NBA: Breaking Stories and all the Latest from NBC Sports


Here is the latest Basketball News from NBC News.

Watch all 25 threes from Cleveland in Game 2 win
Apparently, all it takes is a little public discussion of LeBron James‘ “broken” jump shot to get him back on balance and knocking down the three ball — he was 4-of-6 from deep Wednesday. Then again J.R. Smith was 7-of-13, Kyrie Irving 4-of-5, and as a team the Cavaliers knocked down a record 25 threes […]

Report: Rockets to interview Mike D’Antoni, Frank Vogel for coaching vacancy
D’Antoni is currently the Sixers’ associate head coach.

Celtics’ president Ainge embracing expectation-filled summer
During his tenure as Celtics president, Danny Ainge has developed a reputation as deal maker that pounces on opportunities.

Report: J.B. Bickerstaff withdraws himself from consideration for Rockets’ coaching job
Bickerstaff is drawing interest around the league as an assistant.

LeBron James whips one-handed pass, leads to open Kevin Love three (VIDEO)
The Cavs rained threes on the Hawks in the first half.

Cavs set single-game three-point record in blowout win over Hawks
Cleveland took a 2-0 series lead over Atlanta.

Report: Stephen Curry had platelet-rich plasma therapy on right knee
Expect to see him by Game 4.

Miami Heat, Chris Bosh issue joint statement saying he is out for playoffs
This is what the team doctors wanted.

Draymond Green’s fire drives Warriors in pursuit of title
Stephen Curry might be the face of the Warriors with the breathtaking long-range shots and ball-handling that makes Golden State so appealing to watch.

Report: NBA restricts teams ads on jerseys; no alcohol, tobacco, politics, more
The Los Angeles Lakers are not going to have a silhouette of a Patron bottle on their jerseys.

LeBron dodges “Space Jam 2” questions, says focus now only on playoffs
I’m sure LeBron and company are more worried about the script than the marketing opportunities. Sure they are.

Kevin Durant: ‘When I’m talking to women, I’m 7 feet. In basketball circles, I’m 6-9’
How tall is Kevin Durant? He’s listed at 6-foot-9, but his teammates have guessed everything from 6-foot-10 to 7-foot-3. Durant, via Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal: “For me, when I’m talking to women, I’m 7 feet,” he said. “In basketball circles, I’m 6-9.” “But really, I’ve always thought it was cool to say […]

Report: Lakers would trade No. 1 pick if they get it
The Lakers might not even have a first-round pick this year. Thanks to the ill-fated Steve Nash sign-and-trade, the Lakers owe the 76ers (via the Suns) a top-three-protected first-rounder. As the No. 2 seed in the lottery, the Lakers have just better than a coin-flip chance of landing in the top three and keeping the […]

Reports: Kings interviewing Henry Bibby, James Borrego
Unable to present a quality team, it seems the Kings are trying to woo fans by hiring old favorites. Vlade Divac is general manager. Peja Stojakovic is director of player personnel. Corliss Williamson is an assistant coach. Sacramento also tried to hire Bobby Jackson. What about Mike Bibby? The Kings might settle for his dad. […]

Warriors GM Bob Myers: Stephen Curry doesn’t know when he’ll return, nobody does
Stephen Curry said there’s a “pretty good” chance he plays in Game 3 Saturday. The bad news: Warriors general manager Bob Myers says Curry isn’t qualified to make a definitive statement. Myers on 95.7 The Game, as transcribed by Diamond Leung of The Mercury News: “I know everybody wants to know is it going to […]

Report: Larry Bird still hasn’t told Frank Vogel about his future with Pacers
Addressing coach Frank Vogel on Monday, Pacers president Larry Bird said: “What I don’t want to do is leave Frank hanging — there’s other jobs out there he could get.” Two days later, Vogel is still left hanging. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: Larry Bird set his annual end-of-season news conference for Thursday. He hasn’t […]

Kyle Lowry, in historic postseason slump, shoots at arena until nearly 1 a.m. (video)
The Raptors’ Game 1 loss to the Heat ended at 11 p.m last night. Kyle Lowry didn’t finish shooting until nearly 1 a.m. Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star: Kyle Lowry, right now — Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 4, 2016 Kyle just finished shooting. — Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 4, 2016 Beyond his half-court […]

