NBA: Storylines intensify as playoff permutations remain for multiple teams in final week

Paul George of the LA Clippers dribbles past the defense of CJ McCollum of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of a game at Crypto.com...

A 12-game slate overnight kickstarts a manic week across the league, as teams and their star players look to solidify strong playoff seeding. Phoenix have long tied up top spot in the West, but what about the other contenders? In a rapidly-changing East, which of the top four teams will ultimately rule the roost? Which teams will avoid the play-in, going straight to the playoffs?
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Suns 107-110 Kings: Barnes’ dagger three ices game as Sacramento show their maturity

Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings reacts after hitting the game-winning three-point shot over Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA...

Unbeaten in pre-season but overwhelmed by Stephen Curry and Donovan Mitchell recently, the Sacramento Kings overcame adversity by executing big plays late on to emerge victorious and ice a hotly-contested clash against the reigning Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns. Continue reading

Phoenix licked their Finals wounds, but now signals time for more work

Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns pose for a portrait during NBA Media Day on September 27 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix,...

All-Star guard Devin Booker had the uneviable task of travelling with two newly-crowned NBA champions en route to the Tokyo Olympics, his head coach Monty Williams was in reflective mood after watching the Bucks blast back from 2-0 down while star PG Chris Paul shunned other offers to agree an expensive extension in the desert. So, what’s next for the Suns? Continue reading

Bucks 106-98 Suns: Giannis’ iconic 50-piece carries Milwaukee to first title since 1971

Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks hug after winning Game Six of the 2021 NBA Finals against the...

Two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a seven-point deficit early after half-time to surge back ahead of a spirited but inefficient Phoenix Suns effort. Clinching their first NBA title for 50 years with a raucous Game 6 home atmosphere to savour, Mike Budenholzer’s men did it the hard way.
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Phoenix Suns 120-114 LA Clippers: Booker brilliance helps hosts gladly snatch Game 1

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns smiles during the game against the LA Clippers during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2021 NBA...

Devin Booker had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists as the All-Star guard seized the initiative and lead by example in Chris Paul’s absence to record his first career triple-double, earning a hard-fought 1-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Clippers – who had big games from Paul George and Reggie Jackson, but eventually ran out of shooting steam down the stretch. Continue reading

NBA Previews: OKC Thunder vs Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns host Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers works against Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter at Moda Center on February...

Read on for two NBA match previews as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-18) host a determined Miami Heat (13-17) side, while reigning West Player of the Week Damian Lillard looks to propel an undermanned Portland Trail Blazers (18-11) to a big road win vs. Phoenix Suns (19-10), with both vying for fourth place out West. Who will prevail? Continue reading