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Thunder & Cavaliers Top Warriors Tickets In January

The Warriors are starting the New Year with their first four games playing at home, in Oracle Arena. The team that is hottest in the NBA, and arguably looking like the best title contender, will host some of the better quality teams in January. But with the way Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson and Co. are playing, it looks like nothing can stop them. They are winning ugly games, they are winning high scoring games, and everything in between. Curry is a legitimate MVP candidate, and Steve Kerr has made some adjustments that has placed the Warriors in top 10 for both offensive and defensive rating. Here is the Warriors ticket prices and schedule for their home games at the Oracle Arena in January.

Warriors vs Raptors, January 2, Average price $104

If DeMar DeRozan is healthy and ready to go, this might be the duel of the two best teams from each conference. The Raptors might still be No.1 in the East, but without DeRozan, they are a different team. And with him in the lineup, fans will get a chance to see two of the best backcourts in the league: Curry + Thompson vs Lowry + DeRozan.Warriors vs Raptors tickets start at $58.00.

Warriors vs Thunder, January 5, Average price $113

The Warriors won the first matchup, but that was without Durant and Westbrook in the lineup. With its dynamic duo back and healthy, the Thunder are rolling. Games versus the Warriors and other elite teams in the West are measuring stick, and Durant would sure love to send a message. OKC might not be in the top 4 in the rankings by then, but they will be there by the end of the season.Warriors vs Thunder tickets start at $52.00.

Warriors vs Pacers, January 7, Average price $67

Even without Paul George, the Pacers are a good defensive team. Roy Hibbert is back to his usual self, and under Coach Frank Vogel, the Pacers will defend. The problem is their scoring, and versus the defense of the Warriors, points do not come easy. This should be an easy win for the Warriors, but you never know.Warriors vs Pacers tickets start at $31.00.

Warriors vs Cavaliers, January 9, Average price $200

The Cavs are starting to figure things out, which should serve as a great building block for an amazing game. Throw in the fact that the Warriors had the chance to trade for Kevin Love, but choose to stick with the Splash Brothers instead, and there is enough intrigue to make this game one for the ages. And we haven’t even got to the point guard duel of two magicians with the ball.Warriors vs Cavaliers tickets start at $145.00.

Warriors vs Heat, January 14, Average price $185

As with many other teams they faced this season, the Warriors routed the Heat in their first matchup. This time, they will be playing on a second night of a back to back set, having played in Utah the previous night. But with the way the Heat are playing, and the injuries they are facing, they might be an easy prey for the Warriors.Warriors vs Heat tickets start at $25.00.

Warriors vs Nuggets, January 19, Average price $45

The game will feature two point guards selected in the 2009 draft, with Curry going 7th and Ty Lawson going 18th to the Nuggets. It was a point guard heavy class, and five years later, we see how good some of the prospects have developed. Lawson and Curry are arguably the two best point guards of the class, and they will have the chance to go head to head.Warriors vs Nuggets tickets start at $29.00.

Warriors vs Rockets, January 21, Starting price $32, Average price $80

The teams meet two times this season, and GSW won both duels by a wide margin. However, things will be different now with Dwight Howard in the lineup, and looking spry as ever. James Harden couldn’t take the Warriors by himself, but he will have his big guy helping him in this one. The duel between Harden and the Splash brothers is interesting enough, with all three players able to go 30+ points on a given night, but toss in Howard and things are even more interesting.Warriors vs Rockets tickets start at $32.00.

Warriors vs Kings, January 23, Average price $75

How quickly things change in the NBA. The Kings were looking great in November, and were challenging for a playoff spot. Then Demarcus Cousins got hurt, and the Kings are falling. They fired their coach, and until they hire new one and install an identity, they will be an easy target for all teams, especially title contenders such as the Warriors.Warriors vs Kings tickets start at $44.00.

Warriors vs Celtics, January 25, Average price $67

If Rajon Rondo is still wearing green by this time, this will be one hell of a matchup. While nothing is imminent, there are rumors the Cs might trade him. But while in green, he lives for moments and matchups like these. Rondo loves going versus the elite point guards, and Curry is a challenge enough to motivate Rondo, the triple double machine.Warriors vs Celtics tickets start at $44.00.

Warriors vs Bulls, January 27, Average price $70

Two days after facing Rondo, Curry will have to face Derrick Rose, another great point guard. But Curry is no stranger to facing elite guards and shooting all over them. He has become so versatile and impossible to guard, as he can shoot, pass, dribble, drive to the basket and everything in between. The Bulls however, pose a challenge due to their stiff defense. Another interesting matchup is Butler vs Thompson, two young shooting guards on the rise. Warriors vs Bulls tickets start at $27.00.

