Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks 4/12/14: Video Highlights and Recap

April 12th, 2014 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Atlanta Hawks looked to seal up a playoff berth once and for all on Saturday when they faced the Miami Heat. The Hawks had won two straight and four of five, and faced a stern test from a Heat squad who had dropped two of its last three. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 4/12/14: Video Highlights and Recap

April 12th, 2014 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to get back to form on Saturday, when they faced the Boston Celtics. The slumping Cavs had lost three of four, and they faced a Celtics squad that snapped a nine-game skid its last time out.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Is Iman Shumpert a Legitimate Building Block for NY Knicks?

April 12th, 2014 by Jim Cavan No comments »
As with countless kingdoms and countries throughout history, any time a new regime usurps the old, courtiers and congressmen walk about wondering whether a tap on the shoulder means guaranteed good graces or a trip to the gallows. In the case of the New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert, all indications are that Phil Jackson, the team’s newly anointed president of basketball operations, has happier designs in mind for his team’s third-year shooting guard. That’s a good thing for both Shumpert and the Knicks. While Jackson has been publicly mum on whom he sees as part of New York’s forthcoming rebuild, ESPN New York’s Ian Begley has reported Shumpert is indeed part of the picture: Shumpert’s name was floated in several trade rumors throughout the first few months of the year. The Knicks nearly completed a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to flip Shumpert for Darren Collison prior to the Feb. 20 trade deadline. ...

Should Cleveland Cavaliers Offer Tristan Thompson an Extension?

April 12th, 2014 by Greg Swartz No comments »
While many are focused on Kyrie Irving's upcoming extension offer, it's important not to forget about the other young Cleveland Cavalier eligible for a raise. Tristan Thompson can also sign an extension this summer and should see a hefty raise from the $4 million he's making this season. The third-year forward is averaging 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for Cleveland. While Thompson has been a reliable rebounder and hustle player during his time with the Cavs, he's shown little to no improvement over the past year. He's very limited offensively and hasn't turned into the defensive force many hoped he'd become. So, should the Cavaliers extend Thompson this summer? If so, for how much?   Future in Cleveland? Despite his lack of improvement, Thompson does mean a lot to the Cavs. He's tied for first among all forwards in offensive rebounds (3.3 per game, via ESPN.com), and is ninth overall in total rebounding (9.2 ...

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Bobcats 4/12/14: Video Highlights and Recap

April 12th, 2014 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Charlotte Bobcats looked to get back to their winning ways on Saturday night when they faced the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bobcats saw their five-game win streak snapped their last time out, and they faced a Sixers squad that had dropped three straight and five of six.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards 4/12/14: Video Highlights and Recap

April 12th, 2014 by Sam Westmoreland No comments »
The Washington Wizards looked to gain some momentum heading towards the playoffs Saturday when they faced the Milwaukee Bucks. The Wizards snapped their two-game skid their last time out and faced a Bucks squad who snapped a six-game skid in their last game.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Knicks Officially Eliminated from Playoff Contention with Hawks’ Win over Heat

April 12th, 2014 by Tim Keeney No comments »
The eight Eastern Conference playoff teams are set, and the New York Knicks are not included.  That's a statement that most have been predicting with confidence for much of the season, but it took until April 12—the fifth-to-last day of the season—for it become official.  The Atlanta Hawks did the honors, knocking off the Miami Heat, 98-85, to lock up the eighth and final playoff spot in the East on Saturday night. Of course, it wasn't exactly a lose-on-purpose spiteful kind of move by the Heat, as they moved back into a tie with the Indiana Pacers atop the conference (Pacers own the tie-breaker) a day after claiming the No. 1 spot.  Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press summed it all up:  New York simply dug itself into far too big of a hole. After a woeful month of February (2-11), the Knicks dropped to 21-40 on March 3, a record that would put ...

Vince Carter Passes Adrian Dantley for 25th on NBA All-Time Scoring List

April 12th, 2014 by Joe Flynn No comments »
Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter achieved another career milestone on Friday night, passing Adrian Dantley for 25th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, per Mavs Insider's Earl K. Snead: Carter scored the fateful points on a three-pointer during the second quarter of the Mavericks' game against the Phoenix Suns. The 16-year veteran has been a valuable contributor off the bench for Dallas this season. This is his third season with the club, which he joined during the 2011 offseason as a free agent. Before that, he played for the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. But it was Carter's first two stops that continue to define his career. He played the first six full seasons of his career for the Toronto Raptors, winning the legendary 2000 Slam Dunk Contest and leading the franchise to its best-ever playoff result: Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals. Dantley, meanwhile, is an interesting character in NBA History—a Hall of ...

Andre Drummond’s Spectacular Sophomore Season Demands More Respect

April 12th, 2014 by Zach Buckley No comments »
There's a reason people are sleeping on the monstrous sophomore season Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond is putting together—a few of them, actually. From the bad free-agency bets taken on Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings to the upcoming departure of longtime Pistons executive Joe Dumars, the Pistons have dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons. Drummond would be the exception if the hulking 20-year-old could just get some well-deserved press coverage thrown his way. If the term "project pick" was in the dictionary, it might have Drummond's mug right below it. Between his menacing frame (6'10", 270 pounds), Marvel Comic-like athleticism (33.5" vertical, per Draft Express) and mediocre college stats (10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds), he was the definition of a high-risk, high-reward prospect. The Pistons weighed the risks, fantasized about the potential rewards and snagged the big man with the No. 9 pick. It's been all reward ever since. "We're talking a scary amount of appeal," Bleacher ...

Are Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith Still Salvageable for the Detroit Pistons?

April 12th, 2014 by Jakub Rudnik No comments »
The Detroit Pistons had high expectations for the 2013-14 season after the acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, but following a highly disappointing second half of the season, there's real concern about whether either player can successfully be part of the team's long-term plan. This was supposed to be the Pistons' first playoff appearance since 2009—a season for the young Pistons to prove that they were an up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference. But instead, they will finish with the eighth-worst record in the NBA, and one loss in their final two games will ensure their fifth consecutive season with 30 wins or fewer. The Pistons are a team with plenty of youth and potential, but they clearly have a long way to go to become a team capable of competing in June. They have many talented players, but after this season, their front office will have to make big decisions ...