NHL Trade Deadline 2015: Last-Minute Predictions for Deadline Day

February 28th, 2015 by Tom Urtz Jr. No comments »
Over the last week, NHL executives have feverishly worked the phones, and they have worked hard to get a feel for the market. Others made the decision to pull the trigger early, but there are still some top targets available. The trade window will close promptly at 3 p.m. EST on Monday, although deals often are announced after NHL's Central Registry processes them. Without further delay, here are your last-minute predictions for the top players who may move on deadline day.Begin Slideshow

DeMar DeRozan Tries to Taunt Knicks with 360, Misses in Cringeworthy Fashion

February 28th, 2015 by Jake Silver No comments »
With four minutes remaining in the first quarter of Saturday's Knicks-Raptors clash, Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan, a commendably skilled dunker, saw the opportunity to make the highlight reel. DeRozan launched for a high-flying 360-degree dunk, but he came up short. The New York Knicks crowd cheered with appropriate mockery.[NBA.com, h/t SB Nation]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Raptors’ Amir Johnson Throws Down a 1-Handed Jam on Several Knicks

February 28th, 2015 by Brian Chen No comments »
It hasn't been a fun season for the New York Knicks.In the first quarter of Saturday night's matchup between the Knicks and Raptors, Toronto big man Amir Johnson dropped a one-handed hammer on several Knicks defenders.Knicks center Cole Aldrich made an attempt to block the shot but found himself on the floor soon after.[NBA]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Battle with LeBron James Will Be an MVP Litmus Test for James Harden

February 28th, 2015 by Zach Buckley No comments »
James Harden's NBA MVP opportunity is standing in front of him. It just happens to be taking the form of a 6'8", 250-pound freight train known as LeBron James. Both players have entrenched themselves in a four-man race that's six weeks away from crowning a victor and already seemingly destined to end in a photo finish. With James' Cleveland Cavaliers set to pay Harden's Houston Rockets a visit on Sunday, the latter has the chance to improve his odds of winning this thing by a hair—or, in Harden's case, by a beard. While the final order of the MVP ballot is still to be determined, the four names who will appear at the top have likely already been decided: Harden, James, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook. As one Eastern Conference executive told NBA.com's Sekou Smith, all four can appear like the favorite depending on when you look: One night I think it's easy to say Steph ...

San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

February 28th, 2015 by Andy Bailey No comments »
The San Antonio Spurs used a smothering defensive effort to beat the Phoenix Suns, 101-74 on Saturday at the US Airways Center. San Antonio held Phoenix to fewer than 20 points in each of the first three quarters. The Suns had just 41 points on 20 percent shooting entering the fourth. 12 minutes of garbage time was the only thing that made the score somewhat respectable. Offensively, the Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard, who scored 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go with his 10 rebounds.  Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes all pitched in with 12 points apiece. The Suns were led by Marcus Morris, who scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting off the bench. Phoenix's next game will be on the road, against the Miami Heat on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Spurs will be home against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Kevin Durant Responds to ‘Westbrook Is Better’ Troll with Team-First Retort

February 28th, 2015 by Jake Silver No comments »
Notice to the masses: Kevin Durant is not in the mood for your social-media bait.  After the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar posted a motivational message on his Instagram account (he later deleted the message), one follower responded with the comment, "Westbrook is better than you." KD responded with a message that was equal-parts high road and denigration. He removed the comment soon thereafter. [Black Sports Online, Twitter]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

NHL Teams with the Most to Gain and Lose at the 2015 Trade Deadline

February 28th, 2015 by Allan Mitchell No comments »
The NHL trades are coming fast and furious in the days leading up to the March 2 deadline, with some surprising moves as teams look for an edge. There's a lot of talent still available and plenty of holes to fill for Stanley Cup contenders. Some teams have multiple issues due to injury or ineffective play, while other clubs are contemplating staying the course. It's been a wild week already and promises to be fantastic as the deadline hour approaches. Here are eight NHL teams with a lot to win or lose at the deadline.Begin Slideshow

Jeff Teague Injury: Updates on Hawks Star’s Thigh and Return

February 28th, 2015 by Tim Keeney No comments »
Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague will miss Saturday's contest against the Miami Heat as he deals with an injury to his left thigh.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore has the news:   Teague, who was elected to his first All-Star game, is averaging career-highs in points per game (16.7), assists per game (7.3), steals per game (1.7) and true-shooting percentage (.572), per basketball-reference.com. Fortunately, this injury appears minor. Mike Budenholzer, a long-time pupil of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, already rested his starters once this season, and it seems he's doing so again in preparation of a big game against the Houston Rockets Tuesday.  Exciting youngster Dennis Schroder will get all the minutes he can handle at the point while Teague is out. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Chris Andersen Illness: Updates on Heat Forward’s Status and Return

February 28th, 2015 by Adam Wells No comments »
The Miami Heat will be without Chris Andersen for at least one game, as the power forward recovers from an illness.   Andersen was on the Heat's official inactive list for Saturday's game against Atlanta: Per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Andersen is at the American Airlines Arena but was fighting an illness: The Heat are hurting for size right now. Andersen, while not a scorer, ranks fourth on the team in rebounds per game with 4.9. Considering the lack of depth Erik Spoelstra's team already had, losing Birdman for even one night against the best team in the Eastern Conference leaves them in an even more vulnerable position.  One silver lining is the Heat have been one of the league's strongest defensive teams this season, with Andersen missing 16 of their first 57 games, so they can survive a short absence from the veteran power forward in the soft Eastern Conference. Read ...

Houston Rockets’ Schedule Breakdown and Predictions for Season’s Final 6 Weeks

February 28th, 2015 by Jake Lapin No comments »
These last few weeks will look different than the beginning of the season for the Houston Rockets but hopefully with a similar result. The roster has some new faces, but Houston is hoping to recapture the magic that led to a 6-0 start. While Dwight Howard has been sidelined for a few weeks with an edema in his knee, James Harden continues to lead the charge for the Rockets. The league's leading scorer is at least a top-two MVP candidate, and his facial hair isn't too shabby either. But as well as he has played, Harden is going to need some help soon. The bench brigade has been doing its part lately. Josh Smith and Corey Brewer provide a huge spark off the bench with limitless energy on both ends of the court. Once the team's biggest weakness, the second unit is now a vital asset with its dominant rim protection and fast ...