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  • NBA Playoff Picture: Standings, Bracket and Key Storylines Down the Stretch

    Bleacher Report "After winning the NBA title last season, the Los Angeles Lakers are in a bit of trouble as this year's playoffs draws closer. And if they don't turn things around soon, their appearance in the 2020-21 postseason could be brief. The Lakers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers on..." May 09

  • Potential 2021 NBA RFAs Whose Qualifying Offers Will Be Impacted By Starter Criteria

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s rookie scale, which determines how much first-round picks earn during their first four NBA seasons, also dictates how much the qualifying offers will be worth for those players when they reach restricted free agency after year four. However, the value of those..." May 07

  • Why Carmelo Anthony's resurgence means so much to young NBA superstars

    ESPN "IT WAS NOV. 5, 2017, game nine for the newly formed superteam in Oklahoma City. After a bumpy 4-4 start, the Thunder were in Portland to take on a division rival. Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts had taken his spot in the narrow hallway of the Moda Center pregame to talk with..." May 07

  • Cavaliers have no easy answer to move on from Kevin Love, but it’s time to find least painful

    Cleveland.com "On the Cleveland Cavaliers’ off day last week, after returning from Tampa Bay, the site of Kevin Love’s latest tantrum that led to multiple apologies, one member of the organization had what was described as quite possibly his best man-to-man, heart-to-heart conversation with Love..." May 07

  • Breakouts on bad NBA teams: Don't sleep on the development of these 5 players

    The Score "It's tough for the average fan to keep up with all 30 NBA teams at any point in the season, especially in these final days when some teams are clearly out of the race and playing for nothing. But while you're ignoring some of those afterthought clubs, you might miss the start of a..." May 07

  • Introducing a new NBA pre-draft event: The Tampa Bay Pro Combine

    Basketball News "Over the years, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has given thousands of NBA hopefuls an opportunity to showcase their game in front of executives from all 30 teams. The event has featured NBA legends such as John Stockton, Scottie Pippen, Tim Hardaway, Dennis Rodman, Rick Barry and..." May 07

  • 5 Best Point Guards For The Los Angeles Lakers Next Season

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers are a team that may be looking at some changes this summer. They have a lot of players who will be free agents during the summer, and point guard Dennis Schroder is one of them. If he leaves, then the Los Angeles Lakers would need to find a good replacement, one that..." May 06

  • NBA Youngsters Who Could Be Traded for a Star This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Young talent is the hottest commodity in the NBA. It's cheap, it has upside (which means hope for the fanbase), it's easier to control for long periods of time, and it comes with built-in retention advantages—like larger raises on new deals and matching rights in..." May 06

  • Paying Collin Sexton a max contract would be a mistake by Cavs

    The Athletic "While I was downtown last weekend covering the NFL Draft, two random fans in Browns jerseys grabbed my attention while I was walking toward commissioner Roger Goodell and the pavilion that hosted all the festivities. They loved The Athletic. They were both longtime subscribers. We talked..." May 06

  • Analysis finds refs call 1% of defensive 3-second violations in close games

    The Score "Only 1% of defensive three-second violations have been called correctly in the final two minutes of close games since the start of the 2015-16 NBA season, Owen Phillips writes for The F5 newsletter. Using publicly available data from the league's last-two-minute reports,..." May 06

  • How does the NBA play-in tournament work? Dates, projections and rules explained

    ESPN "How does the NBA play-in tournament work and which teams will participate during the 2020-21 season? The league first tested the play-in round during the 2020 NBA restart in Orlando, Florida, with the Portland Trail Blazers topping the Memphis..." May 06

  • Cavs vet Anderson Varejao available for first game in 4 years

    Cavs Nation "Anderson Varejao will be made available to appear in his first NBA game in four years on Wednesday, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. The Cleveland Cavaliers (21-44) host the Portland Trail Blazers (36-29) at RocketMortgage Fieldhouse. The..." May 05

