1. Persistent Indiana Pacers Are Winners Already by Managing to Stay in East Race

    INDIANAPOLIS — Considering the man in charge and the culture created in Indiana, it shouldn't be any surprise that, even after a confluence of unfair circumstances, the Pacers haven't tossed in the towel in the hope of a lottery lifeline...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 2 hours ago 4,249 reads 24 comments

  2. LeBron James Joins MVP Race in Potential NBA Finals Preview

    CLEVELAND — The candles can burn at both ends when you're among the NBA 's truly elite. Your season typically ends later, because you are helping to carry your team deep into the postseason...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 day ago 142,828 reads 512 comments

  3. Chicago Bulls' Ceiling No Longer the Same Without Derrick Rose's Potential

    You'll hear a lot today about everything Derrick Rose wasn't this season. He wasn't even close to a league-average shooter, barely above 40 percent...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 3 days ago 86,375 reads 228 comments

  4. Cavaliers, Now with Few Holes or Excuses, Rolling Toward Title Contention

    DETROIT — Though he typically shows more patience in his press sessions than on the sidelines, Stan Van Gundy will occasionally come across a question he'll feel compelled to ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 3 days ago 102,848 reads 280 comments

  5. Hit Hard by Chris Bosh News, Miami Heat Keep Big Picture in Perspective

    MIAMI — After more than a dozen years with the Miami Heat , after sharing the court and stage with some of the sport's most celebrated and controversial superstars, after winning ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 6 days ago 53,837 reads 112 comments

  6. As Chris Bosh Deals with Health Issue, There's Genuine Concern for a Genuine Guy

    MIAMI — There's a dogged determination among the traditionalists in this profession to disconnect, to set any emotional attachments aside, to draw a line between our lives and ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 7 days ago 84,422 reads 123 comments

  7. Pat Riley Plays to Form and Once Again Rescues a Disgruntled Player for Miami

    MIAMI — To most South Florida sports fans, scarred by the incompetence of the other pro franchises over the past two decades, Pat Riley long ago achieved superhero status...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 8 days ago 219,679 reads 252 comments

  8. To Go for It or Not to Go for It? That's the Question at NBA's Trade Deadline

    They are the unwashed, the unwatchable, the undeserving—and yet, the undeterred. While the chase for postseason competition in the NBA 's Western Conference is fairly well-defined ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 10 days ago 48,592 reads 56 comments

  9. LeBron James, as Always, Aims to Take Center Stage at Madison Square Garden

    NEW YORK — A city capable of perpetual surprise had a few more in store Sunday night, whether it was Queen Latifah singing a subdued national anthem, or Dirk Nowitzki dunking ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 12 days ago 156,573 reads 182 comments

  10. Kyle Korver, with Respect of Shooting Legends, on Way to Starting Historic Club

    Shooting is a science, but also an art, and Kyle Korver has always appreciated the unique gifts of the other masters with magical wrists...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 15 days ago 329,593 reads 190 comments

  11. Cavaliers, Bulls Continuing on Central Division Collision Course Toward Playoffs

    CHICAGO — There are some natural markers in any sports season, though some leagues have more than others...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 15 days ago 56,572 reads 300 comments

  12. Loose, Unified Cavaliers Looking More Like a LeBron James Team

    CLEVELAND — There had been plenty of sweet harmony on the floor Wednesday night, but now LeBron James was reaching for something with an even more pulsating beat...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 16 days ago 140,585 reads 214 comments

  13. Former UCLA Coach Ben Howland Stands Up for His Former Star, Kevin Love

    It's been a choppy and challenging first season for Kevin Love in Cleveland, with the criticism continuing to come, even as the Cavaliers have started to come together, and even with Love averaging 17...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 18 days ago 45,566 reads 150 comments

  14. Former All-Stars Finding a Long Life in the NBA Is Survival of the Wisest

    The messages aren't subtle in the NBA , not even when you've made your name in the game, as a former No. 1 overall pick, as an All-Star, as a valuable enforcer in the way Kenyon Martin has...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 22 days ago 91,661 reads 85 comments

  15. Jacque Vaughn Had the Odds Against Him and Did Little to Improve Them

    As the inevitable became increasingly imminent a few weeks ago, a couple of NBA scouts were chatting about the reasons it hadn't worked very well for one of Gregg Popovich's proteges, Jacque Vaughn, in Orlando...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 22 days ago 23,763 reads 49 comments

  16. Hassan Whiteside Has Gone from Novelty to Necessity for Miami Heat

    MIAMI — Every time Hassan Whiteside appears on the floor now, there's an assumption his output will be astonishing...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 28 days ago 214,478 reads 306 comments

  17. Point Guard Takeover: Why Has It Become the NBA's Premium Position?

    The modern NBA point guard has many attributes, but modesty isn't typically foremost among them. In this respect, Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies is something of an exception...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 77,823 reads 205 comments

  18. LeBron James' Body Has Come Around, So Here Come the New-Look Cavaliers

    CLEVELAND — If the past six Cleveland Cavaliers games—all Cavs wins—haven't served as sufficient warning, five words should sound a piercing alarm for the rest of the NBA ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 159,142 reads 372 comments

  19. Another Slow Start May Be Turning into Another Turnaround Story for Cavs' Blatt

    CLEVELAND — Looking back now, several months later, it's easier for Joe Ingles to evaluate what happened at Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, to put that team's transformation, ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 76,594 reads 111 comments

  20. As Always for LeBron, It's His Teammates, Not the Coach, Who Matter Most

    CLEVELAND — Before he left the Cavaliers locker room Monday for the winter chill, LeBron James showed another sign that the sun is finally starting to shine on his 2014-15 season...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 73,289 reads 106 comments

  21. Chicago Bulls Struggling to Take Defensive Identity of Tom Thibodeau's Teams

    CLEVELAND — Noise can be nuisance when that noise is coming from the outside, whether the crowd or the critics...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 94,946 reads 310 comments

  22. Never Easy to Please, Stan Van Gundy Is Finding the Sunny Side in Detroit

    The nostalgia flowed freely in a text exchange between two men near the top of their profession. John Calipari, now king of Kentucky, recently found a photo more than three decades ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 69,756 reads 60 comments

  23. Atlanta Hawks Are for Real, but Are They Ready for What's Next?

    DETROIT — NBA teams must possess many attributes to seriously contend, with talent, toughness and intelligence at the forefront...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 65,020 reads 233 comments

  24. David Griffin Cashes in His Chips to Assemble Cleveland Cavaliers 2.0

    CLEVELAND — The timing wasn't ideal, but that was actually appropriate for the occasion. The timing, when it comes to NBA transactions, approvals or announcements, rarely is as anyone would imagine or prefer...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 213,814 reads 384 comments

  25. LeBron James Hasn't 'Felt Great All Year,' Talks Recent Cavaliers Trades

    CLEVELAND — Whether judged visually or empirically, LeBron James hasn't consistently appeared to be quite the same player as he'd been the past four seasons with the Heat ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 101,983 reads 191 comments