John Wall was terrific for the Wizards on Saturday. It’s been a rough string of games for the Cleveland Cavaliers defense. The last week has brought a number of concerning contests, from Wednesday’s 126-113 loss at the potent Denver Nuggets to last Sunday’s 125-120 win at the flailing Los Angeles Lakers
Rudy Gobert’s Jazz are now just a half-game ahead of the Clippers in the West. The Utah Jazz have been one of the great successes of the 2016-17 season. Tabbed as a very likely playoff team heading into the season, the Jazz have met the upper bounds of those expectations and entered Saturday’s game
Rudy Gobert was everywhere for the Utah Jazz. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has reached a new level of fame this season as a member of a no-doubt playoff team in line to hold home-court advantage in its first-round series.
Russell Westbrook made NBA history on Wednesday night. At a certain point this season, the mere existence of a Russell Westbrook triple-double stopped being interesting. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has put up so many in 2016-17 that a line of at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists
Brook Lopez’s winning shot pushed the Pistons out of the East’s playoff spots. The NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets took on that role Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons, who entered the night as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons got off to a nice start to lead 31-23 after the first quarter
See, Scot Pollard *was* on the Celtics. Except, this question apparently applies to the NBA now, too. Former Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo revealed to The Undefeated on Monday that he’s organizing a 10th-year anniversary vacation this coming summer for his ex-teammates on the Boston Celtics
Adam Silver meets the media. Although absence-filled games such as the March 11 matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors (minus Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala) and Saturday’s contest featuring the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers (
Down 124-123, the Rockets got a break when Denver point guard Jameer Nelson — yes, he plays in the final minute for a team would be in the playoffs if the season ended right now — airballed a jumper. James Harden on the sprint for the game-winner. Forget @johnwall, @jharden13 channeled his inner @usainbolt
Of all the events of this NBA season, the least surprising was that Kevin Durant was not celebrated by the Oklahoma City Thunder and heavily booed by fans in his return to Chesapeake Energy Arena on February 11. The intense emotions and extreme reactions that surrounded Durant’s decision to move to
Damian Lillard dominated Sunday’s game in Miami. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard entered this season hot off a strong postseason and with the chance to become a true national NBA superstar. While Lillard’s scoring average has risen to a career-best 26.5 points per game, his status
Klay Thompson put the Magic away early on Thursday night. The Golden State Warriors’ recent struggles without the injured Kevin Durant have opened up the race for homecourt advantage throughout the NBA playoffs and raised rare doubts about a title favorite’s ability to contend with the other members
Russell Westbrook throws a pass past Cory Joseph, but not through his legs. Basketball fans have grown used to amazing statistical feats from Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and MVP candidate Russell Westbrook. It now feels more shocking than not when Westbrook doesn’t log a triple-double, and it’s
Kawhi Leonard was terrific, but the Spurs missed an opportunity on Wednesday. It’s been a good few weeks for the San Antonio Spurs, who suddenly have a very good chance of besting the Golden State Warriors for homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. Saturday’s rest-ravaged win over Golden State
Stephen Curry celebrated his 29th birthday with a win. The Golden State Warriors reached their newest lowpoint of the 2016-17 season somewhere in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. Finally back home for a string of games following a tough schedule of eight contests
Russell Westbrook was very popular at the Barclays Center on Tuesday. NBA homecourt advantage is supposed to mean something, but in many cases the away team can seem to have more support than the one in its own arena.
The Clippers and Jazz had a testy fourth quarter on Monday. Fans will certainly gravitate toward certain dream matchups — Kevin Durant vs. Russell Westbrook is now a distinct possibility in the West — but others will not stand out as no-doubt barnburners. The looming first-round tilt between the Utah
Stephen Curry thinks James Harden would be a worthy MVP. The NBA’s MVP debate has ramped up to new levels in recent weeks, with several players joining season-long favorites Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the everyday discussion. Whether Kawhi Leonard ends up as a serious candidate in April
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in the midst of significant front office upheaval, but in many ways their recent decisions smack of continuity and returning to the franchise’s core identity. Bringing in Magic Johnson to run basketball operations creates a clear connection to the Lakers’ championship
Stephen Curry won’t be playing in Saturday’s big matchup with San Antonio. The Golden State Warriors’ current slump has been one of the most fascinating developments of the season, a sharp turn in a story that once appeared headed toward yet another NBA Finals matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland
The Spurs will be without their MVP candidate in one of the biggest games of the season. Saturday’s nationally televised matchup between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs could go a long way towards deciding which team ends up with homecourt advantage throughout the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
When the Portland Trail Blazers dealt with the Denver Nuggets, the focus was not on big man Jusuf Nurkic. The big player in that deal was supposedly center Mason Plumlee, a key figure in the Blazers’ impressive run through the playoffs last season and generally a more established figure in the league
Russell Westbrook seized an early lead in the NBA’s MVP race this season with his pursuit of a triple-double average, but a number of challengers have seized his position as favorite for various stretches of the year. James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, and Isaiah Thomas have all received convincing
Since their move from New Jersey in 2012, the Brooklyn Nets have not always succeeded in forming a meaningful bond with their hometown fans. It probably hasn’t helped that the Nets have either been disappointing or terrible for the duration of their time in Brooklyn, but the failures have gone beyond
It was clear that Kevin Durant’s knee injury would create problems for the Golden State Warriors as soon as the severity was announced last week. Add in that the injury came on just the second day of a very tough stretch of eight straight games in different cities (in just 13 days), and it was always
The Spurs were down big without Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Some NBA teams have very clear public images. Take, for example, the San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings, who met at the AT&T Center on Wednesday night for a study in contrasts.