Season Predictions and Analysis for the 2014-15 Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets will look to claw their way back into contention this year with a healthy Brook Lopez and Deron Williams leading the charge under new head coach Lionel Hollins.

Do the Nets have enough to challenge the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers in the East?

Ric Bucher gives his take when he joins Adam Lefkoe in the video above.

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Marquis Teague to 76ers: Latest Trade Details, Analysis and Reaction

The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a trade that will send Marquis Teague to the City of Brotherly Love.

Per Rod Boone of Newsday, the Nets will receive Casper Ware and a second-round pick in the 2019 draft in exchange for Teague:

The move was officially confirmed by the Nets and general manager Billy King on NBA.com:

The Brooklyn Nets have traded guard Marquis Teague, along with the 2019 second round draft pick that was obtained from Milwaukee this past June, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for guard Casper Ware, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

The 76ers continue to be a franchise that’s hard to figure out. Their drafts on paper have looked good with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid representing a huge part of the future, but Noel missed all of last season and no one has a definitive answer if Embiid will play this season. 

Teague certainly isn’t going to change their fortunes. He’s averaged 2.3 points on 34.9 percent shooting in two seasons. Tim Bontemps of The New York Post noted during a Nets preseason game on October 22 that Teague looked as bad as his regular season stats suggest:

The upside is Teague is only 21 years old and two years removed from being a first-round pick by the Chicago Bulls. He should get an opportunity to play with a Philadelphia team that needs bodies to fill out a roster and make it through 82 games. 

It’s not a move that will dramatically change the fortunes of the Nets or 76ers, but neither side is assuming that much risk. The 76ers gain some upside, however small it might be. 

 

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Blake Griffin Assault Investigation: Latest Details, Analysis and Updates

Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is currently being investigated by Las Vegas Metro Police on a claim that he allegedly assaulted a man early Sunday morning.

According to Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times, Griffin, who was with the Clippers in Las Vegas for a Saturday night game, is accused of slapping a man at Tao nightclub in the Venetian.

The alleged victim told TMZ, via Turner, that Griffin “slapped me in the right side of the face.”

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register provides comments from Clippers coach Doc Rivers:

Charges have not been filed at this moment, while the NBA is also looking into the investigation.

Griffin, a four-time All-Star in four NBA seasons, averaged 24.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest in 2013-14.

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Season Predictions and Analysis for the 2014-15 Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors will look to make some waves in the Western Conference this season under new coach Steve Kerr. Can Kerr and the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, lead the Dubs on a deep run?

Howard Beck and Ric Bucher join Adam Lefkoe to give their take in the video above.

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Season Predictions and Analysis for the 2014-15 Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets will try to put the disappointment of last season behind them and advance deep into the Western Conference playoffs this year. Can James Harden and Dwight Howard help Houston make a run?

Howard Beck and Ric Bucher join Adam Lefkoe to break down the upcoming season in Houston in the video above.

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Oklahoma City Thunder season preview: Roster analysis

As October draws to a close, we are just eight days away from tip off to yet another NBA season. With the disappointment of last season’s finish behind them, the Oklahoma City Thunder are focused on winning a championship once again. This time, however, they will have to start their quest without reigning league MVP Kevin Durant for the first two months of the season. The four-time scoring champ had successful surgery on a Jones fracture in his right foot that will keep him out for roughly six to eight weeks. Without Durant, the rest of the players on the roster will have to step up and help lead the Thunder to a fast start, which may require some adjustments on the fly from head coach Scott Brooks.
With Durant in the fold, the Thunder project as one of the strongest teams in the league. Without him, Russell Westbrook is the unquestioned leader, but the question remains if anyone else can shoulder the immense scoring load that Durant leaves behind when he is on the sidelines.
With a full and healthy roster,

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Season Predictions and Analysis for the 2014-15 Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls will welcome back Derrick Rose this season, with high hopes of challenging for an NBA title. Can Pau Gasol help the Bulls take the next step?

Howard Beck and Ric Bucher join Adam Lefkoe to break down the upcoming season in Chicago in the video above.

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Coaches Poll analysis: Top 25 team breakdowns

The outlook for the 25 teams in the USA Today Sports preseason basketball poll.

      
 

 

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Season Predictions and Analysis for the 2014-15 Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics will look to rebound after a down season by returning to the playoffs under second-year head coach Brad Stevens. Can the return of Rajon Rondo help make that a reality?

Howard Beck and Ric Bucher join Adam Lefkoe to give their take on the upcoming season in Boston in the video above.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis

The 2-1 Washington Wizards will host the 2-0 Detroit Pistons in the Verizon Center at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

The Pistons are coming off of a win against the Milwaukee Bucks that featured a 20-point game from second-year player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. In just their third game under Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons still have a lot to prove and learn.

The Wizards were defeated by the Charlotte Hornets in their last preseason game, a game that saw Bradley Beal break his wrist. The talented guard will miss up to two months, adding to injury concerns that the Wizards already had.

Check back around 12:30 p.m. ET today for the beginning of coverage.

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