Matt Eppers USA TODAY Published 8:45 PM EDT Jun 23, 2019 The championship has been won, and the draft is in the books. Before attention turns to what promises to be an eventful free agency period, the NBA will put the finishing touches on the 2018-19 season with its third annual awards show Monday night from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The league will announce the winners of the season's individual awards, with Most Valuable Player the crown jewel. The awards were voted on by a panel of media members before the start of the playoffs. Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden and Paul George were announced as MVP finalists in May. So who has the edge among the trio of superstars? Antetokounmpo and George bolstered their positions as two of the best all-around players in the league and are both finalists for defensive player of the year as well. Harden was again a scoring machine who won another scoring title to put himself in position to win a second … [Read more...] about NBA MVP finalists: Giannis, Harden, George — who will win?
Rockets will win game 7
Martin Rogers USA TODAY Published 8:47 AM EDT May 10, 2019 Sunday can’t arrive quickly enough, for who doesn’t love a Game Seven? For those partial for the NBA the end of this week is like an early version of Christmas, with as many as three series deciders providing a mouthwatering platter of basketball tension and a perfect excuse to fossilize yourself to the couch. Yet while the focus will gear heavily towards the do-or-die finale of the Golden State/Houston series (assuming it goes that far) and Toronto’s enthralling scrap with Philadelphia, the least-noticed of all the second round tussles deserves to share the top of the bill. The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers have warranted your focus from the very first tipoff of their head-to-head, but found themselves overshadowed somewhat by bigger names and higher-profile games elsewhere. Their series has been a modern classic from the outset, a thrilling, explosive and profoundly competitive bout between … [Read more...] about NBA playoffs: Blazers-Nuggets Game 7 deserves top billing
Martin Rogers USA TODAY Published 7:43 PM EDT Apr 29, 2019 OAKLAND -- Modern NBA history tilts firmly in favor of the bigger, badder, better Western Conference and there is no sign of that trend slowing. The overwhelming favorites to win the title? The Golden State Warriors. The most popular pick for anyone who didn’t back the defending champions? The Houston Rockets. The only realistic chance that one of those teams don’t end up winning it all? If the current series between the two turns into a bloodbath. The Warriors and Rockets did their best to knock the stuffing out of each other during Game 1 of their conference semifinal showdown at Oracle Arena on Sunday, with physical challenges, verbal potshots and attempts to sway the officials flying to and fro in equal measure. It is an angsty series, filled with recriminations. It is petty and priceless, and a lot of it will be in the hands of the officials and how they respond to the lingering controversy over foul … [Read more...] about Warriors-Rockets drama gives Eastern Conference teams hope
Sport by Press Association 25/03/2019, 7:03 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jeremy Lamb’s incredible buzzer-beater from almost 50 yards secured the Charlotte Hornets a dramatic victory against the Toronto Raptors. Lamb’s attempt from half-court found the basket for a 115-114 victory for the play-off chasing Hornets, who have won three in a row. Kawhi Leonard, who had 28 points, looked to have sealed victory as he put the Raptors ahead with 44 seconds left to play, but Lamb’s winner stunned the Scotiabank Arena. The Hornets’ run has moved them to within two games of the eighth play-off spot in the Eastern Conference. The Houston Rockets clinched their place in the NBA’s post season with a 113-90 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. James Harden scored 28 points as the Rockets became the third team to clinch their play-off place in the Western Conference. The Boston Celtics are still waiting to clinch … [Read more...] about Jeremy Lamb hits incredible buzzer-beater from almost 50 yards in Hornets win
Timely plays from the Huskies' upperclassmen and hot shooting throughout the game proved just enough to propel NIU past second-seeded Toledo, 80-76 and on to the Huskies' first MAC tournament semifinals appearance since 2003. NIU shot 56.4 percent (31 of 55) overall and 58.8 percent (10 of 17) on 3-point shots. NIU (17-16) grabbed a 68-60 lead, only to see the Rockets tie the game back up after five quick points from Marreon Jackson of Toledo (25-7) and a Luke Knapke 3-pointer tied the game with 2:50 to go at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. On the next Huskie possession, German made a 3-pointer, only to be answered by a Knapke jumper. German responded in turn with a runner in the lane, as NIU held on to a 73-70 lead with 1:39 left in regulation. German led all scorers with 27 points on 11 of 15 shooting including 5 of 9 on shots from beyond the 3-point arc. "Eugene German in the first half carried us. Levi Bradley, thank God he woke up in the second half," Montgomery said. … [Read more...] about Area roundup: NIU men’s basketball advances to MAC semis for first time since 2003; Sycamore boys win home invite