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May 21, 2018

The return of the Warriors we know: Steph and defense
Steph Curry and the Warriors had three days off to ponder a bad Game 2 loss in Houston. Back home for Game 3, Curry and his team unloaded on the Rockets.

ESPN NBA
May 21, 2018

Curry scolded by mom for adrenalized outburst
Steph Curry scored 18 of his game-high 35 points in a pivotal third quarter in which the Warriors pulled away, resulting in a 126-85 romp of the Rockets to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
May 21, 2018

Curry scolded by mom for profane outburst
Steph Curry's emotions erupted in step with his offense as he scored 18 of his game-high 35 points in a pivotal third quarter in which the Warriors pulled away from the Rockets.

ESPN NBA
May 21, 2018

D'Antoni: Rockets 'played soft' in record rout
Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets cited a lack of aggression in their lopsided Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Sunday, the worst playoff loss in the franchise's history.

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

Steph's shimmy returns in Game 3, and so does his shot
Welcome to the West finals, Steph Curry. The two-time MVP dropped 35 points and caught fire during a third-quarter blitz as Golden State rolled to a 41-point Game 3 rout of Houston.

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

Doncic wins Euroleague title, NBA decision 'soon'
Highly touted prospect Luka Doncic led Real Madrid to its 10th Euroleague crown over Turkish power Fenerbahce on Sunday. When asked after the win about his NBA future, the 19-year-old Slovenian said "soon I will tell."

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

Doncic wins Euroleague title; NBA decision 'soon'
Highly touted prospect Luka Doncic led Real Madrid to its 10th Euroleague crown over Turkish power Fenerbahce on Sunday. When asked after the win about his NBA future, the 19-year-old Slovenian said "soon I will tell."

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

Embarrassed Celts vow better effort in Game 4
Celtics players were disappointed with their effort in Game 3 against the Cavaliers but were adamant on Sunday that they expect a much better effort Monday night in Game 4.

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

Lue: Cavs 'can't get satisfied with just 1 win'
Down 0-2 to the Celtics entering Game 3, the Cavaliers had desperation on their side en route to a blowout win. Now, coach Ty Lue is tasked with distilling that same sense of urgency heading into Monday: "We can't get satisfied with just one win."

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

ESPN Forecast: Are Warriors or Rockets making the Finals?
Who are the new favorites to make the NBA Finals? Our panel makes predictions.

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

Cavs say tough 'D' against Horford key in win
The Cavs' tough defense against Al Horford and the Celtics was one of the keys in their Game 3 win Saturday.

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

Rozier: 'We needed to get our butts whooped'
After a 116-86 drubbing at the hands of the Cavaliers trimmed the Celtics' series lead to 2-1, guard Terry Rozier said he believes his team got a much-needed wake-up call. "We needed to get our butts whooped," Rozier said.

ESPN NBA
May 20, 2018

Cavs finally unlocked, match LeBron's intensity to claim Game 3
In a make-or-miss postseason, Cleveland's shots finally went down, as LeBron James notched 12 assists and the Cavs made 17 of 34 from the 3-point line to claim their first win of the Eastern Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
May 19, 2018

Green: Warriors 'at our best' when threatened
Ahead of Sunday's Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green said, "I think we're at our best when we feel threatened," adding that in Game 2 "we didn't feel as threatened, and the sense of urgency wasn't there."

ESPN NBA
May 19, 2018

Follow live: Rockets, Warriors aim to grab 2-1 advantage in West finals
After a split at the Toyota Center, Golden State attempts to defend its home court in Game 3 against James Harden, Chris Paul and Houston.

ESPN NBA
May 19, 2018

Hall of Famer Russell released from hospital
Hall of Famer Bill Russell was taken to the hospital on Friday and released Saturday. A representative told TMZ that Russell was suffering from dehydration.

ESPN NBA
May 19, 2018

Tatum has watched Kobe's critique '25 times'
In his series "Detail," Kobe Bryant offered advice to Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum on how to improve, which Tatum says he's "probably watched like 25 times already."

ESPN NBA
May 19, 2018

Restless: LeBron says no Z's after playoff L's
LeBron James said he hasn't been resting easy as the Cavaliers trail 0-2 to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
May 19, 2018

Lowe: How Harden and the Rockets keep hunting Steph Curry
What will decide Rockets-Warriors? Steph Curry's defense and the Warriors finding their mojo on offense are two big things to watch.

ESPN NBA
May 19, 2018

There's no stopping LeBron -- but the Celtics are still in the way
The Boston Celtics acknowledge the powerhouse that is LeBron James, and their plan is simple: Control what you can control.

ESPN NBA
May 19, 2018

Is Celtics-Warriors inevitable? Answering the big playoff questions
Are we headed for a Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals? What's up with Stephen Curry? Our NBA experts answer the pressing questions in the conference finals.

