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  • Bradley Beal to Be Reevaluated After Suffering Hamstring Injury

    Bleacher Report "Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal suffered a left hamstring sprain against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday and will be reevaluated Sunday, the team announced. Beal dropped 50 points in 39 minutes Saturday before his hamstring began bothering..." May 09

  • Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson for all-time lead in triple-doubles

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook made history tying Oscar Robertson for most career triple-doubles and then he personally made sure the Washington Wizards beat the Indiana Pacers to move into ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Westbrook matched the Hall-of-Fame point..." May 09

  • Magic Johnson On Russell Westbrook: "You Don’t See Him On The Highlights"

    Fadeaway World "Russell Westbrook may very well be one of the most underappreciated stars of the modern generation. Despite his amazing performances and the effort he puts forth every night, Russ gets a lot more hate and criticism than he does proper media coverage. In a chat..." May 09

  • 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

  • Free Agent Stock Watch: Southeast Division

    Hoops Rumors "Throughout the season, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents this off-season. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Southeast..." May 08

  • 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

  • Russell Westbrook's triple-doubles putting him in class with Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson

    USA Today "Through the first four seasons of his NBA career, Russell Westbrook accumulated eight triple-doubles. He scored, rebounded and created assists, but there was no overt sign he would develop into the triple-double king. That slowly began to change in 2014-15 when he recorded 11..." 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

  • 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

  • Rui Hachimura admits struggling with endless racist taunts ‘almost everyday’

    Clutch Points "Aren, who like Hachimura plays hoops as a varsity player for Tokai University in Japan, recently posted an image on his Twitter account of one of the many hate messages he’s been receiving. In Japanese, he said someone told him they were “born by mistake” and that he..." May 06

  • Oscar Robertson Hopes Russell Westbrook Breaks His Career Triple-Double Record

    New York Times "In his first N.B.A. game, in October 1960, Oscar Robertson registered 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Cincinnati Royals against the Los Angeles Lakers. In his second N.B.A. season, Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game for..." 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

  • Russell Westbrook says he played through significant leg injury earlier this season

    Larry Brown Sports "Russell Westbrook has been reclaiming his spot among the NBA’s elite point guards these last few weeks. If you are wondering why he looked much worse earlier this season though, it turns out he had good reason. The Washington Wizards guard revealed on Monday that he played..." 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

  • Buying or Selling NBA Coaches on the Hot Seat

    Bleacher Report "It came a little later than usual thanks to last season's hiatus and the December start to the 2020-21 season, but coaching seats around the NBA are officially warming up. When teams fail to live up to expectations, fans, analysts and organizations look for the fall guy..." 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

  • Russell Westbrook Has Been Averaging a Triple-Double For Five Years

    MSN.com "Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game in the 2020-21 NBA season. With last night’s big win over the Indiana Pacers, he has accomplished another feat: a guaranteed triple-double average this season. It’s..." May 05

  • Greatest NBA point guards of all-time: Where Russell Westbrook stacks up

    Sportsnaut "Russell Westbrook is, simply put, a freak of nature in the best way possible. How many 6-foot-3 point guards can maintain their explosiveness at 32 and attack the rim with woeful abandon while also dishing the ball and grabbing double-digit rebounds seemingly every game? The answer: one...." 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

  • Paul Pierce Says Russell Westbrook Is The Greatest Athlete In NBA History

    Fadeaway World "We're taking Russell Westbrook for granted and that's just a travesty. We're talking about one of the most accomplished players of all time, putting up video game-like stats no one else is able of putting. If 20 years from now we were to look back on Westbrook's..." May 05

  • Sometimes Russell Westbrook Gets To Be Who He Is In His Imagination

    Real GM Baseball "Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough. Point guards too. There’s a cycle every important player goes through—that we put them through—but it’s especially acute with 1s, maybe because they tend to dominate the ball..." May 05

