Why Kevin Durant has sights set on Phoenix; latest on Damian Lillard, Kings and Warriors

A few thoughts here as Day 2 of NBA free agency unfolds… Kevin Durant sweepstakes, Day II All eyes are on Phoenix when it comes to Durant, the Nets star who is believed to be targeting the Suns as his preferred next destination. Yet while I wrote at length on Thursday about how a deal … Read more

2022 NBA Draft: Analysis, fits for every pick from John Hollinger and Sam Vecenie

The 2022 NBA Draft is now complete. Check out NBA Draft analyst Sam Vecenie and front-office insider John Hollinger judging each pick as it happened. This features instant analysis, projections and live reactions to all 58 picks – plus any key trades that occurred. We began with a late curveball at the top of the … Read more

Boston Celtics outlast Miami Heat in Game 7 to cap grueling East finals – ‘Feels like it was always meant to be this way –

11:22 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — Nothing about this Boston Celtics season has been easy. So, it stands to reason, making it to the NBA Finals wouldn’t be, either. But, at the end of a grueling seven-game series in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat, that is exactly where the Celtics have … Read more

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

The biggest questions that could decide Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 5

This topsy-turvy, injury-riddled series between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat has been so strange, the magnitude of tonight’s Game 5 in Miami almost sneaks up on you. Marcus Smart, Kyle Lowry, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Jayson Tatum, and Robert Williams III have missed some or all of at least one game. That … Read more

2022 NBA Draft Combine: From Pablo Escobar to team interviews, and trade talk in between

CHICAGO — Do you want to have a staring contest? The question from a Western Conference team official came unexpectedly during an interview last week during the NBA Draft Combine. It caught Kansas guard Christian Braun by surprise. Braun had come prepared for the string of meetings he would take part in over the course … Read more

Miami Heat survive Jimmy Butler’s exit to earn gutsy win vs. Boston Celtics in Game 3

BOSTON — The Miami Heat took their Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics personally. That was the message coming out of a proud Heat locker room after a gutsy 109-103 win on Saturday night that gave them a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. After getting embarrassed throughout a lackluster Game 2 … Read more

Miami Heat’s Kyle Lowry will warm up, intends to play in Game 3, says coach Erik Spoelstra

BOSTON — Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry will warm up “with the intention to play” in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, according to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Lowry has not played since reinjuring his left hamstring in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series against … 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

Al Horford (health and safety), Marcus Smart (foot) won’t be available for Boston Celtics’ series opener against Miami Heat

6:03 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — Boston Celtics starters Marcus Smart (midfoot sprain) and Al Horford (health and safety protocols) will miss Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat in Miami, the team announced about two-and-a-half hours before tipoff Tuesday night. Smart suffered the sprain in Game 7 against the Bucks … Read more