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Trail Blazers hope to end skid in Miami

The Portland Trail Blazers, who visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, are on a season-high five-game losing streak. Portland point guard Damian Lillard scored a season-high 39 points on Monday against Golden State. In addition to Lillard’s heroics, Portland shot 92

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Thunder’s George returns to Indiana to face Pacers

The view of many analysts was the Indiana Pacers did not get enough from Oklahoma City in the Paul George trade in late June. The Pacers received Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis for George, a four-time All-Star who told the Pacers he would not re-…

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Clippers, Magic trying to emerge from funks

The Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic began their seasons by getting off to promising starts. The Clippers will be looking for their third straight win Wednesday night while the Magic are trying to avoid a third straight loss when the teams get t…

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Fleury expected to return as Knights face Hurricanes

Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is slated to make his return from a concussion Tuesday night when surging Vegas hosts the slumping Carolina Hurricanes at the T-Mobile Arena. Fleury, a 14-year NHL veteran, has missed 25 games since Oct. 13,…

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Blackhawks aim for 3rd straight win

Looking to extend a pair of winning streaks, the Blackhawks welcome the Florida Panthers to United Center on Tuesday night. After losing five straight from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, Chicago (14-11-5) goes for its third straight victory. The Blackhawks followed Friday’s 3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo

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Timberwolves, 76ers seek consistency

Thanks to two of the most talented, new-generation centers along with talented newcomers, the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves had high hopes entering this season. December is not going the way either team expected as the 76ers travel to …

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Suns visit Kings in battle of struggling clubs

For the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns, the learning curve is a topic never far away from any conversation regarding the state of their teams. “We just seemed to be a step slower,” Phoenix coach Jay Triano said after the Suns’ turnover-filled, 104-101 home loss the San Antonio Spurs

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Ball leads Lakers into clash with Knicks

While LaVar Ball brings his traveling circus to the Big Apple with a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop in Manhattan, Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers bring a two-game winning streak into a Tuesday night matchup with the New York Knicks at Madison Squar…

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All eyes on Leonard as Spurs take on Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks have already lost twice this season to the San Antonio Spurs without All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. Now the Mavs (7-20) look to be the first team to face the Spurs with Leonard, who has yet to play this season because of an injur…

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Cavaliers could get Thompson back vs. Hawks

The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to get back one of their key pieces from the last three NBA Finals if Tristan Thompson returns Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks as intended. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said that if Thompson does play against the Hawks …

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Flames, Wild aim to continue ascent at other’s expense

Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan has heard the notion that the NHL teams in playoff position on (American) Thanksgiving are generally the ones that make the playoffs five months later. With two wins in a row under his belt to move his team back into…

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Wall likely to sit as Wizards visit Nets

The Washington Wizards are closer to getting John Wall back from a left knee injury while the Brooklyn Nets are adding two new players. Wall is expected to sit again Tuesday when the Wizards visit the Nets, who are expected to activate Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas. “I can’t commit that he

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Sabres aim to build on positives vs. Senators

The Sabres were much better in a recent three-game road swing following their worst stretch of the season, although there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Buffalo will look to carry its momentum into a home game on Tuesday night against another team that has had trouble finding wins this

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Raptors visit Clippers in search of 7th straight win

The surging Toronto Raptors can extend their season-best winning streak to seven games when they face the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Monday. The Clippers, meanwhile, will look to win back-to-back games for the first time in two weeks an…

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Back from perfect trip, Warriors host Trail Blazers

After getting outgunned at home by the top team in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers tip off a five-game trip against the West’s second-best when they visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. In the Warriors, the Trail Blazers will encounter a team just home after a historic

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Rockets look to stay unbeaten with Paul

While there are many hurdles left for the Houston Rockets to clear en route to cementing their status as legitimate title contenders, the challenge they faced and conquered Saturday night in Portland could prove landmark as opponents continue canvasing methods to keep the Rockets’ high-powered offense

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