1. Stephen Curry Reveals Warrior's Heart in Quick Return After Breathtaking Fall

    HOUSTON — The easy stories to write are when the ends justify the means. Stephen Curry did not lead an inspiring Golden State Warriors comeback Monday night...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 18 hours ago 34,926 reads 144 comments

  2. Warriors' Deep Reserve of Veterans Setting Stage for Stephen Curry's Heroics

    It wound up feeling like Stephen Curry had done it again, pounding people into submission the way only he can, with his feathers and cotton balls...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 days ago 79,908 reads 343 comments

  3. To Edge Rockets, Curry and Warriors Needed Every Sort of Home-Court Advantage

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Sometimes, home-court advantage detonates in a buzzer-beating moment of exultation...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 5 days ago 37,055 reads 133 comments

  4. Daughter's Sudden Fame Latest Distraction to Challenge Steph Curry's Focus

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is now the MVP, and considerable clout comes with those three capital letters. Everything Curry does and everything that is done to him shall be amplified...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 6 days ago 105,626 reads 187 comments

  5. Missing in Many Ways, Dwight Howard's Absence Becoming Old News for Rockets

    OAKLAND, Calif. — One after another, his teammates approached Dwight Howard at various points in the game, especially in the late going as he just sat there in sadness...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 7 days ago 55,278 reads 307 comments

  6. Who Can You Trust? James Harden, Rockets to Find out in West Finals vs. Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Many others have been here before him. Even better scorers. Guys heralded as true leaders. Accomplished champions...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 8 days ago 39,860 reads 457 comments

  7. Clippers' Emotional Nature Holding Them Back from Postseason Success

    The Los Angeles Clippers still aren’t cool. Not in the hip sense of being a trendy, newfound America’s Team that won a rebellion against former owner Donald Sterling, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 9 days ago 193,156 reads 646 comments

  8. Clips' Playoff Meltdown Will Test Just How Much Blake Griffin and Co. Have Grown

    LOS ANGELES — On an uncommon day of extraordinary rain in Southern California, another rare storm was brewing inside Staples Center: The long-suffering Clippers were poised to reach their first conference finals...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 12 days ago 46,614 reads 239 comments

  9. James Harden's Heroics Aside, Rockets' Playoff Fate May Have Been Set Long Ago

    James Harden said they got their swagger back. What remains unclear even though their season isn't over yet: Do the Houston Rockets actually have swagger, or is it all Harden's? ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 14 days ago 138,282 reads 539 comments

  10. Clippers' Path to Winning NBA Title May Not Be Only a Fairy Tale for Much Longer

    Long-suffering sports devotion can be so uninspiring that it's endearing. Sad-sack supporters of the Chicago Cubs or even the Sacramento Kings at least get a certain amount of that kind of credit...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 16 days ago 93,517 reads 420 comments

  11. Griffin, Clippers Finding Chemistry Can Overcome Almost Anything in Playoffs

    Dig a little deeper into big playoff victories and you see that so much goes into them. It might not look the case for the Los Angeles Clippers, seemingly riding high from the ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 22 days ago 58,966 reads 246 comments

  12. After Playoff Ouster, Spurs' Search to Rediscover Hunger Top Offseason Priority

    Sometimes who wants it more doesn't matter. Talent and chemistry and injuries decide plenty of games and playoff series, but how much you want it does matter. For the individual and the team, desire is part of the basic equation...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 24 days ago 55,172 reads 219 comments

  13. Spurs' Hack-a-Shaq Ploy Should Prompt Bigs to Improve, Not NBA to Change Rules

    Great series. That's what you hear from everyone about this San Antonio Spurs-Los Angeles Clippers first-round playoff series, which delivered a 102-96 Clippers victory Thursday night to ensure it's going to the max with a Game 7...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 26 days ago 73,880 reads 234 comments

  14. Even at 39, Tim Duncan Keeps Showing Why Retirement Shouldn't Be in His Plans

    Zero chance exists that anyone will look back on Tim Duncan 's career and single out the image from Tuesday night, as cool as it was to see a real-life old man beating up two young studs...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 28 days ago 175,406 reads 442 comments

  15. Despite Kobe's Support of Rajon Rondo, Lakers Uncertain About Mercurial Star

    LOS ANGELES — If you've arrived at the completely logical party, hosted by the estimable Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, that Rajon Rondo shall not be welcome ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 29 days ago 155,894 reads 335 comments

  16. After All the Changes, Clippers Incapable of Seizing Franchise-Altering Moment

    Maybe if they hadn't blown the opportunity, the magnitude of what was there to be accomplished by the Los Angeles Clippers would be more obvious...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 64,838 reads 258 comments

  17. In Fickle, Unforgiving World of NBA Coaches, Those Who Endure Deserve the Honors

    Had Rajon Rondo never gone down to Dallas, perhaps we'd be talking about Rick Carlisle as the 2015 NBA Coach of the Year right now...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 13,879 reads 21 comments

  18. Next Thunder Coach Must Be Edgier, Meaner Than Brooks—Someone Like Thibodeau

    It's not enough just to get along. Everybody liked everybody in Oklahoma City, and the good vibrations and high-end talent very well could've brought an NBA championship in recent years with fewer injuries...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 60,761 reads 257 comments

  19. In Loss to Clips, Spurs Fall Victim to What Could Be Their Undoing: Satisfaction

    As wonderful as it is to be popular, a danger lurks in going mainstream. It means so many people have noticed what you do that they might become tired of what you do. Including yourself...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 80,440 reads 345 comments

  20. After Gathering Resources and Losses, Lakers Need to Spend Big, and Soon

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers have so far resisted just throwing stacks of money at their problems. That waiting game ends this summer...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 86,177 reads 182 comments

  21. Jeremy Lin, Lakers Learn About Themselves and Each Other Amid Lost Season

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — We want things to happen immediately. Rarely do they. Given his resume, Jeremy Lin is unabashed about his belief in fateful twists and miraculously fast turns...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 156,365 reads 215 comments

  22. Is Magic Johnson's Dream to Own the Los Angeles Lakers Fueling Rift with Team?

    LOS ANGELES — In some sort of utopian world whereby the most deserving person was anointed to succeed Jerry Buss as Los Angeles Lakers owner, Magic Johnson would've been the one and only...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 68,725 reads 167 comments

  23. Late-Season Fight for Draft Position Again Shows Need for Changes to NBA Lottery

    If there is something undermining the integrity of the NBA game, whether it's illegal screens or handshake deals or lack of instant replay, it's the responsibility and history of the commissioner to get on it...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 73,461 reads 269 comments

  24. Nine Must-Follow Storylines for the NBA's Final Days of the Regular Season

    Little is clearer as we count down the final moments of the NBA regular season than the perception that one team is an overwhelming favorite to reach the Finals...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 73,471 reads 237 comments

  25. Paul George's Emotional, Encouraging Return Bodes Well for Pacers' Playoff Hopes

    The fall came on a grand stage. Paul George was beyond vulnerable. He was visibly broken. So chilling was the scene in the middle of the sizzling Vegas desert and summer that ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 28,820 reads 56 comments