Basketball

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have faced almost every postseason obstacle imaginable during their 18-year run of steady success. They've never had their team owner banned from the NBA for life in the middle of a playoff series, though. "Yeah, we've had some challenges...
Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are NBA veterans in every sense of the word. They are multi-time All-Stars, 3-point contest champions and both have played integral roles on Team USA, with Love winning Olympic gold in 2012 and Irving capturing the world championship last year in...
It's already known that Oklahoma City won't win the NBA title, since the Thunder didn't make the playoffs. And now it doesn't look good for the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans, either. Reason? They have players who won stat titles this season...
Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of last year's NBA Finals, though the San Antonio Spurs wouldn't have won without their incredible international presence. The victory celebration was a flag-waving party for players who came to San Antonio from around the globe. They had nine players...
ATLANTA (AP) — They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Conference — including you, LeBron James. Yet, there's hardly anyone outside Atlanta who believes the Hawks will make it to the NBA Finals, much less...
Having trouble envisioning an upset in the Eastern Conference playoffs? That's understandable, since three teams in the eight-team field didn't finish above .500. Milwaukee (41-41), Boston (40-42) and Brooklyn (38-44) wouldn't have even qualified for the postseason in the West,...
CHICAGO (AP) — With the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls came into the season with soaring expectations. Now, it's time to deliver. The Bulls open the playoffs at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday eyeing on a deep run after...
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners held their first serious discussions about the playoff format, though Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday it was too soon to tell if there was interest in changing it. The playoffs will open Saturday without the Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished...
CLEVELAND (AP) — For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights set on another NBA title, and if he can capture it...