Zach writes about baseball, basketball, and other assorted topics.
NBA Odds Machine: We’ve Got a Series! Who Is Favored From Here?
The Nuggets and Heat are even through two games. How does The Ringer’s NBA Odds Machine see the rest of the Finals playing out?
The Heat Can Win at Sea Level or a Mile High
The Heat became the first visiting team to win in Denver this postseason as their role players bested the Nuggets’ role players to continue Miami’s improbable playoff run
The Nuggets Hit the Heat With a Team-Wide “Too Small”
Entering the NBA Finals, the most crucial question for Miami was whether it could slow down Nikola Jokic and Denver’s offense. The answer, through one game, is a resounding no.
Nikola Jokic Is Already One of the Best NBA Playoff Performers Ever
The Nuggets’ star center hasn’t won a ring (yet), but his offensive postseason stats place him alongside—and often ahead of—basketball’s greatest legends
A First Look at the NBA Finals Matchup Between the Nuggets and Heat
Will Miami be able to slow down Nikola Jokic? Will Denver be able to cool off the Heat? The NBA Finals are set, and we’re breaking down the most pressing matchup questions each team will have to answer.
Six Numbers to Help Make Sense of a Lopsided Conference Finals Round
For the first time since 2015, both NBA semifinals series are 3-0. How, exactly, have Miami and Denver turned seemingly competitive matchups into drubbings?
Is 2023 the Year of the Underdog in the NBA Playoffs?
With the Heat and Lakers both making unprecedented runs as lower seeds in this year’s NBA playoffs, The Ringer’s Zach Kram takes a look at just how rare this moment is in the history of the NBA playoffs
How Do the Heat Keep Doing This?
Miami’s unlikely transformation into a postseason juggernaut continued apace in Game 1 in Boston. And while the Celtics may find solace in the fact that torrid shooting is difficult to repeat, when it comes to Jimmy Butler and the Heat, it sure feels like anything is possible.
Is Victor Wembanyama the Best European NBA Prospect Ever?
We compared Wemby to other highly touted European players like Luka Doncic, and—spoiler alert—even through that lens, the 7-foot-3 wunderkind is one of a kind
The Lakers Have Recaptured Their Championship Formula
Los Angeles is back in the Western Conference finals for the first time since its 2020 title run. And just like that team, this version is winning with dominant defense and reliable depth.