Warriors vs. Rockets: Game 3 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2015 NBA Playoffs

May 23rd, 2015 by Joseph Zucker No comments »
The Golden State Warriors are just one game away from the NBA Finals after routing the Houston Rockets, 115-80, Saturday night in the Toyota Center to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. As Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group posited, home-court advantage looks less and less like a factor in the postseason: This may also be the last time any home team allows Scott Foster to be the crew chief in a postseason game, per NBA Ref Stats; he has been the kiss of death lately: Some have argued that the West's top seed has underwhelmed in the conference finals so far. You would've been forgiven if you thought the Warriors were down 0-2 instead of up 2-0 after hearing Draymond Green's comments after Game 2. "We haven't played well at all," he said, per CSNBayArea.com's Monte Poole. "We haven't put it together yet." Game 3 showed what Green was ...

Steph Curry Nails 3 from Corner Despite Rockets Fan’s Attempt at Defense

May 23rd, 2015 by Thomas Duffy No comments »
As the Houston Rockets continued to get pummeled in the third quarter of Game 3, a fan sitting courtside tried to distract Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry.The NBA MVP—and new owner of the league record for converted three-pointers in a single postseason—sunk a triple and appeared to wink at the heckler as he trotted back on defense.Minutes later, the fan extended his hand for a high-five. Curry left him hanging.[Vine]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Stephen Curry Sets NBA Single Postseason 3-Point Record

May 23rd, 2015 by Scott Polacek No comments »
Add another line to Stephen Curry’s incredible 2014-15 resume.  The league MVP passed sharpshooter Reggie Miller Saturday for the most three-pointers in a single NBA postseason. The NBA passed along the stat, while Bleacher Report offered some congratulations for the 2014-15 MVP: The NBA also shared the highlight of the record-breaking shot, and it was appropriately well behind the three-point line over the outstretched arms of Corey Brewer. Curry has made a living from that deep throughout the year: Curry finished the game with 40 points, to which head coach Steve Kerr said, per the team's Twitter feed, that “Steph was Steph. He’s the MVP … His shooting is hard to describe." Assuming Golden State eventually capitalizes on its 2-0 lead in the series with the Rockets, Curry will have a number of additional games to add to his record. He shot 44.3 percent from deep during the regular season and is known for his lightning-quick ...

Dwight Howard Throws It Down over 2 Warriors in Game 3

May 23rd, 2015 by Thomas Duffy No comments »
They always say not to tug on Superman’s cape. Let’s add to that: Don’t try to jump with him either.Dwight Howard jammed all over Golden State Warriors big men Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green early in the first quarter of Game 3 on Saturday night.With his Houston Rockets down 0-2 in the Western Conference Finals, Howard will have to be this heroic going forward.[Vine]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Father Signing to Deaf Son During Basketball Timeout Will Warm Your Heart

May 23rd, 2015 by Thomas Duffy No comments »
Whether it’s celebrating a child's first basket, playing a pickup game or cheering on the MVP, sports bring people together like few things in the world can.In the clip above, a father is communicating to his deaf son during a timeout in a youth basketball game. Forget the trophies, money and fame—this is what sports are all about.[Instagram]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

The NBA Draft Prospects with the Biggest Red Flags in the 2015 Class

May 23rd, 2015 by Zach Buckley No comments »
Any number of different things can raise an NBA draft prospect's stock—overstuffed stat sheets, freakish physical gifts, well-spoken interviews...the list goes on and on. But only one thing is required to send those same stocks spiraling in the wrong direction: the dreaded red flag. It's admittedly a vague term that essentially groups together warning signs of all types. Attitude issues and health concerns are probably the first two areas that come to mind, but alarm bells can also sound over underwhelming production or uninspiring measurements (lack of size or too much of the wrong kind). Remember, the league's annual talent grab is about more than simply identifying potential. A lot of this deals with risk assessment. That's why most scouting reports—the good ones at least—typically touch on both a ceiling and a basement. With the possibility of a worst-case scenario always in play, teams need to prepare for just how bad things could ...

Terrence Ross Injury: Updates on Raptors Wing’s Ankle and Recovery

May 23rd, 2015 by Scott Polacek No comments »
Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle. No time table was set for his return. Continue for updates. Ross Undergoes Surgery Saturday, May 23 An NBA.com press release noted Saturday that Ross underwent the surgery “to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.” He will rehab back in Toronto, although there is no definitive date for a return to basketball activities. Ross played all 82 games this season and averaged 9.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game behind a 37.2 percent shooting from three-point range. The fact that bone spurs and loose bodies were in Ross’ ankle in the first place probably didn’t help his play this year, especially late in the postseason loss to the Washington Wizards. Ross only scored in double figures one time in what was ultimately a Washington sweep. Considering it is only May and the surgery is already done, Ross should theoretically ...

Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score and Analysis for Game 3

May 23rd, 2015 by Andy Bailey No comments »
Behind an offensive barrage from Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors obliterated the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, 115-80. Curry dropped 40 points on 12-of-19 shooting, many of his makes coming in highlight-reel fashion. He was 7-of-9 from three-point range, passing Reggie Miller's all-time mark for a single postseason when he hit his second. His record now stands at 64. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli joined Curry in double-figures. Green had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Thompson added 17 points. Bogut had a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards. And Ezeli came off the bench to pitch in with 10 points around the rim. Houston was led by Dwight Howard, who scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Harden added 17, but shot just 3-of-16 from the floor. As a team, the Rockets shot just 34 percent from the field against a ...

Ranking the 10 Best Power-Play Specialists in the 2015 NHL Draft

May 23rd, 2015 by Allan Mitchell No comments »
Among the exceptional crop of prospects for the 2015 NHL draft, there are several outstanding special teams players. These young men are good at even strength but also give their teams an exceptional weapon on the power play or penalty kill. The power-play specialists are going to get paid if they can deliver similar production when they arrive in the NHL. The candidates to be impact power-play weapons are many and impressive this year. Here are the 10 best power-play specialists in this year's draft. Note: Rankings are based on percentage of offense delivered on the power play, and rankings are not reflective of final draft number.Begin Slideshow

Ducks vs. Blackhawks: Game 4 Live Score, Highlights for 2015 NHL Playoffs

May 23rd, 2015 by Kevin McRae No comments »
Ducks 4, Blackhawks 4 (End of 1st Overtime) We are live from the United Center for Game 4 between the Blackhawks and Ducks. Chicago and Anaheim are heading to a second overtime. Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane have goals for the Blackhawks. Emerson Etem, Ryan Kesler, Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry have goals for the Ducks. Keep it locked right here for live updates.Read more NHL news on BleacherReport.com