HOUSTON | Last offseason, the Houston Rockets were an afterthought, a young team with little star power.
Dwight Howard averaged 17 points and almost 11 rebounds per game in the playoffs for the L.A. Lakers.
BOSTON | The Green are getting greener.
The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday that Butler coach Brad Stevens was hired as the team's head coach, replacing Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
MIAMI | Dwyane Wade was walking down the hallway toward the Miami Heat locker room in the wee hours of Friday morning, still in uniform and fussing with the new championship hat atop his head as his team and their families were in the midst of partying the night away.
Miami Heat players, including LeBron James, top center, celebrate after Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday in Miami. The Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second consecutive NBA championship.
SAN ANTONIO | Spurs guard Tony Parker said Saturday the strained right hamstring that wore him down this week could tear "any time now" heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker uses a foam roller to workout with during practice, Saturday in San Antonio.
MIAMI | Other than being widely known by just the first syllable of their surnames, the coaches who will match wits in these NBA Finals may seem like polar opposites.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Pacers grew up this season.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra speaks to players against the Indiana Pacers during the first half of Game 7 in their NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series, Monday in Miami.
Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen fights for a lose ball with Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and small forward Gerald Green (25) during Game 7 Monday in Miami. The Heat won 99-76.
MIAMI | As the final horn in a Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers was sounding, LeBron James walked toward several of his Miami Heat teammates to shake some hands and share a couple of quick words.
MIAMI | Several times around the start of these playoffs, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra insisted that the postseason path his team would wind up navigating had the potential to be more challenging than the route they took to the NBA championship a year ago.
MIAMI | A fast start and faster finish were enough to send the Miami Heat back to the Eastern Conference finals.
CHICAGO | What do you do, what do you say, when the end is inevitable?
MIAMI | Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game, and the Bulls stunned the Miami Heat 93-86 on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
NEW YORK | David West scored 20 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 102-95 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Pacers forward David West drives past New York Knicks forward Kenyon Martin at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
ATLANTA | The Pacers packed for an extended trip.
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