12:40 PM EST, Sat January 31, 2015
Bullets Forever 17 mins ago

Wake-Up Call: Pick-and-roll needs perfecting

Today's Wake-Up Call takes a look at how the pick-and-roll game will be key to the Wizards' success. We also dive into John Wall's status for tonight's affair against the Raptors, and how the Wizards got to where they are today. 1. Wizards need consistency in pick-and-roll game When John Wall and Marcin Gortat run the pick-and-roll, they can cause serious havoc. But the consistency hasn't been there this season. It's something that both Wall and Gortat, along with coach Randy Wittman, understand needs to be fixed if this team wants to be lethal in their offense. 2. Wall's status for...
Posting and Toasting 28 mins ago

Let's watch college basketball: 1/31/15

Hi! The Knicks do not play today, but a lot of college people do, a potential future Knick among them! Games of note vis a vis the tops of mock drafts: - The mildly interesting Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin are on ESPN as I type this - Kansas State vs. Kansas (Kelly Oubre)- 2 PM, ESPN - North Carolina vs. Louisville (Montrezl Harrell)- 4 PM, ESPN - Texas (Myles Turner) vs. Baylor- 6 PM, ESPN2 - Alabama vs. Kentucky (Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein)- 7 PM, SECN/WatchESPN - Duke (Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow) vs. Virginia- 7 PM, ESPN - Colorado vs. UCLA (Kevon Looney)- 10:30 PM, PAC12 And,...
Golden State Of Mind 31 mins ago

Warriors vs. Suns preview: Golden State hosts Phoenix, looks to get back on track

Warriors come home, staring a two-game losing streak in the rear view mirror. Can they get back on track against a tough Suns team? Warriors vs Jazz coverageWarriors vs Jazz coverageGolden State Warriors (36-8) vs Phoenix Suns (28-20) Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA 7:30 p.m. PST Radio: KNBR 680 AM | TV: CSN Bay Area Buddy Blog: Bright Side of the Sun So sometimes you get punched in the face... and the Warriors definitely did on Friday night in Utah. Maybe a team that had ridden on such a high so far this season needed a nice gut check in the form of a trash defense performance with no energy...
Bright Side Of The Sun 40 mins ago

Suns vs. Warriors Preview

The Phoenix Suns finished 6-2 on their homestand, but the real road to the playoffs starts tonight against the Golden State Warriors. 25 of the last 34 games on the Suns schedule will be against teams fighting for playoff position. It doesn't get much more difficult than the top dog in the West. The Warriors To put it simply, the Warriors are the last team anyone wants to play out West. They are 31-8, 21-2 at home, and are riding a recent hot streak of Klay Thompson. Besides his record setting 37 points in the 3rd quarter against the Kings, Thompson has scored at least 27 points in 4 of his...
Straight Outta Vancouver 45 mins ago

Preview and Game Info: Grizzlies vs. Thunder

The Grindhouse in Memphis will be bustling tonight as some of the familiar of OKC come to town. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Injury Report Memphis: Mike Conley is PROBABLE (sprained left wrist) Oklahoma City: Kevin Durant is OUT (sprained left great toe); Mitch McGary is OUT (periostitis left tibia) Recently for the Thunder OKC has won three games against teams with winning records in the month of January (WAS twice, GSW once), and they're coming off one of the most embarrassing feats possible in the NBA this year: losing to the Knicks. Russell Westbrook scored 40 points on...
Bullets Forever 1 hour ago

Wizards' Defense Thrives With Pierce, Despite Losing Ariza

Paul Pierce and tremendous team defense have allowed Washington to be one of the top units in the league, despite losing their top defender from last season. The minute I heard that Trevor Ariza was a part of a sign-and-trade that would have him leaving Washington and heading to the Houston Rockets, there were two things that went through my head: 1. "At least the Wiz don't have to overpay to keep him now." 2. "Who is going to be the primary defender?" The funny part is, I actually said both of those things out-loud to my roommate when that news came across. Last season, when Ariza was...
Detroit Bad Boys 2 hours ago

