Latest National Basketball Association News

Women are having a greater impact on NBA than ever before

Oct. 17, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

Practice is over and Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson is still working. She stands under the basket rebounding and giving feedback to rookie guard Carsen Edwards as he shoots from different spots on the court. After swishing his final three attempts he jogs over to her. "Thanks, coach," Edwards says...

Celtics buy of minor league team unlikely to mean change

Oct. 17, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Boston Celtics' purchase of a minor league affiliate in Maine is unlikely to bring major changes to the Portland team. The Celtics announced on Tuesday that they've finished the purchase of the Maine Red Claws, who play in the G League. Terms of the deal have not been announced....

Barrett falls vs Duke teammate Reddish, and Zion is next

Oct. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — RJ Barrett kept misfiring, a rough start to his college reunion week at Madison Square Garden. Barrett did plenty of things well but not shooting, going 4 for 14 on Wednesday night in the New York Knicks' 100-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Old teammate Cam Reddish left with a victory, but...

New SEC faces get opportunity after offseason talent drain

Oct. 16, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — There will be plenty of new faces with an opportunity to make an impact in the Southeastern Conference now that the upperclassmen who dominated the league last year have departed. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl is confident the league will remain strong, even after losing 12 of its top 13...

Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks

Oct. 16, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets played well and ate great on their trip to China. That was the tenor of their comments Wednesday after their first practice back home, downplaying the impact the ongoing international tension between the NBA and China had on them. The Nets steered clear of any statements...

The NBA's magic number for victories isn't 100 anymore

Oct. 16, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Getting to 100 points in the NBA used to almost certainly guarantee victory. These days, it's the baseline for even having a chance. NBA teams that scored 100 or more points lost more often last season than at any time in nearly 35 years — simply a byproduct of the offensive explosion...

Clippers sign G B.J. Taylor to exhibit 10 contract

Oct. 16, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed guard B.J. Taylor to an exhibit 10 contract, a one-year deal worth the minimum salary. Taylor played four years at Central Florida, where he averaged 15.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 104 games. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder earned AAC All-Rookie team...

Go for 2: In today's NBA, a powerful pair beats 3 of a kind

Oct. 16, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

In today's high-stakes NBA, a powerful pair beats three of a kind. Teams who longed to build a Big Three are now striving for a dynamic duo, hoping two premier players are good enough to win a championship when the belief used to be that it required a trio. And with some of the combinations assembled this summer,...

Edwards' 3s in the 3rd send Celtics to perfect preseason

Oct. 15, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

From Larry Bird to Ray Allen, the Boston Celtics have suited up some of the best perimeter shooters in NBA history. None of them ever had a hotter hand from behind the arc in a quarter than rookie Carsen Edwards on Tuesday night. Edwards made eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points in the third period, leading the...

Lakers' Anthony Davis grateful thumb injury isn't serious

Oct. 15, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Davis hopes to return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for their next preseason game after confirming his thumb injury isn't serious. Davis went through a full practice with the Lakers on Tuesday. The Lakers' superstar newcomer jammed his thumb while playing in an...