• Injured Anthony will sit out Knicks' last 2 games

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony's will miss the final two games with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, ending his first playoff-less season and potentially his New York Knicks career. Anthony had one of his finest individual seasons, averaging 27.4 points and a career-best 8.1 rebounds in 77 games. But it stunningly amounted to nothing, as the Knicks were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday night. "We've chatted a little bit and I feel for him more than anybody, because the kind of season that he had, he deserves to be in the playoffs and I feel bad about that. I do," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday. Anthony initially hurt the shoulder earlier this month but kept playing as the Knicks were trying

  • Top-seeded Pacers to rest 3 starters in finale

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers finally have a chance to relax. With nothing at stake Wednesday night in Orlando, coach Frank Vogel plans to rest three of his starters and limit the minutes for the other two. Players and coaches are smiling again, and the stress of 5½ grinding months of tracking standings and scores seems to have vanished, literally overnight. It's a welcome respite for the Eastern Conference's top playoff seed. "I think now it's time to just play basketball," All-Star starter Paul George said Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Pacers locked up home-court advantage through the conference finals. "We can really focus on basketball and focus on our other goal.

  • NBA Playoffs: TNT analyst Steve Kerr predicts Spurs will beat Thunder in Western Conference finals

    BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Kerr says Thunder would prefer to play Mavericks in the first round, which begins this weekend

  • VIDEO: Full footage of the Nick Collison-Austin Rivers scuffle

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Austin Rivers and Nick Collison got into a second-quarter scuffle on Monday night, leading to a double-ejection.

  • Cavs Deng wins NBA citizenship award

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Luol Deng has never once forgotten home. He has spent much of his adult life trying to give back to his native South Sudan, the war-torn African nation the Cavaliers forward and his family fled when he was a young boy. And while Deng's contributions have touched many, he knows the work will never end. "I wish I could wake up tomorrow and nobody needs help," Deng said. "But we all know that's not going to happen. I'm just happy to be in the position that I'm in to be able to do the things that I'm able to do." On Tuesday, Deng was commended for his compassion and dedication when he was named the winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given annually to an NBA player, coach or

  • Wizards' coach Wittman finally makes the playoffs

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — No one in NBA history has coached more games with less success than Randy Wittman. He's been in charge for 519 of 'em. Won only 190. That winning percentage of .366 makes him the sole owner of last place among the 90 men who have coached at least 400 games since the league started in 1946. Now on his third team, Wittman will finally coach his first playoff game this weekend, having overseen the Washington Wizards' return from the days of dysfunction. Until now, he's been mostly known as the guy who supplied the punch line whenever the Wizards lost. He cautioned that "fairy dust" wouldn't descend from the rafters if the team ever got above .500. He railed about players defying "the basketball gods" af

  • Warriors C Andrew Bogut has broken rib, uncertain for return

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The playoffs have not even begun and the Golden State Warriors are already dealing with a big blow to their postseason chances. The Warriors could be without center Andrew Bogut as an X-ray revealed that he has a fractured right rib. The injury could keep him out of the start of the playoffs and possibly all of the postseason.

  • Driver runs red light, hits Houston Rockets player, asks for autograph

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Still recovering from a fall in Minneapolis, when he crashed to the court on a dunk attempt, Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was involved in another crash before Monday’s game. Parsons was hit by a driver who ran a red light outside of the Toyota Center, where the Rockets play. Parsons and the driver were not hurt, but the driver did ask for Parsons' autograph after hitting him.

  • Warriors beat Wolves 130-120, secure 6th seed

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As the buzzer sounded at the end of the final home game of the regular season, players surrounded Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson for a group hug — then began jumping and dancing around him. Most had never felt what winning 50 games is like. Stephen Curry had 32 points and 15 assists, rallying the Warriors from 19 points down in the first half to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120 on Monday night to touch off the celebration. "Fifty is a special number," Jackson said. "Some of them never hit 50, and I don't want to be prophetic, but some of them, there's a chance they won't ever hit 50 again.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Monday's loss at New Orleans

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    “Pelican, pelican, flyyyyyy pelican…” Worst loss in franchise history.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: First-round possibilities starting to take shape

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    With only two nights remaining in the regular season, the Thunder’s playoff future is starting to clear up.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Examining the Thunder's remaining playoff scenarios

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    With three nights remaining in the regular season, the bottom of the Western Conference is still yet to take shape.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Sunday's loss at Indiana

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Would have been cool if the Thunder won out… How glad are you going to be that the Thunder lost this game if it ends up being what helps the Pacers knock off the Heat?

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The postseason is almost here, and Anthony Slater is here to answer all your Thunder questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook does not like your after-the-whistle shots

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Following a fourth quarter timeout during the Thunder’s loss to the Pacers on Sunday, a pair of Indiana players were trying to get up a few feel-good after the whistle shots.

  • Will OKC Thunder meet Indiana in the NBA Finals?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Thunder visits Pacers on Sunday, in a matchup OKC hopes happens again in June.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha meshing right back into the Thunder lineup

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins are defensive aces who sporadically contribute on the offensive end. And while they need some time to regain their game condition, a lot of what they do has to do with smarts and power, things that don’t necessarily leave you during a month-long absence.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant draws up a play for Jeremy Lamb, admits he'd love to coach some day

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    During a timeout with less than 90 seconds left on Friday night — a 116-94 Thunder blowout win over the Pelicans that was all but decided an hour earlier — Kevin Durant snatched the white board and drew up an offensive play.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC tops short-handed New Orleans Pelicans

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 116-94 on Friday night to clinch at least the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Friday's win over New Orleans

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    The Pelicans can’t catch a break… The outcome was pretty much a foregone conclusion.