Basketball http://au.rd.yahoo.com/news/rss/top_stories/*http://au.news.yahoo.com/top/ en-au Copyright (c) 2014 Yahoo New Zealand. All rights reserved. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:38:31 +1200 Yahoo New Zealand Sport https://s.yimg.com/ao/i/hp/nz2/test/ynz.gif 144 36 Slovenian guard Dragic named Most Improved NBA Player (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22890653 New York (AFP) - Phoenix guard Goran Dragic, whose career-high 20. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:40:14 +1200 Popovich wins NBA coach of the year (AP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22877360 San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been named the NBA's coach of the year. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:15:40 +1200 Wizards edge Bulls while Pacers, Raptors equalize (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22872465 Chicago (AFP) - Bradley Beal scored a game-high 26 points to spark Washington over Chicago 101-99 in overtime, giving the Wizards their best NBA playoff start in 32 years. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:49:35 +1200 Grizzlies, Clippers win to level NBA playoff matchups (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22843003 Oklahoma City (AFP) - Zach Randolph scored eight of his 25 points in overtime to spark the Memphis Grizzlies over Oklahoma City 111-105, equalizing their NBA playoff series at one win each. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:00:38 +1200 Adams blanked in second playoff game (NZ Newswire) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22839852 Kiwi rookie Steven Adams failed to contribute for Oklahoma City Thunder as they lost game two of their NBA playoff with Memphis. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:30:44 +1200 League says referee botched call in Rockets loss (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22829318 New York (AFP) - Referees made an incorrect call late in the final seconds of Portland's 122-120 NBA playoff victory Sunday over Houston, the league said Monday. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:15:10 +1200 Chicago's Noah named Defensive Player of the Year (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22829305 Chicago (AFP) - Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, the mainstay of a team that kept foes to a league-low 91.8 points a game, was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:11:24 +1200 Timberwolves coach Adelman retires after 23 seasons (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22823617 Minneapolis (AFP) - Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman announced his retirement after 23 seasons which included two trips to the NBA Finals with Portland in 1990 and 1992. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:09:15 +1200 Reigning NBA champs Miami open playoffs with win (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22804281 Miami (AFP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:27:25 +1200 Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win (AFP) http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/basketball/news/article/-/22802893 Miami (AFP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points on Sunday to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:02:55 +1200