Basketball

The Grizzlies won by 73(!), so what does that mean for Memphis?

Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system What can we take statistically from the Memphis Grizzlies’ historic win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday? The Grizzlies started hot, taking a 15-point lead after one quarter, and never let up. They outscored Oklahoma City by at least 15 in all four periods, maxing out at a 22-point margin in

C's Freedom willing to 'educate' LeBron on China

BOSTON — Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom said he would welcome the opportunity to speak to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James — who he has criticized, along with Nike, for hypocrisy due to not speaking out about human rights violations in China — and “educate” him on the subject. “Sure, I’d love to sit down and talk to him,” Freedom said Tuesday after the Celtics’ practice. “I’m sure

2022 NBA draft top 100 and stock watch: Who's on the move after Feast Week?

Friday night’s epic battle between the expected top two picks in the 2022 NBA draft — Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga and Paolo Banchero of Duke — lived up to its billing not only for college basketball fans but for the dozens of NBA evaluators on hand for the matchup in Las Vegas. Holmgren and Banchero both issued strong performances in Duke’s thrilling 84-81 win, with Banchero coming strong out of

Is Julius Randle a No. 1 option? Making sense of the Knicks All-Star's slow start

The leap. The single hardest thing to take in sports. For a team, it’s the leap from a pretender to a contender. For a player, it’s the leap from having potential to being an All-Star. Last season, Julius Randle made the leap. NBA League Pass: Sign up to unlock live out-of-market games (7-day free trial) Randle averaged career-highs in points, rebounds, assists and 3-point percentage. He was named an All-Star for the first

What channel is Wariors vs. Suns on tonight? Time, TV schedule for 2021 NBA Tuesday game

The matchup we’ve all been waiting for. The first-place Golden State Warriors travel to take on the scorching hot Phoenix Suns, who carry a 16-game win streak into their meeting with the best team in the NBA. Stephen Curry has been otherworldly so far this season, averaging a league-leading 28.6 points per game while knocking down a career-best 5.5 3s at a 42.3 percent clip. Most recently, Curry had a

Trail Blazers struggling to find rhythm as dismal road performances continue

After a 22-point blowout in Salt Lake City, the Portland Trail Blazers suffer their third straight loss and slump to 10-11 for the season.  A major part of their struggles this season have come in road arenas, away from the Moda Center. The 129-107 loss to the Jazz slumps their road record to a dismal 1-10, the second-worst in the league with only the young and rebuilding Houston Rockets having

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes retirement admission as UK Championship warning sent to Judd Trump

The Chase: Josh struggles with snooker question We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info After beating Mark King on Monday, Ronnie O’Sullivan has fired a warning to 2021 UK Snooker Championship favourite Judd Trump and his fourth-round

Nuggets' Porter Jr. to undergo back surgery

Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. will undergo a surgical procedure on his lower back Wednesday and miss an indefinite period, his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, told ESPN on Monday. Porter is expected to make a full recovery, and a timetable for his return will come after surgery, Bartelstein said. Porter, who signed a five-year, $172 million max contract

Paul George: The MVP candidate nobody is talking about

We’re only 20 games into the 2021-22 NBA season, but the frontrunners for the Most Valuable Player of the Year have staked an early claim for the award.  Stephen Curry’s lights-out shooting has propelled the Golden State Warriors to the top of the league with an 18-2 record, while DeMar DeRozan is having a career year in Chicago as the Bulls solidify themselves as one of the best teams in