4:18 PM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
Sactown Royalty 8 mins ago

Kings vs. Warriors Preview: Battle of I-80

The Warriors are currently the best team in basketball which is not something I thought I'd ever be saying.  Sacramento faces a tough test today in one of the toughest environments.  Hopefully they're up for the challenge. Today's action tips off at 7:30 pm on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. Golden State is currently the best defensive team in basketball.  If you had told me a few years ago that that would be the case for a team led by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, I would have called you crazy, but there it is.  Their offense isn't too shabby...
Steve Perrin / Clips Nation 59 mins ago

Pistons waive Josh Smith -- Will the Clippers pursue him?

In a stunning move that came out of the blue, the Pistons today waived Josh Smith. He'll inevitably be linked to the Clippers, a contender in need of a small forward, but does it make sense? The Detroit Pistons today waived Josh Smith in a completely unexpected move. It's not a shock that Smith is overpaid; it's not a shock that's he's inefficient; it's not a shock that he doesn't fit with the Pistons in the long term, or even in the short term for that matter. But it's a rare NBA team that acts so decisively -- they didn't shop him for a trade, they didn't hem and haw -- they just cut him...
Bright Side Of The Sun 59 mins ago

Phoenix Suns Player of the Week: Isaiah Thomas Still Chucking, for Better or Worse

In four games against the Thunder, Bucks, Hornets and Knicks, Isaiah Thomas averaged 17.8 points and 3.0 assists off the bench. Is that enough to justify him as player of the week? First of all, keep in mind that the new week started yesterday, so the game against the Washington Wizards did not affect my choice for player of the week. Now, let's focus on this week. I'm assuming that this is going to be my most controversial pick to date. After all, Thomas is widely regarded among posters here as a cancer and a ball hog, who is damaging team chemistry as well as preventing Dragic from...
Steve Perrin / Clips Nation 1 hour ago

Clippers-Spurs preview: Time is a flat circle

The Clippers visit the San Antonio Spurs tonight for their third game in four nights, and their third consecutive game in different time zones. 2014/2015 NBA Regular Season vs 19-8 17-11 December 23, 2014, 5:30 PM AT&T Center Prime Ticket, KFWB 980 AM, KWKW 1330 AM Win-Loss Breakdown 9-3 East 8-1 10-5 West 9-10 11-3 Home 8-4 8-5 Road 9-7 6-6 .500+ 6-7 13-2 .500- 11-4 7-3 L10 4-6 Probable Starters Chris Paul PG Cory Joseph J.J. Redick SG Danny Green Matt Barnes SF Kyle Anderson Blake Griffin PF Boris Diaw DeAndre Jordan C Tim...
Golden State Of Mind 2 hours ago

Warriors vs. Kings Preview: David Lee will make his return against Sacramento

The holiday season is upon us and the highly anticipated return of David Lee has finally arrived! Golden State Warriors (22-3) vs. Sacramento Kings (12-15) Oracle Arena - Oakland, CA 7:30 p.m. PST Radio: KNBR 680 AM | TV: CSN Bay Area Buddy Blog: Sactown Royalty The Golden State Warriors have played stellar without fielding a complete roster of healthy players. Center Andrew Bogut underwent PRP therapy on his knee and will be out indefinitely. However with Bogut out for a significant amount of time, the Warriors will get an early Christmas gift as David Lee is expected to...
Silver Screen and Roll 2 hours ago

Byron Scott considering resting Kobe Bryant following struggles

Kobe Bryant's feeling fatigued and Byron Scott might move to rest him. The Silver Screen & Roll Tweetbag is a collection of quotes, highlights and our caption contest posted after every Los Angeles Lakers game. Take a look around, drop a caption in the comments, and enjoy your stay! The tweets Byron Scott says he might rest Kobe for a game. He knows Kobe will fight it. Kobe was 8 for 30 tonight with 9 turnovers. — Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) December 22, 2014 Kobe: "I didn't anticipate having to do so much." How does he reduce workload? "I don't know. There's a lot of moving...
Detroit Bad Boys 2 hours ago

