BOSTON (AP) — Even as the Montreal Canadiens swept through the opening round of the playoffs — their first postseason series victory in four years — they knew that a more difficult challenge was next.
The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens will meet in the Eastern Conference final, starting Saturday in Montreal (1 p.m. ET, NBC). Quick hits on the series: -The teams met in the 1986 Eastern Conference
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook finished off Oklahoma City's stunning comeback. Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes he should never have had the chance. Westbrook scored 38 points and made three
The storied Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins rivalry will feature a Game 7 for the ninth time in 34 playoff meetings. The Canadiens are 5-3, though the Bruins are 3-2 at home. USA TODAY Sports staffers
After a hard-fought playoff series, NHL teams are supposed to forgive all as they go through the handshake line. But the nastiness of the Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins series apparently continued after
WASHINGTON — For the Indiana Pacers, it was more ugly than pretty, more difficult than easy. But through a tumultuous postseason — almost a microcosm of their whole season — the Pacers got what they wanted.
No. 1 Indiana Pacers (56-26) vs. No. 2 Miami Heat (54-28) Game 1 in Indianapolis: Pacers 107, Heat 96 • Game 2 in Indianapolis: Heat 87, Pacers 83 • Game 3 in Miami: Heat 99, Pacers 87 • Game 4 in Miami:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the Oklahoma City Thunder were down by 16 points and struggling to make any shot early in Game 6, they looked all but ready to fold up and head home for a series-deciding finale.
LOS ANGELES — All the way to the Staples Center loading dock and the most unfair of offseasons, Doc Rivers still was doing it the right way. The Los Angeles Clippers coach, unlike his team's fans in those
The Oklahoma City Thunder may be doomed by injury yet again. Power forward Serge Ibaka, the Thunder's third-leading scorer and key defensive force, will miss the rest of the 2014 NBA playoffs with a left
WASHINGTON — This happened several weeks ago, right after another one of the Indiana Pacers' mystifying home losses during a stretch when they languished badly. We were standing around David West's locker,
For months now, they've been circling one another like two boxers with malicious intentions. For months now, the Pacers and Heat have eyed one another from afar, made off-season and in-season moves with
SAN ANTONIO — The Oklahoma City Thunder will be the only team playing undermanned in the Western Conference finals. With Thunder forward Serge Ibaka ruled out for the rest of the playoffs with a calf that
INDIANAPOLIS — The Miami Heat, including stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, refused to get dragged into Lance Stephenson's inflammatory comments about Wade's often-sore right knee. "D-Wade, his knee kind
INDIANAPOLIS — See Indiana, you can win a Game 1 at home. For the first time in three tries in the 2014 NBA playoffs, the Pacers took the series opener, defeating the Miami Heat 107-96 Sunday and take
SAN ANTONIO — Gregg Popovich was being his vintage self Sunday afternoon, the San Antonio Spurs coach answering questions as if he were on national TV between quarters of a playoff game rather than in
INDIANAPOLIS — Whichever Indiana Pacers team anyone expected — the good, first-half-of-the-season Pacers or the bad, second-half Pacers — the Miami Heat were overwhelmed Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern
SAN ANTONIO — Derek Fisher may well wind up being the next coach of the New York Knicks, but not before the Oklahoma City Thunder guard answers a key question in this matter: Does he actually want to a
SAN ANTONIO — Everything was new for the Oklahoma City Thunder in this post-Serge Ibaka life that they had just started to live. Even the tipoff. Kevin Durant was ready to assume the role in place of out
LeBron James gave the pregame speech before Miami’s game against Indiana on Sunday with all of the normal platitudes that go into pregame speeches before big games. “You all know what this about man. don’t
SAN ANTONIO — Nick Collison was in no mood to talk, and who could blame him? The Oklahoma City Thunder forward had newly installed stitches in his bloody lip and a tooth that had been jarred loose by back
INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Bosh isn't concerned. Not yet anyway. "It's not too frustrating," Bosh said of his offensive struggles in Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals. Bosh four
INDIANAPOLIS — The Miami Heat left town with what they came to get. The Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday, evening the best-of-7 Eastern Conference finals at 1-all and wrestling home-court
INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James meandered through nearly three quarters, seen but barely heard. With less than three minutes left in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, James
(The Sports Xchange) - With goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in brilliant form, the New York Rangers blew past the Canadiens 7-2 in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals at Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday.