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Shootaround (March 23) -- LeBron James says Cleveland Cavaliers lacking toughness

No. 1: LeBron questions Cavs' toughness as playoffs near -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have been at the forefront of the Eastern Conference standings all season long. That's as true today as it was months ago, but after last night's loss to the Denver Nuggets, Cleveland's lead on the Boston Celtics for No. Show More Summary

Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard named Players of the Week

NEW YORK -- The Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19.

Shootaround (Mar. 18): Miami Heat climb to No. 8 seed, but lose Dion Waiters to injury

No. 1: Heat move into playoff picture -- The Miami Heat have been one of the NBA's hottest teams the last few months, winning 23 of their last 28 games to move into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Last night at home against the...Show More Summary

Watch President Trump's press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Live VIdeo)

President Donald Trump and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel will hold a joint press conference at 1:20 p.m. Eastern time.

NHL scores 2017: Maple Leafs take advantage of Eastern Conference struggles to nab playoff spot

It was a bad evening for playoff hopefuls outside of Toronto. A stacked Thursday evening of NHL hockey action meant a lot of scoreboard watching for a lot of teams. More specifically teams from the Eastern Conference, because that’s where the real heart of the playoff battles lie. With 12 games, movement was bound to happen. Show More Summary

Four-goal second period lifts Maple Leafs past Lightning 5-0

Morgan Rielly and Matt Martin scored 15 seconds apart during Toronto's four-goal second period, Frederik Andersen made 33 saves and the Maple Leafs moved into the lead for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0        

Isaiah Thomas out with bruised knee

The Celtics (43-25, second best record in Eastern conference through Wednesday’s games), will be without star guard Isaiah Thomas for a few games. Here’s the Boston Herald reporting: Isaiah Thomas is not on the Celtics flight to New York today after the team announced a right knee bone bruise will keep him out of games against Brooklyn and [...]

Dwyane Wade suffers season-ending elbow injuries

The Bulls are in 10th place in the Eastern conference, behind the 9th-place Miami Heat, and their season will continue without the services of veteran shooting guard Dwyane Wade. This morning, Wade underwent an MRI for a right elbow injury suffered in the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies. The results of [...]

The NBA Playoff race at the bottom of the Eastern Conference is getting interesting

Three spots are in play with six teams still alive. Who will make it? Who should we be rooting for? The depressing race for the final 2017 NBA Playoffs spot in the Western Conference has received most of the attention, but the battle in the East is just as weird. Show More Summary

John Wall, Karl-Anthony Towns named Players of the Week

NEW YORK -- The Washington Wizards' John Wall and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12.

NHL playoff race report: Opportunities await Penguins and Islanders this week

Our weekly look at the Eastern Conference playoff stretch. Welcome to the post-trade deadline NHL world! It’s a hellish landscape full of streaky teams battling each other for a handful of playoff spots. It’s a Great Time To Be Alive™. So...Show More Summary

Allen Iverson crossed up his hero Michael Jordan 20 years ago

1. 20 years ago, on Mar. 12, 1997, Allen Iverson crossed over Michael Jordan. Iverson was just a rookie from Georgetown, playing on the Sixers, who were near the bottom of the Eastern Conference at the time. You can imagine Sixers fans were stoked not just to see Michael Jordan play, but to see their No. Show More Summary

NHL scores 2017: Red Wings have the potential to play the role of the playoff spoiler

Don’t expect Detroit to be an easy team to beat in these last few weeks. The Red Wings are effectively out of the playoff race. Fans have known it for months, but even with the tightness of the Eastern Conference, the logistics of climbing...Show More Summary

Weber State pulls away late, beats EWU in Big Sky semis

Jeremy Senglin scored 22 points, Dusty Baker had 17 and Weber State pulled away in the last five minutes to beat Eastern Washington 80-72 on Friday night in a Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinal        

Dion Waiters has become a fan favorite in Miami

The Heat are only 31-34, which is the 9th best record in the Eastern conference, but after a lousy start to the season the team has been on a winning path. They’re moving on up. And a big reason why has been the play of guard Dion Waiters. Here’s the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporting: Since the team’s second-half [...]

Raptors, Hawks play for possible home court in postseason

ATLANTA -- The Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Eastern Conference standings, and home-court advantage for a possible playoff series could loom large.

Hornets hope to slow Magic G Payton

With only 18 games left in the regular season, every game is crucial for the Charlotte Hornets, who sit three games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Eastern Washington beats Sacramento State in Big Sky tourney

Jacob Wiley had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Eastern Washington rolled to an 89-70 victory over Sacramento State on Thursday night in a Big Sky Conference Tournament quarterfinal        

Johnson, Akron beat E. Michigan 79-62 in MAC Tournament

CLEVELAND (AP) Isaiah Johnson had a double-double, Noah Robotham scored 19 points and No. 1 seed Akron beat Eastern Michigan 79-62 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

NBA scores 2017: The Miami Heat might mess around and make the playoffs

So much for the tank. Don’t look now but the Miami Heat are only half a game back of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They’ve won 20 of their last 24 games and it’s starting to look like they could pull this off? They could really pull this off. Show More Summary

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