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Kawhi Leonard Showing Flashes of Value to Spurs, but Gregg Popovich Needs More

LOS ANGELES — Great performances are nothing new for Kawhi Leonard. He wouldn't have a Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Trophy on his mantle otherwise. If not for Ray Allen's heroics in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals, Leonard might even have two...Show More Summary

Finding Perfect Rotation for the San Antonio Spurs

Early-season injuries have shaken up what was an outstanding San Antonio Spurs rotation last year, with Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli currently on the shelf. Head coach Gregg Popovich runs a premier system, but it's not exactly a plug-and-play arrangement. Show More Summary

2-Time Plane-Crash Survivor Austin Hatch Scores 1st Point for Michigan

Michigan Wolverines freshman Austin Hatch has been through more than almost all of us ever will, losing both of his parents and two siblings in two separate plane crashes, but his team has been nothing but supportive since he arrived in Ann Arbor. Show More Summary

Minnesota 'Timbertrolls' Return with 'Pek and Recreation'

The Minnesota Timberwolves have already had some fun as the "Timbertrolls," but they have returned with more greatness. Enjoy center Nikola Pekovic and the rest of the team as they star in "Pek and Recreation." They even made sure to include Kevin Love in this one. [YouTube] Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

With Sterling Era Over, It's Put Up or Shut Up Time for L.A. Clippers

LOS ANGELES – That first part, the fumigation, was executed swiftly and virtuously. For Donald Sterling and all of his droppings to have been swept up by Adam Silver, Steve Ballmer and Co., in time for the Los Angeles Clippers to dive...Show More Summary

Do Atlanta Hawks Need a Trade to Fix Broken Bench?

The Atlanta Hawks have struggled to get offensive production from their bench to open the 2014-15 season. In the team's 2-3 start, Hawks starters have averaged a combined 75.2 points per game, which ranks No. 6 in the league, per HoopsStats.com. And the reserves? Atlanta's bench is scoring just 28.4 points per game, the No. Show More Summary

We Remember: 30th Anniversary of Julius Erving and Larry Bird's Fight

On Nov. 9, 1984, two of the NBA's biggest stars were involved in an in-game brawl. The Boston Celtics (4-0) hosted the Philadelphia 76ers (5-0) at the Boston Garden on that night. It was expected to be a great battle between two undefeated teams, with Larry Bird and Julius Erving going head-to-head. Show More Summary

Early Takeaways from Trevor Ariza's Performance with Houston Rockets

No one has gotten off to a hotter start than Trevor Ariza and the Houston Rockets. In his return to Houston, Ariza is now in the right place at the right time. During his first go-round, Ariza was the primary scorer for Houston. He was asked to do too much and ultimately was traded away the next summer. Show More Summary

Warriors' Defense Key to Undefeated Start and Other Saturday NBA Takeaways

You've probably come to expect scoring efforts like the one Stephen Curry turned in during Saturday night's 98-87 victory over the previously unbeaten Houston Rockets. He made six of his nine three-point attempts en route to a game-high...Show More Summary

Analytical Anomaly

Thriving in the mid-range and at the line, DeMar DeRozan has become an elite scorer. The post Analytical Anomaly appeared first on SLAMonline.

DeMarcus Cousins Calms Down Kings Head Coach Mike Malone After Fouling out

DeMarcus Cousins has a well-known reputation for being a hothead, and he's spent a lot of time working on maturing as a player. During the Sacramento Kings' 114-112 double-overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, Cousins took a huge step in the right direction. Show More Summary

Progress Report on Houston Rockets' Defensive Improvement Efforts

The Houston Rockets are off to their best start since 1994-95, when they won their last championship. The key to their success has been a renewed attention to defense, as their team has become one of the best in the league at keeping the other guys from scoring. The most points they’ve given up in a game is 93. Show More Summary

Charles Barkley Says He Will Not Eat Until Lakers Win a Game

Charles Barkley outlined his plan for a new, ultra-aggressive diet Thursday night, saying he won't eat food until the Los Angeles Lakers win a basketball game. Vine user Snorman posted a video of Barkely's ironclad promise. The analyst...Show More Summary

Assessing Steve Kerr's Early Season Performance as Warriors' Head Coach

Steve Kerr entered his inaugural coaching season with a lot of questions for his Golden State Warriors, but he looks like a seasoned veteran with his early-season performance. Coach Kerr opened up last-season's underperforming Dubs’Show More Summary

The Good, Bad and Ugly from the Indiana Pacers' Early Season

The Indiana Pacers certainly have had their fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly during the early going of the 2014-15 NBA season. With a 1-4 record through Nov. 6, it has looked more bad and ugly than good because of a slew of injuries that has hit the team. Show More Summary

J.R. Smith Already Proving He Won't Be a Winner for New York Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr. had just missed an open three-pointer in the corner, which was rebounded by Carmelo Anthony and sent down to Amar'e Stoudemire, who got his layup attempt blocked with 19 seconds to go in the first quarter. The New York Knicks scored two points over the final four minutes of that quarter against the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night. Show More Summary

Why We Shouldn't Devalue the Center Position in Today's NBA

Their pictures have been plastered on milk cartons for years. Their position has been stripped from the NBA All-Star ballot. NBA centers, by most accounts, are a dying breed. They are seen as too slow and too offensively limited forShow More Summary

Draymond Green Almost Licks Blake Griffin While Celebrating Big Shot

Forget about the three-goggles gesture. Sticking the tongue out is more Draymond Green's style. After hitting a three-pointer during Wednesday night's blowout victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Golden State Warriors forward celebrated by sticking his tongue out while running down the court. Show More Summary

The Bread-and-Butter Plays for James Harden

Within the Houston Rockets' offensive system, James Harden's leash is virtually non-existent. The team's focus on three-pointers and two-point attempts in the restricted area governs shot selection, but Harden is otherwise free to create...Show More Summary

Early Takeaways from Dante Exum's Performance with the Utah Jazz

Dante Exum is shedding that "International Man of Mystery" label a lot faster than most expected. After just a couple weeks of NBA action with the Utah Jazz, the 19-year-old Australian import is proving that he may be more ready than anticipated, while still showing off the sky-high potential that made him this year's No. Show More Summary

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