How Jayson Tatum has leveled up his game

Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) is a professor and an NBA analyst for ESPN. Less than 10 days ago, the Boston Celtics were playing the biggest game of their season, facing elimination on the road against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. It was a crucible moment for the best young team in the Eastern Conference, and Jayson Tatum played one of the best games of his life to extend the series and

Defense, IQ and massive third-quarter runs: We've seen these Warriors before

Senior writer for Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News Memorable isn’t really the right word. Painful, frustrating, demoralizing. That’s closer to how Draymond Green would describe the two seasons in between the Golden State Warriors’ last NBA Finals appearance in 2019 and this season’s run to within one game of a return to the championship series after Sunday’s 109-100 win against the Dallas Mavericks in the

Wiggins huge dunk, effort sparks Dubs to 3-0 lead

DALLAS — As Andrew Wiggins took off from just inside the free throw line, as his body met Luka Doncic’s in the air, as his head reached above the cylinder, the Golden State Warriors forward said he saw just one thing: “I just saw rim.” His poster on the Dallas Mavericks star was originally called as a charge, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr swiftly challenged it, and the decision was

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are dealing with growing pains

Joined in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM DALLAS — Superstar Luka Doncic, moments after his Dallas Mavericks were pushed to the brink of elimination in the Western Conference finals, viewed the situation through a long-term lens. Doncic scored a game-high 40 points in Sunday’s 109-100 Game 3 loss to the Golden State Warriors, including 21 while the Mavs

6 insane tales from WWEs wrestlers court - backstage fights and boozy gifts

Any wrestling fan will have heard about the catalogue of backstage incidents between the wrestlers. Sometimes what goes on behind the camera can be far more interesting than what happens in the ring. But what you might not know is that these fallouts are settled in a unique way – wrestlers' court. The idea was thought up by Dutch Mantel, aka Zeb Colter, as a way for wrestlers to settle

Rory McIlroy once took part in Ice Bucket Challenge with Meghan Markle

Offbeat news from the world of sport Rory McIlroy stayed ice cool under pressure at the US PGA on Thursday, in the same way he ensured Meghan Markle did not so long ago. Well, maybe not quite the same way, but the golf star did once pour a bucket of freezing water over the Duchess of Sussex as part of a social media craze. And the incident came at a

Paige Spiranac 'breaks the internet' in plunging dress ahead of PGA Championship

Paige Spirinac "broke the internet" after posting a revealing selfie ahead of the PGA Championship. The 29-year-old shared the snap to her 3.3million Instagram followers a day before the second major of the year got underway. She had them gushing as over 200,000 likes flooded in. One of her fans commented: "Stunning as always!" "And you’ve gone and broken the internet," replied another, while a third joked: "I think your

The ultimate NBA offseason guide for all 30 teams

The 2022 NBA offseason is just two months away, and all 30 teams will face a bevy of difficult decisions. Every roster is bound to look a little different next year, and the decisions made by each front office will dictate the outcome of next season and beyond. Some contending teams, like the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, will be able to have any easy time keeping the core

Lowe: The joy, despair and hilarity from inside the NBA lottery's most private room

Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print. Joel Glass, the Orlando Magic’s chief communications officer and representative in the closed-off room where the NBA’s actual lottery happens, entered the building Tuesday afternoon with three pingpong balls from past Orlando lottery triumphs: one apiece from their “wins” in 1992 (Shaquille O’Neal), 1993 (Chris Webber, traded for Anfernee Hardaway), and 2004 (Dwight Howard). Other Magic officials have

Judge denies Dawkins new trial in bribery case

Data analyst and reporter for ESPN’s Enterprise and Investigative Unit. Winner, 2014 Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award; finalist, 2012 IRE broadcast award; winner, 2011 Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism; Emmy nominated, 2009. A federal judge on Monday denied a request for a new trial from former aspiring sports business manager Christian Dawkins, who was among those convicted in the college basketball bribery case. Dawkins’ attorney Steven