Basketball

NBA restart real or not: Our experts' new look at eight big questions

Who are the new favorites to make the NBA playoffs as the No. 8 seed in each conference? Can anybody get past the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers in the West? Who will be the best rookie in the bubble? After the first weekend of the 2020 NBA restart, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of the postseason race and all 22 teams in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Kyle Lowry, Raptors took off the bubble wrap to compete vs. Lakers

First game in the NBA bubble. Playoff berth clinched long ago. Neither fact mattered to Kyle Lowry and the Raptors on Saturday. Ease into the postseason like their coach wants? Nope. They knew who was on the other end of the floor. They knew they couldn’t go half-speed. And so the defending league champs exerted themselves against the top team in the West, the Lakers. Toronto left with a 107-92

Kyle Lowry scores 33 points to lead Toronto Raptors past Los Angeles Lakers

Kyle Lowry had 33 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 107-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday at The Arena. Saturday night's NBA scores Latest standings and seeding game results Which teams have secured their playoff places? Los Angeles Lakers 92-107 Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry had 33 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 107-92 victory over

New NBA predictions: How the Pels' problems shake up the playoff race

Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system What have the results so far meant to the NBA playoff races? What about the play-in tournament picture? We’re in the first weekend of the restart, and already there have been some important matchups to determine where teams will finish in the Eastern and Western Conference playoff standings. For new predictions, I’ve

Nurse: Champion Raptors haven't reach ceiling

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors have spent their entire season as the NBA’s defending champions saying that they feel confident, despite Kawhi Leonard leaving the franchise last summer, that they can win a second consecutive title this season. So, after winning their opening game inside the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, does Toronto think anyone is

Heat's Butler swaps jersey for one with name

Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009. Miami Heat All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler had to change jerseys before the start of Saturday’s seeding game against the Denver Nuggets because he originally came to the floor with a jersey that had no name

Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers earn overtime wins in restart openers

The Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers earned thrilling overtime wins in their respective restart openers on Friday night. Friday night's NBA scores Latest standings and seeding game results Which teams have secured their playoff places? Houston Rockets 153-149 Dallas Mavericks (OT) James Harden scored 49 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points and 11 rebounds as the Houston Rockets erased a 14-point deficit and rallied for a 153-149

Gobert keys Jazz: 'Life works in mysterious ways'

Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM One hundred and forty-one nights after his positive coronavirus test triggered the suspension of the NBA season, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert scored the first points of the league’s restart, converting a drop-step move over former teammate Derrick Favors on the opening possession of Thursday night’s game against the New Orleans

Opinion: NBA TV viewer experience needs tweaking but it beats no games at all

Let’s start with the premise that we prefer watching NBA games with fans in attendance and work from there. Given the circumstances of a global pandemic and the league trying to do everything it can to finish the season safely and limit COVID-19 cases on its Disney campus, we can still enjoy fanless games on TV – in all their awkwardness, too. Give the NBA and its TV partners credit

NBA player protests: Jazz, Pelicans kneel for anthem, wear custom social justice attire

As expected, the first NBA game in more than four months featured pregame demonstrations from players in support of a nationwide protest movement against the excessive use of police force against Black people. Every member of the Jazz and Pelicans on Thursday evening kneltĀ for the national anthem, following the main template for athlete protests in the U.S. that began in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick in 2016. Players on each