Popovich Replies to Suns Owner’s Criticism of Spurs with ‘Chicken Suit’ Retort

October 18th, 2014 by Ethan Skolnick No comments »
SAN ANTONIO—Saturday wasn't the best night to test Gregg Popovich.  And Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver, thousands of miles away, bore the brunt of it.  The Spurs coach, looking weary after the Spurs' lengthy European trip, admitted he wasn't in the mood for much conversation prior to Saturday's preseason game against the Miami Heat. Then reporters asked for his response to what Sarver did Thursday night—apologizing to Suns fans that so few headline players participated in Phoenix's 121-90 win against visiting San Antonio. "Hey everybody," Sarver told the crowd, with about three minutes left. "I want to thank you for coming out tonight. This is not the game you paid your hard-earned money to watch. I apologize for it, and I want you to send me your tickets if you came tonight with a return envelop, and I got a gift for you on behalf of the Suns for showing up tonight. ...

Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers 10/18/14: Video Highlights and Recap

October 18th, 2014 by Ian Hanford No comments »
The Indiana Pacers looked to use their stalwart defensive rotation to shut down a revamped Dallas Mavericks squad Saturday night in preseason action. Check out the full highlights.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

David West Injury: Updates on Pacers Forward’s Ankle and Return

October 18th, 2014 by Joseph Zucker No comments »
Between the injury to Paul George and Lance Stephenson signing with the Charlotte Hornets, the Indiana Pacers had one of the worst offseasons of anybody in the NBA. Now comes news of an injury to David West. The Pacers announced that the power forward sprained his ankle in a 98-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks: You can see how the injury happened below. The injury could potentially be huge for Indiana. It's very possible that the team could go from being the top seed in the Eastern Conference in 2013-14 to missing the playoffs altogether in 2014-15. West figures to be one of the biggest reasons the Pacers could potentially sneak into the postseason despite all the offseason upheaval. The 34-year-old averaged 14 points and 6.8 rebounds a game last year.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Jabari Parker Puts Exclamation Point on Bucks’ Preseason Win with Spin and Dunk

October 18th, 2014 by Kyle Newport No comments »
Seeing plays like this from Jabari Parker should have Milwaukee Bucks fans very excited about the future.Sure, it happened during the preseason. But it shows just what the rookie is capable of.With his team clinging to a 97-96 lead in the final minute of Friday's preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Parker took control. He received a pass, spun in the lane and threw down what turned out to be a game-sealing dunk.Oh, and who is the defender he dunked over? That's Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft—no slouch himself.Here is another angle of the dunk from behind the backboard:Milwaukee held on to win, 105-98. Parker finished the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds.[Milwaukee Bucks, Vine; h/t Dime Magazine]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Houston Rockets Highlights to Get You Pumped Up for 2014-15 Season

October 18th, 2014 by Jake Lapin No comments »
A lot has gone wrong for the Houston Rockets lately. Ever since Damian Lillard sent them packing earlier than expected in the 2013-14 postseason, the Rockets have had the bad news pile on. General manager Daryl Morey took a big swing this offseason and came up empty. He lost Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons in a bold attempt to bring in Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh. This whiff has left the Rockets reeling, and now the bench consists of young, unproven talent. But it's not all bad for Houston fans. The Rockets still have two All-Stars in James Harden and Dwight Howard. They also have some promising players looking to burst on the scene in their new roles this upcoming year. And, with a new mindset on defense combined with the team's impeccable offensive efficiency, there could be a lot to look forward to in Houston. Here are some videos to pump ...

Xavier Henry Injury: Updates on Lakers Guard’s Knee and Return

October 18th, 2014 by Nate Loop No comments »
Los Angeles Lakers forward Xavier Henry has struggled to return to full health after suffering a knee injury in December 2013. It appears the young swingman still has some work to do to make a full recovery and will be traveling abroad to get treatment in an effort to get healthy. According to Lakers.com's Mike Trudell, Henry will travel to New York to receive a second opinion on his knee surgery and then head to Germany to receive treatment: Henry, who averaged 10.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 2013-14, also had wrist surgery this offseason but has recovered from the upper-body ailment, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News: If Henry is unable to start the regular season, the Lakers could be dangerously thin at the shooting guard and small forward positions. Shooting guard Nick Young, who averaged 17.4 points per game last season, is recovering from a thumb injury, and there ...

Blake Griffin Discusses Hard Fouls, Possible Retaliation

October 18th, 2014 by Mike Chiari No comments »
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is typically on the receiving end of many hard fouls, but the All-Star stud doesn't intend to take it for much longer. According to Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com, the University of Oklahoma product said that he will "probably" retaliate at some point if he feels it is warranted. The subject of hard fouls came up after the Clippers' preseason game against the Utah Jazz Friday night. Jazz forward Trevor Booker committed a foul against Griffin and a melee ensued, as seen at the 1:07 mark of this NBA.com video: While Griffin clearly felt as though that foul was excessive, not everyone agreed. Jared Greenberg of NBA TV downplayed the impact of Booker's infraction: Jazz radio announcer David Locke agreed and suggested that Griffin's immense size and strength make harder fouling a necessity: Griffin showed restraint after initially looking like he might hit Booker. While Griffin claims that retaliation could ...

Winners and Losers from Week 2 of Boston Celtics’ NBA Preseason

October 18th, 2014 by Grant Rindner No comments »
The Boston Celtics may have played just two games in their second week of preseason action, but we learned a lot over those 96 minutes. The C's lost a tight 92-89 contest to the Toronto Raptors but rebounded by hammering the Philadelphia 76ers 111-91. Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley all returned to the court, while projects like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart continued to see major burn. With the start of the regular season less than two weeks away, we're beginning to see Boston's true colors and who has a shot at making their mark on 2014-15. It wasn't all pretty, but Boston looked like a real team in Week 2 of the preseason (whatever that's worth). With just one week of action remaining, let's examine the winners and losers from Week 2 of the C's preseason.Begin Slideshow

Blake Griffin Helps Towel Boy Wipe Court During Preseason Game

October 18th, 2014 by Kyle Newport No comments »
Everyone knows that Blake Griffin can dunk. During Friday's preseason game against the Utah Jazz, the Los Angeles Clippers forward showed that he also has what it takes to be an All-Star towel boy.In the second quarter of the game, Griffin and teammate Spencer Hawes helped the towel boy out by cleaning up a wet spot in the paint. With their help, the situation was resolved quickly. [NBA]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Breaking Down the Twitter Buzz Surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Preseason

October 18th, 2014 by James McNeill No comments »
The 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers were always going to be a buzz-generating team, and the preseason proved this to be correct. Everyone imaginable took to Twitter and other social media to talk about the various storylines of this Cavaliers squad.   Injuries The only aspect holding the Cavs back—and I mean from owning the preseason—has been injuries. The new Big Three has only played together in a scrimmage and some of the Tel Aviv game. Point guard Kyrie Irving has missed games with a foot injury while newly acquired forward Kevin Love has missed time with a neck injury. LeBron James has missed some time so that he can rest, and even the mascot missed some games recently. It is important to note that these injuries aren't serious and that the Cavs are committed to resting players when they pick up little knocks. This rest and caution will figure to work in the Cavs' favor though it does ...