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Miami Heat go up 1-0 on Bobcats

Ira Winderman 10:28am Heat record postseason-opening victory that allows them to regain some traction after a sloppy close to the regular season.

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NBA playoffs a true contest in the west

Paul Suttor

PAUL SUTTOR It would be nice to say the best 16 teams are now locked in for the first round of the NBA playoffs, preparing for the first of what each team hopes to be four seven-game contests that lead to the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.

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LeBron James and Dwyane Wade lead Heat to victory in play-offs opener

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) puts up a jump shot while defended by Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott  during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday in Atlanta. Atlanta won 98-85.

2:56pm LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points to lead two-time defending NBA champion Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener.

Bogut-less Warriors win NBA playoff opener

Golden State's David Lee controls the ball against Blake Griffin.

Golden State Warriors good enough to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 in LA.

O'Hea puts the Opals on hold

Seattle-bound: Jenna O'Hea will concentrate on her career in the US with the Storm this year.

Roy Ward Jenna O'Hea has had to step back from Australian Opals duties this year and walk away from the WNBL next summer.

Bogut's injury could sink his Warriors

Andrew Bogut (left) will miss the start of the NBA play-offs.

JON PIERIK Andrew Bogut is hurt and, according to former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, it could be the difference between elimination and survival for his Golden State Warriors, when the NBA play-offs begin on Sunday.

Luc Longley hopes Dante Exum avoids falling victim to club v country battle

Dante Exum playing for Lake Ginninderra College in 2013.

JON TUXWORTH Australia basketball great Luc Longley hopes club versus country tug-of-war doesn't hinder Dante Exum's world cup hopes.

Aussie duo Patty Mills, Aron Baynes aim to lift San Antonio Spurs in NBA playoffs

Patty Mills

Peter Mitchell Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and their San Antonio Spurs are looking for revenge while Andrew Bogut and his Golden State Warriors are hoping for a miracle.

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Dante Exum banks the bucks before NBA draft

Dante Exum is leading an Australian wave of sons of US imports in the NBL set to attract plenty of interest from NBA teams.

Dante Exum has landed a multi-million dollar endorsement deal before playing a single second in the NBA.

Andrew Gaze warns Patty Mills to carefully weigh up move from San Antonio

Andrew Gaze says Patty Mills would be making the wrong decision if he left the Spurs to chase a starting spot at a less-credentialled team.

JON TUXWORTH Australia basketball legend Andrew Gaze says Patrick Mills couldn't be blamed if he leaves star-studded San Antonio for bigger money elsewhere, despite the Spurs entering the NBA play-offs as championship favourites.

Miami Heat player speculation underpins intriguing play-off series

LeBron James (centre) is key to Miami's hopes of winning the title.

JON PIERIK The late, great Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly always said his favourite time of the basketball year was the play-offs.

Perth Wildcats import Jermaine Beal unsure of NBL future

Perth Wildcats guard Jermaine Beal works his way upcourt during the game three grand final series win over Adelaide in Perth.

Justin Chadwick Star Wildcats import Jermaine Beal says he's yet to decide whether to extend his stay in the NBL.

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Hoops to Hooters as Brooklyn Nets veteran Andrei Kirilenko aims at Moscow franchises

Brooklyn Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko scrambles for control of the ball in New York.

Jake Rudnitsky and Jason Corcoran Andrei Kirilenko, the National Basketball Association player known as AK-47, is defying Russian antipathy toward U.S. brands by opening the country's first Hooters restaurant.

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NBA's Milwaukee Bucks to stay local after sale

Milwaukee Bucks' Jeff Adrien

Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl says he's selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee.

Carmelo Anthony to miss Knicks' finale

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony has played his last game of the season and perhaps as a Knick.

Canberra Capital Carley Mijovic drafted by WNBA side Washington

Retired Australian professional basketball player Luc Longley coaches Carley Mijovic of the Canberra Capitals earlier this year.

JON TUXWORTH Canberra Capital Carley Mijovic has been picked by the Washington Mystics in the WNBA draft. 

