NBA 2014-2015 News and Updates
5/1/15 - While the NBA playoffs are already well underway this year, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead to the 2015-2016 season. In fact, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who did not make this year’s playoffs, just got word that they will have a new coach for next year. It was recently confirmed that college coach Billy Donovan is finally leaving his post at the University of Florida after leading the Gators to unprecedented success. Although some Thunder fans fear Donovan doesn’t have the experience necessary to thrive at the professional level, Kevin Durant dismisses these concerns and says he’s excited for the team’s new coach to come on board. Donovan will replace Scott Brooks, the coach who took the Thunder to five postseasons in seven years.
4/23/15 - The playoffs started last week and the games have been nothing short of exciting. There are many other things to look forward to with the upcoming games. For example, the Atlanta Hawks starting center, Al Hortford is returning to the court after dislocating his right pinky finger in the series opener. According to Hortford, his pinky is still sore, but he is planning on returning to the starting lineup. Just like in years past, Lebron James’ social media outlets are in ghost mode during the playoffs. He doesn’t want any distractions during this very important time of the season. There is so much exciting basketball coming up in the next few weeks, so don’t miss your opportunity to watch it live. You won’t regret it!
4/14/15 - The NBA playoffs are less than a week away and all of the teams that have made it to post season play are gearing up their teams for some tough competition. The Atlanta Hawks are in the number one spot for the Eastern Conference, but are starting the playoffs with a huge set back that was announced early this week. Thabo Sefolosa, one of the Hawks starting small forwards, released a statement that he wouldn’t be joining his team in the playoffs due to a broken ankle. The interesting part about this incident is it was blamed on the New York Police Department. The Hawks will suffer from the loss of this player, but will make adjustments to bring home victories. Don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in the last games of the season and the exciting upcoming NBA playoff games.
4/8/15 - Paul George made a stirring debut for the Indiana Pacers this season, his first game back after a gruesome leg injury suffered during play for Team USA in international competition. He led his squad to a critical victory over Miami, locking the two teams into a dead heat, both a single game behind the Celtics for the East’s final playoff position. The Hornets aren’t going away, either, just 1.5 games out with five left to play. In the West, the Thunder have lost three straight and are threatening to slip out of the postseason as Anthony Davis tries to lift his Pelicans back into the eighth spot just before the finish line. The NBA regular season is coming down to the wire once again! Don’t miss the chance to see your favorite team in-person before time runs out!
4/7/15 - With just a few games left, the Eastern Conference playoff race is changing on a nearly nightly basis, with four teams – Boston, who currently hold it; Indiana; Miami; and Charlotte – within a game and a half of each other. The West also has some intrigue for their final seed as well, with Oklahoma City just a half game up on New Orleans.
3/31/15 - An exciting weekend of NBA action shook up the playoff picture, and with fewer than 10 games left to play in the regular season, every possession becomes crucial for many teams still jockeying for position in the standings. A three-game winning streak has helped the Brooklyn Nets sneak into the East’s final playoff spot for the time being, but three teams remain within percentage points in that race. The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, have locked up the top seed in the Western Conference, taking their last nine games in a row to become the first team to 60 wins this year. With fewer than two games separating the next top four teams in the West, the question remains: who will secure home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs?
3/26/15 - It’s the stretch run in the NBA, and playoff races in both conferences are making for another exciting finish to the regular season. In the East, four teams are separated by less than three games in the battle for the two final playoff spots. Miami and Boston are currently in the mix, but Charlotte and Indiana are too close for comfort with a dozen games remaining. In the West, Russell Westbrook is carrying Oklahoma City into the postseason by sheer will, continuing to fend off New Orleans and Phoenix for the eighth spot. Meanwhile, the Clippers, Blazers, Spurs, and Mavericks all continue to jockey for home court advantage in the first round. The postseason officially begins in three weeks, but playoff intensity is already in full-swing!
