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Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden (90), Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala and Wizards' Otto Porter Jr. (22) collide under the basket in the second half of Game 4 of the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs Monday, May 11, 2015, in Washington. The Hawks won 106-101. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Moving to small ball will take more adjusting from Wizards

- The Washington Times

Converting from power to speed and space took the Wizards about six months. Playoff matchups necessitating and inviting the change finally turned Washington from its thundering frontcourt approach into a team willing to do what so much of the league was doing.

Washington Wizards' John Wall (2) reacts after a basket between, from left to right, Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel, Luc Mbah a Moute, of Cameroon, and Isaiah Canaan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

John Wall named to NBA all-defensive second team

- The Washington Times

Wall was asked to increase his defense at the start of the season. The Wizards believed he did that, and his efforts received validation Wednesday when he was named to the NBA’s all-defensive second team.

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) topples over Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the first half in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs as center Festus Ezeli (31) looks on, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NBA MVP Curry OK after fall as Warriors lose to Rockets

- Associated Press

When Golden State's Stephen Curry crashed into Trevor Ariza's shoulder, was upended and sent flying toward the court on Monday night against Houston, it felt like forever before he landed.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Houston Rockets during the second half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Golden State Warriors 1 win away from NBA Finals

- Associated Press

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.

FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, toasts with Marius Vizer, head of IFJ and SportAccord Convention president, during a reception in Sochi, Russia.  The head of umbrella body SportAccord has issued Thursday May 21 2015 a 20-point plan for discussions with the IOC, including the introduction of prize money for Olympic athletes. Marius Vizer also seeks a 50 percent share for all federations in the IOC's new Olympic television channel, and wants all non-Olympic federations to be allowed to demonstrate their sport before or after each games in the host city.  (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Peru pulls out of hosting Marius Vizer's World Combat Games

- Associated Press

The Olympic backlash against Marius Vizer widened, as Peruvian organizers pulled out of hosting one of his showcase multi-sports events and basketball became the latest federation to suspend ties with his umbrella body.

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) walks off the court after being injured against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hawks' Kyle Korver out for the playoffs with sprained ankle

- Associated Press

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.

Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott (32) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) watch a loose ball during the second half in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hawks fall 94-82 to Cavaliers, trail 2-0 in series

- Associated Press

After using team play to overcome their lack of a true superstar all season, the Atlanta Hawks look outmatched against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.