Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat 2/28/15: Video Highlights and Recap

February 28th, 2015 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Atlanta Hawks looked to continue their recent run of success when they took on the Miami Heat on Saturday. The balanced Hawks had won three straight in convincing fashion, but they faced a tough test from the Heat, who had their two-game win streak snapped on Friday.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards 2/28/15: Video Highlights and Recap

February 28th, 2015 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Washington Wizards looked to pull out of their recent tailspin on Saturday when they took on the Detroit Pistons. The Wizards had lost six straight and faced another tough test from the Pistons, who had dropped two straight. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Brandon Knight Injury: Updates on Suns Star’s Hip and Return

February 28th, 2015 by Joseph Zucker No comments »
The Phoenix Suns announced that point guard Brandon Knight suffered a hip pointer against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. Knight played 17 minutes, going 0-of-6 from the floor and scoring one point. Heading into Saturday, he averaged 16.7 points and 4.5 assists since arriving in Phoenix. The Suns went 2-2 during that stretch, and Knight had few problems integrating himself into the offense. Before taking on the Spurs, Phoenix was a game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder, who own the eighth seed in the Western Conference. In order to climb back into the top eight, the Suns will need Knight healthy and productive from behind the arc. Otherwise, they'll spend the playoffs sitting at home.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Kobe Bryant’s Muse: Recap and Reaction of Showtime Documentary

February 28th, 2015 by Adam Wells No comments »
 Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has never been one for public spectacles. He's one of the greatest players in NBA history, but likes to let his play on the court speak for itself. That changed, at least a little bit, on Saturday with the premiere of his Showtime documentary Kobe Bryant's Muse.  Bryant had a hand in what sides of himself were seen as an executive producer, but director Gotham Chopra did his best to break down who this enigmatic figure is by looking at his life in the past and what it will mean for the future.  As for why Bryant chose this avenue to unleash all of the secrets he wanted everyone to know, here's what the former NBA MVP told Greg Braxton of the Los Angeles Times: I didn't want to write a book — I don't have the patience to do that. We wanted to create something really different, very truthful. ...

Zach LaVine Tries to Destroy Rim with Monster 1-Handed Slam Versus Grizzlies

February 28th, 2015 by Brian Chen No comments »
This just in: Zach LaVine has hops.In the fourth quarter of Saturday's matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies, LaVine threw down a monstrous one-handed jam.The rookie looked like he wanted to destroy the rim.Unfortunately, the dunk wasn't enough to get the Wolves the win. Memphis won the game, 101-97.[NBA.com]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Antoine Vermette to Blackhawks: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

February 28th, 2015 by Joseph Zucker No comments »
The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired veteran center Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes for a first-round pick and a prospect, per the Blackhawks' website. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun added that 23-year-old Klas Dahlbeck will be heading to Arizona as well. The Blackhawks have been active ahead of the March 2 trade deadline. They also traded for defenseman Kimmo Timonen on Friday, sending two draft picks to the Philadelphia Flyers. Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times feels the team is making a hard push for the Stanley Cup: NHL.com's Brian Hedger thinks that the Blackhawks gave up a lot to get Vermette but that the center should provide more than enough value to make the trade worth it: The 32-year-old has played in 63 games this year, scoring 13 goals and assisting on another 22. Chicago is currently well on track to make the playoffs, but between the trades for Timonen and Vermette, the Blackhawks are building themselves ...

Kevin Garnett Ejected for Spiking Ball, Timberwolves Crowd Cheers Him in Support

February 28th, 2015 by Jake Silver No comments »
Kevin Garnett was tossed from Saturday night's Minnesota Timberwolves-Memphis Grizzlies game after receiving his second technical foul of the evening midway through the third quarter.Garnett was whistled for the technical when he spiked the ball down in frustration after being called for a foul while defending Grizzlies forward Jeff Green. Since it was the second time he was T'd up, he was automatically ejected.As Garnett left the floor, the Timberwolves crowd—clearly as in love with him as ever—cheered to show their support for the future Hall of Famer.[NBA]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

7 NBA Takeaways from 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

February 28th, 2015 by Alec Nathan No comments »
Over the weekend, some of the sports world's brightest and most innovative minds convened at MIT University for the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.   With discussion topics ranging from analytical processes in the NBA uncovering hidden gems to the league's efforts to make its product even more ubiquitous, several fascinating revelations were made during the two-day statistical extravaganza.   Whether it was Shane Battier's status as the NBA's original analytical darling, Josh Smith's rapid evolution with the Houston Rockets or commissioner Adam Silver's hopes for the future of NBA consumption, there was plenty of compelling forward-thinking analysis from the Association's intelligentsia worth digging into. Begin Slideshow

Monta Ellis Scores on the Nets with a Beautiful 360 Layup

February 28th, 2015 by Brian Chen No comments »
Some baskets are just prettier than others.In the first quarter of Saturday night's game between the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets, Rajon Rondo threw a dime to Monta Ellis, who was cutting baseline.Ellis caught the ball and avoided the Nets defender with a beautiful spin. He then finished the play with an easy reverse layup.[NBA]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Los Angeles Lakers Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for March

February 28th, 2015 by Howard Ruben No comments »
March Madness has a whole different meaning if you’re a long-suffering Los Angeles Lakers fan who is angry and dejected over their completely underwhelming performance this season. With about six weeks left in the regular season and 16 games this month, the Lakers find themselves with the fourth-worst record in the NBA at 16-41. A top five finish at the bottom of the barrel should get the team a talented center or guard from the college (or overseas) ranks to pair with forward Julius Randle, who gets to play his rookie season all over again after going down with a broken leg in Game 1 of his first year. But, wouldn’t you know it? In a year marked by serious injuries (Randle and Kobe Bryant), porous defense, inconsistent offense and overall mediocrity, the Lakers' chances of securing a top-five draft pick could be in danger if they continue along a winning path. In an ...