3/20/15 - It’s been another busy week in the NBA, both on and off the court. Minnesota was recently granted special permission to sign Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract due to having four injured players. The league has also issued a fine to Wizards center Marcin Gorat for his second anti-flopping violation this season. The Cleveland Cavaliers were happy to welcome back Kevin Love Wednesday night after a two game rest as they took on the Brooklyn Nets. Love helped his team to a 117-92 win with 11 rebounds. Forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder underwent a knee scope surgery on Tuesday and will likely have to sit out at least four weeks. Upcoming for the league is a big game between the Eastern conference’s no. 3 and 4 teams. Chicago will take on Toronto at home this Friday.
3/11/15 - The NBA season is fully underway and each team is playing to their best basketball possible to continue to boost their ranking. Sunday, March 8 held some exciting games that came down to the wire. The Oklahoma City Thunder barely breezed by the Toronto Raptors due to Russell Westbrook’s triple-double. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard has had five triple-doubles in the last six games, playing unbelievably. The Thunder made some slight adjustments in the second half to pull off the 108-104 win against the Raptors. Another game that was close in score the entire time was the Utah Jazz against the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn trailed shortly behind almost the entire game and wasn’t able to hold on, letting the Jazz leave the Nets stadium with a big W.
3/4/15 - Cleveland has come a long way since their season started. At first, it was as if the team wasn’t on the same page, which really showed in terms of offensive production. The Cleveland Cavilers have certainly turned everything around, though, and they are now first in the Central Division. Their latest win took place at the Quicken Loans Arena against the Boston Celtics. It was an exciting game full of dynamic plays, but Cleveland came away with the win. The final score was 110-79, and Lebron James had one of his better games this season. Another recent game in the NBA that provided some excitement was between the Houston Rockets and the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks ended up winning 104-96, and a huge contributor to this score was Jeff Teague. This dynamic point guard ended the game with 25 points.
2/25/15 - Even though they started off a little shaky, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the best teams in NBA’s Eastern Conference. Thus far, they have a record of 35-22, and seem like they can’t lose. Lebron James and his team are working together, and this cohesive effort is really something to behold. Their last win was against the Knicks, which ended with a final score of 101-83. In their win, Kevin Love couldn’t be stopped when it came to rebounds. He scored 16 points and had 16 rebounds. His efforts helped his team get second-chance points, which has been a theme for the Cavs as of late. Next up for them is a game against Detroit, which kicks off tonight. It should be a high-scoring game.
2/18/15 - The NBA has been putting on some great match ups as of late. One of the more exciting games last week was when the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Chicago Bulls. This was a great match up, but at the end of the day, the Bulls proved to be the better team on the night. They won 113-98, and a huge reason for their stellar play was because of Derrick Rose. He went on to score 30 points and had 7 assists. It was a well-rounded effort from him on the night, and it’s this type of performance that shows how good he can be when he’s pushed to compete. Lebron James also had a stellar night, scoring 31 points. Even though the Cavs lost, they are proving to be one of the best teams in the league right now.
2/13/15 - It’s Valentines’ Day weekend and the All-Star game is upon us. As teams around the league prepare for a weekend of rest and relaxation, fans worldwide are eager to watch LeBron, Steph Curry, KD, Timmy, and all the other stars in action on Sunday night. Let’s take a moment to give props to one Derrick Rose, an omission from this year’s All-Star squad who is playing like he has something to prove. With his 30 points and 7 assists last night, Rose helped the Bulls to a statement win over the previously scorching hot LeBron-led Cavs in the only NBA game of the evening. Make sure to come out this weekend to catch the East-West game, the dunk contest, the 3 point challenge, and all the festivities of All Star weekend.
2/3/15 - The NBA has featured a lot of thrilling games for the fans as of late. One of the most notable games was when the Golden State Warriors took on the Dallas Mavericks yesterday. Both teams looked great throughout the game, but the Warriors ended up pulling away with the win. The final score was 128-114, and a huge reason why the Warriors looked so great was because of Stephen Curry. He ended the game with an astonishing 51 points, and made an incredible 10 3-pointers. He simply couldn’t miss, and this performance just shows why he’s one of the most valuable players in the league right now. It was a night to remember for him, and fans got to witness greatness. The Warriors’ next game takes place this Friday against the 41-9 Atlanta Hawks. It should be an exciting night.
