Bulls thankful for rest and preparation time

The Bulls had two three-day breaks in the final four weeks of the regular season, playing poorly in a 17-point home loss against the Trail Blazers after one and winning impressively on the road against the Timberwolves following the other.

Heat hardly Grade A; makeup tests at hand

There were moments when it was difficult to tell what truly mattered for the Miami Heat. They played big; they played small. They played hard; they played not so hard. They got up for the biggest challenges; they shrunk from the smallest ones. There was stability; there was flux.

Recap: LA Clippers vs. Golden State

Klay Thompson tallied 22 points and seven rebounds and despite horrid foul shooting down the stretch from both teams, the Golden State Warriors stole home-court advantage from the Los Angeles Clippers with a 109-105 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series from Staples Center.

Ailene Voisin: Rudy Gay holds the cards in Kings' future

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Is anyone at Sleep Train Arena actually getting any sleep these days? Didn't think so. Barely hours into the offseason, which will be far less traumatizing than the previous three years for obvious reasons - the league just said no to relocation! - the Kings' owners and front-office executives are staring into the teeth of three significant personnel issues.

National Hockey League Playoff Game Capsules

It isn't often the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning play a 60-minute game.Twenty-six saves by Carey Price and two goals by Rene Bourque helped make this the rare case. David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored and the Canadiens beat the Lightning 4-1 Friday night in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Canadiens took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Sunday's Game 3 in Montreal. They won Game 1 on Wednesday when Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime -- the fourth time in five meetings between the teams during this past season and the playoffs that one of their games was decided after regulation. On Friday, all the goals came in the second and third period, the first three against Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, who was pulled after Gallagher scored with 8:14 left. Price was within 1:59 of his first playoff shutout in three years before Teddy Purcell scored on a power play.

Other teams see opportunity to knock Heat out of playoffs

Yes, there is great leaguewide respect for the two-time defending champion Heat. But when some of the other Eastern Conference playoff teams look at the Heat and Indiana, they see opportunity, considering Miami went 11-14 since March 4 and Indiana lost 13 of its past 23.

Recap: Toronto vs. Brooklyn

Paul Pierce and the veteran-laden Brooklyn Nets took over down the stretch to gain the upper hand in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Toronto Raptors, coming through with a 94-87 Game 1 victory at a raucous Air Canada Centre.

NBA playoffs begin with intriguing matchups

This is the time of year that reputations and championships are made. Two-time defending champion Miami looks for the NBA's first three-peat since Kobe and Shaq's Lakers (2000-2002). The star power is immense, including LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard. Let's play ball:

Raptors GM Ujiri apologizes for expletive

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made disparaging remarks towards the Brooklyn Nets during a fan rally outside the Air Canada Centre prior to Saturday's Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

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