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Nothing the same for once-surging Raptors

On Dec. 31, the Toronto Raptors ruled the Eastern Conference. On the heels of a magical season, with the corporate and cultural tenacity of #WeTheNorth at its peak, Kyle Lowry’s bullheaded heroics and a smoking-hot bench propelled Toronto to a reason-defying 24-8 record. Show More Summary

The trouble with Doc's orders

Doc Rivers doesn't have to build a contender -- Rivers himself was supposed to be the missing piece -- he just has to maintain it. That's the privilege allowed by a roster featuring two top-10 players near the peak of their powers. That's...Show More Summary

First Cup: Thursday

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Take a deep breath. A season-long three-game losing streak came to an end – but not without a fourth-quarter rally. The Hawks used a 22-2 run in the final period to score a 95-83 victory over the Magic Wednesday night at Amway Center. Show More Summary

The NBA's top head-coaching prospects

The coaching carousel slowed down in 2014-15 after a flurry of turnover the previous couple of seasons. While we could conceivably see a couple of firings ahead this summer, most NBA teams and head coaches seem to have happy marriages,...Show More Summary

First Cup: Friday

Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times: These have truly been trying times for Michael Carter-Williams. The recently-acquired Milwaukee Bucks point guard hasn’t only had to make the challenging transition of playing for a new team, but he’s been enduring some painful personal matters. Show More Summary

First Cup: Monday

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News: It was the 13th win in the past 16 games for the Spurs, who completed March 9-1. "They have patience, they have experience," said Gasol, who struggled to 16 points after starting 1 for 7. Show More Summary

The game plan doesn't change in a day

Elsa/NBAE/Getty Images The summer of 2010 was always about finding the team with the best vision of the future. Everything about LeBron James' free agency plan changed as the Cavaliers were eliminated by the Celtics: No way he'd head back to Cleveland after that. Show More Summary

LeBron to the Bulls? 3 GMs think so

by Chad Ford Celtics fans were chanting "New York Knicks" tonight everytime the LeBron James went to the foul line.  Maybe they should've been chanting "Chicago Bulls" Within minutes of the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 6 loss to the Boston Celtics, the speculation about LeBron James' next destination began in full force. Show More Summary

What happened to LeBron James?

Both the practical and symbolic significance of Game 5 between Cleveland and Boston couldn't be overstated. The rest of the NBA's elite made quick work of their conference semifinal opponents. Meanwhile, the 61-win Cavaliers were struggling with a Celtics team that was supposed to be creaky and ill-equipped for the long march into June. Show More Summary

Jazz Season Ends, Boozer Questions Start

By J.A. Adande For some players it’s already time to analyze every facial expression and pronoun, so let the record show that as Utah power forward Carlos Boozer sat in front of his locker and absorbed the Jazz’s second-round sweep at the hands of the Lakers he used the first person plural. Show More Summary

The Game 3 thriller in Utah

The enduring images of Utah's painful 111-110 loss on Saturday evening will be Deron Williams' missed jumper with one second remaining and Wesley Matthews' subsequent oh-so-close tip attempt at the buzzer. But the deeper source of heartbreak...Show More Summary

Van Gundy chimes in on possibility of Riley coaching again

By Chris Sheridan ORLANDO - If there's one man out there who can empathize with Erik Spoelstra regarding the limbo-like situation he now finds himself in, it is the man who was forced to step aside the last time Pat Riley decided to return to head coaching. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant isn't macho enough for you?

It was linked in yesterday's bullets, and all over Twitter, but if you haven't seen it yet, you might want to check out the White Hot Kobe Bryant photo shoot from the L.A. Times magazine. Basically, it's Bryant in the kind of high-fashion getup that is absolutely normal in fashion magazines, but pretty unusual for athletes. Show More Summary

John Hollinger leads the Smackdown

As I have mentioned, in the first round, every single participant in the 2010 TrueHoop Stat Geek Smackdown picked the Cavaliers, Magic, Hawks, Celtics and Lakers to win in the first round. So the action came down to the Spurs vs. Mavericks, Nuggets vs. Show More Summary

The long and short of the Lakers-Jazz matchup

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images Seeing the forest through the trees won't be easy for the Jazz LOS ANGELES -- If you saw Utah dismantle Denver during the first round of the postseason then you have a good idea of how efficient the Jazz’s offensive system is when it’s running on all cylinders. Show More Summary

Still no timetable for Suns' Lopez

By John Hollinger PORTLAND – Robin Lopez worked out at the Suns’ Game 6 shoot-around today, but don’t expect any Brandon Roy-style dramatic returns any time soon. The bulging disk in his back pinched a nerve and caused a loss of strength...Show More Summary

The Heat's other coveted free agent

Very little has been said about the possibility that Tuesday night’s Game 5 defeat in Boston could have been the last game in a Heat uniform for Miami free agent-to-be Udonis Haslem. Understandable as that is –- given the justified obsession...Show More Summary

The killer plays the Nuggets won't run

Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images Who decides what the Nuggets do on offense? The Denver Nuggets have a secret arsenal of nearly unstoppable plays. There's only one hitch headed into Game 5: Acting head coach Adrian Dantley isn't sure he can get his team to run them. Show More Summary

How many Steve Nash high-fives per game?

All Hail Jess the Suns intern for one of the greatest internet videos ever. Before you watch it, take a guess at how many times per game Steve Nash high-fives Suns teammates. Yes, Jess counted: I learned about that video from the Caltech...Show More Summary

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