Golden State star guard Stephen Curry smiled after Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against Houston on Sunday.

Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

Stephen Curry shook, shimmied and screamed, letting his adoring fans and the Rockets know that Oracle Arena was his house.

Road tripped: Celtics' Game 3 loss another playoff pothole

May 20
The Celtics were loose, smiling and laughing. They weren't straining to hear each other speak and there were no obnoxious Cleveland fans heckling them.

Two views: NFL may not have most to gain from regulated gambling

May 19
Michael Rand and Chris Hine weigh in in the week's hot sports topics.
Wolves
42 minutes ago
Trade Karl-Anthony Towns? Let's talk this through

Trade Karl-Anthony Towns? Let's talk this through

The Wolves would be crazy to trade Towns. He was an All-Star last season, and anything good you can imagine happening to the team in the next five years involves him. But ...
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) after sinking a fourth quarter basket Thursday night. He finished the game with 46 points.
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Wolves
May 17
Lynx's Reeve 'would absolutely consider' being NBA coach

Lynx's Reeve 'would absolutely consider' being NBA coach

Though Becky Hammon did not get hired by Milwaukee, she interviewed for the Bucks head coaching job, a move Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve called "progress."
Wolves
May 15
Can they really have the NBA Draft Lottery without the Wolves?

Can they really have the NBA Draft Lottery without the Wolves?

The Wolves made the playoffs — remember? — and playoff teams aren’t in the lottery. It’s obvious, but it also feels strange after all these years of futility.
Vikings
May 14
Judging personalities is an underrated front-office skill. (Clockwise from top left): the Twins' Miguel Sano has great physical gifts, but needs to de

Souhan: Analytics crunch numbers but give personalities short shrift

You want to win a championship? You'd better have the right kinds and combinations of people on your team.
Wolves
May 12
In this June 2, 2016, file photo, LeBron James dribbles against State Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals

Two views: What can the NBA do to make the regular season matter?

Both of the higher seeds with home-court advantage in the NBA conference finals — Boston in the East and Houston in the West — are the betting underdogs.
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  • Western Conference
    Northwest w l pct gb home away last 10
    Portland 49 33 .598 0 28-13 21-20 5-5
    Oklahoma City 48 34 .585 1 27-14 21-20 5-5
    Utah 48 34 .585 1 28-13 20-21 7-3
    Minnesota 47 35 .573 2 30-11 17-24 6-4
    Denver 46 36 .561 3 31-10 15-26 7-3
  • Pacific w l pct gb home away last 10
    Golden State 58 24 .707 0 29-12 29-12 4-6
    LA Clippers 42 40 .512 16 22-19 20-21 4-6
    LA Lakers 35 47 .427 23 20-21 15-26 3-7
    Sacramento 27 55 .329 31 14-27 13-28 4-6
    Phoenix 21 61 .256 37 10-31 11-30 2-8
  • Southwest w l pct gb home away last 10
    Houston 65 17 .793 0 34-7 31-10 7-3
    New Orleans 48 34 .585 17 24-17 24-17 6-4
    San Antonio 47 35 .573 18 33-8 14-27 5-5
    Dallas 24 58 .293 41 15-26 9-32 2-8
    Memphis 22 60 .268 43 16-25 6-35 3-7
  • Eastern Conference
    Central w l pct gb home away last 10
    Cleveland 50 32 .610 0 29-12 21-20 7-3
    Indiana 48 34 .585 2 27-14 21-20 7-3
    Milwaukee 44 38 .537 6 25-16 19-22 6-4
    Detroit 39 43 .476 11 25-16 14-27 7-3
    Chicago 27 55 .329 23 17-24 10-31 3-7
  • Atlantic w l pct gb home away last 10
    Toronto 59 23 .720 0 34-7 25-16 6-4
    Boston 55 27 .671 4 27-14 28-13 6-4
    Philadelphia 52 30 .634 7 30-11 22-19 10-0
    New York 29 53 .354 30 19-22 10-31 3-7
    Brooklyn 28 54 .341 31 15-26 13-28 5-5
  • Southeast w l pct gb home away last 10
    Miami 44 38 .537 0 26-15 18-23 5-5
    Washington 43 39 .524 1 23-18 20-21 3-7
    Charlotte 36 46 .439 8 21-20 15-26 5-5
    Orlando 25 57 .305 19 17-24 8-33 4-6
    Atlanta 24 58 .293 20 16-25 8-33 3-7
  • Points
    K. Towns MIN 1743
    A. Wiggins MIN 1452
    J. Butler MIN 1307
    T. Gibson MIN 999
    J. Teague MIN 994
  • Rebounds
    K. Towns MIN 1012
    T. Gibson MIN 584
    G. Dieng MIN 360
    A. Wiggins MIN 358
    J. Butler MIN 314
  • Assists
    J. Teague MIN 492
    J. Butler MIN 288
    T. Jones MIN 232
    K. Towns MIN 199
    J. Crawford MIN 185
  • Field Goal Percentage
    T. Gibson MIN .577
    K. Towns MIN .545
    J. Butler MIN .474
    J. Teague MIN .446
    A. Wiggins MIN .438
  • Blocked Shots
    K. Towns MIN 115
    T. Gibson MIN 59
    A. Wiggins MIN 51
    G. Dieng MIN 39
    J. Butler MIN 24
  • Steals
    J. Butler MIN 116
    J. Teague MIN 102
    T. Jones MIN 95
    A. Wiggins MIN 91
    K. Towns MIN 64
  • Points
    L. James CLE 2251
    J. Harden HOU 2191
    A. Davis NO 2110
    R. Westbrook OKC 2028
    G. Antetokounmpo MIL 2014
  • Rebounds
    A. Drummond DET 1247
    D. Jordan LAC 1171
    K. Towns MIN 1012
    D. Howard CHA 1012
    A. Davis NO 832
  • Assists
    R. Westbrook OKC 820
    L. James CLE 747
    B. Simmons PHI 661
    J. Harden HOU 630
    K. Lowry TOR 537
  • Field Goal Percentage
    C. Capela HOU .652
    D. Jordan LAC .645
    M. Harrell LAC .635
    S. Adams OKC .629
    E. Kanter NY .592
  • Blocked Shots
    A. Davis NO 193
    C. Capela HOU 137
    D. Howard CHA 131
    R. Gobert UTA 129
    A. Drummond DET 127
  • Steals
    V. Oladipo IND 177
    P. George OKC 161
    E. Bledsoe MIL 149
    R. Westbrook OKC 147
    B. Simmons PHI 140
  • Saturday, May 19
    Cleveland 116, Boston 86, F
  • Sunday, May 20
    Golden State 126, Houston 85, F
  • Today, May 21
    Boston @ Cleveland
  • Tuesday, May 22
    Houston @ Golden State
  • Wednesday, May 23
    Cleveland @ Boston
  • Thursday, May 24
    Golden State @ Houston
  • Friday, May 25
    Boston @ Cleveland
  • Saturday, May 26
    Houston @ Golden State
Wolves
May 11
Ex-Wolves coach Casey, fired by Raptors, again deserved better

