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  • LeBron returns to playoffs with Cavs; Celtics up first

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Five years ago, LeBron James left the floor after Game 5 against Boston in disgrace. There were boos from the home fans, even some whispers he’d quit on the Cavaliers. On Sunday,…

  • Update on the latest in sports:

    NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Four openers on tap UNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s second season gets under way today with four first-round playoff games. These are all best-of-seven series: In Toronto, the fourth-seeded Raptors have the homecourt…

  • Wizards playoff preview: Subtraction by attrition, or how the Wizards deny themselves success

    WASHINGTON — If you’re finding it difficult to get muster much excitement about the Washington Wizards’ return to the postseason, there is good reason. Sure, they have a chance to win a playoff series in…

  • As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs

    Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of last year’s NBA Finals, though the San Antonio Spurs wouldn’t have won without their incredible international presence. The victory celebration was a flag-waving party for players who came to…

  • Love, Irving, Davis ready for the NBA playoff debuts

    Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are NBA veterans in every sense of the word. They are multi-time All-Stars, 3-point contest champions and both have played integral roles on Team USA, with Love winning Olympic gold…

  • Go figure: Stat titles rarely lead to NBA titles

    It’s already known that Oklahoma City won’t win the NBA title, since the Thunder didn’t make the playoffs. And now it doesn’t look good for the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans…

  • Harden, Rockets prepare to meet Dallas in 1st round

    HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden helped the Houston Rockets to their first division title since 1994 and the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs starting Saturday against Dallas. But the MVP candidate isn’t content…

  • NBA to include referee names in play-by-play reports

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA will include referee names in its official play-by-play feeds alongside all calls reported to the table starting with the playoffs. The league says Friday the calls will include fouls,…

  • Spurs, Clippers not daunted by their tough first-round draw

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the NBA finalized its playoff schedule this week, one pairing looked out of place. The Los Angeles Clippers against the San Antonio Spurs? Players on both teams couldn’t help thinking…

  • Warriors, Pelicans enter series with different pedigrees

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State secured the No. 1 overall seed two weeks ago and has been at the top of the NBA standings all season. New Orleans needed an all-out effort through its…

  • NBA Draft Order

    First Round The first three picks in the draft will be determined by the lottery and the remainder of the lottery teams will select in positions 4 through 14 in inverse order of their record…

  • Column: Hawks, Warriors have plenty of playoff doubters

    ATLANTA (AP) — They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Conference — including you, LeBron James. Yet, there’s hardly anyone outside Atlanta…

  • Pacers win tiebreaker with Jazz for better draft odds

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have won a tiebreaker with the Utah Jazz, giving them slightly better odds at winning the draft lottery. Both teams finished with 38-44 records. The Pacers have a…

  • Hawks F Sefolosha undergoes surgery for injured right leg

    ATLANTA (AP) — Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha is recovering from surgery on his right leg, which he says was injured during his arrest by New York police last week. The team says Sefolosha had surgery…

  • Video game simulation sees Warriors over Cavs for NBA title

    NEW YORK (AP) — A video game simulation of the NBA playoffs sees the Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, after getting by what would have been an exhausted San Antonio team. The 2K…