Wes Unseld Jr. failed to fix Wizards’ defense in the first year

As the season wound down, Wes Unseld Jr. came up with a snotty response to the greeting: “How are you, Coach?” “How do I look?” he’d shoot back with a grin, alluding to the accumulation of near-sleepless nights, meals on the go, and the daily onslaught of decisions faced by NBA head coaches. It wasn’t … Read more

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Tobias Harris finds his rhythm with James Harden and the new-look Sixers

Tobias Harris didn’t have the best start to the first half of the season. He returned to some of his more indecisive ways, cooling off from three-point range with fewer attempts. Since then, there have still been inconsistent routes, but he started warming up from early 2022. And following the All-Star hiatus with James Harden … Read more

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Karl-Anthony Towns reconnects with basketball after mother’s death

The feeling that counts. Karl-Anthony Towns cannot remember the date. He can’t remember the month. Early in the season. Late October, maybe November. But the feeling that he knows. “I went to the practice facility one morning,” Towns explained. “Usually I’m one of the first before the coaches and everyone else gets there. I walked … Read more

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The Ringer’s NBA Playoff and Lottery Odds Engine

Welcome to The ringtone‘s NBA Odds Machine for the 2021-22 season. Based on team strength as measured by point difference — a historically strong predictor of future success — with adjustments for individual folds like injuries and schedules, the odds engine outlines postseason probabilities, including each team’s likelihood of making the playoffs and the win … Read more

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CJ McCollum predicts “many wins in our future” after leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a play-in win over the San Antonio Spurs

2:26 a.m. ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — Wherever CJ McCollum goes in New Orleans, he says he can sense the excitement in the city around the pelicans. On Wednesday, to a packed audience at the Smoothie King Center, that continued as the Pelicans walked away with a 113-103 win over the San Antonio Spurs … Read more

Paul George, LA meets CJ McCollum, Pelicans in Play-In tournament

After losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, Paul George and the LA Clippers will face CJ McCollum and the New Orleans Pelicans in Friday night’s play-in tournament. The winner becomes the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The loser has ended his season. The Pelicans advanced in the play-in tournament by defeating … Read more

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Phoenix Suns get back to work awaiting the results of the play-in tournament

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns have days off and then they have blackout days. The latter is still a day off, but one on which the Suns’ staff don’t want anyone in the building. Because on “days off,” most players still come in and get some work done, so head coach Monty Williams gives these … Read more

Knicks must decide if Immanuel Quickley can be their PG answer

Immanuel Quickley made the most of Christmas – to the extreme. Quickley played in the Knicks’ Christmas Day matinee win against Atlanta, had a Christmas dinner with Obi Toppin’s family, and then finished vacationing in Tarrytown. Quickley’s work ethic has impressed the Knicks’ coaching staff, but not even Tom Thibodeau was at their headquarters in … Read more

Knicks must decide if Immanuel Quickley can be their PG answer

Immanuel Quickley made the most of Christmas – to the extreme. Quickley played in the Knicks’ Christmas Day matinee win against Atlanta, had a Christmas dinner with Obi Toppin’s family, and then finished vacationing in Tarrytown. Quickley’s work ethic has impressed the Knicks’ coaching staff, but not even Tom Thibodeau was at their headquarters in … Read more

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