Latest NBA Atlantic Division News

Simmons, Kawhi, Jamal Murray back among NBA happy returns

Oct. 04, 2022 01:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons streaked behind the defense and caught a pass in transition that he dunked. About a minute later, he fired a cross-court pass to a Brooklyn Nets teammate for a 3-pointer. Those were the types of plays the Philadelphia 76ers had seen many times before. ...

76ers' Doc Rivers merges Black history lessons into camp

Oct. 03, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Doc Rivers is at ease using his platform as an NBA coach to fight bigotry and racial injustice, campaign for politicians he believes in and advocate for social change on themes ranging from poverty to police brutality. Sometimes, his speeches sound like they...

Brown, Tatum, 3-point shooting leads Celtics past Hornets

Oct. 03, 2022 00:55 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and Jayson Tatum added 16 on Sunday as the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics opened under new coach Joe Mazzulla with a preseason 134-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Sam Hauser finished with 14 points for Boston,...

Newly promoted Mazzulla wins preseason debut for Celtics

Oct. 02, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Not too many NBA first-timers get to take over a reigning conference champion and oddsmakers’ favorite to win an NBA title. Joe Mazzulla knows he’s one of the lucky ones. “I felt like I was coaching a great team that wanted to win, that was fun...

AP source: Celtics agree to terms with big man Blake Griffin

Sep. 30, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Veteran big man Blake Griffin has agreed to a contract with the Boston Celtics, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday. The person confirmed the move to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. It was...

Harden knows he's no longer the man in Philadelphia

Sep. 30, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — James Harden and Joel Embiid are beefing over who has been the most unbeatable Sixer during 1-on-1 competition at training camp. The smack talk escalated this week after a recent practice, each one badgering the other over who really is the alpha dog in Philly. ...

Proud to be an American: 76ers star Embiid now U.S. citizen

Sep. 29, 2022 22:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Joel Embiid has tried to keep the ruse alive — that he was nothing more than a 7-foot couch potato this summer. To hear Embiid tell it, every day was easy like a lazy Sunday morning. His biggest offseason accomplishment? “Sleep,” he...

Maxey turns into star guard 76ers need to chase championship

Sep. 28, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Doc Rivers was not expecting guests one day this summer when members of his staff turned up uninvited at his house with a direct demand of the Philadelphia 76ers coach: Tyrese Maxey needed an intervention. It was true. Maxey needed help...

Celtics find some normalcy during 1st training camp practice

Sep. 27, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Joe Mazzulla didn’t want his first practice as the Celtics interim coach to feel any different than his previous three years as an assistant. So when he arrived at the team’s facility Tuesday for Boston’s first training camp workout, he did his best to keep...

Chirpy, chippy Tucker brings missing toughness to 76ers

Sep. 27, 2022 18:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Joel Embiid slung a towel over his shoulder and ditched his sneakers somewhere on the McAlister Field House court as he walked toward an ice tub. He stripped his socks, sunk his size-17 feet into the frosty water and started shooting the breeze with P.J. Tucker. ...