  • NBA's play-in tournament likely here to stay

    Yardbarker "While some high-profile players and team owners have griped about the NBA’s newly introduced play-in tournament, the format is working “spectacularly well” and has virtually no downside, contends John Hollinger of The Athletic. As Hollinger..." May 05

  • Four new positive COVID-19 tests among NBA players since April 28

    Hoops Rumors "Of the 492 NBA players tested for COVID-19 since April 28, four players have registered new confirmed positive tests, the league and the players’ union announced today in a press release. The NBA and NBPA don’t publicly disclose which specific players test positive..." May 05

  • Inside early NBA ‘hot seat’ situations: Five coaches who need to finish strong, from the Bucks to the Wizards

    The Athletic "As the NBA playoffs near and the offseason looms ahead, several head coaching situations are perilous. Others, meanwhile, are less precarious but wrought with the kind of complicated internal dynamics that make them worth monitoring. This has been an unordinary season due to the..." May 05

  • NBA standings: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2021 playoffs

    Sporting News "Brace yourselves, basketball fans. The 2021 NBA playoffs are almost here. There is an added level of intrigue this year with the league implementing a new version of the play-in tournament, which was first seen inside the Florida "bubble" amid the COVID-19..." May 05

  • Cavs Officially Sign Anderson Varejão To 10-Day Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Cavaliers have officially brought back longtime center Anderson Varejão, announcing today in a press release that they’ve signed him to a 10-day contract. The move had been expected once Cleveland was granted a hardship exception, which..." May 05

  • Cavs forward Dylan Windler on the road to recovery after a second injury to his left leg

    The Athletic "Dylan Windler’s second NBA season was cut short because of injury. Again. After missing his rookie season because of a stress reaction in his lower left leg that resulted in season-ending surgery, Windler underwent left knee surgery to address ongoing patellar..." May 04

  • Top 6 storylines for the remainder of the NBA regular season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020-21 NBA regular season is slated to come to a culmination here in less than two weeks. It’s been a drama-filled past several months with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers looking nothing like a title contender. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are on the hot seat down..." May 04

  • NBA Trades for League's Most Disappointing Teams

    Bleacher Report "Entering a season knowing your favorite NBA team is rebuilding is one thing. Fully expecting a playoff run only to end up with a spot in the lottery is quite another. No franchises have been as disappointing this year as the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors,..." May 04

  • NBA play-in format is working better than we imagined, no matter what LeBron James says

    The Athletic "It’s amazing how opinions on the play-in tournament change once a team realizes it might be them in the seventh or eighth seed. Both Mark Cuban (earlier this season) and LeBron James (two days ago) expressed disgust with the NBA’s play-in tournament at..." May 04

  • Did the Marvel & NBA mash-up do enough to earn the respect of casual hoops fans?

    The Athletic "When “The Marvel Game” was announced, the general reaction around NBA fandom, at least as much as Twitter is representative was “Who is this for?” We’ve been calling for more basketball in basketball broadcasts for years, and this is going the other way. But the..." May 04

  • Cavaliers Granted Hardship Exception

    Yardbarker "The Cavaliers have formally applied for a hardship exception, reports Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. Unlike a disabled player exception – which gives teams extra cap flexibility and can only be used to replace a player who suffers a season-ending injury..." May 03

  • Kevin Love says it’d be ‘special’ to play alongside Damian Lillard on Trail Blazers

    Cavaliers Nation "Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love indicated in a newly released interview that playing for the Portland Trail Blazers would be “special.” Love was interviewed on Yahoo Sports’ “Posted Up with Chris Haynes,” and Love noted his..." May 03

  • Why LeBron James isn't being considered for league MVP and other award mysteries

    USA Today "This NBA coach has a winning percentage this season of .677, third-best in the conference. In the games he has coached this season, his team has the third-best fourth-quarter net rating and his team has won 85% of its games decided by five or fewer points. And his team, after..." May 03

