Brad Botkin

CBS Sports Staff

NBA Star Power Index: Russell Westbrook is not the second-best PG ever; Anthony Edwards making strong ROY case

Also, LeBron James has no room to gripe about the inequities of the play-in tournament

NBA playoff picture, standings, magic numbers: Lakers-Blazers, Celtics-Heat straddling the play-in line

The Hawks are on the heels of the No. 5 Knicks, and Utah has reassumed the No. 1 overall seed

Russell Westbrook passes Wilt Chamberlain with second 10-20-20 game; Oscar Robertson's triple-double mark next

Westbrook has also sealed a fourth season in which he's averaged a triple-double

LeBron James whines about NBA's play-in tournament, but the postseason scale was tipped in his favor for years

Like MLB's wild card expansion, the NBA's play-in tournament should be adopted permanently

Ben Simmons tips in game-winner as 76ers take massive step toward No. 1 seed, which is no small matter

This could arguably end up being the most important win of Philadelphia's season

Trae Young has cut down on his 3-point launching, and it has given the Hawks a more stable offense

Say what you want about volume and difficulty, but Young remains a league-average 3-point shooter

NBA Star Power Index: Bradley Beal jumps Stephen Curry in scoring race; Chris Paul playing MVP ball for Suns

Also, Michael Porter Jr. has been on a tear, and Trae Young has slowed his shooting role

Warriors miss golden opportunity to close gap on Mavericks, who stay out of play-in tournament for time being

The Warriors now lead the Pelicans by three games with three head-to-head matchups remaining

NBA Star Power Index: Julius Randle has Knicks streaking toward playoffs; Stephen Curry's 30-point run snapped

Also, Joel Embiid says he's the MVP ... but he's almost certainly wrong

Kevin Durant lists his five best teammates, and initial omission of Russell Westbrook paints a fishy picture

If Durant honestly forgot about Westbrook, it's even more telling than the original omission itself

Warriors' Stephen Curry nukes 76ers for 49 points as his nightly assault on NBA record book continues

Warriors star recorded his 11th straight 30-point game and fifth 40-point game since the start of April

Stephen Curry joins Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan in NBA record book as torrid scoring streak continues

Curry has now scored at least 30 points in 10 straight games, and has posted 40 four times in April

NBA Star Power Index: Stephen Curry officially goes nuclear; Jamal Murray was quietly having a career season

Also, Luka Doncic hits a wild buzzer-beater and Joel Embiid reenters the MVP race

NBA MVP Rankings: Chris Paul enters conversation, and Joel Embiid is back on Nikola Jokic's heels

The award is still Jokic's to lose, but a new variable has been introduced