Jabari Parker Reportedly Will Miss Remainder of 2014-15 Season with Torn ACL

December 16th, 2014 by Tim Keeney No comments »
Jabari Parker, one of the brightest young stars in the NBA, has reportedly torn his ACL.  ESPN's Marc Stein first revealed the news, while Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the report: Early in the third quarter of Monday's 96-94 win over the Phoenix Suns, Parker—as he so often does—led the fast break, but his knee buckled as he entered the lane, and he had to be carried off the court.  The rookie out of Duke, drafted second overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in last June's draft, was averaging 12.3 points on 49.0 percent shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. One of the most hyped prospects in several years, he had already begun to show glimpses of a bright future and was the front-runner for Rookie of the Year. His talent was matched by a professionalism and maturity not typically seen in 19-year-olds, and this is a devastating development.  As CBS Sports' ...

Breaking Down Chris Bosh’s Case for the Basketball Hall of Fame

December 16th, 2014 by Tom Sunnergren No comments »
Throughout his career, Chris Bosh been a good—occasionally very good—but never great basketball player. His finest, at least his most impactful, seasons were spent as a tertiary threat on a Miami Heat team that never quite became a dynasty. This is tremendous. It’s a lot more professional success than most of us can dream of, including the author of this post. But to my mind at least, it probably isn’t Hall of Fame worthy. Granted, I believe in keeping a high bar for the Hall. When too many are inducted, it diminishes the honor. When everyone’s family, there is no family. To repeat an oft-repeated argument, if there’s a debate about whether someone belongs in the Hall of Fame, he probably doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame. That out of the way, I do think—based on his accomplishments, statistical and otherwise—that there’s a chance Bosh will get an opportunity to pledge the ...

Kevin Durant Becomes 2nd-Youngest Player to Score 15,000 Points

December 16th, 2014 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant became the second-youngest player in NBA history to score 15,000 points Tuesday night vs. the Sacramento Kings.  The NBA announced the news on Twitter: The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar became the youngest player in NBA history other than LeBron James to reach the milestone, per ESPN.com's Royce Young: That is even more impressive when considering Durant attended the University of Texas for one year, while James went pro straight out of Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. Before Tuesday's road trip to Sacramento, the Thunder were 6-1 since Durant returned to the lineup after missing the beginning of the year with a Jones fracture in his right foot. Russell Westbrook was dealing with injury issues of his own to start the 2014-15 campaign, but Oklahoma City's dynamic duo is back in full force. Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy noticed the huge difference recently: The Thunder have turned things around quickly after a rocky start, ...

Bucks Will Survive Without Jabari Parker for Now, but Long-Term Concerns Linger

December 16th, 2014 by Grant Hughes No comments »
Jabari Parker's knee injury won't sink the Milwaukee Bucks this season, but it could put a major damper on the franchise's future plans. ESPN's Marc Stein was the first to break the news that Parker suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports confirmed the news. Parker has reportedly also informed teammates of the injury. Let's get this out of the way: This is a bad thing. It's always terrible when injuries barge into a good situation and mess it up. Parker was off to a promising NBA start, and we've seen plenty of recent examples of just how long-lasting and profound the effects of an injury like this can be.   What We Can Say There is no way to spin this positively. Parker's season averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists on 49 percent shooting had him in excellent position to capture ...

Sergey Karasev Injury: Updates on Nets Guard’s Side and Return

December 16th, 2014 by Tim Keeney No comments »
Brooklyn Nets youngster Sergey Karasev was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat in the third quarter, and he didn't return.  Newsday's Rod Boone had the news: Boone had more detail on Karasev's availability for Wednesday's game as well: The second-year Russian entered the day averaging just 3.3 points in 11.7 minutes per contest, but he recently surpassed Bojan Bogdanovic on the depth chart, earning the starting job next to Joe Johnson on the wing.  His role has been growing significantly, and he had 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and a block in 22 minutes before leaving Tuesday's contest.  Should this injury keep him sidelined for any amount of time, Bogdanovic would likely re-enter the starting lineup, while Alan Anderson will see more minutes off the bench. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Portland Trail Blazers Should Embrace Small-Ball Lineup After Robin Lopez Injury

December 16th, 2014 by Stephen Babb No comments »
There's an obvious solution to the Portland Trail Blazers' temporary life without starting center Robin Lopez, but it may not be the best one. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that according to league sources, the 26-year-old big man "is expected to miss four weeks with a fractured right hand" he suffered during the third quarter of Monday night's 108-95 win against the San Antonio Spurs. His natural replacement is seven-foot center Chris Kaman, a 32-year-old journeyman averaging 10 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. But there may be a better idea, one that takes full advantage of Portland's offensive prowess and collection of floor-spacing shooters. In this scenario, pick-and-pop extraordinaire LaMarcus Aldridge would slide over to the 5 spot—a position he frequented prior to Lopez's arrival in 2013.  Third-year power forward Thomas Robinson would bring interior activity to the starting lineup, but he's only played sparingly in 10 games so far this ...

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

December 16th, 2014 by Ken Chin No comments »
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Stock Up, Stock Down for the Maligned 2013 NBA Draft Class

December 16th, 2014 by Josh Martin No comments »
The 2013 NBA draft got a bad rap coming out of the gate, albeit one that was somewhat deserved. Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick, struggled mightily in his debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nerlens Noel didn't even suit up for the Philadelphia 76ers on account of a torn ACL he suffered as a freshman at Kentucky. The Rookie of the Year race came down to three shaky point guards on bad teams, two of whom missed significant time due to injury. All of that (and more) colored what proved to be an unflattering picture of last season's first-years. But, to paraphrase the late, great Al McGuire, the best thing about rookies is that they become sophomores. This year's group is no different, with most of the notable names from last year's crop making sizable strides toward the dependable pros they're likely to become. Of course, not everyone has taken a second-year step. Some ...

Heat-Nets Game Delayed Due to Leaky Roof at Barclays Center

December 16th, 2014 by Tyler Brooke No comments »
That's not ideal.The Miami Heat came to Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The Heat took an early 24-21 lead in the first quarter, but the game was delayed due to a leaky roof.The apparent solution? Getting a bigger bucket.Hopefully that's not their only plan.[Vine, Instagram]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Watch Tyson Chandler’s Return to MSG Start with a Vicious 1-Handed Slam

December 16th, 2014 by Team Stream Now No comments »
Tyson Chandler was shipped out of New York this summer when the Knicks traded him to the Dallas Mavericks following a rough season at Madison Square Garden. How did Chandler's night start in his former home? Watch the big man emphatically reintroduce himself to the Knicks crowd with a monster finish in the video above.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com