On 11 March last year, Rudy Gobert became ‘patient zero’ for coronavirus in the NBA. His test shut down the league, and temporarily threw his team, Utah Jazz, in a tailspin. 365 days later, the Jazz — and Gobert — are thriving.
Miami Heat, the reigning Eastern Conference champions are 6-12, with their roster decimated by injuries and coronavirus-related issues.
Antetokounmpo has dominated the NBA in recent seasons, winning the season MVP honours this year as well as the defensive player of the year award, averaging 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.
Check out photos from fans' celebration, which turned into violence after Los Angeles Lakers clinched their 17th NBA crown.
NBA: Scores of people arrested in Los Angeles as fans go on rampage following Lakers' championship triumph
Authorities said more than 30 buildings were damaged in the ensuing violence and 76 people were arrested for vandalism, assaulting police and failure to disperse.
LA Lakers ― a team spearheaded by the second-best player, and the second-best defensive player over the regular season, coached by the fifth-best man manager in the league; and pieced together by the seventh-best GM ― were crowned the best team in the NBA on Monday.
NBA Finals: Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler confident team will get better after losing title fight to Lakers
It was Butler's determined triple-double that propelled the Heat to a game-five victory over the Lakers that temporarily put their championship celebrations on hold.
NBA Finals: Lakers' LeBron James savours fourth title, calls it 'one of the greatest accomplishments'
James said the isolation of the bubble made this title run a unique challenge. His four Finals MVPs are second only to the six of Michael Jordan.
NBA Finals: LeBron James, Anthony Davis guide Los Angeles Lakers to 17th title after outplaying Miami Heat
James added another chapter to an epic career, fueling the Lakers with a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists and capturing his fourth NBA title with a third different team, as well as earning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player honors for a fourth time.
47:11 minutes. 35 points. 12 rebounds. 11 assists. Five steals. Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler did everything in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to prevent the Lakers from winning their 17th Championship.
Lakers superstar LeBron James says, the key to closing out the Heat for a first NBA title in a decade on Sunday will be focusing not on lifting the trophy but on winning a single game.
NBA Finals: Jimmy Butler propels Miami Heat to thrilling win over Los Angeles Lakers to keep title dream alive
Butler scored 35 points with 12 rebounds and 11 assists and the Heat withstood a 40-point performance from Lakers superstar LeBron James to deny Los Angeles a title-clinching win in the NBA's quarantine bubble at Orlando.
Rajon Rondo helped the Boston Celtics win their 17th NBA championship. He’s on the brink of being part of title No 17 for the Lakers as well.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals was watched by 7.41 million people according to figures on the Sports Media Watch website, compared to 13.4 million viewers for 2019's game one in late May.
The result extended the Lakers' record of remaining unbeaten this season whenever they have led going into the fourth quarter. The team is 56-0 when taking a lead into the fourth.
Anthony Davis' 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left was the backbreaker, LeBron James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, and the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 102-96 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals
NBA Finals' Game 4 is Tuesday night, and much like Jimmy Butler's coffee-sales strategy, the Heat may stick with what works.
Most nights, sport is an unwavering, unflinching meritocracy. But, every once in a while, you really need help understanding sport.
The under-manned, under-sized, underdog Heat turned the tables on the Western Conference champions in the NBA's quarantine bubble in Orlando, cutting the deficit in the best-of-seven championship series to two games to one.
Doc Rivers' activism was highlighted by the Philadelphia 76ers when they officially named Rivers the 25th coach in franchise history on Saturday.