Report: Stephen Curry Made 77 Consecutive 3-Pointers in Practice, Hit 94 of 100

April 14th, 2015 by Kyle Newport No comments »
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has been lighting up the NBA this season, but perhaps his most impressive performance came during Tuesday's practice. According to ESPN.com, Curry made 77 consecutive three-pointers and hit 94 of his 100 attempts from downtown. You read that correctly: He nailed 77 three-pointers in a row. Not free throws, not layups. Three-pointers. Both Golden State's official Twitter account and its social media coordinator, Julie Phayer, confirmed the report is accurate: ESPN.com has some video from the incredible performance. Sure, Curry has already set an NBA single-season record by making 284 (and counting) long balls in 2014-15. However, he's shooting only 44.2 percent from three-point range during games this year. He shot 94 percent during Tuesday's practice. With the NBA postseason right around the corner, the Warriors have to be thrilled to see that Curry is locked in.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Boston’s Jae Crowder’s Tough Go-Ahead Bucket vs. Toronto Secures 7th Seed

April 14th, 2015 by Kyle Newport No comments »
With this last-second jumper against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, Jae Crowder clinched the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the Boston Celtics.Crowder's jumper gave his team a 95-93 lead with less than one second remaining in the game, and the Raptors were unable to answer.Boston will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

John Wall Sets Up Bradley Beal for Dunk with Smooth Behind-the-Back Pass

April 14th, 2015 by Kyle Newport No comments »
Leading a three-on-one fast break Tuesday night against the host Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall put his floor general skills on display.Wall drew Pacers forward David West to him and set up teammate Bradley Beal for an easy dunk with a smooth behind-the-back pass and seven-point third-quarter lead.Indiana currently holds No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and can't allow Wall and Beal to get loose like this if it hopes to fend its closest competitor, the the Brooklyn Nets.[National Basketball Association]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

April 14th, 2015 by Ken Chin No comments »
Keep it locked right here as we bring you live coverage of the Clippers vs. Suns! Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Avery Bradley Injury: Updates on Celtics Guard’s Leg and Return

April 14th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley suffered a left quad contusion during Tuesday's game against the Toronto Raptors. Continue for updates. Bradley Suffers Leg Injury vs. Raptors Tuesday, April 14 Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports the details on Bradley's status after his exit from the floor at TD Garden: Prior to leaving the contest, Bradley was leading the Celtics with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 21 minutes of action. The MetroWest Daily News' Scott Souza weighed in on how Boston might handle Bradley in the aftermath of his injury: Coach Brad Stevens will have a hard time replacing Bradley, who leads the upstart playoff-bound squad with 13.9 points per contest. Boston would probably be best suited to rest Bradley in Wednesday's regular-season finale in Milwaukee.  In addition to shouldering a fair share of the scoring load, Bradley is a valuable perimeter defender. Rookie Marcus Smart is strong in that area as well, but the Celtics have ...

Celtics’ Brandon Bass Skies over Jonas Valanciunas for Putback Dunk

April 14th, 2015 by Team Stream Now No comments »
Brandon Bass is wasting no time getting into action tonight as the Boston Celtics take on the Toronto Raptors. Evan Turner makes a good attempt, and Bass is there to make it count. Check out the video above to see the clutch play. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Final Regular-Season Grades for Boston Celtics Players

April 14th, 2015 by Grant Rindner No comments »
With a constantly revolving door of players and a roster that lacked top-shelf talent, the Boston Celtics’ surprising charge into the playoffs is a testament both to their chemistry and Brad Stevens’ system as well as the weakness of the Eastern Conference. Many expected the C’s to tank as they had in 2013-14, but their mix of veterans and unheralded young players jelled better than anyone anticipated.  Midseason deals that shipped out Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green only strengthened the team, and the acquisition of Isaiah Thomas was instrumental in their postseason push. With the 2015-16 campaign virtually over and the No. 7 or 8 seed locked up, it’s time to reflect on the Boston roster as a whole. While it’s tough to compare pieces such as Evan Turner and Brandon Bass, who were rotation mainstays, to players such as Kelly Olynyk, who missed time, or Thomas, who was acquired at the trade deadline, they ...

Breaking Down What a Heavy Workload Means for Goalies in Stanley Cup Playoffs

April 14th, 2015 by Dave Lozo No comments »
During a furious, unrelenting push for a playoff spot, sometimes coaches are forced to ride their No. 1 goaltender all the way to the finish line. With points at a premium and/or a less than reliable backup, it's difficult to find rest for the starter.While that's a perfectly acceptable blueprint for reaching the postseason, it's generally not a recipe for playoff success.Meet Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.They are three excellent goaltenders having seasons worthy of Hart Trophy or Vezina Trophy consideration. The other thing they have in common is they have all been ridden extremely hard down the stretch, so hard that if they were horses and their coaches were jockeys they'd be receiving strongly worded letters from ASPCA in the coming days.What can we learn, if anything, from the recent past about what a goaltender's ...

Paul Pierce Talks Nets Tenure, Kevin Garnett, Retirement, More in ESPN Interview

April 14th, 2015 by Tyler Conway No comments »
From the outside looking in, the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets were a cataclysmic disaster—$190 million set ablaze on aging veterans who never fit together and resulted in a second-round exit in the postseason.  It turns out it was even worse on the inside. Speaking with Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston.com, Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce spoke on his one-season experience in Brooklyn, criticizing the laissez-faire attitude of the team's veterans: It was a tough situation (in Brooklyn) last year. Horrible, really. It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin (Garnett) and I had to pick them up every day in practice. Pierce arrived alongside Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in a blockbuster deal that sent three unprotected first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018) to Boston in ...

5 Unsung Heroes Key to the Washington Capitals’ Playoff Run

April 14th, 2015 by Ryan Davenport No comments »
As the Washington Capitals head into their first postseason appearance under head coach Barry Trotz, there's a lot to like about the team's chances of making some noise in the Eastern Conference.   After the franchise's first playoff-free campaign in seven years, few expected this group to capture home-ice advantage, but this may be the deepest and most well-rounded Capitals roster ever seen. It starts at the top with Rocket Richard Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin and the vastly improved Braden Holtby, who have each been integral factors to Washington's success in the second half.  But beyond those two (and the usual suspects such as Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Mike Green), the Caps have benefited from strong performances throughout the lineup as of late. And that's critical in the postseason, as recent Stanley Cup finalists such as the Kings, Rangers, Blackhawks and Bruins have boasted depth at every position, allowing them to not have to rely too heavily on one forward or ...