• Joel Embiid Vows He’ll ‘Be A Nightmare’ For The Heat The Rest Of The Series

    Uproxx "Joel Embiid was heated during his first career playoff game. He often took out his frustrations on his new mask, tossing it to the ground when he was fouled or when he didn’t like the feel of his facial protection. He took it out on Justise Winslow and the Miami Heat as well, shoving him to the..." April 20

  • Hassan Whiteside Claims Erik Spoelstra Wants Him To ‘Be In The Corner And Set Picks’ On Offense

    Miami Herald "Five takeaways from the Heat’s 128-108 Game 3 loss to the 76ers, which leaves Philadelphia up two games to one in the series: ▪ After being thoroughly dominated by Joel Embiid, Heat center Hassan Whiteside did what he has a tendency to do – deflect blame elsewhere. Asked to explain his least..." April 20

  • Report: Pistons' Owner Will Meet With Coach Stan Van Gundy Next Week To Discuss His Future

    SI "Pistons owner Tom Gores and president-coach Stan Van Gundy will meet next week to discuss Van Gundy's future with the team, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The two were originally supposed to meet this week. Van Gundy has only one year left on his five-year contract. The Pistons..." April 20

  • Report: Mike Budenholzer withdraws from consideration for Phoenix Suns coaching job

    NBA.com "After spending two days feeling out the head coaching vacancy in his home state, Mike Budenholzer has reportedly decided to pass on a job with Phoenix. The current head coach of the Atlanta Hawks surfaced as a surprise candidate for the Suns last week and met with team officials on Monday and..." April 20

  • Bucks' Parker frustrated by lack of minutes, relationship with Prunty

    SLAM Online "On Thursday afternoon, Bucks forward Jabari Parker voiced his immense frustration with his lack of playing time, via Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News: Through Milwaukee’s first two playoff games (both losses), Parker has averaged 1 point in 12.5 minutes. He will hit restricted free agency this..." April 19

  • Terry Rozier downplays any bad blood with Eric Bledsoe

    ESPN "Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier downplayed any bad blood with Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe and suggested that referring to him as "Drew" during a news conference after Game 1 was simply an accident. Following Boston's Game 2 victory Tuesday, Bledsoe replied, "Who?" when asked about..." April 19

  • Report: Lamar Odom Aiming To Return To Basketball Overseas

    SLAM Online "NBA veteran Lamar Odom is apparently eyeing a return to the court. According to a TMZ report, Odom has been grinding in the gym trying to land a contract to play overseas: Lamar Odom says he’s busting his ass in the gym to get back on the court — telling TMZ Sports he wants to strike a deal..." April 19

  • NBA Rumors: Lakers will chase Kawhi Leonard deal this summer, sources say

    Sporting News "Former Lakers coach and star Byron Scott, for one, said this week that he believes the team has targeted this summer for a quick jump-start rebuild, suggesting that LA will wind up with both Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James this summer. Around the league, front-office sources agree with at least..." April 19

  • Why Rockets' James Harden doesn't have to worry about his 2-for-18 shooting night

    CBS Sports "James Harden had a hellish shooting night on Wednesday, making only two of his 18 field goal attempts and finishing with just 12 points after opening the playoffs with a 44-point masterpiece. All those misses didn't faze him, though: Harden told reporters that he felt good after the game, as the..." April 19

  • Anthony Davis predicts that DeMarcus Cousins will receive standing ovation in New Orleans

    ESPN "Anthony Davis predicted that teammate DeMarcus Cousins will receive a "standing ovation when he comes out here hobbling" for the New Orleans Pelicans' home playoff opener Thursday night in Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Cousins will be sitting courtside at the Smoothie King Center..." April 19

  • Ettore Messina To Coach Spurs In Game 3

    Hoops Rumors "The Spurs have announced that top assistant coach Ettore Messina will coach the club on Thursday night for Game 3 of San Antonio’s first-round series vs. the Warriors, taking Gregg Popovich‘s spot on the bench. Popovich will be away from the Spurs after his wife Erin passed away on Wednesday...." April 19

  • Trail Blazers Stotts eyes lineup change heading into Game 3

    NBC Sports Northwest "Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he is considering lineup changes as his team heads into Thursday’s Game 3 in New Orleans in an 0-2 hole. One of the lineup changes might be forced upon him: Evan Turner, who started at small forward the past 11 games, is questionable with a bruised big toe..." April 19

