Devin Harris Injury: Updates on Mavericks Guard’s Toe and Return

October 26th, 2016 by Tim Daniels No comments »
Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris is expected to miss at least the first three weeks of the regular season because of a toe injury. Continue for updates. Latest on Harris' Playing Status Wednesday, Oct. 26 Earl K. Sneed of the team's official website passed along an update from head coach Rick Carlisle, who stated Harris is dealing with a big toe sprain in his right foot. He'll be in a walking boot for the next three weeks and will then go through an evaluation. The setback is particularly notable because Harris missed games last season while dealing with a lingering injury to the big toe on his left foot. He underwent surgery to rectify the issue along with a procedure on his thumb in May. "It's more precautionary than anything else, but the surgeries went well. I'm rehabbing, walking regular and just waiting to get cleared to start running and doing other stuff," Harris told Sneed in ...

Predicting Every Major NBA Award Winner for the 2016-17 Season

October 26th, 2016 by Josh Martin No comments »
Rarely, if ever, has there been less suspense surrounding the eventual NBA champion than 2016-17. The Cleveland Cavaliers, last year's title winner, once again look like prohibitive favorites in the East. The Golden State Warriors, with Kevin Durant joining the core of a 73-win club, could be completely peerless across the Association. Yet, when it comes to the Association's other awards—the ones contingent on votes rather than victories—there's never been so much parity. MVP candidates will steal votes from each other, as teammates and combatants. A rising tide of young talent should turn the races for Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player into free-for-alls. With so many productive veterans moving to benches around the NBA, the field for Sixth Man figures to be flush with second-unit studs. And that's to say nothing of all of the big names—players and otherwise—that will draw praise for their defense, coaching and front-office work in the months ...

2016-17 NBA Season Predictions for Each Boston Celtics Player

October 26th, 2016 by Brian Robb No comments »
For the past two seasons, the Boston Celtics have been a feisty underdog team in the Eastern Conference. They will be expected to be much more in 2016-17. An improved supporting cast that includes free-agent addition Al Horford now surrounds All-Star Isaiah Thomas. Those upgrades make the 5'9" point guard believe his team is capable of making some noise. "If we can put it all together, we could be special," Thomas said. "I’m not going to say we’re going to go to the NBA Finals or do none of that, but like I said before, teams know we can be really good. We just have to put it together and find our identity, which is on the defensive end. And if we do that, everything else will take care of itself." While the Celtics may have outgrown their underdog role, Avery Bradley believes it is essential to maintain that mentality as they strive ...

NBA Kicks Roundup: The Top Sneakers to Open the Season

October 26th, 2016 by Giancarlo Ferrari-King No comments »
It's here. It's finally here. The 2016-17 NBA season is upon us, and yes, it's glorious. As fans of all things sneakers, we find it only natural to politic about all of the dope kicks floating around on opening night. With three games officially in the books, players from the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers brought their A-games. Let's stop messing around and get into it. Here are the top sneakers worn on opening night in the National Basketball Association.Begin Slideshow

Kawhi Leonard Scored a Career-High 35 Points in the Spurs’ Win over Warriors

October 26th, 2016 by Daily Facts No comments »
Fact: Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 35 points in the Spurs’ 129-100 win over the Warriors on Tuesday. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: B/R Insights Read more NBA news on

Think You Know James Harden? He and the Rockets Are About to Change Your Mind

October 26th, 2016 by Kevin Ding No comments »
Sometimes we pull back a little from the world. It's not so much closing ourselves off as it is turning away from eye contact and leaning out of conversation, ignoring that thoughtful voice inside to give a guy a pat on the back or a extend a high-five. So we share less—and take more of a just-get-stuff done mindset. That can be productive at times. It just leaves a little less love in our lives. James Harden has been there. It was where he resided last season, when the fragmented Houston Rockets were colossal disappointments and Harden's superstar partnership with Dwight Howard ultimately failed. This season, however, Harden has opened up again. Behind that mountain-man mound of facial hair, the smiles will always be difficult to discern, but they will be there, perhaps to the surprise of many. After all of the points he has scored (11,262 in seven seasons), we know he doesn't necessarily burst into ...

