The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies will battle for the Western Conference title, starting with Game 1 Sunday afternoon at the AT&T Center.
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Golden State Warriors have earned their optimism fair and fervently this time.
For a brief moment Wednesday night, the armor was lifted and, with the right eyes, you could see into Dwyane Wade's soul - observe the working parts that motivate one of the toughest competitors in professional sports.
SAN ANTONIO - Surprise, surprise, the Los Angeles Lakers made it to the Western Conference finals.
Carmelo Anthony was nearly unstoppable for three quarters.
Brendan Smith netted the game-winning goal late in the second period, part of a four-goal burst which lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks to even this Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece. Damien Brunner, Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula also lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who recovered nicely following Wednesday's series-opening 4-1 loss. Henrik Zetterberg posted two assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots for the win. Patrick Kane registered the lone goal and Corey Crawford made 26 saves for the Blackhawks, who saw their eight-game win streak against Detroit ended. Game 3 shifts to Joe Louis Arena on Monday.
MIAMI - The rivalry has simmered for a year.
Indiana spent the entire season perfecting its defense.
Unlike the New York Knicks, Lance Stephenson didn't want to go back home.
MINNEAPOLIS - Dave Joerger is the lead assistant for coach Lionel Hollins with the Memphis Grizzlies. They open play in the Western Conference finals on Sunday in San Antonio.
CHICAGO - Fresh on the job, Flip Saunders, the Minnesota Timberwolves' new president of basketball operations, worked the room when NBA executives, coaches, scouts and 60 prospects in the June draft gathered in Chicago for three days last week.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte Bobcats are on their way to becoming the Charlotte Hornets.
Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill has been cleared to participate in Saturday's pivotal Game 6 of the team's Eastern Conference semifinal series with the New York Knicks.
Two young employees at Tibco Software Inc. recently challenged the head of the company to a pull-up contest, and Vivek Ranadive didn't hesitate to accept.
Dwyane Wade would have been in Chicago for a Heat playoff game Friday night if he hadn't helped eliminate the Bulls with a big fourth quarter two nights early.
As Derrick Rose continually dominated the Miami Heat's ball boys during pregame warmups at AmericanAirlines Arena, it became increasingly clear that the Chicago Bulls were largely playing for the future these past two weeks.
Trey Burke thought he had it all.
Pistons fans will have to wait a little while for ESPN's Bad Boys retrospective.
Indiana Pacers guard George Hill has been cleared to play Saturday night against the New York Knicks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The New York Knicks staved off elimination against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, but now have to find a way to keep the series going when Game 6 shifts back to Indianapolis Saturday night.
The Miami Heat could have to wait until Monday before learning their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals.
When he was asked to name the NBA teams he felt were the best fit for him, Otto Porter Jr. never hesitated in mentioning the Cavaliers. In fact, it was the first team out of his mouth. Yet he won't be meeting with General Manager Chris Grant or anyone from the team's traveling party during this week's NBA combine.
New 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Hinkie might not look the part, with his small, unathletic frame covered in tan pants, a button-down dress shirt and a blue sport jacket.
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