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Sep 20, 2020

The Celtics found a $32.7 million way to beat the Heat
Getting a key player in Gordon Hayward back in the lineup gives Boston a chance to hold on to the leads it has blown.

ESPN NBA
Sep 20, 2020

Butler on loss: Digging out of big holes 'gets old'
Jimmy Butler said the Heat can't keep creating early deficits, especially against the Celtics, who led by as many as 20 and won Game 3 117-106.

ESPN NBA
Sep 20, 2020

Celts 'proud' of response after uneasy series start
Following two straight collapses down the stretch to open the Eastern Conference finals -- and the accompanying emotional outbursts in the locker room -- the Celtics "persevered" to win Game 3 and get themselves back into their series with the Heat.

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

Celtics list Hayward as active vs. Heat in Game 3
The Boston Celtics have listed Gordon Hayward as active for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat after Hayward warmed up prior to the game.

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

Celtics' Hayward enters Game 3 in first quarter
The Boston Celtics have listed Gordon Hayward as active for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat after Hayward warmed up prior to the game.

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

Sources: Celts optimistic Hayward to be active
Barring a setback in pregame warm-ups, there's significant optimism within the Celtics that forward Gordon Hayward will make a return to the lineup for Game 3 against the Heat on Saturday night, sources told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

Ty Lawson dropped by Chinese hoop team
Ty Lawson will not be part of the upcoming Chinese Basketball Association season, his team Fujian Sturgeons said Saturday, officially severing ties with the former NBA guard due to "inappropriate comments" he allegedly posted on social media.

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

Dwight Howard redeems himself in Game 1
In Friday's series-opening win, the Lakers got a whole lot more from Howard than they could have expected.

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

Lowe: How the Celtics survive, in two not-so-easy steps
Miami has taken two games with great schemes and big plays. Here's how Boston can adjust to get back into the East finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

LeBron on MVP voting totals: 'It pissed me off'
Lakers star LeBron James took issue with receiving only 16 of 101 first-place votes in the NBA MVP voting, saying that it "pissed me off."

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

Dwight Howard makes good on his promise to the Lakers
In Friday's series-opening win, the Lakers got a whole lot more from Howard than they could have expected.

ESPN NBA
Sep 19, 2020

Murray: Nuggets 'can't worry' about foul disparity
Jamal Murray could only chuckle about the early foul disparity in Friday's Game 1 loss, when the Nuggets were called for 16 fouls in the pivotal second quarter.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Follow live: LeBron, Lakers take on surprising Nuggets in Game 1
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ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Celtics list Hayward as questionable for Game 3
Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is listed as questionable for Saturday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Only six teams have done the impossible: Stop LeBron in the playoffs
How do you stop one of the greatest players of all time in the postseason? It's not easy -- and it doesn't last long.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Giannis wins 2nd straight MVP award in landslide
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has won his second consecutive NBA MVP award, the league announced Friday.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Sources: Stevens met with Celtics leaders late
After emotions spilled into the locker room following a Game 2 loss to the Heat, Celtics coach Brad Stevens held a late-night meeting with team leaders, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Sources: Giannis wins 2nd straight MVP award
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has won his second consecutive NBA MVP award, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Lowe: LeBron vs. Giannis, Ja vs. Zion and the big awards debates
Zach Lowe makes his picks for MVP, ROY and the other major NBA awards.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Experts' picks: Who wins Lakers-Nuggets in the West finals?
Does Denver's magical run end here? Our experts make their picks for Lakers-Nuggets in the Western Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

How to stop LeBron in the playoffs
How do you stop one of the greatest players of all time in the postseason? It's not easy -- and it doesn't last long.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

More Bam and a third-quarter blitz: How Miami got within two wins of the NBA Finals
The Heat rallied from 17 points down to take a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics. Our NBA experts break down Miami's latest statement.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

LeBron: Respect for Nuggets 'out of this world'
After watching the Denver Nuggets rally to win a pair of playoff series in which they trailed 3-1, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said Thursday that his team's respect level for the Nuggets "is out of this world."

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Celtics downplay frustrations after loss to Heat
Celtics guard Marcus Smart could be heard yelling at his teammates in the locker room following Thursday night's loss to the Heat, according to ESPN's Malika Andrews. After the game, players and coach Brad Stevens tried to downplay the situation.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Celtics downplay locker room angst after loss
Celtics guard Marcus Smart could be heard yelling at his teammates in the locker room following Thursday night's loss to the Heat, according to ESPN's Malika Andrews. After the game, players and coach Brad Stevens tried to downplay the situation.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

Adebayo sparks Heat, with assist from Spoelstra
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra continued to have the right touch Thursday, with his pep talk to Bam Adebayo sparking the big man in the second half and helping Miami rally to take a 2-0 series lead against Boston.