Andrew Bogut out indefinitely with rib injury

Andrew Bogut of the Golden State Warriors

Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut has a fractured rib that could keep him out for the Golden State Warriors' run at the playoffs.

Jesse Wagstaff backs Canberra NBL bid, but keen to stay with Perth after win

Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff with the NBL trophy.

JON TUXWORTH Perth Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff says he wouldn't rule out seeing out his career with Canberra if the Cannons revival is successful. 

Logan Thunder out of WNBL

Natalie Hurst of the Canberra Capitals and Kristen Veal of Logan Thunder during a WNBL game in December.

Roy Ward The WNBL will play with only eight teams next season after Logan Thunder withdrew from the league on Monday.

Logan Thunder WNBL demise 'disappointing': Canberra Capitals

Carly Wilson of the Capitals in action against Logan Thunder last season. The Thunder have folded, which has left south-east Queensland without a top-tier basketball side.

JON TUXWORTH Outgoing Capitals chief Tony Jackson says it is staggering that south-east Queensland will be without a top-tier basketball side.

Perth Wildcats' James Ennis to head back to US after record win

Perth Wildcats' James Ennis

Brad Elborough It’s tough to win a National Basketball League championship.

Wildcats' changes cement NBL dominance

Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff with the NBL trophy.

Big changes have paid off for the Perth Wildcats, who are celebrating a record sixth NBL championship following Sunday's crushing 93-59 grand final victory over the Adelaide 36ers at Perth Arena.

Canberra SEABL teams fall to Victorian heavyweights

Sarah McAppion.

JON TUXWORTH Sarah McAppion’s stint with Canberra's SEABL side has her primed for increased WNBL minutes next season.

NBL win makes it six for Perth Wildcats

Shawn Redhage slam dunks for the Perth Wildcats -  much to the delight of home fans.

Big changes have paid off for the Perth Wildcats, who are celebrating a record sixth NBL championship following Sunday's crushing 93-59 grand final victory over the Adelaide 36ers at Perth Arena.

Wildcats' changes cement NBL dominance

Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff with the NBL trophy.

Chris Pike The Perth Wildcats made some big changes after a second straight NBL grand final loss in 2013, and now they've won a record-extending sixth championship.

Andrew Bogut 50-50 for basketball's World Cup

Andrew Bogut (L) blocks a shot by Jodie Meeks of the LA Lakers.

Peter Mitchell Andrew Bogut rates himself a 50-50 chance of leading Australia at the basketball World Cup in Spain later this year.

Bogut joins Mills in NBA playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, right, has his shot blocked by Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, of Australia, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 112-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Australian Andrew Bogut's Golden State Warriors have booked their place in the NBA playoffs with a 112-95 victory over the LA Lakers.

NBL Tigers skipper Tommy Greer retires

Tommy Greer

Melbourne Tigers captain Tommy Greer has announced his NBL retirement, effective immediately.

Will Indiana Pacers even survive to meet Miami Heat in NBA playoffs?

Miami Heat's LeBron James goes up to shoot as Indiana Pacers centre Roy Hibbert defends in Miami. The Heat defeated the Pacers 98-86.

Dave Hyde Would they snap? That's all that was left to see. Already in the Heat's 98-86 win, it was clear Indiana was not as fast or as strong or as determined as it usually had been against the Heat.

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Perth Wildcats coach blasts referees as NBL championship goes to decider

Trevor Gleeson

Coach Trevor Gleeson believes referees robbed his Perth Wildcats of the chance to win the NBL championship on Friday night.

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Opals star Liz Cambage may return from China to play in Melbourne

Cambage.

Roy Ward Liz Cambage, a former WNBL "most valuable player" and championship winner with the Melbourne Boomers, played in China the past two seasons but is believed to be considering spending next summer in Melbourne.

Lauren Jackson backs Abby Bishop to be an Australian Opals captain despite parenting policy forcing her to withdraw from world championships

Abby Bishop watches Lauren Jackson train.

CHRIS DUTTON Lauren Jackson has endorsed Abby Bishop as a future Opals captain, despite this week's controversy.

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Hamilton completes hat-trick in China

Lewis Hamilton wins a third-straight grand prix for the first time in his career with a dominant victory in China.

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