Warriors smack Blazers in Game 4 rout, complete dominant first round sweep

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- To get this lopsided first-round series done as quick as possible, the Golden State Warriors got Monday night's clinching Game 4 done as quick as possible -- as in, Portland felt finished midway through the first quarter.

The Warriors scored the night's first 14 points, led 28-5 six minutes into it, planted 45 first-quarter ...Read more

Powell's heroics give Raptors 3-2 series lead after defeating Bucks, 118-93

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TORONTO -- Norman Powell played well in Toronto's Game 4 victory on Saturday.

But that was just the warm-up act.

The Raptors second-year small forward dunked, drove and buried 3-pointers from the corner as Toronto routed the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-93, to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series on Monday night.

Milwaukee ...Read more

Hawks rally to even series with Wizards, win 111-101

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ATLANTA -- Who's crying now?

The Hawks protected home court for a second consecutive game for a 111-101 victory against the Washington Wizards in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Monday at Philips Arena.

The series is tied at 2 and moves back to Washington, D.C., for Game 5 on Wednesday. There will be a Game 6 at ...Read more

Clippers are at pivotal juncture heading into Game 5

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LOS ANGELES -- On some level, the Los Angeles Clippers are at the crossroads.

The outcome of Game 5 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz could determine how fast the Clippers might be headed in a certain direction in the NBA playoffs.

A win Tuesday night in Staples Center would put them one step away from advancing to the second ...Read more

Ailing Steve Kerr joins the Warriors at their morning shootaround

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- An encouraging sign: Steve Kerr attended the Warriors shootaround on Monday morning in Portland, Ore. When it opened to reporters, he wasn't doing much -- sitting on the sideline, chatting with trainer Chelsea Lane before exiting about 15 minutes later -- but at least he was feeling well enough to leave his hotel room.

In his ...Read more

UNC's Joel Berry, Tony Bradley and Theo Pinson declare for NBA draft without agents

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's Joel Berry, Tony Bradley and Theo Pinson have all declared their eligibility for the NBA draft, the school announced on Monday, but they haven't signed with an agent and they can return to school if they do not sign with one.

The deadline for college freshman, sophomores and juniors to declare for the draft...Read more

Joe Johnson and the Jazz get hot late to beat Clippers and even series

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SALT LAKE CITY -- His tie askew, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers shuffled off the last two steps to the podium after he had dissected his team's disheartening 105-98 Game 4 loss to the Utah Jazz and sighed.

"Boy, we had our chance," Rivers said, shaking his head late Sunday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

His players were exasperated ...Read more

Bulls fall to Celtics in Game 4; series tied 2-2

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CHICAGO -- Short of Derrick Rose exiting his courtside seat Sunday to suit up for the Bulls, this game could not have more weird.

At one point Robin Lopez hugged Boston's Jae Crowder and then began untying Crowder's shoe.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg used 10 players in the first quarter in a desperate search for a point guard -- and then dusted ...Read more

Derrick Rose: Nothing weird about attending Bulls playoff game

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CHICAGO -- Shortly after Derrick Rose took his front-row baseline seat with his son, the "MVP! MVP!" chants boomed throughout the United Center.

Those cheers once were for Rose. Now, they're showered on Jimmy Butler.

But Rose said sitting in such a prominent spot in a building and sporting city he once owned and hearing those same cheers for ...Read more

Duke's Frank Jackson declares for NBA draft, won't hire agent

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Duke freshman Frank Jackson will test the NBA waters, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The 6-3, 205-pound guard has declared for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, which means he will go through the pre-draft process before he decides on whether or not he'll return to Duke for his sophomore season. He has until June 12 to make his ...Read more

Warriors coach Steve Kerr announces he will be out indefinitely with health issues

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A frustrated Steve Kerr met with reporters for nearly seven minutes in the team's Portland hotel on Sunday afternoon, announcing that his health issues "took a turn for the worse" over the past five days.

Kerr said he will not coach the team during Monday's Game 4 and will be out indefinitely until his health status improves. ...Read more

NBA fines Bulls' Rondo $25,000 for attempting to trip Celtics' Crowder

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That's one costly leg stretch.

The NBA fined Rajon Rondo $25,000 for attempting to trip Celtics forward Jae Crowder from his seat on the bench in the final minute of the first quarter of Friday's playoff series Game 3.

Rondo, who was wearing street clothes as he recovers from a fractured right thumb, stuck his right leg out as Crowder loped ...Read more

Warriors complete huge comeback to take commanding 3-0 lead over Blazers

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Golden State Warriors didn't have their star small forward, their head coach and two key bench pieces. But Game 3 showcased the benefit of all the gluttony they've built.

Three All-Stars, a seasoned assistant coach, a former Finals MVP and a revived 7-foot pogo-stick center remained, all combining for a thrilling 119-113 ...Read more

Raptors bounce back to even series, defeat Bucks, 87-76

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MILWAUKEE -- Bouncing back for the second time in the series, the Toronto Raptors shook off their Game 3 drubbing to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 87-76, in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

DeMar DeRozan led the way with 33 points as the Raptors evened the Eastern Conference first-round series at 2-2. Game 5 is ...Read more

Bulls may get creative to solve point guard issues in Rajon Rondo's absence

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The Bulls point guards formed a brotherhood by benchings this season, a triangle of trading places.

Each of Rajon Rondo, Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams experienced the rarity of starting one game and not playing by coach's decision the next. They used each other as sounding boards during the sittings.

Doctors told Rondo he would be ...Read more

Hawks back in series with wire-to-wire win over Wizards in Game 3

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ATLANTA -- Wire to wire.

The Hawks find themselves back in their playoff series with the Wizards. Just like that.

The Hawks led by as many as 25 points en route to a 116-98 victory in the Eastern Conference first-round series Saturday at sold-out Philips Arena. The Wizards lead the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4 at Philips Arena on ...Read more

Warriors' Kevin Durant, Matt Barnes, Shaun Livingston all out for Game 3

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Warriors will be without their coach and star small forward for Game 3 in Portland, Ore., on Saturday night, plus a pair of other rotation pieces.

Steve Kerr will not coach because of an illness. Kevin Durant will be sidelined for a second straight game because of a calf strain, the team announced. Matt Barnes (foot sprain...Read more

Cavaliers' LeBron James vows to make teams pay from free throw line, but admits 'I'm not perfect'

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INDIANAPOLIS -- LeBron James' 3-point shooting percentage is up, his free-throw shooting percentage dramatically down.

His turnovers in Game 2 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Indiana Pacers were alarmingly high, in the second half of the Cavs' historic comeback in Game 3 he -- and his team -- had none.

James ...Read more

Steve Kerr to miss Game 3 in Portland with illness

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors will be without head coach Steve Kerr for Game 3 of their first round series in Portland on Saturday night.

Kerr missed the team's morning shootaround with an illness and still wasn't feeling well enough later in the afternoon, so the team announced his absence. Assistant Mike Brown will coach in Kerr's place. ...Read more

Clippers' Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs with toe injury

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Clippers forward Blake Griffin won't make it through the NBA postseason for the second straight year after it was announced Saturday that the power forward suffered an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe and will not return.

The Clippers said Griffin will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles by foot and ankle ...Read more