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San Francisco Chronicle

Steve Kerr’s leadership allows for the team to possibly succeed without him

So how will the Warriors do with coach Steve Kerr sidelined with a painful back ailment for possibly the entire playoffs? Because of the way Kerr has laid the foundation, the Warriors are set up to succeed even if he doesn’t come back. “At the coach’s meetings and his practices, it’s not his voice 80 percent of the time,” Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game’s Afternoon Delight with Greg Papa and Vontae Hill. “It’s a horizontal leadership here, not as vertical as it as some places.” For that reason, handing over the reigns to...

Newark Star-Ledger

NBA TV: What time, channel is Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls, Game 6 | NBA Playoffs

The Boston Celtics, up 3-2 in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoffs series, can eliminate the Chicago Bulls from the NBA playoffs with a victory in Game 6 on Friday, April 28, 2017, at United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Sports Illustrated

'Playoffs!' An Ode To Pitbull's Eternal 'Timber' Remix

The NBA playoffs have been entertaining on the court, but there's something missing. It needs more Pitbull.

Rip City Project

Ezeli’s Exit Casts What-Ifs for Blazers in Playoffs

  It appears that Portland’s injury-riddle center will not be in town next season. His inability to play hurt the Blazers the most in the playoffs when a backup center was needed. Neil Olshey had this to say about Festus Ezeli during exit interviews: Neil Olshey said Festus Ezeli will not be on the roster […] Ezeli’s Exit Casts What-Ifs for Blazers in Playoffs - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Newark Star-Ledger

NBA TV: What time, channel is Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks, Game 6 (4/28/17) | NBA Playoffs 2017

The Washington Wizards, up 3-2 in a best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series, can eliminate the Atlanta Hawks from the NBA playoffs with a victory in Game 6 on Friday, April 28, 2017 (4/28/17) at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.

Plain Dealer

Remember, Cavaliers GM David Griffin doesn't have a contract next season: 'Hey, Joe!'

Cleveland.com Cavs writer Joe Vardon takes some questions during a lull between rounds one and two of the NBA playoffs.

Sun Herald

Tested again, resilient Raptors rest up for Cavs rematch

The Toronto Raptors keep getting themselves into tough situations in the playoffs. They hope their resilience helps make them stronger as they get ready to face the Cleveland Cavaliers again. …

NBA

2017 NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinals Schedule

Here is the partial schedule for the 2017 conference semifinal playoff series.

CSN Philly

NBA Playoffs: Raptors advance past Bucks despite blowing 25-point lead

MILWAUKEE -- DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25-point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a

News-Herald

Tested again, resilient Raptors rest up for rematch with Cleveland Cavaliers

MILWAUKEE >> The Toronto Raptors keep getting themselves into tough situations in the playoffs.They hope their resilience helps make them stronger as they get ready to face the Cleveland Cavaliers again.At the least, the Raptors will need to get better at holding onto big leads after blowing a 25-point advantage against the Milwaukee Bucks before winning 92-89 on Thursday night.

Sports Illustrated

The Greek Freak Falls Victim To His Achilles Heel

Oh, the irony: Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA's Greek Freak, fell victim to his Achilles heel in NBA playoffs.

Plain Dealer

LeBron James' road dominance in playoffs gives Cavaliers leg up on Raptors

The Cavaliers have the benefit of homecourt advantage in this Eastern Conference semifinal against the Raptors and a virtual guarantee of winning at least once on the road, thanks to LeBron James.

Boston Herald

Whew! Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89

MILWAUKEE — The crowd on the road was rowdy. The 25-point lead was gone. The Toronto Raptors were frazzled, in danger of losing a Game 6 in the playoffs again.This time, Toronto found a way to win.DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes to answer a furious rally by the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Raptors held on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night to take their first-round playoff series in six games.The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series that starts Monday."We lost our composure...

Los Angeles Times

NBA playoffs: Postgame news conferences have been almost as entertaining as the games [Videos]

With a one-word response and prompt exit, Chicago Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg became the latest to provide a must-see moment during a 2017 NBA playoffs news conference. Chicago Coach Fred Hoiberg provided the latest on Wednesday night following the Bulls’ 108-97 loss to the Boston Celtics to fall...

ESPN

'Iso Joe' is no joke in these NBA playoffs

'Iso Joe' is no joke in these NBA playoffs

Sun Herald

Gobert doing what he has all year: shutting down the paint

The Utah Jazz feared the worst when Rudy Gobert was carried off the court by teammates 17 seconds into the playoffs. Two weeks later, the 7-foot-1 defensive player of the …

Sun Herald

Different Deron: Williams turns it on for Cavs in playoffs

For nearly two months, Deron Williams appeared lost with his new teammates — an outsider among the Cavaliers. Well, he found the perfect time to fit in. The former All-Star …

Newark Star-Ledger

NBA TV: What time, channel is San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies, Game 6? (4/27/17) | NBA Playoffs

The San Antonio Spurs, leading 3-2 in the NBA Western Conference best-of-seven playoff series, can eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 on Thursday, April 27, 2017 (4/27/17) at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

CSN Washington

NBA Playoffs 2017 Wizards at Hawks Game 6: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA

News-Herald

Cleveland Cavaliers: Tyronn Lue hosting team to watch Bucks-Raptors series

CLEVELAND >> Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is throwing a TV watch party.While the defending champions wait to see who they will play in the second round of the NBA playoffs, Lue has invited his coaching staff and "60 or 70" members of the Cleveland organization to his suburban home Thursday night to see Toronto play Milwaukee in Game 6.

News-Herald

Deron Williams turns it on for Cleveland Cavaliers in playoffs

CLEVELAND >> For nearly two months, Deron Williams appeared lost with his new teammates - an outsider among the Cavaliers.Well, he found the perfect time to fit in.The former All-Star guard came up big for Cleveland during its first-round sweep of Indiana, providing scoring and another option for LeBron James on the Cavs' second unit.

Land of 10

NBA mock draft (04/27/2017): First and second round projections

The NBA Draft is less than two months away, and there’s another draft sports fans will have their minds on this week. But there’s never a bad time to update the latest 2017 NBA mock drafts. The NBA playoffs have begun and the draft order is starting to take shape. The player pool is also […] The post NBA mock draft (04/27/2017): First and second round projections appeared first on Land of 10.

Chicago Tribune

Fred Hoiberg the latest to provide must-see postgame press conference moment

With a one-word response and prompt exit, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg became the latest to provide a must-see moment during a 2017 NBA playoffs news conference. Fred Hoiberg provided the latest on Wednesday night following the Bulls’ 108-97 loss to the Boston Celtics to fall behind, 3-2, in...

NBA

Shootaround (April 27) -- Toronto Raptors looking to atone for past Game 6 failures

No. 1: Raptors mindful of past Game 6 flubs -- The Kyle Lowry/DeMar DeRozan-era Toronto Raptors have played in four Game 6s ... and are 0-4 in those games. As tonight's Game 6 with the Milwaukee Bucks nears (7 ET, TNT), the Raptors are not only looking to close out the series but also vanquish some demons of playoffs past. Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun has more:

The Republican

2017 NBA playoffs, Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler dealing with sore knee

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler has dealt with knee soreness after a collision with one of the Boston Celtics earlier in the first round, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg.  Hoiberg told reporters on a conference call that Butler will receive treatment...

Akron Beacon Journal

Marla Ridenour: Pacers’ series may prove valuable if Cavaliers continue to push egos, personal interests aside

INDEPENDENCE: J.R Smith may not have been digging deep enough when he said Sunday the Cavaliers got nothing out of their sweep of the Indiana Pacers.Others saw areas of growth in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Coach Tyronn Lue and LeBron James cited defensive improvements. The Cavs may have continued their penchant for blowing fourth-quarter leads, but they showed poise and toughness to prevail as the clock wound down. They handled a team that was hot, having won five consecutive games to qualify for the postseason, had a superstar in Paul George and a dangerous...

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets - 1st Half Highlights | G5 | April 25, 2017 | NBA Playoffs

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Damian Lillard Postgame Interview | Warriors vs Blazers | Game 4 | April 24, 2017 | NBA Playoffs

Damian Lillard Postgame Interview | Warriors vs Blazers | Game 4 | April 24, 2017 | NBA Playoffs - Like & Share if you like this video! If you dislike, please comment suggestions for improvement next videos. - For live streaming and NBA news, go to NBA.co