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Monty Williams hoping to give Suns some needed stability

May. 22, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have gone through coaches like tear-away racing visors, the count up to five in five years. The instability has hurt them on the court, the run of playoff-less appearances stretching to nine straight seasons with this year's 19-63 finish. Monty Williams, the man GM James...

Lowry has 25, Raptors rout Bucks 120-102 to even East finals

May. 22, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — With a weary Kawhi Leonard fighting through fatigue, the Toronto Raptors found enough energy to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks. Kyle Lowry led the way. Lowry scored 25 points, Leonard had 19 and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference...

Michigan's Brazdeikis staying in draft

May. 22, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Iggy Brazdeikis is staying in the NBA draft. The basketball program announced his decision Tuesday. The school announced last month that Brazdeikis, Charles Matthews and Jordan Poole were declaring for the draft. All three could have changed their minds and come back, but...

Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett leaving for NBA

May. 21, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett has decided to keep his name in the NBA draft and won't return for his junior year. Brissett made the announcement Tuesday night on Twitter . He said he decided to leave school after getting feedback from NBA teams and speaking with family and friends....

Trail Blazers' cohesiveness helped them to conference finals

May. 21, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers faced a number of challenges on the journey to their first Western Conference finals in 19 years. But there was one they couldn't overcome: The Golden State Warriors. Portland's run in the playoffs, which captured fans' imaginations after Damian Lillard's...

Sam Mitchell leaves Memphis coach Penny Hardaway's staff

May. 21, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis coach Penny Hardaway says former NBA coach of the year Sam Mitchell is no longer part of his staff. Mitchell worked as an assistant coach for Memphis in 2018-19 during Hardaway's debut season. Hardaway said Tuesday at a news conference that Mitchell has "decided to go in...

Wolves turn to Saunders to help lead franchise modernization

May. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three decades after their entry into the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves have deployed an aggressive plan to modernize their operation. What better way, they concluded, than to hire the youngest head coach in the league? Ryan Saunders, at the ripe old age of 33, has been tasked with...

Connelly eager to finish what he started with Nuggets

May. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The prospects of a return home to Washington were undeniably appealing to Tim Connelly. Not nearly as alluring as this: Finishing what he's started. The Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations elected to stay in town even with the Wizards calling. Things are booming these days with...

"Big Bang Theory" finale gets galactic ratings to win week

May. 21, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In its last blast, "The Big Bang Theory" topped the TV ratings by a light-year. The back-to-back, two-episode finale of the nerdy CBS comedy's 12-season run drew 18.5 million live viewers Thursday night to easily win the week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. Sunday night's...

Renaissance man: Beilein ready to breathe new life into Cavs

May. 21, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — High on a wall and across the courts from where John Beilein was sitting, the Cavaliers' basketball history stared the new coach in the face. He wants to make it richer. "Look at all those banners up there," Beilein said, pointing toward reminders of the 2016 NBA championship,...