Josh Smith released: Kings, Rockets, Mavs, Clippers reportedly interested in Smith

Playoff-bound teams register interest in former Piston. Smith might have been one of the most colossal free agent busts in NBA history as a member of the Detroit Pistons, but several teams with championship aspirations look ready to take a gamble on the talented but frustrating power forward. The Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers have all registered some form of interest, according to media reports (see tweets at bottom of story). The Sacramento Kings, meanwhile, are reportedly still interested after not being able to consummate a deal for Smith in the offseason. ...
Bright Side Of The Sun 3 hours ago

Should the Phoenix Suns Sign Josh Smith?

The Detroit Pistons have waived Josh Smith. Should the Phoenix Suns make a move? Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith has been the subject of much - until now - rhetorical debate among Phoenix Suns fans.  Would he fit in the offense?  Would he play defense?  Is he a bad character guy?  What would it cost to get him? Well, now it's a very real conversation.  According to a statement put out by the Detroit Pistons today, Josh Smith has been released. In 28 games for Detroit, he's put up 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 32 minutes, which is a little under his career...
Bullets Forever 3 hours ago

Burned by the Suns: Wizards can't overcome off night

In the Wizards December run, they have played games of inspired and exciting basketball. They've also slogged through some games that they've pulled out at the end. Not every night can be an on night. Coming into Sunday's home game against the Phoenix Suns, the Wizards had started December in commanding fashion. They had won 9 out their ten outings led by John Wall playing some of the most inspired ball of his career. As good as the run had been, there had been a certain amount of good luck and timing. When the Wizards weren't playing at their best, they were fortunate to encounter teams...
Sactown Royalty 3 hours ago

All of a sudden, Josh Smith is a Free Agent and the Kings are interested

The Pistons shocked the NBA today by releasing forward Josh Smith per a report from ESPN's Marc Stein.  Smith was in the second year of a four year, $54,000,000 contract but playing some of the worst basketball of his career, averaging just 13.1 points a game on an abysmal 39.1% from the field. Sacramento has been linked to Smith multiple times in the past, with a deal nearly coming to fruition this summer, only to be rebuffed by Stan Van Gundy.  We heard recently that the Kings still had some interest in Smith, but Sam Amick reports that the Kings were moving away from the idea. Kings...
Golden State Of Mind 5 hours ago

Andrew Bogut injury analysis: Past, Present, Future

Andrew Bogut has a right to be frustrated with his injury history. Most recently, he's been diagnosed with bone edema and chondromalacia, but he has also experienced a medley of injuries in his past. What does the future hold? BODY TYPE Andrew Bogut is listed as a seven footer and weighs in at 260 pounds. This body type alone puts him at a higher injury risk. Here are some of the recent NBA centers, and rough percentages of games they missed: Keep in mind these are really rough percentages, and don't account for sickness, aging / years in the league, freak accidents, weight fluctuations,...
Bright Side Of The Sun 5 hours ago

NBA Trade Idea: Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics should exchange PG/C combos

The Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics should complete a no-brainer trade next month that is nearly salary-neutral and improves both teams. NBA trading season is underway, with a few teams already executing some common sense transactions to help their causes. Western Conference playoff-caliber teams Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have acquired pieces to make them even stronger (Rajon Rondo and Corey Brewer, respectively) from rebuilding teams who want future considerations such as draft picks and/or youth. Other teams will soon follow at some point between now and the February 19...
Bright Side Of The Sun 6 hours ago

The Madhouse - Week of 12/22/14

Welcome to the Madhouse! Bright Side of the Sun is an amazing and diverse community and it deserves a place where the tyranny of topicality does not rule. And that's what The Madhouse is. It's Bright Side of the Sun's place to talk about whatever you want, whenever you want.
Bullets Forever 6 hours ago

Wake-up call: Wizards' ball movement a problem in loss to Phoenix

The Wizards' toughest part of the schedule got started earlier than expected when the Phoenix Suns came to town and shut down Washington's offense. With a tough stretch approaching, is it time for Nene to start again? We cover that, and more, in today's wake-up call. 1. Suns deny Wizards, 104-92 It's not every year that we'll be able to say the Wizards fell to 19-7 on the season. But the Phoenix Suns were just too much for Washington to handle on Sunday evening in D.C. They hit more than 51 percent of their shots, and held the Wizards to just 11 assists. I hope Washington is ready, because...
NetsDaily 7 hours ago

Who's who in rumored Nets-Kings talks

No one is saying that a proposed trade with the Kings is imminent or even likely, but due to its transformative nature, we asked Brian Fleurantin, who does our game previews, to take a look at what it could mean. With the news that the Brooklyn Nets might be looking to make a trade with the Sacramento Kings, this is a good time to learn about the players at the center of the rumored trade. Keep in mind no trade has been made as of yet. Coming to Brooklyn: Darren Collison 2014-2015 Darren Collison Games Played 24 Minutes per game 34.7 True Shooting...
Pounding The Rock 13 hours ago

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

After losing to the new-look Mavs on Saturday night, the Spurs have dropped four in a row and six of their last eight. The Clippers are the next in a string of playoff-bound teams to challenge Pop's boys. San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers AT&T Center, San Antonio, TexasDecember 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Spurs TimeTV: FSSW- RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI On the heels of a pair of draining 3-OT losses, Coach Popovich sat his entire starting lineup in Dallas. While the Mavs adjusted to the presence of a new floor general, a depleted San Antonio team kept in the game and, through some conservative...
Bright Side Of The Sun 16 hours ago

Phoenix Suns Report Card: Rate the players, coach in win over Washington Wizards

The Suns are back above .500 and they now have a three-game winning streak by playing the Hydra - Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas - in the fourth quarter of each game. You read that right. All three PGs together to close out each of the last three wins. Just like the Suns FO drew it up when Bledsoe re-signed. Sports & Games Lists on Ranker
Sactown Royalty 18 hours ago

Kings 108, Lakers 101 - Ben There, Done That

It wasn't pretty, but the Kings finally got that W. Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, and Boogie combined for 76 points and the Kings got the win. Remember when Sacramento Kings vs, Los Angeles Lakers games were headlining on NBC, ABC, and TNT? When two of the league's best teams would go to head-to-head, and the whole country would be watching? This was nothing like those games (outside of a few vintage Kobe calls). The Lakers, who kickstarted the Kings' recent losing streak a few games back, rolled into Sacramento tonight. And they brought an opportunity for revenge along for the ride. Not just...
Silver Screen and Roll 19 hours ago

Kobe Bryant Struggles, and Kings Conquer Lakers

Kobe Bryant's struggled, and the Lakers lose again in Sacramento. The Lakers played a competitive first half, but were unable to hang with the Kings in the second half and especially the fourth quarter and thus fell for their third consecutive loss. Los Angeles had no answer for DeMarcus Cousins inside, who put up 15 points, five rebounds, and two steals and two blocks in the first half alone, and finished with 29, 14, 2, and 3 in those totals. While Cousins was "held" below 50% from the field (9-19 shooting) some of this holding resulted in foul calls on the Lakers big men, who sent...
Bullets Forever 19 hours ago

Suns shine bright; beat Wizards 104-92 as they fall short of franchise history

Six Suns' scored in double-digits as they beat the Wizards at the Phone Booth on Sunday night. On Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns, the Washington Wizards had a chance to win seven games in a row - and reach 20 wins faster than they ever had before - but the Suns' tough perimeter defense and scrappy guards had other plans in mind. Six Suns' scored in double-digits - with Eric Bledsoe leading the way with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists - as they beat the Wizards 104-92, halting their winning streak at six games. For the Wizards, bench guys Rasual Butler and Kevin Seraphin...

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