Warriors show different identity in Game 2 loss vs. Rockets

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HOUSTON -- Only two days passed, and the Warriors and Rockets became entirely different teams.

The Warriors' offensive depth suddenly shrank. The Rockets suddenly changed from an iso-heavy team to one that also moved the ball. And the Warriors suddenly showed their regular-season sloppiness instead of postseason intensity.

Mix those trends ...Read more

Sixers' Simmons, Embiid finalists for NBA's rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, respectively

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CHICAGO -- No surprise here.

The 76ers talented duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are finalists for NBA awards.

Simmons, Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum are the rookie-of-the-year finalists. Meanwhile, Embiid, Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis are the...Read more

With Celtics 'gooning the game up,' coach Tyronn Lue continues to question Cavs' toughness

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BOSTON -- Tuesday night wasn't the first time this season Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue questioned his team's toughness.

But the fact that Lue said much the same after a 32-point home loss to the Houston Rockets on Feb. 3 as he did after a 13-point setback to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals may not bode well for the ...Read more

Mike Budenholzer agrees to become Bucks coach

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Mike Budenholzer was out of work for 20 days.

The former Hawks head coach reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Bucks on Wednesday, according to a report by ESPN. The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways on April 26 after the former NBA Coach of the Year interviewed with the Suns and Knicks despite having two ...Read more

Heat's Tyler Johnson dishes on teeth, thumb, contract

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The thumb is healing, the teeth remain a work in progress. And yet when it comes to his next NBA step, Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson said Tuesday that it is the mental aspect of the game that is his priority.

"The physical part, I have a lot of tools that I haven't even really tapped into yet, because I haven't known how to," he said at the ...Read more

Clippers land the 12th and 13th picks in the 2018 NBA draft lottery; Suns will pick No. 1

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CHICAGO -- They were given two of the final three lottery picks at the NBA's drawing Tuesday, but the Los Angeles Clippers have no issues with the 12th and 13th selections.

They have seen players selected late in the lottery positions turn into stars in the league, and that is the hope the Clippers will cling to during the NBA draft on June 21 ...Read more

LeBron James' 42 points not enough as Celtics prevail to take 2-0 series lead over Cavs

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BOSTON -- It turned out it wasn't just about a Cavaliers' fast start.

It wasn't about how LeBron James would respond after a quiet 15-point effort as the Boston Celtics rolled in the opener.

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals was about who has the more well-balanced team and who could take a punch, which almost became a literal issue.

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Suns win lottery; Kings will pick second in next month's draft

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CHICAGO -- The Kings just missed out on winning the NBA draft lottery Tuesday at Palmer House Hilton and will have the second overall pick in next month's draft.

The Phoenix Suns, who had the best chance at the top pick, won the lottery. The Atlanta Hawks will select third.

The Kings -- represented in Chicago by point guard De'Aaron Fox, who ...Read more

For Jay Wright, Villanova's success comes with some uncertainty

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Jay Wright unequivocally believes that Villanova used the experience and familiarity gained from going through its 2016 run to the national championship to win it all again in 2018.

And the knowledge gained from what happened two years ago also helped Wright plan out how the Wildcats handled the post-championship experience after cutting down ...Read more

Warriors steal home-court advantage with Game 1 win over Rockets

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HOUSTON -- With every made shot, defensive stop and foul, the Warriors and Rockets showed in 48 minutes why this became an anticipated playoff matchup for nearly 10 months.

Through all of those elements, the Warriors proved two things. They predicted correctly they could overcome lacking home-court advantage. They anticipated correctly that ...Read more

Bulls have had their eyes on Tuesday's NBA draft lottery ever since deciding to rebuild

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Tuesday night is, at least in part, why the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler last June.

Tuesday night is fully why Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday were removed as starters after the All-Star break. It's why Cameron Payne was throwing alley-oops to Cristiano Felicio down the stretch run. And it's why the Bulls lost their final four games in virtually ...Read more

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue likely to start Tristan Thompson in Game 2

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BOSTON -- Getting outscored 60-38 in the paint in Game 1 should have been enough to convince Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to make a change.

Al Horford making 7-of-8 from the field when guarded by Kevin Love should have been enough to show Lue that what worked in the Eastern Conference semifinal sweep of the Toronto Raptors isn't the right plan ...Read more

Hawks offer 'opportunity to grow' for first-time head coach Lloyd Pierce

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Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk had been part of coaching searches before as a basketball executive with the Warriors but it was the first time for Schlenk's assistant GM, Jeff Peterson.

So, when the Hawks began to interview candidates for a head coach to replace Mike Budenhozler, Schlenk said Peterson asked him how they would know they've...Read more

Warriors big man David West looking forward to matchup against former teammate Chris Paul

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors forward David West still remembers the first time Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul screamed at him.

It was at the 2002 Nike All-America Camp. West, then a senior at Xavier, stood in a crowded National Institute for Fitness and Sport gym in Indianapolis when Paul rushed to tell him some important news.

"Hey man!" a ...Read more

The players the Bulls should pick at 6 potential NBA draft spots

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CHICAGO -- Tuesday night in Chicago, the ping-pong ball hopper will be turned on, number combinations will be created and the Bulls, like all lottery teams, will learn their draft position.

The Bulls own a 5.3 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, a 6 percent chance at the second pick, 7 percent chance at the third pick, 44 percent chance at the ...Read more

Rolling green: Brad Stevens has led his starless bunch to the East finals

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There was a vision for the Boston Celtics before the 2017-18 season, one that included franchise-altering additions of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward paired with the spoils of the most lopsided NBA trade in the last decade.

A team that had reached the conference finals the previous season seemed destined for more.

This was the culmination of ...Read more

Shaun Livingston anticipates being a 'stabilizer' for Warriors against Rockets

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In the Warriors' Western Conference finals series against Houston, Shaun Livingston knows exactly what his role is going to be.

"Just coming in off the bench and being a stabilizer," Livingston said. "Making sure that we're doing all of the little things that we need to be doing. Getting the right play calls, getting the ...Read more

The Derrick Rose lottery: 10 years ago, Bulls' number came up

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Ten years later, Brandon Faber still has his flight itinerary, his notes and his list of all participants from one of the most important moments in Bulls history.

Such meticulousness has led Faber from his role that day as a Bulls public and media relations staffer to running the Blackhawks media relations department during their Stanley Cup ...Read more

After years of family 'jibber-jabber' over a youngster's future, cousins Tyronn Lue, Jayson Tatum square off

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- When cousins Tyronn Lue and Justin Tatum got together every summer, part of their chatter centered around "Little J."

But even though Justin's son, Jayson, had NBA dreams at an early age, the two men's predictions for the boy's future -- at least until he reached 14 or 15 -- were more braggadocio than reality.

"There was ...Read more