27 May 2016 at 7:52am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- ''We ain't going home! We're not going home!'' Stephen Curry screamed at the top of his lungs. No, his Golden State Warriors are going back to Oklahoma City, after keeping their title reign and the winningest season in NBA history alive for at least one more game. Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to fire up Golden State's raucous crowd, and the defending champions staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
26 May 2016 at 11:33am
It's not the talk or the emotion that opponents must beware. It's the quiet focus of a superstar.
25 May 2016 at 4:17pm
Joakim Noah has told teammates in recent weeks that he is finished playing for the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday, saying he has no faith in team executives. This past season, the Bulls went 42-40, two games behind the Detroit Pistons for the last playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The report said Noah did not cite his early season tension with first-year Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg as part of the reason he was looking to leave.
25 May 2016 at 3:48pm
25 May 2016 at 2:37pm
NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was a unanimous selection to the 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive First Team announced Wednesday. Also on the All-Defensive top lineup was forward Draymond Green of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, center DeAndre Jordan and guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and guard Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics.
25 May 2016 at 2:19pm
25 May 2016 at 6:28am
Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination. Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
25 May 2016 at 1:36am
(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors are fast becoming a pale shadow of the 73-win team that stormed through the regular season and there is no shortage of theories as to why the league's most dominant team are now on the verge of playoff elimination. After Oklahoma City pummeled the Warriors 118-94 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series on Tuesday, questions poured in like Thunder fast-break points. Is the team's talismanic MVP Stephen Curry healthy?
25 May 2016 at 1:31am
The Golden State Warriors are fast becoming a pale shadow of the 73-win team that stormed through the regular season and there is no shortage of theories as to why the league's most dominant team are now on the verge of playoff elimination. After Oklahoma City pummeled the Warriors 118-94 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series on Tuesday, questions poured in like Thunder fast-break points. Is the team's talismanic MVP Stephen Curry healthy?
24 May 2016 at 5:02pm
23 May 2016 at 10:10am
Surely you've seen the nut shot heard 'round the world by now. As the NBA mulls Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green's status for Game 4 ? following his leg's second straight unwelcome visit to Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams' groin ? we need look no further than hours earlier for the last disciplinary measure to protect the NBA's crown jewels. After all, seldom-used Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones earned himself a one-game ban for a tap to Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo's testicles that was tough to detect, unless you're Biyombo. But Green is far from seldom-used. He's Golden State's most important player not named Stephen Curry, and his loss for Game 4 could spell a third loss in four tries against Oklahoma City. In which case, uh-oh . So, let's dive a little deeper into whether Green warrants a suspension for kicking Adams' rocks, and if that means we have to keep a straight face while exploring the exploits of a different form NBA cherry picking, then so be it. And we're not talking about Dwight Howard giving former Houston Rockets teammate Isaiah Canaan an unexpected love tap on the bench or erstwhile Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer accidentally treating referee Danny Crawford's sore spot like a speed bag during a celebration . (Some celebration, bemoans Crawford.) [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] We're strictly discussing the sort of mano-a-mano cojone contact that occurs between two basketball players in the heat of battle. The NBA history of huevos barbaros is a storied one , and we could regale you with tales of every tater tap in league lore ? like Dwyane Wade's kick to Ramon Sessions' cobblers , Shane Battier's knee to Roy Hibbert's nads and Marcus Smart's punch to Matt Bonner's plums ? but we'll limit our discussion to groin grabs involving players from these playoffs who lived to tell their story. Jan. 28, 2011 : Kevin Garnett taps Channing Frye's twins. Garnett got ejected for bumping Frye's bag during a regular-season meeting, but did not get suspended. While KG left without speaking to reporters that night, Doc Rivers did offer up an explanation of his own. ?That would only be the 20th time that it probably happened in the