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Marcus Smart, Mikal Bridges top NBA All-Defensive first team

May. 20, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive first team, with Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns joining him as the other guard. Former Defensive Players of the Year Rudy Gobert of Utah and Giannis...

Indiana's Jackson-Davis pulls out of NBA draft, will return

May. 20, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers' top player, Trayce Jackson-Davis, will be on the court next season after he withdrew from the NBA draft Friday. Jackson-Davis still has two years of eligibility remaining and will begin his senior season ranked No. 15 on the school's...

Smart, gritty Celtics hope to maintain intensity vs Heat

May. 20, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Marcus Smart brought the energy boost the Celtics needed to ignite a blowout win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Heat. Now armed with home-court advantage in the series, Boston will look to maintain its edge at TD Garden during Saturday's...

Celtics roll past Heat 127-102, tie Eastern finals at 1-1

May. 19, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — His team was down by 10 in the opening minutes, and Boston coach Ime Udoka was making no effort to hide his level of disappointment. His message was simple. “Wake up," he told his team. Oh, they listened. And the Eastern Conference...

Colton scores late, Lightning beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 2

May. 19, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — In four games over a pressure-filled week, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone from the brink of playoff elimination to a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ross Colton scored with 3.8 seconds remaining, giving the two-time defending Stanley Cup...

NBA prospects see value of college despite other options

May. 19, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — TyTy Washington Jr. remembers being in awe gazing at the banners in Madison Square Garden as he watched the New York Knicks meet the Cleveland Cavaliers and the feeling he had two days later when Kentucky faced Duke at the famed arena. Something else he won't forget?...

Horford and Smart cleared to play, White out for Celtics

May. 19, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Boston Celtics are closer to whole for the Eastern Conference finals. Al Horford's stay in the NBA's health and safety protocols ended Thursday, a few hours before tipoff of Game 2 of the series against the Miami Heat. And Defensive Player of the Year Marcus...

AP source: Timberwolves in talks with Nuggets' Tim Connelly

May. 19, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are talking to Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly about their vacant president of basketball operations role, The Associated Press has confirmed. The talks were confirmed by a person familiar with the discussions, who spoke with AP on...

Kidd, rekindled Mavs on familiar turf down 1-0 at Warriors

May. 19, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Jason Kidd has been here before in his first season as coach of the Mavericks, down 1-0 in a third consecutive NBA playoff series. The Bay Area native is looking for another bounce-back from Luka Doncic and company in his first trip to the conference finals as a coach, which just...

Hornets GM Kupchak signs multiyear contract extension

May. 19, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitch Kupchak has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain the Charlotte Hornets' general manager. Kupchak’s contract was set to expire this summer. “For better or for worse, I will be here for the next couple of years,” Kupchak...