Jimmy Butler lifts Miami Heat with a picture-perfect performance

Jimmy Butler lifts Miami Heat with a picture-perfect performance

BOSTON – The Miami Heat might have to clear some room in Championship Alley. That’s the name for the path from their home court to the locker room that is filled with wall-sized memories of greatness from Miami’s past. Gary Payton’s jumper that started their 2006 Finals comeback. Blood dripping down Udonis Haslem’s face in … Read more

Warriors-Mavericks postgame notes: Nintendo Klay, trophy-hunting Steph, Luka’s long view

SAN FRANCISCO – The scene was familiar and foreign all at once. We’ve seen the Golden State Warriors celebrating an NBA Finals appearance plenty of times in this era – five times in seven years at Oracle Arena before this one on Thursday night, to be exact. When you see the Ayesha Curry / Mary … Read more

Nikola Jokic set to sign supermax contract extension when offered; what’s next for Nuggets?

When Tim Connelly took his front-office talents from Denver to Minnesota this week on a five-year, $ 40 million deal that will eventually give him equity in the Timberwolves organization, a natural question arose in the Mile High City: Given the relationship between Nicola Jokic and Connelly, who drafted him 41st overall back out of … Read more

Warriors-Mavericks postgame notes: Nintendo Klay, trophy-hunting Steph, Luka’s long view

SAN FRANCISCO – The scene was familiar and foreign all at once. We’ve seen the Golden State Warriors celebrating an NBA Finals appearance plenty of times in this era – five times in seven years at Oracle Arena before this one on Thursday night, to be exact. When you see the Ayesha Curry / Mary … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – The Dallas Mavericks are building a familiar formula around Luka Doncic

NOBODY IN THE Dallas Mavericks’ front office exchanged high-fives after details were finalized on the deal made minutes before the Feb. 10 trade deadline. The consensus in the room was that moving on from big man Kristaps Porzingis was in the best interest of the franchise, but it wasn’t a cause for celebration. Porzingis, after … Read more

Charles Barkley’s feud with Warriors fans escalates after Game 5

The feud between Warriors fans and Charles Barkley appeared to reach a new level Thursday night. Once Golden State knocked off the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the postgame coverage commenced on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” – with Warriors fans seemingly tossing yellow T-shirts in Barkley’s direction. Barkley, who originally … Read more

As the playoff run ends, Luka Doncic says improving his defense can take the Dallas Mavericks ‘to the next level’

SAN FRANCISCO – Luka Doncic’s initial reaction to the end of the longest playoff run of his young NBA career was to express disappointment in himself. “I don’t like losing, especially like this,” Doncic said after the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated Thursday night with a 120-110 Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors. “I … Read more

As the playoff run ends, Luka Doncic says improving his defense can take the Dallas Mavericks ‘to the next level’

SAN FRANCISCO – Luka Doncic’s initial reaction to the end of the longest playoff run of his young NBA career was to express disappointment in himself. “I don’t like losing, especially like this,” Doncic said after the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated Thursday night with a 120-110 Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors. “I … Read more

A 75-year old Knicks’ streak could have been broken tonight

Frank Ntilikina was a Knick between 2018 and 2021.Image: Getty Images 2021 saw the end of one of the most famous Finals streaks of all-time. Thirty-seven consecutive NBA Finals between 1984 and 2020 saw at least one teammate of Shaquille O’Neal’s on one of the competing rosters. No one on last year’s Suns or Bucks … Read more