Morant, Grizzlies beat Warriors in OT, advance to face Jazz
Ja Morant made consecutive jumpers in the final 48 seconds of overtime and scored 35 points, Memphis had an answer for every Stephen Curry flurry, and the Grizzlies are headed back to the playoffs for the first time in four years after holding off the Golden State Warriors 117-112 in a thrilling play-in game.
Klay Thompson finding new ways to move through another rehab
Injured Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, from left, celebrates with Juan Toscano-Anderson and Stephen Curry during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in San Francisco, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. I was like, ‘I need to do this more often.’”“I'm going to incorporate that into my routine now,” Thompson added. I love to play golf, I love to go biking, I love to go hiking, and I'm without that right now. "It's way harder than any basketball game I've ever had to play," Thompson said, speaking formally to reporters for the first time since his latest injury. I feel love when I’m back in the Warriors facility.”Ad___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Durant leads Brooklyn past Warriors in Golden State reunion
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, is defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO – Kevin Durant offered hugs and handshakes all around, then left a winner in his reunion with the Warriors. “My time here at Golden State was so much fun,” Durant said. ... Brooklyn won three in a row against Golden State for the first time since March 9, 2011 through March 30, 2012. The Nets earned their first road win at Golden State since a 102-100 victory on March 30, 2012.
Durant back with Nets, can return Saturday to Golden State
Now in his first season playing for the Nets, Durant is set to resume what's been a stop-and-start season for the star forward. The trouble started in a bizarre and frustrating night for Durant and the Nets against Toronto last Friday. “I had some great years in Golden State,” Durant said. Golden State went 16-1 in the 2017 postseason and repeated the next year, with Durant winning NBA Finals MVP awards in both. The Nets, who routed the Warriors in this season's opening game, were supposed to visit Golden State last March before the season was suspended.
Curry goes off again with 10 3s as Warriors hold off Magic
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, dribbles against Orlando Magic forward Gary Clark during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Curry knocked down 10 3-pointers on the way to 40 points and also contributed eight rebounds and five assists, leading the Golden State Warriors past the undermanned Magic 111-105 on Thursday night. “I just told him he looks great, he looks quick, he looks healthy, he looks like he’s loving it,” Clifford said. Nikola Vucevic had 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Magic lost a third straight game, seventh in eight and ninth of 11. ... Golden State hasn't lost two in a row at home this season.
Ellington comes to defense of teammate after two Warriors players call out McGruder as ‘tough guy’
Related: Klay Thompson, Draymond Green blast Pistons’ Rodney McGruderWhile Thompson and Green lambasted McGruder for being a tough guy, Ellington described his Pistons teammate as anything but. “And then, guys call him, you know all this tough guy talking all this stuff. Rod has never, ever tried to portray or act like a tough guy ever in this league. “So, for Draymond to sit up and talk all that type of crazy stuff behind a microphone, I think that’s the fake tough guy stuff, to be honest with you. It’s like, ‘Bro, get out of here.’ "Green, who addressed the incident in the postgame Zoom media availability, called McGruder a tough guy.mlive.com
Klay Thompson, Draymond Green blast Pistons’ Rodney McGruder
Detroit Pistons guard Rodney McGruder hasn’t played much this season and has pretty much gone under the radar. When the (expletive) Rodney McGruder become the tough guy on the team? Rodney (expletive) tough guy. So, Wayne Ellington must have went over to the bench … I guess he told Rodney McGruder because he hadn’t been in the game. But I know nobody is scared of no damn Rodney McGruder, like (expletive) kidding me?”The Pistons acquired McGruder in November from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal.mlive.com
Pistons start slow, fall fast to Warriors on the road
Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points as the Warriors executed the way coach Steve Kerr has hoped for on both ends. The Pistons, similar to Golden State, are trying to gain momentum but couldn’t build off a big win with a cold night shooting. Warriors: Curry and Brad Wanamaker had seven assists apiece, and Draymond Green added six as Golden State dished out 34. 2 draft pick James Wiseman came off the bench for the fourth straight game and contributed 11 points and nine rebounds. ... Golden State is 2-2 at home vs. the East.mlive.com
AP sources: USA Basketball eyeing 60 players in Olympic pool
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots as Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)MIAMI – USA Basketball is casting a wider-than-usual net in its roster selection for this summer's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, two people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday. The additions mean at least 60 players could be on the player-pool list that will be released by USA Basketball in the coming weeks. ESPN first reported that USA Basketball has sent approximately 60 invitations to be part of the player pool. USA Basketball is planning a training camp and exhibition games.