2015 NBA free agents: Decisions looming for Jonas Jerebko

After several years of inconsistent minutes and benchings, will one successful year under Stan Van Gundy convince the energetic Swede to stay in Pistons red, blue and white? Six years into his NBA career, Jonas Jerebko has gone through more roster changes and coaches on the same team than most players experience in their whole career. He shined his rookie year under Kuester, earning All Rookie Second-Team honors, but was lost to an Achilles tear during the pre-season of what should have been his sophomore year. JJ returned in 2011-2012, when Lawrence Frank was appointed the Pistons' new...
Mavs Moneyball 2 hours ago

Gameday: Dallas Mavericks at Orlando Magic

Coming off a thrilling win in Miami, the Mavericks look to notch two in a row against the struggling Magic. What has Orlando done lately? The Magic have lost. A lot. They've lost their last seven games and are 15-34 on the season. All the losing has apparently began to rattle the front office. Jacque Vaughn, in his third year as Orlando's coach, is rumored to be on his way out. Scott Skiles has been mentioned as his likely replacement. However, Vaughn is still the coach for now but his time is limited. What are the Magic's biggest strength and weakness? The continued losing leads one to...
Mavs Moneyball 2 hours ago

Previewing Dallas Mavericks at Orlando Magic: The return of Tha Rippla?

The Mavericks will have to earn their win against an Orlando team that is good on paper but bad in reality. What has Orlando done lately? The Magic have lost. A lot. They've lost their last seven games and are 15-34 on the season. All the losing has apparently began to rattle the front office. Jacque Vaughn, in his third year as Orlando's coach, is rumored to be on his way out. Scott Skiles has been mentioned as his likely replacement. However, Vaughn is still the coach for now but his time is limited. What are the Magic's biggest strength and weakness? The continued losing leads one to...
Sactown Royalty 2 hours ago

Where's the accountability, Vivek?

The Kings continue to flounder, but there's no accountability. The Sacramento Kings extended their losing streak to an eighth game on Friday, losing behing yet another lackluster effort from the team. DeMarcus Cousins, er, excuse me, All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, played well. So did Rudy Gay. But once again, they lacked the support they needed. The second unit was once again an embarrassment. In fact, the whole team is an embarrassment. So where is the accountability? Before the season, Vivek Ranadivé told the Sacramento Bee: "[T]his year, let's be clear, it is about wins and...
Peachtree Hoops 2 hours ago

76ers vs Hawks preview: Atlanta faces Philadelphia seeking 19th straight win

The Atlanta Hawks face the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, and the prize at the end of the evening could be a 19th consecutive victory. The Atlanta Hawks did it again on Friday night, outlasting the Portland Trail Blazers for the team's 18th straight victory. On Saturday, the Hawks will battling letdown possibilities and high expectations, as Mike Budenholzer and company welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to Philips Arena. As they enter Saturday night, the Sixers are actually playing some of their best basketball of the season. Philadelphia has won back-to-back games, including a home win...
Bright Side Of The Sun 2 hours ago

Phoenix Suns Locker Room Report: What the coach, players said of win over Chicago Bulls

This young Phoenix Suns team (28-20) has played great on national television over the last couple of years, now rising to 5-0 in such settings after beating the Chicago Bulls (30-19) at home on Friday night. The arena was full for only the second time all season, aided by a large host of Bulls fans who cheered as loudly on Bulls makes as the Suns fans cheered on great home team plays. Even the opening lineup announcements were met with loud ovations for each team. But this phenomenon is (a) not uncommon for a transient city everyone wants to move to and (b) no surprise given that it's a...
Fear The Sword 3 hours ago

Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves: Television information, start time, game preview

Kevin Love returns to the Target Center for the first time as an opponent as the Cavs take on the Wolves Saturday night. Back on Christmas Day, LeBron James had to make the awkward first trip back to Miami to face his former team. Tonight, it's Kevin Love's turn, as the red-hot Cavs take their nine game winning streak to the power forward's old stomping grounds in the Twin Cities. The Cavaliers have already beaten the Timberwolves once this season, a 125-104 drubbing back on December 23rd at the Q. Of course, that game already feels like it was played ages ago; Cleveland's a whole new team...
Daily Thunder 3 hours ago

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Remember the good times

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CelticsBlog 3 hours ago

Donatas Montiejunas Drops Career-High 26 points as Houston Rockets Squeeze Past Boston Celtics - Garden Report Post Game Show

Jay King of Mass Live joined Jared Weiss to break down D-Mo's career night on The Garden Report.
At The Hive 3 hours ago

Game Preview: Charlotte Hornets visit Denver Nuggets

Can the Hornets, again without Kemba Walker, steal a much needed road win against the Nuggets? Or will the altitude and the speedy Ty Lawson get the best of them? When: Saturday 9:00 PM EST Where: Denver, Colorado. Pepsi Center. How to Watch: Fox SportsSouth, NBA League Pass The Charlotte Hornets have won their last three games against the Denver Nuggets, including a road victory last year.  In those games Charlotte averaged 105.3 points per contest. That will be hard to come by this Saturday considering they have averaged just 91.9 points per game over their last ten and will be...
Peachtree Hoops 4 hours ago

Kent Bazemore keys deep, balanced effort in Hawks win over Blazers

Kent Bazemore did not expect to play 40 minutes on Friday evening, but he took full advantage in a win over the Blazers, and the Atlanta Hawks improved to 39-8 with their 18th consecutive victory. Resilient. The Atlanta Hawks have been called many things in the midst of a historic run to 18 consecutive victories, but perhaps no word better personified their effort on Friday night at Philips Arena than resilient. "We're a resilient group. We just kept fighting, got stops when we needed to and really got into a good rhythm offensively." Those are the words of Al Horford in the aftermath of...
Pounding The Rock 9 hours ago

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

The Spurs will attempt to beat the Los Angeles Clippers for the third time this season. San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers AT&T Center, San Antonio, TexasJanuary 31, 2015, 8:00 p.m. Spurs TimeTV: FSSW- RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI After a two day rest since their last game, the San Antonio Spurs will take n the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. This will be the third time the Spurs and Clippers play each other this year, with San Antonio going 2-0 in previous matchups. In those matchups, the one constant for the Spurs was Tim Duncan. Both times he's faced Los Angeles, he's gone...
Blazersedge 10 hours ago

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview

The Blazers wrap up an Eastern Conference road trip tonight in Milwaukee against the Bucks in the second half of a back-to-back. Portland Trail Blazers (32-15, No. 4 in the West) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (24-22, No. 6 in the East)Saturday, January 31BMO Harris Bradley Center; Milwaukee, WI | 5:30 p.m. PST | Local TV/Radio: CSNNWHD; 620 AMOut for the Blazers: Robin Lopez, Joel Freeland, Nicolas Batum (game-time decision) | Out for the Bucks: Larry Sanders, Kendall Marshall, Jabari Parker, Damien Inglis, Ersan Ilyasova (day-to-day), Zaza PachuliaSBN Affiliate: Brew Hoop | Timmay's Viewing Guide |...
Blog a Bull 11 hours ago

Bulls vs. Suns final score: Phoenix gives Chicago its third loss in the last four games

The Bulls are now 7-8 without Mike Dunleavy Jr. This looked like a schedule loss for the Bulls before the ball was ever tipped. A game in Phoenix is just about the worst matchup possible for a tired Chicago team playing its third game in four nights on the West Coast. If the Suns could get the game going up and down, it sure seemed like the Bulls would have a tough time keeping up. That's more a less what happened in a 99-93 Suns win on Friday night at U.S. Airways Center. Give the Bulls credit for hanging tough. An Aaron Brooks three-pointer 1:19 left made it a four-point game; a layup by...

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