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'An incredible win and a horrible loss': Scenes from an unforgettable Game 5

TORONTO — Bill Russell was in the hallway. The trophy was polished. The stage was ready to be rolled out. The cameramen had plastic over their gear. The champagne was on ice. The team doctors’ faces were ashen. The general manager was sobbing. The heroes, the guys who hit the big shots and the man […]

Lowe: How Golden State reclaimed its juggernaut style

It has been a popular parlor game among league executives all season: How good will the Golden State Warriors be if Kevin Durant leaves? You can’t draw a direct line from the 73-win Warriors — the last pre-Durant version — to the theoretical 2019-20 team. Harrison Barnes is gone. Andre Iguodala, dunking and stripping the […]

Emotional Embiid 'can't explain' Game 7 loss

TORONTO — Joel Embiid walked off the court in tears following the Philadelphia 76ers’ 92-90 Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, as Philadelphia’s playoff run ended in the final seconds of the final game of the Eastern Conference semifinals. He had played 45 minutes, more than he ever had in regulation, and […]

How the Nuggets are surviving Damian Lillard

PORTLAND, Ore. — When he stepped out of the locker room on Sunday, Damian Lillard adjusted his crimson vest and navigated the thin corridor in the belly of the Moda Center en route to the podium for his postgame media conference. The hallway, no more than 10 feet wide, is packed with people postgame — […]

This unorthodox way to guard James Harden is either genius or a fluke

James Harden had just finished one of the least efficient performances of his historic season when he was asked how much the Milwaukee Bucks’ unique defensive scheme had to do with his off night. “None,” Harden said, scoffing at the suggestion that the Bucks might have created a blueprint for defending the NBA’s most unstoppable […]

Rockets showcase what they must: Lockdown D

HOUSTON — The desperate 36-footer by Donovan Mitchell sailed over the backboard in a miserable moment that epitomized the Utah Jazz’s offensive woes in their 122-90 Game 1 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Mitchell had no choice but to toss up a prayer after receiving a pass so far from the basket just […]

Magic Johnson decided it's better to just be Magic Johnson

LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson had the title he’d always wanted. He had the power to guide one of the most important franchises in sports, carte blanche. Anything he wanted to do as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, he had the power to do. Fire the coach. Trade any player. Lakers […]

Sources: Wolves looking for team president

11:06 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Minnesota Timberwolves are planning to open a search for a new president of basketball operations, although owner Glen Taylor prefers to keep general manager Scott Layden and interim coach Ryan Saunders as part of a revised organizational structure, league sources told ESPN. The Timberwolves are hopeful to award Saunders […]

How the Tobias Harris trade shakes up the NBA

4:09 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, what already has been a wild NBA trade deadline received another boost when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Philadelphia 76ers completed a blockbuster deal with the LA Clippers for forward Tobias Harris. The full deal — Philadelphia getting Harris, center […]