer talked to the Suns this week about their open head coach position before deciding to withdraw from consideration Thursday.

Budenholzer declined to comment ...Read more

'All my best games I was medicated.' NBA veteran Matt Barnes says he smoked weed often

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Recently retired NBA veteran Matt Barnes sat down for a group interview with Bleacher Report, joined by three other former league vets who shared a common interest.

That interest? A passion for marijuana, including the opinion that it should be allowed in the league, with Barnes even admitting that he would smoke joints on game day.

Posted to ...Read more

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike enters NBA draft but doesn't hire agent

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Udoka Azubuike has decided to enter his name in the 2018 NBA draft but not hire an agent, which means Kansas' 18-year-old center from Delta, Nigeria, has left open the option to return to KU for a junior season.

"I'm going to wait and see where I stand among other bigs out there," Azubuike, KU's 7-foot, 280-pound sophomore ...Read more

Warriors' Stephen Curry could return in time for Western Conference semifinals

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SAN ANTONIO -- Warriors guard Stephen Curry could return as early as the beginning of the Western Conference semifinals, but that hinges on two variables.

When will the Western Conference semifinals start? How well does Curry progress his rehab on his Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee?

The Warriors will have more clarity on both of those ...Read more

Heat searching for ways to get frustrated Hassan Whiteside more involved

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MIAMI -- With much of the blame being placed on his struggling center, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra once again took some of it upon himself.

For a second consecutive day, Spoelstra said he needs to do a better job of getting Hassan Whiteside involved offensively. Whiteside has been non-existent through three games of the Heat's first-round ...Read more

Sixers, Joel Embiid happy to get physical against Heat

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MIAMI -- Even with the Philadelphia 76ers holding a 2-1 lead over the Miami Heat in their best-of-seven series, Joel Embiid isn't quite ready to say the Heat's backs are against the wall. Not yet, anyway.

However, the All-Star center is expecting another physical effort from the Heat on Saturday afternoon, when the teams meet in a critical Game...Read more

Warriors overcome 'subdued' day with Game 3 win over Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO -- The Warriors first experienced what coach Steve Kerr called a "subdued feeling." Then, the team both grieved and expressed sympathy over Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, passing away.

The Warriors then experienced sluggishness. Then, the Warriors saw the Spurs pour out their emotions stemmed from Popovich's ...Read more

Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo to enter NBA draft, not hire an agent

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PHILADELPHIA -- As expected, redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo has become the fourth player from Villanova's national championship team to enter the NBA draft but the second one to not hire an agent, leaving his options open for a possible return to the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-5 DiVincenzo, who was named the most outstanding player of the ...Read more

Joel Embiid lifts Sixers over Heat in first game back from injury

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MIAMI -- The 76ers welcomed back their best player, and got back to their winning ways.

Joel Embiid finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks as the Sixers defeated the Miami Heat, 128-108, Thursday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at AmericanAirlines Arena. Philly will take a 2-1 series ...Read more

Heat lose to 76ers, fall to 2-1 deficit in opening round

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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat had enough grit, turning this into a foul-filled street fight.

They had enough fire, Justise Winslow chasing down Joel Embiid for a blocked shot, Goran Dragic flexing amid his third-quarter scoring outburst.

But what they did not have were enough weapons or the ability to sustain, eventually worn down in a 128-108 loss ...Read more

Steve Kerr remembers Erin Popovich; Spurs announce Gregg Popovich will not coach Game 3

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SAN ANTONIO -- The somber mood permeated the Warriors' morning shootaround with their stoic facial expressions and soft words for obvious reasons. The Warriors mourned the passing of Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, an incident that Warriors coach Steve Kerr called "shocking" and "unexpected" after "courageously fighting a ...Read more

Dwyane Wade on Kevin Hart: 'We're not friends right now'

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade draws a firm line when it comes to the playoffs. And the Miami Heat guard is not crossing that line even when it comes to his friendship with comedian Kevin Hart.

So after drawing motivation from Hart rooting for his hometown Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of this best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series, Wade said ...Read more

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