Pacers stymie Curry, bounce back to beat Warriors 104-95
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner celebrates after shooting a 3-point basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO – Edmond Sumner earned a start for Indiana that came with a daunting assignment: defending Stephen Curry. Myles Turner made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:59 left and scored 22 points, Aaron Holiday converted a layup on the next possession and the Pacers held off Curry and the Golden State Warriors 104-95 Tuesday night. Golden State rookie James Wiseman picked up his fourth personal foul with 1:10 left in the second quarter. Golden State has won its last two on the Nuggets' home floor.
Big run in 4th quarter lifts Warriors over Pistons 116-106
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr holds a court diagram during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT – Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Andrew Wiggins added 27 to lift the Golden State Warriors to a 116-106 victory over the winless Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Rookie big man James Wiseman had a dunk and Wiggins followed with a 3-pointer to cap a 12-0 run that put Golden State up 98-89 in the fourth quarter. That put the Warriors up by six and sent several Golden State players spilling from the bench area in excitement. Golden State went on a 17-3 run early in the third, but Detroit stayed close well into the fourth.
Durant returns with 22 and a 125-99 Nets rout of Warriors
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) defends with Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) looking on from the floor during the first quarter of an opening night NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in New York. ... Wiseman, at 19 years, 266 days, became the third-youngest Golden State player to start a game behind Andris Biedrins (18, 352) and Anthony Randolph (19, 179). ... Golden State is starting the season on a four-game Eastern road trip. Nets: The Nets snapped a seven-game losing streak in season openers. Nets: Visit Boston on Friday in what will be Irving's first regular-season game there since leaving the Celtics.
Thompson has torn Achilles tendon, expected to miss season
The Warriors said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, that Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season. Thompson was injured during a pickup game in Southern California the day before. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)SAN FRANCISCO – Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season, the team said Thursday. General manager Bob Myers had said athletic trainers would head to Southern California to accompany Thompson as he got his test. Thompson didn’t play at all during the coronavirus-shortened season as he worked back from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee.
Wolves select Edwards with No. 1 pick in delayed NBA draft
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Edwards with the first pick in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18. Tears flowed freely for those and many more players Wednesday night when their long-awaited, months-delayed NBA dreams were finally realized. 1 pick in an NBA draft delayed multiple times because of the coronavirus pandemic. 12 pick Tyrese Haliburton of Sacramento, whose blue, floral suit had the words “Black Lives Matter” on the inside. Duke didn't have a player picked in the first round after having 39 since the league went to a two-round draft in 1989.
The wait is over: Delayed NBA draft finally comes Wednesday
1 overall pick in the NBA draft on Nov. 18, 2020. After multiple delays, the NBA draft finally arrives Wednesday. The draft is usually held in June in New York, where Adam Silver announces the first-round picks. It's not the draft night they wanted, but the excitement of becoming a pro player won't diminish. But at the same time, this extra time, it’s only helping me,” said forward Obi Toppin, the national college player of the year from Dayton.
Warriors GM Myers faces draft challenges like no other year
SAN FRANCISCO – Bob Myers hears the chatter about everything riding on Golden State's draft pick at No. That doesn't mean Myers couldn't find a bit of a reason to smile after securing the second selection in Wednesday's draft. “I joked a little bit, but all you have to like is two guys,” Myers said. Not having had the NCAA Tournament doesn't necessarily mean much, if you ask coach Steve Kerr. “There have been guys who've had great runs in the NCAA Tournament who maybe got drafted higher,” Kerr said.
