Basketball - Ibaka close to return from injury

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka hopes to test his calf injury by the end of the week and is pushing to return for a potential appearance in the NBA Finals.

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Serge Ibaka - Reggie Jackson - Kevin Durant - Oklahoma City Thunder

According to Yahoo Sports, Ibaka refuses to accept the diagnosis that his severe calf strain will keep him out for the remainder of the play-offs.

The San Antonio Spurs took Game One of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday, scoring more than half of their 122 points in the paint without 6-foot-10 shot-blocker Ibaka to contend with.

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Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor expects All-Star forward Kevin Love to be part of the team next season, even if it turns out to be his last before hitting free agency.

Taylor was responding to a report that Love will not re-sign with the Wolves when his contract expires at the end of the 2014-15 season and his preference is to be with a contender.

"I should never say never because who knows what might come up? But that's not our plan," Taylor said in the Pioneer Press.

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Twelve years after the losing their original nickname to New Orleans, Charlotte's NBA franchise is once again the Hornets. The Hornets officially returned to Charlotte on Tuesday. Gone are the Bobcats in what the team called a re-branding.

The Hornets will unveil their new uniforms for next season on June 19.

Charlotte entered the NBA as an expansion team and played as the Hornets from 1988 to 2002. After the franchise left, the NBA returned to Charlotte in 2004 as the Bobcats and used that name from 2004 to 2014. New Orleans dropped the Hornets' name last year in favour of the Pelicans.

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It did not take Steve Kerr long to stare up at the championship-level height at which the Golden State Warriors have set their team's standard and immediately ask that the bar be lowered.

"It is not my goal to win 52 games," the Warriors new coach insisted, not coincidentally picking a number one higher than the Warriors achieved under recently fired Mark Jackson this past season. "We all know how the NBA works. You can get a couple of breaks and make a nice run. Or you can have a couple of injuries ... My goal is to continue the upward trend that the team is on."

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