The NBA has decided not to move up the start date of The Finals.
With both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors potentially advancing with a four-game sweep, there could be an extended layoff between the end of the Conference Finals and the start of the Finals.
The Finals will begin on June 4th as scheduled.
Al Horford will not be suspended for Game 4 following his Flagrant Foul 2 in Game 3.
Horford elbowed Matthew Dellavedova shortly before halftime and was ejected.
In Monday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) break down Game Three of Cavs vs. Hawks, recap Game Two of the same series and discuss the weekend’s NBA news.
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Stephen Curry could become the first player in NBA history to defeat all four of his fellow All-NBA First Team members in the playoffs.
Curry and the Golden State Warriors swept Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, followed by a six-game series win over Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Warriors are now one win away from defeating James Harden and the Houston Rockets...
Paul Pierce can opt out of his contract with the Washington Wizards this offseason.
Many around the league expect Pierce to opt out and finish his career with the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce would have the opportunity to reunite with Doc Rivers while also playing in his hometown.
Pierce was pursued by the Clippers last offseason.
The Wizards thrived with Pierce as a small ball power forward.
LeBron James backed Matthew Dellavedova on Sunday amid several member of the Atlanta Hawks and the public attacking the guard's reputation.
"This is my teammate, and this is a guy that goes out and works his tail off every single night and people are trying to give him a bad rap," James said. "He doesn't deserve it, and I don't like it."
Dellavedova has been involved in perceived...
Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics will seek the help of Isaiah Thomas in identifying free agent targets this offseason.
“Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know,” Thomas said by telephone. “That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they...
A report on Sunday stated Kyle Korver will need surgery on his severe ankle sprain and miss four to six months.
Howver, Korver has yet to visit a foot and ankle specialist for a second opinion on the injury, which could eventually require surgery.
The upcoming examinination has yet to be scheduled.
Korver suffered the injury in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The NBA is exploring the possibility of moving up the start of the NBA Finals to June 2nd if the Conference Finals both end in sweeps.
The Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the Houston Rockets, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are up 2-0 against the Atlanta Hawks before Game 3.
The Finals are scheduled to start on June 4th.
There are no scheduled events at either Oracle Arena...
Kyrie Irving sat out again in Game 3 as he continues to struggle with knee tendonitis.
Irving went through a workout on Sunday before the game testing the knee.
Irving also sat out in Game 2.
Jahlil Okafor has lost 12 pounds since the end of the college season, trying to get into better shape ahead of the NBA Draft and the beginning of his professional career.
"Going into the season, I was in great shape, and then as the season progressed I kind of lost that shape. [Due to] injuries, I wasn’t able to practice as much so I wasn’t as active. Now I’ve gotten back to...
The Los Angeles Lakers expect to keep the second overall pick, but their rebuilding project will likely involve pursuing free agents this summer and next.
"We don’t have …. the time to methodically and slowly build through the draft," said Mitch Kupchak.
The Lakers almost certainly won't have their own first round pick in 2016, though this year they have their own pick at No...
Stephen Curry has a PER of 39.3 in the 2015 Western Conference Finals after the first three games. Curry is averaging 35.7 points on 58.1 percent shooting from three (TS% of 77.5 percent), 4.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
Curry's PER is the highest in this round of the playoffs since Amar'e Stoudemire had a PER of 40.5 in the 2005 Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs...
Goran Dragic feels strongly that the Miami Heat must play faster and has been assured that is a key part of the team's plan moving forward, according to a source.
Dragic still appears to consider the Heat as the frontrunner heading into free agency.
The Lakers, Knicks, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Sacramento are all expected to have interest in Dragic.
The Los Angeles Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to retire after the upcoming season, but will discuss his future if he wants to continue playing.
"I’m sure that’s something that will be discussed a year from now," Mitch Kupchak said.
Bryant will enter his 20th NBA season in 2015-16.
Kevin Love is out for the season following shoulder surgery and is expected to become a free agent this summer.
Love had an uneven first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"Every executive I talk to, every agent I talk to, every quasi insider, every girlfriend's cousin's sister's boyfriend all says this guy is out of there," said Brian Windhorst during a podcast with Zach Lowe...
Terrence Ross underwent surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.
The surgery was performed in Van Nuys, California, but Ross will conduct his rehabilitation in Toronto.
No timetable has been set for Ross' return to basketball activities.
Ross averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 25.3 minutes in a career-best 82 games this past season.
The Chicago Bulls have been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Tom Thibodeau, but no such offer has materialized.
The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans are two franchises that have had interest in Thibodeau for their head coaching vacancies.
The Bulls seem determined to hold on to Thibodeau until the NBA's job vacancies are filled, which would leave him out of...
The Orlando Magic now have a strong frontrunner for their head coaching vacancy in Scott Skiles.
Rob Hennigan has discussed the opening with several possible candidates, but Skiles has clearly separated himself in the process.
Skiles has been the preferred choice of Orlando ownership, which has been fond of him since his playing days with the Magic in the 1990s.
Skiles has previously...
Kyle Korver is out for the remainder of the playoffs with an ankle injury that may also need surgery.
Korver was injured in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night when he and Matthew Dellavedova got tangled up chasing a loose ball.
Korver hobbled up the floor on an offensive possession for the Atlanta Hawks and then went straight to the locker room...
LeBron James said after the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks that he believes Iman Shumpert will be on the NBA All-Defensive team "very soon."
Shumpert scored 16 points with four three-pointers in the Cavaliers' win on Friday.
Harrison Barnes called upon Jerry West to receive training during last offseason. Barnes grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant, whom West acquired with the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I had seen him at summer league my rookie year (in 2012 after he was drafted seventh overall out of North Carolina), and I would just jokingly say to him, 'Look man, when are we going to get some work in?'" Barnes...
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are each up 2-0 in their Conference Finals' matchups against the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks.
Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2)
Warriors: 113.8 / 110.1
Rockets: 109.6 / 109.0
Hawks: 98.6 / 98.4
Cavaliers: 107.5 / 108.2
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has picked John Cassaday to become Tim Leiweke's successor as president and CEO.
There will be final discussions to approve Cassady next week.
Larry Tanenbaum, MLSE’s chairman, said, “We’re close,” when asked if the search was nearing its end.
Cassaday, who recently retired as president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, has long been rumored...
Jeff Van Gundy has expressed interest in the New Orleans Pelicans' head coaching position.
Van Gundy hasn't coached since parting ways with the Houston Rockets in 2007.
The Pelicans are considering Van Gundy for the position.
Longtime Van Gundy confident Tom Thibodeau has been considered a candidate, but he remains under contract by the Chicago Bulls.