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Perfect Matchup Means Warriors Can Save Stephen Curry for San Antonio Spurs

If Stephen Curry suits up at any point in the Golden State Warriors' second-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, necessity will have very little to do with it.<p>From the looks of a Game 1 trouncing Sunday, the Dubs are more than capable of resting their best player and preserving him for …

Stephen Curry

Magic Johnson Says Lakers Should Chase LeBron James, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan

Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson has gaudy standards for who the storied franchise should chase on the free-agent market this summer.<p>Johnson took to Twitter Monday with some advice for the Lakers as they try to retool their roster after an unprecedentedly bad 17-65 season. He mentioned …

Kevin Durant

Doc Rivers Speaks on Blake Griffin, Chris Paul's Futures, Clippers' Title Window

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers spoke about his desire to keep the current core of the team, led by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, together for at least one more season, according to Rachel Nichols of ESPN.<p>He did acknowledge that he expects Paul and Griffin to opt out of their contracts …

Doc Rivers

Cleveland Cavaliers Face First True Test of Their 2016 NBA Playoffs

The Detroit Pistons put up a respectable fight in the first round, but the Cleveland Cavaliers' postseason effectively begins now.<p>The Cavs and Atlanta Hawks are set to meet in Round 2 of the playoffs, a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.<p>Cleveland has waited over a week after sweeping …

Atlanta

Ginobili: Spurs worried about complacency after Game 1 romp

Kevin Durant was in no mood to share his feelings after his Oklahoma City Thunder got obliterated by the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their …

Charlotte Hornets Could Be Annual Contenders If Key Free Agents Return

MIAMI — Behind a spread-out offensive attack and a near-All-Star-level climb from Kemba Walker, the Charlotte Hornets forced their way onto the NBA radar in 2015-16.<p>But injury issues, shooting woes and lack of experience ultimately forced the Hornets out of the playoffs and into an offseason …

Charlotte Hornets

Stephen Curry resumes light shooting on injured right knee (The Associated Press)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he could get into …

Warriors might not “play small” as much without Curry

Image 1of/3<p>Caption<p>Close<p>That small lineup just isn’t the same without You Know Who.<p>Even with Stephen Curry sidelined by a sprained knee, Warriors …

Why a Spurs series rout could lead Kevin Durant to leave Thunder (Yahoo Sports)

The free agent-to-be could be forced to leave Oklahoma City if he wants to play for a true West contender.

Kevin Durant

The Lakers are Luke Walton's worst option – and the one he had to take

The most obvious move for Luke Walton must befuddle so many. After his run last fall as the temporary head coach of the greatest regular season team in NBA history, Luke Walton was going to get head coaching of his own this spring. He had his pick of almost any opening. And all the other options – …

Luke Walton

Spurs’ Game 1 domination a perfect example of their well-oiled machine

SAN ANTONIO – The beauty in watching the San Antonio Spurs lies in their precision. San Antonio doesn’t beat its opponents with flashy plays or overwhelming athleticism, though the Spurs are more than capable of displaying both at times.<p>Instead, the Spurs have created a sustained two-decade run of …

Russell Westbrook

The San Antonio Spurs' Machine Is Officially off and Running

It started with a bang.<p>On the first possession of the first game of the San Antonio Spurs' third NBA playoff go-around with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kawhi Leonard drove past Kevin Durant, Steven Adams and every other blue jersey on the floor for a one-handed slam.<p>San Antonio never let up—not at …

San Antonio

Luke Walton is hired as the Lakers head coach

Walton will be the 22nd head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after a successful two years with the Warriors.<p>The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Golden State assistant Luke Walton to be the franchise's next head coach, the team announced on Friday. It will be the 36-year-old Walton's first head …

Luke Walton

Stephen Curry Injury Update: Warriors PG Comments on Potential Return

As the Golden State Warriors wait for their second-round opponent to be determined, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry sounds cautiously optimistic about a potential return sooner than expected.<p>Curry told reporters on Friday that his sprained MCL is healing well but stopped before declaring he would be …

Stephen Curry

Howard, Rockets on path to divorce as search for right fit continues

When the Stephen Curry-less Warriors put the Rockets out of their collective misery on Wednesday night, it marked the beginning of a very intriguing offseason in Houston.<p>And the continuation of Dwight Howard's futile search for happiness and the right fit.<p>Four years ago, Howard had it all in …

DeAndre Jordan

Spurs vs. Thunder: How they match up in NBA playoffs second round

NBA playoff preview for the Western Conference semifinals:<p><b>2. SAN ANTONIO</b><p>First round defeated Memphis, 4-0.<p><b>vs. 3. OKLAHOMA CITY</b><p>First round defeated Dallas, 4-1.<p><b>Season series:</b> 2-2.<p><b>Key stats:</b> The Spurs have the top-ranked defense in the postseason, holding the Grizzlies to 81 points per game and they …

