Inside the NBA Draft Lottery: How the Magic added to Shaq, Penny and Dwight

CHICAGO – Joel Glass had the keepsakes in his backpack. One clear smoothie to-go cup filled with three ping-pong balls, one each from the three previous times the Orlando Magic won the NBA Draft Lottery. The Shaquille O’Neal draft. The Penny Hardaway draft (thanks to draft-and-trade including Chris Webber). The Dwight Howard draft. He had … Read more

Jimmy Butler scores 41 points to lead Heat to Game 1 win over Celtics

MIAMI – Twenty-nine thoughts for 29 points by Jayson Tatum in a Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals that belonged solely to Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat. 1. Sprained feet. Strained hamstrings. Heavy legs and rusty jumpers and emotional letdowns from a glorious weekend. And then, COVID – again. 2. For any number … Read more

Boston Celtics ‘out-toughed’ as Miami Heat use huge third quarter to take Game 1 behind Jimmy Butler

1:37 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI – The Boston Celtics exited their locker room at halftime Tuesday night in control of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. But then the third quarter happened. And, after the Miami Heat demolished the Celtics, outscoring them 39-14 and using their physicality to send Boston into a death … Read more

Suns, Bucks and ‘space ball’: The biggest story of the NBA playoffs and what it means for last year’s Finals teams

OK, so… now what? The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns met in the NBA Finals last season, and each squad had high hopes of being back there this June. Instead, they both lost seventh games on Sunday and head into the offseason with some lingering structural questions. In some respects, this is normal. The reality … Read more

NBA Game 7 expert picks, odds for Bucks at Celtics, Mavericks at Suns

Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic have been stellar in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. All three enter Game 7s on Sunday. Oh, and the team with the best record in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns, is also fighting for its playoff life. There’s a lot to like about Sunday’s NBA doubleheader. … Read more