NBA Playoffs

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017, file photo, Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel watches his team play the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Vogel as coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday, May 11, because the hiring has not been announced. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday. The 45-year old Vogel did not coach last season following two years with the Magic. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 11, 2019 - 5:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach and Jason Kidd as an assistant. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Vogel's three-year contract has not been finalized. Vogel flew to Los...
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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry reacts after getting up from the floor following a collision with Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 1:05 pm
Kyle Lowry was talking in Toronto on Saturday, discussing any number of topics, offering eloquent answers to every question that came his way. His last sentence was all that really needed to be said. "Nothing matters," the Raptors guard said, "but Game 7." There may be nothing better in sports than...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates the team's win over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, May 10, 2019, in Houston. Golden State won 118-113, winning the series. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
May 11, 2019 - 12:01 am
HOUSTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors still have plenty of work to do if they hope to win their third straight championship. But after fending off the Houston Rockets on Friday night without leading playoff scorer Kevin Durant to advance to the Western Conference finals, they did take a moment...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, center, limps off the court during the second half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 09, 2019 - 7:01 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors will be without postseason scoring leader Kevin Durant as they try to close out the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals. "Well, we'll just find somebody on the bench who can give us 35 points and two blocks and 11 boards and nine...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, speaks with coach Mike D'Antoni during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 09, 2019 - 3:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — In the Western Conference finals last season, the Houston Rockets had home-court advantage and took a 3-2 lead over the Golden State Warriors before Houston star Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of the series. As these teams prepare for Game...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving during the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
May 09, 2019 - 12:25 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo has carried the Milwaukee Bucks to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001. The Bucks have reason to believe they can go even further, thanks to a deep roster that received a boost with the return of guard Malcolm Brogdon for the clinching...
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) watch the ball get away during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 08, 2019 - 2:27 pm
Joel Embiid doesn't know if he will feel better. He certainly knows he has to play better. He's battling an illness, looking like someone who'd rather be in bed than on the court. But the Philadelphia 76ers need their All-Star center, so Embiid is trying to tell himself that he has to dig deeper to...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, looks to shoot over Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
May 06, 2019 - 3:05 pm
DENVER (AP) — Earlier in the playoffs, he was drawing comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain. This week, it's Magic Johnson. As the casual basketball fan — everyone, really — is finding out, Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic has no direct comparison. The All-Star center is turning the NBA playoffs into...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving during the first half of Game 3 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
May 05, 2019 - 2:31 pm
The scenario is simple right now for Milwaukee and Golden State: Win a road game on Monday, go home toting a 3-1 series lead and be one win away from a spot in the NBA's version of the Final Four. The scenario is equally simple for Boston and Houston: Win a home game on Monday, or else. Top-seeded...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, then-Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Phoenix Suns announced Friday, May 3, 2019, they have hired Williams as their new coach, replacing Igor Kokoskov, who was fired last week after one disappointing season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 03, 2019 - 8:44 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns are looking for stability after their previous coach lasted just one season. They hope Monty Williams is the man to lead their turnaround. The Suns announced Friday that they had come to terms with Williams, a former head coach and a current assistant in Philadelphia...
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