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Irving to miss second straight game

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CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss his second straight Eastern Conference finals game with an injured left knee.

Irving, who has been dealing with tendinitis, was ruled out of Sunday's Game 3 about 45 minutes before tip-off. Wearing a new knee brace, Irving put himself through a rigorous workout on the Quicken Loans Arena floor about three hours before the game started. Although he moved well, the Cavs decided to rest him for at least one more game.

Cleveland leads the best-of-seven series 2-0.

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Warriors hope to oust Rockets with sweep

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors aren't worried about a letdown in Game 4 after taking a 3-0 lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals.

"It's easy for us to stay hungry because none of us have really experienced this before or accomplished really anything," Curry said.

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Korver out of playoffs with ankle sprain

ATLANTA (AP) Already facing a daunting task after losing the first two games at home in the Eastern Conference final, the Atlanta Hawks were dealt another major blow Saturday when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs because of a severely sprained right ankle.

The guard was injured in Game 2 while scrambling for a loose ball. Cleveland's Matthew Dellavedova slammed into the side of Korver's ankle late in the third quarter of the Cavaliers' 94-82 victory Friday night.

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Raptors G Ross has ankle surgery

TORONTO (AP) Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross has had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs.

The team says he had surgery in California on Friday, and he'll undergo rehabilitation in Toronto.

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Isiah doesn't reject idea of NBA return

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Isiah Thomas said he hasn't spoken with New York Knicks President Phil Jackson since joining the Liberty as a consultant in February.

Thomas didn't reject the notion that someday he could return to the NBA. The new president of the New York Liberty was introduced Thursday after being rehired by Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan.

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Globetrotter great Haynes dies at 89

PHOENIX (AP) Marques Haynes' dribbling skills wowed fans in more than 100 countries. He was a showstopper, a player who helped make the Harlem Globetrotters beloved ambassadors of basketball around the world.

Haynes, often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes, the Globetrotters said. He was 89.

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Curry, James unanimous All-NBA picks

NEW YORK (AP) Golden State's Stephen Curry, the league MVP, and LeBron James are the only unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team.

New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Memphis center Marc Gasol joined Curry as newcomers on the team. Houston's James Harden rounded it out with his second straight selection.

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Pelicans interview Warriors asst. Gentry

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans' job.

Kerr's comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. He said Gentry met with Pelicans officials earlier this week, but the interview process hasn't taken Gentry away from his current coaching duties with the Warriors.

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Celtics owner to lead Boston Olympic bid

BOSTON (AP) The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston shook up its management Thursday, making Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca the new chairman in an attempt to revive the city's chances of hosting the Summer Games.

Pagliuca takes over the effort to convince the IOC to send the Summer Olympics to the United States for the first time since 1996. The managing director of Bain Capital and formerly a vice chairman of the bid, he will replace construction magnate John Fish, the point man through a domestic competition in which Boston was selected by the USOC as the American bid city.

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Leonard, 2 Clips on All-Defensive team

NEW YORK (AP) Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio was the leading vote-getter for the NBA's All-Defensive first team, where he was joined by Los Angeles Clippers teammates Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan.

Leonard received 116 first-team votes and 242 points Wednesday from a panel of 129 writers and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada. Golden State's Draymond Green was second with 229 points and 107 first-team votes.

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