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article May 23, 2017

King's Crown Still Heavy in Cleveland

The Cavs finally lost a game, blowing a 21-point lead on Sunday at home to the Celtics. Most of the talk afterward, though, wasn't about whether Boston still has a chance -- it was about LeBron's poor performance. Incredibly, he still has doubters. More»
GettyImages-683096278 article May 22, 2017

How To Fix The NBA Playoffs

This year's NBA playoffs have been lacking in suspense, as the two best teams in the league -- the Cavs and Warriors -- seem to be on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season. How can the playoffs be improved? More»
KevinLove-CelticsGm1 article May 18, 2017

Cavs Feel the Love Against Boston

The Cleveland Cavaliers opened the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston with another resounding victory. And while LeBron delivered another masterpiece, the real story was Kevin Love, who will be crucial in the Cavs' title pursuit. More»
lebron and IT4 article May 17, 2017

5 Burning Questions: C's vs. Cavs

The top-seeded Boston Celtics are facing off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, starting Wednesday. Can Danny Ainge's squad shock the nation and pull off an upset? More»
Celtics-Lottery article May 17, 2017

7 NBA Draft Lottery Takeaways

The NBA Draft lottery is always filled with excitement, great outfits, even better reactions and the potential for franchises to have their trajectory altered for better or worse. From the Celtics at No. 1 to Kings' "ransom," here's what we learned. More»
Curry-Durant1 article May 15, 2017

Dubs' Dynamic Duo Looks Golden

After trailing by as many as 25 points to the Spurs in Game 1, the Warriors went on an 18-0 run led by their two stars, eventually winning, 113-111. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant found their groove, and that's bad news for San Antonio. More»
CelticsWizards-Prev7 article May 15, 2017

Celtics & Wizards Are in 7th Heaven

While the Celtics franchise has 17 championships compared to just one for the Wizards -- which they won in 1978 as the Bullets -- Boston and Washington has emerged as the best rivalry in the East. It culminates Monday night's Game 7. More»
USATSI_8074134 article May 14, 2017

Q&A: Jeremy Schaap on Sports Media

ESPN's "E:60" has moved to a permanent weekly Sunday timeslot at 9 a.m. ET. We chatted with co-host Jeremy Schaap about sports journalism, how it intertwines with the rest of the world, his own personal inspirations and more. More»
SpursWarriorsPreview article May 13, 2017

Spurs-Warriors: 5 Burning Questions

The Warriors head into Sunday's Western Conference Finals opener against the Spurs having won all eight of their playoff games. Can San Antonio stop them ... or at least slow them down? We answer the biggest questions of the series. More»
Spurs-Rockets-1 article May 12, 2017

Pop Stars: Spurs Soar to WCF

Without Kawhi Leonard for Game 6, some may have believed Spurs-Rockets would go seven. But San Antonio had other ideas, putting together its most complete game of the series and dismantling Houston on the road, 114-75. More»
thomaskobe article May 10, 2017

Isaiah Thomas' Unlikely Mentor? Kobe

If the Boston Celtics end up beating the Wizards and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, fans might have to thank one of their most hated rivals: Kobe Bryant. The former Laker star has been a mentor to Isaiah Thomas. More»
USATSI_10048253 article May 9, 2017

Blue Jays Shifting Toward New Era

Edwin Encarnacion returned to the Rogers Centre on Monday for the first time since leaving the Blue Jays for the Indians. Blue Jays fans gave him a warm welcome, but it also served as a reminder of the work the franchise has to do to rebuild moving forward. More»
GettyImages-674440766 article May 8, 2017

Raptors Face Offseason Dilemmas

After getting swept by LeBron James and the Cavs in the second round of the playoffs, it's clear that the Toronto Raptors have reached their ceiling with what they have. Changes are coming, and Raptors GM Masai Ujiri must decide what direction to take the team in. More»
PorzingisTweet article May 8, 2017

Twit Fit? Kristaps' Clippers Mystery

This weekend, Kristaps Porzingis' Twitter account posted a since-deleted update with the words "LA Clippers" and some smile emojis. He says he was hacked, but even if that's the case, the drama won't let up for the Knicks this summer. More»
CavsRapsGm3 article May 6, 2017

Cavs Making It Look Easy

While the Raptors played a little better at home in Game 3 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cavaliers, they were no match for LeBron and Co. Cleveland hit shots at will, winning 115-94 to go up 3-0 in the series. More»
GettyImages-672812802 article May 5, 2017

Long Journey Leads P.J. To Playoffs

It has been a long basketball journey for P.J. Tucker, who had several stints playing overseas before making his first NBA playoffs appearance this year. After all this time, the 2006 second-round draft pick is now making an impact for the Toronto Raptors. More»
Parker1 article May 5, 2017

Parker Injury Doesn't Doom Spurs

Tony Parker's injury will impact the Spurs, but not to the extent where it will be the deciding factor in this series, which illustrates how San Antonio has evolved into its next iteration built around the talent of Kawhi Leonard. More»
USATSI_9968850 article May 3, 2017

Rockets On Fire: Can They Stay Hot?

Mike D'Antoni's Phoenix Suns teams from a decade ago ushered in modern basketball. But those Suns teams were never successful in the postseason. Now, thanks to Daryl Morey's roster construction, he and the Rockets can make a run. More»
IsaiahThomasGm2 article May 3, 2017

Book of Isaiah: 53 Points, All 'for Her'

Isaiah Thomas' transformation into a playoff superstar was completed in Boston's 129-119 overtime home win against Washington on Tuesday that put them up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Fifty-three points. That's the tooth. More»
CavsRap1 article May 2, 2017

Cavs Have No Fear, LeBron Grabs Beer

If Game 1 was any indication of what's to come in the Cavaliers-Raptors series, it's clear that the Cavs have little respect for this Toronto team: Cleveland barely broke a sweat with a 116-105 win. And LeBron almost drank a beer. More»

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