Oklahoma City Thunder vs. L.A. Clippers: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder last faced off in the 2014 Western Conference semifinals, in which the Thunder ran away with the series in six games.

Tonight, the Clippers will get their first shot at revenge, as they open their 2014-15 NBA campaign in Los Angeles against the very team that quashed their 2014 title chances.

The Thunder, who are without frontman Kevin Durant for the start of the season, will look to recover after dropping their opening contest against the Portland Trail Blazers last night.

Led by Russell Westbrook during Durant’s absence, Oklahoma City will need to find balance elsewhere in the roster against a Los Angeles squad whose roster features weapons at every position.

Both the Thunder and the Clippers have been labeled as potential title contenders, and with the season still in its opening stage, tonight presents a fantastic opportunity for one of these teams to make an early statement.

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Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles

Tipoff: 10:30 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT

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New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

It’s a return four years in the making, one you simply have to witness. 

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are bringing their work-in-progress triangle offense to Quicken Loans Arena, but make no mistake about it. This Thursday night show is all about LeBron James, who will kick off the second portion of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

More so than ever, all eyes will be firmly affixed upon the presence of No. 23—yes, No. 23, as the No. 6 jersey is now firmly in the past. Not only is this his official return to Northeast Ohio, but it’s also the very first time he’ll team up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in a game that actually matters. 

Against a New York defense that looked rather porous during its season opener and the exhibition season that preceded it, the NBA‘s newest Big Three should be able to rack up plenty of big numbers. Chemistry will inevitably be a work in progress, but it’s not as though the new-look Cavs are lacking in the talent department. 

Missing James’ debut with the Miami Heat was an egregious sin for any basketball fan, but a failure to see him walk back onto the court after coming full circle with his hometown franchise would be even worse. 

First comes the powder then come the cheers.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to bounce back from an ugly opening-night loss when they travel to US Airways Center to take on the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night.

The Lakers were not only hammered by the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, but they also lost Julius Randle for the season after the rookie forward broke his leg, per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

The Suns are looking to build upon a strong 2013-14 campaign which saw them win 48 games and finish one game out of the playoffs. Phoenix was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league, but it proved to be a pleasant surprise behind impressive backcourt play and solid depth.

The Suns are also aiming for their seventh straight home win over Los Angeles, a feat they haven’t accomplished since 1994.

Catch the action at 10 p.m. ET on either TWC Sportsnet or Fox Sports Arizona.

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Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

With the NBA season just two days old, the New York Knicks will host the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night as each team looks to kick off its 2014-15 campaign on the right note.

After failing to make the postseason in 2013-14, the Knicks will debut their new-look squad headlined by rookie head coach Derek Fisher.

Like their opponents, the Bulls spent the offseason revamping their roster, adding veteran big man Pau Gasol to a star-studded roster. Former MVP Derrick Rose will look to lead his potential powerhouse squad from the get-go after missing a significant portion of the past two regular seasons.

Though expectations are certainly higher for the Bulls, both rosters have the potential to compete as the season progresses.

For now, they’ll look to get the upper hand out of the gate.

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Tip-off: 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

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Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Washington Wizards open the season Wednesday by visiting the Miami Heat, who are mercifully without the services of LeBron James after making four consecutive NBA Finals appearances. 

While Washington remains a team on the upswing with a talented young backcourt and solid defensive ability, Miami looks set for a serious backslide now that King James has abdicated from his kingdom, even with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh returning.

The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can catch the local TV feed on Sun Sports or CSNB.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

It’s been 136 days since the last truly meaningful NBA contest. It was a quiet, lonely time during which many basketball fans spent waiting, wishing for Tuesday, Oct. 28.

And now, that day has finally arrived.

The defending champion San Antonio Spurs host the division rival Dallas Mavericks during the opening game of the 2014-15 regular season.

San Antonio is led by its longtime Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Behind them, however, Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, starting center Tiago Splitter and sharpshooter Patty Mills will each be unavailable on opening night due to various injuries.

Dirk Nowitzki will continue to anchor a revamped Dallas squad. The Mavs acquired Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Jameer Nelson, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu through trades or free agency this offseason.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, and the Western Conference battle can be seen on TNT. Bleacher Report will provide scoring updates and in-game analysis. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Spurs vs. Rockets: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs will wrap up their preseason schedules Friday evening when the Southwest Division foes clash at Toyota Center. 

Following a 90-89 victory over the Orlando Magic, Houston will be looking to round out its exhibition slate with a sixth win. 

Thanks to 14 points apiece from Isaiah Canaan and Troy Daniels, the Rockets were able to escape with a narrow victory despite the absences of Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza

Howard will sit again Friday after suffering a laceration on his forearm that required stitches, according to the Houston Chronicle‘s Jenny Dial Creech

Conversely, the Spurs have compiled a record of 2-4 after falling to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. 

