Basketball

  • NBA approves changes to cut down on Hack-a-Shaq situations

    In an attempt to cut down on Hack-a-Shaq incidents, the NBA approved changes to deliberate away-from-the ball plays at Tuesday’s owners meetings in Las Vegas.

  • NBA coaches examine possible rule changes

    CHICAGO — The NBA's head coaches annual meetings in Chicago had an international flavor.

    During Wednesday's session most of the day was dominated by a discussion of the league's competition committee with the "royale with cheese" little differences of FIBA basketball fresh in everyone's mind from the Rio Olympics, there was a great opportunity this week to query the men on the sidelines about some rule changes they'd like to see.

  • NBA draft 2017 grades: Lonzo Ball to the Lakers better work out better than D'Angelo Russell to the Nets

    Lakers tentatively get passing marks for their dealings around draft day.

    Before the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball No. 2 overall in Thursday’s NBA draft, they traded D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick. That’s basically a discount for a young player — albeit one who had a rocky start to his career — who many believed had star potential when he was drafted second in 2015.

  • NBA draft 2017 results: Pick-by-pick tracker

    All of Thursday’s selections, from pick 1 to 60.

    The 2017 NBA draft has been a busy night, with teams trying to reshape their futures by adding and swapping talent Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

  • NBA expected to approve rules that limit rest for star players

    Is this the last time we’ll see “Did Not Play-Rest” in a box score?

    In response to the growing trend of resting star players, NBA owners are expected to approve a new set of rules in September that would govern such behavior from teams and coaches, according to USA Today Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt.

  • NBA Finals Game 5 Preview: Get that monkey off our back

    Can the Warriors ride their 3-1 lead to an NBA championship?

    Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors Game 5 Preview

    Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

    When: Monday, June 12, 2017, 9:00 PM ET

    Line: Cleveland Cavaliers (+9) at Golden State Warriors (-9); total: 231.5 – view all NBA lines

    TV Broadcast: ABC

    After a painful loss in Cleveland, the Warriors head back to the comfy home confines of Oracle arena with an eye on one last win needed to win it all. We’ve been here before (hell, you can’t open the internet without hearing about it!) but this Warriors team is different - will we get a different result this time around?

    What happened in Cleveland, stays in Cleveland

    Something changed in Cleveland. Whereas the first two games at Oracle were not at all close, in game 3, the Cavs put up an powerful performance that fell just short. That fall required a pretty insane three minute stretch to end the game, and that 11-0 run is the reason we aren’t heading back to Oracle with the series tied up.

  • NBA Finals schedule 2017: Warriors vs. Cavaliers starts June 1

    Golden State and Cleveland are the first teams to meet in the NBA Finals in three consecutive seasons.

    The Golden State Warriors made history on Monday night with their 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first NBA team ever to open the playoffs 12-0. With their sweep of the Spurs, the Warriors are in the NBA Finals for a third consecutive season, and will have homecourt advantage.

    The best-of-seven NBA Finals will begin on June 1 at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Golden State will host the Cleveland Cavaliers, who disp

  • NBA free agency 2017: David West re-signs with Warriors for one final season, per report

    West will attempt to win his second championship before retiring next summer.

    The Warriors are bringing back who they can. After re-signing Shaun Livingston to a three-year deal, Golden State has agreed on a one-year deal with veteran forward David West, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.

  • NBA free agency 2017: Jamal Crawford to sign 2-year deal with Timberwolves, per report

    Minnesota’s offseason continues with yet another splashy signing.

    Free agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford will sign a two-year deal worth $8.9 million to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The move adds to an impressive Timberwolves’ summer of talent acquisition.

  • NBA Free Agency: Klay Thompson says he hasn’t spoken with Paul George about teaming up on the Lakers

    A shocking denial of what otherwise seemed like a very likely scenario.

    The latest unexpected swerve in the wild and winding summer of Paul George was a particularly outlandish scenario in which the Indiana Pacers All-Star was already recruiting players like LeBron James and Klay Thompson to join him with the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • NBA Free Agency: Sixers Waive Carl Landry, Tibor Pleiss

    The competition for roster spots just opened up a bit in Philadelphia. Bryan Colangelo pulled the trigger on two transactions today, waiving veteran forward Carl Landry and recently-acquired big Tibor Pleiss.

  • NBA free agent signings: Patrick Patterson to Thunder for 3 years, $16.4 million

    Patterson should slot in nicely at the vacant power forward position in Oklahoma City.

    Needing a power forward, the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million deal with former Toronto Raptors big man Patrick Patterson, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Patterson should slide into the starting power forward spot vacated by the departures of Taj Gibson and Domantas Sabonis.

  • NBA Playoff Bracket 2017: Warriors will begin second round series against Jazz on Tuesday

    The Warriors will fittingly honor the We Believe run as they host the Jazz on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. PST for Game 1 of their second round series

    Contrary to some of my Golden State of Mind comrades, I have maintained for weeks now that I really wanted to see a second round series between the Golden State Warriors and L.A. Clippers.

  • NBA Playoffs 2017, Warriors sweep Blazers: Green and Curry Shine in 128 - 103 Win

    The Warriors become the second team to advance to the second round.

    FACT:

    If, and only if, the Warriors sweep a team in the postseason, they win the championship. At least in the team’s west coast history, that is.

    The Warriors swept the Trail Blazers, winning with a flourish: 128 - 103. They now can recoup and await the dust to clear in the Clippers - Jazz series.

  • NBA Playoffs 2017: Raptors almost collapse, hang on to beat Bucks, win series

    This wasn’t the most inspiring performance the Raptors churned out in this series, but the Raptors have finally won a series in less than the maximum number of games.

    Trust is a fleeting concept when it comes to these Raptors. After a month and a half of post-trade deadline build-up, there was a belief that this team, with Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker, and a growing bank of playoff experience to lean on, was different.

  • NBA Playoffs, Game 2: Lowry, DeRozan and Casey respond, Raptors beat Bucks 106-100

    The Raptors needed their two stars and head coach to come through in Game 2. They did.

    Doubt is a pervasive force more powerful than optimism. Two quarters of piss-poor basketball on Saturday washing away a month of excitement over the Raptors’ post-season promise was proof of that.

  • NBA Playoffs, Raptors vs. Bucks Game 4: Toronto changes it up and wins, 87-76

    Led by DeMar DeRozan’s 33 point explosion, the Raptors were able to even the series with the Bucks, 2-2.

    If you told someone who didn’t watch basketball that the Raptors owned a top ranked offense in the NBA, they’d think you were insane. For much of today’s Game 4 showdown with the Bucks, the biggest game of the season, the Raptors were all over the place.

  • NBA pulls 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, focuses on New Orleans

    Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA on Thursday decided to pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

  • NBA Reality Index: Yup, the Clippers are legit

    Be afraid of the Clippers, who are dominating early on. We think the bubble will soon burst on their crosstown rivals, though

    The Clippers became the first team to 10 wins this week, getting there in 11 tries on the back of a seven-game winning streak. This is unfamiliar territory for the Clips. Their best start in the Chris Paul era was 8-3 back in 2012-13. L.A. has been very good for five years, but that hasn’t usually translated in the Clippers storming the gates. They usually make up ground on the back end of the season.

  • NBA rookies adjusting to life in the league

    The past six weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for most NBA rookies. From having your name called on draft night, to relocating to a new city, playing in Summer League and preparing for your first season in the NBA, there’s plenty to do if you're a first-year player.