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Isaiah Thomas continuing to do the unimaginable

BOSTON – The plane touched down just after 3 a.m. Sunday, its bleary-eyed passengers disembarking for a car ride that wouldn’t get any of them home …

Isaiah Thomas on playing with missing tooth: 'Pain is temporary'

Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from …

Basketball

2017 NFL Draft: This Year's Most Shocking Picks

Months of preparation by scouts, coaches, players and experts came together at the 2017 NFL draft. Even with the amount of predraft coverage and projections made, there were still decisions throughout the course of the three-day event that sent shock waves through teams and social media alike.<p>The …

The Rockets Shoot From Outer Space

HOUSTON—The original idea to defy basketball doctrine came from James Harden. Not long after the Houston Rockets traded for him, they learned that Harden was an iconoclast. He liked shooting 3-pointers. Very long 3-pointers.<p>“What do you think?” he said to Houston general manager Daryl Morey.<p>He …

Watch: Westbrook collects own miss, dribbles out to arc for pullup 3

Russell Westbrook went full Russell Westbrook in the third quarter of Game 5 against the Rockets, turning a seven-point halftime deficit into a …

Russell Westbrook

LOOK: Rockets wear all black to Game 5, appear to dress for a Thunder funeral

A few Rockets decided to wear all black to the game<p>Judging by their attire, some of the Rockets appear confident that they're going to finish off the …

Even for these Bulls, Dwyane Wade’s statement was a big glass of stupid

<b>The Bulls’ playoff series</b> with the Celtics might be even at 2-2, but the Bulls have won the battle of stupidity in a rout.<p>Again.<p>The way they have all season with some of the things they do and say.<p>This time, it was Dwyane Wade admitting that the Bulls are embarrassing.<p>No, he didn’t use the word …

James Harden Reveals Ankle Injury After Rockets' Game 4 Win vs. Thunder

A quiet Game 4 from James Harden can apparently be blamed on an ankle injury.<p>The Houston Rockets star told ESPN's Lisa Salters he suffered the injury in Game 3 and it slowed him down in Sunday's 113-109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.<p>Harden finished with just 16 …

NBA Playoffs 2017: Postseason Standings, Championship Odds and Predictions

The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business on Sunday, knocking off the Indiana Pacers 106-102. In the process, Cleveland became the first team in the 2016-17 NBA playoffs to advance to Round 2.<p>The Golden State Warriors, who lead the Portland Trail Blazers 3-0, can become the second team this …

Houston's D'Antoni: Nene 1 of those players you have to have

HOUSTON (AP) — Nene has spent 15 years in the NBA and many still struggle in pronouncing his name.<p>Count ABC's broadcasting team of Mike Breen, Jeff …

James Harden

Series sweeps show Warriors and Cavaliers are still the teams to beat

Golden State and Cleveland didn’t always play their best basketball in the first round, but they’re favorites for a reason, and another finals match-up looks likely<p>The game was almost over before it ever really began. Seven minutes into game four in Portland on Monday night, the Warriors built a …

Who had the best crossover of all-time? Allen Iverson fires back at Hardaway's claim

Iverson clapped back at Tim Hardaway for his claims that The Answer carried the ball<p>There has been a bit of controversy in the past few days over …

Basketball

Pat Riley knew LeBron James was likely leaving Miami the minute he walked into their last meeting

According to a very good story from ESPN’s Wright Thompson, Pat Riley knew LeBron James was heading out of Miami the moment he stepped into a room with James and his business associates.<p>Well, according to the story, except for one important member of the team: Maverick Carter.<p>This moment from ESPN …

Basketball

Former Detroit Piston Guard Isiah Thomas’ Son Zeke Reveals He Was Raped 

Zeke Thomas, son of legendary NBA Hall of Fame guard Isiah Thomas, is speaking out against sexual assault and has revealed that he was …

New York City

LOOK: Cowboys have been kings of drafting in past 15 years, according to one metric

The Cowboys' draft picks since 2002 have been to 17 more Pro Bowls than the next closest team<p>The NFL Draft is two days away, so let's take a second …

Can Rockets close out Thunder at home?

