The winner of the NBA playoffs so far? The injury bug

Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system By now you’ve probably seen the stat that more All-Stars have missed games in this year’s NBA playoffs (eight) than any before on record, per Elias Sports Bureau research, beating the previous

NBA ring chase turning into survival of the fittest as injuries to superstars mount

The NBA champion this season will be the last team standing. Perhaps literally. Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers missed Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals with a knee sprain and amid concerns that it could be a far more significant injury. Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving has been sidelined

‘I got us’: How Clippers’ Paul George lived up to ‘Playoff P’ in Game 5 win over Jazz

The day started with the Los Angeles Clippers learning that star player Kawhi Leonard would miss a pivotal playoff game and possibly much more because of his sprained right knee. But Paul George told Clippers coach Tyronn Lue before morning shootaround not to worry about the circumstances. “‘T, I got us,’”

Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson leaves franchise after 24 seasons

Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, instrumental in the clubs acquisitions of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic, is leaving the organisation after 24 seasons. The Mavericks said Wednesday the club and Nelson agreed to part ways, with owner Mark Cuban saying the son of former coach Don Nelson was instrumental

Atlanta Hawks rally from 26 points down to stun Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5

Joel Embiid left his disastrous 0-for-12 shooting in the second half of Game 4 in Atlanta. However, the Sixers brought their collapse back home to Philadelphia. After blowing an 18-point lead and dropping Game 4, Philadelphia frittered away a 26-point, third-quarter lead and lost Game 5. The never-say-die Hawks defeated

Sources: Hornets’ Ball wins Rookie of the Year

Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, capping a stellar rookie season that came on the heels of him spanning the globe to begin his professional career. Ball, who was announced as a finalist for the award alongside Sacramento Kings

Are the Clippers doomed without Kawhi?

Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) is a professor and an NBA analyst for ESPN. It has been a whirlwind in the NBA news cycle Wednesday, but the news that Kawhi Leonard is likely out for the remainder of this playoff series against the Utah Jazz is arguably the biggest development of the

Why the Pelicans fired Stan Van Gundy after one season as coach

Stan Van Gundy became the second NBA coach to be fired after one season. On Wednesday, reports emerged that the Pelicans were parting with the veteran coach after he posted a 31-41 record during his lone season in charge of New Orleans. The Pelicans, considered to be a potential playoff team

Nets’ Kevin Durant on James Harden playing vs. Bucks with hamstring injury: ‘It inspired me’

James Harden didn’t exactly fill up the Game 5 box score on Tuesday night, but his impact went beyond the numbers. The Nets star, who had essentially missed Brooklyn’s entire Eastern Conference semifinal series against Milwaukee while dealing with right hamstring tightness, was surprisingly upgraded from out to available ahead of the pivotal playoff matchup.