Latest NBA Finals News

Bucks, Rockets have shot to sweep Pistons and Jazz on road

Apr. 21, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Houston's James Harden were this season's leading NBA MVP candidates . In their latest playoff games, the superstars had relatively lackluster performances and their teammates were more than capable of picking up the slack to put Detroit and Utah on the...

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has torn left quadriceps

Apr. 16, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins has a torn left quadriceps muscle that will sideline the Golden State center indefinitely, a devastating injury that the Warriors feared was serious when he went down in the first quarter of their first-round playoff loss to the Clippers. An MRI exam Tuesday morning...

Warriors squander 31-point lead, Clippers tie series at 1-1

Apr. 16, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lou Williams led the Los Angeles Clippers to the largest postseason comeback in NBA history. Landry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry couldn't answer on the other end, and the Clippers somehow rallied from 31 points down on the road to stun the...

John MacLeod, longtime Phoenix Suns coach, dies at 81

Apr. 15, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — John MacLeod, the longtime NBA coach who led the Phoenix Suns to the 1976 NBA Finals, has died. He was 81. MacLeod's son, Matt, confirmed his father's death Sunday to The Associated Press. The elder MacLeod fought Alzheimer's disease for more than a decade. MacLeod is the winningest coach in...

Shorter season? Shorter games? Silver ponders NBA format

Apr. 12, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The future of NBA basketball could look like European soccer. Tournaments that take place during the season along with league games intrigue Commissioner Adam Silver as a way to change the format of the NBA's 82-game season. If it even keeps an 82-game season. Silver mentioned everything...

Playoff time: 10 things to know for the NBA postseason

Apr. 12, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

There's no LeBron James in these playoffs, so the NBA Finals will have a distinctly new look for the first time in nine years. There's no Tony Parker, for the first time in nearly two decades. There's no Dwyane Wade, and he'll never play a playoff game again. San Antonio is in the postseason for a record-tying...

Warriors start playoff road, without LeBron there at the end

Apr. 11, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

The Golden State Warriors are set to begin their quest for a third straight title, and this time it's up to someone else to try to stop them. With LeBron James gone to the West and this year gone entirely from the postseason, the Eastern Conference headquarters for the NBA Finals won't be in his home for the...

The field is set: NBA matchups for 2019 playoffs finalized

Apr. 11, 2019 2:44 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The last spot in the NBA playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons. Their reward: A series against MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The drama of the regular season went all the way to the very end of the regular season, with seven of the eight first-round playoff...

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers' president

Apr. 10, 2019 2:15 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two years...

'Still amazing': Dwyane Wade plays his last game in Miami

Apr. 10, 2019 12:56 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's final home game was memorable for countless reasons. All of his children were there. Former President Barack Obama sent a video, one of many tributes. Fans came early and stayed late, chanting his name. His wife slapped his backside in recognition of his making a 3-pointer. He...