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Sep 26, 2020

Follow live: Lakers one win from reaching NBA Finals
The Lakers can eliminate the Nuggets with a victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 26, 2020

NBA playoffs Real or Not: Next leaps for Anthony Davis, Jamal Murray
Ahead of Lakers-Nuggets Game 5, our experts take a look at what to believe from both conference finals series.

ESPN NBA
Sep 26, 2020

NBA playoffs Real or Not: Anthony Davis for Finals MVP? A glimpse into the East's future?
Ahead of Lakers-Nuggets Game 5, our experts take a look at what to believe from both conference finals series.

ESPN NBA
Sep 26, 2020

Heat's Adebayo shoulders blame for loss to Celts
Veteran teammate Jimmy Butler begged to differ, but Bam Adebayo said it was his fault the Miami Heat lost to Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

ESPN NBA
Sep 26, 2020

Celtics 'relax' after flat half, stave off elimination
The Celtics exploded for 41 points in the third quarter to take control of Friday's Game 5, which they won 121-108 to force a Game 6 on Sunday.

ESPN NBA
Sep 26, 2020

Celts 'relax,' take control in 2nd half to stay alive
The Celtics exploded for 41 points in the third quarter to take control of Friday's Game 5, which they won 121-108 to force a Game 6 on Sunday.

ESPN NBA
Sep 26, 2020

The Celtics stopped sleepwalking in Game 5
Brad Stevens told his team that for the first time in several games, they were playing Celtics basketball.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Warriors' Thompson participates in full practice
Klay Thompson took part in his first full practice 470 days after tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, an encouraging sight Friday for Warriors coaches and players.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Howard channels Kobe, says job 'not finished'
Dwight Howard echoed Kobe Bryant's comments more than a decade ago on Friday, saying the Lakers' job is not finished despite their 3-1 advantage.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Howard takes page from Kobe: 'Job not finished'
Dwight Howard echoed Kobe Bryant's comments from more than a decade ago on Friday, saying that despite their 3-1 advantage, the Lakers' job is not finished.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Nuggets' Malone: 3-1 deficit not what we want
Despite the Nuggets having come back from 3-1 deficits twice in the playoffs, coach Michael Malone said that being in such a hole again is not what the team wanted.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Sources: Demps joining Jazz as assistant coach
Former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has agreed to join the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, reuniting with head coach Quin Snyder, sources tell ESPN.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Buy into Heat culture or 'it will make you not like basketball'
The word "culture" gets tossed around in sports. Miami's is real.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Why NBA teams are desperate enough to use zone defenses
With NBA players shooting more 3s than ever, why are teams having success using the zone?

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

'You have to be cut from the cloth': The embodiments of Miami Heat culture
The word "culture" gets tossed around in sports. Miami's is real.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Lowe: What a key play by Andre Iguodala tells us about Heat-Celtics
The East finals have turned on a few big plays. Here is one of that mattered most.

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

Malone: Like Lakers, we'll talk to NBA about fouls
Nuggets coach Michael Malone, unhappy with the Lakers' 35 free throw attempts in Game 4, said he would reach out to the NBA to "see if we can figure out how we can get some more free throws."

ESPN NBA
Sep 25, 2020

LeBron on guarding Murray: 'It was winning time'
With the Lakers clinging to a four-point lead in the fourth, LeBron James asked to switch onto Nuggets star Jamal Murray, a move that helped L.A. hold on for a 114-108 win.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Follow live: Nuggets look to dig themselves out of another playoff hole in the bubble
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ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Howard gets start for Lakers instead of McGee
Dwight Howard will start for the Lakers instead of JaVale McGee for Game 4 of the West finals against the Nuggets.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Howard starts, gets double-double in Lakers' win
Dwight Howard started for the Lakers on Thursday against the Nuggets in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Herro's career night comes as no surprise to Heat
Rookie guard Tyler Herro poured in a career-high 37 points Wednesday to lead the Heat to a Game 4 victory and 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Nobody who has been around him all season was surprised.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Donovan excited to try to build up 'iconic' Bulls
Billy Donovan was introduced as the Bulls' new head coach in a Zoom news conference and said the chance to build back up the iconic franchise was "very, very appealing and exciting."

