New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets 1/24/15: Video Highlights and Recap

January 24th, 2015 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Charlotte Hornets looked to bounce back from a brutal loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, when they hosted the New York Knicks on Saturday. The Hornets saw their three-game win streak snapped in emphatic fashion their last time out, and they faced the Knicks, who had won three straight.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks 1/24/15: Video Highlights and Recap

January 24th, 2015 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Detroit Pistons looked to continue their recent run of success on Saturday in Wisconsin, as they took on the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pistons had won three of their last four, but they faced a tough test from the Bucks, who had lost two straight and three of four.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Brandon Jennings Injury: Updates on Pistons Star’s Leg and Return

January 24th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
The Detroit Pistons' season took a slight turn for the worse when point guard Brandon Jennings went down with a potentially serious left leg injury vs. the Milwaukee Bucks. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated had the initial details regarding Jennings' situation: Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News had more after he was taken to the locker room: Keith Langlois of Pistons.com added more detail from Stan Van Gundy: NBA.com supplied a view of the play: It's hard to speculate on what the injury could possibly be, but Jennings reaching for the back of his ankle area leads you to believe it could be an Achilles injury.  While Jennings recovers, D.J. Augustin will presumably take over the starting role. The Pistons should get a longer look at 2014 second-round pick Spencer Dinwiddie. The combo guard has talent and a bigger frame at 6'6", yet is still trying to show his full potential after tearing his ACL this ...

NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2015 Results: Winners and Twitter Reaction

January 24th, 2015 by Adam Wells No comments »
On the eve of the NHL's All-Star Game, the top stars in the sport gathered in the Nationwide Arena for the annual Skills Competition. This is often more fun than the actual game because it provides a unique opportunity to see what makes the stars so great in a different setting.  Jonathan Toews and Nick Foligno, the All-Star captains, picked the teams in all six Skills Competition events. These included fastest skater, breakaway challenge, accuracy shooting, skills-challenge relay, hardest shot and a shootout.  Foligno has embraced the role of ambassador for Columbus this weekend, telling Craig Merz of NHL.com that it's great to see hockey become the main interest in the city: "It's so great seeing hockey being the main focal point in Columbus the whole weekend," he said. "It's pretty impressive." In addition to showing off these hockey players' talent, it was a chance to cut loose on the ice while keeping the ...

9 Stats That Defined the NBA Season’s 1st Half

January 24th, 2015 by Alec Nathan No comments »
Come one, come all and step right up to admire the statistical marvels of the NBA's first half.  With the midway point fading in the rearview mirror, it's time to examine the numbers, facts and figures that have helped make the 2014-15 campaign one of the most unpredictable in recent memory.  Whether it's been the Houston Rockets' ambitious approach from three-point range, Kobe Bryant's historic shooting splits or the Oklahoma City Thunder's excellence at full strength, there are plenty of statistics worth parsing through to put the season's first 41 games in perspective.  So as a way to prep for the captivating regular-season action ahead, here are the most significant trends worth monitoring over the next few months. Begin Slideshow

Washington Wizards vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Live Score and Highlights

January 24th, 2015 by Ken Chin No comments »
Keep it locked right here was we bring you live coverage of Wizards-Blazers! Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Pistons’ Brandon Jennings Finds Andre Drummond on off-the-Backboard Alley-Oop

January 24th, 2015 by Tyler Brooke No comments »
When there's no open passing lane, sometimes the backboard can work instead. Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond blocked a shot on Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. On the ensuing fast break, Brandon Jennings found Drummond with an off-the-backboard alley-oop for the one-handed slam dunk. The Pistons led 28-23 after the first quarter.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Hawks’ Kyle Korver’s Last Name Is German for ‘Basketmaker’

January 24th, 2015 by Tyler Brooke No comments »
This might explain why Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver is so good. According to Ancestry.com, the last name Korver is German for "basketmaker." The 33-year-old has lived up to that name during his NBA career, especially this season. In 43 games, Korver has shot 51.6 percent from the floor and 53.3 percent from behind the arc, averaging 12.9 points per game. Keep making those baskets, Korver. [Ancestry.com, h/t Twitter]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Is Choosing the Same Teams for Outdoor Games Over and Over Good for the NHL?

January 24th, 2015 by Dave Lozo No comments »
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gary Bettman teetered between overly defensive and needlessly offensive when he was discussing the Winter Classic on the stage Saturday afternoon at Nationwide Arena. Before announcing the three-game outdoor slate for the 2015-16 season, Bettman attempted to get in front of something that, in a way, was already behind him. "I know some of you think that these games have some dilutive effect," Bettman said to the assembled media. "If you’ve been to one, you know that’s not the case. The impact that these games have for the people who actually attend them in the markets in which they take place is nothing short of staggering." Bettman is right, but he's also missing a point. How can fans and markets feel that "staggering" impact if it's always the same teams playing in outdoor games year after year? The 2016 Winter Classic will be between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins at Gillette ...

Playing Steady or Streaky with Top NBA Scorers of 2014-15 Season

January 24th, 2015 by Adam Fromal No comments »
Every NBA scorer comes with his own unique microwave setting.  Some heat up and cool down rapidly. Others get hot and stay hot over much longer stretches; Klay Thompson served as the most recent example by exploding for 37 points in the third quarter of Friday night's game against the Sacramento Kings. Some never go on long runs at either end of the streaky spectrum.  Current measurements come up short, so we decided to find out who the truly streaky and steady shooters are among the NBA's 10 leading scorers who are qualified for the scoring crown. As broken down in the detailed explanation you can find here, players' levels of streakiness are partially determined by the distance of their average shot from the field and by how much certain stretches deviate from their season-long average. If you're interested in the admittedly complicated methodology behind this (or if you're curious about how streakiness is largely ...