Parker Becomes 17th NBA Player to Log 1,000 Games with 1 Team

March 31st, 2015 by Bleacher Report Milestones No comments »
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker played the 1,000th regular-season game of his career on Tuesday night against the Miami Heat, making him just the 17th player in NBA history to log 1,000 or more games with a single team, per Jordan Howenstine of the Spurs' PR department. The 32-year-old point guard got to celebrate his milestone with a relatively easy win over a rival, as the Spurs cruised to a 95-81 victory against the injury-depleted Heat. It looked nothing like the Heat team that San Antonio faced in the NBA Finals last season, as LeBron James has since moved back to Cleveland, while Chris Bosh is out for the season due to blood clots in his lung. Parker made seven of his 12 field-goal attempts over 26 solid minutes, finishing with 16 points, two rebounds, five assists, a steal and four turnovers. Having now played 1,000 regular-season games in a San Antonio uniform, ...

Ovechkin Becomes 4th Player with 6 50-Goal Seasons in 1st 10 Years

March 31st, 2015 by Bleacher Report Milestones No comments »
Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season during the first period of Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, becoming just the fourth player in NHL history to record six 50-goal campaigns within his first 10 seasons in the league, per Sportsnet Stats. Ovechkin is also one of just four players to put up six 50-goal seasons before his 30th birthday, joining Wayne Gretzky (nine), Mike Bossy (nine) and Guy Lafleur (six), per Sportsnet Stats. The 29-year-old Russian will comfortably win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal scorer this season, as no other player has more than 40 goals. While he only has one Art Ross Trophy (2007-08) for leading the league in points, Ovechkin will soon have five Maurice Richard Trophies to his name, including each of the last three. He is also among the favorites to win the Hart Memorial Trophy for league ...

Every NHL Team’s Biggest Overachiever in the 2014-15 Season

March 31st, 2015 by Dave Lozo No comments »
There is so much negativity on the Internet. Everyone wants to yell at people, tell athletes they are bad, tell coaches they should be fired. Your computer is a cesspool of sadness and misery. That won't be the case today. Not here, anyway. Today, we will celebrate NHL players having great seasons that almost no one expected. Did you think this player was done? Did you think this player was only average? Did you think this player was a name someone made up? Well, it's time to give those players their day in the sun. Each team has one player overachieving this season; some teams, like the Buffalo Sabres, are really bad and it's a little harder to find that player, but he exists. This slideshow gives you the one player on each team worthy of your congratulations, so go find him on Twitter and say, "Great work."Begin Slideshow

Roy Hibbert’s 3-Point Attempt Hits Nothing but Air

March 31st, 2015 by Team Stream Now No comments »
Roy Hibbert provides the Indiana Pacers with tremendous effort on both sides of the floor. But he may want to leave the three-point shooting to his teammates.Watch the video above as Hibbert attempts to knock down a deep trey with the shot clock winding down. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Hidden Advantages the Miami Heat Have in the 2015 NBA Playoffs

March 31st, 2015 by Luke Petkac No comments »
If the Miami Heat make the playoffs (which is looking more and more likely with the team currently positioned alone as the No. 7 seed), they aren't exactly going to be favored in their first-round series. Regardless of whom the Heat end up taking on in their first playoff matchup, they're going to be underdogs—especially if they have the misfortune of landing the Cleveland Cavaliers or Atlanta Hawks, both of whom are mowing through the rest of the league at the moment. With all that being said, it would be a mistake to completely disregard Miami in the postseason. The team is certainly not a favorite, but it does have a few small advantages that, at the very least, could make it a dangerous opponent when the playoffs roll around. Let's take a look.   Dwyane Wade's Resurgence In the first two months of 2015, a banged-up Wade played some of the worst basketball of ...

Key Themes Behind NHL’s Top Contenders

March 31st, 2015 by Tom Urtz Jr. No comments »
With the NHL's regular season dwindling down, there is a clear line drawn at the top of the standings. As of March 31, five teams have 100 points or more, and two are within two points of the plateau. For the purposes of this piece, that is the line that has been established for the "top contenders."  This season has been an interesting one, to say the least, and there have been many different storylines such as a decrease in scoring and the rise of the backup goaltender. Each of the top contenders are where they are in the standings for a reason, and there's a central theme that explains most of, if not all the major successes from the 2014-15 tilt. There are certainly a number of ways you can spin it, but here are the essential key themes and words that best describe each top contender.Begin Slideshow

Heat’s Mario Chalmers Drains Buzzer-Beater from Past Half Court Before Halftime

March 31st, 2015 by Tristan Thornburgh No comments »
The Miami Heat closed out the second half of their Tuesday night matchup against the San Antonio Spurs with a bang thanks to a deep shot from point guard Mario Chalmers.With the time in the second quarter winding down, Chalmers heaved up a deep buzzer-beater that found nothing but the bottom of the net to put the Heat within five heading into halftime. The reaction of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich summed it up perfectly. Chalm finished the first half a perfect 4-of-4 from the field with 10 points, three assists, two treys and a steal. [TNT]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Live Score and Highlights

March 31st, 2015 by Ken Chin No comments »
Keep it locked right here as we bring you live coverage of the Warriors vs. Clippers! Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Defense-First Approach Emerging as New Blueprint for Rebuilding NBA Teams

March 31st, 2015 by Dan Favale No comments »
Young NBA teams rebuilding around defensive foundations? No way. Yes way. At a time when the Association emphasizes nylon-nuking assaults and defense is often referred to as the "less-glamorous end," no fewer than three of the most promising projects are binding their futures to points prevention. The Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz are all changing the way in which we view defensive transformations, as Bleacher Report's Jared Dubin astutely observes: Pestering opposing offenses is no longer a job left to slow-paced, battle-scarred squads or veteran specialists. For these three teams, it's a primary building block—a collective means to an optimistic end.   Milwaukee Bucks Defensive Rating: 99.8 Rank: 2 Describe the Bucks in three words. Long, long and, um, long. Length is fueling the Bucks' rise through the NBA's defensive ranks. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and John Henson can hug buildings, and they traded for Michael Carter-Williams at the deadline, who, while offensively challenged, is lanky himself. This gives the Bucks ...

Nerlens Noel Finishes March with Historic Single-Month Averages

March 31st, 2015 by Bleacher Report Milestones No comments »
Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel averaged 14.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.2 blocks in 17 March games, making him the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 to hit all four of those statistical marks in a calendar month while playing 10 or more games, per NBA.com. As if his month wasn't already incredible enough, the 20-year-old rookie managed to do all of that, despite averaging a modest 33.1 minutes per game for the 76ers, one of the worst teams in the NBA with an 18-57 record. While it was once assumed that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins would take home Rookie of the Year honors, Noel's late charge has given the former Kentucky Wildcat a very strong case of his own. After sitting out the entire 2013-14 season to let his knee heal from a torn ACL, Noel leads all NBA rookies with 17 double-doubles, while Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton is ...