  • Tristan Thompson is officially $36 million worth of useless

    New York Post "Tristan Thompson has hit a new low — and it has nothing to do with his off-the-court cheating allegations. The once-important piece of the Cavaliers’ Finals runs, Thompson, a former lottery pick, was benched in the 100-97 Game 2 Eastern Conference first-round win against the Pacers. Thompson,..." April 19

  • Tony Parker says it’s going to be difficult to play basketball tonight

    Clutch Points "On Wednesday night, as several teams around the NBA were on the court in playoff contention, news came down the wire stating that Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, passed away at the age of 67 due to complications from an illness that she had been dealing with for..." April 19

  • Dolan not ruling out Porzingis missing all of next season, report says

    Newsday "The Knicks haven’t issued a timetable for Kristaps Porzingis’ return from a torn ACL, but their owner didn’t rule out the franchise player missing all of next season. Porzingis is two months removed from surgery to repair his left ACL. When Porzingis spoke last week before his exit interview,..." April 19

  • Report: 'Forceful Blow' Could Permanently Damage Embiid's vision

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia 76ers' cautious approach with center Joel Embiid may be warranted in the wake of a report regarding his orbital bone fracture. According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, a source said a "forceful blow" to Embiid's orbital bone could cause permanent damage to the..." April 19

  • James Dolan: I Just Think Phil Jackson Underestimated The Job

    Real GM Basketball "James Dolan lamented the tenure of Phil Jackson as president of the New York Knicks. “Everybody who wants to talk about the Knicks wants to ask me about Phil Jackson,” Dolan said, smiling and shaking his head. “The entire market wanted to me to hire him and when I did, the entire market said it..." April 19

  • Tristan Thompson Reportedly Asked Khloe Kardashian For A Paternity Because She May Have Cheated Too

    Total Pro Sports "Oh, how the tables may have turned. Last week, Tristan Thompson completely embarrassed girlfriend Khloe Kardashian after many pictures, videos, and text messages surfaced and brought his cheating ways into the public eye while she was pregnant with his child. Well, it seems Khloe might have..." April 19

  • Tyronn Lue: Need to see more from players other than LeBron

    ESPN "After a 100-97 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in which the Cleveland Cavaliers needed 46 points from LeBron James to even their Eastern Conference first-round series, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue challenged the rest of the team to step up. "I need to see more out of a lot of guys," Lue..." April 19

  • Warriors’ Steve Kerr cited “miscommunication” on TNT report saying Stephen Curry out for 3 more weeks

    San Jose Mercury News "Warriors coach Steve Kerr disputed a report from TNT play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan during Game 2 that said Kerr informed him Stephen Curry would be sidelined for an additional three weeks to rehab his Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee. “It was probably a miscommunication when we met..." April 19

  • Paul George Says Hip Injury Should Be 'Back to 100' for Game 3 vs. Jazz

    Bleacher Report "After leading his team to a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 1, Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George found himself as questionable for Game 2 because of a hip injury suffered during a fall on the court on Sunday. George wound up playing in Wednesday's game, scoring 18 points in a..." April 19

  • Source: Kenny Smith, who has never coached in the NBA, to interview with Knicks

    ESPN "TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks' head-coaching job on Friday, a source told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Smith, who played from 1987 to 1997 with six NBA teams, has never coached in the NBA. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that the four top..." April 19

  • Report: Love Expected to Play in Game 3 Despite Torn Ligament in Thumb

    SI "Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb late in Wednesday's win over the Pacers, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports. Love left the game with just fewer than four minutes remaining in the Cavaliers' 100-97 victory. The injury happened when Love..." April 19

  • Donovan Mitchell, Michael Jordan only rookies with 53+ points in their first 2 playoff games

    Clutch Points "Utah Jazz spitfire guard Donovan Mitchell may not take home a Rookie of the Year award if the virtual coin toss favors Ben Simmons, but at least he’s being mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jordan. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Mitchell joins Jordan as the only rookies ever to score..." April 19

  • Tristan Thompson Reportedly Isn't Living in His Cleveland House With Khloé and True

