Memphis’ Kosta Koufos Throws Down Powerful 1-Handed Dunk, Draws Foul vs. Blazers

April 25th, 2015 by Thomas Duffy No comments »
Kosta Koufos threw down a mighty dunk on a pass from Nick Calathes early in the second quarter as their Memphis Grizzlies look to go up 3-0 on the Portland Trail Blazers.Rip City has been buzzing all night, but Koufos’ and-1 took some wind out of Portland’s sails. After the flush, he smoothly knocked down the ensuing free throw.Just as they have been all series, the Grizzlies appear to be in total control Saturday night.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Will 1st-Round Dominance Translate for Houston Rockets?

April 25th, 2015 by Jake Lapin No comments »
Rockets fans can almost rejoice. The Houston Rockets are tantalizingly close to a first-round victory over the rival Dallas Mavericks, sitting pretty with a 3-0 series lead. Barring a collapse of historical proportions, Houston will be moving on to the Western Conference Semifinals for just the second time in 18 years. The Rockets have been taking care of business against a talented yet inferior Mavs team. The coaching staff deserves credit for identifying mismatches and taking advantage accordingly. Throughout the series, Houston has exposed the Mavericks' lack of size and defensive struggles, and it's worked quite well. In Game 1, Dallas focused on containing James Harden, and role players like Jason Terry and Corey Brewer made the Mavs pay from beyond the arc. The Rockets drained 10 threes to go along with 50 points in the paint thanks to the pick-and-roll. They also forced 11 steals, their bread and butter, which resulted ...

Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Postgame Grades and Analysis

April 25th, 2015 by Andy Bailey No comments »
The Golden State Warriors completed a four-game sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday at the Smoothie King Center, winning the series clincher 109-98. The NBA's official Twitter account posted the results: Stephen Curry started the game on fire and never cooled down. He scored 14 of his 39 points in the first quarter, setting the tone for the Warriors early. He would go on to finish the game 11-of-20 from the field, with nine assists and eight rebounds. Anthony Davis did his best to counter Curry's performance, scoring 36 points on 14-of-20 shooting, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking three shots. He simply didn't get enough help, as the rest of the Pelicans shot 41.3 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from three-point range.   Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry: A+ The Golden State Warriors highlighted Curry's interview with Comcast SportsNet: With a chance to put the series on ice, Curry was locked in from the ...

Experienced Red Wings Exposing Young Lightning’s Shortcomings After Game 5 Win

April 25th, 2015 by Steve Macfarlane No comments »
There's no substitute for what the Detroit Red Wings stars have in spades—playoff experience.The Red Wings' new starting goaltender may be a rookie, but it’s the overall experience of the team that has made the playoffs an incredible 24 straight seasons that has pushed the young, talented and ultimately fragile-looking Tampa Bay Lightning to the brink in their first-round Eastern Conference matchup.Freshman goalie Petr Mrazek was again impressive Saturday, posting his second shutout in three games with 28 saves against the Bolts in Tampa to give the Wings a 3-2 series lead following a 4-0 win. Half of those shots came in the third period as the Lightning made a desperate attempt to salvage the game.The Bolts were able to do exactly that in Game 4 with a heroic effort from Tyler Johnson, who scored and set up a goal in the final five minutes to send the game to ...

Portland’s Wesley Matthews Wore an Iron Man Mask Prior to Game 3 vs. Memphis

April 25th, 2015 by Thomas Duffy No comments »
Wesley Matthews earned the nickname "Iron Man" because of his penchant for playing through injuries.But unfortunately for the Portland Trail Blazers, their shooting guard tore his Achilles on March 5 and has been sidelined since. For all his toughness and grit, the Iron Man ran into an injury he couldn't fight through.Before Game 3 between the Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies, Matthews emerged from the locker room rocking a tribute to his nickname.The Portland faithful loved it:If the Blazers fall behind 0-3 to the Grizzlies, it might take more than a superhero to salvage their playoff hopes.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Chicago Bulls Learning Necessary Lesson in Playoff Readiness Against Bucks

