NBA

Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season’s finish

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and Cleveland’s, Love returned to the practice floor with his teammates on Wednesday following the league’s annual ...

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Blazers in familiar territory but with 2 new additions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in much the same position as last season heading into the post-All-Star break stretch run. They’re coming off a confidence-boosting win over Golden State. One thing is new this year, however. The Blazers made a couple of key moves before the break to shore up their bench and to help ...

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Jeff Van Gundy on All-Star Game: Eliminate it

MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked ...

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Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseason

NEW YORK (AP) — D’Angelo Russell stood high above Times Square, a spot where stars are showcased in New York. He was front and center on a billboard celebrating the Nets’ midseason success, pictured with three teammates who joined him in Charlotte for the NBA’s All-Star festivities. “Brooklyn is having an All-Star weekend,” it read. Russell hopes it will turn ...

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The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending

MIAMI (AP) — Golden State is still the favorite for a fourth title in five years. Milwaukee, Toronto, Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Denver can all go ahead and cancel those mid-April vacation plans if they were foolish enough to have made them in the first place. For LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, some work awaits. The All-Star break ...

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Kareem: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power

MIAMI (AP) — There was no social media or around-the-clock basketball coverage in October 1974, on the night when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looked up from his dinner plate and told the Milwaukee Bucks that he would like to be traded. As such, hardly anybody knew initially about the demand. If anyone understands what Anthony Davis is thinking, asking for a trade ...

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Celtics still figuring things out heading into stretch run

BOSTON (AP) — One way or another, the spotlight was always going to shine on the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference without LeBron James. After back-to-back losses to James’ Cavaliers in the past two conference finals, his departure West to join the Los Angeles Lakers seemed to clear the path for Boston to take the reins in the East. ...

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Griffin enjoying resurgence a year after trade to Pistons

DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin doesn’t need to jump over any cars to be a hit in the Motor City. A year after arriving in Detroit with his career at a crossroads, a more earthbound Griffin is doing all he can to shake the Pistons out of their decade-long malaise. “He does a little bit of everything for us. Probably ...

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At All-Star Game, Anthony Davis finds himself in spotlight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Davis isn’t completely sure if he’s going to play in Sunday’s All-Star game. He doesn’t know how much the New Orleans Pelicans will have him play the rest of this season. Or where he’ll play next season. Or where he’ll play the season after that, either. So Davis, obviously, has a lot of questions. At ...

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