About Lee Escobedo

Lee Escobedo is now sharing his NBA expertise with Sportsnaut. Lee is co-host on The Knick of Time podcast, and has written for The Guardian, USA TODAY Sports, among other publications.

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phoenix suns
With reports that Chris Paul is being waived, the Phoenix Suns will have huge shoes to fill at point guard. We’ve pinpointed their five best options.
Boston Celtics
If the Boston Celtics continues the Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown partnership, they will need to upgrade their guard position. That’s where Damian Lillard comes in.
The Miami Heat have a 3-0 lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. As a result, the so-called Heat culture talk has become all the rage.
Miami Heat
The Miami Heat have looked completely different in the postseason. That’s why it shouldn’t be a surprise that they took Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals.
eastern conference finals
The Eastern Conference finals will pit the playoff-tested Boston Celtics vs. the upstart Miami Heat, the No. 8 seed that is trying to pull off another big upset.
victor wembanyama
Victor Wembanyama is a once-in-a-generation talent that could transform any franchise. So who will be lucky enough to call Wembanyama’s name on Draft night?
monty williams
Monty Williams’ firing feels especially undeserved, as he made the Phoenix Suns relevant again, bringing them back to the playoffs after a decade-long drought.
Many NBA pundits projected the Suns as NBA title favorites after they traded for Kevin Durant. But the loss of depth in that deal haunted them in the playoffs.
NBA Playoffs
Here are five starters who underperformed in their roles during the NBA Playoffs and probably cost their teams a chance to contend for the NBA title.
devin booker
Even with two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant on the roster, the Phoenix Suns remain a NBA title contender because of the stellar play of Devin Booker.
Miami Heat
Max Strus, Caleb Martin, and Gabe Vincent are relishing their expanded role in Miami Heat’s rotation with Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo out with injuries.
Milwaukee Bucks
After the firing of Mike Budenholzer by Milwaukee Bucks, who should be hired to take the reins of the team with the most talent in the Eastern Conference?
Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns lost two of their best 3-and-D players, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson, to land Kevin Durant. Those losses are hurting them against the Nuggets.
jimmy butler
Should Jimmy Butler be considered an NBA superstar? His regular season performances may not indicate he is. But in the playoffs, it may be a different story.
New York Knicks
When the NBA playoffs began, few would have expected a New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat second-round matchup. This series renews one of the NBA’s best rivalries.
houston rockets
Ime Udoka will bring a commanding presence to the Houston Rockets, which was the fourth-youngest team in the NBA and finished 20-62 during the regular season.
jimmy butler
Jimmy Butler scored a franchise playoff-record 56 points to help the Miami Heat overcome a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and stun the Milwaukee Bucks.
NBA playoffs
After some key injuries, the LA Clippers and Miami Heat are facing a crisis in the NBA playoffs. Meanwhile, with their star returning, the Bucks are in control.
new york knicks
By stealing home-court advantage, the New York Knicks used their depth to overwhelm the Cavaliers in Game 1. If the Knicks win Game 2, is the series over?
sacramento kings
The Sacramento Kings put together the right mix of talent (De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis) and coaching (Mike Brown) and now have a shot at NBA playoff success.
zion williamson
Once seen as the potential new face of the NBA, Zion Williamson now is criticized for his weight, heart and effort. So where do the New Orleans Pelicans go next?
oklahoma city thunder
Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder lost No. 2 pick Chet Holmgren to a season-ending injury in August, they still advanced to the NBA Play-In tournament.
nba playoffs
The Play-In Tournament will determine the final four NBA playoff spots. Here are the top storylines to watch as 20 teams begin the chase for the NBA title.
We’ve selected our winners for the six major NBA awards, including MVP, Sixth Man, Rookie of the Year and the newly announced Clutch Player of the Year.