As the playoffs end, Luka Doncic says improving his defense can take the Dallas Mavericks ‘to the next level’

As the playoffs end, Luka Doncic says improving his defense can take the Dallas Mavericks ‘to the next level’

SAN FRANCISCO — Luka Doncic’s first reaction to the end of the longest playoff series of his young NBA career was to express his disappointment. “I don’t like losing, especially like this,” Doncic said after the Dallas Mavericks eliminated Thursday night with a 120-110 Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors. “I played badly.” … Read more

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry wins first Western Conference Finals MVP award from Magic Johnson

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry wins first Western Conference Finals MVP award from Magic Johnson

SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry celebrated the Golden State Warriors’ return to the NBA Finals by adding a new trophy to his collection as he was named the inaugural Western Conference Finals Most Valuable Player on Thursday. After the Warriors eliminated the Dallas Mavericks with their 120-110 victory in Game 5, Curry was presented with … Read more

Jaylen Brown leads Celtics second-half turnaround as Boston beats Miami Heat to be on course for NBA Finals

1:04 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — The Boston Celtics found themselves five behind the Miami Heat on the road at halftime in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night. And yet, the Celtics felt very good. They couldn’t have played much worse in the first half, committing 10 turnovers and giving … Read more

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum ‘grateful’ to make All-NBA First Team but wants voting rules

2:31 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN MIAMI — Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has repeatedly said over the past year that he felt disrespected by being cut from last year’s All-NBA teams — a decision that cost Tatum tens of millions of dollars on his current contract. After Tatum was selected to the All-NBA First Team … Read more

The biggest questions that could decide Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 5

This topsy-turvy, injury-riddled streak between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat has been so bizarre that the scale of tonight’s Game 5 in Miami almost surprises you. Marcus Smart, Kyle Lowry, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams III have missed all or part of at least one game. This deprived … Read more

Luka Doncic and Dallas Mavericks eye another playoff clash after avoiding Warriors sweep

DALLAS — Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic doesn’t necessarily see any honor in avoiding being swept in the Western Conference Finals. He remains focused on beating the Golden State Warriors in the series, regardless of the long odds. The Mavs are trying to become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-0 deficit to … Read more

NBA 2022 playoffs – “OMG WIGGS”, the sports world reacts to Andrew Wiggins’ monster dunk on Luka Doncic

1:03 AM ET Tory BaronESPN Editor close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. Dunk from the playoffs? Playoff dunk. The 2022 NBA playoffs unfolded on Sunday night with the Golden … Read more

Michigan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard declines interest from Los Angeles Lakers

University of Michigan coach Juwan Howard recently turned down an offer from the Los Angeles Lakers to coach the franchise, opting to stay at his alma mater, where Howard will coach his two sons next season. , sources told ESPN. The Lakers have a formal search process in place, but courting college coaches generally requires … Read more

NBA fines Dallas Mavericks $100,000 for third playoff bench decorum violation

DALLAS — The Mavericks have been fined $100,000 for “continuing to violate league rules regarding team bench decorum,” the NBA announced Sunday. This is the third time the Mavericks have been fined for violating bench decorum in the playoffs. Fines totaled $175,000, doubling each time. The league office statement cites several times during the Mavs’ … Read more