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Poor defense and a rough day shooting from the floor doomed the Spurs in Saturday's playoff-opening 113-92 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The performance surprised coach Gregg Popovich, who thought his team was prepared entering the game.
Draymond Green downplayed the Warriors' poor finish to the regular season, saying after Saturday's Game 1 win over the Spurs, "We're a championship ball club. We know what it takes this time of year in order to win."
Joel Embiid told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Saturday that he's making progress in his recovery from a broken orbital bone and a concussion suffered last month. He hopes to return for Game 2 or 3 of the playoffs against the Miami Heat.
A 7-10 finish to the regular season left some wondering if the Warriors could turn things around when the playoffs began. Consider that question answered with a resounding yes after a 21-point win in Game 1 over the Spurs.
Players around the league, from stars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry to role players like PJ Tucker and Montrezl Harrell, stepped up their sneaker game in a big way this season.
For as decorated a career as LeBron James has enjoyed, he has been at his absolute best in one particular realm: the first round of the playoffs.
All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis says he'll put his trust in the Knicks' front office to hire the next head coach, and that he wants to remain in New York long term.
Michigan's Moe Wagner, who scored 40 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in two Final Four games, will enter the NBA draft, he announced.
Who will be punching their ticket to the second round? Our NBA experts make their predictions for all eight matchups.
Golden State did not play well to end the regular season. Perhaps the start of the playoffs will turn things around.
Which underdog has the best chance of advancing and which one has the worst? Kevin Pelton breaks down the 2018 matchups and ranks the upset odds.
Jimmy Butler came into the NBA on Derrick Rose's team. Now Butler and Rose are back in the postseason in Minnesota, with Butler the All-Star and Rose trying to re-establish himself.
The Mavericks won a tie-breaker with the Hawks on Friday to earn the third pre-lottery position and will have a 13.8 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick when the NBA conducts its draft lottery on May 15.
Touching on several topics Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that tanking is an "incredibly difficult issue" to address and further reforms to stop it may be needed.
Mike Budenholzer is expected to meet with Suns management early next week, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Steve Kerr says the Warriors' poor play over the last month was tied to them having locked into the No. 2 seed in the West, one spot behind Houston. "The games have not been meaningful, and our play and our focus reflected that," Kerr said.
The Celtics are without several key players entering the postseason, but guard Terry Rozier said the team is motivated by those who have doubted the team since Gordon Hayward suffered an injury in the season opener.
Cavaliers big man Kevin Love told ESPN that Cleveland may have many moving parts -- including the future of LeBron James and a lot of players without much playoff experience -- but that the team's goal continues to be winning a title.
The former Syracuse commit who is bypassing college for the G League tells ESPN that he hasn't begun looking into endorsement deals to supplement his playing salary.
Wizards guard Jodie Meeks will be suspended 25 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program, sources said, ruling him out of the playoffs.