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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls for a timeout during the first half in Game 2 of the team's first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
April 22, 2017 - 7:59 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Steve Kerr won't coach the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their playoff series Saturday night because of an illness. The reigning NBA Coach of the Year missed the morning shootaround, and the team announced about three hours before the game against the Portland Trail...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova fouls Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
April 22, 2017 - 7:09 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — DeMar DeRozan reverted back to his playmaking form. The Toronto Raptors reasserted themselves on defense. They're headed back to Canada after winning a bruiser of a first-round playoff game on Saturday over the Milwaukee Bucks. DeRozan scored 33 points, and Kyle Lowry had 14 of his...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates a basket during the second half against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 119-114. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 22, 2017 - 3:37 pm
They seem like postseason traditions: LeBron James is going for a sweep, and the Los Angeles Clippers have big problems. James is one win from the second round and the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers might be on the cusp of getting several rest days. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin will miss...
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin follows through on a 3-point basket against the Utah Jazz during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 22, 2017 - 12:59 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night's win against the Utah Jazz. The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his...
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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin follows through on a 3-point basket against the Utah Jazz during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 22, 2017 - 12:15 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a toe injury suffered in Friday night's win against the Utah Jazz. The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Houston Rockets center Nene, right, defends in the second quarter of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 22, 2017 - 7:56 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn't have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and the Thunder held off the Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in...
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April 22, 2017 - 3:40 am
BRAVES-PHILLIES Hellickson, Hernandez lead Phillies past Braves 4-3 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings and Cesar Hernandez had three hits and scored two runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Hellickson (3-0)...
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Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick, right, guards Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 22, 2017 - 2:14 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers sounded in awe of his point guard after watching Chris Paul beat the Utah Jazz with a fantastic fourth-quarter performance. Paul scored a season-high 34 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 111-106 victory Friday night to take...
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Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick, right, guards Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
April 22, 2017 - 12:59 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Chris Paul scored 34 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 111-106 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. The Jazz led most of the game before Paul took over in the fourth quarter and powered a 15-0 run that...
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots as Houston Rockets center Nene, right, defends in the second quarter of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
April 22, 2017 - 12:25 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. James Harden scored 44 points for Houston, but he missed a...
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