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

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

Philadelphia 76ers’ Tyrese Maxey in spotlight with 38 wins in Game 1 against Raptors

12:44 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — In the days leading up to the start of the first-round series between the 76ers and Toronto Raptors, the focus was on James Harden’s effectiveness against Toronto’s long defense. In Game 1 on Saturday night, however, it was another 76ers guard who stole the show. Tyrese Maxey’s 38 … Read more

NBA 2022 Playoffs – The Most Important Takeaways From Day 1

The 2022 NBA playoffs are finally here! After an unprecedented regular season, featuring some of the tightest runs in recent memory, Saturday marks the start of what each of those 16 teams hopes will be a two-month march to the NBA championship. In the Western Conference, Donovan Mitchell and No. 5 seed Utah Jazz take … Read more

NBA 2022 Playoffs – Complete First Round Matchups, Schedules and News

The NBA playoffs are here, and it’s shaping up to be an open chase for the 2022 title. The Phoenix Suns walked away with the league’s best regular season record — eight games ahead of the second-best Memphis Grizzlies. Devin Booker, Chris Paul and the defending Western Conference champions are on a mission to redeem … 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

Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden doesn’t feel pressure ahead of playoffs, ‘ready to play’

5:45 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CAMDEN, NJ — With his first playoff series in Philadelphia set to begin Saturday against the Toronto Raptors, James Harden said he doesn’t feel any pressure to perform well for his new team. “The pressure, no. I feel good,” Harden said after Thursday’s practice at the team’s facility here with … Read more

Kevin Durant would pick Joel Embiid as NBA MVP this season, after his ‘numbers were unbelievable’

NEW YORK – Kevin Durant thinks Joel Embiid should be the 2021-22 NBA MVP. Durant, who won the award in the 2013-14 season, said while there were plenty of deserving contenders, he felt Embiid’s season was a cut above the rest. “If I had to choose, I would choose Joel Embiid,” the Brooklyn Nets star … Read more

NBA standings, play-in implications of the last weekend of the regular season

8:00 a.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN The final weekend of the NBA regular season has arrived, and all we know is that 48 hours of mayhem await us. Thanks to a jumbled ranking picture in both conferences, only a handful of seeds are decided. Here’s a quick rundown of it all, starting with the crowded top … Read more

Philadelphia 76ers classify Matisse Thybulle as ‘ineligible to play’ Thursday in Toronto

7:10 p.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN The Philadelphia 76ers have rated guard Matisse Thybulle as ‘ineligible to play’ in Thursday’s game in Toronto against the Raptors, a sign that Thybulle may also be unable to play in all three games on the road to a possible playoff series between both franchises. ESPN last week asked the … Read more