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The NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, but the Cleveland Cavaliers took last night to celebrate getting there. While it was a foregone conclusion for many that the Cavs would get back to the Finals, there were no shortage of questions about a team that fired its coach halfway through the season.
28 May 2016
Report: 76ers to consider trades for Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel The Philadelphia 76ers will explore trades for big men Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel ahead of the NBA draft next month, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford report. Check out this story on ...
28 May 2016
TORONTO – For a player who is fond of saying he takes nothing for granted, LeBron James had a confession to make after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 113-87 and advanced to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season.
28 May 2016
Where in the world did that come from? Is it an old video? Kyrie holds the phone as if it’s his, but Kyrie doesn’t have a Snapchat (as far as I know). The answer is more obvious than I thought. It came from Iman’s account — the one he shares with ...
28 May 2016
The playoffs continue on, and the Milwaukee Bucks continue to watch. But hopefully the team, behind our core trio of young talented players, will be able to keep the Bucks relevant through May .
26 May 2016
Cleveland Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving scored 23 points in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday, May 25. Tip: Irving has scored at least 20 points in six of his last seven games and has played at least 30 minutes in ...
25 May 2016
The good thing about a "no leaks" policy is that the entire NBA doesn't know your business, but the bad part is that fans and media don't have any information until a deal goes down. Enter wild speculation.
25 May 2016
Seth Curry: More than just Stephen Curry's brother The younger Curry showed a lot of potential this season with the Sacramento Kings Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1VgToew Seth Curry, better known as the younger brother of back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry, has spent the past…
24 May 2016
Rappers and Toronto Raptors part owner Drake was in attendance for his team's Game 4 win Thursday and, as usual, was an animated presence on the sidelines.
24 May 2016
As this video explains , Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee has joined up with Moment to raise funds for Project Mediashare , an organization working to improve quality of life in Haiti. Moment's process is pretty simple: for a donation of $125 the athlete sponsoring the campaign will recor…
23 May 2016
The Portland Trail Blazers 2015-16 season ended with a loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen and general manager Neil Olshey have a busy summer ahead of them with several free agents on their current team roster including guard Gerald…
23 May 2016
The NBA game is evolving into a spread the floor and going outside in. Guys like Stephen Curry have helped revolutionize the game.
23 May 2016
With the Portland Trail Blazers 2015-16 season wrapped, we evaluate the roster player-by-player, handing the personnel decisions over to the fans to decide which players should stay and which should go. Position: G Height/Weight: 6-5/215 Age: 28 NBA experience: Seven seasons 2015-16 salary: $6 milli…
23 May 2016
Near the end of Game 3, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving left the bench in apparent pain. As he headed to the locker room, Irving had to be helped to the back by a trainer and entered the locker room in pain: Sincerely hope Kyrie is ok but it does look like he's suffering from extreme he…
22 May 2016
After two consecutive blowouts, including one strange Kyle Lowry episode, there hadn’t been much to celebrate about the Toronto Raptors in the conference finals. The Cleveland Cavs pummeled them by an average of 25 points per game and owned a 2-0 lead ...
21 May 2016
Quinn Cook is featured on an NPR podcast called Embedded. They follow him on the highs and lows of life in the NBA’s D-League. You can listen by using the player below. Link: http://www.npr.org/player/embed/478626125/478632631…
21 May 2016
Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri, left, of Tunisia, defends against a drive to the basket by Philadelphia 76ers' Jahlil Okafor in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Dallas. After being selected as the No.
19 May 2016
Heat forward Justise Winslow was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team Thursday, earning more first-team votes than any rookie who was not named to the first team. Winslow received first-team votes from 44 of the 130 media members who voted.
19 May 2016
Philadelphia Sixers big man Jahlil Okafor and Miami Heat wing Justise Winslow were selected to the NBA All-Rookie teams this afternoon. Okafor garnered first team honors while Winslow was named to the second team. This marks the first time Duke has had two rookies selected to the All-Rookie team in…
19 May 2016
After a productive, but limited, postseason last year, Kyrie Irving is establishing himself as a legitimate big-time performer when it matters the most. This year has been a tumultuous one for Kyrie Irving .
18 May 2016
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kyrie Irving dribbled behind his back and then behind his back again, leaving Toronto's Corey Joseph grasping at air. Irving pulled off a few other dizzying spins and other did-he-just-do-that moves while scoring 27 points with ...
18 May 2016
Irving has 18 so far on 8-11 shooting. And the Cavs are up 22. This is all a bit too easy for both Irving and Cleveland right now.
18 May 2016
The NBA Draft Lottery order has been determined and the Philadelphia 76ers will have the #1 pick. The Los Angles Lakers will pick #2. So it's down to Philly and LA. pic.twitter.com/821B2c57HN — Duke in the NBA (@DukeNBA) May 18, 2016 By most accounts, Brandon Ingram is projected to go either #…
18 May 2016
I caught a glimpse of our opponent and something was a little different. Two players immediately caught my eye. They were African-American. Just like me.
16 May 2016
Seth Curry this season showed that he doesn't need his last name to prove that he belongs in the NBA. In the final 11 games left of the excruciating season that the Sacramento Kings just endured, Curry was a bright spot in the mess as he averaged 15.2 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the court…
16 May 2016
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic scored a playoff career-high 30 points in Miami's 103-91 Game 6 victory over the Raptors on Fri., May 13, 2016. Sportswriters Ethan J. Skolnick and Manny Navarro break down Game 6 of the Heat victory over the Raptors on Fri., May 13, 2016 that forced a Game 7. Miami Hea…
16 May 2016
Heat forward Luol Deng 's is active for tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Deng completed the morning shootaround at AmericanAirlines Arena but coach Erik Spoelstra listed him as a game-time decision.
