Mar 6, 2020 IF EVER THERE were a night Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown should have slept well, it was just before the All-Star break. The Sixers had just turned in their most complete victory of the season, beating the LA Clippers 110-103 on Feb. 11 to win their third straight game. But instead
10:59 PM ET Amid increasing concerns about the coronavirus, the NBA asked teams on Friday to begin developing processes and identifying actions required if they had to play games without fans in attendance, limiting attendees to only what is deemed as “essential staff,” according to a memo obtained by ESPN. The memo said that, in
1:48 PM ET Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $500,000 for public criticism of NBA officiating and the team had its protest of a Feb. 22 loss denied, the NBA announced Friday. Cuban sent multiple tweets that criticized the officials after they counted a putback following an inadvertent whistle on a goaltending call.
1:21 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Spike Lee isn’t the only fan who has decided to be a no-show at New York Knicks games. The Knicks drew their smallest home crowd in nearly 13½ years Wednesday night, falling more than 3,200 below capacity in a 112-104 loss to the Utah Jazz. The announced
11:14 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry took the 14 steps from his team’s locker room up to the tunnel that leads to the floor at Chase Center on Thursday night and couldn’t wait to see what was in front of him. He started running as soon as he got
2:46 PM ET Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he will be on a minutes restriction — likely 24-28 minutes — when he makes his return to game action on Thursday against the Toronto Raptors. Curry said he is excited to play after four months of rehab while recovering from a broken left hand.
2:18 AM ET Andrew LopezESPN DALLAS — Alvin Gentry isn’t worried about Zion Williamson‘s conditioning. Following a frustrating 127-123 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, the New Orleans Pelicans coach was asked how he thought Williamson looked conditioning-wise as he played his first back-to-back of the season. “I think he’s fine,” Gentry
8:46 PM ET Eric WoodyardESPN MILWAUKEE — Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon was ruled out for the remainder of Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks after exiting in the second quarter with a sore left hip. The game marked Brogdon’s second trip back to Milwaukee following a sign-and-trade in July. “He’s been here so
9:33 AM ET The Basketball Tournament, the 64-team, $2 million winner-take-all summer tournament entering its seventh season, will change the rules to reduce the chances of a game ending on free throws, tournament officials told ESPN. If a team commits a foul while in the bonus during the Elam Ending — which has teams play
2:59 AM ET LOS ANGELES — In an intimate gathering of season-ticket holders Monday, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss shared how excited she feels to have her team break its six-year postseason dry spell next month, thanks in large part to their offseason trade with New Orleans for the next great Lakers big man.
9:47 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward left Tuesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets due to a right knee contusion. Hayward, who played 17 minutes and had seven points in the first half, didn’t come out for the start of the second half, with backup Javonte Green starting in his
1:16 PM ET The Detroit Pistons announced Tuesday that guard Derrick Rose will be out at least two weeks with a Grade 2 ankle sprain. An MRI on Monday confirmed the sprain. Rose will begin treatment and will be evaluated in two weeks, the team said. Rose injured the ankle Sunday in a loss to
12:36 AM ET Eric WoodyardESPN CHICAGO — Nearly 17 weeks had passed since Otto Porter Jr. last suited up in a Chicago Bulls jersey after suffering a left foot fracture. And he was certainly keeping count. In his first game back since Nov. 6 at Atlanta, Porter came off the bench to post 18 points
6:53 PM ET SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Stephen Curry became the most accomplished player in NBA history to participate in a G League practice as he suited up for the Santa Cruz Warriors on Monday morning. The star Golden State Warriors guard went through the entire practice without any issues and appears to be on
9:54 AM ET The New York Knicks have officially named former player agent Leon Rose as their new president. Terms of Rose’s deal were not disclosed. The Knicks announced that Rose, formerly the co-head of CAA’s basketball division, will “oversee all basketball operations and personnel for the team.” “We are pleased to welcome Leon to
2:06 AM ET NEW ORLEANS — The Los Angeles Lakers needed every bit of LeBron James‘ 34-point, 13-assist, 12-rebound triple-double Sunday to stave off Zion Williamson‘s career-best 35 points in L.A.’s 122-114 win to sweep the season series against the New Orleans Pelicans. After it was all over, James and Williamson met for an embrace
8:46 PM ET LOS ANGELES — LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is in advanced negotiations to purchase The Forum in Inglewood from the Madison Square Garden Company, an acquisition that would clear a major hurdle in the Clippers’ efforts to construct a new home arena in the vicinity, according to league sources. The Clippers would
9:31 AM ET NBA Insiders How are the 2020 NBA playoffs and draft lottery likely to shake out with teams approaching the 60-game mark? The postseason picture is starting to take shape, with 15 teams already having greater than a 99% chance to make it in, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index. But which team