ESPN NBA
Sep 18, 2020

More Bam and a third-quarter blitz: How Miami got within two wins of the Finals
The Heat rallied from 17 points down to take a 2-0 series lead over the Celtics. Our NBA experts break down Miami's latest statement.

ESPN NBA
Sep 17, 2020

Malone: Nuggets can't be satisfied facing Lakers
Simply reaching the NBA's Western Conference finals can't be enough for the Denver Nuggets, coach Mike Malone said Thursday, as the team prepares to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

ESPN NBA
Sep 17, 2020

Raptors, Ujiri yet to discuss contract extension
Raptors president Masai Ujiri, despite working on extensions for coach Nick Nurse and GM Bobby Webster, said he has yet to talk to team ownership about his own contract, which has one year remaining.

ESPN NBA
Sep 17, 2020

Recently retired Carter joins ESPN as analyst
Eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter has signed a multiyear contract with ESPN to serve as an NBA and college basketball analyst, it was announced Thursday.

ESPN NBA
Sep 17, 2020

Monte McNair named Kings' general manager
Monte McNair on Thursday was hired as the Kings' new general manager, the team announced.

ESPN NBA
Sep 17, 2020

Lowe: Inside Miami's incredible turnaround, from the lottery to the East finals
Miami missed the playoffs a year ago. Now the Heat are three wins from the NBA Finals. Here is how it happened so fast.

ESPN NBA
Sep 17, 2020

LeBron, Giannis, Luka part of All-NBA 1st team
LeBron James was named to a 16th All-NBA team Wednesday, breaking a tie with Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most in NBA history. He was joined on the first team by Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Luka Doncic and Anthony Davis.

ESPN NBA
Sep 17, 2020

How the Lakers became the NBA's no-drama team
Inside the secret dinner that took LeBron James' Lakers from all-drama to all-business.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

Vogel: Lakers will 'return to form' with big men
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said on Wednesday that he needs to bring JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard back into the fold in the upcoming Western Conference finals against the Nuggets.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

LeBron, Giannis, Luka 1st-team All-NBA selections
LeBron James was named to a 16th All-NBA team Wednesday, breaking a tie with Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most in NBA history. He was joined on the first team by Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Luka Doncic and Anthony Davis.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

Griffin, Rose not participating in Pistons' workouts
Phase 1 of the NBA in-market bubble has started for the Pistons but veterans Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose plus free agents Christian Wood and Langston Galloway aren't participating right now, according to Coach Dwane Casey.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

How the Lakers and Nuggets stack up in this surprising West finals matchup
Our NBA experts break down the Lakers, the Nuggets and Denver's hopes for another monumental upset.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

Nuggets silence critics with historic 3-1 comeback
On coach Mike Malone's 49th birthday, the underdog Nuggets became the first team in NBA history to come back twice in one postseason from a 3-1 series deficit with a 104-89 win over the vaunted LA Clippers to reach the Western Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

Rivers on Clippers' demise: 'I'll take any blame'
After the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday, coach Doc Rivers said the team didn't meet expectations. "That's the bottom line. I'm the coach and I'll take any blame for it," he said.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

No one saw the Clippers' superstar clock counting down this soon
Last summer, the Clippers pushed all their chips in the middle to win now and they busted early -- again.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

Kemba after Heat loss: 'I'm just playing terrible'
"I'm just playing terrible, to be honest," Kemba Walker said after finishing with 19 points, including 1-for-9 from 3-point range, in Boston's 117-114 OT loss to the Heat. "Not much I can say, but I have to be better."

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

Bam's block for the ages seals Heat's Game 1 win
Bam Adebayo made a memorable block at the end of Tuesday's game against the Celtics, preserving a 117-114 overtime win.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

Sources: 2020 NBA draft locked in for Nov. 18
The NBA has locked in Nov. 18 for the 2020 draft, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN NBA
Sep 16, 2020

Two nasty, phenomenal plays pushed the Heat to this win
Miami's two clutch plays -- Jimmy Butler's shot and Bam Adebayo's block -- are exactly why they're here.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

Morant, Zion headline NBA's All-Rookie 1st Team
Ja Morant, Brandon Clarke, Kendrick Nunn, Zion Williamson and Eric Paschall round out the NBA's All-Rookie First Team.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

Morant, Zion headline NBA's All-Rookie First Team
Ja Morant, Brandon Clarke, Kendrick Nunn, Zion Williamson and Eric Paschall round out the NBA's All-Rookie First Team.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

Livingston returns to Warriors in front-office role
Shaun Livingston, who won three NBA titles during his five seasons as a player with the Warriors, has returned to the organization as director of player affairs and engagement.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

Livingston returns to Warriors in front office role
Shaun Livingston, who won three NBA titles in his five seasons as a player with the Warriors, has returned to the organization as director of player affairs and engagement.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

NBA players to wear 'VOTE' warm-up shirts
During both the conference finals and the Finals, NBA players will wear warm-up shirts with "VOTE" on the front of them as part of the league's push to support nonpartisan voting access efforts.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

Morey 'safe,' will pick coach, Rockets owner says
Despite leaguewide speculation about his job security, Daryl Morey will return as GM of the Rockets and pick the team's new head coach, owner Tilman Fertitta said.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

Bill Russell: America must grapple with its past
In an essay for The Players' Tribune, Bill Russell said there is no way to move past racism if slavery and Jim Crow continue to be treated as "historical footnotes."

