The Denver Nuggets were in Dallas to face the Mavericks in what was the first game of the season that had no bearing on them making the playoffs. That meant heavy minutes for Jamal Murray, Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley and they did not disappoint. Beasley had what was by far his best performance of the season and the Nuggets delivered an even team effort overall to put away the Mavericks early and never look back. Despite enlisting the services of Tony Romo, the Mavs were no match and would lose this one 109-91.
The Toronto Raptors are back atop the East after a double-overtime win over the Washington Wizards. In the midst of a top-three shakeup, Kawhi Leonard & Co. have regained the No. 1 spot in our weekly Power Rankings.
Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz, Tim MacMahon and Andre' Snellings, The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight's Chris Herring) is ranking all 30 teams from top to bottom, taking stock of which teams are playing the best basketball now and which are looking most like title contenders.
A 29-12 third quarter gave the Kings a lead they’d never relinquish against the injury-riddled Mavericks.
In a game that seemed prime for a KANGZ moment, Sacramento saw the talent disparity between themselves and the Mavericks, developed a comfortable second half lead, and… never KANGZed it up.
Starting against the likes of Salah Mejri and Dorian Finney-Smith, DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento (8-13) took advantage of Dallas’ lack of size (and talent) in the post; Cousins finished with a team high 24 points to go with 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Kings scored 68 points in the paint (41 in the first half).
The Timberwolves have lots of ways they can address Butler’s angst with the franchise. They cannot take these two paths.
Jimmy Butler will reportedly meet with Timberwolves management on Monday. The fate of the franchise hangs in the balance. No pressure.
Per The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the meeting is intended to get all of Butler’s cards on the table with Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden. Butler is on track to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2019, having come to Minnesota via trade a year ago.
Another Golden Year in the books for our Golden Boy
The transformation of the Golden State Warriors really started with Steph Curry. He was the initial force that propelled the franchise into greatness. And the arch keeps getting higher every year. Three-time all-NBA team, a pair of consecutive NBA MVP awards, and two championship rings in the last three years – and he’s likely to crest even higher still. There’s just no knowing how long the flight can be sustained, but he just turned in another season that proved once again that he’s still getting better.
New Orleans next step necessitates shedding salary from the roster.
The New Orleans Pelicans are in a tight spot, as Oleh discussed days ago. How tight? If recent reports are accurate, Dell Demps has this team nearly on top of the NBA salary hard cap. What is it, and what does it mean?
Great effort is not rewarded as Memphis loses their legs and falls to 0-2 in the series.
The Memphis Grizzlies showed the grit that led their city to fall in love with them as they clawed their way back from a 26-point deficit in the second quarter. They got the Spurs advantage down to four points with 10 minutes left in the final frame, but San Antonio finished the game strong while the exhausted Grizzlies failed to complete the potentially miraculous comeback. Memphis lost 96-82 and they now trail the Spurs 0-2 in their best-of-seven game first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
The 2018 NBA Draft is in the books. There was drama, trades and Lonnie Walker IVtrying to wear a hat. And now, we have all summer to dissect the team's decisions. The night started off with a big trade, as the Hawks and Mavericks swapped top-five picks Luka Doncic and Trae Young -- two of the most exciting players in the draft. The other big news was the fall of Michael Porter Jr., who nearly dropped out of the lottery after being considered a potential top-three pick.
Now that Marcus Smart and the Celtics have agreed to a new deal, there are just a few big names left unsigned. Restricted free agent Clint Capela leads that list by a wide margin, but there's also solid players like Dwyane Wade, Greg Monroe and Rodney Hood still out there. And Carmelo Anthony will join the list as well once he's bought out by the Hawks.
The Lakers continue their offseason of acquiring misfit toys to pair next to LeBron James. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Los Angeles has reached an agreement with NBA veteran Michael Beasley. The Lakers have also signed Javale McGee, Rajon Rondo, and Lance Stephenson so far this offseason.
Breaking news: having LeBron James is an advantage.
At the buzzer on Wednesday,, a James’ three-pointer gave the Cavaliers a 98-95 win in Game 5 and a 3-2 series lead against the Pacers. James finished with 44 points, none bigger than his final three.
Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday each top the 40-point plateau to help the New Orleans franchise earn their first ever postseason sweep.
For just the second time in their 16-year history, the New Orleans Pelicans are headed to the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Season host National University had no other than three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry to lead the traditional athletes’ oath of sportsmanship during the glittering opening ceremonies on Saturday, September 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Fultz is the consensus top choice for most experts, but not for me. Here's why.
Just about the only consensus opinion entering the 2017 NBA draft is that Markelle Fultz should and will be the first pick. The Boston Celtics have already gotten familiar with Fultz on a personal level, and his main competitor for the No. 1 slot, Lonzo Ball, might not even be the Los Angeles Lakers' choice at No. 2. Fultz's well-rounded profile has won out over Ball's more polarizing strengths and weaknesses.
This one definitely felt different.
The Dallas Mavericks have won three games in a row, and 5 of their last 6. They will continue to face a fairly soft schedule for the remainder of the home stand. Tuesday, the Mavs rudely hosted the Lakers, resulting in a shellacking similar to the one doled out January 22nd(also in Texas).
A fun night in Dallas ends with a statement victory for the young core now in place.
The Dallas Mavericks hosted the Miami Heat Monday night, and after stumbling out of the gate, the home team rebounded to take control of things for most of the second and third quarters. When the Heat surged in front late, the youthful Mavs had the answer once more, storming ahead in the final two minutes to claim the “W”.
Dallas squeaks by Portland after nearly blowing a 25-point lead.
For two quarters of basketball, the Mavericks looked like a playoff team with beautiful ball movement and stifling defense. For another two quarters, Dallas looked like they were trying to catch water with their hands. Such is life for a 8-21 ball club, but the Mavericks got it done in crunch time against the Blazers.
Dallas blitzed the Blazers in the first half by building a 25-point lead. J.J. Barea got into the game and caused the havoc that we’re accustomed to seeing. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game with Achilles soreness, which seems to be a virus for this team.
The Mavericks take down the previously undefeated Grizzlies, and it was so much fun.
Fresh off a 30-point thrashing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, the (previously) winless Dallas Mavericks had their sights set on a home matchup with the (previously) undefeated Memphis Grizzlies. Obviously, the constant use of the word “previously” means that the Mavs won a game by the final score of 103-94 — and it was AWESOME.
With the vets sitting out again, the young Mavs got their first look at a Hawks team they’ll play on opening night.
Facing their 2nd back-to-back of this preseason, the Dallas Mavericks chose to let their vets take the night off against the Atlanta Hawks in preparation of the final dress rehearsal against the Hornets tomorrow night. It didn’t matter, as the Mavs cruised to a 108-94 win on the road, hitting 19(!) three-pointers. If it makes you sad that you didn’t get to see real thing tonight, don’t worry, because there’s less than a week remaining before the Mavs and Hawks play again on opening night.
Dallas surprises Oklahoma City on national television, behind the heroics of Seth Curry and everyone’s favorite German.
I’m not gonna lie, I thought this game would be a blowout. You know. National TV, facing Russell Westbrook, etc. etc. Well.....I wasn’t wrong?
Despite a rough start to the first quarter, the Mavericks slowly built a lead that got to a comfortable 20+ points, allowing them to coast through much of the second half. Seth Curry had 22 points on 10/16 (62.5 percent!) shooting, and Dirk was Dirking all over the place with 18 points on 8/17 shooting (47.1 percent!) and 12 rebounds.
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