NBA Power Rankings, Week 2

The 2022-23 NBA hierarchy already saw a few shake-ups in its first week. The Portland Trail Blazers have taken an early lead on the title for biggest surprise of the season with a 4-0 start. Damian Lillard & Co. have not only won but have notched meaningful victories over Western Conference rivals at the top … Read more

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, Rams’ Aaron Donald leaving Donda Sports

8:10 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald both announced Tuesday night that they are leaving Donda Sports, the agency founded by the artist formerly known as Kanye West, due to antisemitic comments he recently made. The announcements came hours after Adidas terminated its relationship … Read more

Fantasy basketball tips and NBA betting picks for Tuesday

ESPN’s fantasy basketball and basketball betting tips cheat sheet is your pregame destination for basketball betting predictions and our best intel and data to help you make smart fantasy and wagering decisions. NBA game odds for October 25 are provided by Caesars Sportsbook, and fantasy advice is based on ESPN 10-team leagues. What you need … Read more

Nets’ Ben Simmons sounds off after fouling out for 2nd time in 3 games

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Brooklyn Nets swingman Ben Simmons called several of the whistles he received “bulls—” following a 134-124 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, noting that “refs make mistakes too.” While Simmons, who fouled out for the second time in three regular-season games, was frustrated with many calls, the one that drew … Read more

Adam Silver says NBA’s changes have greatly reduced incentives for tanking

4:46 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN In an interview with ESPN’s Malika Andrews on “NBA Today,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that he believes the changes the league has made to its system in recent seasons, from flattening the lottery odds to adding the play-in tournament, have greatly reduced the incentives for teams to tank for … Read more

Brandon Ingram in concussion protocol; Zion Williamson questionable

2:50 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram is in the NBA’s concussion protocol after colliding with a teammate in Sunday’s 122-121 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz, the team announced Monday. There is no timetable for Ingram’s return; he will have to clear a series of steps to … Read more

Kevin Durant heaps praise on Grizzlies’ ‘unique’ Ja Morant

MEMPHIS — Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant had high praise for Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, noting that the 23-year-old point guard is “doing some stuff that we’ve never seen before.” When asked prior to Monday’s game against the Grizzlies if Morant’s game reminded him of anyone, Durant said it was unique. “Nobody really,” … Read more

NBA first-week surprises – The good (the Jazz!), the bad (the 76ers) and the ugly (sorry, Lakers fans)

The first week of the 2022-23 NBA season did not disappoint, delivering big-time performances, upsets and playoff-caliber matchups. Ja Morant and Paolo Banchero got off to strong starts, as the Memphis Grizzlies star scored 49 points against the Houston Rockets on Friday night and the Orlando Magic player on Wednesday became the first rookie since … Read more

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul reaches 11,000 career assists

LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul was back in a familiar building in a city he still calls home. With his parents, wife, kids and brother looking on, he became the third player in NBA history to reach 11,000 assists. Propelled by Devin Booker‘s 35 points, the Phoenix Suns beat the LA Clippers 112-95 on Sunday … Read more

Clippers’ Paul George, spurred by Ty Lue to lead, has 40 in win

SACRAMENTO — LA Clippers star guard Paul George was in the middle of a big second quarter when he said a technical foul “turned my aggression up.” He proceeded to take his anger out on the Sacramento Kings. George exploded for 40 points to go with six rebounds and six assists to lead the Clippers … Read more