Category Archives: NBA

Curry, Golden State rout Houston 115-80 to take 3-0 lead (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 21: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and teammates watch a replay in the second half against the Houston Rockets during game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA PLayoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 21, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Golden State coach Steve Kerr described Stephen Curry’s performance Saturday night simply. ”Steph was Steph,” Kerr said. The MVP did what he does best, using his extraordinary 3-point shooting to power a 40-point game and the Warriors made it look easy against Houston, beating the Rockets 115-80 to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

James leads Cavs to 94-82 win over Hawks, 2-0 series lead (Yahoo Sports)

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts as he leaves the game late in their 94 to 82 win over the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

One is enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as long as it’s the King. LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead with the series heading to Ohio. Cleveland pulled away with a dominating third quarter.

Celtics owner Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid (Yahoo Sports)

The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting the Summer Games. The managing director of Bain Capital and formerly a vice chairman of the bid, he will replace construction magnate John Fish, the point man through a domestic competition in which Boston was selected by the USOC as the American bid city.

Howard in starting lineup for Rockets in Game 2 vs Warriors (Yahoo Sports)

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 21: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets looks on against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 21, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwight Howard was in the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. During the portion of the morning shootaround in San Francisco open to reporters, Howard worked on his post-up game – turnaround hook shots, short floaters and even a few dunks – while wearing a black brace around his knee. Howard hurt his knee in a first-quarter collision with teammate Josh Smith in Golden State’s series-opening win Tuesday night.

Rockets bounce back to advance to conference finals (Yahoo Sports)

Down 3-1 in the series and on the brink of elimination, the Houston Rockets reeled off three straight wins to complete an improbable comeback over the Los Angeles Clippers and return to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997. Now they’ll face a team in Golden State that swept the regular-season series 4-0. ”I don’t think we all came together just to get to the Western Conference finals,” Dwight Howard said. We want to fight for it – for what we think is ours.” James Harden scored 31 points, Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Rockets never trailed in a 113-100 victory over the Clippers on Sunday to punch their ticket to the conference finals.

Cavs’ Irving sits out practice, status for Game 1 uncertain (Yahoo Sports)

LeBron James should have had a stethoscope hanging around his neck as he reeled off the latest medical updates on him and his teammates. As they prepare to meet the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers are hurting. Kyrie Irving has a tender left knee and sore right foot, James played the past two games on a sprained left ankle and has ”other nicks and bruises,” guard Iman Shumpert has a strained groin, forward Tristan Thompson a bruised shoulder and Kevin Love is out for the postseason following shoulder surgery. Fortunately for the Cavs, they’ve got time to ice those injuries and heal before Game 1 on Wednesday night in Atlanta.