Pelicans lose big lead in third quarter, then rally to Clippers in fourth to reach playoffs

1:07 AM ET Andre LopezESPN For the New Orleans Pelicans, all seemed lost in the third quarter on Friday night in Los Angeles. The team that started the season 1-12 and was 14-32 at its lowest point fought back to 36-46 and grabbed the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference play-off tournament. Things were … Read more

NBA Playoffs – Expert Picks for Each First-Round Series

What awaits us in the NBA playoffs? The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves advance as seven seeds, while the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans captured eight seeds on the final night of the NBA play-in tournament. Every first-round series is set: Miami Heat vs. Hawks, Boston Celtics vs. Nets, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls, … Read more

Emotional Patrick Beverley leads the celebration as Minnesota Timberwolves beat LA Clippers to advance to playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards and Patrick Beverley stood on the Target Center scorer’s table, shouting and celebrating in an ode to an iconic moment in Minnesota Timberwolves franchise history when Kevin Garnett stood on the table and celebrated the 2004 playoffs. Shortly after jumping off the table, Beverley sat down on the Timberwolves bench and … Read more

NBA Playoffs – Expert Picks for Play-In Tournament and First Round

What awaits us in the NBA playoffs? The Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers kick things off tonight with game No. 7 vs. No. 8 in the Eastern Conference playoff, followed by the 7-8 game in the Western Conference between the LA Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Here’s a refresher on how the play-in tournament works.) … Read more

LA Clippers’ Robert Covington has career night with key players missing, drops 43 in win

Despite the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers resting several starters and key players, Robert Covington still made Friday night’s game a record for the Clippers. Taking advantage of the Clippers sitting four starters, Covington buried a franchise-best 11 3-pointers and scored a career-high 43 points to help the Clippers blast the Bucks, 153-119 at Fiserv … Read more

LA Clippers star Paul George moves to 4-on-4 minimal contact practice with coaches

PLAYA VISTA, CA. –Paul George participated in a four-on-four practice against LA Clippers assistant coaches with minimal contact on Sunday and his shooting elbow “feels better.” With the play-in tournament three weeks away, George has taken an encouraging next step in rehabilitation and is progressing as he tries to make a comeback for the Clippers … Read more

Golden State Warriors’ defensive struggles continue in loss to LA Clippers

2:42 AM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN LOS ANGELES — Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s voice was far more hoarse than usual following Golden State’s 119-104 loss to the LA Clippers on Monday night. “I was doing a lot of yelling,” Kerr said. For a brief second, a half-grin spread across his face. But it quickly disappeared as … Read more

Milwaukee Bucks acquire Serge Ibaka from LA Clippers in four-team trade with Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, sources say

12:01 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired Serge Ibaka from the LA Clippers as part of a four-team trade that also sends former No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley from the Sacramento Kings to the Detroit Pistons, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday. As part of the deal, Donte DiVincenzo will … Read more

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo teams up with brothers for revamped skills challenge on NBA All-Star Saturday

8:50 PM ET Jamal CollierESPN The NBA announced the participants for the three events that will take place on All-Star Saturday Night in Cleveland – the 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and a revamped skills challenge that will feature three teams of three players. The new skills challenge format will allow Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis … Read more