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

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

Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet out for Game 5 with strained hip flexor; unsure of return in series vs. Philadelphia 76ers

11:53 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — The Toronto Raptors will be without All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers — and likely longer — with a left hip flexor strain. “You can stop holding your breath,” VanVleet said with a wry smile after plopping himself … Read more

Joel Embiid says he will ‘keep playing’ through thumb sprain after Toronto Raptors force Game 5

7:42 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN TORONTO — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid believes he will be able to play through his right thumb sprain until the playoffs are done, saying that if there is a ligament tear he expects to hold off any sort of surgical procedure until the offseason. “I want to play, so … Read more

Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes edges Cleveland Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley for NBA Rookie of the Year

1:45 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN TORONTO — Raptors forward Scottie Barnes edged Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley to win the 2021-22 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, with the 15-point difference between them marking the smallest gap over the 20 seasons the NBA has conducted the voting under its current format. Barnes, who returned to … Read more

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid says he told Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse to stop complaining about officiating

1:11 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — 76ers star Joel Embiid heard Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse complain about the way Embiid was officiated in the opener of the teams’ first-round playoff series on Saturday night. So, after Embiid finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and went 12-for-14 from the free throw line — taking … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – Complete first-round matchups, schedules and news

The NBA postseason is here, and it’s shaping up to be a wide-open chase to the 2022 title. The Phoenix Suns ran away with the league’s best regular-season record — eight games clear of the second-best Memphis Grizzlies. Devin Booker, Chris Paul and the reigning Western Conference champs are on a mission to redeem themselves … Read more

NBA playoffs – Experts’ picks for every first-round series

What lies ahead in the NBA postseason? The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves are advancing 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. … Read more

Guard Matisse Thybulle, not fully vaccinated, ineligible to play for Philadelphia 76ers when first-round series shifts to Toronto

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers will take on the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA playoffs, and defensive specialist Matisse Thybulle will be able to play in only the Sixers’ home games. Unvaccinated foreign nationals are currently prohibited from entering Canada, and Thybulle is not fully vaccinated. Limited exemptions to the rule … Read more

Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley erupt in Knicks’ win over Raptors

The Knicks finished their dismal season with a win, a sellout crowd, another career-high explosion by Obi Toppin and another triple-double from Immanuel Quickley. After scoring 35 points Friday in Washington, the 2020 lottery pick rank up 42 points as the Knicks took out the playoff-bound Raptors, 105-94, before 19,812 at the Garden. Meanwhile, the … Read more