As Ovechkin heads to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time, we take a look at the best players in other sports who never played on the biggest stage.
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The 33-year-old James has been a force. The Celtics accepted that, and whipped the Cavs anyway.
Once known just for flashy offense, D’Antoni has the Rockets on the verge of the finals. His brother Dan is even considering coming to a game.
Police conduct toward black people has been a fraught issue in Milwaukee. The city’s mayor said: ‘As a human being, I am offended by what I saw.’
“I might lose my lunch,” Sue Phillips, who runs a juggernaut of a high school basketball program, said as she watched Golden State crumble in Game 4.
Golden State had every opportunity to win the game, but a last-second 3-pointer by Stephen Curry could not find its way home, leaving the series tied.
James performed the bulk of the work in a Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics, but Kevin Love and Kyle Korver had big moments as Cleveland evened the series.
“It’ll catch up to them in the third quarter,” Chris Mullin said about the Rockets’ shooting, which did catch up with them in the third quarter.
A federal probe and criticism from an N.C.A.A. commission led by Condoleezza Rice have done little to change how shoe companies in youth basketball operate.
LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, and Cleveland looked like a different team on its home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory.
The Liberty have a new coach, a new arena and an owner who wants to sell the team.
The Houston general manager was invited to join the Warriors’ contingent on a private plane to the N.B.A. combine soon after Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between the two teams.
A string of seven consecutive appearances in the N.B.A. finals by James-led teams is in jeopardy, and no solutions are presenting themselves.
Whalen has taken on dual duties this year: point guard for the W.N.B.A.’s Minnesota Lynx and coach of the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team.
The Rockets were shirt-sticks-to-your-back hot in Game 2 behind James Harden and Chris Paul, complicating Golden State’s supposedly foregone stroll to the N.B.A. finals.
Many high school coaches try to play like the Golden State Warriors. The coach of Alaska’s powerhouse high school champions thinks the key is to play like the Houston Rockets.
Houston was written off by many after a bad loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, but in Game 2 they thoroughly outplayed Golden State.
James had a triple double with a game-high 42 points, but the Boston Celtics won again in the Eastern Conference finals.
The event has almost all of the top prospects, extensive coverage on ESPN and the support of the league.