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Raptors' Nurse sets roots with long-term deal
With an NBA title and Coach of the Year award in his first two seasons, the Raptors' Nick Nurse will enter his third with a contract extension to keep him in Toronto for a long time.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Lowe on West finals: Jokic is the new Dirk
The West might come down to whether the Lakers can shut down Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Spoelstra: Adebayo good for Game 5 vs. Celtics
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday that star big man Bam Adebayo is good to go for Friday's potential close-out Game 5 against the Celtics.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Lowe: The genius of Jamal and Jokic, and what the Lakers are doing about it
Nikola Jokic is the new Dirk and other thoughts on Lakers-Nuggets going to a huge Game 4.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

The Nuggets-Lakers series is putting on for Flint, Michigan
Childhood friends Kyle Kuzma and Monte Morris are facing off for a trip to the Finals, while shining a light on a city that is still in crisis.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

The biggest takeaways from Game 4 as Heat edge closer to an NBA Finals berth
The Miami Heat got a superstar performance from Tyler Herro and now find themselves on the doorstep of playing for a title.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

Tatum after loss: 0 points in half 'unacceptable'
Jayson Tatum and the Celtics came out flat in the first half and got rolling too late Wednesday night, falling to the Heat 112-109 in Game 4 to go down 3-1 in the series.

ESPN NBA
Sep 24, 2020

How the Heat's unsung heroes gave Miami a 3-1 lead
The Miami Heat got a superstar performance from Tyler Herro and now find themselves on the doorstep of playing for a title.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Celts' Hayward welcomes baby son from bubble
Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, who is with the team on the NBA campus, and his wife, Robyn, announced the birth of the couple's first son Wednesday.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

LeBron: Neighbors' walls got justice, not Breonna
Lakers and Nuggets players were frustrated by the Kentucky grand jury's decision to not prosecute any of the officers for the death of Breonna Taylor. LeBron James tweeted that "justice was met for her neighbors' apartment walls," but not Taylor herself.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Lakers, Nuggets on Taylor ruling: 'Wasn't enough'
Players from the Lakers and Nuggets were frustrated by news of the Kentucky grand jury's decision to not prosecute any of the officers for the death of Breonna Taylor. Said Danny Green: "Most guys felt it was definitely not enough. ... It's a tough one."

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Knicks get first look at new coach Thibodeau
The Knicks got their first look at their new coach, Tom Thibodeau, at the team's first workout.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

New Kings GM commits to Luke Walton as coach
New Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair said he is looking forward to working with coach Luke Walton to revive a franchise that has the longest current playoff drought in the NBA.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Athletes frustrated with Taylor grand jury news
A grand jury in Louisville announced that Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on the night of March 13 that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Steph, Draymond will miss Warriors' minicamp
Steph Curry and Draymond Green won't attend the Warriors' minicamp because of excused absences tied to family, coach Steve Kerr said.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Sports world reacts to Breonna Taylor grand jury announcement
A Kentucky grand jury indicted Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in the shooting case of Breonna Taylor. Athletes from all over the sports world took to social media to react.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

One officer indicted by Breonna Taylor grand jury
A grand jury in Louisville announced that Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on the night of March 13 that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

The reputation of Jimmy Butler, in the words of those who played with him
Butler's road to his first Eastern Conference finals has been anything but smooth.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Predicting the East finals: Best player, better coach and who will win?
The NBA forecast panel answers the big questions about the Celtics, the Heat and the East finals.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Inside the evolving conversation surrounding Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler's road to his first Eastern Conference finals has been anything but smooth. Here's how the Heat star has been discussed by those who lived the journey alongside him.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

LeBron: 'Zero comment' on sheriff's challenge
LeBron James said he had "zero comment" on an L.A. County sheriff's public urging of the Lakers star to donate more than $100,000 to double the reward for information connected to the recent shooting of two officers in Compton, California.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Malone on Murray's rise: 'We have 2 superstars'
"We have two superstars in Nikola and Jamal," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after Tuesday's win over the Lakers. Jamal Murray had 28 points and 12 assists in the 114-106 win. Nikola Jokic added 22 points and 10 rebounds.

