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Raptors fire coach Casey after NBA playoff ouster

May 12, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The sacking comes two days after the National Basketball Coaches Association named Dwane Casey as NBA Coach of the Year

INEVITABLE. Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri says firing head coach Dwane Casey was a 'very difficult but necessary step.' Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

NBA says refs missed two late calls in Celtics win over Sixers

May 11, 2018 - 11:02 AM

In a report, the league says Sixers star Joel Embiid got fouled and Celtics guard Marcus Smart traveled in separate crucial plays in Game 5

OPTIMISTIC. Despite the early exit, the young Philadelphia Sixers think the team overachieved this season. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Why did Celtics coach Brad Stevens get zero votes as Coach of the Year?

May 10, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Stevens says he wouldn’t have voted for himself as honor goes to Raptors’ Dwane Casey

NO ISSUE. Despite the snub, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens thinks the NBA Coaches Association got it right. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

How to stop LeBron? ‘I don’t know,’ says Celtics rookie Tatum

May 10, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Boston's rookie sensation Jayson Tatum says the Celtics hope to figure things out against the Cavaliers

ROOKIE CHALLENGE. Jayson Tatum gets to play his first NBA conference finals as the Celtics advance to face the Cavaliers for the second straight year. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Boston Celtics set NBA East finals duel vs LeBron, Cavs

May 10, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(UPDATED) Fighting off a gritty Sixers squad, the Celtics wrap up the semis series at 4-1

SERIES SEALED. Al Horford and the Boston Celtics celebrate their Game 5 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors seal West finals duel vs Rockets

May 09, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Golden State eliminates New Orleans, 4-1, to advance to its 4th straight NBA conference finals

CLOSE OUT. Kevin Durant goes for a dunk in Game 5 as the Golden Warriors wrap up the series against the New Orleans Pelicans. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Chris Paul erupts for 41 as Rockets advance to West finals

May 09, 2018 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) The Houston Rockets wrap up their semis showdown against the Utah Jazz at 4-1

ON TO THE NEXT. Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell drives around Rockets forward Trevor Ariza in Game 5 of the West semis series won by Houston. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors ‘emotionally drunk’ vs LeBron, Cavs, says Toronto coach

May 08, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Toronto mentor Dwane Casey says the top seeds just can’t recover from their shattering Game 1 and Game 3 losses

SEASON OVER. The No. 1 Toronto Raptors fail to get past the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 3rd straight year. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Cavs sweep No. 1 Raptors, book East finals berth

May 08, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Cleveland gets to face the winner of the semis series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia Sixers

UNSTOPPABLE. Even as the top seeds, the Toronto Raptors just can't find an answer for Cleveland Cavs superstar LeBron James. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Sixers avert Celtics sweep

May 08, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(3RD UPDATE) After a heartbreaking overtime loss, Philadelphia rebounds to extend its NBA East semis duel against Boston

HUSTLE. Sixers guard TJ McConnell knocks the ball out of the hands of Celtics center Aron Baynes in Game 4 of the East semis. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets dump Jazz, soar to 3-1 series lead

May 07, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Chris Paul drops 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Houston Rockets move within a win of a West finals berth

BIRTHDAY BOY. Chris Paul celebrated his 33rd birthday with a big performance to lead the Houston Rockets to a Game 4 win. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

NBA Raptors president fined $25k for on-court ref talk

May 07, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Toronto team president Masai Ujiri gets penalized for incident in Game 3 where Cleveland won on a LeBron James buzzer-beater

PENALTY. Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri gets sanctioned for verbally confronting the referees at halftime of Game 3 between the Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron sinks buzzer-beater as Cavs push Raptors to brink of elimination

May 06, 2018 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) The Cavaliers return home and stay in command with a 3-0 series lead against the Raptors

ONE MORE. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just need one more victory to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics edge Sixers in OT thriller, near NBA playoff sweep

