Timberwolves begin road trip at Lakers (The Associated Press)
24 Mar 2017 at 7:07am
If the inconsistent Minnesota Timberwolves expect to have any shot at the playoffs, they need to string together some wins during their three-game road swing. The Timberwolves (28-42) begin their trip Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-51) at Staples Center. Minnesota faces the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday before visiting the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.
Cavs end rocky road trip with visit to Charlotte (The Associated Press)
24 Mar 2017 at 6:36am
The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a trip that can considered eventful for various reasons. There was the rest controversy with stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers followed by a productive night against the Los Angeles Lakers. Then the trip moved in an ugly direction Wednesday with a disappointing performance against the Denver Nuggets after the team spent the previous day focusing on defense in practice.
NBA standings (Reuters)
24 Mar 2017 at 4:50am
March 24 (Gracenote) - Standings from the NBA on Thursday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Boston 46 26 .639 - 2. Toronto 43 29 .597 3 3. NY Knicks 27 45 .375 19 4. Philadelphia 26 45 .366 19 1/2 5. Brooklyn 15 56 .211 30 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 46 24 .657 - 2. Milwaukee 36 35 .507 10 1/2 3. Indiana 36 35 .507 10 1/2 4. Chicago 34 38 .472 13 5. Detroit 34 38 .472 13 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Washington 43 28 .606 - 2. Atlanta 37 34 .521 6 3. Miami 35 37 .486 8 1/2 4. Charlotte 32 39 .451 11 5. Orlando 26 46 . ...
Pelicans' late playoff bid runs through Houston (The Associated Press)
23 Mar 2017 at 10:03pm
While the odds are slim at best, the New Orleans Pelicans have mustered hope for crashing the Western Conference postseason party with five wins in six games. When the Pelicans visit the Houston Rockets (49-22) on Friday night at Toyota Center, they will be four games behind the Denver Nuggets for eighth in the West. The Pelicans (30-41) would have to leapfrog the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers before even considering bypassing the Nuggets, with the website Basketball Reference placing their postseason odds at a meager 1.3 percent.
The Cavs can't stop anybody, and LeBron's wondering where their toughness wen...
23 Mar 2017 at 8:35pm
On Wednesday afternoon, LeBron James acknowledged that his Cleveland Cavaliers had not yet hit their stride and weren?t quite ready for the rigors of the postseason, but that he wasn?t too worried about it. ?We?re not in playoff mode right now,? he said, according to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com.
Clippers look to extend win streak at Dallas (The Associated Press)
23 Mar 2017 at 4:42am
The Los Angeles Clippers will head into their Thursday matchup against the Dallas Mavericks with utmost urgency to grab a fourth consecutive win and keep the pressure on the Utah Jazz. The Clippers (43-29) are making a strong move for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoff chase. Currently the Jazz hold that spot, but it could well be up for grabs when the Clippers return home for Saturday's matinee matchup against Utah.
Four Corners: Which non-playoff teams are worth keeping an eye on? (Ball Don'...
22 Mar 2017 at 6:35pm
Sixteen NBA teams will advance to the 2017 playoffs, each striving to survive and advance in the springtime tournament with hopes (some more realistic than others) of hoisting the Larry O?Brien Championship Trophy come mid-June. Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio have helped lead the Timberwolves? second-half surge. The Minnesota Timberwolves were everybody?s preseason pick for a ?surprise? playoff run ? to the point that it wouldn?t have shocked anyone ? before it quickly became apparent we?d jumped on the bandwagon too soon.
Cavs take on Nuggets squad on playoff bubble (The Associated Press)
22 Mar 2017 at 6:56am
The Denver Nuggets are clinging to playoff hopes now, and it doesn't get any easier for them this week. After two losses in a home-and-home set with Houston, the Nuggets host the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Denver, which is 6-4 in March, leads the Trail Blazers by a game for the last Western Conference playoff spot.
Paul leads Clippers in blowout, watches end with young son (The Associated Pr...
22 Mar 2017 at 6:25am
Chris Paul and the Clippers have taken firm hold of supremacy in their Los Angeles rivalry with the Lakers. Paul scored 27 points before watching the completion of a blowout with his young son on the bench, and the Clippers beat the Lakers 133-109 for yet another win in the battle of Los Angeles. The Clippers have won 17 of the last 19 meetings with the Lakers.
NBA results (Reuters)
22 Mar 2017 at 5:02am
March 22 (Gracenote) - Results from the NBA games on Tuesday (home team in CAPS) LA Clippers 133 LA LAKERS 109 Milwaukee 93 PORTLAND 90 San Antonio 100 MINNESOTA 93 Golden State 112 DALLAS 87 NEW ORLEANS 95 Memphis 82 BROOKLYN 98 Detroit 96 MIAMI 112 Phoenix 97 TORONTO 122 Chicago 120 (OT)
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