With Lowry faltering, Dragic flourishing, Heat seek 2-0 lead (Yahoo Sports) (Wed, 04 May 2016 15:27:00 PDT)
It took the Toronto Raptors 15 years to get this far again, and Kyle Lowry knows they won't go further if he doesn't play better. The Raptors need Lowry to play the way Goran Dragic is. With Lowry faltering and Dragic flourishing, the Miami Heat aim to win the point guard matchup in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night in Toronto.
Celtics' president Ainge embracing expectation-filled summer (Yahoo Sports) (Wed, 04 May 2016 14:00:35 PDT)
During his tenure as Celtics president, Danny Ainge has developed a reputation as deal maker that pounces on opportunities. This offseason is bigger,'' Ainge said. Helping those fortunes along will be Boston's eight draft picks this summer, including three in the first round.
Draymond Green's fire drives Warriors in pursuit of title (Yahoo Sports) (Wed, 04 May 2016 12:37:40 PDT)
Stephen Curry might be the face of the Warriors with the breathtaking long-range shots and ball-handling that makes Golden State so appealing to watch. Draymond Green is the heart. The loud, sometimes brash and amazingly versatile Green was the driving force behind the team's commitment to chase a record 73 wins in the regular season, the key to the team's dominant small-ball lineup and perhaps Golden State's most indispensable player.
Warriors' Varejao says tripping Henderson not intentional (Yahoo Sports) (Tue, 03 May 2016 18:32:43 PDT)
Golden State backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn't deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series. Varejao said it looked worse than it was. Portland coach Terry Stotts on Monday called it a ''dirty play.'' Then Tuesday, the NBA ruled it a Flagrant 1 foul on Varejao.