Warriors Go Coast-to-Coast in 1 Dribble, Curry Throws Half-Court Alley-Oop

January 27th, 2015 by Tristan Thornburgh No comments »
When the Golden State Warriors offense gets rolling it's a thing of beauty, and opposing defenses can do little to stop it.The Chicago Bulls found out firsthand on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena as they watched Golden State's Draymond Green snare a rebound and kick it out to Stephen Curry before landing, which then resulted in a half-court alley-oop to Harrison Barnes after just one dribble.The textbook play gave the Dubs a 23-16 first-quarter lead.[NBA]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Andrew Bogut Illness: Updates on Warriors Star’s Status and Return

January 27th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut didn't return for the second half of Tuesday night's game versus the Chicago Bulls due to an illness. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the details of Bogut's status: Bogut was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, but injuries have hampered him throughout his career. When healthy, the dynamic big man is an exceptional paint defender, a strong rebounder and an underrated passer who can change the game on both ends of the floor. Right knee tendinitis struck for Bogut earlier this season in early December. At that time, Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy highlighted Bogut's impact: As irreplaceable as Bogut is due to his unique skills, Golden State has enough depth and flexibility in its rotation to compensate for his absence for the time being. Scoring won't be a problem, because the backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson alone is enough ...

Paul Pierce Injury: Updates on Wizards Star’s Toe and Return

January 27th, 2015 by Tyler Conway No comments »
Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce has been ruled inactive for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The team confirmed the news: The veteran forward, who's in his first year with the Wizards, has mostly been a bastion of health. He suffered a minor toe injury in December but has kept himself on the floor and integrated himself well within the Washington lineup. A 10-time All-Star, Pierce came into Tuesday scoring 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The Wizards signed Pierce to a two-year contract at the mid-level exception last offseason, looking to replace the departed Trevor Ariza. While Ariza has continued to thrive in Houston, Washington hasn't much missed his presence. With John Wall's making marked improvements and Bradley Beal's returning from injury in November, the Wizards are well on their way to a second straight playoff berth. Losing Pierce, even for a couple weeks, wouldn't much alter that trajectory. Otto Porter ...

DeAndre Jordan Is Building Undeniable 2015 NBA All-Star Case

January 27th, 2015 by Josh Martin No comments »
LOS ANGELES — In so many ways, DeAndre Jordan is already an All-Star. He's one of the three most important players on a Los Angeles Clippers squad that, heading into an eight-game road trip, is starting to look like an NBA title contender. As one of the league's most likable guys, he's beloved by teammates and opponents alike. His high-flying antics on the court are matched only by his outsized personality off of it. But ask Blake Griffin whether his frontcourt partner should be an actual All-Star, and Griffin, normally as light-hearted and quick-witted as Jordan, turns dour—even after a win as exciting as the 102-98 nail-biter the Clippers pulled out against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. "He’s a huge part of our team, but, you know, unfortunately, the starters for the All-Stars, it’s a fan vote," Griffin said, as if resigned to the notion that his close friend and longtime teammate won't ...

Rajon Rondo Crashes the Boards and Finishes with Putback Slam vs. Memphis

January 27th, 2015 by Ken Chin No comments »
Now this is something you don't see very often. During the final minute of the first quarter of the Memphis Grizzlies-Dallas Mavericks game Tuesday night at American Airlines Center, Mavs guard Devin Harris drove to the rack but missed his shot. Since no Memphis player decided to box out, Rajon Rondo just skied in for the putback dunk and four-point lead. While some (mainly Grizzlies fans) might say that was close to basket interference, it doesn't matter unless the refs call it. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

January 27th, 2015 by Sean Hojnacki No comments »
The Los Angeles Lakers host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night hoping to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Wizards are 12-9 on the road, but the Lakers have gone just 6-16 at Staples Center this season. The Lakers leaped out to a surprising 57-46 lead at the half. Wayne Ellington exploded for 20 points, and Jordan Clarkson added 13. John Wall was a game-time decision, but he started and tallied 10 points, seven boards and seven assists by the half. CSN Washington and TWC SportsNet have the local TV feeds. Keep it right here for all the action. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Dwyane Wade Injury: Updates on Heat Star’s Hamstring and Return

January 27th, 2015 by Tyler Conway No comments »
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will not return to Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks after suffering a right hamstring strain, the team announced: Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick reported more on Wade's next steps after the game: Wade, 33, scored 12 points in 19 minutes on 5-of-9 shooting. Norris Cole entered the game for the All-Star with a little more than nine minutes remaining. The Heat will use a rotation of Cole, Mario Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier at the two guard spots. Wade strained his left hamstring two weeks ago against the Los Angeles Lakers and was forced to miss two games. He's missed 10 games total this season with various ailments, most notably knee soreness and the ongoing pain in his left hamstring. With both legs acting up, the Heat are going to have to be careful with how they monitor Wade's workload. It's possible this was a compensation injury—with Wade ...

Jimmy Butler Illness: Updates on Bulls Star’s Status and Return

January 27th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
Chicago Bulls budding star Jimmy Butler will not play in Tuesday night's game against the Golden State Warriors due to an illness.  ESPN's Nick Friedell reported that Butler would miss the game: The fourth-year pro out of Memphis has improved every season, but the 2014-15 campaign has seen Butler explode, emerging as the legitimate offensive weapon Chicago needs. Butler is averaging just over 20 points per game, proving to be well worth the No. 30 overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. In addition to his sudden scoring surge, Butler is an exceptional defender, making him an invaluable part of coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation. Injuries have plagued the Bulls in recent years, preventing them from perhaps winning their first Larry O'Brien Trophy since the Michael Jordan era. Past MVP point guard Derrick Rose has been missing with regularity, while big men Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah have been dinged up, too. It would be discouraging ...

5 Los Angeles Kings Storylines That Won’t Go Away During 2014-15 Season

January 27th, 2015 by Eric McKelvie No comments »
The Los Angeles Kings have done what a couple of years ago was completely unthinkable. They put Mike Richards on waivers.  The 29-year-old center simply isn't playing at a high enough level to justify his hefty contract. Meanwhile, the Kings as a whole aren't performing up to expectations either. They aren't even in a playoff spot as play resumes after the All-Star break.  Read on to find out more about these storylines and others that will surround the Kings for the rest of the season. Begin Slideshow

Ersan Ilyasova Injury: Updates on Bucks Star’s Groin and Return

January 27th, 2015 by Tyler Conway No comments »
Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova will not return to Tuesday night's game against the Miami Heat due to a sore groin. Ilyasova, 27, was limited to 10 minutes in the first half as Milwaukee got out to a 54-50 lead. He scored four points and grabbed one rebound on 2-of-4 shooting. John Henson and Kenyon Martin will split power forward minutes with Ilyasova out. Jason Kidd may also experiment with moving Giannis Antetokounmpo to the 4 in small-ball lineups. Ilyasova was making just his 10th start of the season as Kidd continues to shuffle his power forward minutes following Jabari Parker's season-ending ACL tear. The Turk is averaging 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, the former his worst since 2010-11 and the latter his lowest number since his rookie season.  A nasal fracture and a concussion earlier this season cost him most of December and the first half of January. Assuming the groin injury ...