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In 18 Minutes, Zion Williamson Shows Flashes of the Future

NEW ORLEANS — Zion Williamson was apprehensive in the first half of his first regular-season game with the Pelicans. He deferred to teammates. He passed out of traps. He did not use his 6-foot-6, 284-pound frame to demolish smaller...

W.N.B.A.’s Maya Moore to Skip Another Season to Focus on Prisoner’s Case

Maya Moore, the W.N.B.A. star regarded as one of the greats of the sport, will sit out for a second straight season and remove herself from contention for the Olympics so she can continue to push for criminal justice...

Brace for Zion vs. LeBron

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here.Don’t even start with the Rookie of the Year Award stuff.Beginning with his scheduled return from injury Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs, Zion...

Zion Williamson Nears Return From ‘Frustrating’ Knee Injury

NEW ORLEANS — As Zion Williamson spent the past three months recovering from knee surgery, he tried to be patient. It did not always work.“It was a lot of times when I wanted to just punch a wall or...

N.B.A. Midseason Power Rankings: The Clippers Have Room to Improve

Halfway through what was ambitiously billed as a wide-open season featuring more potential champions than usual in the N.B.A., three teams have separated themselves.The Milwaukee Bucks and the co-tenants of the Staples Center in Los Angeles — LeBron James’s...

Lakers and Clippers: The Back-to-Back to Beware

In years past, that meant a Staples Center two-night visit featured some variety: Whenever one of the teams was good (or at least decent), the other was usually lousy (or worse). Now, the Lakers employ LeBron James, the best...

The N.B.A. Embraces a ‘Trash’ Defense

A new year, at the start of a new decade, makes this a natural time for N.B.A. teams to search for innovative ways to combat the offensive flourish of the previous decade.Yet as disconsonant as it sounds, especially for...

Kevin Love, Amid Trade Talk, Is Finding a Way to Fit In

LOS ANGELES — Kevin Love was still relatively new to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February 2015, and still struggling to find his niche within the team’s offense, when LeBron James, his most high-profile teammate, logged on to Twitter to...

Zion Williamson Seems Just Days From His Official N.B.A. Debut

The Zion Williamson era is finally set to begin in New Orleans.Williamson, the most anticipated N.B.A. prospect since LeBron James, is expected to make his rookie debut at home for the New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 22, David Griffin,...

Don’t Be Mad at Alex ‘Bald Eagle’ Caruso

STEIN: I wish I saw one, Dan. I really don’t.Although Denver is the closest to that level, skepticism persists about the Nuggets’ playoff ceiling. Utah has been scorching hot since the Jordan Clarkson trade, but the Jazz have also...

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QB Notes: What is likely to be Lamar Jackson’s final start of the regular season will come against a Browns team that held him...

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