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How is Isaiah Thomas doing this?

Mon, 01 May 2017 00:10:44 GMT

Playoff pressure is crushing enough, to say nothing of the tragedy of losing a family member. But the Celtics star continues to stand tall amid all of it.

The Jazz are back – and the Warriors should get used to seeing them in the playoffs

Mon, 01 May 2017 04:11:31 GMT

Thanks to the textbook rebuilding job by GM Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder, Utah looks like a model of sustainable success.

Why the NBA's to blame for DNP-Rest

Mon, 01 May 2017 02:36:28 GMT

NBA fans want an exciting postseason featuring teams as close as possible to full strength battling to win the Larry O'Brien Trophy. They also want to see the visiting team's star players during the regular season, and they're understandably frustrated when those players sit out because they

Current and former players sent heartfelt farewell wishes to Paul Pierce

Mon, 01 May 2017 02:36:25 GMT

The Clippers season ended in do-or-die fashion against the Jazz on Sunday. In addition to this being another sad exit for the Clippers, it was also Paul Pierce's last game ever. He didn't have an extravagant farewell tour like Kobe, but Paul Pierce was a well-respected player throughout the league

Stately rivalry resumes as Rockets visit Spurs

Mon, 01 May 2017 02:13:57 GMT

There will be a lot more on the line than pride and Lone Star State bragging rights when the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets meet for Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series on Monday at the AT&T Center. The heated rivalry featured four meetings this season, and the Spurs

Why Rudy Gobert is the most valuable big man in the NBA

Mon, 01 May 2017 01:53:06 GMT

Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Unsung Jazz star Gordon Hayward praises team's loyal fans as Warriors await

Mon, 01 May 2017 00:16:04 GMT

LOS ANGELES – Of all the NBA's superstar sagas, those annual subplots where a certain team is hoping to hold onto a certain player in free agency by proving itself in the playoffs, Gordon Hayward's was as overlooked as they come. All season long, the talk in NBA circles was about Paul George

Twilight tales of Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:17:05 GMT

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer Close Joined in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM Follow on Twitter As of Thursday morning, Vince Carter is the lone member of the NBA's active 40-and-older club. At least a couple

NBA Playoff Preview Starting with Round Two

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:09:03 GMT

Written by Mark Lattman Although it's been 29 years since the Buffalo Braves last competed in the NBA, moving from New York and the Eastern Conference to California and the Western Conference there is still plenty of reason for local interest in the NBA. There's the continued success of the Cleveland

Highlights of Sunday's NBA games

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:06:57 GMT

(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Basketball Association games: Jazz 104, Clippers 91 Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and collected eight rebounds to lead seven Utah players in double figures, and the Jazz eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers from the Western Conference playoffs

Why are Wizards-Celtics playing Game 1 Sunday when Cavs and Raptors have more rest?

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:54:49 GMT

The Wizards finished off the Hawks in Game 6 on Friday, April 28. The Celtics-Bulls series also ended in six games on Friday. When news broke that Washington and Boston would begin their second-round series on Sunday, some fans were scratching their heads. 

The 5 Greatest NBA Players to Never Win a Championship

Mon, 01 May 2017 02:21:33 GMT

If anything is considered the pinnacle of a basketball career, it's got to be winning an NBA championship. Setting aside the time-honored tradition of little boys shooting in the driveway, a ring on the resume of a professional can make all the difference between two cliches: the gritty gamers who

Vince Carter says retirement not yet on radar

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:58:10 GMT news services Vince Carter isn't planning to walk away from the NBA. The guard-forward will be a free agent this summer and said after the Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs that he wants to play in the 2017-18 season, which would be the 20th of his career. Carter, 40, said

2017 NBA Playoffs predictions: SB Nation’s writers pick every series

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:08:47 GMT

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NBA: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Jimmy Butler

Mon, 01 May 2017 03:31:00 GMT

There are rumors that the Chicago Bulls are ready to part ways with Jimmy Butler. If that's the case, here are 5 possible landing spots for the All-Star.

13 Hottest NBA WAGS: Khloe Kardashian, Ayesha Curry & More

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:30:48 GMT

Behind every great basketball player is a gorgeous woman, right? With the NBA playoffs well underway, we're taking a look at some of the hottest wives and girlfriends of bball stars — from Khloe Kardashian to Ayesha Curry and more! Some of the biggest names in basketball also have some of the hottest

11 Big-Name NBA Players Who Are in for a Major Pay Raise This Offseason

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:15:00 GMT

With the salary cap expected to rise once again this offseason, here's a look at 11 NBA players who are looking at serious paydays.

