Basketball News

  • Kawhi Leonard wanted to join the Los Angeles Lakers, but the San Antonio Spurs shipped him to Toronto.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers are suddenly competitive again. All it took was signing LeBron James, who is moving to the Western Conference for the first time in his storied career. And signing James was just the beginning for the Lakers, who have dominated the early days of the offseason by completely overhauling their roster, adding Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo.
  • The first two players selected at Thursday’s 2018 NBA draft will most likely be Luka Doncic and DeAndre Ayton. Beyond them, the picture gets considerably more cloudy. The Phoenix Suns will have the choice of Doncic, the Serbian phenom who was named Euroleague MVP after leading Real Madrid to the championship, or Ayton, a 7-foot forward poised to be the league’s next impactful big man, when they select first overall, leaving the other top prospect for the Sacramento Kings at No. 2.
  • The Golden State Warriors are about to win their first back-to-back NBA titles. Golden State is up 3-0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers after defeating them 110-102 on Wednesday, and no team in NBA history has squandered such a commanding lead in the Finals.
  • And so they meet again. The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are facing each other in the NBA Finals four the fourth straight time, becoming the fourth and fifth franchises in NBA history to accomplish such a streak.
  • LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face a must-win situation at home in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday. The Cavaliers trail 2-0 to the Boston Celtics, who appeared to be firmly in control of the first two games in Boston and can take a commanding series lead with just one victory in Cleveland.
  • Brad Stevens made a name for himself coaching an unheralded Butler team to the Final Four in consecutive NCAA tournaments, and now he’s doing the same thing in the NBA with the Boston Celtics.
  • For the third year in a row, the Toronto Raptors ended their season by losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This year appeared to be different with Toronto sporting the higher seed and a revamped offensive scheme, but it was the same old dominance from LeBron James and the Cavaliers that brought the Raptors crashing back to earth.
  • LeBron James put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back for Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers, leading the way with 44 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and one controversial chase down block. The Cavaliers hold a 3-2 series lead after defeating Indiana 98-95, but the Pacers seem convinced James’ block was goaltending, and the argument could be made that it was the play that changed the series.
  • The Houston Rockets showed why they are the top seed in the Western Conference on Mond
  • The Philadelphia 76ers were doing a good job of winning games without Joel Embiid, but now that he’s back they might be unstoppable. Embiid returned to Philadelphia’s lineup for Game 3 against the Miami Heat on Thursday sporting a mask to protect his fractured orbital bone, and he led the way in an impressively dominant 128-108 road win, suggesting the 76ers could be a real playoff threat in the Eastern Conference.
  • For the first time in 13 playoff appearances, the team featuring LeBron James lost its playoff opener. The Cleveland Cavaliers were no match for the Indiana Pacers on Sunday as Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points in a commanding 98-80 win, raising doubts about Cleveland’s ability to once again represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
  • Perhaps the Philadelphia 76ers don’t need
  • The NCAA men’s basketball tournament will conclude Monday with a matchup that defies the madness of the past few weeks.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers have mercifully put an end to Isaiah Thomas’ season, sending the hobbled guard to surgery to repair hi
  • Dwight Howard channeled his inner Wilt Chamberlain - or his younger self - for a rare level of dominance against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Howard finished the game with 32 points and 30 rebounds, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a comeback victory and becoming just the second player since 1982 to reach 30 points and 30 rebounds in one game.
  • No seed was safe in the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, which fulfilled the promise of March Madness more than ever before.
  • Russell Westbrook joined an exclusive club on Tuesday. Westbrook’s third straight triple double in a win over the Atlanta Hawks was also the 100th triple double of his career, putting him in the company of all-time NBA greats Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, and Jason Kidd.
  • Villanova can thank the NCAA selection committee for giving it the best odds of emerging from March Madness as champions. Villanova is the top seed in arguably the weakest region of the 2018 tournament, putting the Big East champion Wildcats in prime position to win their second title in three years, but first they will need to survive what should be a wild opening week of games, beginning Tuesday with the First Four.
  • For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors have secured a playoff spot before anyone else. The Raptors defeated the Detroit Pistons 121-119 in overtime on Wednesday, winning their sixth straight and improving their lead atop the Eastern Conference to 2.5 games. The only team hotter than Toronto right now would be the West-leading Houston Rockets, who bring their 17-game winning streak to Toronto on Friday for a showdown between conference leaders.
  • A return to the postseason is starting to look like a real possibility for the Philadelphia 76ers, who last made the playoffs in 2012 and posted one of the worst teams in NBA history over the last four years. The 2017-18 season has been a remarkable improvement for the 76ers, who moved into a relatively comfortable playoff spot during a seven-game win streak in February and showed their playoff readiness on Thursday in a 108-97 road win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • The Toronto Raptors developed a reputation as perennial also-rans in the LeBron James-dominated Eastern Conference after finishing the last few years with a strong regular season followed by a disappointin
  • The Isaiah Thomas era is over in Cleveland as the Cavaliers made a flurry of trades at the deadline on Thursday. Cleveland moved a total of six players and received four in return, getting younger and possibly more competitive in the process - something that will be tested in the playoffs. The Cavaliers desperately needed a roster overhaul, and if nothing else, it gives the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions hope to return to the NBA Finals once more.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers followed one embarrassing blowout loss with another even more embarrassing blowout loss, losing more ground in the Eastern Conference they’ve controlled for the previous three years. The Cavaliers are now seven and a half games behind the Boston Celtics for the conference lead, and the return of Isaiah Thomas has not provided the lift Cleveland needed. The East now belongs to the Celtics and the Toronto Raptors, who both appear more likely to represent the conference in the Finals than the Cavaliers.
  • Blake Griffin might have thought he was going to retire as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, but the Clippers had other plans. Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons on Monday in exchange for a package of players including Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, and a first-round pick. Griffin leaves a Los Angeles team on the edge of the Western Conference playoff picture to join the Pistons, who are on the edge of the Eastern Conference playoff picture and are hoping Griffin will put them into the postseason.
  • LeBron James’ climb up the NBA’s all-time points list has not been slowed by the recent struggles of the Cleveland Cavaliers. James became the youngest player to reach the 30,000 point milestone in a Tuesday loss to the San Antonio Spurs, which dropped Cleveland to 3-10 since their Christmas loss to the Golden State Warriors.
  • Jason Kidd is no longer head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd was fired on Monday halfway through his fourth season coaching the Bucks, who are clinging to one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Kidd’s overall regular season record with Milwaukee was 139-152 with two postseason appearances, and his firing opens a coaching seat that is likely coveted due to the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Bucks’ roster.
  • Monday’s heated contest between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers didn’t quite end when the teams left the court. The NBA is investigating a postgame visit to the Clippers locker room by a group of Rockets players, who were escorted away by security. The incident is the latest chapter in a budding rivalry that appears to be centered around former teammates Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.
  • Emotions got the better of Serge Ibaka and James Johnson during Tuesday’s game between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat, and they will both have some time to think about what they did. The two players were ejected in the third quarter for trading punches while jostling for position on an inbounds pass, and the NBA added a one-game suspension to their punishment, as well as fining DeMar DeRozan $25,000 and Goran Dragic $10,000 for a verbal altercation after the game ended.