LeBron James and a unit of bench players including Matthew Dellavedova went close but failed to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a dramatic comeback win over the Toronto Raptors.
The presumption across the NBA is that Ben Simmons from Louisiana State and Brandon Ingram from Duke are the best players in this year's draft and they are expected to go one-two to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Women's National Basketball League and Basketball Australia is "hopeful and confident" Adelaide Lightning and Melbourne Boomers will be saved from extinction, sparing the league the embarrassment of a six-team competition.
Melbourne United has kept the faith with two-time Olympian David Barlow.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a possible one-game suspension when he was fined by the National Basketball Association for a flagrant foul that was upgraded from category 1 to 2.
Thunder comprehensively beat the Golden State Warriors to take a 2-1 series lead in the western conference.
The Toronto Raptors got their first win of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday with DeMar DeRozan scoring 32 points in a 99-84 Game 3 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Opals will test out their Olympic fitness with an eight-game, 15-day tour of Europe.
Cleveland Cavaliers have demolished the Toronto Raptors to take a dominant lead in the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
Stephen Curry exploded for 15 of his 28 points over a 1:58 stretch of the third quarter, helping the Golden State Warriors pull away from the Oklahoma Thunder en route to a 118-91 victory that evened the Western Conference finals at one game apiece.
LeBron James recorded his 15th post-season triple-double as he moved past Shaquille O'Neal into fourth place on the all-time post-season scoring list in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 108-89 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
There's some hope NBA prospect Ben Simmons could change his mind about playing for Australia at the Olympics if he is drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ben Simmons will likely be drafted to either Philadelphia 76ers or LA Lakers after those two clubs won the number one and two picks at the NBA Draft Lottery on Wednesday.
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown has compared Australian teenager Ben Simmons to NBA greats Magic Johnson and LeBron James.
Will they go with Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? "You are going to have to ask that question on June 23 when we are ready to announce it," said Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers' president of basketball operations.
Another long layoff couldn't slow the Cavaliers. Neither could the Toronto Raptors.
Australian teenager Ben Simmons appears headed to the Philadelphia 76ers - where he would team up with former Boomers coach Brett Brown
During a postgame interview on ESPN, Adams referred to Warriors' guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as "quick little monkeys," a term that could be viewed as racially offensive.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have rocked the Golden State Warriors in game one of the NBA Western Conference Finals.
While Melbourne Boomers wait to find out their future ownership and place in the WNBL, city rivals Dandenong Rangers are re-signing their star players.
Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and added nine assists and seven rebounds as the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 116-89 on Sunday in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he needs a fit Andrew Bogut to nullify an Oklahoma City Thunder team that is "probably the biggest, strongest" in the NBA.
The Canberra Gunners have kept within striking distance of the SEABL east division's top four.
The Golden State Warriors are not sure if Andrew Bogut will overcome a groin strain and help combat the tall, athletic Oklahoma City Thunder featuring Kiwi centre Steven Adams.
A consortium bid to save the Melbourne Boomers is set to be rejected this week over a request that Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria contribute financially to a private takeover plan.
Goran Dragic scored a career-playoff-high 30 points and the Miami Heat won their 10th straight playoff elimination game at home, defeating the Toronto Raptors.
Australia's most successful women's basketball team is at risk of going under, with the nation's top female league at a flashpoint.
Capitals coach hints at more big names alongside new key recruits.
Australian Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs have been brutally knocked out of the NBA playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This has been a good spell for two of sport's axiomatic non-winners, good guys and losers.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers have run roughshod through the Eastern Conference for a second straight season, sweeping both the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks to reach the Eastern Conference Finals, their swift advance has mostly been met with indifference.
The Canberra Capitals have begun their rebuild by snaring two key signings for next season.
On Stephen Curry's night, the Golden State Warriors did it together.
LeBron James never did it. Neither did Magic Johnson or Larry Bird, or Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell. Even Michael Jordan never did it.
Lies, damned lies and statistics? When it comes to NBA maestro Stephen Curry numbers quickly become a thing of beauty.
Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs are on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs after Oklahoma City snatched game five of their series.
Basketball-mad tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios says he learnt a lot about how to compete from watching NBA great Kevin Garnett.
Melbourne United has landed the first of several major signings.
The big reveal for the Golden State Warriors came in parts.
A wheelchair basketball match in Germany has been abandoned after an all-in brawl between fans of bitter rivals Galatasaray and Besiktas.