Riley reflects on Heat season, says time to think is needed

Sports 04/13/19, 14:01

A flight was awaiting Miami Heat President Pat Riley on Saturday, just as he hoped.It just wasn't to Toronto or Milwaukee for Game 1 of a playoff series. That's the problem.Riley's second home in Malibu, California, is one of his happy places — though with the NBA playoffs starting this ...

Pistons say Griffin still day to day with troublesome knee

Basketball 04/12/19, 13:46

Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey says star forward Blake Griffin is still day to day heading into the postseason.The NBA playoffs start Saturday, but Detroit opens its series against top-seeded Milwaukee on Sunday night. The extra rest was a bit of a break for the Pistons, who also get two ...

Red-hot Magic set to face Raptors in Round 1 of NBA playoffs

Basketball 04/12/19, 13:19

There are two very compelling reasons why Orlando has Toronto's attention.Or 31 of them, perhaps.The Raptors lost to the Magic twice this season. And Milwaukee, Toronto and Orlando all were tied for the Eastern Conference's best record over the final 31 games of the season — all going 22-9 down ...

Milwaukee River dyed green to celebrate Bucks’ playoff run

Sports 04/12/19, 12:23

The river in downtown Milwaukee has been turned green — on purpose.It's not algae but a dye that has given the Milwaukee River an eye-popping bright green hue to celebrate the Milwaukee Bucks and the team's color as they head into the NBA playoffs seeded No. 1 in the Eastern ...

The field is set: NBA matchups for 2019 playoffs finalized

Sports 04/11/19, 00:41

The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons.Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff matchups not ...

Golden State clinches 1 seed in West, East field nearly done

Sports 04/08/19, 01:24

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEFinally, a lot of clarity.Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green lays up a shot during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, April ...

Nets end playoff drought with 108-96 win over Pacers

Basketball 04/07/19, 18:34

D'Angelo Russell scored 20 points and Joe Harris added 19 on Sunday, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 108-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers and back into the NBA playoffs for the first time in four years.The Nets moved into position to clinch when Miami lost in overtime at Toronto ...

Heat need win to guarantee Wade’s playoff push will continue

Sports 04/07/19, 01:41

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with four days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEMiami controls its destiny, which sounds good.Brooklyn Nets' Joe Harris, right, reacts with Caris LeVert, left, after making a 3-point shot against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an ...

Divac, Moncrief, Sikma, Weatherspoon headline ’19 Hall class

Sports 04/06/19, 17:22

The longest active streak of missing the NBA playoffs belongs to Sacramento, where general manager Vlade Divac has been trying to return the Kings to the league's elite over the last four seasons.Back when the slick-passing Serbian big man was in the paint, the Kings had quite the run. For ...

Magic closer to ending playoff drought, Warriors near 1 seed

Sports 04/06/19, 01:25

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with five days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEThe Orlando Magic won 20 of their first 51 games.Orlando Magic center Khem Birch (24) blocks the shot of Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter (15) during an NBA basketball game ...

No. 1 Bucks: Milwaukee clinches top spot in the NBA

Sports 04/05/19, 02:05

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with six days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEThe road to the NBA Finals goes through Milwaukee. And the Bucks are the first team in the league to know exactly where they will be seeded for the playoffs.Milwaukee Bucks' ...

The battles for seeding still going strong in NBA races

Sports 04/04/19, 02:35

A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEMilwaukee is on the verge of clinching the NBA's best record, which would lock the Bucks into the No. 1 spot. Toronto would then be No. 2 in the East, and ...

Breaking down the NBA playoff races, which are winding down

Sports 03/25/19, 01:08

The playoff field is largely set.The positioning, that's still anyone's guess.So even while some of what we could have had for drama over the final 2½ weeks of the NBA regular season won't materialize — LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are already out of the playoffs, robbing us ...

All about LeBron: Where does the Lakers star go from here?

Basketball 03/11/19, 01:32

The year was 2005. No one had an iPhone. No one had tweeted. Facebook wasn't part of the mainstream.And it was the last time the NBA playoffs didn't have LeBron James.The Los Angeles Lakers aren't mathematically eliminated from postseason consideration yet, but it's only a matter of time. For the ...

The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending

Sports 02/20/19, 13:15

Golden State is still the favorite for a fourth title in five years.Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City, Denver, can all go ahead and cancel those mid-April vacation plans if they were foolish enough to have made them in the first place.For LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, some work ...

Budenholzer, Malone finding their way to the All-Star Game

Basketball 02/08/19, 15:27

Milwaukee didn't get out of the first round of the playoffs last year. Denver didn't even get into the first round of the playoffs, its postseason hopes thwarted by a loss in the last game of the regular season.As such, few may have seen this coming.The perk of getting to ...

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