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After three knee surgeries and almost 200 missed games, Derrick Rose has been forgotten by many as the one-time top threat to LeBron James’ throne over the Eastern Conference — which he and his team have represented in the NBA Finals...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Chris Paul has long been one of the NBA’s best players. But Saturday night, he ascended into the echelon of timeless legends. His inspired, hobbled performance in the Los Angeles Clippers’ Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, 111-...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
54 points. That was the historically large deficit that sent the Milwaukee Bucks out of the NBA Playoffs, courtesy of the advancing Chicago Bulls. 120-66 is not a pretty figure, but the Bucks still have a lot to look forward to. Multiple young...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
After firing head coach Scott Brooks shortly after the end of their season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have found and hired a replacement: University of Florida’s Billy Donovan. The 49-year-old has about as impressive of a resume as any...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The NBA playoffs are a time of rising prospects and glory, for many teams and players. For others, they’re a painful review of where a franchise stands on the fence between competition and rebuilding. The Portland Trail Blazers don...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
After getting bounced from the first round of the NBA Playoffs by the in-state rival Houston Rockets, four games to one, the Dallas Mavericks face very uncertain territory. Franchise cornerstone piece Dirk Nowitzki showed against Houston that...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
6. Patty Mills, San Antonio SpursMills already made his name in last year’s Spurs’ title run, but his legend is growing anew this spring. After having a so-so regular season, in which he missed 31 games due to injury, Mills is...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The regular season and the playoffs are simply not the same, and in the NBA the difference between the two may be more pronounced than in any major sports league. The Washington Wizards are showing us this quite clearly today. The Wizards have...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The first round of the NBA playoffs, days ago, looked to be a chalk fest. Save for the intriguing showdown between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers — a pairing talented enough for a conference finals meeting — we looked to...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The Cleveland Cavaliers are moving on, after completing a first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics. But their victory comes at a grave cost: After a questionable play by Boston big man Kelly Olynyk, Cavs starting forward Kevin Love separated his...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The NBA saw its field of fighters lose three more squads this weekend, with the playoffs party whittling down to 13 as the New Orleans Pelicans, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors said their goodbyes to the season after being swept. Here...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Kawhi Leonard
The third-youngest Defensive Player of the Year in the history of the NBA has been named, and he is Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard, of course, won NBA Finals MVP honors less than a year ago, last June. He’s also a...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Rajon Rondo ruled out indefinitely, probably done with Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas’ Mavericks midseason trade for Rajon Rondo was a gamble, and their roll of the dice seems to have emptied their pockets this April. The Mavericks ruled Rondo out indefinitely after their 111-99 loss to the Houston Rockets...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The NBA’s postseason may be front and center right now, but for many teams, a momentous offseason has also already begun. Wednesday afternoon offered a telling reminder of that, when Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
Athlon Sports looks at the NBA’s most impressive stars to miss this year’s playoffs—usually for reasons beyond their control.  5. Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix SunsThe Suns’ dynamic point guard was the last man...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Hawks’ Coach Mike Budenholzer
All things NBA come to a head in the spring, with playoff basketball coming as award season begins as well. This week, the league handed out the first two of its major trophies. Lou Williams of the Toronto Raptors was designated Sixth Man of...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
A new rivalry might be brewing in the NBA’s midwest. The Chicago Bulls went up 2-0 in their first round playoff series Monday night, defeating the young, underdog Milwaukee Bucks 91-82. Jimmy Butler led the way for Chicago, scoring 31...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
6. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio StateRussell surprised many with his freshman year performance at Ohio State and has emerged only in recent months as a potential lottery selection. Just as Elfrid Payton rose in last year’s draft on the...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Steph Curry
NBA Western Conference Playoffs: Preview and Predictions First Round(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) New Orleans PelicansThe Pelicans can’t beat the Warriors in a seven-game series. The truer debate lies in deciding whether they can win...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs: Preview and Predictions First Round(1) Atlanta Hawks vs. (8) Brooklyn NetsAt 60-22, the Hawks earned the East’s best record. Their reward? A first-round opponent who’s the least inspired of the...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The NBA Playoffs begin Friday, meaning the NBA coaching carousel is about to get started. In most years, this is of secondary concern to the college ranks. The checkered track record of college coaches in the NBA, not to mention the wildly...
David Fox
3 months ago
On the heels of one of the most momentous closing nights of an NBA regular season within memory, a rather large rumor bomb dropped on the internet’s doorstep. The Oklahoma City Thunder missed the postseason for the first time in six...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The 37-year-old veteran known as The Truth did perhaps more than he ever has to earn his nickname, in a recent interview. Paul Pierce got very candid with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, spilling secret feelings about his time with the Brooklyn...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
The Western Conference could’ve been the most impressive pack of title contenders this side of James Naismith, had it not had been for the cruel interjection of fate. Between the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago
Russell Westbrook’s wildly entertaining marathon of MVP-level madness might have both peaked and ended last night. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s star point guard went berserk, scoring 54 points on 21-for-43 shooting, to go with nine...
Athlon Sports
3 months ago

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