Today we're popping open another cold drink and quenching our thirst with an unofficial award in our Summer Dreaming series, Comeback Player of the Year, which the league has not handed out since the 1984-85 season.
LAS VEGAS -- Rarely have meaningless games felt so important. The takeaway from this year's Las Vegas NBA Summer League wasn't the winners and losers, it was the interest. It helped carry the league's momentum forward from a highly-watched NBA Finals and another news-heavy free agency period.
Devin Booker scored 37 points, and the Suns won going away to break their 13-game losing streak.
The Phoenix Suns snapped their 13-game losing streak, saving the team from setting another franchise record for losing.
The NBA Draft was approaching in June, and the Suns were facing a difficult choice among teenaged forwards. Would they invest their No. 4 pick in the length and skills of 7-1 Dragan Bender, or in the athletic potential of 6-10 Marquese Chriss? The Suns went for Bender.
It's official. Pack your bags.
It's official! Your Phoenix Suns are headed south of the border to play a pair of games in Mexico City next season. In a press conference Wednesday morning, Suns head coach Earl Watson was joined by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and team President Jason Rowley for the historic announcement.
Phoenix is set to rebuild with its No. 4 pick.
The Phoenix Suns have reassured their first-round pick, Josh Jackson, that he will not be included in any deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving, per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro. Jackson, a 6’8 wing from the University of Kansas, was taken No. 4 overall in last month’s NBA draft.
NEW YORK -- (UPDATED) Indiana's Jeff Teague scored 30 points, eight of them in over-time, to lead six double-figure scorers who powered the Pacers over Oklahoma City 115-111 in an NBA game Sunday.
Russell Westbrook, who had game highs of 31 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in a losing cause, sank a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to pull the Thunder level at 103-103 and send the game into over-time.
RIO DE JANEIRO — The United States Men's National Team got its first test of the 2016 Olympics on Wednesday, and it was a serious one. Australia, having already defeated France and Serbia, went toe-to-toe with the tournament favorites for three and a half quarters before the Americans escaped with a 98-88 victory.
Through its exhibition schedule and its first game at the Olympics, the United States Men's National Team has played mostly against bad teams. Five of the six games have been against the three lowest-ranked teams here in Rio.
Thaddeus Young’s runner in the closing seconds put Indiana in the win column against Washington. Paul George led the Pacers with 27.
Thaddeus Young was inbounded the ball with under five seconds in the fourth and the game tied. Young drove around Markieff Morris and put in an off-balance left-handed floater to seal the win for the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers found themselves in a tie game late due to a 7-0 Wizards run over the course of a minute with flops and moving screens setting up a 105-105 tie that would eventually swing in Indiana’s favor after a Bradley Beal missed three with 0.9 seconds remaining put Indiana into the win column.
Nothing that happened with the Warriors and the Cavaliers made sense, but we loved it all the same.
Game 4 might have been the dumbest thing that has ever happened on an NBA Finals hardwood. It was also the most sensational 48 minutes of shotmaking from one team that we’ve ever seen in the Finals. If the first assertion isn’t true, the second one most certainly is.
With the Warriors stars stealing votes from each other, the NBA MVP race is wide open this year. Let’s break it down.
With the full NBA schedule released, we have scanned the slate for 25 extra-special games you won't want to miss:
The Bulls have established an odd, but longstanding streak: they’ve won every regular-season home game played on a Thursday TNT special since 2013. And they’ve taken down all formidable opponents while establishing this super-specific dominance in a talented league.
Chicago squeaked out a 104-103 victory against the Celtics on Thursday thanks to two free throws from Jimmy Butler in the final minute. That gave Chicago 17 straight wins on TNT Thursday night games.
For two games, I actually enjoyed watching the Chicago Bulls. Those two games happened last week, when they beat the top-seeded Boston Celtics twice at home to open up the first round.
Four games later, the Bulls season is over and done. It’s been a long time coming.
They say defense wins championships, but if that’s the case, the Cleveland Cavaliers are dead in the water.
The Cavaliers got pummeled by the Washington Wizards on Saturday, 127-115. They allowed John Wall to scorch them for 37 points and 11 assists while Bradley Beal ran rampant for 27 points and 6 assists. The Wizards scored 71 points in the first half and watched seven players score in double digits. They shot 60 percent as a team.
Free agency proves that traditional centers don’t just matter as much anymore. Why is this the case?
More than two weeks into the 2017 NBA free agency period, nine centers have signed new contracts for a combined $145 million. Nine centers have combined to lock up a bit more guaranteed money than Jrue Holiday. Nine centers have combined to lock up $50 million less than Stephen Curry. Nine centers have combined to lock up $30 million less than Blake Griffin.
After the Los Angeles Clippers’ 127-95 Monday rout of the Brooklyn Nets, it’s clear the team has the “singular focus” Chris Paul referenced after the game.
''No excuses, we said we're going to come out the same way every night,” he said. “It's all about playing the right way. We got to keep building.''
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