25 Most Expensive Contracts in NBA History

Mon, 01 May 2017 03:25:00 GMT

With the salary cap exploding in recent years, NBA salaries are rising. Here are the 25 most expensive contracts in NBA history.

9 Players With the Most to Prove in the 2017 NBA Playoffs

Mon, 01 May 2017 00:25:00 GMT

The postseason is when the truly great players rise to the occasion. With the 2017 NBA Playoffs now underway, these 9 players definitely feel the heat.

7 Most Memorable Moments of Charles Barkley's Broadcasting Career

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:30:00 GMT

There have been many former players who have made their way to the broadcasting booth, but Charles Barkley has been truly unforgettable.

The 5 Greatest NBA Players to Never Win a Championship

Mon, 01 May 2017 01:26:00 GMT

Many of the most talented NBA stars end up winning championships, but a few of the greatest NBA players are so good they transcend hardware.

The 25 Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History

Mon, 01 May 2017 02:24:00 GMT

Basketball has evolved to become a game that relies on making long-range shots. Here, we look at the 25 best three-point shooters in NBA history.

Next for J.R. Smith, Cavaliers' defensive stopper: DeMar DeRozan and more 3s

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Remember back to J.R. Smith's contract negotiation with the Cavaliers, when coach Tyronn Lue said he was the team's best on-ball defender. Do that, and Smith's 2017 playoff run should be of little surprise. He opened by guarding Indiana All-Star Paul George, the Pacers

Kawhi Leonard is having one of the best playoff performances in NBA history

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

Kawhi Leonard's first-round was so brilliant, it is difficult to put into words. Spectacular, dominant, superlative, historic – none of it quite captures what the Spurs star did against the Memphis Grizzlies. That's why I'm going to put it into numbers instead, starting with a comparison

SB Nation writers predict the NBA Playoffs

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT

The second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs begins on Sunday when the Boston Celtics take on the Washington Wizards in Game 1 at 1 p.m. That kicks off the second round, which will feature four series spread over two weeks. The entire playoffs will last until mid June until a champion is crowned. All four

The 5 Best NBA Duos to Ever Play on the Court Together

Mon, 01 May 2017 02:45:00 GMT

With the release of ESPN's '30 for 30' documentary, "The Magic Moment," we were reminded of the incredible effect the best NBA duos can have on the NBA.

7 Professional Athletes That Everybody Loved No Matter What

Mon, 01 May 2017 03:33:00 GMT

Most fans have one guy who they just love to cheer for, but most of the time the "fan favorites" turns out to be bad ballplayers and nothing more.

The 10 Most Valuable NBA Teams of 2017

Mon, 01 May 2017 03:25:00 GMT

Per Forbes, the average NBA franchise is now worth $1.36 billion. Here are the 10 most valuable NBA teams that are worth more than the rest in 2017.

BDL's 2016-17 NBA Playoff Previews: Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:15:17 GMT

Ball Don't Lie previews the Eastern Conference semifinal showdown between Isaiah Thomas' No. 1-seeded Celtics and John Wall's No. 4 Wizards.

Morning tip: Wizards skip 'rivalry' chatter about Celtics, offer praise before Game 1

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:41:02 GMT

Maybe it was because the Wizards just didn't have the energy after a grueling six-game series with the Atlanta Hawks, but all were measured and respectful in their words about their heated rival Boston Celtics before Game 1 tips today. "People want to call it a rivalry, whatever they want,

NBA asks 60-plus to combine; Ball won't attend

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:00:12 GMT

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider Close Joined ESPN as a college basketball Insider in June 2013 Previously wrote for and Follow on Twitter The NBA has sent invites to more than 60 players, including likely lottery picks Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum, for

Cavaliers, Warriors well rested as NBA playoffs round two opens

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:30:17 GMT

Defending champion Cleveland and season win leader Golden State, each seeking a third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, are well rested as the second round of the playoffs begins Sunday. Cleveland superstar LeBron James, trying to reach the NBA Finals for a seventh consecutive year and eighth overall

What could have been with Al Horford not John Wall's concern going into Boston series

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:21:12 GMT

The Wizards almost looked like a very different team with their courtship of Al Horford, now the centerpiece for the Boston Celtics heading into their semifinal series that begins Sunday at TD Garden. In the end, it all worked out for everyone as both teams are now in the conference semis, where the

NBA: Wade's future with Bulls unclear, wants to see plan before making decision

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:55:00 GMT

Dwyane Wade has a player option for next season but does not sound too keen of being the only star on a losing team.

