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May 12, 2021

Kyrie takes hard elbow, leaves with facial bruise
Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared of a concussion after exiting Tuesday night's game at Chicago with a facial contusion. He will have a second X-ray on Wednesday after the first was "inconclusive."

ESPN NBA
May 12, 2021

Sources: Nets' Harden could return Wednesday
Nets star James Harden is expected to gauge his readiness along with Brooklyn officials on Wednesday, sources told ESPN, in advance of a home game vs. the San Antonio Spurs.

ESPN NBA
May 11, 2021

Nets' Irving leaves after catching elbow to face
Nets guard Kyrie Irving left Tuesday night's win over Chicago with a facial contusion after being hit by Bulls center Nikola Vucevic's elbow while going up for a rebound.

ESPN NBA
May 11, 2021

Jazz say Mitchell (ankle) to miss final 3 games
Jazz star Donovan Mitchell will not play in the team's last three games of the regular season as he continues to recover from a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

ESPN NBA
May 11, 2021

Sources: LeBron now eyeing Wednesday return
Though LeBron James was a full participant in practice Monday, he has opted for one more day of rest, sources told ESPN on Tuesday, and will skip the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the New York Knicks.

ESPN NBA
May 11, 2021

Sources: A-Rod group hasn't closed Wolves deal
Alex Rodriguez's group hasn't closed the deal to buy the Timberwolves, but talks are continuing, sources told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
May 11, 2021

Grizzlies back to play-in, clinch spot in tourney
The Grizzlies on Monday night clinched a berth in the play-in tournament, hoping to avoid the fate they suffered last year.

ESPN NBA
May 11, 2021

Beal rips Bazemore after scoring chase remark
Wizards guard Bradley Beal called out Kent Bazemore on Twitter Monday night after the Warriors swingman appeared to take a shot at Beal while weighing in on Stephen Curry's place atop the NBA scoring race.

ESPN NBA
May 11, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Clippers maintain lead over Nuggets in West
The Clippers maintained their lead in the West, but the Nuggets are keeping the pressure on.

ESPN NBA
May 11, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Grizzlies in play-in tournament; Pelicans on the ropes
Memphis clinched a spot in the postseason, but New Orleans' hopes are hanging by a thread.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Follow live: Utah visits Golden State following Curry's 49-point performance
Follow live: Utah visits Golden State following Curry's 49-point performance

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Russ sets mark, stands alone as triple-double king
Russell Westbrook logged his 182nd career triple-double on Monday, breaking the nearly 50-year-old record set by Oscar Robertson.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Celts' Brown done for season due to wrist injury
The Celtics say forward Jaylen Brown will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist, a massive blow to a team trying to avoid the play-in tournament next week.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

LeBron likely to return vs. Knicks, sources say
There is much more optimism on the state of LeBron James' ankle after on-court work Sunday and Monday, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Cavs assistant Gottlieb to coach USC women
Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Lindsay Gottlieb has been hired as the women's head coach at USC.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Sources: Cavs' Gottlieb to coach USC women
Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Lindsay Gottlieb has agreed to a six-year contract to become the women's head coach at USC, sources told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Beal out at least 2 games with hamstring injury
Bradley Beal will be out for at least the next two games because of a hamstring injury before the Wizards reevaluate the star guard Friday.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

NBA ref Brown has cancer, to miss rest of season
Veteran NBA referee Tony Brown, who worked his first NBA Finals last season, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will miss the rest of the season, the league announced Monday.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Panthers rookie CB chooses No. 8 to honor Kobe
Panthers rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn tweeted Saturday that he wants to wear No. 8, at least in part to honor Kobe Bryant.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Sources: Rapper J. Cole to play hoops in Africa
Rapper J. Cole, who was briefly a walk-on at St. John's, will play for Rwanda in the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League, sources told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

NBA Power Rankings: The races and players we're watching closely in the final week
The races to stay out of the NBA's play-in tournament aren't the only battles that have our attention right now.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

Betting bullets: Struggling Lakers still NBA title favorite at some books
Why aren't the Lakers' odds dipping? Where is the early NFL action? David Purdum and Doug Kezirian take a look at the sports betting landscape.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

AD on challenge to avoid play-in: 'It's been fun'
After scoring a season-high 42 points to lead the Lakers to a convincing 123-110 win over the Suns, Anthony Davis said he's enjoying the spot his team currently finds itself in -- slotted for the play-in tournament with just four games left to play.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

ESPN's guide to all 12 Basketball Africa League teams
The inaugural 12-team Basketball Africa League (BAL) is finally set to tip off in Kigali, Rwanda, on May 16. Here is ESPN's guide to all the teams in the NBA-affiliated tournament.

