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After Russ: It's a new start for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Oct. 15, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

No one knew. Russell Westbrook had a chance to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in the final moments of Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series against Portland. He tried a layup with 18 seconds left. It missed. No one knew that was the 17,350th and final shot he would take as a Thunder player,...

Young Denver Nuggets set sights much higher this season

Oct. 15, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Nuggets didn't make major upgrades over the summer like so many of their Western Conference opponents, and they're fine with that — they figure Denver will turn into a desired destination soon enough. The Nuggets return a young corps that won 54 games last season and came within...

From tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run

Oct. 15, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers' complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked. Billy Cunningham was Barkley's first NBA coach and joked the Sixers...

MVP Giannis looks to improve as Bucks' leader this season

Oct. 15, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo. So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors....

In Orlando, everyone's back and expectations are high

Oct. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon doesn't put much credence in outside expectations. The Orlando Magic weren't widely picked to be a playoff team last season, and then not only did the Magic make the postseason but wound up winning the Southeast Division. It's an accomplishment worth noting since the Magic...

With promising core, Bulls set sights on playoff position

Oct. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine would love to showcase their skills before the home crowd when the All-Star Game returns to Chicago this season for the first time since Michael Jordan stole the spotlight in 1988. It would mean the Bulls' promising young stars have taken their games to a...

Kings hope to take next step to playoffs in upcoming season

Oct. 15, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The winningest season in 13 years only whetted the appetite in Sacramento. Nothing short of ending the NBA's longest active playoff drought will be enough to consider the upcoming season a success for the Kings. A roster led by emerging young stars like point guard De'Aaron Fox...

Suns push for improvement, build around Booker-Ayton core

Oct. 15, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker says a busy offseason for the Phoenix Suns is proof the franchise is serious about ending a playoff drought that's approaching a decade. Booker and last year's No. 1 overall pick, Deandre Ayton, comprise the team's promising young core and the Suns hope they can grow into a pair...

Jazz pairing improved offense with already tough defense

Oct. 15, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Playing rugged defense has helped Utah become a consistent playoff team. Now the Jazz seek to become a bigger postseason threat with a more versatile offense. Utah made a flurry of offseason moves designed to bolster the team's outside shooting and give coach Quin Snyder additional...

Nuggets want more, less out of Nikola Jokic

Sep. 30, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Four months later and Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone is still blown away by Nikola Jokic's playoff performance. "What Nikola did in the postseason was remarkable," Malone said Monday as the team reconvened amid heightened expectations in an elevated Western Conference. In 14 playoff...