Duke’s Brandon Ingram and L.S.U.’s Ben Simmons, considered to be franchise-shaping players, are heavily favored to be the top two picks in the June draft.
Games at Oracle Arena have been called the best show in sports, with a high-energy team working toward another N.B.A. title. But most of the show is not basketball.
Kyrie Irving scored 27 points for Cleveland, which turned the evening into a glorified pickup game and has yet to lose four weeks into the postseason.
Defensive stopper? Judicious shooter? It still depends on the day, but there is little question that Smith has become a steadying force for the Cavaliers.
As 3-pointers fell at historic rates through the first two rounds of the postseason, LeBron James’ message never changed: The Cleveland Cavaliers are not just a team of jump-shooters.
Still unbeaten, still undeniable.
LeBron James made his first nine shots and scored 24 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers hammered the Toronto Raptors 115-84 on Tuesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals to extend their perfect start to this postseason.
The Philadelphia 76ers have lost big for three years, when they appeared to value draft picks more than players.
The Philadelphia 76ers landed their first No. 1 overall draft pick in 20 years on Tuesday at the NBA’s Draft Lottery. Philadelphia have endured a dreadful three-year stretch that was a part of a rebuilding plan to restock the franchise with top picks.
Wednesday's Knicks Links: Lottery picks goes to Nuggets
While the top-seeded, forever rebuilding 76ers won Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery, Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was the man of Midtown, on the dais to secure the final first-round prize to the 2013 blockbuster trade of Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks. Ujiri chose Manhattan over Cleveland — missing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals…