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2015 NBA Power Rankings: Who's on Top Heading into Playoffs?

Playoffs? Playoffs?? No, Jim Mora. We're not kidding you. We, too, are excited for the NBA playoffs. After five-and-a-half months of back-to-backs, TNT Thursday nights and countless hours debating who's better and who's best, it's finally...Show More Summary

ESPN Releases Animated Version of the NBA's Top Plays of the 2014-15 Season

With the end of the 2014-15 NBA regular season, ESPN ranked its top 10 plays of the year but added a unique twist: some hand-drawn (we think) animations. Regardless of how you feel about the network's ranking of the top plays, the animation included here is pretty incredible. [ESPN, h/t Uproxx ] Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Game 82

The Lakers and the Kings limped to the finish line last night, and we were there to soak it all in. The post Game 82 appeared first on SLAMonline.

NBA Playoff Picture 2015: Bracket, Early Odds and Predictions for Final Teams

After a wild closing act, the dust has settled. Sixteen squads, some more deserving than others, are now set to begin one of the toughest gauntlets in all of sports—the NBA playoffs. With a win over the Orlando Magic, the Brooklyn Nets slipped past the surging Indiana Pacers, who lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, for eighth place at the 11th hour. Show More Summary

Chris Paul at a Crossroads

He sits at his locker nearly motionless with his forearms on his knees. There’s an eerie calm about him. He’s the first player dressed. He looks tired. His piercing almond-colored eyes stare forward, focusing on everything and nothing. Show More Summary

Breaking Down Klay Thompson's Picture-Perfect Jump Shot

From a technical standpoint, Klay Thompson's jump shot is as close to perfect as it gets. Not every player can fire three-pointers off the dribble like Stephen Curry; not every player can load and release as quickly as Ray Allen; not...Show More Summary

How to Pick Your Adopted 2015 NBA Playoff Team

Even in an era when fans are forgiving of loss-fueled long-term rebuilding plans, it still stings a little when your favorite NBA squad officially falls short of the postseason. Knowing a lottery berth is part of a larger scheme doesn't...Show More Summary

LeBron James Jokes That He Would Vote Kevin Love for MVP

Kevin Love may have picked Russell Westbrook as his MVP, but LeBron James isn't afraid to support Love's MVP candidacy. Well, sort of. Prior to closing out the regular season with a home tilt against the fifth-seeded Washington Wizards,...Show More Summary

Would the Thunder or Pelicans be more fun as the NBA Playoffs' last team in?

Which of the two teams battling for the No. 8 seed would be more compelling to see in the NBA Playoffs? Six writers give their take. Because of the scrooge of NBA conference imbalance, only one of the Thunder and Pelicans will make the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Show More Summary

Playoff Battles Grinding Down to Final Day and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

If you're seeking honest-to-goodness clarity to this wild and wacky NBA playoff picture...well, you'll have to wait until tomorrow—which, according to Annie, is only a day away. To be sure, Tuesday's action did settle some of the lingering chaos, particularly in the Eastern Conference. Show More Summary

NBA Playoffs 2015: Latest Trends in Regular Season's Final Week

The 2015 NBA playoffs are just days away, and while many answers are slowing but surely coming into focus, there are still some huge questions shrouded in uncertainty. Will the Oklahoma City Thunder or New Orleans Pelicans secure a playoff...Show More Summary

Nik Stauskas' House Gets 'Popcorned' by Kings Teammates

"My house got popcorned. My house got popcorned ! Look at this! It's everywhere! My house got popcorned !" That was Nik Stauskas ' reaction when he got back from his final regular-season home game Monday night. The Sacramento Kings rookie...Show More Summary

NBA Playoff Bracket 2015: Most Star-Studded Potential Matchups of Round 1

We got spoiled in Round 1 last year. Five different seven-game series. Buzzer-beaters galore. Upsets all over the place. Come on, admit it: That was the greatest first round of all time. Like every year, though, there were some stinkers mixed in with the magic. Show More Summary

Boston Celtics Clinch Improbable Playoff Berth and Monday NBA Takeaways

In the Eastern Conference, anything is possible. Despite starting the season 20-31, the Boston Celtics are on their way to the playoffs after the Brooklyn Nets were blown out by the Chicago Bulls, 113-86, Monday night. Owning a 1.5-game...Show More Summary

San Antonio Spurs Players Team Up to Form 'Spuran Spuran' Band

Some may consider the San Antonio Spurs "boring," but this video shows that Spurs players are way more interesting than they are given credit for. Kawhi Leonard, Matt Bonner, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and The Coyote have teamed up to form "Spuran Spuran." No joke. Show More Summary

Portland Trail Blazers' Playoff Survival Depends on Damian Lillard's Awakening

The Portland Trail Blazers escaped the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs thanks to Damian Lillard 's heroics, and they'll need a similar effort from him this time around to conquer the Western Conference gauntlet. However, the Blazers...Show More Summary

How Houston Rockets Can Avoid Another 1st-Round Exit in NBA Playoffs

Seventeen years. Only one time since 1997 have the Houston Rockets advanced past the first round of the NBA playoffs. To refresh your memory, that team included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley. Yao Ming did it once,...Show More Summary

Duke Unveils 2015 National Championship Highlight Video

The Duke Blue Devils won their fifth men's basketball national championship by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers, 68-63, in Indianapolis on April 6. To commemorate their title, the Blue Devils released a highlight video Saturday looking back at their triumph over the Badgers. It's a must-watch for any Duke f [ YouTube ] Read more College Basketball news on BleacherReport.com

A Star Is Born: NBA Players Who Broke out in 2014-15

If the NBA is where amazing happens, then the 2014-15 regular season is where bewilderment merged with unpredictability to form the wildest 82-game slate in recent memory. Between presumed also-rans shaking up conference standings, fierce...Show More Summary

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