NBA Playoffs

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 - 7:31 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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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 - 5:40 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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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 - 5:46 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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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013 file photo Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown listens during a news conference in Philadelphia. Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Brown's chances of returning for a seventh season as coach are on the rocks following back-to-back 50-win campaigns. So it goes in Philly, where patience with the Process has worn thin. The Sixers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinal for the second straight season. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)
May 13, 2019 - 11:43 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. He'll get another chance to try and finish the championship chase. The 76ers called a 9 a.m. press conference Tuesday at their complex in Camden, New Jersey, with owner...
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) defends as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket during second half NBA Eastern Conference basketball semifinal action in Toronto on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 13, 2019 - 2:51 am
TORONTO (AP) — For the second time in four seasons, the Toronto Raptors are headed to the Eastern Conference final. While the Raptors won't have to deal with playoff nemesis LeBron James this time, they will face a tough task in controlling Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and the...
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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 - 8:26 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 - 4:05 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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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 - 6:11 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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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 - 5:27 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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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard, left, drives against Philadelphia 76ers' Jimmy Butler, right, during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Raptors won 101-96. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
May 07, 2019 - 2:01 pm
Just when it seemed Kawhi Leonard couldn't get any better, along came the NBA playoffs and another level of performance that's left even his coach awed. Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse joins PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg this week to take the pulse of the playoffs, both in...
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