Pistons say Griffin still day-to-day with troublesome knee

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey says star forward Blake Griffin is still day-to-day heading into the postseason. The NBA playoffs start Saturday, but Detroit opens its series against top-seeded Milwaukee on Sunday night. The extra rest was a bit of a break for the Pistons, who also get two days […]

Kupchak: Hornets to do ‘everything we can’ to re-sign Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitch Kupchak says the Charlotte Hornets plan to do everything they can to keep three-time All-Star Kemba Walker. The Hornets first-year general manager knows that has become a two-sided equation given Walker is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July and able to choose his next team. The 28-year-old […]

Cavs no longer chasing NBA title, pursuing coach for future

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The Cavaliers aren’t chasing a championship this spring. They’re pursuing a coach. This time, methodically. No longer NBA title contenders, Cleveland is in the initial stages of an expansive, open-minded search general manager Koby Altman hopes will lead to finding the right coach for his young team, which is coming off […]

AP sources: Pelicans hiring former Cavs GM Griffin

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, three people familiar with the situation said Friday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract negotiations are ongoing and […]

Luke Walton out as Lakers coach after 3 losing seasons

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton’s departure Friday (Saturday, PHL time), three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Pelinka called Walton leaving a mutual decision. The former Lakers forward […]

Playoffs Preview: Pacers must find way to slow Celtics’ offense

It’s the underachievers vs. the overachievers in the No. 4-5 matchup in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics were the preseason favorites to win the East and have been relatively healthy this season. They did have a better point differential than they did last year, but a fourth-place finish is a disappointment for a team […]

Playoffs Preview: Pistons sneak in, only to face NBA-best Bucks

Playoff purists should welcome this matchup: It’s exactly what we would get if the NBA seeded its postseason 1-through-16. Milwaukee finished with the league’s best record and home-court advantage for as long as it’s alive, while Detroit was the last team to qualify and got in playing .500 ball. The Pistons come in with a […]

Playoffs Preview: Surging Rockets face defensive-minded Jazz

The Houston Rockets have been preaching it for weeks, that their destiny this season is in their own hands. They rolled down the stretch of the season, confident they could return to the Western Conference finals for a rematch with the reigning two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Should they win their first-round series, that […]