1/29/15 - As we approach the midpoint in this 2014-15 NBA season, let’s take a moment to give props to the cream of the crop in league. The Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks and the Western Conference leading Golden State Warriors have surprised the NBA with their consistent ability to win games. In Atlanta, second year coach and Gregg Popovich protégé Mike Budzenholder has established a kind of Spurs East, where teamwork and attention to detail on both sides of the ball have spurred the Hawks to a 16 game winning streak. On the other side of the country, we have the NBA-leading 36-7 Warriors. Led by rookie coach and fellow Popovich disciple Steve Kerr, the Warriors are looking to rebound from a tough overtime road loss to Chicago. With dead-eye shooters Steph Curry and Klay Thompson leading the charge, the Warriors look to resume their winning ways as we head toward the All-Star break.
1/21/15 - This year, the NBA has showcased a lot of good teams who have the ability to win it all. Playing well as of late has been the Dallas Mavericks. Their last outing was against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. They ended up winning 103-95. A huge reason for their success on the offensive front was because of Monta Ellis. He went on to score 25 points and had 7 assist. He found his teammates open time and time again, and he’s proving to be a reliable facilitator for the Mavericks. Currently, they sport a 29-13 record, and are second in the Southwest Division. Their next outing is against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They are favored coming into tomorrow’s game, but they still need to look sharp early.
1/13/15 - The NBA is nearing the halfway mark of the season, and there’s speculation that the Detroit Pistons could make the playoffs. They’re just 2 games out of the eight seed in the East. They’ve taken 9 of the last 11 games, and they would be a surprise to the mix if they get in. Another important development is that the Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Garnett is suspended for one game because he head butted the Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard. Howard was fined for his part in the altercation. The Chicago Bulls are playing extremely well this season sitting in first place in the Central Division, but after a disappointing loss one of their key players got very vocal. Tom Thibodeau is frustrated with the Bulls’ defense and says that his team needs to work even harder.
1/6/15 - A lot of exciting games have been happening in the NBA. One of the more memorable games was between the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coming into this game, Lebron James and his team were hoping to rebound off some tough losses, but it was not meant to be. They ended up losing to the Rockets with a final score of 105-93. In the Rockets much-needed win, James Harden scored 21 points, and had 7 rebounds with 9 assists. He did it all on the offensive front, and was exceptionally good at finding his teammates down the court. The Cavaliers will need to adjust something if they want to turn their already tough season around. Kyle Irving scored 38 points in the loss, so maybe the Cavaliers need to revolve the offense around him more.
12/31/14 - Things are shaping up in the NBA, and there were a lot of great match ups last week. A top performer was the Dallas Mavericks. Taking on the Washington Wizards, they knew they had to start out strong. They did just that, and ended up winning 93-70. In their win, Monta Ellis went on to score 20 points, going 8-15 from the field. He was on fire for most of the game. Another team that performed well was the Atlanta Hawks, who beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-100. Paul Millsap was the leading scorer for the Hawks, who ended up scoring 26 points and had 9 rebounds. His efforts on the boards certainly helped them come up with second chance points. If they can continue this momentum, they are a team to watch out for late in the season.
12/22/14 - The NBA featured some exciting games this Monday, December 22, 2014. One of the better games featured the Charlotte Hornets vs. the Denver Nuggets. The Hornets ended up winning 110-82. Al Jefferson carried the Hornets to a win, and he ended up scoring 22 points and had 7 rebounds. He simply couldn’t be stopped. The Hornets will hope he has the same type of outing in their next game to help them build some momentum. Another thrilling game was between the Spurs and the Clippers. The spurs ended up taking the win with a final score of 125-118. Tim Duncan, one of the best centers in the game right now, led his team to victory. He ended up scoring 21 points and had an impressive 12 rebounds.
