1. Warriors Taking a Champion's Step with Clutch-Time Play Against Pelicans

    There's nothing more intimidating in sports than inevitability, the sense that no matter what you have done, no matter how large your lead, no matter how little time is left, the opponent will eventually overcome you...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 3 days ago 33,747 reads 130 comments

  2. Emerging as Celtics' New Rising Star, Brad Stevens Can't Lose, Even If He Does

    It was a Tuesday night in Cleveland, but if you closed your eyes as Brad Stevens spoke, you could have easily imagined this being a Friday night in West Texas...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 4 days ago 45,721 reads 101 comments

  3. LeBron James Embracing His Inner Scorer Makes Cavaliers Tough to Stop

    CLEVELAND — Prior to fully dressing for his group interview at the podium late Tuesday night, LeBron James sat at his locker, sore but mostly smiling...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 5 days ago 103,369 reads 463 comments

  4. Matchup with Celtics Offers Cavs Chance to Do More Than Just Advance in Playoffs

    CLEVELAND — Timofey Mozgov tries to oblige when he's asked a question in English, enough that you get the sense he has a winning personality. Still, it's fairly common for something to get lost in translation...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 6 days ago 29,747 reads 112 comments

  5. Boston Celtics Provide the Perfect Opponent for Cavaliers' Playoff Newcomers

    CLEVELAND — Any parent endeavoring to teach a child anything would prefer to control the conditions. Take swimming, for instance...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 7 days ago 88,710 reads 249 comments

  6. After All the Conjecture, Playoffs Will Reveal Plenty About Kevin Love

    CLEVELAND — Kevin Love declined an interview for this story. This may seem an odd way for an article to open, since that's the sort of sentence that's typically stuck somewhere ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 8 days ago 114,932 reads 291 comments

  7. The LeBron Rules: Seven Series and Scars That Helped Make LeBron James

    CLEVELAND — Time typically heals wounds, but time has a busy schedule and some blind spots, and soreness tends to linger even after the stitches...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 10 days ago 325,033 reads 556 comments

  8. Miami Heat's Latest Collapse Leaves Team on the Brink of a Merciful End

    MIAMI—There was a time, a time that now seems like eons ago, when the song sounded menacing, more than merely a warning to visitors to take cover from the storm, but a taunt that no one would be safe anywhere 'til it stopped...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 17 days ago 36,200 reads 305 comments

  9. Cavaliers Putting Themselves in Prime Position Ahead of 2015 NBA Playoffs

    CLEVELAND — LeBron James has viewed this season, his first back in Ohio after four instructive and productive seasons away, as a mentoring exercise as much as a playing one...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 21 days ago 55,804 reads 167 comments

  10. Paul George's Return Is Victory That Means Most for Pacers

    While gracefully scaling the sky toward NBA stardom, Paul George has never been shy to show his appreciation, or seek the support, of those already in that exalted class...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 22 days ago 33,564 reads 92 comments

  11. Hobbled Miami Heat Now Looking Like Long Shot to Face Cavaliers in NBA Playoffs

    CLEVELAND — It was called "Mario's Miracle," but the shot that Mario Chalmers made to send the 2008 NCAA championship game to overtime was unremarkable compared to what he's accomplished in this, his seventh NBA season...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 24 days ago 68,837 reads 201 comments

  12. LeBron James, Cavaliers Avoid Hero-Ball, Pass Another West Test vs. Grizzlies

    MEMPHIS — The ending looked easy, almost embarrassingly so. But to focus solely on that would ignore all that was required to achieve it. Kevin Love darting out of a screen to the top to take a Kyrie Irving drop-off...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 64,291 reads 207 comments

  13. Revived Dwyane Wade Trying to Lead Miami Heat Back to the Playoffs

    MIAMI — It was simple once, and now is again. The Big Three broke into pieces, with LeBron James breaking away and Chris Bosh breaking down...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 48,277 reads 141 comments

  14. NBA Insider: Separation of James Harden, Russell Westbrook Fueling MVP Race

    It may seem impossible, at this point, to separate Russell Westbrook and James Harden , two of the four leading candidates for NBA MVP...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 57,854 reads 155 comments

  15. Knicks Hope to Emulate Spurs' Success After Lost Season

    Recently, Dominique Wilkins has begun to receive his just due, whether a statue outside or a ceremony inside Philips Arena, for all he did as a NBA player. Well, actually, for all he did as an Atlanta Hawk since few can recall his four other stops...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 62,292 reads 169 comments

  16. LeBron Steps Back to Witness New Step in Cavs' Evolution, Thanks to Kyrie Irving

    SAN ANTONIO — Kyrie Irving had encountered resistance all night, but he had still repeatedly done exactly what he desired, until he had done something that no Cleveland ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 120,408 reads 252 comments

  17. The Exclusive Pat Riley Q&A: NBA's Ultimate Lifer Fights on in Post-LeBron Era

    MIAMI — These may seem to some like silly questions to ask someone like this, someone sitting in a spacious office that speaks to the spoils of victory, from the spectacular ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 298,361 reads 323 comments

  18. Miami Heat Receive Best News All Year: Chris Bosh Will Return Next Season

    MIAMI — Cloud after cloud has rolled into South Florida over the past nine months, halting to hover over American Airlines Arena...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 89,590 reads 86 comments

  19. Atlanta Hawks Have Nothing Left to Prove Until NBA Playoffs Begin

    ATLANTA — The creativity was on display prior to the contest, not only in the highlights shown, but in the way they were presented, appearing as 3D images exploding off the surface of the Philips Arena court...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 67,043 reads 277 comments

  20. Even Minus a LeBron, Hawks' Clutch Play Says They Can Make Deep Playoff Run

    When the basketball conversations get heated, and an Atlanta Hawks disbeliever seeks to sink a winning parting shot, you should know where that person will go: You'll hear about the Hawks lacking a go-to guy...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 43,746 reads 152 comments

  21. As Season Slips Away, Phoenix Suns Look Within and Struggle to Find Their Heart

    MIAMI — There are seasons to remember and seasons to forget, and sometimes, there isn't much that separates the two...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 35,195 reads 135 comments

  22. Houston Rockets Flash Forming Identity by Getting Under LeBron James' Skin

    HOUSTON — There had already been enough anger on this afternoon—anger about not getting calls from the officials, about getting his groin kicked by an opponent...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 154,274 reads 559 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 36,715 reads 116 comments

  24. 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 month ago 151,831 reads 522 comments

  25. 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 2 months ago 87,490 reads 228 comments