    Jezebel "Tristan Thompson, accused by several media outlets of rampant cheating just days before his girlfriend Khloé Kardashian gave birth to their daughter, True, is reportedly not living in his Cleveland house with his family. Instead, he comes and goes. A source told People on Wednesday that..." April 19

  • Karl-Anthony Towns on slow start to the playoffs:'No time to be frustrated'

    Sporting News "It's been a rough start to the playoffs for the Minnesota Timberwolves. For Karl-Anthony Towns, it couldn't get any worse. After struggling to find a rhythm in Game 1, his Timberwolves teammates acknowledged they had to do a better job of getting their big fella involved. Game 2 went far..." April 19

  • LeBron Defended TNT’s Allie LaForce For Asking Him About Gregg Popovich’s Wife’s Death

    Dime Magazine "The NBA world was left reeling on Wednesday night when news broke that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, had passed away after an extended battled with an undisclosed illness. Numerous players past and present took to Twitter to offer their condolences and support, but the networks were put..." April 19

  • Wife of Gregg Popovich dies

    USA Today "The San Antonio Spurs announced that Erin Popovich, the wife of 69-year-old coach Gregg Popovich, passed away on Wednesday. "With deep regret the San Antonio Spurs announce that Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, passed away earlier today," the statement read. "Erin and..." April 18

  • Rip Hamilton on Kawhi Leonard-Spurs saga: Gregg Popovich 'thought he was a Tim Duncan'

    CBS Sports "Here's the update on the Kawhi Leonard situation: No one really knows what's going on in the Kawhi Leonard situation. The NBA star is still being listed on Spurs' injury reports as rehabbing his quadricep injury, and he still isn't appearing at Spurs' games. Coach Gregg Popovich seems to be..." April 18

  • Paul George and Donovan Mitchell Will Play in Thunder-Jazz Game 2

    SI "Paul George and Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 of the Thunder-Jazz matchup. Thunder coach Billy Donovan confirmed George's place in the game. The Jazz announced Mitchell's return with a movie poster teasing the news." April 18

  • Joel Embiid officially listed as doubtful for Game 3 vs. Heat

    ESPN "All Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers' first-round series against the Miami Heat on Thursday. The series is tied, 1-1, and Embiid has missed both games. The 24-year-old has been sidelined since March 28 due to broken orbital bone and concussion. He..." April 18

  • LeBron James says Cavs’ roster changes, search for identity hurt team’s playoff preperation

    Pro Basketball Talk "In Game 1 Sunday, the Indiana Pacers clearly knew who they were as a team. Indiana was confident in how they wanted to attack Cleveland and anything the defense threw at them (such as attempts to trap Victor Oladipo). The Pacers knew how they wanted to defend and how to help off of. Indiana played..." April 18

  • Jabari Parker and the Bucks Are Headed for a Divorce, Now Let’s Take a Look at Some Good Landing Spots

    The Big Lead "After watching the Milwaukee Bucks lose again to the injury-ravaged Boston Celtics last night, one thing was certain– this team needs to make some moves in the off-season. The second thing I thought of was where the hell is Jabari Parker? Parker played a meager 10 minutes, and has now played a..." April 18

  • Billboard goes up in San Antonio urging Manu Ginobili to play one more year

    Larry Brown Sports "Manu Ginobili may be entering the final games of his NBA career, but the city of San Antonio is still not ready to say goodbye. Retired former Spur Brent Barry tweeted an image Wednesday of a billboard that went up in the city urging Ginobili to play another year. The message on the billboard,..." April 18

  • Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel enters NBA draft, won't hire agent

    ESPN "Wenyen Gabriel is the latest Kentucky player to declare for the NBA draft, but the sophomore forward told ESPN he won't immediately hire an agent, which gives him the option to return to school. The 6-foot-8 versatile forward announced on social media that he will test the NBA draft process...." April 18

  • Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell to make game-time decision for Game 2: 'It's a matter of being smart'

    Deseret News "Utah Jazz assistant coach Johnnie Bryant pushed rookie Donovan Mitchell through a series of drills following today's shootaround at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mitchell didn’t appear to be limping with the left foot contusion, but the first-year guard is still listed as questionable heading..." April 18