12/18/14 - Seven weeks into the season the NBA is just getting starting on what appears to be one of the most exciting seasons ever. The Golden State Warriors continue to dominate and improved their record this week to 22-3. On December 18, they overcome a 17 point first half deficit and beat the Thunder 114-109. Oklahoma’s reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant had to sit out the second half due to a sprained ankle. Another league highlight was Rodney Stuckey’s 20 points and 10 rebounds as he led his Pacer’s to a 110-91 victory over the Lakers. Upcoming games to watch include Eastern Conference leader Toronto taking on Detroit on December 19. Don’t miss out on any action and buy your tickets today to see the best basketball on the planet.
12/12/14 - The Golden State Warriors continue to set the pace for the NBA, led by the hot-shooting backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Winners of a dozen straight, the Warriors will look to continue rolling as they face a tough run through the Western Conference, including games versus Houston, Dallas, Memphis, and Oklahoma City, who recently regained stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. In the east, the Toronto Raptors continue their breakout season, even in the absence of leading scorer DeMar Derozan, who is still sitting out with a groin injury. Despite a pair of recent setbacks versus LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Toronto still holds the lead in the Eastern Conference, and can try to rack up a few more wins as they look forward to games versus the Knicks, Magic, Nets, and Pistons in the next week. Razorgator is your source for great seats at the games!
12/3/14 - The San Antonio Spurs continue their climb up the NBA charts, and even with Tony Parker out with a broken rib, the Spurs have been putting out an effort that resembles their championship performance. Their concrete defense and solid performance from all players, especially standouts such as Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard, means the spurs are on their way to another stellar season. Not far behind as possible playoff contenders are the Memphis Grizzlies, who have won nine of their last ten games. The combination of Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Tony Allen and Courtney Lee make Memphis a credible threat against the Spurs having a repeat title season. The Golden State Warriors round out the current top three teams, and with their 98-97 victory over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night, they have proven they’ve got the talent to topple the Spurs. Razorgator has tickets to these and other great basketball teams still available, so grab yours now!
11/26/14 - The dust is still settling a month into the basketball season, and while no set NBA title contenders have emerged, there are some noteworthy names and faces. Reigning champions San Antonio Spurs, with veteran player Tim Duncan, are looking for their first back-to-back title—they’ve had four chances, and are hoping the fifth time is the charm. The New Orleans Pelicans are currently in 5th place in the Southwest Division, but they’ve got Anthony Davis. Davis, an early MVP favorite, seems poised to enter the ranks of some other Hall of Fame centers—which includes famous players like Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Patrick Ewing. Last but not least, the Memphis Grizzlies are the team on everyone’s radar. Their recent 107-91 besting of the LA Clippers proved that the Grizz and center Marc Gasol aren’t messing around: they’re here to stay, and they’re here to win.
11/19/14 - Even just a month into the season, NBA tickets have already been in high demand on the secondary market, even in places that weren’t expected. Coming off a surprise playoff appearance last year, the Washington Wizards are in first place in the Southeast Division and have an average price of $114.42 on the secondary market, according to Razorgator. An upcoming game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday currently has an average price of $200.13 with a get-in price of $48.
11/18/14 - We’re only in week 3 for the NBA, but some standout teams have already come forward. The Portland Trail Blazers, The Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Houston Rockets are all riding high this week following some close victories. The Rockets have a tough road ahead when they face the Memphis Grizzlies this week, as both teams stand 9-1. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love are foremost on the Cavaliers’ roster, with James averaging 27 points per game. The Cavs will be taking on the Denver Nuggets on Monday and the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. After a 91-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, the Spurs are looking for a victory over the Philadelphia 76s on Monday night before they confront Cleveland on Wednesday. Tickets are still available for that matchup, starting at $59.
11/14/14 - With the unveiling of its new Christmas jerseys earlier today, the NBA continues to produce innovative performance gear for its players. Alongside its state-of-the-art jerseys, NBA tickets have reached all-time price highs on the secondary market in select cities, according to Razorgator, including Cleveland following LeBron James’ return and Los Angeles when the Lakers are in town. Several marquee matchups will take place over the weekend, with the Pacers and Bulls squaring off in Chicago tomorrow night and Rockets and Thunder meeting in Oklahoma City.
