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This week
4th June 2023 - 7th June 2023
# as it stands
'Don't give a damn' Heat pull level against Nuggets in NBA Finals
On Sunday, they handed Western Conference top seeds Denver their first home defeat of this post-season.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# marching on
Heat rout Celtics to halt historic comeback and advance to NBA Finals
Jimmy Butler scored 28 points to help his side progress.
Last month
May 2023
Celtics stay alive with victory at Heat
Boston cut series deficit to 3-1 as Jayson Tatum stars.
# doubt
LeBron James considering retirement - reports
The Denver Nuggets completed a 4-0 Western Conference championship sweep over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.
# Playoffs
Miami Heat within one win of NBA Finals after pummeling Boston Celtics
The Celtics are now battling the weight of history – no team has rallied from 0-3 down to win a best-of-seven series.
Butler leads Miami fightback to stun Boston Celtics and take 2-0 lead
Jimmy Butler finished with 27 points as the eighth seeds grabbed a second straight victory at Boston’s TD Garden.
Butler fuels Heat in Game 1 win over Celtics
The Heat out-scored Boston 46-25 in the third period to seize control.
# Trouble
NBA star suspended after new video with gun
In March, Ja Morant told reporters he had received therapy to help him manage stress
# Swish
Lakers dump defending champions Warriors out of playoffs to advance
LeBron James delivered a masterful performance to book a place in the Western Conference finals.
# Review
Warriors survive against Lakers, Knicks hold off Heat
Only 13 NBA teams have rallied from 3-1 down to win a series.
Unheralded Walker sparks Lakers rally as Warriors facing elimination
The Lakers completed a dramatic 104-101 victory.
Harden heroics save Sixers as Philly squares Celtics series
Boston’s Marcus Smart nailed a potential buzzer-beating basket but it did not count.
# heir apparent
Great expectations as LeBron James' son commits to play at USC
The talented teen is ranked among the top US high school prospects.
Devin Booker shines to breathe life into Phoenix's play-off hopes
In the Eastern Conference, Jayson Tatum scored 27 points as the Boston Celtics took a 2-1 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Thompson scores 30 as Warriors roll past Lakers to level series
Golden State powered to a 127-100 victory over the Lakers that leveled their NBA Western Conference semi-final at one game apiece.
# Basketball
Sharp-shooting Celtics blitz Sixers to square Eastern series in NBA
The best-of-seven series is now level at 1-1 as the teams head to Philadelphia for game three on Friday.
April 2023
# Wrap
Lakers advance to conference semi-finals as Kings stay alive against Warriors
The Lakers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 125-85 to win their first-round series 4-2.
# boston strong
Celtics hold off Hawks to advance in NBA playoffs
The Celts will face the Philadelphia Sixers, beginning on Monday.
# Wrap
Miami dump Bucks out of NBA playoffs as Grizzlies stay alive against Lakers
Miami will now face the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Brilliant Butler fires Heat past Bucks, LeBron spearheads Lakers rally
The second-seeded Grizzlies are staring down the barrel of an early playoff exit.
# nba wrap
Knicks on brink of advancing as Jalen Brunson sinks Cavs
Warriors beat Kings to level series at two games apiece.
# Wrap
Lakers make playoff statement against Grizzlies as Suns close in on second round
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers dominated the Brooklyn Nets.
Sixers take 3-0 lead over Nets in playoffs, Warriors claw back
In San Francisco, Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 36 points against Sacramento as they cut the series deficit to 2-1.
Grizzlies, Bucks bounce back as Nuggets see off Wolves
Memphis ground out an attritional 103-93 win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
# Wrap
NBA injury fears for Giannis and Morant as Lakers and Heat win
Antetokounmpo was forced off early in the Bucks’ defeat.
Butler, Strus lead Heat past Bulls and into playoffs
Meanwhile, Minnesota will face Western Conference top seeds Denver in the first round of the playoffs.
March 2023
Sixers into playoffs after Cavs down Nets; Celtics topple Kings
Cleveland’s victory ensured that third-placed Philadelphia became the latest team to advance.
Bucks seal NBA play-off berth; Nuggets fall again
Late scoring burst by Milwaukee secures victory.
No Giannis, no problem as Bucks sink Orlando; Sixers down Wolves
Golden State slip to defeat against Oklahoma City Thunder.
# Punishment
NBA star Morant suspended after apparently displaying gun in nightclub video
The NBA has said they were investigating the case.
Suns win in Durant debut, Tatum powers Celtics
In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points to lead the Bucks.
# Vanessa Bryant
LA County agrees €27m settlement with Kobe Bryant's widow after police shared crash photos
Kobe Bryant, teenage daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed when their helicopter crashed into a hillside near LA in January 2020.
This year
Lakers blow as injured James facing 'weeks' on sidelines: reports
The Lakers remain 12th in the Western Conference with a 29-32 record.
Phoenix Suns acquiring Kevin Durant in blockbuster trade from Brooklyn
The move follows days after Brooklyn traded Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks.
# Goat
LeBron James breaks NBA all-time points-scoring record
The LA Lakers star passed Abdul-Jabbar’s longstanding total against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
# Global Game
Celtics edge Warriors in Finals rematch, Bulls win in Paris
Boston’s eighth straight win, this one against the champions, pushed their league-leading record to 34-12.
LeBron James passes historic 38,000-point mark but Lakers lose again
James is now second only to fellow Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record.
Last year
# like a fine wine
LeBron's season-high 47 points on 38th birthday spark Lakers to NBA win
‘I called it. I told them before the game. I had to make it happen.’
Dazzling Doncic's historic triple-double carries Mavs past Knicks
Slovenian became first player in NBA history with a triple-double featuring at least 60 points and 20 rebounds.
# Sidelined
Curry's return date unknown as Warriors confirm he suffered partial shoulder dislocation
ESPN reported on Thursday that the four-time NBA champion would miss ‘a few weeks’ with the injury.