Category: “Spotlight”


A Free-Throw Expert’s Advice for Giannis: Just Shoot It.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star, has frustrated fans and opponents with his drawn-out free-throw routine that often ends with a miss.

By Scott Cacciola


Chris Paul’s Sloppy Game 4 Finish Brought Back Memories of His Checkered Playoff Past.

The Phoenix Suns’ seven-point lead had evaporated in the fourth quarter, but control of the NBA Finals was still there for the taking.


5 things we learned from Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Finals.

Giannis Antetokounmpo joins elite company, Deandre Ayton shows his value to Phoenix and role players continue to step up.

By Steve Aschburner


Jae Crowder’s Playoff Experience Is His Greatest Asset, and He Knows It.

The Suns forward has made eight straight postseason appearances with five different teams, and he’s the only player on the Suns or Bucks with prior NBA Finals experience. That has made him an invaluable resource for Phoenix—and a potential game-changer in this series.

By Paolo Uggetti


A Disparaging Video Prompts Explosive Fallout Within ESPN.

In comments still rippling through the network, the reporter Rachel Nichols, who is white, said Maria Taylor, who is Black, earned the job to host 2020 N.B.A. finals coverage because ESPN was “feeling pressure” on diversity.

By Kevin Draper


The Clippers Are at a Crossroads: Run It Back or Blow It Up?

Will Kawhi Leonard re-sign? Can the Clips afford to keep Reggie Jackson? And is there a scenario in which they trade Paul George? Los Angeles just made its first conference finals in 51 years, but the future is anything but certain.

By Kevin O'Connor


Who’s The Real ‘Playoff P’?

Paul George has struggled with his shooting in the postseason, but he still finds ways to contribute.

By Jared Dubin


Down 2-0 Once Again, the LA Clippers’ Secret Weapon Is Ty Lue.

"T-Lue," George said when asked how the Clippers reached their first Western Conference finals.

By Ohm Youngmisuk


Doubters. Haters. Trae Young Has Them. He Doesn’t Care.

Young, the Atlanta Hawks guard, has embraced the booing, cursing crowds and his opponents’ defensive pressure. What he hasn’t embraced? Low expectations.

By Jonathan Abrams


The Philadelphia 76ers Have a Chronic Closing Problem.

Wednesday's Game 5 in Philadelphia was one of the biggest choke jobs in NBA playoff history, complete with a scoring drought of four-plus minutes at the end of the fourth quarter.

By Ben Rohrbach


Kevin Durant May Finally Face Burden He’s Tried so Hard to Avoid.

Five summers ago, Kevin Durant made a very smart call. Actually, he made two:

By Ian O'Connor


Nobody Told Joel Embiid That Centers Don’t Dominate the NBA Anymore.

“You don’t realize just how dominant he is,” Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers told in May. “He does things that no other big can do.”

By Robert O'Connell

Edward Thring Profile

Edward Thring
The Lazy Monarch

Become a Lazy and never look back. Weekly NBA emails straight to your inbox.

Everything NBA, straight to your lazy ass.
2016 → 2021