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Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball while being guarded by Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second quarter...

After an intriguing offseason where multiple storylines bubbled under the surface and some were concluded, the 2021-22 regular season is over… onto the playoffs! I will continue covering the NBA in depth alongside other sports with analysis, coverage, news and more! Enjoy my most recent pieces and stay tuned for more updates as an exciting new campaign unfolds.

2021-22 playoffs

April, May
Conference Finals set after Celtics, Mavericks dominate their respective Game 7 duels
Relive the action: NBA Playoffs East Semi-finals – Bucks 110-107 Celtics, Game 5
Ja Morant listed as doubtful for rest of playoffs with right knee bone bruise
After his 23-point gamewinning display vs. Atlanta, is Victor Oladipo an x-factor in Miami?
Having fired James Borrego, Charlotte can’t afford to waste potential with his successor

2021-22 regular season

April
NBA news digest: Head coach movement, injury updates and more as playoffs inbound
Storylines intensify as playoff permutations remain for multiple teams in final week

March
Jokic again justifies the MVP chants with 35-point winning performance vs. Thunder
Nuggets HC Michael Malone confirms key duo Jamal Murray, Porter Jr won’t return soon
Lakers’ big man Anthony Davis recovering, hopeful of playoff return after foot issue
NBA Q&A: Big questions answered, predictions made as season into business months
Regret or satisfied? Bradley Beal hints at re-signing with Wizards this coming offseason

February
Nuggets to extend DeMarcus Cousins’ contract, 76ers sign Cauley-Stein to 10-day deal
Joel Embiid’s masterful Milwaukee night reinforces his MVP credentials, with Harden to come
Tyrese Haliburton is point guard of our future, says Pacers’ president Kevin Pritchard
CJ McCollum to the Pelicans: This exit from Portland felt inevitable, but also long overdue

January
NBA trade speculation: Dragic, Holmes and more including mooted Randle-Fox showcase
After 942 days out, Thompson scores 17 points and Warriors win in triumphant return
Nets 109-121 Bucks: Giannis drops 31 in return as Brooklyn’s slow start proves costly
Report: Warriors’ All-Star guard Klay Thompson could return this weekend vs. Cavs

December
Tyrese Haliburton’s recent surge shows Sacramento have long-term puzzle to consider
Warriors 113-104 Grizzlies: Curry’s 46-point effort helps overwhelm pesky Memphis
Ja Morant is right to feel hurt, but Memphis must show their star some love
As rumours continue, All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis wants out of Indiana
Lakers 106-94 Magic: LeBron levitates as Orlando blasted into submission
Wizards’ Bradley Beal keeping all of his options open ahead of free agency
Bam Adebayo’s surgery-requiring thumb injury an untimely blow for hectic Heat

November
Victim of circumstance: Stephen Silas’ future under increasing pressure in Houston
Work to do: Nets head coach Steve Nash declares his team aren’t at elite level yet
Cavs’ rookie center Evan Mobley sets milestone, just 14 games into NBA career
Cavaliers’ PG Collin Sexton sidelined indefinitely with left meniscus tear
Stephen Curry unsurprised by Warriors’ excellent start, with more in the offing
Zion Williamson still weeks away from season debut, as foot injury recovery continues

October
Suns 107-110 Kings: Barnes’ dagger three ices game as Sacramento show their maturity
Hornets 129-140 Celtics: Tatum, Brown pivotal as Boston secure road win in overtime
After opening day defeat, Detroit need Cade Cunningham at his best – quickly
Orlando Magic’s rebuild begins here, armed with a motivated first-year head coach
Naive or not, Kevin Durant’s visualisations of Kyrie Irving are echoed by many
Phoenix licked their Finals wounds, but now signals time for more work


timeless archives

Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors defend for the rebound...

Featured game reports
2020-21
Bucks 106-98 Suns: Giannis’ iconic 50-piece carries Milwaukee to first title since 1971
Suns 120-114 Clippers: Booker brilliance helps hosts gladly snatch Game 1
Lakers 123-110 Suns: Anthony Davis sparkles as LA ease to important win
Warriors 117-113 Kings: Tyrese Haliburton shines, but Dubs edge frenetic finish
Wizards 110-107 Warriors: Bradley Beal’s spirited surge saves Wiz blushes
Bucks 127-109 Blazers: Giannis’ 47-point effort exposes Portland’s ever-present issues
Warriors 115-105 Clippers: Curry decisive as GSW erase 22-point deficit
Blazers 108-111 Bulls: White, LaVine key as visitors rally down 20 to win

2019-20
Heat 93-106 Lakers: LeBron key as LA ease to 17th franchise title
Heat 111-108 Lakers: Butler’s special showing forces a Game 6
Nuggets 80-78 Jazz: Jokic pivotal as Denver edge Utah in thrilling Game 7 finish

Time to retool
Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic deadline day trade a necessary gamble
Time ticking: Stan Van Gundy has work to do, as Pelicans players unhappy
76ers exec Marc Eversley agrees deal, becomes Chicago Bulls GM
Bulls fire GM Gar Forman, ending his 22-year run with franchise

Coronavirus news
July 27: NBA commissioner Adam Silver cautiously optimistic about Orlando bubble restart
July 1: Player health concerns rise, positive COVID-19 tests and more ahead of resumption
June 3: NBA will resume 2019-20 season on July 31, 22 teams will feature to decide winner
May 11: 15-time All-Star, 4x NBA champ Shaquille O’Neal says league should ‘scrap the season’
May 8: Officials, staff worried about psychological effects of league return
May 3: NBA unwilling to separate players from families, should season resume
April 24: Celtics’ Brown speaks about COVID, impact on hometown Georgia
April 16: Gobert downplays rift with teammate Donovan Mitchell after Mitchell also tests positive
April 11: NBA teams encouraging league office to delay summer’s draft
April 4: League ‘angling’ to cancel 19-20 season, preparing multiple scenarios
March 26: NBA’s top-league executives to have salaries cut by 20%
March 12, 2020: NBA suspends season indefinitely, as Jazz’ Rudy Gobert contracts COVID

Q&A pieces, other features
Justified or not, Kristaps Porzingis’ afterthought concerns were a long time coming
Play-in tournament awaits: Stephen Curry continues to make the Warriors believe
All-Star break over, what now? NBA Q+A: Rookie watch, trade targets and surging Suns
LaMelo Ball isn’t surprised by his record-breaking numbers – you shouldn’t be either
Russell Westbrook’s trade request and tensions in Houston is no surprise
NBA free agency Q&A: Giannis’ future, potential movers and 2020-21 season
Jacob Blake, NBA protests and ongoing quest for social justice: What’s next?
Five burning questions, storylines to watch as NBA season returns tonight
LA Clippers view Q&A: Kobe’s legacy, Zion watch, Embiid-Simmons future and more

Looking towards the future
Aug. 2021: Necessary or excessive? Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso and DeMar DeRozan join Chicago
July 2021: Even after everything, 76ers’ high asking price for Ben Simmons isn’t a surprise
May 2021: Jaylen Brown’s season-ending wrist surgery amplifies his Celtics influence
Nov. 2020: Oklahoma City Thunder rightly building around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
May 2020: Carmelo Anthony – What does the future hold for the 10-time All-Star?
Apr. 2020: LaMelo Ball in DC? Assessing possible landing spots for star guard
Oct. 2019: Lonzo and Zion among an exciting core for new-look Pelicans

Hard-earned deals
Jaylen Brown: Assessing his Celtics contract situation, what lies ahead
Raptors extend Pascal Siakam’s deal, agreeing $130m four-year max
Draymond Green’s $100m max contract extension a long time coming