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

Curry not losing sleep over offensive struggles
Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant shrugged off Curry's shooting slump, with both men underscoring their confidence in Curry's play.

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

Suns GM 'certainly open' to dealing No. 1 pick
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough says he hasn't ruled out the option of dealing away the No. 1 pick in June's draft for a lower pick -- or even a worthy veteran player.

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

Young: 'I'm the best overall player in this draft'
Trae Young says his focus is not just to be the best player in the 2018 draft, but the best player in the NBA.

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

Top prospect Doncic shines in Euroleague semi
Top NBA draft prospect Luka Doncic played a team-high 30 minutes and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists in Real Madrid's 92-83 win in the Euroleague Final Four.

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

CP3: Hoops 'minor' against Santa Fe attack
Rockets point guard Chris Paul was among those reacting to a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left 10 dead Friday.

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

Fast track: Lue wants Cavs to speed up pace
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants his team, in an 0-2 hole in the Eastern Conference finals, to speed things up in Game 3.

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

Biggest NBA free-agency, trade and draft decisions for every team
Which decisions on key players, draft picks, trades and new contracts will be priorities for every franchise?

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

5-on-5: Should the Warriors be worried about Steph?
Are we headed for a Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals? What's up with Stephen Curry? Our NBA experts answer the pressing questions in the conference finals.

ESPN NBA
May 18, 2018

5-on-5: Steph, LeBron, Finals favorites and more big questions
Are we headed for a Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals? What's up with Stephen Curry? Our NBA experts answer the pressing questions in the conference finals.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Healthy Porter: 'I'm the best player in this draft'
Saying he's fully healthy after back surgery curtailed his lone season at Missouri, Michael Porter Jr. said Thursday that he's the best player available in next month's NBA draft.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

NBA's best social media moments: Subtweets and throwback pictures
There have been two themes over the past two weeks on NBA social: shade and nostalgia.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Celtics unfazed by poor playoff road record
"We've got to be the one to hit first," Celtics guard Marcus Smart said on what his team needs to do in Game 3 against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Giannis backs Bucks' choice of Budenholzer
The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had a breakfast meeting with Mike Budenholzer on Wednesday, says he's excited to play for the new coach. Antetokounmpo asked Budenholzer tough questions, he said, but the meeting was fun.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Sources: Steph Curry trying to host PGA event
Stephen Curry is getting close to finalizing a deal to host a PGA Tour event, sources told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Smith: Cavs forcing LeBron to 'play hero ball'
While six Cavaliers averaged double-digit scoring in a sweep of Toronto, only LeBron James and Kevin Love are in double digits through two losses to Boston. JR Smith says the rest of the team has to give James more support.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Nova's DiVincenzo will play at combine
Villanova sophomore Donte DiVincenzo plans on participating in five-on-five games at the NBA draft combine but isn't sure if he'll stay in June's draft.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Doncic unsure if he'll join NBA next season
Nineteen-year-old Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic, the No. 2-rated NBA prospect by ESPN, says he is undecided if he will play in the NBA next season.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Pacers' Oladipo to lead field at Indy 500 start
Indiana guard Victor Oladipo will serve as the honorary pace car driver to start the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Who's out, who's in: NBA coaching changes
At least nine NBA teams will have a different coach than the one that started the 2017-18 season. Keep up with every change on the sidelines here.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

ESPN Forecast: Who makes, who wins NBA Finals?
Who are the new favorites to make the NBA Finals, and who will win the title? Our panel makes predictions.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

FAQ: How will legal gambling change the NBA and the way we watch it?
The NBA has been on the leading edge of legalized sports betting. But what does the Supreme Court decision mean for the league and how will it affect the game?

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Brad Stevens or a superstar player: Who would you take?
Kevin Pelton answers questions on the value of the Celtics' head coach, playoff defense and hot 3-point shooting.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Brad Stevens or a superstar player: Whom would you take?
Kevin Pelton answers questions on the value of the Celtics' head coach, playoff defense and hot 3-point shooting.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Targeted Curry calls for more discipline on D
The Rockets targeted Stephen Curry on 23 possessions in Game 2, the most he has been targeted in a game this postseason, with Curry admitting he and the Warriors were a step slow.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Defiant Rockets rewarded for ignoring calls for change
After being challenged to make sweeping adjustments, Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets stuck with what worked all season in a critical Game 2 win.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Harden: Focusing on our game, not Warriors
James Harden and his Rockets teammates are confident they can win the Western Conference finals, especially after improved intensity helped them to a Game 2 win Wednesday night.