Warriors vs Suns, January 31, Average price $84

Playing on the second night of a back to back is a challenge enough. Going against three guards and their fast tempo is even more challenging. An added bonus for the matchup is the first duel between the two. Phoenix is one of the few teams to have beaten the Warriors this season. Warriors vs Suns tickets start at $45.00.

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10 Most Expensive NBA Games To Sit Courtside At!

Here is a look at 10 of the most expensive NBA games to sit courtside at this 2014-2015 season.

#10. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers 12/25/14 Staples Center
Warriors vs Clippers Courtside ticket price The Christmas Day game between the Warriors vs. Clippers at the Staples Center Sec 102 Courtside Row 1 is $4500.00 per ticket which is 8081% higher than the average Clippers ticket price of $55.00 for a home game.

#9. Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors 03/04/15 Air Canada Center
rators courtsideTo sit in Courtside South Row A is $4645.00 per ticket for the Cavs vs Raptors game on March 3rd at the Air Canada Center which is 4789% higher than the Toronto Raptors regular season ticket price average of $95.00 for home games.

#8. Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors 01/09/15 Oracle Arena
Cavs vs warriors courtsideVIP Courtside Row BB is $5805.00 per ticket to see the Cavaliers at the Oracle Arena which is 7438% higher than the average Golden State Warriors ticket price of $77.00 per ticket for a game at the Oracle.

#7. Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers 02/08/15 Quicken Loans Arena
New York Knicks v Cleveland CavaliersTo witness Kobe and Lebron meet on the court in Cleveland will cost $5,805 per ticket to sit in Courtside Section 7 row 1 is which is 2677% higher than the Cleveland Cavaliers regular season price average of $209.00 per ticket

#7. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls 02/12/15 United Center
Cavaliers vs Bulls courtsideCourtside South Row A $6,447 per ticket to see the Cavs and Bulls at the United Center which is 6040% higher than the Chicago Bulls ticket price average of $105.00 per ticket. One can only wonder what the ticket price would be if it were Lebron vs Jordan.

#5. Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks 02/1/15 Madison Square Garden
Lakers vs Knicks courtsideTo see the reunion of Phil Jackson, Derrick Fisher and Kobe Bryant will cost you $9,508 per ticket to sit VIP Courtside 12 row AA which is 7823% higher than the New York Knicks regular game season ticket price average of $120.00 per ticket for games at MSG.

#4. Los Angeles Clippers vs New York Knicks 03/01/15 Madison Square Garden
Clippers vs Knicks madison sqaure gardenTo see Blake Griffin and CP3 in the Big Apple and sit in VIP Courtside 12 row AA will cost you $9,572.00 per ticket which is 7876% higher than the New York Knicks regular game season ticket price average of $120.00 per ticket for games at Madison Square Garden.

#3. Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Lakers 01/15/15 Staples Center
cavs lakers courtsideWhen King James and the Cav’s come to Kobe’s house to play it will run you $10,671.00 per ticket for Courtside Row 1 which is 11498% higher than the Los Angeles Lakers ticket price average of $92.00 per ticket of home games at the Staples Center.

#2. Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks 02/22/15 Madison Square Garden
Cavaliers vs Knicks Courtside ticketsYou are pretty much guaranteed to sit with a lot of A-Listers when the Cavaliers and Knicks play at the MSG.To sit with them will run you $13,317.25 per ticket for VIP Courtside 10 row AA which is 10997% higher than the New York Knicks regular season game ticket price average of $120.00 per ticket.

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#1. Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat 12/25/14 American Airlines Arena cavs vs heat american airlines arenaChristmas Day and the return of King James to the American Airlines Arena will cost you $25,138.00 per ticket to sit Courtside North Row AA for the Cavliers vs Heat which is 43241% higher than the Miami Heat regular season game ticket price average of $58.00 per ticket for the 2014-15 Heat home games.

Ticket prices based off of secondary ticket market averages as of 12/07/14.

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Clippers Tickets Deals For December “The Best Bang For Your Dunk”

‘Tis the Season of Dunks” for the Los Angeles Clippers! The Clippers ended November with an 11-5 record placing them three games back from their rivals the Golden State Warriors. LA plays 11 games at the Staples Center during December with the biggest one being the Clippers vs Warriors Christmas Day game which is also Argyle Santa Hat Giveaway! Don’t miss any of the action!

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Clippers vs Timberwolves, December 1, Starting price $6, Average price $45
The Timberwolves are a young team, and this will be the first time the first round pick Andrew Wiggins comes to town. He might not be ready for stardom, and is still a work in progress, but the kid shows flashes from time to time about how great he can be. The duel could be a lot more fun if Rubio wasn’t injured, but there is still enormous potential for an exciting game. Minnesota is a lottery team, but the guys play hard, they compete for 48 minutes, and provide a highlight or two. Clippers vs Timberwolves tickets are still available.