11/12/14 - Kobe Bryant set one of those records that only come with longevity on Tuesday, as the 19-year veteran became the all-time NBA leader in missed field goals. The record-breaking miss came in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 107-102 loss in Memphis to the Grizzlies. Next up, the Lakers return home to host the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on November 14, and tickets are available starting at $52. Toronto is the early leader in the Eastern Division at 7-1 with Chicago, Miami, Washington and Brooklyn close behind. In the Western Division, Memphis reigns supreme at 7-1 with Houston, Golden State, Portland and Dallas rounding out the top five. Big matchups this week include Miami at Brooklyn (tickets from $18), Cleveland at Boston (tickets from $61) and Brooklyn at Portland (tickets from $23).
11/11/14 - The NBA season is now in its third week of the season as teams around the league look to make early statements to formidable foes and separate themselves from the pack. There are many intriguing storylines this season with the return of Lebron James as a Cleveland Cavaliers, the Spurs will look to repeat as Champions for the first time in the Popovich/Duncan era, the Clippers look to become a serious contender, the OKC Thunder will look to finally get over the hump and win a NBA title, the Golden State Warriors feel it’s their time. According to Razorgator, the Cavaliers are still the most interesting as they have the highest price for NBA tickets in the league.
11/7/14 - It's early in the 2014-15 NBA season, but three teams in the Western Conference are off to a red hot start: Houston Rockets (6-0), Memphis Grizzlies (5-0) and Golden State Warriors (4-0). The Rockets are the first team to win each of its first 6 games by 10 or more points since 1985. In the East, Washington, Chicago and Toronto have the top three sports. Even with LeBron back in Cleveland, the rejuvenated Cavs have started very slow, winning only one of its first four games. Kobe and the injury-laden Lakers remain winless out West. Saturday night features the NBA game of the weekend, when Golden State plays at Houston.
10/16/14 - Which NBA teams have the highest demand for tickets in 2014? The top 5 based on average NBA ticket prices, include: Dallas Mavericks ($556), Cleveland Cavaliers ($438), Minnesota Timberwolves ($318), New York Knicks ($262) and Chicago Bulls ($256). Only three teams have average prices below $100: Detroit, Memphis and Indiana. For comparison, the NBA tickets league average is $185. Of the 32 teams, 12 are at or above the average.
10/6/14 - New Orleans and Miami tipped off the 2014 NBA preseason on Saturday night in Louisville. Jimmer Fredette, who had 17 points/3 assists, led the Pelicans to a 98-86 win over the Heat. Cavs and Raptors won Sunday's games. LeBron James played 19 minutes and scored 12 points for Cleveland; new teammate Kevin Love added 8 points/11 rebounds. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and LA Lakers play tonight. Find NBA preseason tickets today for as little as $4.
8/13/14 - It's time to snap out of your offseason slumber, because the NBA is back! Well, almost. The 2014-2015 NBA schedule has been released, which means now is the time to start planning your "sick" days. The schedule was revealed on Wednesday, and what came as a surprise to fans nationwide was the unfamiliar lack of LeBron James on opening night. For the first time in seven years, the superstar will not play a game to open up the season, instead, the defending champion San Antonio Spurs are pitted against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 28. Later that night, the Rockets-Lakers showdown will figure the most anticipated debut of the year: Kobe Bryant's return from a season-ending leg fracture. NBA fans will have to wait two days until LeBron makes his debut: the Cavaliers will faceoff against the the Knicks on Oct. 30. James will revisit his old team when Cleveland faces Miami in a hypeworthy Christmas spectacular. Get a jump on NBA tickets and secure yours today before the best deals are snatched up!
