• Stephen Curry questionable for Game 1 after practicing in full

    ESPN "Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry returned for his first full practice Thursday and is listed as questionable for Game 1 on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans, coach Steve Kerr said. Curry has missed the team's past 14 games because of a Grade 2 left MCL sprain." April 26

  • Spurs’ Rudy Gay Mulling Player Option Decision

    Hoops Rumors "With the Spurs’ 2017/18 season now in the books, Rudy Gay will face a decision this summer on whether to play out his contract or return to unrestricted free agency. Gay’s two-year deal with San Antonio includes an $8.8MM player option for 2018/19, and Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News..." April 26

  • Report: James Harden, Ashanti are ‘100% in a relationship’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Speculation surrounding a rumored romance between Houston Rockets star James Harden and R&B singer Ashanti has taken another step forward with a report alleging the latest goings-on involving the would-be super-couple. A source purportedly close to Harden told gossip site Terez Owens that..." April 26

  • Rumor: Bulls expected to wait until 2019 for free-agency splash

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Bulls tanked so hard this year, the NBA warned them to cut it out. It was a rare instance of the league responding to actual tanking measures rather than just talk of preferring to lose. Bulls executive John Paxson, via Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago: “We did this year what we..." April 26

  • Otto Porter Jr. has a bone bruise in his left leg, and his Game 6 status is unclear

    Washington Post "While the Washington Wizards look to hold off elimination against the Toronto Raptors, forward Otto Porter Jr. continues to deal with an injury. Porter has played with a bone contusion in his left leg that has been monitored by the Wizards’ medical staff, according to a person close to the..." April 26

  • L2M: LeBron goaltended on Oladipo late in Cavs' Game 5 win

    Sporting News "LeBron James had another chasedown block in the playoffs Wednesday — well, officially, at least. Maybe his rejection of Victor Oladipo's layup attempt in the closing seconds of Pacers-Cavaliers Game 5 was instead goaltending that officials missed. That's Oladipo's impression, anyway. "Hit..." April 26

  • Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell tells OKC crowd that the series won't go 7

    CBS Sports "The Utah Jazz seemed set to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder, and to do it in emphatic fashion. Up by 25 points in the third quarter of Game 5, the Jazz were embarrassing the Thunder on their own floor. Only, they didn't quite finish the job. Early in the third quarter, Rudy Gobert got into..." April 26

  • NBA Rumors: Miami Heat may need to trade Hassan Whiteside for ‘pennies on the dollar’

    Clutch Points "The Miami Heat faces multiple questions surrounding its roster heading into next season. Only a year removed from doling out long-term contracts to Dion Waiters, James Johnson, and Rodney McGruder, the Heat will now have to evaluate Hassan Whiteside’s future with the organization. According to..." April 26

  • Raptors' Wright not happy with Oubre's assessment of his play on the road

    Washington Post "The Washington Wizards heard a torrent of boos in the closing seconds of Game 5 Wednesday night inside Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Raptors fans didn’t appreciate how their party was interrupted with a hard foul by Markieff Morris and a meaningless late bucket by Kelly Oubre Jr. If only..." April 26

  • NBA Rumors: Knicks could reportedly move Porzingis for Leonard

    Sportsnaut "Phil Jackson might not be running the ship in New York anymore, but that doesn’t mean the downtrodden New York Knicks won’t look to move star forward Kristaps Porzingis. Obviously, said deal would have to bring in an equal star for a Knicks squad that has not earned a playoff spot since the..." April 26

  • Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

    NBC Sports Washington "There appears to be at least some chance the Wizards will be without starting small forward Otto Porter when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their first round playoff series on Friday night in Washington. Porter, 24, continues to deal with a right lower leg strain. The injury is..." April 26

  • Report: Kawhi Leonard has a list of demands for the Spurs

    NBC San Antonio "The San Antonio Spurs' offseason is here which also begins the summer of Kawhi Leonard. You know the story by now - he has been absent for most of the season, played nine games, in New York rehabbing his right quad, reports of an alleged rift between him and the team and this summer he could be..." April 26

