Basketball : NBA 2017/2018
|20.Indiana - Cleveland|
|Washing. - Toronto|
|Milwaukee - Boston|
|21.Miami - Philadel.|
|New Orl. - Portland|
|Minnesota - Houston|
|Utah - Oklahoma|
San Ant. 19.4.18
Wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies
The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. "We mourn the loss of Erin," Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. "She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us." Gregg Popovich has coach San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Popovich ran the Spurs' practice Wednesday. They Warriors lead the series 2-0.
Mitchell uncertain for Game 2
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has a left foot bruise and his status is uncertain for Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City. Mitchell left Oklahoma City's 116-108 win in Game 1 on Sunday after stubbing his toe in the third quarter, and he played sporadically the rest of the way. A team spokesman said Mitchell had an MRI on Monday, and the team will provide a status update on Tuesday. When asked if he was concerned about missing Game 2 on Wednesday, Mitchell said, "Not at all."
Meeks suspended 25 games
The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance. The league announced the suspension Friday, a day before Game 1 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against the East's top-seeded Toronto Raptors. The NBA says Meeks tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone that's prohibited under the league's drug program.
New York 12.4.18
Knicks fire coach Hornacek
The New York Knicks fired coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday, making the decision shortly after beating Cleveland on Wednesday night to finish a 29-53 season. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis also was fired.
Embiid 'unlikely' for playoff Game 1
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said it's unlikely he'll be available for at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend. Embiid hasn't played since March 28 when he suffered a broken bone around his left eye in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid, who has since been cleared of a concussion suffered from the accidental headbutt, had surgery on March 31. The 7-footer wore the mask during pregame shooting drills and would need one in the postseason.
Mbah a Moute dislocates shoulder
Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute has dislocated his right shoulder in a meaningless game for the Western Conference leaders. Mbah a Moute was injured during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Mbah a Moute is a key rotation player for the Rockets, averaging 7.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game off the bench. The Rockets clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference on March 30.
Drummond out for Detroit's home finale
Andre Drummond is out for Monday night's game between the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors with a sore Achilles tendon. With the Pistons out of playoff contention and Toronto having wrapped up the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the game has little significance, although it is the home finale for Drummond's Pistons. Detroit is also without star forward Blake Griffin, who is out with a right ankle injury, and guard Reggie Bullock, who has a left knee issue.
Irving out for playoffs
Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs. The All-Star point guard will undergo another procedure on Saturday to remove two screws from his patella that were inserted in 2015 to repair a fracture he suffered during that year's NBA Finals. The loss of Irving is a devastating blow for Boston's hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference championship. Irving, who last played in a game on March 11, averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds this season.
Valentine done for season
Denzel Valentine will miss the rest of the season after surgery this week on his left knee. The Chicago Bulls guard had swelling in the knee and an tests indicated a need for an arthroscopic debridement procedure. Valentine averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 77 games this season.
Gold. St. 2.4.18
McCaw released from hospital
The Golden State Warriors can breathe a sigh of relief with Patrick McCaw's release from the hospital following a scary fall in their game against the Sacramento Kings last Saturday. The team said that preliminary tests showed McCaw has no structural damage or problems with his nervous system after the freak injury, but how long McCaw will be out is uncertain.
|4||New York||35.4||29-53 (82)|
|2||New Orl.||58.5||48-34 (82)|
|3||San Ant.||57.3||47-35 (82)|
|1||Gold. St.||70.7||58-24 (82)|
|2||LA Clipp.||51.2||42-40 (82)|
|3||LA Lakers||42.7||35-47 (82)|
|Boston - Milwaukee||2 : 0|
|Philadel. - Miami||2 : 1|
|Cleveland - Indiana||1 : 1|
|Toronto - Washing.||2 : 0|
|Houston - Minnesota||2 : 0|
|Gold. St. - San Ant.||3 : 0|
|Portland - New Orl.||0 : 3|
|Oklahoma - Utah||1 : 1|
|19.4||Miami - Philadel.||108 : 128|
|19.4||New Orl. - Portland||119 : 102|
|19.4||San Ant. - Gold. St.||97 : 110|
|18.4||Cleveland - Indiana||100 : 97|
|18.4||Houston - Minnesota||102 : 82|
|18.4||Oklahoma - Utah||95 : 102|
|17.4||Boston - Milwaukee||120 : 106|
|17.4||Toronto - Washing.||130 : 119|
|17.4||Portland - New Orl.||102 : 111|
|16.4||Philadel. - Miami||103 : 113|
|16.4||Gold. St. - San Ant.||116 : 101|
|15.4||Boston - Milwaukee||113 : 107|
|15.4||Cleveland - Indiana||80 : 98|
|15.4||Houston - Minnesota||104 : 101|
|15.4||Oklahoma - Utah||116 : 108|
|home wins||58 %|
|away wins||42 %|
League format : Basketball : NBA 2017/2018
NBA teams play divisional opponents four times each (two home games and two road games), conference opponents outside the division three or four times each and opponents outside the conference two times each (one home game and one road game). Within each conference, the three division winners and the five other teams with the most wins qualify for the playoffs. The seedings are based on each team's record. All rounds of the NBA Playoffs will be best-of-7 games.