  • 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

  • Scott Brooks Thinks Russell Westbrook Is “Second-Best Point Guard” of All Time

    NBC Washington "Wizards head coach Scott Brooks began his postgame press conference on Monday night remarking how he was running out of words to describe Russell Westbrook, who had minutes earlier become the first player in NBA history to have at least 24 assists and 21 rebounds in a single game. So,..." May 04

  • Russell Westbrook’s historic performance puts him in same club with Wilt Chamberlain

    The Athletic "This is why the Wizards made the trade. For all the talk of its extracurriculars — fodder about stale cores, gang-sign videos, interpersonal relationships or whatever else scattered around the internet — the Wizards traded for Russell Westbrook mostly for..." 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

  • 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

  • Near comeback a reminder Russell Westbrook's still a star

    NBC Sports Washington "  Who Russell Westbrook is and what he means to the game of basketball are always going to be up for debate, but as his first season with the Wizards has continued to trend upward, one argument many were having months ago has been settled. He may not be at his absolute peak,..." May 03

  • The surging Wizards don’t have one secret weapon. They have three.

    Washington Post "For eons, the Washington Wizards have collected players as if they were jigsaw puzzle pieces. Every year, they hope to fit them together into a tableau of the Grand Canyon. Instead, we get Poker Playing Dogs. Just once, maybe by accident, couldn’t the pieces create something..." May 03

  • Luka Doncic becomes 4th player in NBA history with mind-blowing stat line

    Clutch Points "Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic had a monster outing in their thrilling 125-124 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Doncic finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 20 assists. With that, the Mavs star became just the fourth..." May 02

  • Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out Saturday vs. Washington Wizards

    Sportsnaut "Dallas Mavericks center/forward Kristaps Porzingis is out for Saturday’s home game against the Washington Wizards with a right knee injury, according to the Dallas Morning News. Porzingis left Thursday night’s 115-105 win over the Detroit Pistons due to soreness in his..." 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

  • Wizards star Russell Westbrook will retire as a better player than Allen Iverson, claims Kendrick Perkins

    Clutch Points "Retired NBA big man and current ESPN commentator/analyst Kendrick Perkins has been known to come out with a number of contentious statements through the years. The one-time NBA champ has another hot take right now, and it’s not one that will please the Philadelphia..." 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

  • Dennis Schroder reacts to Russell Westbrooks' 176th Triple-Double: "He's The Old Russell Westbrook..."

    Fadeaway World "9-1 in their last 10 games, the Washington Wizards are proving themselves to be a sure-fire playoff team, and there is little doubt that Russell Westbrook, who is coming off his 176th career triple-double, is a huge reason why. Averaging 21.8 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists per..." 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

  • Wizards Fan Calls LeBron James A ‘Big Baby,’ Star Hilariously Starts Crying

    Total Pro Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers desperately need LeBron James back healthy and on the floor for the stretch run to the playoffs. On Wednesday night, the team lost for the 4th time in five games after a 116-107 loss to the Washington Wizards. The team hasn’t had LeBron James in the lineup..." April 29

  • LeBron James’ powerful message to Russell Westbrook after triple double

    Clutch Points "After a lackluster stint with the Houston Rockets last year, and a horrible start to this season, Russell Westbrook has finally shifted to a higher gear with the Washington Wizards. Thanks to this impressive run, the Wizards are gaining some steam to help them make a push for the..." April 29

  • Ranking the Top Basketball Families Playing in the NBA

    Bleacher Report "With roughly 450 NBA roster spots filled at any given time, it seems almost impossible for any single family to lay claim to more than one. But a fortunate few households have managed to put multiple players in the league. A handful of them have at least two representatives..." 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

  • Stephen A. Smith Gives Wizards ‘Zero' Chance of Making Noise in Playoffs

    NBC Washington "The Wizards are closing in on securing the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament, and if they can win two games in that setting, they'll clinch a first-round matchup with the No. 1 seed in the East. With Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook, the Wizards should have..." 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