Lonzo Ball Reportedly Will Skip 2017 NBA Draft Combine

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:35:24 GMT

UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball will reportedly skip the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania and's Jeff Goodman. Ball, who is widely expected to be a top-five pick, is taking a step several prospects in his position have in the past. For instance, 2016 No.

2017 NBA playoff schedule: Spurs-Rockets series scores, dates, times, TV channels, streaming, online

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:31:23 GMT

After battling through two tough first-round series, the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets have each advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, where they'll face off in their first postseason matchup since the 1994-95 season. Like back in '95, the two teams once again are lead by two

NBA playoff preview: Spurs-Rockets schedule, lineups, keys to victory

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:50:47 GMT

Kawhi Leonard vs. James Harden. Gregg Popovich vs. Mike D'Antoni. Stifling defense vs. high-octane offense. This Western Conference semifinals matchup has all the makings of must-see basketball, especially considering the fact that when these two teams met in the regular season, three of the four

Stevens: Isaiah will play in Game 1 if emotionally ready after sister's funeral

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:49:33 GMT

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports / Action Images Isaiah Thomas is expected to be good to go for Sunday's East semifinals opener against the Washington Wizards, but he can sit out if he feels like it. The Boston Celtics point guard left the bench with about a minute remaining in his club's 115-99

New 'two-way' contract could be luring Arizona Wildcats — like Kobi Simmons — to NBA

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:45:00 GMT

For this year's 182 early NBA Draft entrants, a record number that includes four Arizona Wildcats, the fallback option of playing in the D-League still doesn't have great optics. “There's a big difference between flying charter with Arizona and being on a United Express regional jet from

2017 NBA Draft Profile: Zach Collins has the look of a lottery pick

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:28:01 GMT

Gonzagas star freshman should go early in the first round. When you think of Gonzaga big men in the NBA, you dont think of one-and-dones. Guys like Kelly Olynyk, Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis all spent multiple years in college, and have begun to carve out roles on playoff teams.

Los Angeles Lakers: Tony Snell As A Potential Free Agent Target

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:46:38 GMT

The Los Angeles Lakers should take a look at Tony Snell, who could provide offense and some defense to Los Angeles' wing arsenal. The Los Angeles Lakers severely lack solid wings on their current roster. You can never have too many wing players. The league has evolved from a big man's game to

Maryland basketball’s Melo Trimble invited to 2017 NBA Draft Combine

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:59:44 GMT

Former Maryland basketball guard Melo Trimble has received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine, per ESPNs Jeff Goodman. It will be the second time Trimble has participated in the NBA Combine. Last year Trimble had the option of removing himself from the draft, an option he exercised at the last minute

Who wants a Game 7?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:22:08 GMT

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Monte Morris invited to NBA Combine in Chicago

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:55:25 GMT

Iowa State point guard Monte Morris has been invited to the 2017 NBA Combine, the school announced Saturday morning. Iowa State has had a player invited to the combine, which takes place May 9-14 in Chicago, the past two seasons. Georges Niang, who was taken in the second round of last year's draft

KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk invited to NBA combine

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:31:32 GMT

Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk recently received word that he had been invited to participate in this year's NBA combine, May 9-14 in Chicago. The news, which KU coach Bill Self said was expected, is merely the next step in Mykhailiuk's quest to gather information about his stock and status for

Paul scores 29, Clippers beat Jazz 98-93 to force Game 7

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:16:22 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it simply when he said Chris Paul willed his team to victory with the season on the line.

Led by Wall and Beal, Wizards moving on to face Celtics

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:12:34 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) — John Wall refused to give in.

NBA: Celtics, Wizards progress as Clippers stay alive

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:50:23 GMT

Boston and Washington took care of their opponents – the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks – to advance to the next round with 4-2 series wins

Who Are the Best Shooting Big Men in NBA History?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:26:00 GMT

As the game of basketball has changed over time, so have the skills of its players. Here are the 5 best shooting big men of all time.

2017 NBA Playoffs: First-Round Preview and Predictions in the West

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:25:00 GMT

Now that the 2017 NBA Playoffs are officially underway, here's a look at how we see the first round in the Western Conference playing out.

10 Reasons Why Kevin Durant Will Never Win an NBA Championship

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:24:00 GMT

Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors to better his chances of winning NBA championships. But this may be easier said than done.