Pistons trade options: What can Detroit get for accepting contracts in the salary-cap space?

Earlier this week, I took a look at potential non-max free agents the Pistons could target to round out their roster. Detroit has a maximum space available, but sources say the athletic the organization is unlikely to throw a max contract at one of the big-name restricted free agents. However, under the supervision of general … Read more

The death of the NBA superteam (for now)

The Warriors, built over time.Image: fake images The Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors finals were one of the most compelling championship fights in recent history. The Celtics were in a Cinderella tear en route to facing a revamped, post-Kevin Durant Warriors. Both teams had organically built the backbone of their roster through skillful drafts … Read more

Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem on Bam Adebayo’s offensive play

The Miami Heat do not evaluate center Bam Adebayo based on shot attempts and points. Teammates and coaches appreciate Adebayo for everything else he brings to the field. So when the outside talk about Adebayo’s offensive aggression reaches the locker room, those inside the organization ignore it. “I don’t pay attention. They don’t know what … Read more

Heat plan to use same starting lineup in Game 6 against Celtics

BOSTON Elimination games sometimes force teams to make big changes to salvage their seasons, but Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra doesn’t think that’s necessary. Despite the starting lineup struggles in the previous two games, Spoelstra plans to stick with the same group to start Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night at … Read more

2022 NBA Playoffs – For the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the most important skill has been availability

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

NBA playoffs 2022 – The Miami Heat might not have enough to get past the best defense in the league

BOSTON — Midway through the third quarter Monday night, as the Celtics extended their lead to 32 points, Rudy Gobert couldn’t resist. “This Boston defense is tough” the center of the Utah Jazz tweeted. This was both innocuous and accurate at a time when the Celtics were stifling the Miami Heat and rewriting a bunch … Read more

Following Miami Heat, Ime Udoka, Boston Celtics look to ‘combat some of their aggressiveness’

3:37 p.m. ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON — The Boston Celtics pride themselves on being the most physical team in every game they play. It’s something coach Ime Udoka has emphasized since he took over as coach of the team last summer, and he’s played a big part in Boston’s big midseason turnaround. But through three … Read more

Miami Heat survive Jimmy Butler’s departure to earn a gutsy win against Boston Celtics in Game 3

BOSTON — The Miami Heat took their Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics personally. That was the message that came out of a proud Heat locker room after a gutsy 109-103 victory Saturday night that gave them a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals. After embarrassing themselves during a lackluster performance in … Read more