  • Jimmy Butler the recruiter? Timberwolves should be recruiting Butler, agent says

    Twin Cities "In an interview with WCCO radio’s Chad Hartman on Monday, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was asked if he was concerned about Jimmy Butler’s decision to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. The question was framed as if Butler had two options — undergo one surgery that..." April 26

  • Hawks Expected To Consider Fizdale, Tibbetts, Others

    Hoops Rumors "The Hawks are the latest NBA team to embark on a search for a new head coach, having confirmed on Wednesday that they’ve parted ways with Mike Budenholzer, who had held the position since 2013. While there’s no presumed frontrunner to replace Budenholzer yet, a number of potential candidates have..." April 26

  • Ben Simmons dominating NBA playoffs as a rookie

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "July 20, 1996. Watching Ben Simmons play in the postseason, it’s easy to forget the Sixers rookie point guard is only 21. Simmons has been handling the pressures of his first playoff run with a maturity beyond his years and a basketball savvy that’s putting his achievements among elite..." April 26

  • NBA Rumors: 76ers increasingly confident about signing LeBron

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James-76ers rumors have been mainstream for the better part of the year. And they’re not going anywhere. Marc Stein of The New York Times in his newsletter: I now fully understand why whispers about the Philadelphia 76ers and their growing behind-the-scenes confidence that they can..." April 26

  • One stat sums up Carmelo Anthony's horrible series against the Jazz

    Give Me Sport "Despite putting together a star-studded team last summer in the hope of competing for a championship, the Oklahoma City Thunder are somehow staring playoff elimination in the face in the first round. They trail the Utah Jazz 3-1 after four games and are on the verge of an embarrassing exit..." April 26

  • Carmelo Anthony would not be upset if he sees decrease in minutes

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder went on a late run on Wednesday night to stave off elimination against the Utah Jazz, and they did much of their damage with Carmelo Anthony riding the bench. Anthony clearly wasn’t happy about it at the time, but it’s tough to argue with the result. At one point,..." April 26

  • Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford Get Into Heated Exchange in Tunnel After Game 5

    12 Up "The Rockets may have had to deal with the Timberwolves for one more game than originally anticipated, which means Chris Paul had one more opportunity to get under Minnesota's skin. Paul, despite being dwarf-sized compared to some of these behemoths he goes head to head with, is ​no stranger to..." April 26

  • Knicks interviewed Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga, source says

    Newsday "The Knicks’ list of candidates for their coaching vacancy continues to grow. They’ve interviewed Celtics’ lead assistant coach Jay Larranaga, according to a league source. They received permission to speak to Larranaga and met with Brad Stevens’ top aide last week, the source said. Larranaga is..." April 26

  • Tom Thibodeau says Jimmy Butler’s sore knee kept him on the bench

    Clutch Points "Jimmy Butler was surprisingly held out of the game during the entire fourth quarter, being taken out at the 2:33 mark of the third quarter for sixth man Jamal Crawford, and never entering again, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Houston Rockets 122-104 in a decisive Game 5. Asked for..." April 26

  • Victor Oladipo thinks refs missed goaltend: ‘It sucks’

    Larry Brown Sports "Victor Oladipo was bummed out after his Indiana Pacers lost Game 5 of their playoff series to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, not just because of the defeat, but also because of a controversial call that went against his team. Oladipo drove to the basket with the game tied at 95 and..." April 26

  • Kawhi Leonard’s potential split from Spurs could be story of summer, and Knicks should be interested

    New York Daily News "The Summer of Kawhi has a head start on the Summer of LeBron. Kawhi Leonard is expected to meet with the San Antonio Spurs in the not-so-distant future, assuming that he is medically cleared by his team of doctors. The Knicks should be paying close attention. The most bizarre and unreported..." April 26

