As playoff run ends, Luka Doncic says improving his defense can take Dallas Mavericks ‘to the next level’

As playoff run ends, Luka Doncic says improving his defense can take Dallas Mavericks 'to the next level'

SAN FRANCISCO — Luka Doncic’s initial reaction to the end of the longest playoff run of his young NBA career was to express disappointment in himself. “I don’t like losing, especially like this,” Doncic said after the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated Thursday night with a 120-110 Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors. “I … Read more

The 2022 NBA playoffs have featured a ton of blowouts. Why? We have some ideas

The 2022 NBA playoffs have featured a ton of blowouts.  Why?  We have some ideas

Heading into tonight’s Western Conference Finals Game 5 between the Warriors and Mavericks, there have been 35 second- and third-round games in the 2022 NBA playoffs. Those 35 games have featured a grand total of 29 minutes played in “clutch” situations (when the score is within five points with five minutes or fewer remaining in … Read more

Warriors’ Steve Kerr delivers impassioned plea for gun control after Texas school shooting — ‘We can’t get numb to this’

Warriors' Steve Kerr delivers impassioned plea for gun control after Texas school shooting -- 'We can't get numb to this'

9:09 PM ET Kendra AndrewsESPN DALLAS — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not want to talk about basketball in his pregame news conference heading into Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. Basketball, he said, didn’t matter. “Since we left shootaround, 14 children were killed, 400 … Read more

Sports world reacts to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Sports world reacts to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

In Dallas, Steve Kerr and Jason Kidd did not want to talk about basketball. LeBron James made no effort to hide his anger. Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, a young father, called the news “devastating.” The sports world reacted swiftly Tuesday to the news of an 18-year-old gunman opening fire at an elementary school … Read more

Mitchell Robinson-Jalen Brunson trades a Knicks pipe dream

Mitchell Robinson-Jalen Brunson trades a Knicks pipe dream

The Dallas Mavericks’ weakness has been exposed in the Western Conference Finals vs. the Warriors. Trailing 3-0 entering Tuesday’s Game 4 in Big D, Mark Cuban’s Mavericks need a 7-foot, rim-protecting, shot-blocking center. The “Shark Tank” star needs a big shark to patrol the paint. The Mavericks don’t have cap space this summer – just … Read more

Steve Kerr and his coaching staff are delivering a masterpiece series vs. mavs

Steve Kerr and his coaching staff are delivering a masterpiece series vs.  mavs

DALLAS — Steph Curry had just invited another scrambling double-team and sent another laser-beam pass through a dying Dallas defense. It nailed Draymond Green for Curry’s 11th assist. The Green layup put the Warriors up 11 as the clock ticked under two minutes. The game and the Mavericks’ legitimate chances of winning the series were … Read more

NBA playoffs 2022 – ‘OMG WIGGS,’ sports world reacts to Andrew Wiggins’ monster dunk over Luka Doncic

NBA playoffs 2022 - 'OMG WIGGS,' sports world reacts to Andrew Wiggins' monster dunk over Luka Doncic

1:03 AM ET Tory BarronESPNEditor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. Dunk of the postseason? Dunk of the postseason. The 2022 NBA playoffs rolled on Sunday night with the … Read more

The history of Kevon Looney’s switching defense in the playoffs: ‘Wrong guy!’

The history of Kevon Looney's switching defense in the playoffs: 'Wrong guy!'

“Wrong guy!” This was a favorite taunt of Warriors coaches and bored bench players a few seasons ago. Here’s the scenario: Kevon Looney, finally past the two hip surgeries that stalled his early career, had nudged his way into the rotation. Opposing scorers viewed him as a target. It made sense. Looney is a center … Read more

NBA fines Dallas Mavericks $100,000 for third bench-decorum violation of postseason

NBA fines Dallas Mavericks $100,000 for third bench-decorum violation of postseason

DALLAS — The Mavericks were fined $100,000 for “continuing to violate league rules regarding team bench decorum,” the NBA announced Sunday. It is the third time the Mavericks have been fined for bench-decorum violations this postseason. The fines have totaled $175,000, doubling on each occasion. The statement from the league office cites multiple occasions in … Read more

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow Embraces Comparison to Dallas Mavericks’ Star Luka Doncic

Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow Embraces Comparison to Dallas Mavericks' Star Luka Doncic

CINCINNATI— The Dallas Mavericks host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night. If the Mavs are going to win and get back into the series, they’re going to need Luka Doncic to play at a high level. He’s played great throughout the NBA Playoffs and led Dallas … Read more