After 942 days out, Klay Thompson scores 17 points as Warriors win in triumphant return

Klay Thompson reacts to a foul call against him In the first half as the Golden State Warriors played the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chase Center in San...

30 months sidelined. 941 days, 942 if we’re counting the intricacies of BST time difference between America and Europe (and we are). Finally making his highly-anticipated return from separate ACL and Achilles injuries, All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 17 points in 20 minutes, helping the Golden State Warriors earn a 96-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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NBA Finals Preview: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers – Title still in sight

Lakers - Los Angeles Times

After spoiling the Lakers’ championship coronation party in Game 5, Miami Heat hope to level the series at 3-3 during another elimination game here. LA are 48 minutes from their first NBA title since 2010 and a frenetic end to Friday’s loss will have posed questions – can they conclude the year here against a determined side hamstrung by injuries? Can LeBron James elevate his teammates again en route to a historic victory? Will Jimmy Butler and co take this to a Game 7?  Continue reading

NBA Finals Preview: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers – Plenty to play for

Lakers vs. Heat Game 3 recap: Jimmy Butler posts XX-XX-XX triple-double in  win to make series 2-1 - DraftKings Nation

Jimmy Butler recorded a historic 40-point triple-double, becoming only the third player in NBA Finals history to do so – as the Miami Heat delivered a defiant display, taking Game 3 with a nine-point margin against the Lakers. It’s made all the more impressive knowing that two of their stars – Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo – watched helplessly from the sidelines nursing injuries. Can they level the series, or will the Lakers restore their two-game advantage?  Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets – Comeback kings in familiar spot

Lakers treating Game 5 against the Nuggets 'like a Game 7' - Los Angeles  Times

The Lakers were given a run for their money in the fourth quarter, but ultimately restored their two-game series advantage vs. the Denver Nuggets. Now, the season’s comeback kings must respond as they have done regularly in Orlando – it’s win or go home time again for Michael Malone’s men. Will Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and co step up in another elimination game here? Or will the Lakers secure their first NBA Finals trip since 2010?  Continue reading

Playoff Preview: LA Lakers vs Houston Rockets – Can D’Antoni’s men extend series?

LeBron James on Caruso's shot: 'He knows I have confidence in him'

Following a ten-point victory on Thursday evening, the Lakers have edged ever closer to their first Western Conference Finals appearance in a decade. They can clinch that in Game 5, against a Houston side who appear genuinely defeated. Will they finish the job once and for all, or can the Rockets extend their stay in Orlando like Denver did against the Clippers overnight?  Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers – Time to step up

Five takeaways from the Lakers' Game 3 win over the Rockets - Los Angeles  Times

Despite trailing in the first three quarters, the Lakers responded as expected to take a 2-1 series lead against the Houston Rockets in their Western Conference semi-final matchup. It’ll be interesting to see what adjustments Houston make ahead of Game 4, after showing promise despite lacking decisiveness during clutch moments down the stretch. Who will prevail here? Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers – Game 3 up for grabs

The key to Game 2: Rajon Rondo outplays Russell Westbrook as Lakers tie series - xoonews

Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined for 62 points, 21 rebounds and 13 assists as the Lakers returned to winning ways in Game 2 with a eight-point victory against the Houston Rockets. After making adjustments to the Rockets’ fast-paced style, will the purple and gold replicate their impressive resurgence from the Portland series and cruise to victory here? Continue reading