Ex-Wolves coach Casey, fired by Raptors, again deserved better

The demise of the Timberwolves in the mid-2000s was a multi-layered mess-up. And the firing of Dwane Casey is an overlooked part of what happened.
Wolves
May 11
Warriors and Rockets are great models for Wolves ... and Vikings?

Warriors and Rockets are great models for Wolves ... and Vikings?

Defense wins championships, sure. But more so than that: Being able to win in multiple ways wins championships. That's a lesson of this NBA postseason.
Gophers
May 11
Tom Thibodeau retains the title of coach and basketball boss with the Timberwolves, a situation that seems to be disappearing in the NBA.

Souhan: Choices by Wolves, Gophers could make or break teams

Sharing some thoughts on Tom Thibodeau, Lindsay Whalen and the prospect that has shined the most among the Twins' position players.
Wolves
May 10
Andrew Wiggins (22)

Trade Wiggins? If the Wolves go there, here are some possible deals

For the Wolves to continue improving, it may take another shake-up to their roster. If the Wolves decide to make Andrew Wiggins a candidate to go elsewhere, he are some trade ideas that could make sense.
Vikings
May 9
Moss crushed, LeBron celebrated for 'I play when I want to play' approach

Moss crushed, LeBron celebrated for 'I play when I want to play' approach

Some moments in sports are bigger than others, and LeBron James is the latest star to acknowledge that. The reaction he's getting is different than when Randy Moss made that case with the Vikings.
Wolves
May 9
Rick Brunson

Brunson resigns as Wolves assistant; agent denies improper conduct

An NBA source said that assistant coach Rick Brunson had been the subject of complaints that he behaved improperly toward women.
Wolves
May 8

Wolves release shooting coach, two others from staff

The Timberwolves made postseason changes to their coaching and basketball operations staffs Monday, releasing player development coach Vince Legarza, shooting coach Pete Patton and assistant video coordinator Wes Bohn.
Wild
May 3
With sports, the more we know the less we enjoy them

With sports, the more we know the less we enjoy them

Were the Wild and Wolves playoff series less enjoyable because fans had access to all the information they could ever want -- and knew the match-ups were lopsided against their teams?
Wolves
May 3
RandBall: Opting out of deal might be best for Crawford -- and Wolves

RandBall: Opting out of deal might be best for Crawford -- and Wolves

For all of Jamal Crawford’s intangibles , including the fact that Jimmy Butler wants him on the team, he is neither a terribly efficient player nor a very good defensive player.
Wolves
May 3
Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, right, talks with guard Jamal Crawford during the first half in Game 5 of the playoffs.

Souhan: Is Crawford's decision a bad omen for the Wolves?

This is the first important move of an offseason that could set the Wolves up as winners, or put them on the precipice of regression.
Wolves
May 3
Timberwolves guard Jamal Crawford

Report: Wolves' Crawford to decline option, test free agency

Jamal Crawford will decline his $4.5 million player option with the Wolves and become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN.com reported Wednesday afternoon.
Wolves
May 1
Jimmy Butler singing 'Let Me Love You' is the video you need

Jimmy Butler singing 'Let Me Love You' is the video you need

Jimmy Butler belted out “Let Me Love You” by Mario around 2:30 a.m. recently at a club called PRYSM. TMZ reports that T-Pain was the headliner but that Buckets “stole the show.”
Wolves
May 1
The Wolves pursued Tom Thibodeau two years ago largely because the Wolves were terrible defensively, and he had a reputation as one of the smartest de

Scoggins: Wolves need to build a more credible defensive presence

Six of the league's top nine teams in defensive rating are among the eight teams alive in the playoffs. So the blueprint for continued improvement isn't a mystery.
Wolves
May 1
Fact check: Five things from Thibodeau's season-ending news conference

Fact check: Five things from Thibodeau's season-ending news conference

The Wolves took a significant step forward this season, but the jump from 31 wins to 47 wins will in some ways be easier than the jump to true contention.
Wolves
May 1
Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler (23) celebrated when the Wolves clicnhed their first playoff berth in 14 years in the final

Keeping Butler, Towns key as Wolves attack their next steps

Signing Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns to contract extensions while surrounding them with more talent under salary-cap rules will challenge Wolves' management.

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