May 06, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) Al Horford comes out huge in the final seconds to lift Boston to a commanding 3-0 series lead

THRILLER. Jayson Tatum tallies 24 points in Boston's thrilling overtime win as the Celtics move within a win of a conference finals berth. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets blast Jazz on the road, regain series control

May 05, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) Banking on a huge first half, Houston cruises past Utah to reclaim the playoff lead at 2-1

OVERPOWERED. PJ Tucker and the Houston Rockets come out strong from the get-go against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their playoff series. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Sixers' Simmons says 'overthinking' led to dismal outing

May 05, 2018 - 10:55 AM

After failing to score a basket in Game 2, the Australian rookie sensation looks to carry Philly back in the series against Boston

PRESSURED. Sixers star Ben Simmons says overthinking led to his worst game of the season. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Swinging Pelicans blow out Warriors, trim series to 2-1

May 05, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Anthony Davis takes charge with a huge double-double and Rajon Rondo dishes out 21 assists to lead New Orleans

ONE-SIDED. Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans came out in full control to post a lopsided win over the Golden State Warriors. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

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LeBron unleashes 43 as Cavs topple top-ranked Raptors anew

May 04, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) After a Game 1 overtime thriller, Cleveland dumps Toronto this time by 18 points for a 2-0 series lead

SHUT OUT. Kyle Lowry and the No. 1 Toronto Raptors still can't find a way past George Hill and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Jazz repulse Rockets on the road to level series

May 03, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Joe Ingles and rookie Donovan Mitchell come up big as the Jazz regroup just in time for the road-game victory

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz goes up for a shot against Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

Sizzling Curry returns, lifts Warriors past Pelicans for 2-0 edge

May 02, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry returns from a month-long injury to drop 28 points

SIZZLING RETURN. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors reacts after burying a three-point basket in his comeback game  against the New Orleans Pelicans. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Clutch LeBron, Cavs escape Raptors in overtime

May 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Cleveland superstar LeBron James drops a triple-double of 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Cavs' comeback win

THRILLING OPENER. Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors dribbles past George Hill of the Cleveland Cavaliers in series opener that needed an extra period to settle. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics grab series opener at home vs Sixers

May 01, 2018 - 10:41 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier take command early as Boston claims Game 1

ONE DOWN. Boston's Jayson Tatum celebrates after hitting a three-point shot in the Celtics' victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Photo byMaddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Curry return 'probable' as Warriors shoot for 2-0 lead vs Pelicans

May 01, 2018 - 8:27 AM

‘I’d be very surprised if he didn't play,’ Warriors coach Steve Kerr says of the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player

RHYTHM. Steph Curry looks to find his rhythm when the Warriors take on the Pelicans in Game 2. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors click early to bust Pelicans

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry continues to sit out but the defending champions sustain their hot-shooting ways

EASY. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and the rest of the Golden State Warriors make it all look so easy in their rout of the New Orleans Pelicans. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Carmelo Anthony rejects future reserve role with Thunder

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The 33-year-old forward can opt out of the final year of his contract with Oklahoma City

FRUSTRATED. Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony says he's done sacrificing. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Boston blows out Bucks, faces Sixers next

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Al Horford, Terry Rozier, and Jayson Tatum combine for 72 points to fuel a dominant Celtics side

DECIDER. Semi Ojeleye and the Boston Celtics show the door to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Curry out for Warriors' series opener against Pelicans

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:12 AM

'When you've been out five weeks... I don't think one scrimmage is enough,' says Warriors coach Steve Kerr

COMEBACK. Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry may play restricted minutes starting Tuesday. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Cavs face must-win Game 7 as free agent speculation swirls

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:10 AM

The Cleveland superstar plays his first-ever deciding game in the first round of the playoffs

SPECULATIONS. A  free agent by July 1, LeBron James says he isn’t thinking too far ahead. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Jazz lose injured point guard Ricky Rubio for at least one game

