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Warriors hold off gritty Spurs, advance to second round to face Pels

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors love Klay Thompson partly because of his low-maintenance. So it hardly seems surprising Thompson only needed a tune-up to fix his engine.

The Warriors finished with a 99-91 Game 5 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, and it did not require coach Steve Kerr to burn some ...Read more

Sixers advance in NBA playoffs, beating Heat behind Joel Embiid; wait for Celtics-Bucks winner

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PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers are Eastern Conference semifinals-bound.

They punched their tickets there for the first time since 2012 with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their conference quarterfinals on Friday at Wells Fargo Center.

They await the winner of the Boston-Milwaukee series, which the Celtics lead 3-2. Game 6 will be ...Read more

Meek Mill, freed from prison, attends 76ers-Heat playoff game

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PHILADELPHIA -- Rapper Meek Mill attended the Sixers' playoff game on Tuesday night. After hours of uncertainty on when he would be released from prison, Mill arrived at the Wells Fargo Center at about 7:15 p.m. and went directly into the Sixers' locker room.

Mill, wearing a Joel Embiid jersey, was the ceremonial bell-ringer during the pre-game...Read more

Heat eliminated by 76ers, offseason of uncertainty awaits

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PHILADELPHIA -- A single playoff victory. Nothing more.

In the end, that is all the Miami Heat were left with after sticking with a core that showed more promise at the end of the 2016-17 season than at any time this season.

The question now is not whether change is coming, but how much, with Tuesday night's 104-91 loss to the Philadelphia ...Read more

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic set to have knee surgery in New York

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic will have surgery to repair a slight tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee Tuesday, the team announced.

A "minimally invasive debridement procedure" will be performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and Bogdanovic is expected to make a full recovery, the team said....Read more

Haslem discusses potential end game with Wade (and their golf game)

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Udonis Haslem said Tuesday that he has discussed both the short view and the long view with Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade as their 15-season careers wind down.

First up at the close of the playoffs? A tutorial on the links.

"He's going to try to teach me how to play golf," Haslem said Tuesday of Wade's latest passion. "I don't know how in ...Read more

Possibly seismic changes hit college hoops' doorstep Wednesday morning

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Strong words from NCAA officials about making changes in college basketball in light of the FBI investigation that has rocked the sport could begin to morph into action on Wednesday.

The findings and recommendations of a committee headed by former U.S. Secretary of State and Stanford University provost Condoleezza Rice, called the Commission on...Read more

Sixers' Joel Embiid: 'Our time is now'

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Joel Embiid was asked a simple question. The 76ers' franchise player responded with a telling answer.

Following Monday's practice, he was asked what the Sixers want to show the rest of the NBA about where the franchise is right now, knowing its past struggles.

"A lot of people say that we have a bright future," Embiid said. "But I think our ...Read more

Timberwolves endure near-record quarter, fall behind Rockets 3-1 in playoff series

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MINNEAPOLIS -- His team unable to deliver a knockdown punch in Game 3 and again for the first 24 minutes of Monday's Game 4 at Target Center, Houston superstar James Harden delivered a statement in a 119-100 victory on his way to likely collecting the NBA's regular-season MVP award this summer.

Enough's enough.

Harden sent the Rockets home to ...Read more

Heat still confident entering Game 5 despite 3-1 deficit

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Flash back to Game 2 of the series between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers.

All was well for the Heat. The cute story was how guard Dwyane Wade and comedian Kevin Hart were exchanging trash talk before and after the Heat's victory.

Two games later, and with the Heat on the brink of elimination, there is no room for fun. They need a ...Read more

UNC's Luke Maye to test the NBA draft waters, the school says

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North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye will enter the NBA draft process, the school announced on Monday.

He will not hire an agent.

This was an expected move for Maye, who was one of the Tar Heels' best players this past season.

Maye was a first-team All-ACC selection last season and third-team All-American. He averaged 16.9 points per game ...Read more

Report: Sports anchor called home after taking jacket of Warriors official

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Mike Shumann, KGO-TV sports anchor, was called home from by the station last week after being caught on video taking a jacket belonging to a Golden State Warriors official from the AT&T Center in San Antonio after a Warriors practice, The Athletic is reporting.

A KGO spokesperson told The Athletic: "We are taking these allegations very ...Read more

Sixers-Heat Game 5 will be Philly's biggest test and could be Dwyane Wade's last hurrah

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The Sixers have withstood some hard punches from the Miami Heat, but Tuesday will be different.

Going against a team that is in a win-or-go-home situation is one of the toughest battles in the NBA. And then there's Dwyane Wade, who could be playing in the final game of his 15-year career.

Wade was asked Saturday if he thought at all about the ...Read more

Kyle Korver, LeBron James lead Cavs to win over Pacers, ties series

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INDIANAPOLIS -- After a devastating loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, J.R. Smith noted how the Cavaliers always rise up to adversity, even though the reason is inexplicable.

Smith was proved right, although there were some tense moments as the Cavs built a 16-point second-quarter lead only to see the Pacers go ahead in the fourth ...Read more

Rockets' 3-point aces seeing accuracy take a dive against Wolves' defense

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Houston soundly swept the Timberwolves 4-0 in their regular-season series due to simple mathematics and this reliable fact: 3 > 2.

In their best-of-seven playoff series that the Rockets still lead 2-1, the Wolves have noticeably narrowed a 3-point shot disparity in which they were lapped during the regular season. In Saturday's rollicking 121-...Read more

Warriors fail to close out series with 103-90 Game 4 loss to Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO -- The intensity started with the Spurs playing suffocating defense and aggressively hunting 3-point attempts. The sloppiness started with the Warriors committing turnovers and missing shots.

And so for nearly an entire first half, the Warriors played with the same kind of complacency that plagued them periodically through the 2017-...Read more

Steve Kerr: Stephen Curry 'is not going to play anytime soon'

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SAN ANTONIO -- The Warriors were correct in saying that Stephen Curry would not play in the first round of the playoffs. But will he play in the second round of the NBA playoffs?

"Steph is not going to play anytime soon," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "But he's come along well and has looked good in practice."

The Warriors will have a better...Read more

Why Derrick Rose, of all people, can tip Timberwolves-Rockets series in Minnesota's favor

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Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau offered a very matter of fact answer when asked if he had seen anything different out of point guard Derrick Rose in Saturday's 121-105 victory over the Rockets.

"Nope." Thibodeau said.

Next question.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni also didn't feel much like elaborating on Rose's turn-back-the-clock performance ...Read more

Why Derrick Rose, of all people, can tip Timberwolves-Rockets series in Minnesota's favor

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Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau offered a very matter of fact answer when asked if he had seen anything different out of point guard Derrick Rose in Saturday's 121-105 victory over the Rockets.

"Nope." Thibodeau said.

Next question.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni also didn't feel much like elaborating on Rose's turn-back-the-clock performance ...Read more

76ers proving to be the next big thing against Heat

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The thinking in the East in recent seasons has been about waiting out the Cleveland Cavaliers, seeing what LeBron James would do next, before any visions of conference ascension.

But with the Cavaliers struggling this postseason and James' Northeast Ohio future anything but certain, the Miami Heat are getting a sense that what they are facing ...Read more