1. Friday NBA Roundup: Isaiah Thomas Making Case as the Only Superstar Celtics Need

    It was the Boston Celtics' biggest game of the 2016-17 NBA season to date, and Isaiah Thomas was nowhere to be found down the stretch—and not because he was the shortest player out there...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 26,779 reads 69 comments

  2. LA Clippers' Depth Getting First Real Test Amid Injuries to Stars

    LOS ANGELES — If you took last spring's six-game playoff loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and stretched it out over approximately 30 games, it would look a lot like the Los Angeles Clippers ' 2016-17 season so far...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 11,000 reads 12 comments

  3. What a Time to Be a 5: Why NBA Bigs Are Launching More Threes Than Ever

    Joel Embiid entered the NBA with the tools to rule the paint. The arachnoid frame, with room to pack on mass. The footwork of a ballet dancer. The gliding strides of a gazelle...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 25,663 reads 39 comments

  4. Friday NBA Roundup: Warriors Rolling Ahead of Finals Rematch with Cavaliers

    To paraphrase the late, great Dennis Green , the Golden State Warriors are who we thought they were: the NBA 's leanest, meanest winning machine...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 52,529 reads 55 comments

  5. NBA Rookie Ladder: How the Top 10 Stack Up Entering 2017

    2016 can't come to an end soon enough f or most of the NBA 's current rookies . Sure, there was plenty of excitement on draft day...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 1 month ago 81,252 reads 61 comments

  6. Where Do Los Angeles Clippers Go from Here After Latest Blake Griffin Injury?

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Through all their years together, and all the twists and turns therein, the Los Angeles Clippers have, like Liam Neeson in Taken , acquired a particular set of skills, for better or worse...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 17,610 reads 40 comments

  7. Friday NBA Roundup: Are Lakers or Sixers Better Off in Rebuilding Process?

    The last time D'Angelo Russell and Joel Embiid were spotted on the same court, they were buried on the depth chart together at Montverde Academy in Florida. "Our coach had guys in front of us," Russell told CSNPhilly...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 79,025 reads 189 comments

  8. Why Haven't the Portland Trail Blazers Taken That Next Step?

    LOS ANGELES — There's no place like home, especially after a long road trip. So many of the problems that plagued the Portland Trail Blazers through four straight losses ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 10,747 reads 26 comments

  9. LA Clippers Still Trying to Rediscover Early-Season Swagger

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers scratched and clawed their way to a 121-120 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night—and broke Lawler's Law along the way—but it was Blake Griffin who bore the brunt of the abuse...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 5,335 reads 11 comments

  10. 2016-17 NBA Superstar Rankings: The Top 25 Players in the Association Right Now

    The NBA is flooded with talent like never before, and the circumstances of the 2016-17 season have put so much of it on brilliant display...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 69,410 reads 176 comments

  11. Slumping Los Angeles Clippers Have Many Complaints, Few Answers

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Marreese Speights ambled into the Clippers ' training facility, decked out in sweatpants and a self-referential "I Got 5 On It" shirt, looking every ...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 9,377 reads 11 comments

  12. NBA Rookie Report Cards: How the Top 10 Shake out at 2016-17 Quarter-Season Mark

    What have the NBA 's rookies been up to since we last checked in before Thanksgiving ? Joel Embiid's still balling out for the Philadelphia 76ers, as is fellow 2014 draftee Dario Saric...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 35,704 reads 54 comments

  13. NBA Teams Entering Make-or-Break Stretches at 2016-17 Quarter-Season Mark

    There's no real pressure during the NBA regular season, right? Certainly not before Christmas Day, with the playoffs still four months away...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 2 months ago 23,020 reads 44 comments

  14. Friday NBA Roundup: Is Cavaliers' Coasting Cause for Concern?

    To paraphrase Frank Sinatra, what a difference a year makes. In a vacuum, the Cleveland Cavaliers' 111-104 loss to the Chicago Bulls looks bad. That it extends the team's losing streak to three games only worsens the optics for LeBron James and Co...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 20,231 reads 58 comments

  15. Clippers and Cavaliers Wouldn't Have Today's Stars Without Long-Forgotten Trade

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers —who face off at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night—can each trace their rise into the NBA 's elite to a single twist of fate...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 12,860 reads 7 comments

  16. Friday NBA Roundup: Warriors Can't Slow Down Now That They Finally Own 1st Place

    The Golden State Warriors were practically anointed NBA champions back in July, but it took them a month of the 2016-17 season to scale the standings...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 63,935 reads 146 comments

  17. NBA Rookie Report Cards: Grading the Class' Top 10 So Far

    It would be easy to spend the next 10 slides ragging on the NBA 's current rookie class. So far, the 2016 draft crew has looked as weak as advertised, especially with Ben Simmons still sidelined for the Philadelphia 76ers...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 127,916 reads 179 comments

  18. Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade Have Chicago Bulls Blowing Away Expectations

    LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Butler knew what he had to do. He usually does these days. "Coach," he told Fred Hoiberg before the Chicago Bulls faced the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, "I'm going for 40 tonight...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 54,353 reads 62 comments

  19. Biggest Red Flags of the 2016-17 NBA Season So Far

    Have you seen the "Panic Button" recently? Perhaps it's somewhere near Kevin Garnett 's " Cuss Button ." Wherever it is, we would all do well to let it be for a bit—at least as far as the NBA is concerned...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 41,363 reads 49 comments

  20. It's Only November, but LA Clippers Look Like NBA's Best Team out of the Gate

    LOS ANGELES — "I'm going to tell you straight up: It means absolutely nothing," Chris Paul said. Doc Rivers would've preferred that nobody brought it up. "I hate stats," he said...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 23,558 reads 129 comments

  21. Friday NBA Roundup: DeMar DeRozan Has Raptors Looking Like Cavs' Biggest Threat

    DeMar DeRozan is playing like a man on a mission. That mission? To cement the Toronto Raptors as a serious threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 42,251 reads 103 comments

  22. 2016-17 NBA Rookie Ladder: Early Progress Reports and Rankings

    In a year of the unpredictable becoming commonplace, at least one prognostication has held true: The 2016 NBA draft was lamented for a lack of top-tier talent and depth...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 6,023 reads 2 comments

  23. Chris Paul on LA Clippers' Dominant Defense: 'Why Didn't We Do This Last Year?'

    LOS ANGELES — Monday evening, Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris drove by Blake Griffin for a layup. After the ball fell through the net, Griffin grabbed it and spiked it, upset to be giving up a basket...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 4,591 reads 3 comments

  24. Devin Booker's Rise to Phoenix Suns Star: 'I Always Knew I Was Capable of This'

    Mere minutes into his first Las Vegas Summer League practice with the Phoenix Suns in 2015, Earl Watson, then a newly hired development coach, was fluttering around the gym...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 3 months ago 26,263 reads 24 comments

  25. Derrick Rose, New York Knicks Finding Their Form and Friday NBA Takeaways

    On the same day the Chicago Cubs brought the World Series pennant back to the Windy City for the first time in 108 years, the town’s NBA team hosted a much more awkward homecoming at the United Center...

    Josh Martin Written by Josh Martin about 4 months ago 48,273 reads 112 comments