NBA Playoffs

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) loses the ball as Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) and guard Danny Green (14) defend during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals in Milwaukee on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 11:39 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals. A lineup change didn't provide one, so the Bucks have to come up with something else in Toronto. The Bucks returned to the starting five they...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy gives instructions during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. Cassidy's Bruins will face the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, May 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 22, 2019 - 4:31 pm
BOSTON (AP) — It's been more than three months since the last championship parade in Boston, and the city is getting antsy. Sure, the Red Sox won the World Series last October. And the New England Patriots earned their sixth Super Bowl victory in February. But since then: Nothing. And Boston's...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts as following the Raptors win in Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 3:42 pm
TORONTO (AP) — For Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors, Monday was all about rest and recovery. Coming off a season in which he sat out 22 regular-season games and never played on back-to-back nights as part of a plan to manage his workload, Leonard played a playoff career-high 52 minutes in Toronto's...
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Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team general manager Rob Pelinka, left, introduces Frank Vogel as the Lakers new head coach at their training facility in El Segundo, Calif., Monday, May 20, 2019. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 3:39 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Frank Vogel's determination to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday. Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' coach was almost overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The...
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El jugador de los Warriors de Golden State Draymond Green (23) lanza contra el jugador de los Trail Blazers de Portland Meyers Leonard, a la izquierda, durante la primera mitad del tercer juego de su serie por las finales de la Conferencia Oeste, en los playoffs de la NBA, el sábado 18 de mayo de 2019 en Portland, Oregon. (AP Foto/Ted S. Warren)
May 19, 2019 - 4:34 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Draymond Green would rather do more playing than complaining these days. Known at times for his temper and tangles with officials, a more mature Green has the Golden State Warriors on the brink of a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. "I realized I got to a point where I...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 110-99. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
May 19, 2019 - 2:40 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's Damian Lillard sustained separated ribs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. Lillard confirmed the injury on Sunday, a day after the Trail Blazers lost 110-99 in Game 3. Lillard was 5 of 18 from the floor and finished with 19...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 17, 2019 - 11:16 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard says Golden State did its job and protected home court. Now it's time for the Trail Blazers to do the same. The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts to Portland on Saturday with Golden State holding a 2...
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gestures during the first half of Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 17, 2019 - 3:25 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr remains optimistic Kevin Durant will return from a right calf injury to play for Golden State at some point this postseason but isn't guessing when that might be. "There's definitely some gray area with any injury but with a calf injury like that especially," Kerr...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2019, file photo, Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard is called for a charge on Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova during the first half of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series in Milwaukee. Successfully taking a charge is difficult and even those who are willing to try won't always do so. Yet it’s a play that can change the momentum of a game during the pressure-packed postseason. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
May 17, 2019 - 9:26 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Toronto guard Kyle Lowry squarely planted his feet and braced for contact with Milwaukee Bucks athletic big man Giannis Antetokounmpo barreling down on him. Lowry, one of the best in basketball at taking a charge, absorbed the punishment and drew a foul against the 6-foot-11...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
May 16, 2019 - 11:26 pm
When the season started, everyone knew the Eastern Conference would have a new king. LeBron James left Cleveland, having taken his talents to Los Angeles. And even Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't sure who would take his place. "I didn't know we were going to be in the Eastern Conference...
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