ESPN NBA
May 17, 2018

Rockets get everything they need to top Warriors
All the things that went wrong for Houston in Game 1 went the Rockets' way in Game 2, adding up to a 22-point win and a series that's tied 1-1.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Harden, LeBron, Davis finalists for MVP award
The NBA announced its finalists for its regular-season awards with LeBron James, James Harden and Anthony Davis the finalists for the league's highest honor, the MVP award.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Bucks name Budenholzer as new coach
The Milwaukee Bucks named Mike Budenholzer head coach, citing his ability to teach and develop players. Budenholzer met with franchise star Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Sources: Budenholzer to become Bucks' coach
Mike Budenholzer has agreed to a deal in principle to become the Milwaukee Bucks' head coach, league sources told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Source: NBA won't discipline Smith for shove
The Cavs' JR Smith, who admitted to "blatantly" pushing Al Horford during Game 2, will not be penalized for the flagrant 1 by the NBA, a source told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Follow live: Rockets look to even Western Conference Finals
The Rockets will have to find a way to limit their turnovers in Game 2 in order to salvage a pivotal home win before the series heads to Oakland.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Lowe: Behind the scenes of a tense and wacky NBA draft lottery
What happened in the secret NBA draft lottery room, and which teams came just one number away from winning? Zach Lowe has all the details.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

How Houston built its best chance at dethroning Golden State
GM Daryl Morey constructed the Rockets with the singular goal of beating the Warriors. He surrounded MVP favorite James Harden with the necessary pieces, but one question remains: Is it enough?

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Heavy lies the East crown, a burden Boston has yet to weigh
Up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics are showing the vigor of an upstart contender. Meanwhile, LeBron once again looks mired in the morass of organizational fatigue.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Celtics not bothered by Lue's 'gooning' remark
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said after Game 2 that the Celtics are "gooning the game up." Several Boston players brushed off the remark and said they are just playing hard.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Smart's stellar Game 2 play draws Cavs praise
Marcus Smart did a little bit of everything in the Celtics' Game 2 victory and even earned the praise of LeBron James.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Smart's stellar Game 2 play draws Cavs' praise
Marcus Smart did a little bit of everything in the Celtics' Game 2 victory and even earned the praise of LeBron James.

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Will Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic make the Suns good right away?
Phoenix has made no secret that its ready for a return on its lengthy rebuild. So how close are the Suns after landing the No. 1 pick?

ESPN NBA
May 16, 2018

Celtics hold home court, claim 2-0 lead over Cavs
Boston overcame a double-digit deficit and a 42-point triple-double from LeBron James to take Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

LeBron plays on in Game 2 despite strained neck
A strained neck isn't enough to keep down LeBron James, who suffered the injury in the second quarter of Tuesday's Game 2, but missed less than two minutes of game action.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

NBA draft combine: Who can help or hurt their stock the most?
What are the big things to watch at the combine, and who has the most at stake? Our draft experts break down an important week for teams and prospects.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Suns land No. 1 overall pick; Kings, Hawks next
After winning just 21 games this season, the Suns got their biggest win of the year Tuesday, grabbing the No. 1 overall pick for June's NBA draft.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Warriors turn page on opener: 'Only one game'
A day after their Game 1 win in Houston, Golden State players were on the same page, noting that this Western Conference finals series versus the Rockets is far from over.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

D'Antoni: Rockets need to ignore the noise
The Houston Rockets dismissed the idea that they relied too heavily on isolation plays during Game 1 of the West finals. "That's what we do," James Harden said. "We've just got to do it better."

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Cavs owner's son to rep team at draft lottery
The NBA draft lottery will be held Tuesday night as the Cavaliers prepare for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and Nick Gilbert, the son of team owner Dan Gilbert, will represent the team at the event again.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Schroder wants to find out Hawks' direction
Dennis Schroder, who has spent this five-year career with the Atlanta Hawks, says he wants to stay but needs to understand where the team is headed and do what's best for him.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Winners, losers of sports betting legalization
With every U.S. state now available to offer sports betting, professional sports owners are among the big winners. But what about Twitter, illegal bookmakers and the NCAA? We run through winners and losers.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Sources: Bucks meet with Budenholzer, Messina
The Milwaukee Bucks ownership is meeting with Mike Budenholzer and Ettore Messina, the two finalists for their head coaching job, Tuesday in New York, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Smart's ill mom wants son's focus on Celtics
Marcus Smart's mother began chemotherapy this week, but she has told her son to stay focused on the playoffs, the Boston Celtics guard said Tuesday.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Cuban: SCOTUS ruling doubled franchise values
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has been outspoken in favor of legalized sports gambling, said Monday the SCOTUS ruling "doubled the value of the professional sports franchises in a second."

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

FAQ: The basics of sports betting
Don't worry, you're not alone. Many will be new to sports betting following the SCOTUS ruling, so we ran through some basics you might want to know.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

The basics to sports betting FAQ
Don't worry, you're not alone. Many will be new to sports betting following the SCOTUS ruling, so we ran through some basics you might want to know.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Sources: Woodson won't return to Clippers
Mike Woodson, who has been an assistant with the Clippers since 2014, won't return to the team next season, sources told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Cavs know that offense, not defense, determines wins for them
Defense is a problem for the Cavaliers. So what are LeBron & Co. going to do about it? Outscore you ... or bust.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Magic pick up Lil' Penny for draft lottery luck
Magic co-founder Pat Williams will carry a talking Lil' Penny doll with him during the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Magic pick up Lil' Penny for draft-lottery luck
Magic co-founder Pat Williams will carry a talking Lil' Penny doll with him during the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

It takes one game for Warriors to reassert their superiority over Rockets
Houston had a great regular season, even better than Golden State's. But it took the Warriors just 48 minutes to get home-court advantage back.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

It took one game for Warriors to reassert their superiority over Rockets
Houston had a great regular season, even better than Golden State's. But it took the Warriors just 48 minutes to get home-court advantage back.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

D'Antoni after loss: KD not our main concern
Steve Kerr and the Warriors expressed confidence in continuing to showcase Kevin Durant after his 37-point, Game 1 performance. But Durant's explosion wasn't a main concern of the Rockets.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Mbah a Moute lacks trust in shoulder, can't dunk
Rockets reserve forward Luc Mbah a Moute, 0-of-6 from the floor in 17 minutes Monday night, says he doesn't have enough confidence in the right shoulder he dislocated twice this season.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Mbah a Moute lacks trust in shoulder, won't dunk
Rockets reserve forward Luc Mbah a Moute, 0-of-6 from the floor in 17 minutes Monday night, says he doesn't have enough confidence in the right shoulder he dislocated twice this season.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Curry 'all right' with being targeted by Harden
Rockets star James Harden was spectacular Monday night, but it wasn't enough to stop Stephen Curry and the Warriors from pulling away with a crucial Game 1 win.

ESPN NBA
May 15, 2018

Warriors put Rockets away with second-half burst
Golden State absorbed Houston's blows and eventually broke open Game 1 with their stellar 3-point shooting and ball movement.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Lowe: Harden, Curry, KD and everything that will decide the West
Which matchups and maneuvers matter most in Rockets-Warriors? Here are all the little things that will make the biggest difference.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Kokoskov: I've long felt at home in Phoenix
Igor Kokoskov, speaking at his introductory news conference with the Suns, said he did not consider himself to be a "European" coach. "I'm an NBA coach" said Kokoskov, 46, who just finished his 18th season as an assistant coach in the league.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Stevens calls it 'silly' he's praised for C's success
Brad Stevens says he's "uncomfortable" with all the praise he's received for the Celtics' success.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

New Hawks coach Pierce touts defensive focus
Lloyd Pierce, who was announced as Hawks coach Friday, says his first priority will be assembling a staff of assistants who share his passion for defense and his proven ability to connect with young players.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Draymond: LeBron's total recall worth standing O
LeBron James' ability to remember every play of a Celtics run against his Cavs impressed Draymond Green and Steve Kerr of the Warriors.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Lue weighs Thompson Game 2 start vs Horford
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he's weighing starting Tristan Thompson in Game 2, citing Thompson's success in guarding Celtics big man Al Horford.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Lue weighs Thompson starting vs. Horford
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he's weighing starting Tristan Thompson in Game 2, citing Thompson's success in guarding Celtics big man Al Horford.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

The defending champs might have finally found their motivation
For the first time in four years, the Warriors will play Game 1 away from Oracle Arena. But the team is embracing its road test in Houston.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Sources: Bucks, Raptors key in on Budenholzer
With both teams having head-coaching spots to fill, the Raptors are opening conversations with Mike Budenholzer while Bucks will re-engage with him early this week, sources said.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Full coverage of sports betting legalization
Here is ESPN Chalk's one-stop shop of all relevant content, following the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of New Jersey.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

How legal sports betting will change the way you watch sports
Billions will be wagered at new legal sportsbooks across the United States. The NBA and MLB are angling to reap some of the profits.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

With legal sports betting, how will NBA, MLB protect integrity of game?
Billions will be wagered at new legal sportsbooks across the United States. The NBA and MLB are angling to reap some of the profits.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Follow live: Rockets, Warriors
James Harden and the Rockets host the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Golden State has won each of the past three conference finals.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Supreme Court strikes down sports betting law
The Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting sports gambling Monday, giving states the go-ahead to allow betting on sports.

ESPN NBA
May 14, 2018

Warriors have been waiting all season for a challenge like this
For the first time in four years, the Warriors will play Game 1 away from Oracle Arena. But the team is embracing its road test in Houston.

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