Damian Lillard drops a mic on Jazz with a 60-point game of historic proficiency

PORTLAND: Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard scored 60 points for the fourth time in his career during Wednesday’s 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz, making history with his efficiency. Lillard needed just 29 shot attempts and 10 free throw attempts to score 60, which put him in the elite company. Only two other players … Read more

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Denver Nuggets 107-99 at the Fiserv Forum

Basketball fans on the Fiserv Forum didn’t get the MVP-twice vs. Twice-MVP battle they were hoping for on Wednesday night. That’s because Nuggets star Nikola Jokic got a scratch after playing in a win over the Pelicans in New Orleans on Tuesday. He missed both Denver games prior to that with a tight hamstring, and … Read more

Michal Bridges’ successful run with fire is what he and the Suns need

PHOENIX – We covered the rise of Michal Bridges as an offensive player in late November. He’s gone from a catch-and-shoot offense to getting his papers approved by Devin Booker to join the “intermediate committee” on the Phoenix Suns. It highlights the case for the league’s current Iron Man (who doubles as a truly elite … Read more

2023 NBA trade deadline buyer’s guide: What each contender needs, how they’ll get it, and what they’ll give up

Getty Images You’ve likely heard it repeated that this NBA season has no obvious frontrunner, but the parity runs quite a bit deeper. We could, in fact, argue that this season contains more parity than any other in NBA history. Here are some relevant numbers: The Boston Celtics lead the NBA with a net rating … Read more

Why the Warriors are in danger of losing Bob Myers

— Story reported by Anthony Slater, Marcus Thompson II and Sam Amick.  The six huddled, in open view, in the equipment area of the Warriors’ locker room: Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Kirk Lacob, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Kent Lacob and Shaun Livingston. The Warriors had just suffered maybe their worst loss of the season, beaten by … Read more

Rudy Gobert was supposed to take the T-Wolves to the next level. Why not work?

Rudy Gobert’s impact on the field with the Timberwolves has been surprisingly limited so far. Sean Gardner / Getty Images After their second playoff appearance in nearly 20 years, the Minnesota Timberwolves are now in win-win mode with a hit during the season — sending five players And Four first-round picks for the Utah Jazz … Read more

Rob Pelinka – Rui Hachimura’s move ‘doesn’t mean our job is done’

LOS ANGELES — Having already made a big move two and a half weeks before the NBA trade deadline by acquiring Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka is still stressing Urgent need to upgrade the list. “[We] “I felt like … Read more

Hip injury, ups and downs haunted Mitchell, who lost to the Knicks

11:20 p.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN NEW YORK — Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell wasn’t sure where he was moving forward after pulling his quadriceps in the final game of Cleveland’s 105-103 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. “It just felt the same as before,” said Mitchell, who missed the … Read more

Kevin Durant update: Rehab is progressing well, star to be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks

There’s good news and bad news in Tuesday’s eagerly awaited update on Kevin Durant’s progress in his recovery and rehabilitation from the MCL sprain he suffered two weeks ago. The good news is that longtime Nets medical director Dr. Riley Williams III is “very pleased” with Durant’s progress. The bad news is that, as predicted … Read more