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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard, left, drives against Philadelphia 76ers' Jimmy Butler, right, during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Raptors won 101-96. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
May 07, 2019 - 2:01 pm
Just when it seemed Kawhi Leonard couldn't get any better, along came the NBA playoffs and another level of performance that's left even his coach awed. Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse joins PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg this week to take the pulse of the playoffs, both in...
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Boston Celtics' Al Horford (42) defends against Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
May 06, 2019 - 11:08 pm
BOSTON (AP) — When Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter of a tie game, the Boston Celtics sensed a chance to pull away. Instead, Milwaukee took control. Of the game, and the series. Antetokounmpo watched the Bucks bench open a double-digit lead, then returned...
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Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball team owner Glen Taylor, left, introduces new team president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas during a press conference at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Monday, May 6, 2019. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
May 06, 2019 - 6:41 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gersson Rosas has firsthand experience with success from unconventional strategy from his 17-year run with the Houston Rockets. An outside-the-box approach might be necessary, if the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to catch up in the cutthroat Western Conference. "We're going to...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, New York Liberty's Tina Charles attends a preseason WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. Charles has produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his record store and label _ known as Charlie’s Calypso City and Charlie’s Records _ and it debuted over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
May 06, 2019 - 2:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles can add filmmaker to her already impressive resume. The WNBA star produced a documentary about her father Rawlston and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label — known as Charlie's Calypso City and Charlie's Records, respectively — and it debuted over the weekend...
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Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center, shoots between Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, right, and center Nikola Jokic, left, during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
May 05, 2019 - 11:24 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have been good at bouncing back all season. Not even a draining four-overtime defeat could keep this team down. Nikola Jokic had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his second straight triple-double and fourth of the playoffs, and the Nuggets evened...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons, right, dunks the ball as Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard, left, looks on during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
May 05, 2019 - 7:27 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kawhi Leonard got some help from his teammates to stay close and then finished it off himself. Leonard scored 39 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:01 left, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-96 on Sunday to even the Eastern Conference semifinal...
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May 05, 2019 - 5:54 pm
For all the accolades he's received as a college and professional basketball coach and an even longer career in broadcasting, Dick Vitale insists his greatest accomplishment has been raising money for pediatric cancer research. It's an obsession, he says, that one night each spring transforms his...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving during the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
May 05, 2019 - 5:31 pm
The scenario is simple right now for Milwaukee and Golden State: Win a road game on Monday, go home toting a 3-1 series lead and be one win away from a spot in the NBA's version of the Final Four. The scenario is equally simple for Boston and Houston: Win a home game on Monday, or else. Top-seeded...
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Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) dunks as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) watches during the first half of Game 3 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
May 04, 2019 - 11:37 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden made a big 3-pointer in overtime and scored 41 points, and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1. A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth overtime of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
May 04, 2019 - 3:53 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rodney Hood checked back into the game, a fresh body among the weary ones all over the court. Eager for postseason redemption after struggling in the playoffs last year, Hood got his chance Friday night. All he had to do was wait until an NBA postseason record-tying fourth...
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