The Detroit Pistons have taken a knock to their play-off chances, with the loss of guard, Brandon Jennings.
It has been confirmed that Jennings will miss the rest of the season, after rupturing his Achilles tendon on Saturday night in Milwaukee.
Jennings picked up the injury in the 3rd quarter, with the Pistons eventually losing 86 - 101 to the Bucks.
Jennings had been averaging 15.4 points and 6.6 assists so far this season, with Detroit having won 12 of their last 16 games, to take them back into the Eastern Conference play-off battle.
Detroit hasn't made it to the play-offs since 2009, which is the longest active drought of any team in the East.
Speaking to the press on Sunday, before Detroit's game in Toronto, forward Greg Monroe acknowledge that things were going to be a lot tougher now, without Jennings, saying; "He's a huge part of the success we've had recently."
It's thought that D.J Augustin will take Jennings starting spot in the PIstons line up, and be picking up most of Jennings minutes along with rookie, Spencer Dinwiddie who will be next in off the bench.
Detroit already had a gap in the roster, after getting rid of Josh Smith to the Houston Rockets back in December, so losing Jennings is a hard hit.
Head Coach, Stan Van Gundy said of Jennings; ''He plays all summer, he loves being in the gym… On top of that, he was having the best season of his career, particularly lately, so it's really tough. It's tough for us but it's even tougher for him and I feel real bad for him because he was playing so well and then to have it end when he was on such a run is really unfortunate.''
Jennings is expected to be out at least 6 - 9 months, so we'll have to see how the Pistons get on without their star guard.
Pro footballer, Garath McCleary, took to Twitter recently to thank Starter Black Label for sending him a seriously awesome Space Jam snapback, giving us all a little sneak preview of a dope quickstrike that we expect later this year.
Upon arrival in Looney Tune Land, the little Nerdluck aliens from Space Jam crack out a set of blaster guns, which feature on the snapback posted by McCleary. This nice detail from the film really pops on plain black crown and should be a hit amongst Space Jam fans.
Stay tuned for most Space Jam spots, and news on more Space Jam x Starter releases in 2015.
Having missed the two previous games for the Miami Heat due to an ankle injury, Center, Hassan Whiteside came back today and had a block party.
The Heat were in Chicago to take on the Bulls, and after coming off the bench, Whiteside had his first career triple-double in just 24 minutes of play.
He racked up14 points, 13 rebounds and a monster 12 blocks, on the way to helping the Heat beat the Bulls 96 - 84.
Those 12 blocks put Whiteside up amongst some pretty decent NBA names. Hakeem Olajuwon had a career-high 12 blocks for the Houston Rockets in 1987, as did David Robinson for the Spurs (1990), Dikembe 'Not In My House' Mutombo for the Nuggets (1993) and Vlade Divac for the Hornets (1997).
He was close to matching the likes of Ralph Samson who had 13 blocks for Houston against the Bulls back in 1983. Shaquille O'Neal had 15 blocks for the Orlando Magic, versus the New Jersey Nets in 1993, as did Manute Bol who had 15 for the Washington Bullets in 1986 against the Atlanta Hawks. The record is held by Elmore Smith, who had 17 blocks for the LA Lakers against the Portland Trail Blazers in 1973.
The last person to have a triple-double that included blocks, was the Bulls' Joakim Noah back in 2013, with a massive 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks.
Take a look at Whiteside in action at the United Center:
If anyone was thinking that Klay Thompson didn't deserve a spot on the NBA All-Star game alongside his sharp shooting buddy, Steph Curry, then think again!
Thompson WENT OFF for 52 points for the Golden State Warriors last night against the Sacramento Kings, which included an NBA record 37 points in a single quarter!
The Kings opened the 3rd quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 58 - 56 lead, which Thompson reacted too by going into beast mode. He hit all 13 of his field goal attempts in the 3rd quarter, including 9 three-pointers.
Check out his shot chart from ESPN:
Thompson broke the previous NBA record of 33 points in a quarter, which was jointly held by George Gervin, who set the record for the San Antonio Spurs in 1978, and Carmelo Anthony who had 33 points in a quarter for the Knicks in 2008.
Thompson finished the game with 52 points, 5 assist, 4 steals and 2 block, having shot 16-25 from the floor, and 11-15 from beyond the arc. He also made 9-10 free throws.
All-in-all he only played 32.49 minutes to help the Golden State Warriors to a 126 - 101 win over the Sacramento Kings, making that the Warrior 18th straight win on their home court this season.
We better be seeing this guy at All-Star Weekend.
The starting line ups for the East and West have been announced, for the 2015 NBA All-Star game, with Warrior's Steph Curry topping the polls.
This is what the All-Star starters look like:
- LeBron James - Cleveland Cavaliers
- Carmelo Anthony - New York Knicks
- Pau Gasol - Chicago Bulls
- John Wall - Washington Wizards
- Kyle Lowry - Toronto Raptors
- Blake Griffin - LA Clippers
- Marc Gasol - Memphis Grizzlies
- Anthony Davis - New Orleans Pelicans
- Steph Curry - Golden State Warriors
- Kobe Bryant - LA Lakers
Overall, Curry led all players with 1,513,324 votes, compared to LeBron James who led last seasons votes, but came in second this year with 1,470,483.
