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Brooklyn Nets strategy gains the upper hand in NBA playoff series

Beckley Mason After two games, patterns are emerging in the opening round playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors.

Former NBA star Tracy McGrady turns to baseball

SUGAR LAND, Texas, April 23 AFP - Tracy McGrady, a seven-time NBA All-Star basketball guard, has signed a deal to become a right-handed pitcher with minor-league baseball's Sugar Land Skeeters.

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Kevin Durant the NBA MVP but faces battle to be undisputed champion

Paul Suttor Kevin Durant will deservedly be judged the NBA's most valuable player this season but the jury is still out on whether he can be the best.

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Steve Kerr to New York Knicks speculation leads NBA coach chatter

Knicks coaching candidate Steve Kerr surrounded by television co-commentators Reggie Miller and Marv Albert.

Jeff Zillgitt, and Sam Amick Phil Jackson made his first major move as president of the New York Knicks, firing coach Mike Woodson on Monday. Now, Jackson gets to wield his influence and hire a new coach.

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Washington Wizards' collective will overcomes Chicago Bulls' bullying ways

Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal celebrate the 101-99 win as Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich walks off the court after missing two free throws during the overtime period of Game 2 in Chicago.

Mike Wise When it was over, and Kirk Hinrich had missed from the line, and John Wall threw the ball downcourt and then met Bradley Beal at midcourt for a flying chest bump, the obvious was right there:

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Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah named NBA's defensive player of the year

Joakim Noah

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the National Basketball Association's defensive player of the year on Monday, the first player from the franchise to earn the award since Michael Jordan in...

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New York Knicks sack another coach

Former New York Knicks' coach Mike Woodson.

Harvey Araton The New York Knicks have canned another head coach, and to this we may all shrug and say, what else is new?

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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.

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.

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Miami Heat go up 1-0 on Bobcats

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson.

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

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New York Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson after missing NBA playoffs

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 1: Head coach Mike Woodson of the New York Knicks yells to a ref during the second half of a game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on February. 1, 2014 in New York City. The Heat defeated the Knicks 106-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   Rich Schultz /Getty Images/AFP

Eben Novy-Williams The New York Knicks fired coach Mike Woodson after the National Basketball Association team missed the playoffs with a 37-45 record, team President Phil Jackson said in an e-mailed statement.

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O'Hea puts the Opals on hold

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

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Miami Heat's Big Three want third title before talking split

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.

Jeff Zillgitt The Miami Heat's poet and philosopher in-residence Chris Bosh delivered some Zen when discussing the team's playoff prospects.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.