It's an elite match-up in the Eastern Conference as the Indiana Pacers welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the regular season of the National Basketball Association.
The clash is on February 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET.
This clash is not only between two rival franchises but their star players have a long list of battles against each other so expect another tight contest between these franchises. more >>
When Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins went down with a sprained ankle in Sacramento's 121-117 defeat against the Memphis Grizzlies last Saturday, everyone in the team couldn't help themselves but worry. The heart and soul of the team just couldn't afford to miss games again, especially with the fact that they're struggling right now.
But after undergoing X-rays after the game, the Kings announced that the results were negative and that he is listed as day-to-day. Sigh of relief, indeed.
The injury happened with roughly two minutes remaining in the payoff period when Grizzlies Spanish center Marc Gasol fell into the ankle of Cousins while trying to get hold of a loose ball. Cousins eventually couldn't walk alone and was helped off by the staff to the locker room. Before the incident, he actually was injured in an earlier play in the second quarter. He also limped off in what appeared to be a minor sprain, but he managed to shake it off and return in time for the second half action. He left the game in the fourth after 17 points and 14 rebounds. more >>
The Arizona Diamondbacks are already making the push to bolster their lineup, this time acquiring Jean Segura in a trade that gave five players new homes in the middle of the season. The former National League All-Star shortstop will be coming off a stint with the Milwaukee Brewers, which in turn will receive Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill, and a minor leaguer in Isan Diaz. The Diamondbacks also got pitcher Tyler Wagner.
After going just 79-83 in the recently concluded season, Arizona has been busy as of late to focus on building up the team, hoping for a better outcome for this new season. The D'backs signed two high-value players in Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller.
As one looks at the pattern of player and roster movements, it is pretty clear that Arizona is looking toward improving the team's offense. Although they let go of Ender Inciarte as part of the Miller acquisition, the team is still going to be formidable with the 25-year-old Segura aboard. It's a perfect combination for Arizona and Segura, considering that the team finished the season as the second best scoring club, while Segura had six home runs and 50 RBIs to go along with 25 stolen bases. more >>
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had a rough season after spending five weeks on the disabled list, no thanks to an injured wrist that bothered him for the rest of the year. But before the start of the new season, he claims the same wrist has now been completely healed due to an injection he received last December.
That's good news for the Braves, which immediately gave him the go-signal to take swings this week. The back-to-back practice swings were his first for this offseason. And Freeman himself is elated with the progress. "Everything felt good, so I am on the right path to being 100 percent ready to go, full bore, for the first day of spring training," he said.
Last season was just too unfortunate for the 26-year-old American-Canadian, who first injured his wrist in what the team called as a contusion, before spending another two weeks on the disabled list, this time due to a right oblique injury. more >>
Blake Griffin is someone the Los Angeles Clippers would have wanted to stick around and become the franchise's cornerstone for years to come. Obviously, he has the talent and star quality to become like Tim Duncan for the Spurs and Dirk Nowitzki for the Mavericks. But one thing those two don't have are off-court issues and nagging injuries.
It's unfair to get rid of Griffin just because he punched a team staff member and breaking his own hand in the process. But then again, in a league where the business of winning is more important than anything else, such a minor but very relevant issue might be sufficient enough for any team, including the Clippers to explore trade options. After all, its trade season in the NBA!
So will Doc Rivers and the Clippers really trade their All-Star forward? For the sake of argument, let us say yes. The question now is where should he be headed? more >>
The New York Knicks are currently in the process of a successful rebuilding project. The team will be relying on Carmelo Anthony as the franchise's superstar to which every other player in the roster should adjust to. And with the arrival of an interesting newcomer in the person of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks are well on their way to becoming relevant once again.
But one thing this team does not have is a flashy and dominant point guard who can win games for them. As one looks at every title contending team in the league, the point guard is running the show. Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Kyrie Irving… the list could go on.
How about the Knicks? There's Jose Calderon. more >>