Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

October 28th, 2014 by David Kenyon No comments »
The defending champion San Antonio Spurs beat the division-rival Dallas Mavericks 101-100 during the opening contest of the 2014-15 regular season. Tony Parker paced the winners with 23 points, knocking down 4-of-4 from behind the arc. Manu Ginobili chipped in 20 points and six assists, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 13 rebounds. San Antonio survived 21 turnovers, no Kawhi Leonard, no Tiago Splitter and no Patty Mills to edge the Mavericks, who are working to fit all their new pieces together. Monta Ellis scored a game-high 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki netted 18 and Devin Harris tallied 17 more. Tyson Chandler's return—eight points, 10 rebounds—was successful, but Chandler Parsons' debut was forgettable. The big-money acquisition played 34 minutes but shot 2-of-10 from the floor and missed a potential-game winner with less than three seconds remaining. He finished with five points and four rebounds. San Antonio players, coaches and management received their 2014 championship rings during ...

Who Is More Vital to the Warriors’ Plans, Harrison Barnes or Draymond Green?

October 28th, 2014 by Martin Telleria No comments »
The battle for minutes in the Golden State Warriors’ rotation this season will focus primarily on two players drafted in the same year, who play roughly the same position and who have rewritten the expectations from when they were drafted. Harrison Barnes, since the moment he was winning high school titles at Ames High School in Iowa with Doug McDermott, has been groomed for greatness. He was named the No. 1 prospect in the country by 247Sports, a preseason All-American at North Carolina and was ultimately taken with the seventh overall pick by the Warriors in the 2012 draft. Draymond Green was the little engine that could. Like Barnes, he led his high school to two championships and was heavily recruited by prestigious college programs, choosing Michigan State over Kentucky. From there, the accolades rolled in. He won the Big Ten Conference Sixth Man of the Year award in his sophomore season and ...

Iman Shumpert’s Future with New York Knicks More Complex Than We Think

October 28th, 2014 by Dan Favale No comments »
Attempting to gain insight into Iman Shumpert's future with the New York Knicks is a convoluted and futile endeavor. Knowledge-seekers would be better off trying to complete a 1,000-piece puzzle of perfectly paved blacktop using only their feet. There is no right or wrong answer when predicting what the months ahead have in store. Shumpert could be traded. He could leave in restricted free agency. The Knicks could pass on his qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent; and as an unrestricted free agent, he could leave to form a superteam with Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Milwaukee Bucks. We don't know. All we really do know, thanks to ESPN New York's Ian Begley, is that he will not join fourth-year peers like Nikola Vucevic and Kenneth Faried in signing an extension. He and the Knicks apparently haven't even held talks, which, admittedly, should come as no surprise. Shumpert's tenure in New York ...

Tiago Splitter Injury: Updates on Spurs Forward’s Back and Return

October 28th, 2014 by Tyler Conway No comments »
Already set to miss the San Antonio Spurs' season opener against the Dallas Mavericks with a strained calf, center Tiago Splitter is also dealing with an undisclosed back injury, head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Tuesday night.   Jeff McDonald, covering the game for the San Antonio Express-News reported the news:Splitter, 29, suffered a strained right soleus during training camp and missed the entire preseason. The Brazilian was one of three key contributors ruled out for Tuesday night's opener, with an eye infection holding Kawhi Leonard back and Patty Mills still rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery.The Spurs are arguably the NBA's most conservative team when it comes to nursing regular-season injuries. Popovich has been known to sit his high-profile players whenever he sees fit and will often keep injured players out longer than expected, taking a long-term view of the 82-game season. Splitter, who has emerged as a solid two-way complement to Tim Duncan, missed ...

Perry Jones III Has to Seize Golden Opportunity with Oklahoma City Thunder

October 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Wasserman No comments »
It only took two full years.  Now entering his third season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Perry Jones III will finally get a chance to prove his NBA worth. He has been unable to while stuck behind Kevin Durant, who's missed a total of two regular season games since Jones joined the team. But now Durant is expected to be out the first 6-8 weeks of the season, and the Thunder have nobody else to really turn to.  I'm sure Jones would have liked if his opportunity came under different circumstances, but after being sent down to the D-League nine times as a rookie and having only received 12.3 minutes a game last year, you take these opportunities however you can get them.  “I got to step up to the challenge,” Jones told Darnell Mayberry of the The Oklahoman. “That’s a big spot to fill. So I need to step up to the challenge ...

Kevin Ding on Kobe’s Evolution into a Mentor to Jeremy Lin and the Young Lakers

October 28th, 2014 by Team Stream Now No comments »
Kobe Bryant is back, joining a young and inexperienced group of Los Angeles Lakers as he tries to make his return to the NBA playoffs in his 19th season. Has Kobe been able to play the role of mentor to Julius Randle, Jeremy Lin and his neophyte teammates?Kevin Ding explains Kobe's transformation into a teacher both on and off the court when he joins Stephen Nelson in the video above.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Will Pau Gasol Be Odd Man Out Again in Chicago Bulls Frontcourt?

October 28th, 2014 by Zach Buckley No comments »
The Chicago Bulls have an embarrassment of riches in the frontcourt, and they're starting to figure out just how uncomfortable that embarrassment can be. The Bulls didn't need to add four-time All-Star Pau Gasol to the fold this offseason. They already had a productive, cohesive frontcourt combo in Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, plus intriguing stretch 4 Nikola Mirotic set to make his NBA debut. Similarly, Gasol had other options to call his basketball home outside the Windy City. He was said to be on the radar of the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. A door was also opened for Gasol to return to the Los Angeles Lakers on an eight-figure salary, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. That said, something brought the two sides together. Gasol told reporters he had "prioritized being on a championship-caliber team." Bulls general manager Gar ...

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

October 28th, 2014 by Brian Chen No comments »
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Dirk Nowitzki Says New Teammate Chandler Parsons Owes Him Dinner All Year

October 28th, 2014 by Kyle Newport No comments »
Chandler Parsons agreed to a fairly big contract with the Dallas Mavericks this offseason, but he wouldn't have been able to get that money from the team without the help of Dirk Nowitzki. That's why Nowitzki says Parsons has to buy him dinner when the team is on the road this year. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Parsons signed a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas back in July. How was the team able to spend that kind of money on Parsons? Because Nowitzki took a team friendly deal, signing a three-year, $25 million deal, per ESPN's Marc Stein. Given the legacy that Nowtizki has built in Dallas, he could've signed a much more lucrative deal. Instead, he put the team first and gave the Mavericks a hometown discount. However, the 36-year-old does expect his new teammate to reimburse him little by little throughout the year. "I told him every dinner on the road ...

Ric Bucher Gives His 3 ‘Edgy’ Predictions for the Start of the NBA Season

October 28th, 2014 by Team Stream Now No comments »
With the NBA season set to tip off, there are several big milestones that will be reached in the coming weeks. Who will be the first to score 40 points? Who will record the first triple-double?Ric Bucher joins Adam Lefkoe to make his bold predictions for the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com