NBA Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz on Goran Dragic and Iman Shumpert

October 26th, 2016 by Thomas Duffy No comments »
NBA basketball re-entered our lives on Tuesday night. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks, 117-88, and the San Antonio Spurs knocked off the Golden State Warriors, 129-100. Just because live action is back doesn't mean the trade rumblings have quieted around the league, though. Below we discuss two situations to monitor.     Goran Dragic According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Miami Heat are not actively looking to deal point guard Goran Dragic. Per Stein, who cited hearing "this warning more than once this month," the Heat could decide to make the 30-year-old southpaw available if the team gets off to a slow start. With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh no longer in town, that's a serious possibility. Of Miami's first 13 games, only two appear easy—home against the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 1 and on the road versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 21. The Heat see the Spurs twice and also get the Oklahoma City ...

How High Can Kentucky’s Malik Monk Fly Up 2017 NBA Draft Boards?

October 26th, 2016 by Jonathan Wasserman No comments »
Athleticism and offense propelled Malik Monk up recruiting ranks straight toward the spotlight at Kentucky. Will they help him soar up 2017 NBA draft boards?  Production and eye-test results won't be issues for one of the most talented freshmen in the country. He'll put up numbers and turn heads with superhero-like leaping ability. Monk is expected to replace Jamal Murray at off-guard and emerge as the Wildcats' No. 1 option. Head coach John Calipari believes he will "probably take the most shots on the team," according to KSTV. But he'll have questions to answer about his eventual transition to the pros, with the first concerning questionable physical tools for his projected NBA position (shooting guard). Based on his skill set, Monk's NBA calling card will be scoring. But since 2000, the only non-point guards 6'3" or shorter to average 15 points in a season were Ben Gordon, Monta Ellis, Lou Williams, Avery Bradley and Leandro Barbosa, per Can Monk efficiently ...

Warriors Learn Nothing Comes Easy After ‘Slap in the Face’ to Start NBA Season

October 26th, 2016 by Erik Malinowski No comments »
OAKLAND, Calif. — There will come a time during the 2016-17 NBA season when the Golden State Warriors are racking up wins with regular ease, where the offense is smooth and the defense smothering. At their best, they’ll change the way we think a basketball game plan can be conducted. But there will be other nights, perhaps more than people expect, when it seems like all the gears, normally so in sync, are slipping just enough to throw the machine off stride. The golden egg the Warriors laid on their home court to the rival San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night proved that. Golden State lost by the very real score of 129-100. The Warriors were out-rebounded by 20, committed more turnovers than the Spurs and took fewer free throws. They lost second-chance points by a disturbing 26-4 margin and only made 21 percent of their three-pointers. This was no clear improvement over last season’s squad. ...

Spurs vs. Warriors: Score, Highlights and Reaction from 2016 Regular Season

October 25th, 2016 by Alec Nathan No comments »
Last season, it took the Golden State Warriors 25 games to drop their first contest.  This year, 48 minutes did the trick.  Even though the Warriors entered Tuesday night engulfed in hype facilitated by Kevin Durant's free-agent arrival, the San Antonio Spurs bested the defending Western Conference champions, 129-100, at Oracle Arena in both teams' season opener.  Kawhi Leonard was sensational in the wire-to-wire rout with a career-high 35 points on 10-of-21 shooting and a perfect 15-of-15 night from the charity stripe, five rebounds and five steals. He routinely thrashed Golden State's defense with composed shot-making, as NBA TV documented:  Assisting Leonard in the onslaught were LaMarcus Aldridge and Jonathon Simmons, each of whom stuffed the stat sheet with aplomb. Aldridge roasted the Warriors with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting and 14 rebounds (eight offensive). He only had two games with at least 26 points and 14 boards last season, according to  The breakout star, though, was Simmons. In 28 minutes off the bench, the ...