game,? said Rivers, who was also ejected that night for arguing with officials. ?You see it all the time, guys poking at your stomach. If that is what happened, then he is really a tough guy.? Nov. 4, 2014 : J.R. Smith jabs Glen Rice Jr.'s juniors. It was a heck of a way to welcome in 2014-15, and Smith earned a one-game suspension for this blow to Rice's boys just four games into the season. He was rewarded with a trade to Cleveland two months later. "I was trying to clear space to get as close to the basket as I could to get the shot off," Smith told reporters in the aftermath. "It definitely wasn't anything intentional. I saw him on the floor. I was trying to figure out what happened. Was he bleeding or something or what? The ref didn't call it. The ref called a foul on him. I didn't really see what happened." March 1, 2014 : James Harden kicks LeBron James' coin purse. Harden received a Flagrant 1 foul and a one-game suspension for this after-the-whistle foot to LeBron's family jewels during a regular-season meeting in which the two superstars scored a combined 70 points. "It's a reaction," Harden told the media . "They called a flagrant. Next play we moved on." March 3, 2013 and May 11, 2014 : Serge Ibaka's smacks to Blake Griffin's spuds. Ibaka received a Flagrant 1 foul for this jackhammer to Griffin's jawbreakers. The call was later upgraded to a Flagrant 2, and Ibaka got himself a $25,000 fine, but avoided suspension in the regular season. "He hit my hands away,? Ibaka said after his first meeting with Griffin's goolies. ?He?s strong, so when he grabs you, your jersey or whatever, and you try to defend yourself and rebound. So maybe you can do some move, not to hurt, (but) just to get good position, but then something happens where you get hurt in the paint. It?s not anything where I want to try to hurt him. I?m not that kind of person. I just try to play hard, and that?s it." Ibaka again avoided suspension ? and even a foul this time around ? for walloping Griffin's watermelons as a result of Kendrick Perkins push to his back in Game 4 of a Western Conference semifinals series. "No punch thrown," explained Ibaka . "I was in traffic and one of my teammates pushed me from the back. Then I tried to fall and [Griffin] was already up. It was nothing like that." May 29, 2014 : Russell Westbrook goes Bruce Lee on Tim Duncan's beans. In Game 5 of another Western Conference finals series, this time against the San Antonio Spurs two years ago, the Thunder again found themselves on the opposite side of the on-ball defense. Only, Duncan was actually whistled for finding himself on the receiving end of Westbrook's karate kick to the klackers, and the only explanation offered afterwards was the Spurs star's straightforward explanation to the referees: "He kicked me in the nuts," said Duncan. April 4, 2015 : Shaun Livingston dings Dirk Nowitzki's doodads. Livingston's uppercut to Dirk's under region also received a Flagrant 1 foul and a one-game suspension. "He kind of sat back to create space with his lower area, and it was just bad timing," Livingston said afterward . "Eleven years in the league, I haven't had a dirty play. I haven't made a name in this league by playing that way. It looked worse than it actually was. It's Dirk Nowitzki. It's a Hall of Fame player. You don't do that to somebody like that." March 9, 2016 : Chris Paul's push to Kevin Durant's pods. Somehow, Paul escaped any discipline for backhanding Durant's stepchildren, even scoring as a result. So, the L.A. Clippers star needed no explanation, even if Durant's apricots could've used an apology. *** As you can see, the NBA's discipline measures for a groin greeting is as varied as the offenses themselves, and the league has shown no bias toward stars or altered its policy during the postseason. Harden earned a one-game ban for a clearly intentional sneaker to LeBron's sweetmeats during the regular season, and Livingston got the same for a less blatant tug on Dirk's teabag in the playoffs. These few blows to the ballocks spanned three league executives in charge of doling out the discipline, the most recent of which was on the desk of current NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, who let Paul's swipe at Durant's swingers slide, so perhaps that's reason for optimism in Golden State. But let us not forget the real victims, and say a prayer for Adams' apples before Game 5. - - - - - - - Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don't Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach
22 May 2016 at 5:05pm
21 May 2016 at 10:10am
Billy Donovan is trying to accomplish the improbable and lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship as a first-year NBA coach, just as Steve Kerr did guiding Golden State to its first title in 40 years last June in his rookie season running the Warriors. Donovan is typically straight-faced and serious. While working as a television analyst for TNT, Kerr enjoyed getting to know Donovan while covering his Florida squad in the NCAA Tournament and made an effort to keep in touch - even as Donovan began the daunting process of leaving the college game for the next level.