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson suggests Seattle starts a petition to bring back Sonics
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a dumb idea about the Sonics. So, he posted it to Twitter: Baffling this amazing city doesn’t have the #SuperSonics Bring them back! Seattle Loves Basketball! Seattle deserves a @NBA team 🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀 — Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 4, 2016 Seattle, Lets stand up & fight to get our team […]

LeBron James wants to face Dwyane Wade, Heat in conference finals
The Heat haven’t gotten past the Raptors. The Cavaliers haven’t toppled the Hawks, for that matter. But can you imagine a Cleveland-Miami conference finals? LeBron James can. LeBron, via Joe Vardon of “I think naturally of course. That’s since I’ve came back,” James said. “It’d be great to play against those guys in the […]

Watch Dwyane Wade’s game sealing steal, lay-up in overtime
Wade was determined in this one.

Three Things to Watch in Hawks/Cavaliers Game 2: Atlanta needs more Kyle Korver
The Hawks need more Kyle Korver.

Draymond Green tells Trail Blazers to call timeout during Warriors run (video)
Klay Thompson capped a 9-0 game-tying fourth-quarter run with a 3-pointer, and Draymond Green had a message for the Trail Blazers: Call timeout. Terry Stotts did, but that didn’t stop the bleeding. Their swagger running high, the Warriors pulled away for a 110-99 win.

Former D-League All-Star Eric Griffin charged with attempted murder
Eric Griffin – a 25-year-old former D-League All-Star who signed with the Heat, Mavericks and Pistons the last three preseasons and was still trying to play his way into the NBA – has been charged with attempted murder. Sam Gardner of Fox Sports: Griffin was arrested Friday on attempted murder charges after he and another […]

Warriors’ defense, Klay Thompson take over fourth quarter, earn Game 2 win
Only one team in this series can crank up their defense enough to  win them games. The Warriors’ offense feeds off that stingy defense — with or without Stephen Curry in the lineup, again Tuesday it was without — and the combination can lead to big runs. Such as a 34-12 fourth quarter. It was […]

Dwyane Wade’s determination outlasts Kyle Lowry’s buzzer beater
Dwyane Wade was helpless as Kyle Lowry‘s halfcourt heave sailed through the air (though Wade cocked his head back and leaned to the side, as if changing his view could alter the ball’s trajectory). Wade was helpless as the referees swallowed their whistles despite Cory Joseph crashing into him on an inbound. (Haven’t we had enough […]

Raptors starting Norman Powell over Patrick Patterson against Heat
Raptors coach Dwane Casey got a taste of changing his starting lineup. Now he can’t stop. Matt Devlin of Game 1 Rd 2 @Raptors change starting lineup @npowell2404 gets his 1st playoff start! #WeTheNorth — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) May 3, 2016 Norman Powell replaces Patrick Patterson (who replaced regular-season starter Luis Scola in […]

Anderson Varejao responds to Terry Stotts’ ‘dirty play’ charge: Not intentional
Golden State backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn’t deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

C.J. McCollum on Warriors: ‘They set a lot of illegal screens’
Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts accused Anderson Varejao of being dirty on a particular play. C.J. McCollum says the Warriors cross the line much more regularly. via Jason Quick of CSN Northwest: “They set a lot of illegal screens,’’ Blazers guard CJ McCollum said Tuesday at the team’s shootaround at The Olympic Club. “They are […]

Kyle Lowry sends Raptors-Heat to overtime with halfcourt buzzer beater (video)
Kyle Lowry at the buzzer to send it to OT — Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 4, 2016 Kyle Lowry was 2-for-11, including 0-for-5 on 3-pointers. Didn’t matter. He hit the big one to stave off yet another Raptors Game 1 loss. Video via Kenny Ducey of Sports Illustrated

NBA: Spurs got away with two key fouls in crunch time BEFORE final play (videos)
The final play of Thunder-Spurs Game 2 was pure mayhem – five missed calls in the final 13.5 seconds. But what if that high-stakes ending were avoided completely? If officials had gotten previous crunch-time calls correct, it might have been. The last play mattered only because San Antonio was charging back from a five-point deficit […]

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