ESPN NBA
May 10, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Celtics on the brink of the play-in tournament while Lakers get a needed win
The Heat outlasted the Celtics on Sunday ahead a massive rematch later in the week. The Lakers got a needed win that could help them avoid the play-in tournament.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Luka tossed after flagrant, still 1 tech shy of ban
Luka Doncic was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul after making "an aggressive strike to the groin area" of Cavs guard Collin Sexton.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Hand irks Kawhi, but he's 'been through worse'
Playing through a left-hand issue, LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard shot 9-of-26 and finished with 29 points in a 106-100 loss to the New York Knicks at Staples Center on Sunday.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Celtics lose key game after falling down 20 again
Sunday's loss to the Heat marked the third time in the past five games that the Celtics have fallen behind by more than 20 points. The loss puts them two games back of Miami and Atlanta.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Beal ruled out vs. Hawks with hamstring strain
Bradley Beal injured his left hamstring late in Saturday's win over the Pacers. He will miss Monday's game against the Hawks.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

For Mother's Day, here are some classic moments between athletes and their mothers
Some of the most touching moments in sports have been between athletes and their mothers. For Mother's Day, here are some of the best.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

ORU's Abmas enters NBA draft after tourney run
After his team's surprising run in the NCAA tournament, Oral Roberts sophomore Max Abmas told ESPN Sunday that he will enter the NBA draft, "and get as much feedback as I can," while maintaining his college eligibility.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Heat put the Celtics on the brink of the play-in tournament
The Miami Heat outlasted the Boston Celtics on Sunday ahead of their massive rematch later in the week.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Pelicans' Griffin fined $50K for Zion comments
Pelicans executive David Griffin was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Sunday for criticizing officiating relating to Zion Williamson's fractured ring finger.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

What scouts, execs and coaches are saying about RJ Barrett's Year 2 leap
The former No. 3 overall pick has shed any "bust" labels, but is he the star in the making that the resurgent Knicks need?

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Steph responds to Beal's 50 with 49 in 29 minutes
Stephen Curry bolstered his league-high scoring average of 31.9 points per game with a 49-point performance in 29 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday night.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Nets 'learn from' skid, bounce back vs. Nuggets
The Nets gave up 71 points in the first half to the Nuggets and trailed by as many as 21 points, but they fought back to escape with a 125-119 win.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Hamstring, ankle injures keep Beal from overtime
Wizards guard Bradley Beal scored 50 points Saturday night against the Pacers, but he was absent for the end of regulation and overtime because of a hamstring strain.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Hamstring, ankle injuries keep Beal from overtime
Wizards guard Bradley Beal scored 50 points Saturday night against the Pacers, but he was absent for the end of regulation and overtime because of a hamstring strain and ankle injury.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

The numbers behind Russell Westbrook's triple-double records
On Saturday, Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson for most career triple-doubles. The numbers are staggering.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Russ ties triple-double record, seals win for Wiz
Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson's record with his 181st triple-double, then helped close out the Pacers to move Washington into ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

ESPN NBA
May 09, 2021

Hamstring strain keeps Beal (50 points) from OT
Wizards guard Bradley Beal scored 50 points Saturday night against the Pacers, but he was absent for the end of regulation and overtime because of a hamstring strain.

ESPN NBA
May 08, 2021

Russ logs triple-double No. 181, ties Big O's mark
Russell Westbrook matched the Hall-of-Fame point guard with an assist to Bradley Beal.

ESPN NBA
May 08, 2021

Lakers fall to 7th in West, find hope in AD's night
The Lakers' 106-101 loss to the Blazers dropped them to seventh in the West with five games to play, but Anthony Davis' 36-point night was "an encouraging sign," coach Frank Vogel said.

ESPN NBA
May 08, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Warriors stay in eighth spot, Wizards keep winning
Steph Curry's 49 points propelled the Warriors to a big win, while Russell Westbrook tied a triple-double record as the Wiz kept climbing.

ESPN NBA
May 08, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Lakers, Celtics inch closer to play-in
The Lakers and Celtics keep falling, while the Sixers strengthen their No. 1 seed.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Sixers close in on East's top seed; Pelicans in trouble
Philly's close win over the Pelicans moved it one step closer to clinching the East's top seed.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Utah's Mitchell (ankle) out at least 1 more week
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell will miss at least one more week after his sprained right ankle was re-evaluated by the team's medical staff Friday.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Zion out indefinitely; Pels blame league for injury
David Griffin called Zion Williamson's injury was "avoidable," saying his franchise superstar was injured because of the way he is officiated in the paint.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Why Carmelo Anthony's resurgence means so much to young NBA superstars
Carmelo Anthony has long been one of the most polarizing players in the NBA -- the dividing line between what is perceived as good basketball and bad. But to players, young and old, he's represented something far greater.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

'If it can happen to Melo, it can happen to anybody': Why NBA stars fight for Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has long been one of the most polarizing players in the NBA -- the dividing line between what is perceived as good basketball and bad. But to players, young and old, he's represented something far greater.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

AD (back) exits early, expects to play vs. Blazers
The Lakers' Anthony Davis (back spasms) played only nine minutes in Thursday's loss to the Clippers, but he expects to play Friday against the Blazers in what many on the team consider a must-win game.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Kawhi feels 'ready to go,' but Lue to cap minutes
LA Clippers coach Ty Lue said Kawhi Leonard isn't yet able to play a full quarter, and the team is maintaining a minutes restriction for him despite Leonard saying he feels "ready to go."