  • Why one college basketball analyst warns not to overhype Luka Doncic

    New York Daily News "The first round has been a demonstration of an international basketball revolution. Heroes from origins all over the globe — Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Joe Ingles (Australia), Ricky Rubio (Spain), Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Ben Simmons (Australia), Nikola Mirotic..." April 26

  • Russell Westbrook, Paul George key historic rally to force Game 6

    CBS Sports "The Thunder's season was over. Stick a fork in 'em, see ya next season, good riddance over. With 8:34 remaining in the third quarter Wednesday night in Game 5, Jae Crowder drilled a 25-foot 3-pointer to give the Jazz a 25-point lead, their biggest of the game. It felt like the butcher knife being..." April 26

  • Wall: Wizards are 'very confident' they can force Game 7 vs. Raptors

    The Score "Despite being brought to the brink of elimination at the hands of the Toronto Raptors, the Washington Wizards aren't sweating the 3-2 hole they find themselves in. "We love our chances" of forcing Game 7, John Wall said after the Wizards' Game 5 loss, according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "We're..." April 26

  • Grizzlies To Retain J.B. Bickerstaff As Head Coach?

    Hoops Rumors "As our 2018 NBA Head Coaching Search Tracker demonstrates, there has been little to no news regarding the Grizzlies’ search for a new head man. Moreover, Memphis hasn’t been linked to any new coaching candidates. But as reported by Real GM, Marc Stein of The New York Times recently stated on..." April 26

  • Mike Budenholzer, Hawks agree to part ways after 5 years

    ESPN "The Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer have mutually agreed to part ways, Budenholzer told ESPN. The Hawks announced the move later Wednesday night. Budenholzer, the 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year, and the organization finalized terms of a split on Wednesday night. "I am grateful for..." April 25

  • Heat Expected To Pursue Trade Of Hassan Whiteside

    Real GM Basketball "The Miami Heat are expected to pursue a trade of Hassan Whiteside this offseason. Whiteside is due $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract. "It's been a long year, man, up and downs, up and downs," he said. Whiteside has talked openly about his frustrations..." April 25

  • Warriors GM: It’s possible Curry will play Game 1 vs the Pelicans

    Sportsnaut "Now that the defending champion Golden State Warriors have made quick work of the San Antonio Spurs, they are prepared to take on a red-hot New Orleans Pelicans squad in the conference semifinals starting Saturday. Out the past five weeks after suffering a sprained MCL, two-time MVP Stephen..." April 25

  • LeBron: ‘I hope I’m at my best or close to it’ in Game 5

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James said "hopefully I'm at my best or close to it" for Game 5 tonight against the Indiana Pacers. He was also hopeful the sun rises, he has hot water for his shower, and no one spills coffee on his new Nikes. "You just go out and do what you gotta do to help your team win," James..." April 25

  • Messina proved NBA head coaching mettle against Warriors, players say

    Larry Brown Sports "San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina had to step in for Gregg Popovich during their series against the Golden State Warriors, and his players were impressed by the work he did. After the death of Popovich’s wife, Messina handled the final three games of San Antonio’s series loss to..." April 25

  • So, Carmelo Anthony's Career Is Over, Right?

    The Big Lead "Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder are currently down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz after getting smoked by 17 Monday night. Given how bad Anthony has looked all season, it’s fairly clear we’ve reached the end of his effectiveness in the NBA. Anthony will turn 34 on May 29, and he’s due $27.9..." April 25

  • Report: Kawhi Leonard to return to San Antonio around exit interviews. Then…

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody is sure how the Kawhi Leonard situation is going to play out with the Spurs. As is the nature of the NBA, the GMs of other teams are starting to circle the Spurs like vultures, on the chance that this time Gregg Popovich cannot smooth out the relationship with his star player and needs to..." April 25

  • NBA Rumors: CJ McCollum: DeMarcus Cousins-To-Wizards A Real Possibility

    SLAM Online "CJ McCollum says that he could see DeMarcus Cousins joining the Washington Wizards in free agency if the Pelicans don’t re-sign him. On the latest episode of the Pull Up podcast, McCollum said Boogie “could potentially team up” with John Wall—his former Kentucky teammate—in Washington " April 25

