Teammates step up as Paul stays on sideline

Bill Plaschke   What's more amazing than the Los Angeles Clippers winning a playoff game with Chris Paul on one leg? How about winning one with Chris Paul on his butt?

Cavs: 'No excuses' after first on-court playoff adversity

Scratching and clawing: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova scrambles for a loose ball against Chicago Bulls opponent Aaron Brooks.

Jeff Zillgitt   Cleveland trailed the Chicago Bulls by 16 in the first half and 15 in the second half and lost to the Bulls 99-92 in their series opener, ceding home-court advantage in the process.

Warriors' Steph Curry named NBA's MVP

Curry poses with the trophy on Monday.

Curry led National Basketball Association's top regular season team in scoring, assists and steals.

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Why NBA shouldn't protect bad foul shooters

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Paul Suttor   Would golf allow gimmes for players who miss short putts? Would tennis offer a third serve for those who struggle to get the ball in play?

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Victorian rising stars make Opals tour squad

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Roy Ward 9:58 PM   Opals coach Brendan Joyce has named a young 12-player squad for a four-game European tour.

Lauren Jackson has more knee surgery in hope of return to basketball

​Jackson made a brief comeback to the WNBL this season playing six games before knee problems forced her out for an indefinite period.

Roy Ward 9:27 PM   Lauren Jackson's agent says knee surgeon will know if surgery worked in a month's time.

Warriors suffer shock home loss to Memphis

Memphis' Mike Conley  controls the ball against Golden State's Stephen Curry.

4:05 PM   Andrew Bogut did his job, but Golden State sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were off-target as they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in a rare home loss.

Bendigo Spirit tap Simon Pritchard as next head coach

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Roy Ward   Simon Pritchard says he wants to keep the whole Bendigo Spirit side together after earning a two-year deal to coach the team.

MacLeod signs with Capitals

Kathleen Macleod in action for Dandenong last year.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Capitals continue rebuild for next season by signing Dandenong Rangers point guard Kathleen MacLeod. 

Dellavedova's Cavs lose semi opener

Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova, left, scrambles for a loose ball against Bulls guard Aaron Brooks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were down by 15 points late in the third quarter when coach David Blatt tossed back-up point guard Matthew Dellavedova into the game.

Emotional Curry receives NBA MVP award

Top value: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (right) with the MVP trophy.

Antonio Gonzalez   His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried.

Aussies Mills, Baynes party hard after Spurs loss

Aron Baynes is helped out by Spurs teammate Tim Duncan.

Australia's Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and their San Antonio Spurs were knocked out of the NBA playoffs, but they didn't let it spoil their end of season party.

Wizards ignore injuries to beat Hawks

Upset win: John Wall and Otto Porter react after a basket in the final seconds against the Atlanta Hawks.

Jorge Castillo   The Wizards' stunning playoff run continued with a 104-98 comeback victory over the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

Warriors win opener against Grizzlies

Draymond Green shoots against Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol.

Andrew Bogut's Golden State Warriors have drawn first blood in their Western Conference NBA semi-final series, overpowering the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies 101-86 on Sunday.

Warriors roll past Grizzlies in series opener

Money man: Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drives against Memphis Grizzlies opponent Nick Calathes. The Warriors won 101-86.

Diamond Leung   The Golden State Warriors dominated the Memphis Grizzlies in a 101-86 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals.

Utah Jazz star Dante Exum sees Rio Olympic qualifier as precursor to NBA game in Australia

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Roy Ward   The Boomers and Opals will play a double-header against New Zealand at Rod Laver Arena on August 15.

Mills' Spurs knocked out by Clippers

Patty Mills scored two three-pointers to help the San Antonio Spurs progress in the NBA play-offs.

Michael Chammas   An extraordinary shot from Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul with a second to play ended Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs' title defence.

Clippers eliminate Spurs from NBA play-offs

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, hugs guard Chris Paul after they defeated the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Sunday.

The San Antonio Spurs' bid to win back-to-back NBA championships was extinguished with a desperate, last-second floater from Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul.

Bogut, Hayne strike up friendship in California

Central role: Golden State Warriors centre Andrew Bogut  is ready for the challenge Memphis' big men will provide.

Michael Chammas   Jarryd Hayne is not the only Australian causing a stir in California.

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Australian Opals play long game as Rio Olympics come closer

Recovering from injury: Liz Cambage.

Roy Ward   The Opals plan to challenge Team USA for the gold medal at the Rio Olympics but who will make the side?

Gutsy Clippers stretch series against Spurs to the wire

Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs drives around DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Scott Cacciola   The Los Angeles Clippers were under duress, on the brink of elimination against the defending champions.