Amick: The NBA MVP race, the Wild West and why the Hawks, Grizzlies should make deadline trades

A public service announcement to my fellow NBA scribes who have a vote for Most Valuable Player: This race is far from over, so please don’t lose your focus down the stretch of the second half. Narratives be darned, the games from here until mid-April should be analyzed and scrutinized as dutifully as the ones … Read more

Why do NBA stars score so many points? Understanding the league’s scoring boom

If you’ve noticed the sharp rise in the signing of NBA stars lately, you’re not the only one. Two-time NBA defending champion Nikola Jokic sees it, too. Sometimes the Denver Nuggets need a 44-point three-pointer from Jokic, as he did against the Phoenix Suns on Christmas. On Thursday night, Jokić took notice when Utah Jazz … Read more

Do Nuggets have enough to reach NBA Finals? Nikola Jokić says ‘probably’: West thoughts

Thirty-four thoughts for Luka Dončić’s 34-point triple-double that I witnessed in person as part of a four-games-in-four-nights barnstorm through the Western Conference last week. 1. The Denver Nuggets have earned the right to ask themselves this simple question: Do they have enough to get to the NBA Finals and win? Well, do they? 2. “Yes, … Read more