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Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale watches his players against the Golden State Warriors during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Rockets respond to Kevin McHale’s old-school coaching approach

Monday, May 25, 2015

HOUSTON — Kevin McHale’s stride is painful to watch. His limp is so pronounced it induces his 6-foot-10 frame into an odd bobbing motion with every deliberate step. And it tells a powerful story. The awkward gait for the Houston Rockets’ coach is the product of 13 punishing NBA seasons, including the 1987 postseason when he played on a broken …

Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca takes over Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city’s chances of hosting the Summer Games. Pagliuca takes over the effort to convince the IOC to send the …

NBA Playoff weekend capsules: LeBron hits buzzer-beater to tie series against Chicago, 2-2

Monday, May 11, 2015

CHICAGO — LeBron James hit a jumper from the corner at the buzzer to give the Cleveland Cavaliers an 86-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2. James finished with 25 points to help the Cavaliers win in another wild finish, returning the favor after Chicago took Game 3 on Derrick Rose’s banked 3-pointer at …

GM Danny Ainge wants to build on Celtics’ surprising playoff berth

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WALTHAM — Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and John Havlicek had some of their best years coming off the bench for the Boston Celtics. As did Cedric Maxwell, whose number is also hanging from the rafters at the …

Celtics have reason for optimism despite sweep by Cavs

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — The reconstruction of the Boston Celtics is ahead of schedule. Being swept in the first round can’t brush away that reality. The Celtics were a long shot to even reach the playoffs in a season with …

Clippers beat Spurs to even series

Monday, April 27, 2015

Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat San Antonio, 114-105, to even their first-round series at two games apiece. J.J. Redick scored 17 points for the Clippers and Austin Rivers provided an unexpected boost off …

Celtics swept as James scores 27 in 101-93 victory

Monday, April 27, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics. It may have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left …

James scores 31, Cavs beat Celts for 3-0 series lead

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON — LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since …

Larry Bird, Big Papi on board of Boston Olympic bid committee

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Larry Bird and David Ortiz are members of the board that will try to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston. The Boston basketball and baseball stars will be joined by two dozen other athletes and …

Rajon Rondo finished with Mavs, knee bumps Parsons from playoffs

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DALLAS — Rajon Rondo is out in Dallas. Rick Carlisle made that clear when asked if he thought the free agent-to-be would wear a Mavericks uniform again. “No, I don’t,” the coach said. The Mavericks announced Wednesday that …

LeBron scores 30, Cavaliers hold off Celtics 99-91 in Game 2

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CLEVELAND — The Celtics wouldn’t go away, and then LeBron James showed them the door. James scored 30 points — 15 in the fourth quarter — and Kyrie Irving added 26 as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook off …

Former OSU star Jared Sullinger lives his playoff dream with Celtics

Monday, April 20, 2015

CLEVELAND — When the Boston Celtics sent out a news release on Feb. 22 that he had been lost for the regular season, Jared Sullinger believed it. The former All-American at Ohio State admitted he virtually gave up …

‘Big 3’ lead Cavaliers past Celtics 113-100 in Game 1

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CLEVELAND — More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor. “We,” Irving said, “are the Big 3. We …