Basketball

Carmelo Anthony Says He's a Better Scorer Than LeBron James, Stephen Curry

New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has never lacked self-confidence, and that was evident Thursday when he made a lofty declaration on the <i>Dan Patrick Show</i>.<p>According to Andrew Perloff of the <i>Dan Patrick Show</i>, Melo called himself a better scorer than both Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James …

Stephen Curry

Carmelo Anthony Responds to Phil Jackson's Critique of Knicks' Play

Earlier in April, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said of the team and its superstar, Carmelo Anthony, "Some of our best games we played were when Carmelo didn't play and we didn't win but we had great games," per Stefan Bondy of the <i>New York Daily News</i>.<p>On Thursday, Anthony responded to those …

Carmelo Anthony

Draymond Green’s Response To Steph Curry’s MRI Results Is A Secret To The Warriors’ Success

There’s something to be said for people who are, almost by default, happy. They enliven our days even if we can’t understand why they’re so ebullient. For the moody among us, that joy can be grating, especially if it directly conflicts with those of us who share a dour, Schopenhauer-heavy view of …

Success

Draymond Green Said Warriors Laughed at Jason Terry's Game 5 Guarantee

Before the Houston Rockets' Game 5 matchup on Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors, guard Jason Terry guaranteed a victory while speaking with reporters with his team facing elimination.<p>Not only did the Warriors ruin that guarantee, crushing the Rockets 114-81 at Oracle Arena, but …

Golden State Warriors

NBA All-Injury Team, Playoff Edition: How Teams Can Survive Their Fallen Stars

If you're a fan of healthy impact players, the 2016 NBA playoffs are not for you.<p>Injuries are part of the game, and there are always absences we're left to lament during high-stakes postseason pushes. But there have been more bumps and bruises and breaks and sprains than usual this year—at least …

Chris Bosh

The Western Conference playoffs are suddenly wide open

Can the Thunder beat the Spurs this time, or does San Antonio have too big an advantage? Will the Warriors be okay with Stephen Curry? Are the Clippers done? (The Clippers are done.)<p><i>Strange things are afoot in the Western Conference. Injuries are beating up one side of the bracket, while we're</i> …

Stephen Curry

Miami Heat Need More Than Dwyane Wade Resurgence to Keep Series Alive

MIAMI — With the opportunity to either create some needed separation or fall into a frightening hole, the Miami Heat came out Wednesday and played the game they wanted to play.<p>The jump shots that launched and misfired over the past two outings—both road losses to the Charlotte Hornets—were …

Dwyane Wade

If it's not time to blow up the Clippers, it's definitely time to re-evaluate

In the raw aftermath of this two-star pileup of bad luck, there's a temptation for everyone to hit the reset button at once.<p>Time to blow up the Los Angeles Clippers.<p>Right?<p>Before the surgical scars on Chris Paul's right hand have healed and before Clippers fans have been able to process the …

Blake Griffin

Chris Paul out indefinitely for the Clippers with a broken hand

Chris Paul had surgery on the fractured bone in his right hand on Tuesday.<p>Los Angeles Clippers star point guard Chris Paul is out indefinitely after breaking his right hand in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the team announced on Tuesday. Paul had surgery to repair the fractured …

Chris Paul

The hate flows through the Thunder now

Oklahoma City found an angry streak in defeating the Mavericks, and that'll be crucial to knocking off San Antonio.<p>Something amazing happened during the Thunder's gentleman's sweep of the Mavericks: Oklahoma City learned how to hate. To be sure, Russell Westbrook has always been salty and Kevin …

Kevin Durant

Stephen Curry, Chris Paul Injuries Create Tremendous Opportunity Out West

Let’s give thanks that Stephen Curry didn’t hurt his knee in one of the final regular-season games pursuing that record 73rd victory.<p>We never would’ve heard the end of it from the preservationists.<p>The “better safe than sorry” propaganda would’ve found a rapt audience, because it’s oh so easy to be …

Stephen Curry

Clippers' Season Unravelling After Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Injuries

Once in possession of a 2-1 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers and faced with the possibility of playing a Stephen Curry-less version of the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals, the Los Angeles Clippers have seen their postseason promise turn into utter despair.<p>Not …

Los Angeles

How Steph Curry’s Injury Changes the NBA Season

The Golden State Warriors were on course for a historic finals streak, but their star player’s minor knee sprain may have doomed their run.<p>By all accounts, the news about Steph Curry’s knee injury in the NBA playoffs was about the best the Golden State Warriors could have gotten. The star point …

Golden State Warriors

Doc Rivers Comments on Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Injuries

The Los Angeles Clippers lost Game 4 to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, 98-84, but there are more important matters for the team at the moment.<p>All-Star point guard Chris Paul suffered a fractured right hand in the third quarter, and ESPN's J.A. Adande suggested he will likely miss the …

Doc Rivers