ESPN NBA
Sep 23, 2020

Jokic's beloved Serbian coach always knew the big man was destined for greatness
Nikola Jokic has been tearing up defenses with his offensive prowess during the playoffs. It's something his old Adriatic League coach always knew was in store for the Serbian center.

ESPN NBA
Sep 22, 2020

Follow live: Nuggets look to rebound from 0-2 start vs. Lakers
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ESPN NBA
Sep 22, 2020

Bulls officially hire Donovan as next head coach
The Chicago Bulls have hired former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan as their next head coach, the team announced Tuesday.

ESPN NBA
Sep 22, 2020

Silver: Best guess next NBA season starts in '21
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said his "best guess" is that the league will not begin its next season until 2021, emphasizing that "the goal is to play a standard season."

ESPN NBA
Sep 22, 2020

Vanessa Bryant sues sheriff over crash photos
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming deputies shared unauthorized photos of the crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter and seven others.

ESPN NBA
Sep 22, 2020

What it took for Anthony Davis to get to this moment
Here's how Anthony Davis arrived at the doorstep of the NBA Finals with an opportunity to cement his legacy.

ESPN NBA
Sep 22, 2020

Fistfights, battle lines and Show(boat) time: Inside the Lakers' Kobe-Shaq dynasty
In his new book, "Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty," Jeff Pearlman reveals the inner workings of the Kobe-Shaq dynasty, full of behind-the-scenes infighting, untold hilarity and endless controversy.

ESPN NBA
Sep 21, 2020

MJ, Hamlin to field car with Bubba Wallace driving
Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan are teaming up to field a car for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with Bubba Wallace driving.

ESPN NBA
Sep 21, 2020

Jaylen Brown is a player for this moment
The fourth-year wing is helping the Celtics get back to the NBA Finals for the first time in a decade -- during a time he has long been preparing for.

ESPN NBA
Sep 21, 2020

'Kobe!': AD channels Lakers legend with buzzer 3
As the Nuggets mounted a comeback in Sunday's Game 2, the Lakers needed only to look at their jerseys -- featuring the "Black Mamba" design that Kobe Bryant helped design years ago -- to remind themselves that it was time to "make big-time plays."

ESPN NBA
Sep 21, 2020

How the Lakers went up 2-0 with Davis' 'Mamba' shot
Our experts break down how the Nuggets nearly rallied from 16 points down before Anthony Davis ended that.

ESPN NBA
Sep 21, 2020

How the Lakers went up 2-0 with Davis' 'Mamba shot
Our experts break down how the Nuggets nearly rallied from 16 points down before Anthony Davis ended that.

ESPN NBA
Sep 21, 2020

Jokic: Down 2-0, Nuggets need 'fight' vs. Lakers
Center Nikola Jokic led the Denver Nuggets on a late run against the Los Angeles Lakers, but it wasn't enough Sunday as the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Jokic says his team needs to "fight" to get back into the series.

ESPN NBA
Sep 20, 2020

Follow live: LeBron James, Lakers look for 2-0 series edge vs. Nikola Jokic, Nuggets
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ESPN NBA
Sep 20, 2020

What sets Jokic apart from other NBA superstars
Nikola Jokic is a surprising NBA superstar. Here are the ways his path, success and skills are so unusual.

ESPN NBA
Sep 20, 2020

What sets Nikola Jokic apart from other NBA superstars
Nikola Jokic is a surprising NBA superstar. Here are the ways his path, success and skills are so unusual.

ESPN NBA
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' 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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