  • Joe Vardon Says Some Cleveland Cavaliers Players "Grow Frustrated" With Collin Sexton Dominating The Ball

    Fadeaway World "The Cleveland Cavaliers are not exactly a good team at the moment, but they have some intriguing players that could be a key part of their future. Collin Sexton is one of those players: this season, he is averaging 24.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 4.1 APG. Those statistics are great for a third-year..." May 02

  • Why Kevin Love’s situation with Cavaliers is worse than it looks

    The Athletic "Kevin Porter Jr. dropped 50 the other night. The optics, for the Cleveland Cavaliers, are terrible. In the last three seasons, the Cavaliers have excommunicated three players — J.R. Smith, Andre Drummond, and Porter — for, hmm, conduct unbecoming? Crossing the front..." May 02

  • What the Miami Heat need to accomplish to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sportsnaut "The Miami Heat take on a struggling Cleveland Cavaliers team on the first night of back-to-back Saturday night. The Heat have won five of their last seven games without Victor Oladipo, who is sidelined with a knee injury, while the Cavaliers have lost five in a row and 10 of their last 12..." May 01

  • Should NBA switch to NFL-style calendar with free agency before the draft?

    Yahoo! Sports "First Quarter: NFL approach to NBA calendar  Just thinking aloud here … The NFL has started to copy the NBA in some ways, most notably the players beginning to realize their power. It can’t be apples to apples, not with the power structure..." May 01

  • 5 Best Targets For The Los Angeles Clippers

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Clippers are a team that may have to make some additions to the roster if they don't win the NBA championship this season. Even if they do win it all, it could be good to accumulate more star power on the roster to heighten their chances of winning once..." April 30

  • Anderson Varejao running it back with Cavs

    Cavs Nation "With the team dealing with a number of injuries throughout the squad, the Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to turn to a familiar face to add some much-needed depth in the Cavs frontcourt. This comes in the form of 38-year-old big man Anderson Varejao who is now expected to join the..." April 30

  • Cavs To Ink Mfiondu Kabengele To Three-Year Deal

    Hoops Rumors "With the second 10-day deal of Cavaliers big man Mfiondu Kabengele set to expire tonight, Cleveland plans to retain him for the rest of the season, with an opportunity to stick around for two more years, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Woj notes that..." April 30

  • Quick-Fix Trades for NBA's Worst Teams This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Between flattened lottery odds and an expanded postseason field by way of the play-in tournament, the NBA has made moves to limit its number of bottom-feeders. Those efforts appear to be working. Just six teams have a winning percentage south of .400, and only the James..." April 30

  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ late-season losses pushing them closer to what they need most

    Cleveland.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers want to win. They’re still trying. All competitors at their core, the numerous recent losses -- four in a row, seven of the last eight, nine of the last 11 -- and fading Play-In hopes wear on everyone. That came through when members of the organization..." April 30

  • Kevin Love Apologizes for On-Court Outburst in Cavaliers' Loss

    SI " Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has apologized for his on-court tantrum Monday night, saying his behavior was out of line and out of character. "That wasn't me," Love said. The five-time All-Star spoke Wednesday after Cleveland's shootaround..." April 29

  • The 5 Worst Draft Mistakes By The Cleveland Cavaliers In The Last 10 Years

    Fadeaway World "The Cleveland Cavaliers franchise isn't known for their consistency in building championship contenders throughout history, although they have had some great players such as Mark Price and of course LeBron James. The King, specifically, has been Cleveland's brightest factor thanks to..." April 29

  • The 10 Biggest Disappointments of the 2020-21 NBA Season

    Bleacher Report "It's not possible for everyone to get what they want from an NBA season. If it were, we'd close every year with 30 champions, 30 MVPs and 30 Rookies of the Year—one to wholly satisfy every fanbase. This particular year, shortened and unusual as it's been,..." April 29

  • NBA Free Agency Rankings: Where will Kyle Lowry land? Will the Pelicans pay Lonzo Ball?

