Jason Tatum’s pitch to the bell gives the Boston Celtics a win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game One of the first round of the playoffs series.

BOSTON – Jason Tatum insisted the Boston Celtics’ game with the Brooklyn Nets wasn’t an opportunity to prove anything against the league’s two top scorers. His ending in Game 1 said otherwise. Tatum took a corner kick at the bell after a pass from Marcus Smart to give Boston a dramatic 115-114 victory on Sunday … Read more

Miami Heat warns Tra Young despite Atlanta Hawks strangling in first game

MIAMI – The Heat’s defense may have stifled Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young throughout Sunday’s game 115-91 in Game One of the first-round series, but the East’s top seed knows he can’t expect Young and the eighth-seeded Hawks to go quietly. “He’s going to score,” Heat striker PJ Tucker said of Young. “That’s one match. … Read more

Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr holds hope for a comeback during game against Golden State Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO – Denver Nuggets’ injured Michael Porter Jr. is hoping to be able to play in his team’s first round against the Golden State Warriors. “Right now, I’m taking the game apart. I’m not ruling anything out,” Porter told ESPN’s Andscape after the Nuggets lost 123-101 to the Warriors in their first game on … Read more

Therese Maxi of the Philadelphia 76ers grabs the spotlight by scoring 38 games in a Match 1 win over the Raptors

12:44 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN Philadelphia – In the days leading up to the start of the first round between the 76th and the Toronto Raptors, the focus was on how effective James Harden had been in the face of Toronto’s long defense. In the first game Saturday night, it was another 76ers guard who … Read more

2022 NBA Playoffs – Tips for Betting on Saturday Matches in Game One

jump forward: night game | Picks & Props | edge analytics What you need to know about Saturday’s play-off games Luca’s loss: The Mavericks will be without Luka Doncic in the final on Saturday with Jazz. Jalen Brunson sees his use and assist rates swell to star levels when Doncic is far from Earth. Vilanova’s … Read more

2022 NBA Playoffs – Our experts answer the big first round questions

The NBA playoffs were held here with four first-round games taking place on Saturday and Sunday. In the East, all eyes will turn to the Boston Celtics series against the Brooklyn Nets as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving look to upset the number two seed, who is unaffected by the injury of third Robert Williams, … Read more

NBA Playoffs – Expert Picks for Each Series from Round One

What awaits us in the NBA after the season ends? The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves lead by seven, while the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans have eight seededs on the final night of the NBA Championship. Each series is assigned round one: Miami Heat vs. Hawks, Boston Celtics vs Nets, Milwaukee Bucks vs. … Read more

2022 NBA Playoffs – Complete first-round matches, schedules, and news

The NBA postseason is here, and it’s shaping up to be a wide open pursuit of the 2022 title. The Phoenix Suns had the league’s best record in the regular season — eight games behind the second-best Memphis Grizzlies. Devin Booker, Chris Paul and the reigning Western Conference champion are on a mission to redeem … Read more

Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, is retiring as CEO of the Western Alliance amid an NBA investigation

Robert Sarver, majority owner of Phoenix Suns, will retire as CEO from Western Alliance Bancorporation in June, ending a two-decade term with the company worth about $56 billion in assets. The company’s recent announcement of Sarver’s imminent departure comes amid the NBA’s investigation into the Suns and Sarver, which launched the league in early November … Read more

Jeremy Susan, a Baylor men’s basketball student, enters the NBA Draft

Baylor freshman Jeremy Suchan said he will enter the 2022 NBA draft and forfeit his remaining college eligibility by hiring agents, he told ESPN Friday. “I’m lucky enough to announce the 2022 NBA draft,” Sushan, the number 14 on the ESPN 100, told ESPN. He said he will sign with Jim Tanner and Deirunas Visockas … Read more