In the loss, five Spurs players scored in double figures, including Tony Parker, who led San Antonio with 17 points and seven assists in 27 minutes. 

Rookie Kyle Anderson put together a nice showing, as well, totaling 10 points, two steals and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench. 

You can catch all the action at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV. 

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NBA Live 15: Release Date, Top Player Ratings, New Features, Preview and More

NBA Live fans, your wait is almost over. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, NBA Live 15 will be released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and hopes are high that the game has taken huge strides from last year’s release.

If the pre-release flow of information is any indication, it looks as if EA Sports is confident about its upcoming product. There’s been a steady diet of information over the last two months to set the stage for Tuesday’s release.

Player ratings have received an especially glamorous presentation. The top five players at each position were revealed on Twitter, as were the top players at specific skill sets, such as ball-handling, dunking and three-point shooting.

This tweet points out the top five sixth men in the game.

Click here to see all of the player ratings.

With every new sports video game release comes the demand for fresh and improved features. Sometimes, simply optimizing or fixing existing favorites can be sufficient if the improvement is substantial enough. 

Because of NBA Live 14‘s imperfections, this year’s release has room to grow. It could potentially make a statement with its loyal fanbase as well as grab the attention of gamers who don’t currently play the game.

Here’s a brief description of the features, per EASports.com.

  • Enhanced Visuals - New Scanning, lighting and player-specific body types.
  • Improved Gameplay - Real-time physics in the paint, better flow of action in transition, 100 new animations, more responsive controls and improved artificial intelligence.
  • Interactive Tutorial - Cover athlete Damian Lillard guides you through the game’s controls.
  • Live Features - Live seasons allows gamers to re-create or repeat recent history in the NBA. Ultimate Team returns with an auction house, fantasy challenges and new legends.
  • Rising Stars - The single-player mode is a bit more beefed up this year with player types and Jordan Brand incorporation.
  • Daily Updates - NBA Live 15 boasts that it will feature daily updates powered by Synergy Sports’ advanced statistics.
  • Dynasty Mode - Old staple returns with improved schedule generation and trade logic.

 

Most Intriguing Features

Live Season

EA Sports seems to be shifting its focus to the strength of its servers.

Rightly so, as the game’s biggest competition comes from NBA 2K, and while that series has dominated the virtual hoops scene for over 10 years, the servers are routinely inconsistent. The NBA Live team is smart to try and accentuate its area of advantage.

Live Seasons is a great platform to prove how dependable the game is online.

Most every virtual basketball fan loves the real NBA. Thus, most Live fans will have seen LeBron James go for 30 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists on Tuesday night, and they would be intrigued by the challenge of duplicating this feat on the game shortly after.

Those are the experiences Live Seasons creates, as it did last year. This year’s version promises to bring even more challenges with pertinent detail. Rewind, Hot Spots and Big Moments challenges are all part of the feature. If this is executed correctly, it could continue to grow into the calling card for the series.

 

Daily Updates

Along the same lines of online functionality is the daily updates system. Synergy Sports is a firm that compiles and distributes data to real sports teams and media groups. EA Sports has partnered with the company to produce what it hopes will be the most accurate and up-to-date statistical data and video game translation of that information around.

As was told to me last year by producer Ryan Ferwerda when this feature was being initially launched for NBA Live 14, there are hopes that the concept evolves into a system that can even update the night’s action hours after the last game is completed.

It’s an exciting feature that could spawn things like routine, hairstyle, sneaker and accessory changes in the game as they appear in real life.

Without having played the game at any level during development, it’s impossible to say how much it has grown since last year. However, it seems apparent that the graphics have taken a leap forward, and that’s the first step.

We’ll all get a good look at the game on launch day, even if you haven’t decided to buy it yet. The free demo will be released on the same day the game is available in stores. 

Xbox One users who subscribe to EA Access will get a six-hour preview of the game beginning on Oct. 25. Let the season begin.

 

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Clippers vs. Suns: Live Score and Highlights from 2014 NBA Preseason

The Suns led the Clippers 61-58 at the half.

 

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

LeBron James officially reintroduces himself to the state of Tennessee Wednesday night, as the Chosen One leads his Cleveland Cavaliers against the Memphis Grizzlies for the first time in nearly five years, even though he will sit out the team’s final preseason game.

The Grizz are known for their “grit and grind” thanks to strong two-way players like Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, but the revitalized Cavs have proved to be formidable foes already. LeBron and Kyrie Irving have the offense cooking, and the team is 5-1 in the preseason. With Memphis at just 2-4, it will be a tall test tonight. 

The game tips off at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN has the national TV feed. 

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