20 May 2016 at 5:27pm
As the NBA conference finals head into the next-to-last weekend of May, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers look unstoppable in the East, while Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have their hands full out West with Oklahoma City. Ever since the Curry-led Warriors beat James' short-handed Cavs in the 2015 NBA Finals, we've all been looking forward to the sequel, one that had them both at their best. Without question, Curry vs. James, Part II would have the makings of those monumental showdowns in the 1980s between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, a rivalry that propelled the league to unprecedented heights.
20 May 2016 at 3:54pm
19 May 2016 at 5:14pm
Portland has a franchise player in Damian Lillard, roster flexibility and potentially a max salary slot.
18 May 2016 at 3:14pm
Now that the NBA Draft lottery is over, Ed Isaacson checks in with his first mock draft.
18 May 2016 at 1:23pm
17 May 2016 at 8:35pm
Frank Vogel and Adrian Griffin have emerged as Orlando's top targets to replace Scott Skiles.
17 May 2016 at 8:25pm
Sam Hinkie's plan for the Philadelphia 76ers reaped major rewards at Tuesday night's 2016 NBA Draft Lottery. He just won't be around to make the No. 1 overall draft pick it earned. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] More than a month after Hinkie resigned his post as general manager , the Philadelphia 76ers won the draft lottery and will select first in the 2016 NBA Draft. The Sixers' NBA-worst 10-72 record gave them the best odds of winning the lottery at 25 percent, and the percentages went in their favor. In fact, the draft order held exactly to form for the first time ever, with no teams jumping into the lottery-decided top three and no changes among that trio. It appears that Dikembe Mutombo really can see the future .
17 May 2016 at 7:39pm
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress presents The Vertical?s post-lottery mock for the NBA draft on June 23.
17 May 2016 at 7:30pm
The Lakers got the No. 2 pick in the lottery, with the top prizes being Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons.
17 May 2016 at 3:29pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA is opening a basketball-themed entertainment center in China, another effort to connect with fans where it enjoys huge popularity.
17 May 2016 at 2:47pm
The 2016 NBA draft lottery takes place in New York City on Tuesday, locking in the order of selections for the first round of the June 23 NBA draft. Let us prepare for television's most exhilarating spectacle by running through the relevant details, digits and David Stern made sure New Orleans got the No. 1 pick in the Anthony Davis draft in exchange for Tom Benson buying the Hornets diversions related to the NBA's yearly ping-pong-a-palooza. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] 1. When is the lottery? The 2016 NBA draft lottery will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Again: Before the game, not at halftime. The actual drawing of the ping-pong balls happens earlier. We'll explain that in a bit. 2. Which team has the best chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick? The NBA employs a weighted lottery system, meaning the team with the worst record has the best odds of receiving the top pick. This year, that's the Philadelphia 76ers, who finished a league-worst 10-72. That was the second-worst record in an 82-game season in NBA history, bettering only ... the 1972-73 Sixers, who went 9-73. There have been some lean times in the City of Brotherly Love.
16 May 2016 at 3:53pm
13 May 2016 at 8:23pm
Stephen Curry surprised coach Steve Kerr with how quickly he found his groove the past two games after returning from a right knee injury, even with a few more misses than usual for the MVP. Now, Curry and the Golden State Warriors push into the Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City counting on their superstar to be fully healthy for an entire round for the first time this postseason. ''Hopefully, it will be close to 100 percent by Monday night,'' Curry said after Friday's practice.
12 May 2016 at 10:49pm
Skiles' departure can be traced down to one specific, possibly ill-advised trade in February.
12 May 2016 at 4:41pm
Britain's Luol Deng, a key playmaker for the Miami Heat, was declared questionable by the NBA club on Thursday for Friday's crucial home playoff matchup against the Toronto Raptors. The 31-year-old Sudanese-born forward underwent an MRI exam that revealed no fracture in showing the extent of the injury, which was suffered in Wednesday's 99-91 loss at Toronto. The winner will face the Cleveland Cavaliers to decide a berth in next month's NBA Finals.
12 May 2016 at 1:27pm
Scott Skiles gave the NBA coaching carousel an unexpected spin on Thursday, abruptly resigning as head coach of the Orlando Magic after one season. "After much thought and careful consideration, I and I alone, have come to the conclusion that I am not the right head coach for this team," said Skiles in a statement issued by the Magic. "Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as head coach of the Orlando Magic.
11 May 2016 at 6:11pm