Back to work: NBA's non-Disney clubs start team workouts
The teams that didn't qualify for the restart of the NBA season at Walt Disney World could begin voluntary workouts Wednesday, Sept. 23, to start preparing for their next game whenever that is. Karl Anthony-Towns got to work in Minnesota and his old coach started to mold his new team in New York. After six months without one, it felt so good for some NBA teams to practice again that even Allen Iverson might've enjoyed it. “It gives us some sense of continuity, some sense of togetherness,” said Love, who didn’t want to miss the voluntary workouts. Coaches who didn't know what to expect were pleasantly surprised by the level of play they saw.
Protests turn subdued after new charges in Floyd case
The most serious new charge Wednesday was an accusation of second-degree murder against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyds neck. The three other officers at the scene were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Protests were still big, but largely peaceful in California, where NBA stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson marched with protesters in Oakland. The new second-degree murder charge alleges that Chauvin caused Floyds death without intent while committing another felony, namely third-degree assault. The protests have also taken root overseas, including in Athens, London, Helsinki, Rotterdam and Bogota, among other cities.
LA mayor announces end of curfews for 2nd largest US city
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN FRANCISCO SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The mayor of Los Angeles says he will not place the nations second-largest city under curfew again starting Thursday night. Mayor Eric Garcetti made the announcement after the nightly city curfews was invoked since last week as a precaution against looting and violence. The cities of San Francisco and San Jose also lifted their curfews. Police in the San Francisco Bay Area said a break-in suspect was killed when officers mistook his hammer for a gun. An estimated 10,000 people gathered in San Francisco while thousands more flocked on foot and in cars to Hollywood.
Mostert acknowledges family concern over return to practice
Mostert has remained home in Ohio ever since and is preparing for the upcoming NFL season through virtual meetings. But he knows that eventually he will return to California and begin practice with his teammates on the field. NFL training camp is scheduled to begin in late July and Mostert and his family know that he will take part when that happens. Thats something thats going to be determined once the time comes.When that happens, Mostert will look to build on last years breakthrough season. Im just trying to get back to you know my wide receiver days when I was playing receiver in college.
NBA star with Bahamian ties raising money for hurricane relief
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CNN) - NBA star Klay Thompson has been visiting his family in the Bahamas since he was a kid. Thompson is raising money for relief efforts in the island nation, he announced in an Instagram post Friday. In the post, he said 100% of the proceeds from his second annual Thompson Family Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament, scheduled for September 19 and 20, will go toward relief efforts throughout the Bahamas. Thompson, 29, whose father is Bahamian, said he's been lucky to be able to visit his family in Nassau since he was a child. The Thompson Family Foundation was created in 2018 by Klay and the rest of the members of the his immediate family, who are all listed as co-founders.
Bedford man breaks record for most NBA 3-pointers made in one minute
BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. If you heard the Guinness record for NBA 3-pointers made in one minute was recently broken, you'd probably think Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson were involved. "If you had this setup, you could set a world record," Miracola said. Setting the world record for most NBA 3-pointers in a minute has been on his radar for a few years now. Miracola is going to break another record Sunday: the most NBA 3-pointers made in three minutes. In fact, he has 15 to 20 Guinness records he's hoping to break in the near future.
Klay Thompson eyeing Clippers if Warriors don't offer max deal
Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesGolden State Warrior Klay Thompson may leave the team for the Los Angeles Clippers if they do not offer him a max contract, according to NBC Sports. The Splash Brother is a staple of the Warriors and losing him would be a big blow. Thompson averaged 21 points, three rebounds and two assists per game last season. Every fan believes that Thompson will stay with the Warriors, especially after tearing his ACL, which might scare off other teams. The Clippers may have a good deal to offer him if Kawai Leonard decides to part ways with the Raptors and join their squad.