Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu will not play in Thursday night’s game against Nebraska because of a “facial injury,” a team spokesman confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.
Dosunmu was injured after taking a hard hit to the face during Tuesday’s loss at Michigan State. Mady Sissoko was ejected for the rough play that sent Dosunmu tumbling to the...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — You convince yourself … no Final Four, no chance, no way.
Then Villanova faces a team that had earlier made Jay Wright’s look not just bad, but ordinary, and the Wildcats completely dismiss St. John’s in a rematch.
Maybe this can still be a long run for the Wildcats in March?
Five years ago, it would have ...Read more
The NBA provides a higher standard for success and offers more extreme examples of terrible than will be found in North America's other three primary men's professional team sports.
The reason for this is mathematical. An NHL team getting to four goals is going to win 90% of the time. A major league baseball team getting to five runs is going ...Read more
This has been the most unusual college basketball season of all time.
Start with the pandemic. The pauses. Limited attendance or no fans at all. Jaw-dropping scores. Various blue bloods struggling to win games. And it will be topped off with an NCAA Tournament played entirely in one state — Indiana.
With that in mind, here are 20 crazy ...Read more
The Lakers didn’t just lose a basketball game Wednesday against the league-leading Utah Jazz.
They lost a math problem.
It wasn’t some complicated algorithm or advanced statistic that people assign to the NBA’s analytical revolution. Nope, it was simple.
Three is better than two and 22 is way better than eight.
The Utah Jazz, a team ...Read more
Charlotte Hornets forward Gordon Hayward made two free throws with 5.8 seconds left for a 124-121 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Phoenix’s Chris Paul was fouled by Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball with two seconds left, sending Paul to the foul line. Paul made the first to cut Charlotte’s lead to one, then intentionally missed the second free ...Read more
With gauze protruding through his left nostril, Stephen Curry dribbled through his legs, behind his back, inside and out before finding just enough space to split three defenders and finish with a left-handed layup to tie the game midway through the third quarter.
It took that kind of effort on nearly every possession for Curry and the Warriors...Read more
After a gutsy bounce-back performance against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, expecting the Pistons to still have some juice left on the second night of a back-to-back was a little wishful thinking.
Actually, they did.
But only for three quarters.
The Pistons hung in for most of the game, but they fell short in the final period, and the ...Read more
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The even-more-depleted-than-usual Miami Hurricanes never stood a chance against rival Florida State.
With five players out and down to six scholarship players, Miami fell, 88-71, to the 11th-ranked Seminoles, who sit atop the ACC standings and are flush with South Florida talent, on Wednesday night at Watsco Center.
The ...Read more
A franchise record 10 3′s by Danilo Gallinari and franchise record 23 3′s overall led the Hawks (14-18) to a 127-112 win vs. the Celtics (15-17) Wednesday at State Farm Arena.
Next up, the Hawks will play in Oklahoma City Friday.
Below are some takeaways from the win:
1. Entering the game, the Hawks were looking to rebound from some ...Read more
Even as the winning continued, this was something closer to whole for the Miami Heat, something closer to what the Heat looked like during last season’s run to the Eastern Conference finals.
With Goran Dragic back in the mix for Erik Spoelstra’s team, with Andre Iguodala doing the 3-point things that Jae Crowder did during last season’s ...Read more
CHICAGO – Timberwolves coach Chris Finch has said he wants to get the ball to Karl-Anthony Towns as much as possible on the offensive end of the floor.
When asked Tuesday what needs to happen for the Wolves to be better in late-game situations, rookie Anthony Edwards just shook his head and said, "Put the ball in Kat's hands."
However, ...Read more
As the shot clock ran down and a seven-footer running his way, Cam Hayes banked in a long three pointer.
It was desperation shots like that, shots that fell, a sure sign that little could go wrong for N.C. State. The Wolfpack may have a chance to salvage their season and next month they might look back at their 68-61 win over No. 15 Virginia as...Read more
One game after its biggest win of the season, North Carolina suffered arguably its most disappointing. The Tar Heels led for all of 57 seconds as Marquette ran away with an 83-70 victory Wednesday. It was the Heels' first loss in the Dean E. Smith Center this season.
It wasn’t just that Carolina lost the game, it was how it lost. The Heels ...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Glenn Robinson III had a feeling his days in Sacramento were numbered. The Kings made it official Wednesday, parting ways with the veteran small forward.
The Kings waived Robinson ahead of the deadline for nonguaranteed contracts, sources told The Sacramento Bee, confirming a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Not long after the Clippers signed prize free agent Kawhi Leonard in July 2019, Johnny Wilkes, the self-described best friend of Leonard’s uncle, drafted a list of requests for the team.
Wilkes wanted a job as the team’s vice president of special events. He wanted a five-year contract. He wanted a staff of four to five ...Read more
ATLANTA — Trae Young was not grievously wronged Tuesday night. He was not snubbed. (Meaning: To rebuff, ignore and spurn disdainfully). Although whenever given the chance to use a great word like "snub," one should never snub it.
Because of a long list of worthy backcourt candidates in the East, the Hawks' alpha guard merely was omitted from ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — The NBA released the second half of its schedule for the 2020-21 NBA season — a schedule that is still flexible in the sense that the ongoing pandemic has forced postponements and rescheduling of games throughout the first 30 games.
Here's what it means for the Lakers:
— The Lakers come back from the break on March 12 to ...Read more
NEW YORK — Austin Rivers understands his time in New York could be over.
With the Feb. 8 trade for Derrick Rose completely cutting Rivers out of the rotation, the backup guard said he’s heard rumors about his relocation.
“There’s been stuff about me being moved to other places,” Rivers said. “With all this kind of up in the air ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — On the same day Paul George joined Kawhi Leonard on the NBA's All-Star Game roster, he also joined his Clippers teammate in expressing reservations over the league's decision to stage its midseason showcase March 7 amid a continuing pandemic.
The All-Star selection is the seventh of George's 11-year career and it might be one of...Read more
- Depleted Miami crushed by No. 11 FSU and its roster filled with South Florida talent
- Tobias Harris helps Sixers beat Raptors, 109-102, while Joel Embiid is held to 3 made field goals
- Austin Rivers knows he could be traded after being cut from Knicks rotation
- Lakers' LeBron James disagrees with playing fewer minutes
- Jazz hand Lakers worst loss of the season