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Fading Lakers dealt another blow
Anthony Davis went down again as the defending champs slid closer to the play-in.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Nash: Nets' slide a good playoff 'dress rehearsal'
Although the Brooklyn Nets dropped their fourth straight game Thursday, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were among those who discussed the importance of being tested now before the playoffs start.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Nets see silver lining as slide hits season-high 4
Although the Brooklyn Nets dropped their fourth straight game Thursday, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were among those who discussed the importance of being tested now before the playoffs start.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Lakers' Davis (back) exits early in loss to Clippers
The Lakers' Anthony Davis was ruled out of the second half in Thursday's loss to the Clippers because of back spasms.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Luka: Have to stop 'complaining way too much'
Luka Doncic says he's got to work on controlling his emotions as he looks to avoid a one-game suspension by being called for his 16th technical foul this season.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

Vaccinated GS guard Lee says he got COVID-19
Warriors guard Damion Lee said he tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

ESPN NBA
May 07, 2021

NBA playoff watch: Nets in danger of slipping to No. 3 seed in East
With a season-high fourth straight loss, Brooklyn is sliding at the wrong time.

ESPN NBA
May 06, 2021

Warriors' Oubre to be reevaluated next week
An MRI on Wednesday did not reveal a new injury to Kelly Oubre Jr.'s left wrist, which he initially injured last month.

ESPN NBA
May 06, 2021

Surprising Knicks covering spread at historic rate
Entering Friday's game, the Knicks have covered the spread in 65.1% of their games.

ESPN NBA
May 06, 2021

Harden 'confident' he'll return before playoffs
With six games left in the regular season, Nets guard James Harden, who has been out for over a month with a hamstring strain, says he is "very confident" he will return before the playoffs begin.

ESPN NBA
May 06, 2021

Pacers suspend assistant, fine Bitadze for spat
The Pacers have suspended assistant coach Greg Foster for one game and fined center Goga Bitadze for their emotionally charged on-court exchange Wednesday night.

ESPN NBA
May 06, 2021

Sources: Pels, Marshall agree to multiyear deal
The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a multiyear contract with two-way player Naji Marshall, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

ESPN NBA
May 06, 2021

How the new NBA play-in tournament works, and whom you could see in it
Here's everything to know about the NBA's new pre-playoff tournament, including which teams could make it.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Kyrie fined for 'repeated refusal' to talk to media
The Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving have each been fined $35,000 as a result of Irving's "repeated refusal" to take part in post-game interviews with the media.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Big bets on long-shot Hawks to win NBA title
The Atlanta Hawks, currently facing 100-1 odds to win this season's NBA title, are attracting large bets at various sportsbooks.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Pelicans' Ingram (sprained left ankle) out Fri.
Brandon Ingram has a left low ankle sprain and will miss Friday's game against the 76ers. His status is day-to-day.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Fantasy basketball 30: Red-hot Curry in Philadelphia
Fantasy basketball news, buzz and trade rumors from around the NBA, and the Curry brothers lead a group of sharpshooters who can boost your team in this final stretch.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Knicks get jump on free agency, add PG Vildoza
The Knicks and point guard Luca Vildoza have agreed in principle to a four-year, $13.6 million deal, his agent told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Utah's Joe Ingles leads the NBA in an advanced stat he had to Google
How did a 33-year-old who never dunks crash a category normally reserved for rim-running big men?

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Haliburton's rookie season with Kings likely over
An MRI showed that Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton has no ligament damage to his left knee, but the rookie guard likely will miss the rest of the season.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Curry cools after lights fail as Pels take advantage
The Pelicans finally found a way to slow down Warriors star guard Stephen Curry -- all they needed was a lighting failure inside Smoothie King Center on Tuesday night.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Milwaukee council OK's S. Brown settlement
The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday approved a $750,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by Sterling Brown over his 2018 arrest in which he was taken to the ground and shocked with a Taser.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Nash: Nets' continuity woes show in Bucks losses
Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash said after Tuesday's loss to the Bucks that the team's challenge before the playoffs is to "overcome a lack of common experiences."

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Lonzo backs text to Zion with career-tying night
A clunker against the Warriors on Monday weighed on Lonzo Ball, who vowed to make amends one night later and did just that, tying a career high with 33 points and proving clutch down the stretch as the Pels scored a pivotal 108-103 win in the rematch.

