Dwight Howard Won’t Be Suspended for Flagrant Foul on Andrew Bogut in Game 4

May 26th, 2015 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was assessed a flagrant-1 foul for elbowing Golden State Warriors counterpart Andrew Bogut in the head during Houston's 128-115 victory on Monday. The NBA's president of basketball operations, Rod Thorn, confirmed the ruling on Howard's foul Tuesday and indicated he wouldn't be suspended for his conduct, per NBA Official on Twitter: Howard's unfortunate lashing out at Bogut in the third quarter could have well been upgraded to a flagrant-2 foul, which could have gotten him suspended for Game 5. It thankfully didn't come to that. The incident could have cost the Rockets dearly in Game 4 if not for a scorching 45-point opening quarter and an epic 45-point night from MVP runner-up James Harden. Houston has to be relieved it won't be losing its big man for another elimination game Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Thorn's predecessor, Stu Jackson, certainly felt Howard got off rather easy:    Although the Rockets showed ...

Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score and Analysis for Game 4

May 26th, 2015 by Ken Chin No comments »
The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to the NBA Finals!The Cavs completed the sweep with a 118-88 win in Game 4 over the Atlanta Hawks. LeBron James continued to control the series, as he finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He could have added more but sat out most of the fourth quarter. The Cavs will have a few days off as the NBA Finals are slated to start on June 4. Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

NBA Playoffs 2015: Tuesday Schedule, TV Info and Predictions

May 26th, 2015 by Scott Polacek No comments »
Make sure to catch the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, because you won’t get another chance until the 2015-16 season. A sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals may be an unceremonious way to end a 60-22 season, but such is the power of LeBron James. The King and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolled their way to a 2-0 lead in Atlanta and then capitalized on home-court advantage with an overtime win in Game 3. Now James gets the opportunity to finish off the sweep at home. Here is a look at the NBA’s Tuesday schedule and a final prediction for the showdown.   NBA Playoffs Tuesday Schedule Matchup: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 Time: 8:30 p.m. ET  TV: TNT   Prediction Besides Cleveland’s overall domination, the main storyline of this series has unfortunately been injuries. The Cavaliers are without Kevin Love for the rest of the season, and point guard Kyrie Irving has not played ...

Josh Smith Providing Houston Rockets with Front-Line Future and Questions

May 26th, 2015 by Kelly Scaletta No comments »
When the Detroit Pistons cut Josh Smith, few probably thought he would go on to be the difference in the Houston Rockets making it to the Western Conference Finals, much less surviving a sweep. But that’s what he’s done, and it raises questions for his future with Clutch City because Smith is downright clutch. Yet, it’s true. According to Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: In the four Rockets’ elimination games this season, Smith has 63 points on 22-of-34 shooting (64.7 percent). In those games, he’s hit 10-of-18 from three. Most impressive, in those games he’s 10-of-13 on contested looks — even when the defense comes out on him he’s knocking it down. And he’s been scorching for most of the Western Conference Finals, shooting 44.4 percent from deep. Smith has shown that he can step up and play his best when his team demands the most from him. Yet, there’s the other side to Smith. If ...

Kendrick Perkins, JR Smith Believe LeBron Could Pass Michael Jordan in Greatness

May 26th, 2015 by Kyle Newport No comments »
The Michael Jordan-LeBron James debate won't be settled until at least after James' playing days are over. Even so, basketball fans go back and forth on the matter right now. Some may say James will never catch Jordan, but according to a couple of James' Cleveland Cavaliers teammates, the debate is starting to get interesting. In fact, they think James may be on the verge of topping Jordan as the "Greatest of All Time." Both J.R. Smith (New York Knicks) and Kendrick Perkins (Oklahoma City Thunder) started the 2014-15 season with teams other than the Cavaliers. However, James has already won them both over, despite the fact they have played less than one full season with the four-time NBA MVP. Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group caught up with the Cavaliers after they took a 3-0 series lead over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals. One of the topics: LeBron versus Jordan. Smith ...

Rangers vs. Lightning: Game 6 Live Score, Highlights for 2015 NHL Playoffs

May 26th, 2015 by Steve Silverman No comments »
The New York Rangers were in a bit of trouble as they headed into the third period of Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. While they held a 2-1 lead, they had been outskated and outplayed by the Lightning in the last five minutes of the first period and the entire second period. It seemed as if Tampa Bay would come out of the locker room pressing, and it would just be a matter of time before the Bolts beat Henrik Lundqvist and tied the score. New York, however, dictated the pace in the third period and scored five goals to run away with a 7-3 victory. The Rangers got a hat trick from Derick Brassard and drove Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop to the bench. Brassard had five points on the night, while J.T. Miller and Rick Nash each scored a goal and added three assists for the Blueshirts. The series is ...

Rockets vs. Warriors: Analysis, Predictions for Western Conference Finals Game 5

May 26th, 2015 by Zach Buckley No comments »
The Houston Rockets have made a habit of staring elimination in the face and living to tell about it. Their survival skills will again be put to the test when the Western Conference Finals series shifts back to the Oracle Arena, where the Golden State Warriors hold a 45-3 record (6-1 in the playoffs). Behind yet another gem from MVP runner-up James Harden (45 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST), the Rockets rolled to a 128-115 win in Monday's Game 4. The Warriors, who never recovered from a 45-22 first-quarter deficit, nearly lost more than the game when MVP Stephen Curry suffered a scary crash landing midway through the second quarter. Curry eventually returned in the second half, but not before Houston secured its first win against Golden State in eight chances this season. The Rockets, who climbed out of a 3-1 series hole against the Los Angeles Clippers last round, will look to pull ...

Contemplating a Breakup Between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Love

May 26th, 2015 by Bobby Krivitsky No comments »
Is it best for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Love to go their separate ways in free agency? Who would have imagined this question being asked before the 2014-15 season started? At the time, it seemed as if the sky was the limit for an offense that would feature the ball-handling skills of Kyrie Irving, LeBron James' ability to penetrate into the lane and find open shooters and Love's ability to stretch the floor, post up and deliver precise passes, including when fueling the Cavaliers' transition offense with his supreme abilities as an outlet passer. Not to mention, how lethal pick-and-pops between Love and James or Irving figured to be. Instead, as Irving overcame his growing pains and learned how to thrive alongside the game's best player, Love regressed from helping to give Cleveland a Big Three into being a third wheel. According to ESPN.com, Love averaged 16.4 points per game, his ...

Should Paul Pierce Bolt the Wizards to Join Doc Rivers and the Clippers?

May 26th, 2015 by Team Stream Now No comments »
Paul Pierce is the ultimate closer. As an aging veteran past his prime, The Truth only has so much left to give a team. His experience, attitude and locker room leadership make him a valuable asset to any franchise trying to contend for an NBA title. After all, Pierce nearly pulled the Wizards to the Eastern Conference Finals with his clutch shots at the end of games.  However, with Pierce given the option to opt out of Washington, would it be a good move for The Truth to head home to L.A. and finish his career with the Clippers? How much would the Clippers benefit from Pierce's leadership on the floor and off? Find out as Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher examines the possibility of Paul Pierce finishing his career with the Clippers in the video above.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Keys for Golden State Warriors to Close Out Series with Houston Rockets

May 26th, 2015 by Grant Hughes No comments »
The Golden State Warriors will make tactical tweaks ahead of their second shot at a closeout win against the Houston Rockets in Game 5 on Wednesday, but the real secret to advancing will be avoiding freak accidents. There were two of those in Game 4, and their combined effect kept the Rockets alive. We all know about the first one—the play that sent MVP Stephen Curry toppling wildly over Trevor Ariza and crashing to the floor with a sickening thud. We've seen dozens of replays by now, and the tops-over-tails spill gets uglier every time. Avoiding another fluky fall like that won't be difficult, but there should be lingering concern over Curry's health going forward. Golden State's medical staff determined Curry was banged up but didn't have a concussion, and general manager Bob Myers explained to reporters: "If he did, he wouldn't have played. That's a pretty hard line." Still, mum's been the word on ...