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NBA Championship Betting: Cavaliers, Warriors Atop Odds to Win NBA Title

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors remain the two favorites to meet in the 2015 NBA Finals based on the latest odds to win the league championship.

The Central Division-leading Cavaliers are 2-1 favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy and are gunning to lock up the second seed …

Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA - Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs regaining Finals form

• ESPN.com NBA reporter
• Blogs regularly on the Miami Heat
• 14 years covering the ACC, SEC, NFL and NBA

After all these years, Tim Duncan's first step remains deceptively quick.

San Antonio's future Hall of Famer was a blur the other night as he grabbed his backpack, stuffed food into a foam container and …

NBA

NBA All-Stars in the McDonald's All American High School Game

Each year, the best high school basketball players in the country take part in the McDonald's All American high school game. Although making that squad doesn't guarantee a player will have NBA success, there have been plenty of former All Americans who have gone on to become NBA All-Stars.

Take a …

NBA

Alonzo Mourning: Michael Jordan 'Would Average Almost 50' in Today's NBA

Former NBA center Alonzo Mourning is convinced that Michael Jordan would be an even more unstoppable offensive force today than he was during his …

Michael Jordan

James Harden is still just ahead of Stephen Curry in the NBA MVP race

But the Golden State Warriors' guard would also be a fine choice.

We're nearly there. Less than three weeks to go before the end of the regular season, and the MVP race is coming down the home stretch. James Harden was on top last week and has held our top spot for a long time now. However, Stephen …

Stephen Curry

Tim Duncan's Legacy Grows With or Without 6th Ring

We get it: Tim Duncan is a legend.

More legendary by the game, it seems. And still more legendary whether or not his Spurs win another title in the short term. And that's what some might not get: Duncan is still padding his resume with heroic feats, this time like some kind of ageless Gandalf of …

Tim Duncan

The Arguments For and Against Taking the Los Angeles Clippers Seriously

The Los Angeles Clippers have been somewhat confusing this year.

They're good. Then, they're not good. Then, they're good again. Then, they struggle. Now, they're playing some dominant basketball, mowing over Eastern Conference teams on the way to a seven-game winning streak that brings them to a …

Los Angeles

San Antonio Spurs Poised to Shake Up Western Conference Playoff Race

The San Antonio Spurs are still a far cry from title favorites, but after their impressive 14-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies last Sunday, the defending champions officially shredded the last sliver of doubt regarding their ability to realistically contend for an NBA title.

Though their annual, …

NBA

B/R NBA Legends 100: Ranking the Greatest Centers of All Time

Over the course of NBA history, plenty of centers have been at, well, the center of championship-winning runs.

They've held down the paint while swatting away ill-advised field-goal attempts. They've dazzled with their footwork. They've overpowered opponents en route to a thunderous slam. They've …

NBA

LeBron James Says He Has '3 Very Good Friends' in the NBA, Rest Are 'Teammates'

A lot has been made about the relationship between Cleveland Cavaliers teammates LeBron James and Kevin Love lately. However, that might just all be mindless talk because there aren't many people in the league that James considers to be "very good friends."

Even if it may seem like he has created a …

Cleveland Cavaliers

Rick Fox Discusses Kobe Bryant And His ‘One Final Moment In His Career’

Most expect next season to be the final one in the long and illustrious career of Kobe Bryant. After three consecutive years being ended due to …

Kobe Bryant

Appreciating Warriors' Ascent Requires Memory of Franchise's Dark Days

The Golden State Warriors notched their 60th win of the 2014-15 season before the calendar flipped to April, which is impressive in any context.

It's flat-out mind-blowing when you consider the decades-long parade of horrors that preceded it.

One good way to appreciate that franchise record 60th …

Sports Industry

Ranking the Best Big 3s of 2014-15 NBA Season

Nothing says "The NBA playoffs are almost here!" like a comprehensive ranking of the season's best Big Threes.

And as it turns out, the NBA postseason is, in fact, almost here. That means it's time to rank.

We still live in a Golden Age of Big Threes. Not every formation consists of in-your-face star …

NBA

B/R NBA Legends 100: Ranking the Greatest Power Forwards of All Time

Throughout all the years of NBA history, there's been no shortage of dominant power forwards, even if the position's overall role has changed over the course of time.

During the early seasons of the Association, they were bruising ones who dominated on the boards and bumped bodies with other bigs. …

NBA

The Cavalier in the Coal Mine: On Kevin Love and the Decline of the Power Forward

Last week on Bill Don’t Lie, Tom Haberstroh and Bill Simmons spoke about the rapid increase of 3-point shooting in the NBA. These days, it’s a common conversation topic around the league, and it should be: The rise of the 3 is the most tangible element of NBA basketball’s rapid evolution. But to …

Kevin Love

NBA power rankings: The Spurs and Rockets are coming to get the Warriors

Golden State closes out the month of March as the first team to reach 60 wins, but the Rockets and Spurs are preparing their playoff challenges.

