The Pistons, playing for the fourth time in five days, trailed virtually the entire game and were down double digits in each of the first three quarters before forcing overtime.
Doc Rivers' new team too much for Celtics
Dad was on the other bench for the first time in nine years, and the basketball, if not anything that was said, got a little emotional.The Doc Rivers tribute had barely faded from the Jumbotron when Jeff Green, his knees almost rim-high, dunked with disdain on his face. Brandon Bass nearly had a double-double by halftime, and in the face of Blake Griffin. Bass later clamped down with an emphatic two-handed strip of the Clippers star, just as Griffin was about to elevate on the end of a fast break.
Duncan, Parker help Spurs steamroll woeful Bucks
Tim Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds while playing only 24 minutes and Tony Parker added 15 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ 109-77 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Champions League G+ Hangout: Focus on Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City
This week’s Bleacher Report UK Google+ Hangout is a Champions League special, focusing on the progress of the four English clubs—Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Joining me, as usual, will be former England and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore. My second guest will be B/R writer Rob Blanchette.
The hangout will launch live here at 1 p.
Fantasy Football Week 15: Players That Will Win You This Playoff Round
Sometimes, you need one player to really carry your fantasy team through a tough week. Maybe some of your stars have brutal matchups. Maybe you are bogged down by injuries. Maybe you just get stuck with a bunch of players all underperforming at the same time.
Week 15 NFL Picks: Guaranteed Winners in Each Marquee Matchup
Week 15 of the 2013 NFL regular season has arrived, and with it come some of the most interesting matchups of the year.
With Denver squaring off against San Diego, Baltimore battling Detroit and New England going one-on-one vs. Miami, the schedule is filled with marquee games. This much action has caused the predictions to come fast and furious.
Ross Barkley Tipped for New Everton Deal Amid Manchester City and Arsenal Talk
Everton are ready to tie Ross Barkley down with a deal they hope will ward off interest from the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal this winter, but manager Roberto Martinez reported no official development on Thursday.
The midfielder is currently enjoying his most prominent season to date, starting in all but three of the Toffees’ Premier League games. He also made his senior England debut in September, earning a further two caps since.
According to the Telegraph’s John Percy, the club will open talks with the player and his representatives in the new year, with “a significant wage increase” expected to be part of any extension.
Arsenal: French Central Defender in Wenger’s Sights to Replace Thomas Vermaelen
Arsenal are reportedly interested in recruiting the services of French defender Kurt Zouma, with boss Arsene Wenger looking to prepare for life after two of his most experienced defenders in the summer.
Bacary Sagna is still yet to agree a new deal and looking more and more likely to leave the club at the end of the season. Wenger is preparing to lose Belgian international Thomas Vermaelen, too.
As a result, the Gunners boss has turned to the Saint-Etienne defender as a potential replacement.
Why These 7 NBA Coaches May Get Fired Before the New Year
One-quarter of the way into the 2013-14 NBA season, nearly half of the Eastern Conference’s coaches find themselves on the hot seat.
With 13 teams starting off the year with new head coaches, some of these struggles could be foreseen from a mile away. Jason Kidd spent all of 10 days between retiring as a player and becoming a coach, leaving him very little time to learn the ropes.
Others, such as Mike Brown and Larry Drew, have no such excuse.
Roberto Martinez’s Everton Have Eschewed Tactical Symmetry and Boosted Variety
A great myth of the game is the need for symmetry, as it often can lead to predictability. What is far more important, however, is balance.
One of the great strengths of Everton this season and, indeed, last season is the fact that they are not symmetrical. That their way of playing is not bound by a sense they have to set up as a formation may seem to dictate they should.
Best XI of the Champions League Group Stages
The UEFA Champions League group stages finished with a flourish on Wednesday night, with every last 16 team confirmed for the knockout stages.
NFL Picks Week 15: Analyzing Expert Predictions from Around the Web
There are plenty of weeks over the course of the NFL season where almost every game is a toss-up. Unfortunately, that will not be the case in Week 15.
The upcoming slate of games appears set to be full of blowout victories. At least, this is what the majority of NFL experts believe heading into the weekend.
Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cesar Seda: Fight Time, Date, TV Info and More
Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz figures to have a large contingent of fans at the Alamodome when he takes on Puerto Rican challenger Cesar Seda on Saturday. The WBC Super Bantamweight champion has become a major fan favorite at just 25 years old.
The large Mexican population in San Antonio will almost certainly be behind the young man from Huetamo, Michoacan de Ocampo. This bout isn’t getting a lot of attention, but it could turn out to be a nice addition to the Mexican-Puerto Rican boxing rivalry.
Arsenal Fans Angry at Club After Late Safety Buses Arrive After Kick-off
Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Napoli on Wednesday night ensured that the North Londoners could only muster a second-place finish in their Champions League group, but their plight wasn’t helped after several hundred travelling fans arrived at the game after kickoff.
As a result, the English club are launching an investigation into the matter with the view of finding out precisely why their supporters were delayed in their arrival.
As the Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel explains, the Gunners’ supporters were shipped to the Stadio Sao Paulo by coaches scheduled to depart for the ground via a secret location.
This was organised in a bid to avoid the same sort of violence that occurred in the reverse North London fixture, Mokbel reporting once more.
Ashley Young Ignores ‘Diver’ Tag and Jeers of Manchester United Fans
Ashley Young is all too aware of the ongoing criticism he receives for his numerous alleged diving offences, but he doesn’t appear ready to apologise.
The Manchester United midfielder has stated it is the officials and not the players who should be under increasing scrutiny, but remains confident any decisions made in his favour this term have been correct.
David Anderson of the Mirror reports the controversial United man saying:
It’s been talked about obviously by the previous manager and the current manager, but that’s in-house. I’m not going to comment on what’s been said.
How the Orlando Magic Can Make a Run for the Playoffs
With a 7-15 start to the season, the Orlando Magic hardly look like a playoff candidate at first (or even second) glance. However, a weak Eastern Conference may allow them to sneak back into the picture. What do they have to change to turn this young season around, you ask?
Not that much, actually.
Let’s make one thing crystal clear, right from the start.
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Compared to Ronaldinho by Tottenham’s Sandro
Liverpool head into a crucial Premier League battle with Tottenham this weekend hoping two South American stars can drag them to victory at White Hart Lane.
Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho carry the hopes of the Merseysiders following injuries to Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard, as the Reds bid to maintain their title challenge.
Suarez has captured all the headlines this season during his run to the top of the league’s goalscoring charts, but Spurs midfielder Sandro admits Coutinho is the concern, per Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror:
With the ball, Coutinho’s passes are like Ronaldinho’s. His passes are good, man.
Chiefs vs. Raiders: Breaking Down Oakland’s Game Plan
The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs meet in a Week 15 matchup featuring two teams that are very similar, with one exception. Dennis Allen’s Raiders are simply playing out the string for a second consecutive year, while the Chiefs are hoping to clinch a playoff berth.
Both teams have gotten sporadic performances out of their respective offenses, although Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles is far better than anything Oakland can counter with. He can also stay on the field, something the Raiders’ Darren McFadden has been unable to do.
Stephen Curry’s Explosive Scoring Continues to Mask Warriors’ Other Flaws
With one flick of his right wrist, Stephen Curry sent the Golden State Warriors back into the playoff hunt, put the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area in a state of apoplexy and sent Oracle arena roaring into the beautiful Oakland night.
Curry hit a game-winning pull-up jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining on Wednesday night, capping off a 16-point fourth quarter that gave the Warriors a 95-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. It was a shot like so many we’ve seen from Curry—only from a slightly shorter distance.
Ronaldinho Gaucho Returns for Showdown with Pep Guardiola in Club World Cup
Few can deny Atletico Mineiro’s task in becoming Club World Cup winners is a tougher ask than that of Corinthians last year. For the out of sorts Chelsea unit that Corinthians came up against in Japan last year, read Bayern Munich, a side who have just swept away title challengers Borussia Dortmund 3-0 away from home.
But in the returning Ronaldinho Gaucho, out for over two months with a thigh injury, Atletico have a man who, in the twilight of his career, has his own vendetta against Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola is the man who famously drew a line under Ronaldinho’s Barcelona career back in 2008, after a five-year spell which saw the club win two Spanish titles and their first Champions League (European Cup) title in 14 years.