James Herbert

CBS Sports Writer /

NBA Playoffs 2019: Long, improbable road makes Raptors' first Finals much more meaningful

'You can see the confidence of the city growing,' Raptors guard Fred VanVleet told CBS Sports

NBA playoffs 2019: Kawhi Leonard is passing, the Raptors are moving and the Bucks are a step behind

Toronto is getting closer to a synthesis between Leonard's one-on-one brilliance and Nurse's movement-oriented system

NBA Playoffs 2019: Raptors found their flow at home; can the Bucks do the same?

In Game 5, Milwaukee must do whatever it can to energize its offense

NBA Playoffs 2019: Bucks face moment of truth on defense after Raptors flip the script in Eastern Conference finals

Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam didn't kill Milwaukee in Game 4; its surprisingly substandard defense did

NBA Playoffs 2019: Ahead of Game 4, Bucks and Raptors argue over who's been worse in the Eastern Conference finals

There is something odd about hearing professional athletes insist that they haven't been playing well

NBA Playoffs 2019: Kawhi Leonard's Raptors stand up to Bucks with Toronto's season on the line

The Raptors survived a double-overtime scare in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals by playing to their identity

NBA playoffs 2019: After dismantling Blazers, Draymond Green says he's the best defender ever

The Warriors forward plays defense with the confidence of a world-class playmaker

2019 NBA Playoffs: Raptors waste Kyle Lowry's best effort in Game 1 loss to Bucks

Toronto looked great for most of Wednesday's game, but couldn't finish Milwaukee off

After NBA Draft Lottery, Pelicans VP David Griffin has Zion Williamson as lifeline in quest to keep Anthony Davis

Perhaps the biggest winner of Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery has a unibrow

NBA Playoffs: 5 conference finals questions, including Kawhi Leonard vs. Giannis and Blazers' chances against Steph Curry

What will the Giannis vs. Kawhi battle look like? Will Stephen Curry tear apart the Blazers? And more!

NBA playoffs 2019: James Harden's Rockets failed in postseason again, but that doesn't have to destroy them

As awful as Houston feels after its loss to the Kevin Durant-less Warriors, it must keep aiming high

NBA Playoffs 2019: In the background of Kawhi Leonard's legendary shot, the Sixers' offense collapsed in Game 7

Philadelphia's late-game execution was disappointing, considering its talent and the desperate nature of the situation

NBA Playoffs: Even with Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic, Raptors' and Nuggets' Game 7 fates will rest on shooters

Denver and Toronto have been erratic from long range, but they must let it fly with their respective seasons on the line

NBA playoffs 2019: Rockets squander golden opportunity in crushing Game 6 loss to Warriors

Houston's season is over, and it has no one to blame but itself

NBA Playoffs 2019: Lessons to learn from Rodney Hood, the Blazers' reclamation project

The 26-year-old wing is thriving against the Nuggets, a reminder of the importance of fit, empowerment and matchups

James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the days of hand checking and illegal defense. He joined CBS Sports in 2014 and lives in Brooklyn.