Toronto Raptor's Kyle Lowry also has a lot to celebrate, having bypassed both Kyrie Irving and Dwayne Wade to make it into the starting five in the East. Just two weeks ago, Lowry was still over 100,000 votes behind Wade, but a last minute push from the likes of rapper Drake, and the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, helped push Lowry (805,290 votes) into the starting line-up, and his first All-Star game, above Wade (789,839).
For the first time ever, two brother have been voted into the staters, with Pau Gasol suiting up for the East, and Marc Gasol starting for the West.
Anthony Davis will take part in his second All-Star game in as many seasons in the NBA, having been voted into a reserve spot last year. He is joining Lob City regular, Blake Griffin in the West line-up, meaning that the West have some serious size this year.
Kobe Bryant was also voted into the starting line up, but having recently torn his rotator cuff, he's likely to be replaced by the likes of James Harden, who was the only player to get over a million votes (1,069368) and not make the starting lineup.
The Eastern Conference lineup is rounded out with John Wall, who has been having a stella season for the Washington Wizards. This is his second All-Star appearance, and his first as a starter.
He's joined by Carmelo Anthony, who's home court venue of Madison Square Garden will host the All-Star game this year.
As for the coaching staff, Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr will become the first rookie coach since Larry Bird in 1998, to coach an All-Star game, as he takes the lead in the West. Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer will coach the East in just his second year as an NBA head coach.
This February you can strut your stuff by taking part in a 3x3 basketball tournament, hosted by Pure Basketball. The tournament aims to raise money for the Northumbria Sport Foundation.
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As we edge closer to the basketball calendar highlight that is the NBA All-Star game, we are starting to get hints at who we might see strutting their stuff over All-Star Weekend.
Sources in the NBA, who have been speaking with Yahoo! Sports, have lifted the lid on the likely contestants for the 2015 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest, which will take place as the final event of All-Star Saturday night line-up.
The 'Greek Freak' from the Milwaukee Bucks, Giannia Antetokounmpo, and the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo are said to have committed to participating in the dunk contest.
Antetokounmpo is one of the longest youngsters in the league, who makes dunking look scarily easy. His notoriously massive hands and long arms should give him plenty to work with in the dunk contest.
Oladipo, who is from the same 2013 draft class as Antetokounmpo, has developed dramatically over his rookie and sophomore seasons with the Magic, building up a lot of confidence and flair in his game.
It's also thought that Brooklyn Nets center, Mason Plumlee, will take part in the competition, which will take place on his home court in Brooklyn, as New York City hosts the event this year.
Plumlee was a runner-up in the McDonald's High School All-American dunk contest when he was younger, so I'm sure he'll want to top that in the NBA dunk contest.
The final contestant for the dunk showdown is looking like rookie Zach LaVine from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who impressed scouts pre-draft, with his 46-inch vertical leap.
The NBA Dunk Contest will be held on 14th February at the Barclays Center and this young line-up has every chance of putting on a show if their in-game form has been any indication this season.
Pau Gasol had a dominant performance last night as he set a career high with 46 points in the Chicago Bulls' 95-87 victory of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Gasol shot well from the floor, going 17-30 overall. He also hit 12-13 of his free throws, as the Bucks' big men struggled to contain the versatile 7 foot forward.
To go with his career high in points, Pau, also pulled down 18 rebounds. This big double-double puts him in some amazing company. Over the last 30 years, the only Bulls that have scored more than 40 points and grabbed more than 15 rebounds are Michael Jordan, and now Pau Gasol.
Check out some of Pau's highlights from his game last night.
In the NBA, the rules state that a player cannot catch, and shoot the basketball if there are 0.3 seconds or less left on the shot clock, so with only 0.2 seconds left on the clock, what can you do!?
You could try this!
There was 0.2 seconds left on the shot clock, as Gordan Hayward got ready to inbound the ball for the Utah Jazz, against the Oklahoma City Thunder last night.
Trevor Booker had just checked into the game at the whistle, and with his first touch he pretty much nailed the shot of the year!
Booker flipped the basketball over his head, without even glancing at the basketball, and swished it.
Almost as entertaining as the shot itself is Russell Westbrook's face. He was guarding Booker at the time and can't quite believe what just happened.
The Thunder would go on to win the game 99 - 94, but the Jazz should have been allowed to win based on that shot alone.
It's a new year, so maybe it's time for some new kicks! This January we're pleased to see the return of the Ewing Focus, this time in a Charlotte Hornets colourway.
The 'Hornets' edition of the Focus features a popping black, purple and teal colourway that takes its lead from the 1993 NBA play-offs.
Patrick Ewing led the New York Knicks past the Charlotte Hornets in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals that year, while wearing the Focus on-court.
While wearing the Focus in the play-offs, Ewing averaged 25.5 points, to go with 10.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 blocks per game.
For those that keep up to date with current affairs in the NBA, you'll also recognise the nod to the fact that Patrick Ewing is currently on the coaching staff for the Charlotte Hornets, under the watchful eye of former on-court opponent, and current Hornets owner, Michael Jordan.
The Hornets edition of the Focus will be right here at Basketball Megastore by the end of January, so stay tuned for pre-order information.