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Jeff Van Gundy on All-Star Game: Eliminate it

Feb. 21, 2019 3:11 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he's seeing now from the game is embarrassing and "a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to...

Veteran teams riding experience toward March Madness

Feb. 21, 2019 3:09 AM EST

Buffalo's coaches spent part of Tuesday morning's walkthrough going over defensive assignments, making sure the players were prepared for that night's game against Ohio. As the players moved to their various spots at the coaches' direction, senior guard Dontay Caruthers began telling sophomore Dominic Johnson...

Thunder sign free-agent forward Markieff Morris

Feb. 20, 2019 7:42 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder signed free-agent forward Markieff Morris on Wednesday. The 29-year-old Morris was traded from Washington to New Orleans two weeks ago in a deadline deal, then waived by the Pelicans. He has been cleared to play after being sidelined since late December...

Blazers in familiar territory but with 2 new additions

Feb. 20, 2019 6:45 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in much the same position as last season heading into the post-All-Star break stretch run. They're coming off a confidence-boosting win over Golden State. One thing is new this year, however. The Blazers made a couple of key moves before the...

Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contract

Feb. 20, 2019 5:56 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors signed guard Jodie Meeks to a 10-day contract Wednesday. While with Washington last season, Meeks was suspended 25 games after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone prohibited under the NBA drug program. The suspension came a day before Game 1 of the Wizards'...

Hawks sign former 2-way player Jaylen Adams to new contract

Feb. 20, 2019 5:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks guard Jaylen Adams, originally signed to a two-way contract in the offseason, has agreed to a new full NBA deal. Adams signed the multi-year contract, announced by the team Wednesday, after averaging 1.3 points in 10 games with the Hawks. He is moving into a more prominent role...

Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season's finish

Feb. 20, 2019 3:37 PM EST

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and Cleveland's, Love returned to the practice floor...

Dragic, Jones Jr. practice, set to return to Heat rotation

Feb. 20, 2019 3:28 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. are on their way back to the Miami Heat rotation. Both practiced Wednesday and are available for Miami's game at Philadelphia on Thursday. Dragic has played in only two of Miami's last 41 games, and underwent surgery to clean out his right knee in December....

76ers All-Star C Embiid out a week with sore left knee

Feb. 20, 2019 2:20 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee. Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3...

The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending

Feb. 20, 2019 1:55 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Golden State is still the favorite for a fourth title in five years. Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Denver can all go ahead and cancel those mid-April vacation plans if they were foolish enough to have made them in the first place. For LeBron James and...