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

Ayton at No. 1 not exactly a slam dunk, but it's close

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The 2018 NBA draft is considered by many scouts and executives as one of the deepest in a long time.

Most NBA personnel people feel teams can find a prospect who will develop into a solid or great player with the first 15 picks in the draft, which will take place June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

For the Los Angeles Clippers, who draft ...Read more

Wendell Moore, NC State basketball target, has 'no concerns' about FBI investigation

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Wendell Moore Jr. is one of the top high school basketball players in the country, and he has his sights set on five colleges: N.C. State, Duke, UNC, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

The five-star, Class of 2019 small forward from Cox Mill High School in Concord, N.C., isn't in a rush to make an announcement on where he'll go, but he plans to ...Read more

LeBron James says passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 'pretty cool,' but focused on Game 5

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James is a basketball savant on and off the court.

The man knows basketball history and respects past stars such as Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Bill Russell, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

So when he passed Abdul-Jabbar for most career field goals made in NBA playoff history on Monday ...Read more

Sixers' Ben Simmons, Utah's Donovan Mitchell unanimous NBA all-rookie picks

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Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell were unanimous selections for the NBA all-rookie first team, announced Tuesday.

This comes as no surprise. The 76ers point guard, Mitchell and Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum are the finalists for rookie of the year.

The votes for both regular-season awards were submitted by ...Read more

Game 4 victory feels like series' seminal moment as Cavaliers find the key in win over Celtics

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CLEVELAND -- There was no avoiding the feeling that surrounded Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The feeling that whoever claimed Monday's battle between the Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics is headed to the NBA Finals.

It is a matter of confidence and momentum. A matter of the Celtics' 1-6 road record getting into their heads. A matter...Read more

Ty Solomon, who collapsed during a basketball game at NC State, returning to Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- National Emergency Medical Services week began this past Sunday and ends Saturday.

As part of that, Wake County EMS on Tuesday welcomes back to town someone who says they helped "literally saved my life."

Ty Solomon, the S.C. State basketball player who collapsed during a game against N.C. State at PNC Arena on Dec. 2, will ...Read more

Warriors' Andre Iguodala listed as doubtful for Game 4 vs. Rockets

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors listed reserve forward Andre Iguodala as doubtful for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday because of a left knee contusion. Iguodala planned to receive an X-ray on Monday afternoon. Depending on those results, the Warriors might upgrade Iguodala's availability as the ...Read more

Heat to go to great lengths (and distances) to stay in NBA draft game

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If you're looking for a Miami Heat scout these days, there's a good chance you'll find him in Seat 5B or connecting in Atlanta or answering the age-old question of, "Peanuts or pretzels?"

Such is life when you don't have a selection in either round of the June 21 NBA draft but insist on remaining in the game.

Without a pick for the second time...Read more

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