<i>NBA Today complements Keith Smith’s “NBA Yesterday” feature, “The Skip Pass.” While Smith’s feature emphasizes what we “saw,” this will focus on what</i> …

Why Draymond Green, the NBA's best defender, is at his best when guarding nobody

The central paradox to the NBA’s premier defensive player is what makes him so great.<p><i>Before the</i> <i>NBA playoffs</i> <i>began,</i> <i>I listed 31 set plays and player quirks</i> <i>that these 16 teams use that you need to look closely to discover. Call them the Easter Eggs or the cheat sheet of the NBA Playoffs. Click the link</i> …

Dion Waiters To Kevin Durant: 'You Didn’t Wanna See Us, Kev!'

In an article for <i>The Players’ Tribune</i>, Dion Waiters tells the story of how he told Kevin Durant over dinner that the Heat were about to go on a long …

By Going Small, the Celtics Have Discovered a Big Advantage Against the Bulls

The Bulls won Games 1 and 2 of their series against the Celtics because of an advantage on the offensive glass. Boston coach Brad Stevens has countered with a small and quick lineup.<p>When one team eliminates another in the NBA playoffs, the contributing factors go beyond just tactical adjustments …

Stephen Curry Humbly Says He's 'Not Flawless,' but His Game 4 Was Beyond Cocky

PORTLAND, Ore. — Look up "perfunctory" in the dictionary. First of all, why do you still own a dictionary? Are you a time traveler from the year 2000? I'll save you the effort: "An action or gesture carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection." There's no photo from Monday night's …

Houston Rockets enter NBA playoffs with nothing to lose – NBA Global

Everybody, it seems, has their burdens.<p>When the 2017 NBA playoffs begin this weekend, the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers will feel the weight …

Houston Rockets' James Harden winning series over Russell Westbrook - Houston Rockets Blog

HOUSTON -- While Russell Westbrook was cursing on live television, saying he'd already answered a question about his shots and had heard that his …

Cavs vs. Pacers: Takeaways from LeBron's magic act -- without Kyrie and Kevin

The King was in court on Thursday, and Cleveland has a 3-0 lead<p>The game was out of reach. The home crowd was fired up. The role players had stepped …

Giannis Antetokounmpo adds to his legend with an ELBOW BLOCK in the playoffs

Only The Greek Freak can do this.<p>Giannis Antetokounmpo never fails to blow your mind. Sometimes he’s Eurostepping in one dribble from halfcourt, other times he’s using his Go-Go Gadget arms to force home a hammer dunk. In Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors, Giannis did something we’ve never seen …

NBA playoff schedule 2017: Russell Westbrook and James Harden’s MVP duel resumes in Game 3

Friday is chock full of great action, with the potential upset of the playoffs and a fascinating Jazz-Clippers series all resuming play.<p>The NBA couldn’t have predicted these three series they shuffled over onto Friday night would have been the best three, but they might have had an idea. The night …

Russell Westbrook Sets NBA Record for Most Points in a Postseason Triple-Double

<i>Fact: Russell Westbrook had 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 115-111 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, scoring the most points ever in a triple-double in postseason history.</i><p>Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and …

LeBron's 41 Points, 13 Rebounds, 12 Assists Helps Cavs Overcome 26-point Deficit

The Pacers were up by 26 in the first half and led 74-49 at halftime. They made 10 three-pointers in the first half. Myles Turner and Kevin Seraphin …

NFL schedule 2017 released: Dates and times for all games

We’re getting closer to football.<p>The NFL officially announced the 2017 regular season schedule on Thursday evening. The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be facing the Chiefs on opening night, their first game in a journey to repeat.<p>Along with their opener, another notable …