ESPN NBA
May 05, 2021

Lonzo backs text to Zion with rebound outing
A clunker against the Warriors on Monday weighed on Lonzo Ball, who vowed to make amends one night later and did just that, tying a career high with 33 points and proving clutch down the stretch as the Pelicans scored a pivotal 108-103 in the rematch.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Haliburton's rookie season for Kings likely over
An MRI showed that Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton has no ligament damage to his left knee, but the rookie guard likely will miss the rest of the season.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Hornets' Bridges enters league's health protocol
Hornets forward Miles Bridges could miss multiple games after entering the NBA's health and safety protocols, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Sources: Bjorkgren's future with Pacers uncertain
Nate Bjorkgren's future as head coach of the Indiana Pacers is uncertain due to work he has to left to do in building relationships with players and staff, sources told ESPN.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Longtime Bucks broadcaster Paschke retiring
Jim Paschke, the Milwaukee Bucks' television play-by-play announcer for the past 35 years, plans to retire at the end of the season.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Milwaukee council OKs Sterling Brown settlement
The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday approved a $750,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by Sterling Brown over his 2018 arrest in which he was taken to the ground and shocked with a Taser.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Sources: LeBron likely out Thur., Fri. to rest ankle
Lakers star LeBron James is expected to miss back-to-back games against the Clippers and Trail Blazers on Thursday and Friday to rest his injured right ankle, sources told ESPN. It is possible James could miss more games, sources said.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Sources: Hornets' Bridges enters health protocol
Hornets forward Miles Bridges could miss multiple games after entering the NBA's health and safety protocols, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Varejao, out of NBA since 2017, back with Cavs
Anderson Varejão is back with the Cavaliers, signing a 10-day contract Tuesday to begin a stint to celebrate his 12-year run with the team.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Michigan's Wagner decides to enter NBA draft
Michigan's Franz Wagner has decided to enter the NBA draft.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

LeBron sits out Lakers' win to rest ailing ankle
LeBron James sat out the Lakers' game against the Nuggets on Monday night at Staples Center to rest his right ankle.

ESPN NBA
May 04, 2021

Green sums up Curry's run: 'Teams are terrified'
After Warriors star Stephen Curry poured in 41 points Monday night against the Pelicans, Draymond Green summed up the effect his teammate's offensive fireworks are having on the rest of the league: "Teams are terrified of him."

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Melo passes Hayes, now 10th all time in points
Carmelo Anthony's and-1 3-pointer pushed him past Elvin Hayes' career mark and into 10th place all time in NBA scoring.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Russ repeats rare feat with 21 boards, 24 assists
Russell Westbrook had the third game in NBA history with 20-plus rebounds and 20-plus assists -- he and Wilt Chamberlain have the other two -- and the surging Wizards moved closer to Indiana in the East playoff standings with a 154-141 win Monday night.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

How the new NBA play-in tournament works, and who you could see in it
Here's everything to know about the NBA's new pre-playoff tournament, including which teams could make it.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

LeBron to sit out Monday with ailing right ankle
LeBron James will sit out the Lakers' game against the Nuggets on Monday night at Staples Center to rest his right ankle.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Lakers' Schroder out 10-14 days due to protocols
Dennis Schroder will miss 10-14 days because of the league's health and safety protocols, Lakers coach Frank Vogel confirmed Monday.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Sources: Lakers' Schroder out extended period
The Lakers' Dennis Schroder is expected to miss an "extended period of games" due to the league's health and safety protocols, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Sources: LeBron likely to sit out Monday night
LeBron James is expected to sit out the Lakers' game against the Nuggets on Monday night at Staples Center to rest his right ankle, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Magic coach Clifford cleared from health protocol
Magic coach Steve Clifford is out of the league's health and safety protocols and cleared to rejoin his team. His first game will be Wednesday at home against the Celtics.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Top seeds, play-in chaos and lottery odds: What all 30 NBA teams are playing for now
So many questions remain. Here's where every NBA team stands ahead of the regular season's final two weeks.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Avengers assemble: Picking the best Marvel characters on the court
Iron Man? Spider-Man? Thanos? Here's what a basketball team made up of characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe could look like.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

As Lakers' season unravels, LeBron rips play-in
A sixth loss in seven games -- this time to the sub.-500 Raptors on Sunday -- had the defending champion Lakers being asked to contemplate a potential play-in scenario, a surprising turn of events for a team that started the season 21-6.

ESPN NBA
May 03, 2021

Luka hit with two more T's, on brink of suspension
Luka Doncic was ejected late in Sunday's loss to the Kings after receiving his 14th and 15th technical fouls this season. He's one more technical away from an automatic one-game suspension.

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