April 25th, 2015 by Sean Highkin No comments »
MILWAUKEE—Since the start of his tenure with the Chicago Bulls five years ago, Tom Thibodeau has preached a formula for winning with five core tenets. Rebounding, defending, sharing the ball and playing inside-out offense are the first four. Check off those four boxes for Saturday. The Bulls outrebounded the Milwaukee Bucks, 39 to 34. They logged 23 assists on 33 made field-goals. They shot 55.6 percent from three-point range and held the Bucks to under 40 percent from the field. It was the fifth piece of Thibodeau’s philosophy, and maybe the simplest one of all, that did the Bulls in: Controlling their turnovers and taking care of the ball. Ideally, Thibodeau would like his team to have 13 or fewer turnovers per game. That’s the number he’s set as the benchmark for a responsible offensive performance. The Bulls more than doubled that in Saturday’s 92-90 loss to the Bucks. They coughed the ball ...

Warriors vs. Pelicans: Game 4 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2015 NBA Playoffs

April 25th, 2015 by Joseph Zucker No comments »
The Golden State Warriors essentially knocked the New Orleans Pelicans out of the postseason with their massive comeback in Game 3 of their first-round series in the 2015 NBA playoffs. On Saturday, the Western Conference's top seed finished off the job, beating New Orleans 109-98 in the Smoothie King Center. According to ESPN Stats & Info, it's the franchise's first playoff sweep in a best-of-seven series in 40 years: When the Pelicans headed into the fourth quarter of Game 3 with a 20-point lead, it looked like the entire complexion of the series changed. New Orleans had knocked on the door in Games 1 and 2 and looked ready to kick it down Thursday. Then, Stephen Curry's improbable game-tying three-pointer found the bottom of the net, capping off a furious fourth-quarter rally from the Warriors. Golden State prevailed in overtime and took a commanding 3-0 series lead. "We are going to compete," said Anthony ...

Jason Terry Plans to Wear All Black Outfit for Mavericks’ ‘Funeral’ in Game 4

April 25th, 2015 by Thomas Duffy No comments »
Two years ago, the New York Knicks made the mistake that Jason Terry is about to. The 'Bockers, up 3-0 on Terry's Boston Celtics in the first round, thought it would be a good idea to wear black to Game 4—"funeral colors," as Kenyon Martin told Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News. Well, the Knicks actually followed through and wore black. And Boston, obviously ticked off, went on to force a Game 6. New York won the series, but the damage was done. The team had embarrassed itself. You would think that Terry, who was actually the inspiration for Martin's idea, would have learned. Before Game 4, the Jet told "K-Mart," "You're not dancing at my funeral today." Nope. With his Houston Rockets up 3-0 on the Dallas Mavericks, the 37-year-old already has his outfit planned out for Sunday night. "You know my wardrobe," Terry told Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News. "You ...

Stephen Curry Shows off Creativity with Behind-the-Head Pass to Barnes

April 25th, 2015 by Thomas Duffy No comments »
Stephen Curry is quickly becoming the most hated man in New Orleans.After spearheading one of the wildest comebacks in NBA playoff history on Thursday, the Golden State Warriors point guard came into Game 4 with that same killer instinct.With around nine minutes to go in the third quarter, Curry flashed his magical touch with a dazzling behind-the-head pass to Harrison Barnes, whose dunk gave the Dubs their largest lead of the night.Golden State, looking for a sweep, has been in control all night.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Bulls vs. Bucks: Game 4 Video Highlights and Recap from 2015 NBA Playoffs

April 25th, 2015 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Chicago Bulls looked to complete a first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 on Saturday night. Derrick Rose and the Bulls had won each of the first three games and looked to finish the young Bucks off, but Milwaukee wasn't going down without a fight. The Bucks won 92-90. Check out the full video highlights. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com