Two years ago, the Thunder's Kevin Durant tweeted that Kawhi Leonard was a good player who got a lot of help from the San Antonio Spurs' system. Durant recognizes the Leonard Oklahoma City is about to square off against is much more. In fact, Durant is so impressed that he checks how Leonard performs each game.
Posted: April 29, 2016, 4:11 pm
Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83. Silna's younger brother and Spirits of St. Louis co-owner Daniel Silna told The Associated Press that his brother's funeral was held Thursday. Ozzie Silna died Tuesday at a Los Angeles hospital after a brief illness, his brother said.
Posted: April 29, 2016, 9:43 am

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 28: Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks handles the ball during the game against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2016 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Atlanta Hawks had their best regular season in franchise history spoiled last year by a dismal showing against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals. Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Hawks advanced to the second round with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each added 15 points for the Hawks, who earned their first playoff series win over Boston since the St. Louis Hawks beat the Celtics in the 1958 Finals.


Posted: April 29, 2016, 4:10 am

MIAMI,FL - APRIL 27: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat dribbles up court against the Charlotte Hornets during the Eastern Conference playoffs First Round Game Five on April 27, 2016 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwyane Wade does not read the NBA's reviews of officiating in the last 2 minutes of close games, which might be a wise move in this particular case. Since March 2015, the NBA's ''Last Two Minute Report'' has provided a public report card of sorts on everything that happens in the final 2 minutes of games that were within five points or less. The NBA said it releases the reports in an effort to be transparent, and because it would get inquiries from teams and media about certain calls in close games anyway.


Posted: April 29, 2016, 12:51 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings have hired Ken Catanella as assistant general manager.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 11:14 pm
Shaun Livingston's left leg could have been amputated nine years ago. The knee injury he suffered while with the Clippers in 2007 was that severe. Going for a layup, Livingston's leg buckled backward, parallel to the court, when he fell in a freak accident.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 11:11 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Hornets say backup center Spencer Hawes will miss the remainder of their first-round series against the Miami Heat with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 10:59 pm
The Detroit Pistons have finally moved beyond the rebuilding stage. After their first playoff appearance since 2009, Stan Van Gundy's Pistons can look ahead to the offseason knowing that if they simply keep their current starting lineup intact, the future could be fairly bright. The Pistons went 44-38, their best record since 2008, before being swept in the first round of the playoffs by top-seeded Cleveland.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 10:12 pm
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue would like to see his former boss, David Blatt, get another NBA job. Blatt was fired in January despite a 30-11 record and replaced by Lue, who guided Cleveland to the top seed in the Eastern Conference. On Wednesday, Blatt interviewed with the New York Knicks, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 7:48 pm
Marc Gasol has a simple plan for convincing Mike Conley to re-sign with the Grizzlies: Be nice. Tony Allen is going another way. Peter Fleischer of Fox 13 Memphis: TA said he sells Memphis to Mike Conley in his own way: “If I see you in New York or one of them places, you got […]
Author: Dan Feldman
Posted: April 29, 2016, 5:07 pm
How can new coach Scott Brooks get the underwhelming Wizards on track? Looking back on Randy Wittman’s tenure could be instructive. Wittman reportedly upset players by playing favorites, namely Nene and Ramon Sessions. J. Michael of CSN Washington: I’m told by multiple persons with knowledge of the situation, it was Wittman’s outright refusal to ever […]
Author: Dan Feldman
Posted: April 29, 2016, 4:23 pm
The on/off splits for Paul George in the Pacers-Raptors series, which Toronto leads 3-2, are jarring: On: +26 in 189 minutes Off: -29 in 51 minutes Indiana’s problems without George came to a head in Game 5. In the 6:55 George sat, the Pacers shot 0-for-10 and got outscored 19-1. That was more than enough […]
Author: Dan Feldman
Posted: April 29, 2016, 3:43 pm
Right after Kawhi Leonard won the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant sent these tweets favoring Paul George over Leonard: Apparently Kevin Durant isn't all that impressed with Kawhi Leonard. Tweets have since been deleted. #Thunder #OKC pic.twitter.com/2XJUQKj99l — Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) June 16, 2014 With Durant’s Thunder set to face Leonard’s Spurs in […]
Author: Dan Feldman
Posted: April 29, 2016, 2:55 pm
The final game of the Hawks’ 4-2 win over the Celtics included little drama – until it was ending. Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Schröder got into it earlier in the series, and Thomas appeared to want more as he left Game 6. The Boston guard had toward Schröder on the Atlanta bench. After the buzzer, […]
Author: Dan Feldman
Posted: April 29, 2016, 2:16 pm
Ozzie Silna, who turned a fading American Basketball Association franchise into a four-decade windfall of nearly $800 million from the NBA in what's commonly called the greatest deal in sports history, has died at age 83.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: April 29, 2016, 1:40 pm
Of the three teams, I like the Pacers chances best.
Author: Kurt Helin
Posted: April 29, 2016, 12:55 pm
This is like the opposite of the Knicks coaching search.
Author: Kurt Helin
Posted: April 29, 2016, 12:00 pm
The Hawks defense smothered the Celtics though much of the series.
Author: Kurt Helin
Posted: April 29, 2016, 6:13 am
The Detroit Pistons have finally moved beyond the rebuilding stage.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: April 29, 2016, 3:45 am
Another first-round series in the books.
Author: Sean Highkin
Posted: April 29, 2016, 3:10 am
Shaun Livingston's left leg could have been amputated nine years ago.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: April 29, 2016, 2:15 am
Curry suffered the right knee injury in Game 4 of the Warriors-Rockets series.
Author: Sean Highkin
Posted: April 29, 2016, 1:30 am
The Charlotte Hornets say backup center Spencer Hawes will miss the remainder of their first-round series against the Miami Heat with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: April 29, 2016, 12:45 am
This is a sure sign this craze has peaked and started its descent into obscurity again.
Author: Kurt Helin
Posted: April 28, 2016, 11:51 pm
I think the NBA got this one wrong, Zeller fouled him.
Author: Kurt Helin
Posted: April 28, 2016, 10:57 pm
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue would like to see his former boss, David Blatt, get another NBA job.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: April 28, 2016, 10:15 pm
LOS ANGELES — It was a very unexpected moment in the Doc Rivers’ pregame press conference. He’d been asked about what he had to do to keep the spirits up of a young team that had just lost its two best players for the remainder of the playoffs and looked destined for quick elimination. The […]
Author: Kurt Helin
Posted: April 28, 2016, 9:36 pm
Jackson and Anthony don't seem to be on the same page.
Author: Kurt Helin
Posted: April 28, 2016, 8:53 pm
The Latest on the first day of the NFL draft (all times local):
Author: Associated Press
Posted: April 28, 2016, 8:03 pm

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