4/15/14- There is just one more day until the 2013-2014 NBA regular season is officially in the books and playoffs start! All 16 teams that will compete in the postseason are already locked in, but must wait until the season closes to find out their seeding. The Memphis Grizzlies took down the Phoenix Suns on Monday, dashing their hopes at making it into the playoffs, while the Heat fell to Wizards and sacrificed the top-seed to Indiana. The Pacers are now set against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of Eastern Conference play, and the Spurs are pitted against the Grizzlies for the Western Conference. On the other side of the league, the Milwaukee Bucks clinched the worst record in the NBA as of Monday night when they fell to the Raptors—get ready for that number one draft pick, Bucks fans! Score some highly sought-after NBA playoffs tickets and see the best matchups of the year take place!
4/8/14 - We're in the home stretch of the regular season, with just a little over one week left of NBA games before playoffs (final day 4/16). We've known for a while who the top dogs are: the Miami Heat are in sole possession of the No.1 seed in the East, on the back of the Pacers' continued struggles, while the West is owned by the San Antonio Spurs, who just succeeded in a franchise-record 19-game winning streak. The OKC Thunder (Kevin Durant broke Michael Jordan's 25 ppg streak Sunday night) is one game ahead of the Clippers for the No. 2 seed. After Monday's break (congratulations UConn), those on the brink for a postseason run are Atlanta, Cleveland and the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference; Dallas, Phoenix and Memphis are duking it out in the West. Barring an utter disaster, Houston, Portland and Golden State have yet to clinch, but are liable playoff contenders. The final sprint towards postseason has taken off, get your NBA ticket for this last week and witness some intense pre-playoff action!
3/31/14 - History is being made on both ends of streaks in the NBA. The Spurs keep rolling with a franchise tying 17-game winning streak and the 76ers finally snapped a 26-game losing streak with a win over the Pistons. Of any year the 76ers decided to rebuild this would be it. With one of the most talented draft classes coming out of college, a lottery pick this year could prove to be extremely valuable for teams moving forward. Likely first rounders who everyone is watching entering the NBA draft include Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, and Dante Exum. As the regular season comes closer to a close, the durability of teams start to show: the Golden State Warriors have both crucial big men in Andrew Bogut (pelvis) and David Lee (hamstring) benched due to injuries. This comes at a critical point, as they have not yet secured a playoff spot. There is less than a month left of regular season play, get your NBA tickets now!
3/25/14 - With less than a month left of regular season, the NBA playoff race is coming to a head. The Miami Heat are sending their fans into a tizzy, having lost seven of the last 11 games and not playing like a top team in the East at all. LeBron James and Chris Bosh have expressed they're tired of all the "excuses" and are looking for a sharp turnaround to enter the postseason on a high note. The Pacers, too, are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, and their offensive cracks are as gaping as ever. These two teams will meet on Wednesday for the first time since splitting a pair of games back in December: tickets start at $67 in Indianapolis. In the West, the road to the playoffs is another story. The one through nine seeds essentially represent the best teams league-wide (aside from the East's two frontrunners) and competition is fiercer than before this March. If the playoffs commenced today, the Suns would be out—but the Mavericks and Grizzlies may just as well fall through by the regular season's end. Things are heating up in the final few weeks of play, get in on the action and score you NBA tickets with Razorgator today!
3/17/14 - With a month of the regular season left, NBA crunch time has officially commenced. Will your team crumble or thrive under the pressure? We've seen some long win-streaks: the San Antonio Spurs have won 10 consecutive games (five on the road), and the Clippers are one ahead with 11 straight. The Grizzlies, Nets and Bulls are making convincing playoff pushes, while the Trail Blazers, Pacers and Suns are suffering some skids. Kevin Durant is now 14 games away of tying Michael Jordan's 40-game streak of at least 25 points. The Cavaliers will take on both Durant and LeBron James this weekend, so fans can get a taste of the MVP race in back-to-back games in Cleveland (Miami Heat 3/18, OKC Thunder 3/20). If your team is left out of the playoff running, don't fret: March is certainly heating up, with the NCAA Tournaments thrusting future NBA hopefuls onto a national stage before the upcoming draft (June 26)!
