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NBA playoff notebook: Clippers leading the comeback craze

Jun. 19, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

The postseason is now comeback season. And the Los Angeles Clippers can claim to be the comeback kings. The Clippers’ franchise is known for many things on the futility front: never making the NBA Finals; going 30 years without winning a single...

Spain includes Pau Gasol in preliminary squad for Olympics

Jun. 19, 2021 07:46 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain included Pau Gasol in its preliminary squad for the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. The 40-year-old Gasol was among the 18 players called up by coach Sergio Scariolo to prepare for the Tokyo Games. Only 12 players will make the final squad. ...

Mavericks figure to keep focus on Doncic amid sudden shakeup

Jun. 18, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Mark Cuban is suddenly without a coach and general manager after the Dallas Mavericks were one of the models of stability in the NBA for more than a decade. The owner's next moves figure to be all about superstar Luka Doncic following coach Rick Carlisle's...

Nowitzki joins Mavs as adviser after Nelson, Carlisle leave

Jun. 18, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki is joining the Dallas Mavericks as an adviser in the wake of the abrupt departures of general manager Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle. The franchise leader in nearly every category said Friday he considered Nelson and Carlisle mentors...

Lillard explains reasons for deciding to play in Olympics

Jun. 17, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

Damian Lillard has a whole slew of reasons why he decided to play for USA Basketball at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Among them: The chance to play for U.S. coach Gregg Popovich. Portland’s All-NBA guard — who will be headed to the Olympics for...

Analysis: The NBA playoffs have entered survivor mode

Jun. 17, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

The NBA champion this season will be the last team standing. Perhaps literally. Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers missed Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals with a knee sprain and amid concerns that it could be a far more significant...

Hornets' LaMelo Ball selected NBA Rookie of the Year

Jun. 16, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball thought he would become NBA Rookie of the Year long before he joined the league. That belief became a reality Wednesday night as Ball’s versatility as a passer, scorer and rebounder earned the Charlotte Hornets point guard the honor...

Harden available, Irving out for Nets as they try to advance

Jun. 16, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets will continue to play without Kyrie Irving and don’t know exactly what kind of production they will get from James Harden as the star players deal with injuries. None of that might make any difference if Kevin Durant keeps performing...

Suns say Paul in protocols, status for West finals unclear

Jun. 16, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

Phoenix guard Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the Suns said Wednesday, and it is unclear whether he’ll be available for the start of the Western Conference finals next week. The Suns said Paul's status will be evaluated again Saturday....

Durant's sensational performance sends Nets to 3-2 lead

Jun. 16, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant has always been one of the NBA's most unstoppable scorers. The Brooklyn Nets needed much more than points Tuesday night, so Durant gave them one of the most spectacular performances in postseason history. Durant had 49...