Tag: Durant, Kevin

N.B.A. Superstar Duos Remake the League

The N.B.A. has fractured into an assortment of tag teams vying for the crown, while general managers keep their eyes peeled for who is next to ask out. Superteams are now dynamic duos. It’s not the Avengers fighting Thanos anymore — Batman and Robin are taking on Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze. A wild — […]

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Are Kawhi, Durant and LeBron Too Powerful?

ImageKawhi Leonard’s unorthodox maneuvering toward the Los Angeles Clippers is prompting many in basketball to consider the ramifications for N.B.A. free agency.CreditVaughn Ridley/Getty Images One week into N.B.A. free agency, two historically woebegone franchises have reveled in the splashiest acquisitions. The Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers outdueled the far more glamorous teams in their […]

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Why Do Sports Fans Watch, and Rewatch, Injury Footage?

Kevin Durant’s defining quality, as arguably the world’s greatest basketball player, has always been his ease. He dominates other pros like a grown uncle bossing the mini-hoop at his nephew’s backyard birthday party. Type Durant’s name into a search bar, and you can binge for hours on mesmerizing footage of him gently devastating his peers. […]

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Durant and Irving Make the Nets New York’s True Players

Rod Thorn was an assistant coach in 1976 when the Nets, as they moved from the American Basketball Association to the N.B.A., made the oft-lamented decision to sell Julius Erving’s contract to the Philadelphia 76ers. Twenty-five years later, Thorn was the architect of the best trade in Nets history as the general manager who brought […]

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N.B.A. Free Agency Updates: Signings, Trades and More

N.B.A. free agents used to spend days, even weeks, weighing where to sign deals after the new league year began in July. There were half-secret meetings and street sightings. One year, fans waited a week just to sit through a free agent’s special TV announcement. It was a big decision. This year has been something […]

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Kevin Durant to Join Nets in Free Agency

Kevin Durant announced Sunday that he intends to sign a max deal to join the Nets. Durant, who spent the last three seasons starring for the Golden State Warriors, made the announcement on Instagram. He missed several weeks of the playoffs with injuries, then ruptured his Achilles’ tendon in his return during the finals just […]

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Helicopters, Cap Spikes and the Decision: The N.B.A.’s Wildest Off-Seasons

So many marquee names. So much money for teams to spend. This Sunday, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, the N.B.A. could witness one of the wildest off-seasons in league history. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers are trying to lure Kawhi Leonard out of Canada after he just led the Toronto […]

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Stephen Curry Finally Gets Some Rest (but Only From Basketball)

Stephen Curry woke up sore on Thursday. He had good reason: It had been only a week since his Golden State Warriors lost a grueling N.B.A. finals series to the Toronto Raptors. In the last five seasons, Curry has played in 93 playoff games, adding more than the equivalent of a full 82-game regular season […]

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Draft Done, What’s Next for the Knicks and Nets? Patience and Free Agency

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. It will take a lot more than one N.B.A. draft for the Knicks to climb their way back to respectability. They have proven as much in recent years. An abridged history: They used the fourth pick of the 2015 draft […]

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After the Injuries, What’s Next for the Warriors?

OAKLAND, Calif. — The past five years were so often magical for the Golden State Warriors, so frequently charmed, that they somehow found a way to win even when they lost. The last time the Warriors were toppled in the N.B.A. finals, remember, they emerged with Kevin Durant as a consolation prize. You’ll recall that […]

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Raptors Holding Off Warriors, 60-57: Live Updates

ImageToronto’s Kyle Lowry has been hot early, scoring the Raptors’ first 11 points in Game 6.CreditKyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. Halftime The Raptors were better, the Warriors were scrappier and Toronto went into halftime at Oracle up, 60-57. The […]

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Raptors vs. Warriors: Live Score and Updates

ImageToronto’s Kyle Lowry has been hot early, scoring the Raptors’ first 11 points in Game 6.CreditKyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. 1st Quarter: Klay is in Game 6 mode. Nick Nurse brought in Serge Ibaka and Steve Kerr countered with […]

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N.B.A. Finals Live Updates: Can the Raptors Close Out the Warriors?

ImageGame 6 is the final night of the season for Oracle Arena, but will it be the end of the Golden State Warriors’ season, too?CreditNathan Denette/USA Today Sports, via Reuters Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. Who: The Golden State Warriors vs. the Toronto Raptors What: […]

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Golden State’s Kevin Durant Announces Achilles’ Rupture and Surgery ‘Success’

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors announced on Instagram that he underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair the Achilles’ tendon in his right leg that had ruptured two days earlier during Game 5 of the N.B.A. finals. Durant played in the game Monday night in Toronto after missing the previous nine playoff games with […]

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Warriors Win Is Overshadowed by Loss of Kevin Durant

TORONTO — Kevin Durant had just departed for the locker room and an uncertain future when DeMarcus Cousins entered the game for the Golden State Warriors for the first time. It was Monday night at Scotiabank Arena, and a cloud had settled over Game 5 of the N.B.A. finals. Durant’s teammates could sense that he […]

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Warriors vs. Raptors Game 5 Live Updates and Score

ImageGolden State’s Kevin Durant, left, is back for Game 5, but Toronto’s Marc Gasol has been making big plays.CreditNathan Denette/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press 2nd Quarter: The Raptors are not scared. Toronto has muscled its way back to a six-point disadvantage, 54-48, with 3:28 remaining in the half thanks to some tough play from […]

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N.B.A. Finals Live Updates: Warriors vs. Raptors Score

ImageGolden State’s Kevin Durant hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the first quarter of Game 5.CreditVaughn Ridley/Getty Images 1st Quarter: The Raptors are getting it done on defense. With an incredible 9-0 run, the Raptors were able to take a 21-19 lead and were up, 23-21 when Fred VanVleet fouled Stephen Curry when Curry was in […]

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What to Expect if Kevin Durant Returns: It’s Far From a Lock for the Warriors

The Toronto Raptors started the season fast, and quickly established themselves as serious championship contenders. On Nov. 29, they were a league-best 18-4, but faced their sternest test of the season: a game against the mighty Golden State Warriors. The Raptors had three things going for them: Stephen Curry was at the end of an […]

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For the Warriors, a Lack of Doubt Should Create Some Doubt

How to Watch Game 1: Thursday, 9 p.m. Eastern time United States The games will air on ABC and will be streamed on WatchESPN. Canada The N.B.A.’s Canada site has all of the viewing details here. The Matchup The Warriors, for better or worse, have always fed on doubt. No matter how invincible they have […]

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