Chris Paul, Clippers in Western Conference finals – with a twist — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

When Chris Paul left the Clippers in 2017, he said, “I felt like it was not only a good time for change for me, but for the team, too.”

Chris Paul, Clippers in Western Conference finals – with a twist — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Young scores 48 points, Hawks beat Bucks 116-113 in Game 1 — Sentinel and Enterprise

By STEVE MEGARGEE MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trae Young remains as poised as ever in hostile environments in his first postseason. Young scored 48 points, Clint Capela converted a go-ahead putback with 29.8 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-113 on Wednesday night to open the Eastern Conference finals. 752 more words

Young scores 48 points, Hawks beat Bucks 116-113 in Game 1 — Sentinel and Enterprise

Here’s why Deandre Ayton’s dunk was legal and the Suns shocked the Clippers — Daily Bulletin

When Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton reached over the rim to dunk Jae Crowder’s pass for what became the winning points of the Suns’ 104-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers… 513 more words

Here’s why Deandre Ayton’s dunk was legal and the Suns shocked the Clippers — Daily Bulletin

Suns’ Deandre Ayton welcomes Clippers’ small-ball challenge — Press Telegram

PHOENIX — To their credit, the Phoenix Suns didn’t spend their week between games frittering away their advantage. While the Clippers labored against top-seeded Utah Jazz for six second-round games, the Suns spent their six days of downtime after sweeping the Denver Nuggets doing homework. 1,181 more words

Suns’ Deandre Ayton welcomes Clippers’ small-ball challenge — Press Telegram

Clippers hope adjustments will improve outlook vs. Suns — Press Telegram

PHOENIX — One “good, feel-out game” in the books, as Paul George called it, and this Western Conference finals between George’s Clippers and the Phoenix Suns is about as hard to gauge as it was before Sunday’s game, which… 994 more words

Clippers hope adjustments will improve outlook vs. Suns — Press Telegram

Brad Stevens searches for financial flexibility — Boston Herald

To hear Brad Stevens tell it, the process of executing his first NBA trade was conflicting. He got to bring back Al Horford, a player he cherished and indeed depended on as a coach. 601 more words

Brad Stevens searches for financial flexibility — Boston Herald

Nuggets offseason roundtable: Answering six pressing questions heading into the summer — The Denver Post

The Nuggets are getting close, but they’re not there yet. With a foundation around Nikola Jokic set, where do the Nuggets go from here? Welcome to our offseason roundtable, with Nuggets beat writer Mike Singer, deputy sports editor Matt Schubert and columnist Mark Kiszla answer six pressing questions facing the franchise. 2,531 more words

Nuggets offseason roundtable: Answering six pressing questions heading into the summer — The Denver Post

Source: USA Basketball Doesn’t Expect Steph Curry To Play In Olympics — CBS San Francisco

A reporter for the Associated Press tweeted Monday that the US Basketball Team doesn’t expect Steph Curry to play on the team for the Summer Olympics.

Source: USA Basketball Doesn’t Expect Steph Curry To Play In Olympics — CBS San Francisco

Head Games: Ben Simmons’ Future Uncertain After Playoff Flop — CBS Philly

Ben Simmons backed his way to the basket, spun around Danilo Gallinari for the easy look at the net — an uncontested layup, a dunk — and he passed.

Head Games: Ben Simmons’ Future Uncertain After Playoff Flop — CBS Philly

Celtics swap Kemba Walker, 2021 first-rounder for Al Horford in cap clearing trade — Boston Herald

Brad Stevens, faced with salary cap inflexibility that threatened to handcuff his team over the next two years, broke the logjam with a major trade Friday morning. 334 more words

Celtics swap Kemba Walker, 2021 first-rounder for Al Horford in cap clearing trade — Boston Herald

Nuggets president Tim Connelly wants to “reward” Michael Porter Jr. as potential extension talks loom — The Denver Post

Despite his team’s second-round ouster, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly was encouraged by the gains his team made in an unprecedented season that also included a devastating injury to Jamal Murray. Like others within the organization, before Murray tore his ACL, Connelly felt the Nuggets could win a championship. Instead, Connelly heads into the offseason with the core of a championship foundation intact, yet a roster still in need of upgrades.

Nuggets president Tim Connelly wants to “reward” Michael Porter Jr. as potential extension talks loom — The Denver Post