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Klay Thompson is ready for the regular season. Thompson scored 35 points in nearly 36 minutes to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 119-112 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams. ”Our offense is going good and tonight is a good indication of what we can do,” Thompson said. ”After eight preseason games we are all ready for the real thing.” Thompson was 13 of 26 from the field.
Posted on 25 October 2014 | 6:37 am
Running isn’t just an offensive cornerstone for the Phoenix Suns. The Suns often resort to small ball tactics to neutralize advantages taller teams have around the basket. It’s one reason why Phoenix went small early and often against the Utah Jazz in the NBA preseason finale for both teams. ”We got to play scrappy,” Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said.
Posted on 25 October 2014 | 6:30 am
Based on Friday, the Portland Trail Blazers would say yes; Damian Lillard scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half, and the bench held off a fourth-quarter rally as the Trail Blazers finished their exhibition schedule with a 99-89 victory Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Lillard scored seven points in Portland’s 17-4 first-period run to take a 25-16 lead with 3:08 left. He also scored his team’s final seven points for a 54-46 halftime lead for the Trail Blazers (4-3).
Posted on 25 October 2014 | 6:30 am
Zach LaVine tried not to think about guarding Derrick Rose. After starring late in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ rally from a 13-point deficit, the 19-year-old rookie didn’t try hiding his admiration. ”That dude’s good,” LaVine said after Minnesota closed the preseason with a 113-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. He’d been wondering if coach Flip Saunders would put him in.
Posted on 25 October 2014 | 5:01 am
The preseason is over for the Toronto Raptors, and they finished it in style. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 13, and Toronto beat the New York Knicks 83-80 on Friday night at the Bell Centre in the final preseason game for both teams. ”The intensity was up,” said Lou Williams, who had 12 points for Toronto, including a crucial, go-ahead jump shot in the game’s final minute. We really felt like this was a tune-up game going into Wednesday against Atlanta.” The Raptors open the regular season Wednesday night against the Hawks at Air Canada Centre, where Toronto will play nine of its first 12 games.
Posted on 25 October 2014 | 4:34 am
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat close the preseason with their fourth straight win, but the reserves preserved the victory. Bosh scored 21 points, Wade added 16, and the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 on Friday night. ”I thought we did a good job, especially late in the preseason, of getting to our game and everyone still feeling comfortable in their roles.” The Heat bench pushed the lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter. Despite Memphis pulling within 94-91 near the 4-minute mark, the Grizzlies were unable to get closer.
Posted on 25 October 2014 | 4:19 am
The Houston Rockets finished off the preseason with a solid defensive effort against the San Antonio Spurs. James Harden scored 25 points, and Houston used a big run before halftime to beat San Antonio 96-87 on Friday night. The Rockets held the Spurs to 41 percent shooting. They also forced 16 San Antonio turnovers, 13 in the first half.
Posted on 25 October 2014 | 3:41 am
District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA. Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law on Oct. 17 that effectively repeals the state’s ban on sports wagering and allows it at racetracks and casinos. ”This is a temporary order while the core issues surrounding sports wagering in New Jersey are fully considered by the court,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement.
Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:16 pm
Magic guard Victor Oladipo will miss Orlando’s season opener and is out indefinitely with his second injury this month. The team announced Friday that Oladipo suffered a facial fracture in practice Thursday and will undergo surgery Saturday. The injury occurred when Oladipo took an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill. Oladipo was taken second overall by the Magic in 2013 and made the NBA All-Rookie first team last season.
Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:38 pm
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2014-2015 NBA Division Previews: Pacific
They finished 12th in offensive rating, scoring 105.3 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com/Stats. The Warriors had Stephen Curry leading an offensive charge that also has one of the best playmaking small forwards in Andre Iguodala, the most …
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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 12:59 pm
10 NBA Players Who Will Emerge onto National Stage During 2014-15 Season
If new head coach Stan Van Gundy has his way, Andre Drummond will emerge as the NBA's next elite center in 2014-15. While Van Gundy juggles between Greg Monroe and Josh Smith as the Detroit Pistons' starting 4, he's shown little interest in restricting …
Why you should watch every single NBA team this seasonSB Nation
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Posted on 25 October 2014 | 5:11 am
10 Bold Predictions for the First Week of the 2014-15 NBA Season
With the 2014-15 NBA season rapidly approaching, there's never been a better time to be bold. And, really, "bold" is the best type of prediction, isn't it? No one is going to claim Prognosticator of the Year honors by foreshadowing good things ahead …
Posted on 24 October 2014 | 9:45 pm
Kevin Durant Responds to ESPN Ranking Him as the NBA's No. 8 Player
ESPN's ranking of the top 500 NBA players has already left some superstars angry (see: Bryant, Kobe), and its ranking of 2013-14 NBA MVP Kevin Durant at No. 8 has understandably raised some eyebrows. ESPN justified the ranking by explaining that the …
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:16 pm
OUR NEW PREDICTION ENGINE
For the fourth straight year, ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA) from No. 500 to No. 1. We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to predict the overall level of play for each player for …
Posted on 24 October 2014 | 7:02 pm
NBA Preseason 2014: Schedule and Predictions for Remaining Exhibitions
This would be a perfect NBA Jam matchup with Paul and Blake Griffin on the Clippers' side and Damian Lillard and Aldridge for the Trail Blazers. Fans in attendance will get to see the lightning speed of both Paul and Lillard, the high-flying acrobats …
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6:27 pm
Bleacher Report's Ultimate 2014-15 NBA Re-Draft: Full 13-Round Results
So much for that. He's now going to be playing for a third NBA team, one that doesn't call Northeast Ohio or South Beach home. Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki? No longer lifelong members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks, respectively.
NBA should shorten playoffs not regular season, gamesWDIV Detroit
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 5:57 pm
2014 NBA Preview: The Rise Of The Warriors
The NBA season, like a Stockton-Malone pick-and-roll, always arrives on time. To prepare for the next 1,230 games (All-Star festivities excluded), we took each player's projected Real Plus-Minus and wins above replacement, calculated a total for each …
Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:14 pm
Don't forget how Steve Nash changed the NBA
The final act shouldn't obscure the fact that Nash and the Seven Seconds or Less Suns were the best thing about the NBA during their prime. They were not the best team — at least in the playoffs — but they were the best thing about the simple act of …
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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 3:38 pm
20 maps that explain the NBA
Here's a good reminder of just how different the United States looked just 65 years ago: the population centers were primarily found on the Eastern seaboard, in the Great Lakes region and along the Mississippi River. In the 1950 NBA, the state of …
Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:22 pm