13 May 2016
Mason Plumlee said Thursday that he’ll be “shocked” if the Trail Blazers don’t give Terry Stotts an extension, and Damian Lillard said a renewed deal for the coach “would mean everything to me,” notes Jay Allen of WPOJ-AM (Twitter links). Portland and represe…
13 May 2016
The Salt Lake Tribune) Rodney Hood is guarded by Kobe Bryant as the clock runs out in the first half of a game between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 28, 2016. The Salt Lake Tribune) Rodney Hood is guarded by Kobe Bryant as the clock…
13 May 2016
The Portland Trail Blazers held their annual exit interviews with the media at their practice facility in Tualatin on Thursday, marking the end of the 2015-16 season. "I can't imagine a better place than here, I mean they do things the right way," says Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson.
13 May 2016
Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker and Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood will be invited to join the U.S. Select Team this summer in Las Vegas. The select team is a roster compiled of young rising stars that will compete and practice against the U.S. men’s senior national team, as it prepare…
13 May 2016
I have been seeing a lot of comments dissing Plumlee lately. Look, I know he isn't an offensive threat.
13 May 2016
What's so strange is how normal it seemed Wednesday, a franchise like the Heat - heavily invested in experience - entrusting rookies Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson to swinging its second-round series. "We're young guys that play really hard, so we just tried to bring energy, change the game a l…
13 May 2016
An encouraging MRI means Luol Deng is likely to play Friday against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but center Hassan Whiteside will miss his third straight game of the series due to a sprained right knee. "I texted with him," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Whi…
12 May 2016
For much of the night, this one had an end-of-the-road feel to it for the Miami Heat . They hope it's not, wanting nothing more at this stage than a return to the scene of Wednesday night's 99-91 gut-wrenching loss to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre that left them at a 3-2 deficit in this b…
12 May 2016
Chris Manning : Kyrie Irving is a tempting pick because he's been down right phenomenal so far, but the answer is LeBron James . He's been close to a triple-double on several occasions and has taken the right steps back in order to let Irving and Kevin Love succeed with him.
11 May 2016
His brother, the awesome Steph Curry, has just been voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player. 'Just to see him, his path in the NBA and to take his game to where it is at the moment has been great.'…
11 May 2016
In the last Fear the Sword live chat, we talked about Kyrie Irving's strong play in the playoffs, how the Cleveland Cavaliers matchup with the Golden State Warriors and more. We also talked about how the Cavaliers matchup with either the Miami Heat or Toronto Raptors .
10 May 2016
For Kyrie Irving , it was devastating. His season was ended, and he sat on the floor holding his knee as the other nine players on the court moved on without him as the result of a collision with Warriors guard Klay Thompson in Game 1 of the Finals.
10 May 2016
Perhaps the most impressive part of this layup is how well Kyrie read Atlanta's pick and roll defense. As Kevin Love set his original pick, Irving darted the other way and got directly into the lane.
8 May 2016
Former Pacers coach Frank Vogel will be part of a long list of candidates to replace Dave Joerger, according to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal. Tillery expects the Grizzlies to reach out to veteran coaches David Blatt, Brian Shaw, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy. GM Chris Wallace…
8 May 2016
Every poster by now knows that I want Lance Stephenson here. I think that his troubles are behind him by his actions and way he has conducted himself on and off the court the last two years.
8 May 2016
The Nets' biggest need is at point guard. They've admitted as much. But are there any lead guards available who could make a difference on this 21-61 team? And will new general manager Sean Marks be able to land them? With more than $40 million in cap space but no first-round pick, Marks will have t…
8 May 2016
The 6-foot-10 McRoberts blocked the 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas' dunk attempt with 7:19 remaining in the second quarter. McRoberts averages 0.5 blocks per game for his career.
7 May 2016
The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves down 0-2 to the Golden State Warriors heading into Game 3 at the Moda Center on Saturday. Portland was also down 0-2 to the Los Angeles Clippers in Round 1 of the Western Conference playoffs but the Trail Blazers came back to defeat them in six games.
6 May 2016
At this stage in his career, Jones' game is in an unformed state; who knows what his ceiling and role will be when the dust settles. In 37 appearances this season, Jones showed flashes of being a productive offensive player and game manager, but those flashes can only be so bright when a player has…
6 May 2016
Shelden “The Landlord” Williams is returning to the NBA as a scout for the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets sent out a press release early confirming the hire: “Shelden Williams has been named as a pro scout.  A veteran of six NBA seasons, Williams played for seven different teams, inc…
5 May 2016
With election primary season winding down, we got to thinking. What would it be like if Duke Basketball was in control of the White House? Who would be the President? Vice President? Other important members of the administration? We decided to pick which former or current Blue Devil players we think…
5 May 2016
In our latest mailbag, Eric Nehm and Frank Madden tackle listener questions including whether the Bucks should pursue Kings star DeMarcus Cousins , how Jabari Parker fits alongside Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo , whether the Bucks will look to make a deal on draft night, and why players…
4 May 2016
In these past couple of days, Curry has spent them in the Southeast Asian part of the globe in India to help promote the National Basketball Association to the country and their fans. During, this time, Curry spent it with current New York Knicks center, Robin Lopez where they made appearances on "I…
4 May 2016