  • Ball is pulling sons out of Lithuania: 'We're not going to waste our time'

    USA Today "The Ball family’s time in Lithuania has come to an end, and it’s for a familiar reason. According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas, LaVar Ball is pulling his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, out of Lithuania with two LKL games left in the season after he couldn’t overcome his..." April 25

  • Report: Final call for Kawhi Leonard supermax deal to come down to Spurs ownership

    Clutch Points "The San Antonio Spurs face a summer of uncertainty, with several of their aging veterans approaching the end of their careers and a star forward with an unknown future with the franchise. Kawhi Leonard, who is approaching the last two years of a five-year, $94.3 million deal (the last one a..." April 25

  • Joe Prunty: Have to make sure Giannis gets more shots in Game 6

    ESPN "After attempting just 10 shots in Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo vowed to come out more aggressively in Thursday's Game 6 in Milwaukee. "It's on me," Antetokounmpo said. "As I said, I had open shots, but they wasn't my shots, so I didn't..." April 25

  • Draymond Green to Chris Webber: “My jewelry fits well”

    San Jose Mercury News "Warriors forward Draymond Green has never been one to hold back a rebuttal. Following Tuesday’s 99-91 Game 5 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Green responded to Webber’s notions that the Warriors forward wouldn’t start for any other team in the league. “I don’t think he can find many GMs..." April 25

  • Jimmy Butler back with Bulls someday? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds

    Chicago Sun-Times "Everything hurts on Jimmy Butler these days. Start with the surgically repaired meniscus in his right knee, and go in every direction from there. He’s minutes removed from a Monday walkthrough — make that a limpthrough in his case — and needs the assistance from a Timberwolves..." April 25

  • Steve Kerr told Manu Ginobili to keep playing

    247 Sports "At the conclusion of Golden State's 99-91 Game 5 and series clinching victory over San Antonio on Tuesday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr sought out Spurs veteran star Manu Ginobili and embraced his former teammate. Kerr congratulated Ginobili on his performance throughout the series and then..." April 25

  • Tony Parker: I Want To Keep Playing, We'll See If It's In San Antonio

    Real GM Basketball "Tony Parker will be a free agent this offseason and his future with the San Antonio Spurs is unclear. Parker will almost certainly be required to take a contract at a reduced rate from his $15.4 million this season. Parker has taken a reduced role coming off the bench behind Dejounte Murray." April 25

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • Klay Thompson does not expect Stephen Curry back for start of next series

    Larry Brown Sports "The Golden State Warriors were able to defeat the San Antonio Spurs in five games without Stephen Curry, but they are hoping that will be the only series they will have to play without the two-time MVP. On Saturday, the Warriors will kick off their Western Conference semifinals series against..." April 25

  • Kenny Smith: How TNT job has set me up for Knicks success

    New York Post "Kenny Smith may be a long-shot candidate for the Knicks’ coaching job, but he doesn’t sound like one — saying he believes he’s “ready’’ to leave Charles Barkley and run the Knicks. The TNT broadcasting mainstay, who won two NBA titles as a Rockets point guard, said his Knicks interview Friday..." April 25

  • Bucks livid over pivotal missed shot-clock violation: 'It's bull----'

    The Score "The Milwaukee Bucks still would've been hard-pressed to win Game 5 against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, but an egregious non-call of a Celtics shot-clock violation did them no favors. Up five points with 80 seconds to play, the Celtics - who'd just gotten away with a backcourt violation..." April 25

  • Wade says NBA future to be decided during offseason

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "If this was Dwyane Wade's final NBA game it will be something that he will decided well after the fact. "There will be no breaking news here in Philly," Wade said at Wells Fargo Center, as Tuesday turned to Wednesday. After 15 NBA seasons, and in the wake of this first-round playoff ouster..." April 25