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

This Jayson Tatum leap is just remarkable
One of the most dangerous young scorers in the game is taking shape as a well-rounded force.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

Raptors sign coach Nurse to multiyear extension
Reigning NBA Coach of the Year Nick Nurse has signed a multiyear contract extension, the Raptors announced Tuesday.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

This is Jayson Tatum's chance to cement his superstar transformation
One of the most dangerous young scorers in the game is taking shape as a well-rounded force.

ESPN NBA
Sep 15, 2020

Lowe on Game 7: How the Nuggets put the Clippers on the edge of another catastrophe
Resilience defines Denver. Now the Clippers have to find themselves -- and fast.

ESPN NBA
Sep 14, 2020

Barbosa returning to Warriors as assistant coach
Leandro Barbosa, the former longtime NBA guard who had been playing in Brazil, will rejoin the Warriors as a player-mentor coach.

ESPN NBA
Sep 14, 2020

Rivers says 'no secret' behind Clippers' collapses
Clippers coach Doc Rivers chalks up his team's collapses in Games 5 and 6 to defensive issues and too many trips to the free throw line for the Nuggets.

ESPN NBA
Sep 14, 2020

How Boston and Miami got to the East finals -- and what could decide the series
The Heat-Celtics rivalry has plenty of history. Our NBA experts break down what comes next in the Eastern Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 14, 2020

Sources: Bucks tell Giannis they'll spend on cast
In a three-hour lunch meeting Friday, Giannis Antetokounmpo, his agent and Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry discussed the team's season and disappointing finish and brainstormed on some personnel upgrades, sources told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
Sep 14, 2020

Lonzo flips reps again, signs with Klutch Sports
After brief stints with Creative Arts Agency and Roc Nation, Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball has signed with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, he told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
Sep 14, 2020

NBA debate: What's most underrated in the Celtics-Heat series, and who wins?
Our experts provide their keys to the East finals and disagree on whether the Heat or Celtics will win.

ESPN NBA
Sep 14, 2020

Experts' picks: Who wins Celtics-Heat in the East finals?
Who will advance to the NBA Finals? Our experts make their picks for Celtics-Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Kings interview Nuggets GM Booth, source says
Nuggets GM Calvin Booth interviewed for the Kings' general manager position, a source said.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Gasols honor Bryant family with daughter's name
Pau Gasol and wife Cat have welcomed Elisabet Gianna Gasol to the world. "A very meaningful name for our super beautiful daughter!!," he wrote, in a nod to the late Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Why are the Nuggets handling this pressure better than the title favorites?
Denver is proving it's more than "a good story," while LA is still searching for answers.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Wizards' Wall apologizes for gang signs in video
Wizards guard John Wall apologized in a Twitter post Sunday after a video surfaced of him throwing up gang signs at a New York City party on Saturday night.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

George: Clips still in 'driver seat' despite collapses
Paul George said Sunday he still likes the Clippers' odds in Game 7 against the Nuggets despite LA blowing two double-digit leads in a row and squandering a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Nuggets erase 19-point deficit, stun Clips again
Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray carried Denver back from another big second-half deficit to force a Game 7 against the Clippers.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

NBA coaching candidates: Top names the league is buzzing about
From familiar faces to fresh ones, here's who could be calling the shots on NBA sidelines next season, according to 30 league insiders.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

D'Antoni tells Rockets he won't return as coach
Houston head coach Mike D'Antoni has told the Rockets he won't return, ending the veteran coach's four-year run with the Rockets.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Inside the late-night meeting that sealed the Clippers' bond
Seeking to get on the same page all year, the Clippers microwaved their team chemistry in the bubble.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Protesters block buses outside NBA's campus
Protesters carrying signs assembled near one of the entrances to the NBA's Orlando bubble and briefly blocked at least two charter buses from entering.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

D'Antoni favors return to Rockets; Harden hopeful
Coach Mike D'Antoni, a free agent now that the Rockets are eliminated from the playoffs, said his preference would be to remain with the organization, a sentiment echoed by face of the franchise James Harden.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

LeBron, dominant Lakers rout Rockets to advance
LeBron James scored 29 points and added 11 rebounds and 7 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated the Houston Rockets on Saturday to advance to the Western Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Naomi Osaka pays tribute to Kobe, as LeBron, others react to her US Open win
Everyone from LeBron James to Billie Jean King saluted Naomi Osaka for her stunning comeback to win Saturday's US Open women's final.

