Minnesota Timbertrolls 90210 Season Trailer Is Perfect

October 21st, 2014 by Ken Chin No comments »
This is perfect. The Minnesota Timberwolves have undergone a gigantic makeover this offseason, trading Kevin Love and acquiring a lot of young talent. Just like the cast of the hit '90s TV show Beverly Hills, 90210 when they started anew at West Beverly Hills High School.And thus, the Minnesota Timbertrolls were born. Make sure you check out Jason Priestley's jumper at the end. It's priceless. [Marcos Lopez]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Despite Win, Boston Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask Still Searching for Vezina Form

October 21st, 2014 by Al Daniel No comments »
Tuukka Rask’s first regulation win since opening night was anything but a smooth 60-minute ride. The Boston Bruins’ 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday had a convincing conclusion, but not before an iffy first 40 minutes. By repelling all 10 of San Jose’s third-period shots, Rask kept the adversary off the board for an entire regulation stanza for just the second time in his last 12 tries. His 31 total stops gave him a single-night save percentage of .912, easily his best in his last four outings. And by doing his part to keep Boston ahead after Gregory Campbell’s eventual decider with nine minutes and 18 seconds to spare, he successfully salvaged a lead for the first time since Oct. 8. All that notwithstanding, preceding developments as recent as Tuesday’s middle frame had to have Bruins buffs fidgeting. For the seventh and eighth time in six total ventures in 2014-15, Rask let in ...

Brandon Rush Injury: Updates on Warriors Guard’s Back and Return

October 21st, 2014 by Tim Keeney No comments »
The Golden State Warriors have one of the most talented backcourts in the NBA. On opening day, though, they could have slightly less depth, as Brandon Rush continues to deal with back spasms. Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears has the details: The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons noted the official diagnosis: Although he hasn't done much in the last two seasons, the 29-year-old Rush is capable of adding a decent scoring punch as part of the second unit. With Shaun Livingston also doubtful for the season opener, per Spears, the Warriors' bench is going to be significantly thinner in the backcourt. Of course, when you have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson that doesn't really make a huge difference. The Splash Brothers are likely to play as much as they can handle against the Sacramento Kings, while Leandro Barbosa and potentially Andre Iguodala will see more minutes at the 2. Still, Rush is good for about ...

Warriors vs. Clippers: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

October 21st, 2014 by Alec Nathan No comments »
The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors are clashing for the second time this preseason Tuesday evening.  You can catch all the action on TNT.  Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the night for real-time updates, highlights and analysis of all things Clippers-Warriors. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Shabazz Napier Forcing Way into Miami Heat Point Guard Conversation

October 21st, 2014 by Stephen Babb No comments »
Shabazz Napier once seemed like another reason for LeBron James to remain with the Miami Heat. "No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier," King James tweeted in April. Team president Pat Riley denied that James actively had anything to do with the organization's decision to acquire Napier (by trade on draft night), telling reporters, "The point is, if LeBron and I have the same taste in talent, so be it." The 23-year-old's addition didn't ultimately persuade James to stick around, but it may nevertheless have an immediate impact on a club in desperate need of some playmaking. Riley got Napier just weeks after starting point guard Mario Chalmers flopped in the Finals, averaging 4.4 points and 33.3 percent shooting in five games against the San Antonio Spurs. Miami ultimately elected to keep Chalmers—a free agent this summer—but it's become no secret this team needs improved play from its floor general. Chalmers and ...

11 NBA Training Camp Invitees Who Look Like Locks to Make Their Teams

October 21st, 2014 by Josh Martin No comments »
Is anyone else relieved that the NBA preseason is almost over? Everyone maybe? Nothing against exhibition games or anything, but there's only so much of the NBA Summer League's end-of-roster backwash that any self-respecting hoops head can stand before he/she can't stands no more, as Popeye might say. Surely, the league's players and coaches will be relieved to see the marathon of the 2014-15 regular season finally get under way. At least any injuries suffered or squabbles started therein won't have come completely in vain. And, well, all interested parties won't have to spend any more time sweating out what the 12-to-15-man rosters will look like on opening night. It'll be a sad (albeit inevitable) day for a slew of NBA D-Leaguers, international men of mystery and erstwhile hangers-on who were happy to survive the initial round of training-camp cuts and hopeful for a brighter basketball future. But for these 11 fringe players who could ...

Nik Vucevic and Magic Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

October 21st, 2014 by Tim Keeney No comments »
Entering his fourth year in the NBA, center Nikola Vucevic has reportedly come to terms with the Orlando Magic on a contract extension that will run through the 2018-19 season. The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins broke the news, while Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears added details of the extension: Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today provides more contract details: Vucevic has earned the raise. In two seasons with the Magic since being shipped over from Philadelphia, the USC product has been a double-double machine, averaging 13.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest. His player efficiency rating has risen every year he has been in the league, and on the cusp of his age-24 season, there is still room for him to continue to improve. Head coach Jacque Vaughn recently talked about that improvement, via Robbins: I think Nik is growing up. He's maturing. He's older. He's wiser. He's played these guys more than a few times now, and that's ...

How Rudy Gobert Can Become the NBA’s Next Feared Interior Force

October 21st, 2014 by Jonathan Wasserman No comments »
You can already start to feel it. The vibes surrounding Rudy Gobert have been pumping with positivity since summer league back in July. They would soon carry over into the 2014 Basketball World Cup, where he posed as a difference-maker down the stretch in France's awesome upset over Spain.  And now we're seeing Gobert kick some butt in NBA preseason. He's averaging 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 57.1 percent shooting in only 20.6 minutes. Prior to the Utah Jazz trading for him on draft night, Gobert's appeal as a prospect was tied strictly to his remarkable physical tools. Nobody really knew if he could play, and that's likely what led to him being passed on 26 times.  Gobert lacks ball skills. He's raw offensively—not a guy you'd feed in the post and ask to work one-on-one.  Only ball skills aren't required for NBA centers or interior specialists to thrive—at least not when you're 7'2", ...

Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

October 21st, 2014 by Sean Hojnacki No comments »
The Houston Rockets visited the Miami Heat Tuesday for the first time in the post-LeBron James era, and two of the former Big Three pushed the Heat to a 90-85 win, making a three-game winning streak for Miami.  Dwyane Wade led all scorers with 26 points, hitting 11 of his 17 field-goal attempts. Chris Bosh, an offseason target of Houston's in free agency, added 22 points to the cause.  While James Harden and Dwight Howard each scored 19 points, Rockets coach Kevin McHale played his reserves over the final 15 minutes as the Heat kept their core starters out there.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Early Takeaways from Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol Pairing

October 21st, 2014 by John Wilmes No comments »
Bringing in Pau Gasol this past summer was a move that everyone knew would benefit the Chicago Bulls in one way or another. But it’s yet to be clear exactly how. The oddest part of Gasol’s fit with his new team is that he comes in next to Joakim Noah, who plays his natural position at center. The similarities don’t end there: Both players are also pass-first big men who thrive most of all when they’re dishing to cutting teammates from the high post. Putting the two together has—and will—require some serious adaptation from both players. Thus far, the most marked change in either’s game has been Gasol’s new defensive duties. Despite coming to Chicago with a reputation as a declining, sometimes slow-footed defender, coach Tom Thibodeau has made him the rim-protecting anchor of the Bulls defense. His height and instincts, goes the thinking, could make him a harsh giant in the ...