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:54 AM

A left hamstring strain sidelines the Spaniard in Utah’s second-round opener versus Houston

BIG BLOW. Ricky Rubio’s absence may be telling against a Houston side that holds a league-best regular season record. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Jazz silence Thunder to claim conference semis seat

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:14 PM

(UPDATED) On its second try, Utah wraps up the series versus Oklahoma City behind rookie Donovan Mitchell

OUT OF THE WAY. Utah's Derrick Favors finds himself tangled between Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony of and Steven Adams. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Pacers drag LeBron and the Cavaliers to a deciding Game 7

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:27 AM

(UPDATED) Led by Victor Oladipo, Indiana runs away with a huge win to stay alive against Cleveland

NOT OVER. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Indiana Pacers one more time. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors rally past Wizards to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference semis

Apr 28, 2018 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan lead the charge as the Raptors eliminate the Wizards at 4-2

CLOSE OUT. Ty Lawson of the Washington Wizards and Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors battle for the ball. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics miss chance to close out as Bucks score

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) Giannis Antetokounmpo drops 31 points and grabs 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks extend the series to a deciding Game 7

ALL EVEN. Boston's Jayson Tatum tries to shake off Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFP

Curry could return for Warriors on Saturday

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:22 AM

'Steph practiced at 100 percent, he did everything, he looked good,' says Warriors coach Steve Kerr

SIDELINED. Warriors star Steph Curry hasn't suited up since spraining his right knee on March 23. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

NBA confirms LeBron's big block on Oladipo was goaltending

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:57 AM

'We fought our way back, we tied the game up, that layup is huge,' says Pacers' Victor Oladipo of the non-call on Cavs star LeBron James

NON-CALL. Cleveland star LeBron James admits a goaltending violation should have been called. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets advance to the NBA Western Conference semis

Apr 26, 2018 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) Houston will take on the winner of the Utah-Oklahoma City series, where the Thunder close in at 3-2

NEXT ROUND. James Harden and the Houston Rockets soar to the NBA semi-finals. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron game-winner lifts Cavs to 3-2 series lead over Pacers

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:26 AM

(3RD UPDATE) On top of the buzzer-beater, the NBA superstar drops 44 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists

Durant steers Warriors past Spurs as Golden State wraps up series

Apr 25, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Delivering in the clutch, Durant makes things happen as Golden State bounces back to win the series at 4-1

GAME OVER. Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson help the Warriors stop LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Heat put on ice as Sixers advance

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) The Philadelphia Sixers take the series at 4-1 to move on to the second round

NEXT ROUND. Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers close out the series against the Miami Heat. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images/AFP

Boston Celtics grab 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee Bucks

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:56 AM

The injury-plagued Celtics will get a shot to clinch the NBA Eastern Conference first round series on Thursday

SERIES LEAD. Al Horford high fives Jayson Tatum as the Boston Celtics get the job done in their home court. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

NBA slaps Westbrook with $10,000 fine after Gobert skirmish

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:51 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder star escapes suspension despite leaving the bench during altercation

FINED. Russell Westbrook figures in a stormy playoff duel between the Thunder and the Jazz. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Amid tough time, Spurs play spoilers in Warriors’ sweep bid

Apr 23, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) Manu Ginobil stars as San Antonio continues to miss coach Popovich, while Bucks edge Celtics to level own series

RESILIENT. Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs make sure that Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors won’t take the ball – and the series – from them that easily. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson star as Warriors sink Spurs

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Still minus Steph Curry, the reigning NBA champions bank on a huge second half to roll past the Spurs anew

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after he made a three-point basket against the San Antonio Spurs during Game 2 of Round 1 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Dwyane Wade turns in vintage performance as Heat burn Sixers in Game 2

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:51 AM

The 36-year-old NBA champion turns back the clock on the way to a 28-point outburst in 25 minutes

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 16: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat watches his shot in the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Two of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Heat defeated the 76ers 113-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP