6:33 PM EDT, Wed April 01, 2015
Bright Side Of The Sun 1 hour ago

Phoenix Suns Pre NBA Draft Combine Preview: Centers

Here is the first in a series of previews for players in position groups that the Suns could be focusing on in the coming draft. With the Phoenix Suns season coming to an end, what better time than now to start looking ahead to the future? For the Suns, the conclusion of the 2014-15 NBA season is in less than two weeks. Afterward, you can expect an immediate shift to preparing for the draft, and we at Bright Side of the Sun will be taking a look at many players over the coming months. Now that the off-season is quickly upon us, the NBA Draft Combine, and team workouts will be starting...
Bright Side Of The Sun 2 hours ago

Exclusive: Starting Line-ups to vary for remainder of "Lost Season"

The team's head coach is a lot of things, but control freak is not one of them.  He recognizes the odds are almost non-existent for his struggling squad to make the playoffs. In an effort to keep spirits up, he's extending his "let the players play" attitude to his starting line-ups for the rest of the season. Now out comes the following quote: After the OKC loss, the locker room was a dark place.  Hope had nearly been extinguished.  Guys were already talking about a lost season.  Then we came out and laid an egg against a fired up Blazer team.  We went from 4 wins in a row to four...
Silver Screen and Roll 2 hours ago

Jordan Clarkson considered giving up basketball

It is hard to imagine how this season could have been worse for Lakers fans, but imagine if Jordan Clarkson was not a part of it. Jordan Clarkson considered giving up basketball when his father was diagnosed with cancer last year, according to his stepmother. Mark Medina's excellent feature on Jordan Clarkson's relationship with his father, who is recovering from cancer, revealed that when the younger Clarkson was struggling on the court last year in the wake of his father's diagnosis, he considered giving up basketball altogether: "There was all this stuff going through Jordan's head...
Silver Screen and Roll 2 hours ago

Lakers vs. Pelicans preview: Stop spreading your wings, Lakers

The Lakers stunned fans with an overtime victory against the 76ers, returning home to face a desperate Pelican squad. The Los Angeles Lakers are back home after a grueling five-game road trip that ended with a miraculously fitting ending against the Philadelphia 76ers. The New Orleans Pelicans are in a battle of their own, scrounging for every win as desparately as the Lakers need wins for that top-five pick. Anthony Davis has the birdies 2.5 games out from the Thunder with little time to spare. Winning-out is all the team can do. The Lakers will have empowered Jabari Brown following the...
Sactown Royalty 3 hours ago

Kings vs. Rockets Preview: Fear the Beard

The Kings conclude their latest road trip with a visit to the Houston Rockets tonight.  MVP candidate James Harden is having a fantastic season and will be a handful for the shorthanded Kings. Tonight's game tips off at 5:00 pm Pacific on CSN California and KHTK Sports 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1.  As of now it looks like DeMarcus Cousins will play for the Kings tonight after resting during Monday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.  However Rudy Gay will not after suffering a concussion during that game.  Without Gay the Kings are without one of their primary offensive weapons. 2....
Silver Screen and Roll 4 hours ago

Lakers waive retired Steve Nash, sign Jabari Brown to multi-year contract

The Lakers have officially ended Steve Nash's career with the Lakers following his retirement, but also added a young player to their roster on a multi-year deal. The Los Angeles Lakers have officially parted ways with Steve Nash, waiving the veteran and recently-retired point guard, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Nash announced his retirement on March 21, and the Lakers will move forward to utilize their cap elsewhere. The tail of the news is Jabari Brown earning himself a contract through the remainder of the season that includes a non-guaranteed deal for the '15-16...
Clips Nation 6 hours ago

Blake Griffin calls out lackluster Clippers crowd

That home court advantage thing? "Just not there for us," Griffin said. The Clippers and the Golden State Warriors engaged in the league's marquee match-up of the night on Tuesday, with the hated Warriors visiting Staples Center to face the mighty wrath of Clipper Nation. The two teams went at it in a feisty first-round match-up in the playoffs last season, and have treated NBA fans to raucous battles on national television this year. So, naturally, the fourth and final meeting of the season between the NBA's best rivals was expected to procure that coveted "playoff atmosphere," with...
Sactown Royalty 7 hours ago

Kings vs. Rockets Fan Predictions

Link to the Leaderboard Below are a series of prediction questions for today's game. The first four questions will be asked every game, while the 5th will change each game. Point value for predictions are listed next to the questions. If you believe that more than one player will lead a category, you can vote for multiple players, and this is worth double points if you are correct, but zero if you are wrong. Alternately, if you only guess one player when multiple players are tied, you get zero points. All submissions must be input before tip-off. Any submissions after tip-off will not...
Silver Screen and Roll 7 hours ago

The Credits: "Ping Pong Playa" - Lakers Links

Happy April Fools' Day! With each win, the Lakers are slowly losing the opportunity to acquire additional ping pong balls that could ultimately swing the Purple & Gold's fortunes. Will the ping pong balls ever be in our favor? Lakers News Tank-obsessed Lakers fans need to recognize growth of Jordan Clarkson - LA Times Lakers win another must-lose game - ESPN Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson secured team’s last two wins with key shots | Inside the Lakers Lakers coach swears that NBA free agents want to play for the Lakers | For The Win Jeremy Lin on Linsanity, the Lakers, and that...
Bright Side Of The Sun 8 hours ago

Phoenix Suns give 10-day contract to yet another combo guard, Jerel McNeal

This is the season in the NBA where fringe NBA prospects are given 10-day contracts to stake their claim for a longer stint. This worked for Leandro Barbosa a year ago and Earl Barron this year, while it only exposed A.J. Price as a really bad fit. Next up: 6'3" guard Jerel McNeal (6'7" wing span), who surprisingly profiles like every other guard the team has brought in over the past couple of years. He's a combo guard who can pass but doesn't have great court vision, a bit undersized for the shooting guard position, but can score and assist just enough to help a winning cause from an...
Silver Screen and Roll 8 hours ago

At The Bar - April 2015

Your place to blah blah blah... SB Nation communities are supposed to be like internet sports bars, but even within a "sports bar", you still have options. ...
Silver Screen and Roll 8 hours ago

Jordan Clarkson should receive a first team All-Rookie selection

As the lone star of hope for the Lakers in an utterly dismal season, Jordan Clarkson's play has warranted him some national recognition as one of the five best rookies this season. At the beginning of this season, there was little doubt that nearly all eyes in Lakersland were turned towards Julius Randle, the first top-ten selection for the Lakers in nearly a decade and hopefully a harbinger of better things to come. He may very well still fill the latter role, but at the time, his injury seemingly ripped out all of the joy of this season. Yes, the Lakers were going to be horrible one way...
Golden State Of Mind 8 hours ago

Recap: Warriors continue winning ways; sail past Clippers

Clippers fall out of home court advantage in the playoffs with Tuesday's 110-106 loss to the Warriors. The Warriors and their fans made their presence well known Tuesday night in Los Angeles, as the Dubs used a strong second half from both Klay Thompson and Steph Curry to take the season series from the Clippers 3-1. While Warrior fans have been coming out of the woodworks on the road this season to support the NBA's best team, it was no surprise that the best fans in the league would show out for a late season contest at the Staples Center. When asked about the crowd, Doc Rivers smiled...
Blazersedge 11 hours ago

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers Preview

The Blazers host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight in a potential postseason matchup preview and a game that could shift the Western Conference playoff picture. Los Angeles Clippers (49-26, No. 5 in the West) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (48-25, No. 4 in the West)Wednesday, April 1Moda Center; Portland, OR | 7:00 p.m. PST | Local TV/Radio: KGWHD, NBATV; 620 AMOut for the Blazers: Wesley Matthews | Out for the Clippers: Jamal CrawfordSBN Affiliate: Clips Nation | Timmay's Viewing Guide The Blazers host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight in a potential postseason matchup preview and a game that...
Clips Nation 14 hours ago

Setback in Staples: Warriors come from behind to beat Clippers 110-106

Despite Blake Griffin's 40 points and 12 rebounds, Clippers blow a 17-point lead. Los Angeles was stifled by the Warriors defense down the stretch while Thompson and Curry lit it up on the other end. Welp. A loss like this just leaves a bad feeling in your stomach. Hard to keep the rose lenses on when you're doubled over. Outside of Blake Griffin, the Clippers pretty much had nothing going tonight. Chris Paul had one of the most hollow 25 and 9 games you will see. The early lead proved to mean little as the Warriors outclassed the Clippers once they woke up in second quarter. The Clippers...
Golden State Of Mind 16 hours ago

Game Links #74: Golden State Warriors 110 @ LA Clippers 106 - Warriors rest Green, spot the Clippers a 17pt lead, still win by 4

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Warriors vs. Clippers coverage: Golden State faces rival on national TV

It's the latest installment of the Warriors-Clippers rivalry and it might be the last time these two teams meet this season, if they don't match up in the playoffs. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center -- Los Angeles, CA TV: TNT // Radio: KNBR 1050 Tip-off: 7:30 PM Pacific Glenn "Doc" Rivers and Blake Griffin vs. Draymond Green get all the headlines, but the true reason the Warriors and the Clippers are battling for Western Conference supremacy is their point guards. This matchup between the once-doormats is now a defined rivalry. These two franchises have an...
Steve Perrin / Clips Nation 20 hours ago

Clippers-Warriors open thread

The Clippers have the second longest active winning streak in the NBA. Who has the longest? None other than the dreaded Warriors, who have been far and away the best team in the NBA this season. 2014/2015 NBA Regular Season vs 49-25 60-13 March 31st, 2015, 7:30 PM Staples Center TNT, KFWB 980 AM, KWKW 1330 AM Win-Loss Breakdown 19-11 East 25-5 30-14 West 35-8 27-10 Home 34-2 22-15 Road 26-11 19-20 .500+ 28-8 30-5 .500- 32-5 8-2 L10 9-1 Probable Starters Chris Paul PG Stephen Curry J.J. Redick SG Klay Thompson Matt Barnes SF Harrison Barnes...
Silver Screen and Roll 21 hours ago

Tanking creating a disconnect between players and fans

Lakers fans want nothing more than for their team to lose. But the team itself? Couldn't feel any more different. This was never more on display than last night against the Philadelphia 76ers. It's late March and the Lakers have been eliminated from playoff contention earlier than anytime in their vaunted history. They're still treading water below the 20-win line, as if reaching the 2-0 plateau is inhabited by mutated man-eating wolverines. The lineup is littered with second round selections, undrafted players and guys dancing on the fringes of the league. To make matters worse, the...
Silver Screen and Roll Mar 31, 2015

Lakers' and Magic's Tanks Race for 4th Best Lottery Odds

With 4th best lottery odds being the best the Lakers can reasonably hope for, let's take a look at their closest competitor for those crucial ping pong balls. A swish. A buzz. A thud. Jordan Clarkson's layup swished through the net, and a few agonizing seconds later Robert Covington's desperation heave came well short of its intended target, thudding against the Wells Fargo Center hardwood as the claxon alarm of the expiring game clock added headache to heartache for those rooting for the Lakers to rise towards the third best lottery odds. Monday's win dropped the Lakers 3 full games...

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