Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo calls Defensive Player of the Year ‘disrespectful’

MIAMI — Hours after the Miami Heat opened their postseason series with a commanding 115-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, the NBA announced the finalists for the 2021-22 regular season awards. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been named one of the top three candidates for Coach of the Year. Tyler Herro was one … Read more

Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes out for Game 2 vs Philadelphia 76ers but says ankle feels better

12:15 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Monday ahead of Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers that rookie forward Scottie Barnes would not play and guard Gary Trent Jr. or guard Gary Trent Jr. was unlikely to play. Nor do Thaddeus Young. “Scottie is out,” Nurse said. “Gary’s not … Read more

‘He’s built for those moments’ – Chris Paul takes over in 4th quarter to lead Phoenix Suns to Game 1 win over New Orleans Pelicans

PHOENIX — Chris Paul first heard his former teammate and coach Willie Green ask his New Orleans Pelicans players to challenge him to shoot. Then, after Paul gutted the strategy, he let his old friend know. Paul, who turns 37 in three weeks, became the oldest player to record 30 points and 10 assists in … Read more

Milwaukee Bucks ‘ugly win’, survive Chicago Bulls rally in Game 1

12:20 AM ET jamal necklaceESPN MILWAUKEE — On their way to winning their first NBA championship, the Milwaukee Bucks transformed into a defensive juggernaut during the playoffs, finishing No. 1 among playoff teams in defensive efficiency after placing near the bottom of the top 10 during the regular season. The Bucks fell to No. 14 … Read more

Kyrie Irving says he keeps ‘same energy’ as fans with Boston Celtics crowd middle finger

BOSTON — Brooklyn Nets goalie Kyrie Irving said he was responding to words he heard from the crowd when he knocked down several Boston Celtics fans twice in Sunday’s 115-114 loss in the first game. After the match, Irving made it clear that he would have “the same energy for them” that they had for … Read more

Jayson Tatum’s layup at the buzzer gives the Boston Celtics victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series

BOSTON — Jayson Tatum made a buzzer layup on a pass from Marcus Smart to give the Boston Celtics a dramatic 115-114 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday. Tatum scored 16 of his 31 points in the second half, the last two after a poised possession … Read more

The most important takeaways from Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs! Saturday saw a string of impressive playoff debuts including Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards and Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole. Sunday, meanwhile, began with an eruption along Biscayne Bay. The No. 1-seeded Miami Heat snuffed out Trae Young and the … Read more

Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. holds hope for comeback in series against Golden State Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO — Injured Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. remains hopeful he can play in his team’s first-round series against the Golden State Warriors. “Right now I’m taking it game by game. I’m not ruling anything out,” Porter told ESPN’s Andscape after the Nuggets’ 123-101 loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of their … Read more

2022 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. Each first-round series is defined: Miami Heat vs. Hawks, Boston Celtics vs. Nets, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Chicago Bulls, … Read more