1. Golden State Warriors (60-13. Last week: 1)

The Warriors came to play through March, losing just two games while tearing through the NBA. A showdown with …

NBA

Years of Rebuilding, Patience for Young Cleveland Cavaliers Finally Paying Off

CLEVELAND — While it was widely assumed that the Cleveland Cavaliers would reach the playoffs this season, their ticket was officially punched on March 20.

Cleveland, 48-27 and in second place in the Eastern Conference following a March 29 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, is back in the playoffs for …

Cleveland Cavaliers

10 Storylines for Every NBA Fan to Watch Heading into the 2015 NBA Playoffs

The 2015 NBA playoffs are shaping up to be the league's most fascinating postseason in recent memory.

Whereas a few title favorites tend to rise to the surface most years—such as the LeBron James-era Miami Heat or the late-2000s Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers—this season features no shortage …

Sports Coaching

There Is No Wrong Answer to NBA's MVP Question

This season's NBA MVP race has almost everything: shooters, slashers and defensive stoppers; explosive athletes and crafty skill players; established elites and soaring stars.

But the one thing this field doesn't have is a favorite. And that's true regardless of what Daryl Morey, Kevin Love, …

NBA

Has Joakim Noah Peaked with the Chicago Bulls?

It's possible the Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah has hit his ceiling. But then again, there may be better days ahead for the 30-year-old center.

This season, Noah just hasn't been the same superstar type of player we all witnessed a year ago. His numbers are down across the board. Knee surgery, which he …

NBA

3 reasons why the Spurs are still NBA title contenders

After a slow start of the season, the Spurs are peaking at the right time and could be a factor in the West playoffs.

The San Antonio Spurs entered this season as defending champions, and with the same core that dominated last year. Unfortunately, injuries derailed their title defense early, causing …

NBA

This Day in Kobe: The Black Mamba Drops 55 on Jordan

Kobe Bryant has been one of the most polarizing players in the NBA. Regardless of how you feel about the Black Mamba, you have to respect him.

After all, there's no one whose jump shot comes close to mimicking that of one of the greatest basketball players of all time in Michael Jordan. Not only did …

NBA

Paul George 'going with the flow'

NBA

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George is still hopeful he can make a return to the Indiana Pacers lineup this season.

The two-time All-Star forward said he feels like he has passed all of the tests to play, but is still waiting for clearance from the team's medical staff before he makes his season debut.

"I …

Paul George

Grizzlies ready to go through the best

West finals preview? Memphis just focused on rebound performance vs. Warriors

NBA

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mike Conley refuses to view Friday's showdown as a preview of the Western Conference finals, but the Memphis Grizzlies point guard believes the road to a championship runs through the Golden State …

NBA

Meet the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA's Forgotten Contender

It was only last fall that the Los Angeles Clippers loomed large as a trendy NBA championship pick.

But it feels like an eternity with the 180-degree turn the public has taken since. Somehow, a star-studded squad with a decorated coach in one of the world's premier media markets has nearly …

Los Angeles

Dwight Howard: 'I Didn't Have an Issue Back Then How Kobe Was'

Dwight Howard wants you to know that he and Kobe Bryant are cool.

As in they aren't sworn enemies who will spend the rest of their NBA careers trying to ruin one another.

Speaking with SI.com's Ben Golliver, Howard tried clearing the toxic air around the perception of his relationship with Bryant:

It …

Dwight Howard

Here's a complete timeline of the injuries that derailed the Oklahoma City Thunder's season

After making the Finals in 2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs early the previous two seasons because of injuries to Russell Westbrook in 2013 and Serge Ibaka in 2014.

Entering the 2014-15 season, the Thunder were considered one of the favorites to come out of the …

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is out for the season, needs 3rd foot surgery

Last week Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti announced Kevin Durant was out "indefinitely" because of an ailing foot problem.

Friday afternoon, the Thunder announced Durant will officially be out for the season. He'll miss 4-6 months with a third foot surgery to fix the Jones fracture of his fifth …

Kevin Durant

The Fastest NBA Teams in Transition

Transition basketball is not just about getting fast breaks from turnovers. It's about pushing the ball up the floor, finding outlet passes on rebounds, exploiting defenses and dictating the pace of a game. These teams do it better than any others in the league, and they do it with efficiency.

As …

NBA

Dwyane Wade Then vs. Now: How 'Flash' Is Reinventing His Game with Age

At 33 years old and carrying the mileage of 12-plus NBA seasons, Dwyane Wade is not the player he used to be.

This isn't to say that Wade isn't as effective, dominant or potent a scorer. He's still an elite shooting guard capable of carrying the primary offensive load. What's changed is the how and, …

Dwyane Wade