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Magic can't overcome miserable shooting performance in Game 1 playoff loss to Cavaliers

Apr. 20, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Statistically speaking, the Orlando Magic entered the playoffs with the worst offense of any team in the field. They lived up — or in this case, down — to their billing. Orlando had four players miss every attempt, and the Magic made only 33% of...

Top-seeded Thunder say their maturity matters more than youth heading into playoffs vs. Pelicans

Apr. 20, 2024 17:41 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After fielding seemingly the millionth question about how young his team is, Thunder coach Mark Daigneault explained why it's not relevant in Oklahoma City's case. “The age is just a number, and there’s a difference between youth and maturity," the...

Donovan Mitchell scores 30, Cavaliers open playoffs with tough-minded 97-83 win in Game 1 over Magic

Apr. 20, 2024 17:36 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Donovan Mitchell and the Cavaliers spent the week insisting they were better prepared for this year's playoffs. On Saturday, they looked it. Mitchell scored 30 points, Jarrett Allen had 18 rebounds and the Cavs looked tougher — mentally and...

Arturas Karnisovas vows to make changes after the Bulls missed playoffs for 2nd straight season

Apr. 20, 2024 17:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas fell on his sword and vowed to make changes after the team he constructed missed the playoffs for the second straight season. He said he takes “full responsibility” and promised to...

Antetokounmpo's injury casts shadow over Bucks' first-round series with Pacers

Apr. 20, 2024 16:42 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are dealing with injuries to key players during the playoffs — once again. And Tyrese Haliburton and the Indiana Pacers are standing in their way. Milwaukee lost four of five regular-season games against Indiana, though they haven’t met in...

Clippers facing prospect of no Kawhi Leonard in playoff opener against Luka Doncic and Mavericks

Apr. 20, 2024 16:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's playoff time in the NBA, and the Los Angeles Clippers have four potential Hall of Famers on their roster. But only three of them are healthy going into a first-round matchup with Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard has been dealing with what...

Heat face Celtics in first round after epic conference finals duel last season

Apr. 20, 2024 15:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — As the Boston Celtics prepare for what they hope will be their latest NBA title run, coach Joe Mazzulla had his team look to past NBA champions for inspiration. The list included sworn adversaries, like the Los Angeles Lakers and their 2010 run, as well as the last...

It's Nuggets vs. Lakers again in Round 1, with a much different feel this time

Apr. 20, 2024 11:39 AM EDT

A year ago when the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, they were weary and worn down. This year, it's different. That's why the Lakers feel like they have a chance — and why the Nuggets expect this to be a challenge. Nikola Jokic and the...

Things to know about the NBA playoffs, which start Saturday

Apr. 20, 2024 06:05 AM EDT

The Boston Celtics had almost no trouble at all with the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs this season, going 35-4 against those squads. Against the teams that actually made the postseason, the Celtics were really good as well. Taking into account only the 16...

Ingram, Valanciunas lift Zion-less Pelicans past Kings and into the playoffs

Apr. 20, 2024 02:11 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hustle plays and production from up and down the lineup helped the New Orleans Pelicans overcome the absence of leading-scorer Zion Williamson, keep their season alive and avoid a historically significant loss. Brandon Ingram scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas...