NBA ‘all-in’ tiers: Who is focused on the present, the future or is stuck in between?

7:10 AM ET Tim Bontemps Kevin Pelton Close ESPN Senior Writer Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system When the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a blockbuster trade to land Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year wasted … Read more

Spoelstra: Strus’ negated 3 a ‘case study’ for NBA

MIAMI — As the Miami Heat digest a “heartbreaking” 100-96 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Erik Spoelstra and his staff believe that a momentum-changing overturned call in the third quarter will provide a “case study” for the NBA as far as replay reviews go moving forward. The … Read more

Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum and the intangibles that could swing Game 7

After the many ups and downs of the 2022 Eastern Conference finals, including double-digit wins and injuries to star players, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics are facing off for Game 7 in Miami on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET (on ESPN and the ESPN app). The winner will advance to play the Golden State … Read more

One major difference between the Celtics and Heat is deciding the East finals

MIAMI — In late January, the San Antonio Spurs traded backup guard Bryn Forbes to the Denver Nuggets. Five months later, that unassuming move has made a major impact on the 2022 Eastern Conference finals. It was the opening of an opportunity for the Boston Celtics that has been fully realized, as they have pushed … Read more

‘Jimmy had his fingerprints on that’: How Butler took over Game 1

MIAMI — Jimmy Butler is worth the drama. That isn’t exactly how Erik Spoelstra termed Butler’s game on Tuesday night, of course. The Miami Heat coach was his usual controlled self after guiding his team to a 118-107 victory over the Boston Celtics, fueled by Butler’s greatness, to take a 1-0 lead in the NBA … Read more

James Harden’s addition was supposed to make Philly ‘unstoppable’ — it created a massive problem instead

9:59 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN IN EARLY MARCH, sitting on-stage inside Boston’s Hynes Convention Center for the start of the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Daryl Morey wore a blue blazer over a red shirt that featured a cartoon of James Harden‘s face from his famous internet meme. “Besides ‘Seize The Data,’ the theme … Read more

Hoops, hockey, Formula One and tons of stars highlight Miami’s thrilling sports week

When you think of Miami, sunny beaches, neon lights and thrilling nightlife experiences might come to mind, and rightfully so. This past week, however, South Beach was the epicenter of action-packed sporting events. The Miami Heat‘s journey toward a Larry O’Brien Trophy continued in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers. Another squad from … Read more