Dallas Mavericks on verge of elimination

Luka DončićPhoto: Getty Images When I wrote the Dallas Mavericks were a mess Earlier this season, it was right after they traded one terrible contract in Kristaps Porziņģis for two terrible contracts in Spencer Dwindiddle and Davis Bertans. My argument was not that the Mavs had made the wrong move in ditching the Latvian bum. … Read more

Boston Celtics’ ‘sense of urgency’ from start to finish propels Game 4 blowout of Miami Heat to even East finals

1:37 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON – When things have gone poorly for the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, it has been when they’ve lost focus and allowed Miami to speed them up and turn them over, leading to fast-break points – the one consistent way the Heat have scored in this series. … Read more

Behind the scenes of Tim Connelly’s mega deal to the Timberwolves

Long overlooked, often doubted, the Minnesota Timberwolves made a statement Monday. The Timberwolves signed Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly to a major deal that will make him one of the most well-compensated executives in the league, immediately becoming a defining maneuver of the new-look ownership group.. The deal is a five-year, $ 40 million contract … Read more

Checking in on some early Sixers offseason rumors

Never short on drama even when they’re eliminated from the playoffs, the Sixers have managed to pop up in quite a few rumors over the last week-and-a-half, with plenty of chatter spilling out of the NBA’s annual draft combine in Chicago. The question, as always, is who and what you can trust from a week … Read more

Thompson: Andrew Wiggins punctuates his status as a certified Warriors core member

DALLAS – All that was left for Andrew Wiggins was a big performance like this. A coronation of his induction into the franchise’s core. It can only happen in the NBA playoffs, where Warriors are fashioned. Sunday was a crescendo of his adoption into the fold. Fittingly, it came on the road, where the Warriors … Read more

Behind the scenes of Tim Connelly’s mega deal to the Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with Denver Nuggets president Tim Connelly on a major deal that will make him one of the most well-compensated executives in the league, sources said. The Athletic. The Timberwolves’ deal with Connelly will be a five-year, 40 million contract plus a kicker for equity, multiple sources told The … Read more

Trailing Miami Heat, Ime Udoka, Boston Celtics seek to ‘combat some of their aggressiveness’

3:37 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON – The Boston Celtics pride themselves on being the more physical team in every game they play. It’s something coach Ime Udoka has made a point of emphasis since taking over as the team’s coach last summer, and has played a huge part in Boston’s massive midseason turnaround. But … Read more