  • Pelicans’ Anthony Davis joins four Hall of Famers on elite list

    Sportsnaut "With his New Orleans Pelicans riding a 2-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers heading into Game 3 of their first-round playoff matchup on Thursday, MVP candidate Anthony Davis is doing things we’ve rarely seen on an NBA court. Davis tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday night’s..." April 18

  • Magic Johnson says Lakers "have really good young players"

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers were obviously a franchise that was in rebuild mode when the 2017-18 season began. However, the Lakers proved that they weren't too far away from contending as they finished the season with a 35-47 record. In an interview with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins, Lakers..." April 18

  • As smart as he is intense, don't worry about possible Draymond suspension

    NBC Sports Bay Area "When the announcement blasted from the Oracle Arena sound system that Draymond Green had been assessed with a flagrant foul the reaction from the sellout crowd was disapproval with a generous undercurrent of dread. The officials are targeting Draymond. Draymond didn’t deserve such harsh..." April 18

  • Wizards head coach throws John Wall, Bradley Beal under the bus after latest loss

    Sportsnaut "It’s becoming a continuing theme around Washington Wizards land. Lose a game in an embarrassing fashion, and listen to head coach Scott Brooks attempt to explain away the struggles by calling out his best players. Following a 130-119 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern..." April 18

  • Report: Relationship between Popovich, Leonard remains strong

    Larry Brown Sports "There has been plenty of drama surrounding the San Antonio Spurs this season, which Manu Ginobili is calling the weirdest of his career. But there is one positive despite it all: the relationship between Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard reportedly is strong. The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps..." April 18

  • Knicks must decide whether Mark Jackson held back Warriors or set them up for success

    New York Daily News "Mark Jackson’s tenure in Golden State is viewed through two very different lenses: Either he’s the coach who set up the Warriors for their dynasty, or was the only thing holding it back. It’s a hypothetical debate that will never have a concrete answer, but also something the Knicks have to..." April 18

  • Detroit Pistons yet to make decision on Stan Van Gundy: Here's why

    Detroit Free Press "To some league insiders, it’s only a matter of time before Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons part ways — or adjust their working situation. When talking to those with firsthand knowledge of the situation, an easy path is laid out for Van Gundy’s return to the sidelines for the last..." April 18

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • Damian Lillard: ‘I’ve Just Got to Be Better’

    SLAM Online "The Portland Trail Blazers are in a 0-2 playoff ditch against the Pelicans, and Damian Lillard knows he needs to step up his play. Lillard had 17 points in a 111-102 Game 2 loss Tuesday night, and says he must overcome the Pels’ hounding defense if Portland is to have a chance in the..." April 18

  • Kawhi Leonard went weeks without communicating with Spurs

    Clutch Points "Usually, when a player is injured, he just doesn’t stay at home. If he can, he joins the team or at the very least, gives them updates. But the Kawhi Leonard- San Antonio Spurs situation is very different. It was revealed that Leonard went weeks without communicating with the team. As reported..." April 18

  • Report: Bucks frustrated at Jabari Parker’s immaturity, jealousy toward Giannis

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Bucks have some soul-searching to do now that they are down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics, and part of it may center around a core player. Yahoo! Sports’ Jordan Schultz reported Tuesday that multiple coaches have said that the Bucks are frustrated with forward Jabari Parker’s..." April 18

  • Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart's mother diagnosed with cancer, urged Smart to stay with the team

    Mass Live "Marcus Smart's mother Camellia knows how much basketball means to Boston Celtics' guard. "My friends and family members, I tell them basketball is my eye of the storm," Smart said. "That's where it's most calm. I can think to myself and relieve all that pressure." So it's small surprise that..." April 18

  • Bucks' Bledsoe on matchup vs. Rozier: 'Who?'

    ESPN "Despite the fact his team has lost the first two games to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe stoked the intensity for the rest of the series when asked if he took the matchup with Celtics guard Terry Rozier personally. "Who?" Bledsoe replied, following Tuesday's..." April 18

  • Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith will sign with agent, stay in NBA draft

    Die Hards "If there was any hope of coach Chris Beard and Texas Tech men’s basketball keeping guard Zhaire Smith in Lubbock for at least another year, it is now clear that Smith will indeed turn pro. Smith announced via his personal Twitter account Tuesday that he will sign with an agent and enter the..." April 18