Kobe Bryant Finds Wesley Johnson with Beautiful No-Look Pass Versus Rockets

October 28th, 2014 by Brian Chen No comments »
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard Kobe Bryant is back.In the second quarter of the Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers season opener, Bryant drove just outside of the free-throw line before delivering a no-look bullet to teammate Wesley Johnson.Johnson finished the play with an easy bucket.Welcome back, Kobe.[TNT]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Boston Bruins’ Depleted Defense Returns to Reality in Loss to Minnesota Wild

October 28th, 2014 by Al Daniel No comments »
The official scoresheet and play-by-play transcript pointed to a perfect balance of blame among the Boston Bruins’ blue-line brigade Tuesday night. The Minnesota Wild spent the third period flip-flopping a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 victory, all the while going on an 18-8 run in the shooting gallery. Amid that submissive slide, every Boston defensive pairing had a turn letting pucks and puck-carriers get by on its watch with costly results. Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg, the de facto minute-munching tandem as long as Zdeno Chara is out with his injury, could not curtail Zach Parise at the 4:21 mark. Minnesota’s leading producer thus maintained his perfect point-per-game pace through eight ventures in 2014-15. Only two minutes and 13 seconds elapsed before Matt Bartkowski and Zach Trotman, the bottom pair as long as Kevan Miller is missing, let Justin Fontaine pull the Wild even. Not to be excluded in the top-to-bottom, man-for-man debacle, Torey ...

Mavericks vs. Spurs: Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 Regular Season

October 28th, 2014 by Tyler Conway No comments »
No Kawhi Leonard, no Tiago Splitter, no Patty Mills—no problem for the San Antonio Spurs. Especially if Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are still around to save the day. The Spurs' grizzled Big Three combined for 57 points and Chandler Parsons' potential game-winning shot clanged off the rim, as San Antonio earned a 101-100 home victory over the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night. Down by one with under a minute remaining, the Mavericks swung the ball around the perimeter beautifully for an open shot for Parsons, their high-profile offseason acquisition. The former Houston Rocket clanged the ball off the rim to end a dispiriting Mavericks debut as Duncan snared the rebound to cap off a double-double night (14 points, 13 rebounds). Parker accounted for a team-high 23 points, looking in midseason form as he slashed into the paint. Ginobili scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, including nine in a critical ...

5 Stats That Should Make the Toronto Maple Leafs Worried Moving Forward

October 28th, 2014 by James Onusko No comments »
While the Toronto Maple Leafs have managed to look mediocre on some nights, even more often, the club has not looked good at all. From the crease out, most of the Leafs have been underperforming early in the season. It's too early to panic, but it is always challenging for organizations to make up for poor starts in the opening months once the drive to the playoffs heats up in March. With this in mind, let's take a look at five stats that should have the Toronto Maple Leafs worried moving forward.Begin Slideshow

5 Stats That Should Make the Los Angeles Kings Worried Moving Forward

October 28th, 2014 by Eric McKelvie No comments »
The Los Angeles Kings are on fire. Let's make that clear. They went 6-0-0 on a home stand for the first time in franchise history and now sit 6-1-1 on the season. They trail the Anaheim Ducks by a single point for first in the Pacific Division, and they've played one less game than their California counterparts.  So by no means are the Kings in any trouble. There are a few areas where they can improve, and there are statistical categories where they rank poorly. These are five stats that should have Kings fans worried in that they may be the reason behind some losses—if the Kings ever start to lose.  We've seen teams in the past win championships with weak power plays or bad offensive performances in general.  The Kings have put any talk of a Stanley Cup hangover to rest. These are a few stats they can improve on to be ...

Dirk Nowitzki Ends Up on the Floor Twice After Boris Diaw Drives to the Hoop

October 28th, 2014 by Brian Chen No comments »
Boris Diaw isn't known for his fleet feet, but maybe the weight clause in his contract is helping out. In Tuesday night's season opener between the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, Diaw took Dirk Nowitzki off the dribble twice. Both times, Dirk found himself on the floor—not the best start for the Mavs' future Hall of Famer. [TNT]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Detroit Red Wings Legend Gordie Howe Suffered ‘Serious Stroke’

October 28th, 2014 by Tim Keeney No comments »
Hockey legend Gordie Howe is currently recuperating in bed at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas, after suffering a serious stroke. According to his son, Dr. Murray Howe, via The Detroit News' Gregg Krupa, the 86-year-old "suffered a pretty bad stroke" early Sunday morning. He is cognizant, but he has lost strength in the right side of his body and is having difficulty walking and talking.     "He knows who he is," said Murray. "He knows the people around him. But it is very difficult for him to get up and walk around. So he is pretty much confined to his bed right now. So we're just trying to keep him comfortable, and that's our goal." Gordie underwent spinal surgery over the summer but had been walking up to a mile per day since the procedure, per Krupa. Nicknamed "Mr. Hockey," Howe enjoyed one of the most unique, successful careers of any player in any ...

Spurs Championship 2014 Banner, Ring Ceremony Twitter Reaction and Highlights

October 28th, 2014 by Joseph Zucker No comments »
This is becoming old hat for the San Antonio Spurs. For the fifth time in the last 15 years, the organization opened its home slate with a celebration of the past.    On Tuesday night, Spurs players received their NBA championship rings and unveiled the banner for their 2013-14 NBA Finals win.The Spurs tweeted out photos of head coach Gregg Popovich and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard receiving their rings:On Monday, the normally stoic Tim Duncan admitted that he'd relish getting the fifth ring of his career."I don't know about anybody else, but I'm really going to enjoy that moment," he said, per Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. "I'm not going to look past it. I'm not going to mentally prepare for the game before I get the rings."The NBA posted a Vine of Duncan receiving his ring.Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been the driving forces on the ...

Kemba Walker, Hornets Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

October 28th, 2014 by Tyler Conway No comments »
What Michael Jordan wants, Michael Jordan gets. Hours after the Charlotte Hornets owner told reporters he wanted to sign point guard Kemba Walker to an extension before Friday's midnight deadline, the deal is done. ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Hornets and Walker agreed on a four-year, $48 million pact Tuesday evening: Stein did not indicate whether either side has an early opt-out clause. Walker, 24, is entering the last year of his rookie contract. The NBA draft class of 2011 and their teams have until midnight Halloween night to agree on a long-term contract. Those who don't reach an agreement by then will become restricted free agents next summer.    Jordan, who has made himself more present in his ownership role than ever before over the last 24 hours, told Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer he preferred an extension over the restricted free agency route. “I’d much rather get Kemba done before the season starts,” ...

Dwight Howard Says He Didn’t Leave Lakers over Fear of Kobe Bryant

October 28th, 2014 by Alec Nathan No comments »
Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant will forever be linked following the Los Angeles Lakers' failed superteam experiment, but it's the former's abrupt departure that continues to linger as a source of perceived tension.  According to the Los Angeles Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore, Howard is adamant that he didn't bolt for the Houston Rockets because Bryant was too assertive:  Howard's comments did not come unprovoked, though. According to ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes, Lakers head coach Byron Scott fired the first shot after speculatively casting doubt over Howard's drive to succeed.  "My outside perspective is Kobe is a real serious guy and wants to win championships," Scott said. "I don't know if Dwight is that serious about it. I know No. 24 is. I think that probably was the clash." Furthermore, ESPN The Magazine's Henry Abbott reported last week that Howard wasn't enthused with Bryant's discourse during the team's free-agent pitch two summers ago: When Howard asked why his teammates ...