Latest NBA Playoffs News

New Kings GM McNair commits to Luke Walton as coach

Sep. 23, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

New Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair said he is looking forward to working with coach Luke Walton to revive a franchise that has the longest current playoff drought in the NBA. McNair was hired last week after a long tenure as an executive in Houston to replace Vlade Divac. He backed Walton publicly...

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray (27) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket as Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) and head coach Michael Malone, right rear, look on during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference final Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Murray, Nuggets hang on in Game 3, cut Lakers' lead to 2-1

Sep. 23, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — They had just lost a playoff heartbreaker, and two nights later the Denver Nuggets quickly went from in control to in trouble. Escaping trouble is what these Nuggets do best. “Everybody always has us packing our bags and leaving, but we’re not ready to...

Something unusual is missing among Nielsen's top programs

Sep. 22, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's something missing in the Nielsen company's listing of last week's 20 most popular prime-time programs, something that once would have seemed inconceivable. Not a single scripted program is included — no drama or no comedy. The most-watched scripted show of the week, NBC's...

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) celebrates forcing a turnover against Miami Heat's Goran Dragic (7) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heat say they've got to be better at the start vs Celtics

Sep. 22, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The formula that the Miami Heat had backed themselves into using throughout this postseason wasn’t exactly ideal. They were losing almost every first quarter, and winning almost every game anyway. It’s not a sustainable plan, and the Boston Celtics finally showed...

Denver Nuggets' Jamal Murray, left, Michael Porter Jr. (1) and Nikola Jokic (15) defend as Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) dunks the ball during the second half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers vow not to let up against resilient Nuggets

Sep. 19, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

With one comeback after another in the playoffs, the Denver Nuggets showed themselves to be a team that falls down but doesn't stay down. The Los Angeles Lakers noticed. They watched the Nuggets repeatedly rally from big deficits against Utah and then the Los Angeles Clippers — and, obviously, are aware...

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron Jame makes a pass during the second half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers roll past Nuggets 126-114 in West finals opener

Sep. 19, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Slow starters in the first two rounds, the Los Angeles Lakers appeared to be in a hurry to put away the Denver Nuggets. It was a strong statement to their opponent — and maybe to the NBA's MVP voters. Anthony Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James added 15...

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra gestures as he watches play against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics, Heat agree: A 2-0 lead in East finals means nothing

Sep. 18, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — If there was a sliver of consolation for the Boston Celtics on Friday, it probably could have been found within the understanding that a 2-0 lead for the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals doesn’t guarantee anything. The Celtics learned that two years ago...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, right, and Anthony Davis argue a call during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball gameagainst the Houston Rockets Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

With LA story ruined, Lakers set for West finals vs Nuggets

Sep. 17, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers were there waiting. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers were right on the doorstep. One more win would have set up a Western Conference finals showdown between the Los Angeles teams, the top two seeds who share residence at Staples Center. It would have been the most eagerly...

The Los Angeles Clippers players sit on the bench during the second half as they fall to the Denver Nuggets in an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Even with Leonard and George, Clippers stall in playoffs

Sep. 16, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The more things changed for the Los Angeles Clippers, the more they stayed the same. They shocked the league by adding superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to a proven cast, immediately creating major expectations for the franchise to win its first NBA championship. In the end, the...

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, right, celebrates their win over the Los Angeles Clippers in an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Murray, Jokic help Denver stun Clippers 104-89 in Game 7

Sep. 16, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Jokic picked out two birthday presents for his coach. He just didn't know which one he would be wrapping. “Before the game I told him, 'Coach, I’m going to give you a really good present — I'm going to get you home or I'm going to get you to the...