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2:23 PM ET The first five picks of the 2018 draft proved predictive in naming the 2019 All-Rookie first team, announced by the NBA on Tuesday. Top overall pick Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns was joined by the Sacramento Kings‘ Marvin Bagley III (No. 2), Dallas Mavericks‘ Luka Doncic (No. 3), Memphis Grizzlies‘ Jaren
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3:55 AM ET PORTLAND, Ore. — As the Golden State Warriors celebrated their fifth straight Western Conference championship after eliminating the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, forward Draymond Green pointed out that as the conversation surrounding Kevin Durant‘s pending free agency continues, Durant’s addition to the Warriors three summers ago made the group “unbeatable.”
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12:02 AM ET PORTLAND, Ore. — The Golden State Warriors have earned their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals after beating the Portland Trail Blazers 119-117 in overtime of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. This is the first time a team has made five straight Finals appearances since the
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7:59 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Interim coach Ryan Saunders is finalizing a multi-year deal to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources told ESPN. The deal is expected to be completed soon, perhaps as soon as Monday, sources told ESPN. Saunders is working on a staff. New Timberwolves president of Basketball Operations Gersson
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8:57 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Houston Rockets and coach Mike D’Antoni have had preliminary discussions on the framework of a contract extension that would keep the two-time NBA Coach of the Year from entering the final year of his deal. “I’ve let (GM) Daryl (Morey) and (owner) Tilman (Fertitta) know that I’m energized to
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3:53 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN With a plan to partner him with new coach John Beilein, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring J.B. Bickerstaff as associate head coach, league sources told ESPN. The Cavaliers will make Bickerstaff one of the NBA’s top paid assistant coaches, league sources said. Cleveland is working with Beilein — a highly
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7:36 PM ET The Houston Rockets are not renewing the contract of associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik, one of the architects of the team’s defensive turnaround this past season. “Jeff’s contract was up. It will not be renewed,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told the Houston Chronicle. “We’re looking for any way to improve. That
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