NBA Playoffs

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, then-New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans. A person with knowledge of the situation says Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins is undergoing tests to confirm a preliminary diagnosis of a ligament tear in his knee. Cousins was injured in a workout in Las Vegas this week, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, because no official diagnosis has been released publicly. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
August 15, 2019 - 5:19 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations. Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-...
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August 12, 2019 - 3:03 pm
Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors has withdrawn from the pool of candidates USA Basketball is considering to take to the FIBA World Cup later this month. Lowry said his surgically repaired thumb isn't ready to allow him to participate in on-court workouts. He had surgery last month to...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, head coach head coach Gregg Popovich speaks with the media during a training camp for USA Basketball, in Las Vegas. USA Basketball opened training camp Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, for the FIBA World Cup, which starts Aug. 31 in China. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 06, 2019 - 3:35 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich typically has a month of NBA training camp and a half-dozen or so preseason games before he picks a San Antonio team, and then gets a few more months of the regular-season grind to mold those Spurs into playoff shape. These aren't the Spurs...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2019, file photo, Virginia's De'Andre Hunter, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the fourth pick overall by the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA basketball draft in New York. Hunter went No. 4 overall, taken by the Los Angeles Lakers. His rights had been traded twice, first to New Orleans as part of the Anthony Davis deal, then to Atlanta. But since neither of those trades could be closed before July 6, Hunter wore a Lakers cap on stage. Silver wants the hat game fixed. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 14, 2019 - 11:19 pm
They'll hand out T-shirts to the Summer League winners following the championship game between Memphis and Minnesota in Las Vegas on Monday night, and then things will finally slow down a bit in the NBA. Maybe. And probably not for long. It's been a hectic month since Toronto won the NBA...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks as San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay (22) watches during the the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
July 07, 2019 - 7:42 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The deal bringing Kevin Durant to Brooklyn is official, and he's changing his number along with his address. The Nets completed a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, with Brooklyn landing Durant and a protected first-round pick in next year's draft for D'...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks as San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay (22) watches during the the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
July 01, 2019 - 1:44 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob is showing his appreciation for Kevin Durant's contributions to three successful seasons by promising that no other player will wear jersey No. 35 as long as Lacob is team chairman. Lacob released a statement Monday thanking Durant, the...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. Rarely relevant at the same time on the basketball court, the Knicks and Nets are front and center in the free agency race, two of the teams best positioned to make a splash when the market opens. Both can afford two top players, with hopes of landing not only a Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, but possibly even both. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
June 30, 2019 - 10:13 pm
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times ET): 1:05 a.m. A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets capped their big day by agreeing to a deal with Kyrie Irving. The point guard left the Boston Celtics to sign on with a Nets team that also got agreements from Kevin Durant and...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts as he leaves the court after sustaining an injury during first-half basketball action against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto. Durant is headed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Warriors after three seasons. His decision was announced Sunday, June 30, 2019, at the start of the NBA free agency period on the Instagram page for The Boardroom, an online series looking at sports business produced by Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 30, 2019 - 10:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant is headed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons. His decision was announced Sunday at the start of the NBA free agency period on the Instagram page for The Boardroom, an online series looking at sports business produced by Durant...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, shoots near Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
June 30, 2019 - 7:38 pm
Damian Lillard wasn't a top-five pick. Tobias Harris wasn't a lottery pick. Khris Middleton wasn't even a first-rounder. Their bank balances won't know the difference soon. Free agency opened Sunday with more than $2 billion in deals getting struck in the opening hours — and that's even without...
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CORRECTS BYLINE TO CHRIS PIZZELLO INSTEAD OF RICHARD SHOTWELL - NBA player Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, reacts as he accepts the most valuable player award at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
June 25, 2019 - 12:03 am
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks fell two games short of the NBA Finals. They won big at the NBA Awards. A tearful Giannis Antetokounmpo earned Most Valuable Player honors, Mike Budenholzer won Coach of the Year, and Jon Horst took Executive of the Year on Monday night in Santa...
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