    The Athletic "Welcome to the pre-free-agency period. This isn’t an official sort of thing in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. Amid all the focus on playoff positioning, the races for individual awards and such, there’s a subplot to the final stretch that is..." April 29

  • NBA Sixth Man of the Year race: Jazz's Jordan Clarkson, Lakers' Montrezl Harrell lead list of top candidates

    CBS Sports "The end of the 2020-21 NBA regular season is rapidly approaching, which means that award season will soon be upon us. We've already looked at the contenders for Coach of the Year, so this time around we'll look at the top candidates for Sixth Man of the Year. The Sixth Man of..." April 29

  • Taurean Prince Undergoes Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery

    Hoops Rumors "Cavaliers forward Taurean Prince has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, the team announced today in a press release. The procedure took place on Tuesday in New York. Prince had been experiencing ongoing discomfort in his left ankle for several weeks,..." April 28

  • 2021 NBA Free Agents Who Need to Make a Splash in the Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "The Larry O'Brien Trophy isn't the only thing up for grabs when the NBA playoffs tip off. For some players, the postseason is a chance to bolster or redefine their value ahead of free agency. Not everybody needs this high-stakes sample size to solidify their next..." April 28

  • Adam Silver: More than 70% of NBA players have received coronavirus vaccine

    Time Magazine "In late March, Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, entered a corner conference room overlooking New York City for his first face-to-face interview with a journalist since the pandemic began. After taking over as commissioner in 2014, Silver has presided over an unprecedented..." April 28

  • It might be time for the Cavs, Kevin Love to part ways

    The Athletic "I was chatting with Kevin Love a couple of years ago about his career, his legacy and his relationship with Cleveland. Richard Jefferson had been in town for a telecast a few nights before and the crowd roared for him. It will be that way for everyone from the championship team, I..." April 28

  • Kevin Love was frustrated with official, not his team's performance during inbounds play

    Yahoo! Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers are addressing the Kevin Love incident internally as the forward apologized to his team after Monday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Love could be fined by the Cavaliers for swatting the..." April 27

  • 3 Realistic Draft Targets for Every NBA Team

    Bleacher Report "As the NBA season winds down, the projected draft range for each team is becoming clearer. That allows us to get a better feel for which prospects teams can realistically target. Using the current standings and our most recent mock draft, we picked three names each franchise..." April 27

  • The Harsh Realities of 10-Day-Contract Life in the NBA

    The Ringer "It was the first week of April when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s manager rushed into the player’s house and relayed the news he’d been waiting to get for more than four months. Hollis-Jefferson hadn’t been on an active NBA roster since the end of the 2020 season, but..." April 27

  • Here is how Cavaliers are handling Kevin Love outburst

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Love threw an extremely bizarre temper tantrum during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, and the team is reportedly handling the matter internally. Love apologized to his Cavs teammates after the game, and Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports..." April 27

  • Which NBA Superstar Has the Worst Supporting Cast?

    Bleacher Report "Superteams have been ubiquitous throughout the NBA's history. Bill Russell's Boston Celtics featured multiple Hall of Famers. Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain teamed up in the 1970s. Magic Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics were loaded. Michael..." April 27

  • Kendrick Nunn drew interest at trade deadline, should have strong free-agent market

    Basketball News "Prior to the NBA trade deadline on March 25, several teams tried to trade for Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, league sources told BasketballNews.com. Multiple teams inquired about Nunn’s availability, and at least two of those teams have shifted their focus to pursuing the..." April 27

  • NBA wants to adopt postseason play-in tournament permanently

    CBS Sports "After doing a trial run of a play-in tournament to determine the eighth seed in both conferences last season down in the Orlando bubble, the NBA may be looking to adopt the format permanently. Entering this season, the league and players approved the play-in tournament which would involve the..." April 27