ESPN NBA
Sep 13, 2020

Mike D'Antoni might go, but Rockets' small ball is here to stay
Houston's microball experiment ended in the second round, putting coach Mike D'Antoni firmly on the hot seat.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Rondo's brother trash-talks Westbrook, ejected
William Rondo, the brother of Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, was ejected from the stands during Saturday night's game after trash-talking with Rockets guard Russell Westbrook.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Morris: Clippers relying on being good 'on paper'
A day after the Clippers blew a 16-point lead in Friday's Game 5 -- allowing the Nuggets to stave off elimination -- Marcus Morris Sr. explained it as the team leaning on "being as good as we are on paper and not actually finishing the game."

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Heat's Butler: We belong here; not underdogs
Jimmy Butler says the Heat belong in the Eastern Conference finals and are not underdogs against the Boston Celtics. "We're supposed to be here," he said.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

LeBron James is a pirouetting locomotive
LeBron James has relied on the dunk, fadeaway and 3-pointer throughout his career. These days, he has started to lean on the spin.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Siakam: 'I take a lot of blame' for Raptors' ouster
Pascal Siakam acknowledged his offensive struggles against the Celtics and lamented that he "wasn't able to help my teammates" in the Raptors' seven-game series loss.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Smart delivers 'unreal' block to help seal Game 7
Marcus Smart wasn't going to make the same mistake twice, and it paid off for the Boston Celtics on Friday night when Smart blocked a shot by Toronto's Norman Powell late in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Smart's 'unreal' block in clutch helps seal Game 7
Marcus Smart wasn't going to make the same mistake twice, and it paid off for the Boston Celtics on Friday night when Smart blocked a shot by Toronto's Norman Powell late in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Why this next chapter of Heat-Celtics won't let us down
The Heat-Celtics rivalry has plenty of history. Our NBA experts break down what comes next in the Eastern Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Doc: Clippers 'lost our discipline' against Nuggets
Kawhi Leonard said the Clippers have to learn from a Game 5 loss to the Nuggets on Friday night, a game in which coach Doc Rivers said the team lost its discipline.

ESPN NBA
Sep 12, 2020

Porter 'blocks out' criticism, lifts Nuggets in clutch
Criticized for his remarks after Game 4, Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. scored all seven of his points in the final 1:11 Friday night and came up big on defense to key a 111-105 win over the Clippers.

ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

Follow live: Celtics, Raptors clash in Game 7 of Eastern semis
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ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

Follow live: Clippers look to close out Nuggets in Game 5
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ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

Rockets' House booted from bubble for violation
The NBA said Danuel House had an unauthorized guest in his hotel room Tuesday and said he will be out for the rest of the postseason.

ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

Grizzlies hire MIT women's coach as assistant
Sonia Raman, who spent the past 12 seasons as women's basketball coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been hired by the NBA's Grizzlies as an assistant.

ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

NBA debate: Predictions for Celtics-Raptors Game 7
Our experts talk about what's underrated in this series and forecast which team might advance to the NBA Finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

Lowe: Nine NBA playoff things I like and don't like, including Kyle Lowry attacking
Let's spotlight a Raptors star, the decision-making of Westbrook and Rondo and what makes the Clippers' offense hum.

ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

The Lakers are beating the Rockets at their own game
Los Angeles has adjusted to Houston by downsizing their lineup.

ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

This is what happens when the Lakers stop playing their centers as well
The Lakers have adjusted to Houston and the results have LA one game away from the Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

Vogel: Lakers' D 'as powerful as a superstar'
Lakers coach Frank Vogel emphasized the role L.A.'s defense played in limiting James Harden and delivering a win in Game 4 on Thursday night, referring to the D as the team's "third star."

ESPN NBA
Sep 11, 2020

D'Antoni cites 'lack of spirit' with Rockets on brink
The Rockets were flat through three and a half quarters Thursday night and couldn't recover, losing to the Lakers and falling behind 3-1 in the Western Conference semis.

ESPN NBA
Sep 10, 2020

Follow live: Lakers look to take commanding lead over Rockets
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ESPN NBA
Sep 10, 2020

NBA bubble play has some GMs discussing travel effects
Play in the bubble and playoffs has been strong -- and how much is a result of reduced travel is a topic of conversation around the league.

ESPN NBA
Sep 10, 2020

Nets' Durant 'excited' to be coached by Nash
Kevin Durant said Thursday on JJ Redick's "The Old Man and the Three" podcast that he's "excited" about the opportunity to be coached by Steve Nash.

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