Green shows a more mature side for the Warriors
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Draymond Green would rather do more playing than complaining these days.
Known at times for his temper and tangles with officials, a more mature Green has the Golden...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With Kevin Durant out, Draymond Green has taken it upon himself to boost Golden State.
And boy, has he.
Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr remains optimistic Kevin Durant will return from a right calf injury to play for Golden State at some point this postseason but isn't guessing when that might...
When the season started, everyone knew the Eastern Conference would have a new king.
LeBron James left Cleveland, having taken his talents to Los Angeles.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Warriors star Kevin Durant will miss the upcoming Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals in Portland as he continues to recover from a strained right calf, and the...
There's a one-name superstar on either side: Giannis and Kawhi. There's a Milwaukee franchise that hasn't been to the NBA Finals in 45 years, opposite a Toronto franchise that has never been to...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins won't necessarily return from injuries in time to play for the Golden State Warriors during the Western Conference Finals against the...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant watched from home in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets on the road.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hunter Trimmel couldn't give away his season tickets to Milwaukee Bucks games five years ago.
Losing season after season made the Bucks almost an afterthought in Wisconsin,...
NBA conference finals preview capsules
Capsule previews of the Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals:
No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22, 8-1) vs. No. 2 TORONTO RAPTORS (58-24, 8-4)
BOSTON (AP) — Expectations overflowed prior to the season for a Boston Celtics team expected to ascend to the top of an Eastern Conference without LeBron James.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Kevin Durant's injury (all times local):
Kevin Durant will miss the remainder of Golden State's Western Conference semifinal against the...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have won plenty of games on the postseason stage without their biggest stars.
This time, Kevin Durant went down, and Klay Thompson and...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant vs. James Harden. This duel may just go the distance, and the two stars know it.
Everyone figured the Western Conference semifinal between Golden State...
Back in Boston, Celtics honor John Havlicek
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics honored Hall of Famer John Havlicek before their playoff game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, observing a moment of silence beforehand and then...
John MacLeod, longtime Phoenix Suns coach, dies at 81
PHOENIX (AP) — John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who led the Phoenix Suns to the 1976 NBA Finals, has died. He was 81.
MacLeod's son, Matt, confirmed his father's death Sunday to The...
Playoff time: 10 things to know for the NBA postseason
There's no LeBron James in these playoffs, so the NBA Finals will have a distinctly new look for the first time in nine years.
There's no Tony Parker, for the first time in nearly two...
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The Golden State Warriors are set to begin their quest for a third straight title, and this time it's up to someone else to try to stop them.
With LeBron James gone to the West and this year...
No. 1 Bucks: Milwaukee clinches top spot in the NBA
A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with six days remaining in the regular season:
The road to the NBA Finals goes through Milwaukee. And the...
NEW YORK (AP) — For the last two years, they were the final two steps in what had become LeBron James' annual climb to the NBA Finals.
Now that he's gone, maybe the Toronto Raptors and...
The year was 2005. No one had an iPhone. No one had tweeted. Facebook wasn't part of the mainstream.
And it was the last time the NBA playoffs didn't have LeBron James.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors signed Andrew Bogut, who is expected to rejoin the team next week and add depth heading into the playoffs.
Jeff and Stan Van Gundy calling first game together
Jeff and Stan Van Gundy both dealt with plenty of drama while coaching in the NBA. On Wednesday night, they get to call a matchup between the two teams that have the most drama in the...
Wade, Nowitzki share eventful history as honorary All-Stars
DALLAS (AP) — Of all the opposing jerseys Dwyane Wade has collected through swaps during his final NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki's was among those the Miami star wanted the most and somehow seemed worried he wouldn't get.
Maybe it had something to do with the "frosty" phase of their relationship, as the Dallas icon described the strain following the Heat's six-game win over the Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals. Maybe Wade thought such a display wouldn't be possible on Dallas owner Mark Cuban's court.
Wade helps Heat top Mavs 112-101 in likely final Dallas game
DALLAS (AP) — Dwyane Wade finished his pregame warmups by re-enacting his launch of the basketball toward the rafters from the moment he won his first championship with Miami on the home floor of the Dallas Mavericks nearly 13 years ago.
The Heat star closed his night on the bench, with a win secure and many of his fans wearing or holding No. 3 jerseys standing and chanting, "We want Wade," in the closing minutes.
Durant lets loose after Warriors beat Spurs 141-102
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant wants everyone to forget the free agency chatter and speculation about where he might play next season, calling it "unnecessary." That's still months away and he is trying to win another championship with the Golden State Warriors.
The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP wants no part of any association with the New York Knicks, either, though that has been a destination some consider a possibility for him.
Heat say they’ll retire Chris Bosh’s jersey March 26
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh, who had arguably the biggest rebound and assist in Miami Heat history, will have his No. 1 jersey retired by the franchise on March 26.
The Heat made the announcement Monday.
Bosh played parts of six seasons in Miami, before his career was cut short by recurring issues with blood clots. He last played for the Heat in 2016.
NBA adds Wade, Nowitzki to All-Star player pool
MIAMI (AP) — Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Miami's Dwyane Wade are both NBA champions, NBA Finals MVPs and longtime ambassadors for the game of basketball.
Clemson-Alabama IV has precedents in other sports
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — LeBron vs. Steph in the spring, Dabo vs. Nick in the winter.
As much as Cleveland and Golden State became annual opponents in the NBA Finals before James left the Cavaliers last summer to join the Los Angeles Lakers after losing the title for the third time in four years to Curry and the Warriors, Clemson and Alabama have squared off in the winter to help determine college football's champion.
Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming
James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena.
The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason.
The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then visit Golden State for the first time since the Western Conference finals, having recovered from a rough start thanks to Harden's torrid stretch.
He promised: LeBron James is the AP’s male athlete of 2018
LeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving his Cleveland home for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the dominant player in the basketball, adding even more glitz on a legacy that reached epic status long ago.
It was, by any measure, a fantastic year for James.
And even without a title, it may have been his most significant year.
NBA’s Christmas lineup headlined by LeBron vs. Warriors
There's no NBA Finals rematch this year on Christmas. Not technically, anyway. It's LeBron James vs. the Golden State Warriors for the fourth consecutive year on Dec. 25, though James will be wearing a Los Angeles Lakers uniform this time.
Curry’s 42 leads Warriors past Cavs in faux Finals rematch
CLEVELAND (AP) — Their fierce rivalry is over, reduced to only memories.
The Warriors and Cavaliers had something special, four straight NBA Finals that Steph Curry will one day savor.
"It was historical," Curry said. "I'll definitely sit back on the couch in 10 or 12 years when it's all over and think about what it was like to play here, and how high the stakes were every time we came into this building."
Right now, Curry and the Warriors aren't ready to reminisce.
Back in Miami: Now a coach, Mike Miller reflects on Heat era
MIAMI (AP) — The memories will be impossible for Mike Miller to ignore on Saturday.
Leonard scores 37, Raptors beat Warriors 131-128 in OT
TORONTO (AP) — Not even a dominant Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors could slow down the red-hot Toronto Raptors.
Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 37 points, Pascal Siakam added a career-high 26 and the Raptors overcame a 51-point performance from Durant to beat the Warriors 131-128 in overtime on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to seven.
LeBron James scores 51 points, Lakers roll past Heat 113-97
MIAMI (AP) — There was a time when LeBron James getting pestered by Lance Stephenson would have worked out wonderfully for the Miami Heat.
Sunday was not one of those times.
The scenario: It was late in the game, the outcome was decided, and Stephenson — James' former rival, now his teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers — challenged him to finish the game off with a 3-pointer.
Tony Parker has 24 points, Hornets beat Pistons 113-103
DETROIT (AP) — Most of the stars of the 2005 NBA Finals have been out of the league for several years.
Tony Parker, is still beating the Detroit Pistons.
Sunday, he faced them for the first time as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, but the results weren't any different. The 36-year-old scored 24 points in 28 minutes off the bench to lead Charlotte to a 113-103 victory.
Paul, Anthony help Rockets top Nets 119-111, end 4-game skid
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rockets had talked long enough about their struggles, and then it was time to do something about it.
So during a timeout with the Brooklyn Nets carving up their defense early Friday night, the Rockets decided they didn't need to hear any more from their coaches. The only way they could solve things was by themselves.
"We just said, you all stay out for a second. Let us talk," Chris Paul said. "At some point, enough is enough."
Pistons play recording of Aretha Franklin singing anthem
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons honored Aretha Franklin before their season opener Wednesday night by playing a recording of her singing the national anthem.
Warriors prepare for bittersweet arena move across the bay
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — If anybody understands an arena's link to a city, to a faithful fan base, Kevin Durant does.
Durant played the final NBA game in KeyArena for the Seattle SuperSonics a decade ago before the franchise's relocation to Oklahoma City, then returned for a nostalgic exhibition earlier this month in the venue's last event. On Tuesday night, he will play an opener against his former Thunder team to begin Golden State's goodbye season at Oracle Arena.
With LeBron gone, Eastern Conference set for a new champion
The roadblock has been removed. With LeBron James gone, the path to the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference is open again.
Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and more are hoping to win the race to it.
James ruled over the East for eight years, making four straight trips to the finals from Miami and then moving back to Cleveland in 2014 and getting there every year since.
Warriors vow to cherish moment, knowing window may be short
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr understands the NBA's business side, free agency and everything it takes to build a perennial winner with a star-studded roster like the one he coaches every day.
He also knows the Warriors' dominance won't last forever. Kerr addressed that thought with his group on the eve of training camp. Sure, a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals would be an incredible feat. Yet Kerr won't make that a regular topic of discussion.
LeBron ‘humbled’ to join Lakers, expects ‘something special’
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James realizes the size of the challenge he accepted when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. After eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances, he knows his new team isn't a true contender with Golden State and the NBA's elite just yet.
The superstar welcomed every step in the process Monday as he began his next chapter in purple and gold.
Kawhi Leonard says he is ready to go after quadriceps injury
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard spoke publicly in his first appearance as a Toronto Raptor and said he is physically ready to play.
Clarkson: Being Philippines flagbearer ranks with NBA finals
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jordan Clarkson says playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals a few months ago was a "great experience."
Being the flagbearer at the opening of the Asian Games may have matched it.
"It was probably one of the happiest days I've had in my career, in my life," Clarkson said Sunday, a day after the opening ceremony in the Indonesian capital. "Just seeing everybody's face, how happy everybody was."
NBC has best ratings week for a network in 2 months
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC cut through the summer doldrums with the best week for a television network since the NBA Finals were seen on ABC two months ago.
NBC was led, as is typical during the summer months, by "America's Got Talent." The competition show was seen by 11.8 million people last week, more than four million more than anything else on television, the Nielsen company said.
Stephen Curry ready to see LeBron James even more often
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A.
After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's official. LeBron is a Laker.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced the signing of LeBron James as a free agent Monday night, confirming the seismic shift created by the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player's decision to leave Cleveland for the 16-time champion franchise on the West Coast.