Chicago Bulls vs. Golden State Warriors: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

January 27th, 2015 by Tristan Thornburgh No comments »
Keep it locked right here as we bring you live coverage of the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors!Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Andrew Wiggins’ Superstar Ascension Is Arriving Ahead of Schedule

January 27th, 2015 by Alec Nathan No comments »
Andrew Wiggins' defensive prowess—a byproduct of his freakish athleticism—was lauded prior to the NBA draft. However, it's been seismic offensive developments that have accelerated his ascent up the professional bell curve.  Throughout the month of January, Wiggins' numbers have spiked in conjunction with an apparent boost in confidence as well as the expansion of his offensive arsenal:  According to ESPN Stats & Info, Wiggins has been on a scoring tear of late:  "Based on where we were, and where everyone thought Wiggins was—coming out of college in Kansas people thought he was inconsistent and that you didn’t know what you were going to get out of him—I think over the last month or six weeks we are way ahead of where I thought we would be," Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders told MinnPost.com's Britt Robson.  Up front, it's important to note the Timberwolves have had no choice but to make Wiggins their featured ...

Tony Allen Injury: Updates on Grizzlies Star’s Ankle and Return

January 27th, 2015 by Tyler Conway No comments »
The Memphis Grizzlies will be without starting guards Tony Allen and Mike Conley for Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks, the former with an injured ankle and the latter a wrist problem. Grizzlies sideline reporter Rob Fischer had the news: Allen, 33, will be missing his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Courtney Lee, who scored 11 points in 33 minutes in Monday's win over the Orlando Magic, will get the start at shooting guard. Lee, Jeff Green and Vince Carter should share a majority of the minutes at the wing spots. Allen remains one of the NBA's best on-ball defenders, but his playing time has fluctuated since the Grizzlies acquired Green. The veteran is averaging 8.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game on 47.6 percent shooting. It will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies use Allen's absence as a test run to a more permanent change with Lee entering the ...

Anthony Davis, Other Pelicans Star in Ticket Promotion Ad

January 27th, 2015 by Tristan Thornburgh No comments »
We've seen the New Orleans Pelicans players' acting skills on display in local television and once again were treated to new ad on Tuesday, but this one is particularly different.In a promotion for group tickets, Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans and the "Special Man" Anthony Davis team up for an intentionally hokey ad that results in a woman getting tickets to three games for $24.[New Orleans Pelicans, h/t Uproxx]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

8 Trade Targets to Help Charlotte Hornets Survive Kemba Walker’s Absence

January 27th, 2015 by Dan Favale No comments »
This Kemba Walker guy is pretty important to the Charlotte Hornets. Fighting for one of the Eastern Conference's final two playoff spots may not seem like much, but that's the Hornets' reality. They haven't made back-to-back postseason appearances since 2001 and 2002, so returning to The Show would be huge—especially knowing they began 2014-15 at 10-24, putting their playoff hopes on the brink of extinction.  Hence why Walker's latest injury is so devastating. After suffering a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, Walker will have surgery and is expected to miss six weeks, per the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell and Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Injuries are never convenient, but his absence comes at a particularly problematic time. The Hornets have just a half-game hold on the East's final playoff spot. Enduring a setback that may last 20 or more games could jerk them out of the postseason picture. Not surprisingly, they're trying to avoid such ...

Why New York Knicks’ Gamble on Langston Galloway Could Pay off Next Season

January 27th, 2015 by Jonathan Wasserman No comments »
With a franchise rebuilding plan focused on acquiring high-priced free agents, it's important the New York Knicks find value in the lower-profile guys. Cue Langston Galloway, who the Knicks just signed for the league minimum through 2016 with a partial guarantee for next season, according to ESPN's Ian Begley:  Galloway had slipped through the 2014 NBA draft cracks right into President Phil Jackson's lap, who brought him in for summer league and a couple of recent 10-day contracts. In eight games since being called up, he's averaged 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the Knicks. ''At first, the tempo (in the NBA) was a little different but I've definitely adjusted to it,'' he told The Times Picayune's John Reid after going for 21 points in win over the Pelicans January 19.  According to the New York Post's Marc Berman, Jackson was initially hesitant "to donate the $800,000 minimum for next season it would take ...

Are the Atlanta Hawks the Team of the Future?

January 27th, 2015 by Adam Fromal No comments »
The Atlanta Hawks' rise to prominence has been one of the biggest stories of the 2014-15 NBA season thus far, with the previously ground-bound birds soaring all the way to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.  Sixteen wins in a row. Double-digit leads in each game during that unbeaten stretch. Two losses in a 32-contest stretch. Seven games of leeway between Atlanta and the rest of the NBA's weaker half. Eleven consecutive victories over Western Conference squads.  The numbers associated with this Hawks team are just ridiculous. Behind an unselfish offense that features plenty of ball movement and a cohesive defensive unit, Atlanta has gone on a blitzkrieg in 2015, and it all feels quite sustainable. In fact, according to TeamRtng+, which looks at adjusted offensive and defensive ratings and is explained in more detail here, the Hawks have not only played like one of the best teams in 2014-15, but ...

Report: Indiana Pacers to Wear ‘Flo-Jo’ Jerseys vs. Knicks on January 29

January 27th, 2015 by Tristan Thornburgh No comments »
We heard before the season started that we'd see the Indiana Pacers wear throwback jerseys at some point this season, and now we have a reported date: January 29 against the New York Knicks.  According to Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports, the Pacers will wear their "Flo-Jo" jerseys (which were designed by the late Olympic track champion Florence Griffith Joyner and worn from 1990-97) against the Knicks. It's probably not a coincidence these uniforms were worn when Reggie Miller scored eight points in nine seconds at Madison Square Garden during the 1995 playoffs. [Vigilant Sports] Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Dallas Mavericks: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

January 27th, 2015 by Andy Bailey No comments »
With Mike Conley and Tony Allen both out due to injuries, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol did the heavy lifting for the Memphis Grizzlies in a 109-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday at the American Airlines Center. Randolph led the way with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and had his 16th straight game with at least 10 rebounds. His partner down low, Gasol, had 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. Behind those two, the Grizzlies maintained control of the game throughout the final three quarters. The Mavericks got the lead down to single digits in the third, but Memphis responded with threes from Jeff Green and Courtney Lee and never looked back.  The Grizzlies were 10-of-21 from three-point range for the game. On the other end, the Mavericks were led by Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis, who each scored 19 points. Parsons did most of his damage early, scoring 10 of his ...

5 Philadelphia Flyers’ Storylines That Won’t Go Away During 2014-15 Season

January 27th, 2015 by Garrett Baker No comments »
The Philadelphia Flyers have not had a good season. They have been mostly below .500 and are essentially eliminated from playoff contention. That has led to a lot of different stories and subplots that are not necessarily positive, but there hasn't been any positive change over the past few months to make these storylines different. Here are five storylines that just won't go away during the 2014-15 season.Begin Slideshow