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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after scoring a three point basket against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
April 29, 2019 - 3:00 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder plan to keep coach Billy Donovan for a fifth year. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Monday that he doesn't expect change despite Oklahoma City's third consecutive first-round playoff exit. The Thunder have reached the playoffs each of Donovan's...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts with forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 28, 2019 - 8:23 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr saw his share of spectacular postseason performances playing alongside one of the greatest ever. "There was this guy named Michael, I can't remember his last name," the Golden State coach cracked in reference to former Bulls teammate Michael Jordan. Kevin Durant is...
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Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
April 28, 2019 - 8:21 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale is still searching for answers — and a victory, too. The Boston Red Sox ace remained winless in six starts this season, giving up Daniel Robertson's two-run homer in the first inning and Yandy Diaz's two-run triple in the second during a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is fouled during the first half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash
April 28, 2019 - 5:26 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way. Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks' MVP candidate, desperately wanted to provide a spark and cut into a second-half lead against Horford's Boston Celtics in the opener of a second-round playoff series on Sunday...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks for the shot as Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) defends during the second half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Toronto, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 28, 2019 - 12:55 pm
Philadelphia is already in trouble in its Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto, and 76ers coach Brett Brown might be one of the biggest reasons why. It's not that Brown made coaching mistakes in Game 1. Instead, he might have not made enough mistakes in 2012 and 2013. Let's explain:...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic faces the cameras after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 90-86 to advance to the second round against Portland. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 28, 2019 - 2:20 am
DENVER (AP) — Time was winding down and the San Antonio Spurs couldn't hear their coach screaming for someone to foul over all the noise. That's one for the Denver crowd. The Nuggets also are making some noise. Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8...
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Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris, left, watches as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves the ball during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 27, 2019 - 11:44 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard wasn't interested in putting up a career-high point total against the Philadelphia 76ers. Even as history beckoned, Toronto's understated star was hoping he could take a seat on the bench. Leonard scored a career playoff-high 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Pascal...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after a foul in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 27, 2019 - 6:29 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Mike D'Antoni thinks James Harden should win a second straight MVP award. The veteran coach also believes the Beard should take home another award, too. "I don't know if he'll get MVP, he should in my opinion," D'Antoni said. "But he definitely should get most improved...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts to an official's call during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Houston, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
April 27, 2019 - 5:43 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From coach Mike D'Antoni to his stars James Harden and Chris Paul and all the rest of the Rockets, another chance at the champion Golden State Warriors has been on their mind for months. Golden State and Houston will face off in the playoffs for the fourth time in five years...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is defended by Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
April 27, 2019 - 2:47 pm
Much has changed since the Celtics outlasted the Bucks during their seven-game slugfest in the first round of last year's NBA playoffs. For starters, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are both healthy after injuries sidelined them for the entire postseason last year. Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a...
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