3/4/14 - The Indiana Pacers may be holding the Heat off the top in the Eastern Conference, but LeBron James put up historic numbers against the Bobcats in his career-high 61-point game on Monday, giving the franchise its latest scoring record. James, and his less frightening clear facemask, is looking resolute in his quest for a three-peat. After Monday's performance, as amazing as Kevin Durant's January was, it's clear that James won't go down so easy in the fight for MVP. Behind the one and two teams in the East is a trench war between the Raptors, Bulls and Wizards, while the race in the Western Conference is tighter: Nos. 1-2 OKC and San Antonio are separated by two games up top, followed by a close Portland, LA, and Houston.
2/28/14 - The NBA All-Star break and festivities are over and the hot topic has been player movement. Trades, waivers and buyouts for some high profile players went down as Danny Granger was traded by Indiana to Philadelphia and then negotiated his buyout and landed in LA with the Clippers, along with Big Baby Davis who bolted from Orlando. The other big name was veteran forward Caron Butler who bought out of Milwaukee and is reportedly headed for Oklahoma City, spurning the opportunity to return to Miami and the Heat who drafted him in 2002. In the East, Indiana is barely holding off Miami for top-seed and both are comfortable in knowing they will finish 1-2. After that only a few games separate #3 from #8 with Detroit on the outside looking in. In the West, OKC continues to hold the top spot but it’s tight all the way down to #5 seed Houston and then #6-8 will be a battle between Dallas, Golden State, Phoenix and Memphis. Hot games in early March include: Golden State at Indiana on March 4th in a battle of young upstarts, a Finals rematch of Miami at San Antonio on March 6th, Indiana at Houston on March 7th and Houston at Miami on March 16th. The MVP race has heated up as Kevin Durant had been the favorite, especially with an impressive January, but LeBron James has let it be known that the race isn’t over and the MVP trophy will have to be wrestled away from him after a very impressive last few weeks! Even a broken nose and the baddest face-mask ever worn in the NBA can’t stop him.
2/19/14 - What an All-Star weekend! After losing to the West in the last three games, the East finally rallied to defeat their counterparts, coming back from an 18-point deficit for a 163-155 finish in front of a star-studded crowd. Some notable players from the weekend were Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant (38 points apiece), Damian Lillard, Chris Bosch, John Wall (and his dunks), and Marco Belinelli, but let's see how the pros fare as the NBA gets back to business. Coming out of the All-Star break, OKC is the undisputed #1 team, since the Pacers lost their footing before the weekend: allowing their three-game winning streak to be snapped by the Cavaliers.
The most popular games for the second half of the season (pre All-Star break) were the Bulls-Knicks (get-in for $85 on 4/13), Heat-Thunder (get-in for $142 on 2/20) and Knicks-Heat (get-in for $89 on 4/6). Keep an eye on the Knicks as they try to secure the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, currently 2.5 games behind the Charlotte Bobcats. With poor playoff showings in previous years, will the Clippers be able to keep up with OKC or San Antonio if they make it this time around? Who will be moved before tomorrow's Trade Deadline? Will the Pacers dethrone the Heat? Get your NBA tickets today and find out!
Heading into 2014 NBA All-Star break, two small market teams—Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder—lead the Eastern Conference and Western Conference respectively. In what could be a preview of this year's NBA Finals matchup, Oklahoma City travels to Indiana on 4/13; cheap tickets start at $24. Although the Pacers average only 99 points per game (20th), its defense leads the NBA in opponent's points per game and field goal percentage. OKC has more balance, however, ranking in the top 5 for most key offensive and defensive stats. Kevin Durant of the Thunder, who lead's the league in points per game (31.2), remains many experts MVP pick.
Looking ahead to the start of second half of the season, NBA ticket prices average $135, with the New York Knicks ($558), Miami Heat ($270), and Los Angeles Lakers ($200) having the highest demand at home. At $135, the average NBA ticket's 20% less than at the start of the season. On the road, the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, Nets, and Pacers all average 35% or more per ticket above the League average. Based on average ticket price, Bulls at Knicks on 4/13, Heat at Thunder on 2/20, and Knicks at Heat on 4/6 are the three games with the highest demand in the second half of the NBA season.
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