Clippers vs Magic, December 3, Starting Price $7, Average price $48
Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton are a young core that can do some serious damage in the next 2-3 years. For now, Vucevic is the only proven player from the group. The Serbian center can go for 20 and 20 at any given night, and the Clippers must contain him in order to win. Deandre Jordan will have his hands full, but he might serve a poster for Vucevic.You can purchase Clippers vs Magic tickets for the Staples Center.

Clippers vs Pelicans, December 6, Starting Price $18, Average price $50
Blake Griffin versus Anthony Davis! Can the casual fan ask for more? Probably not. Two of the best power forwards in the league go head to head in a matchup that should provide enough entertainment and highlights. Davis is arguably the MVP of the first month, and if he continues his strong play, and the Pelicans make the playoffs, there is no reason he should not win it. The Pelicans will visit the Clippers once more this season, but at the moment, both teams are at full strength and playing good basketball. Purchase Clippers vs Pelicans tickets.

Clippers vs Suns, December 8, Starting price $7, Average Price $73
Two seasons ago, Eric Bledsoe was backing up Chris Paul. Now he is running his show in Phoenix, where Coach Jeff Hornacek has the Suns playing hard and at a fast pace. Besides Bledsoe, the Suns have two more point guards that can cause damage in Dragic and Thomas. But none of them comes close to the level of CP3 and his playmaking and shot making abilities. And the Suns frontline is weak compared to the big guys the Clippers boast. The Clippers already beat the Suns on 15th November. Order Clippers vs Suns tickets today.

Clippers vs Pistons, December 15, Starting Price $10, Average Price $62
Few teams can match the frontline of the Clippers, and the Pistons are one of them. Their record doesn’t reflect their talent, but Andre Drummond is a beast, and Greg Monroe is one of the best copies of Tim Duncan and his sound and fundamental post game. The Pistons are still figuring things out, but they can be dangerous. And they are the Eastern Conference team leader in alley-oops with Drummond reaching for every ball that comes close to the basket.Order Clippers vs Pistons tickets today.

Clippers vs Pacers, December 17, Starting price $6, Average Price $80
Even without Paul George and Lance Stephenson, Indiana has managed to hang in the top 8 in the East. After a few games, the team is playing motivated and engaged. The Pacers already have some quality wins (versus Dallas, Miami and Chicago), and there is no reason to doubt they will bring their A game. Roy Hibbert and David West are a good inside duo, posing challenges for Griffin and Jordan. CP3 might have his way with the point guards of Indiana, but he will need help to carry the Clippers in this one. Order Clippers vs Pacers tickets today.

Clippers vs Bucks, December 20, Starting price $23, Average price $39
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a reason enough to tune into this game. The Greek Freak is playing excellent basketball at the moment. Coach Jason Kidd has his team playing inspiring basketball, and his players give their all. Few people had the Bucks at No.4 in the East going into December, but the Bucks are going back to their “Fear the Deer” campaign. They are a dangerous team, and rookie Jabari Parker is playing better by the day. Order Clippers vs Bucks tickets today.

Clippers vs Warriors, December 25, Starting Price $72, Average Price $104
These two teams have a long history in the past few years. Every matchup brings tension as a playoff game, and players from both teams have admitted they do not like each other. They’ve met in the 2014 playoffs, with the Clippers advancing. But this year, with Steve Kerr on the coaching seat, the Warriors are playing even more efficient basketball with more ball movement. The Splash Brothers are killing it, and Curry is a time bomb waiting to happen. The Warriors are second in the Western Conference, just a half game behind Memphis going into December. Not to mention, a Christmas matchup is always a special one. Order Clippers vs Warriors tickets for their Christmas Day game at Staples Center today.

Clippers vs Raptors, December 27, Starting Price $37, Average Price $75
The Raptors have been arguably the best team in the league over the first month. They lost to the Western leading Grizzlies to close out November, but they are still the best in the East. Nobody expected them to be this good, but they are proving experts wrong. Fresh off an extension, Kyle Lowry has matured into a great leader at the point guard position. While many see the highlights from Demar Derozan and Terrence Ross, Lowry is the machine that carries the Raptors. A matchup with CP3 is a great chance for Lowry to show his worth. Purchase Clippers vs Raptors Tickets today.

Clippers vs Jazz, December 29, Starting Price $27, Average Price $59
After wining some games to start the season, the Jazz are back where they belong, in the lottery. They should stay there for a season or two more, but they have solid young guys that can be dangerous. Gordon Hayward is one of them, and this season, the Clippers are having troubles with small forwards. Hayward has proven he is worth the money Utah put in him, and he might go off versus the Clippers. The team from Los Angeles won the first meeting between the teams. Purchase Clippers vs Jazz tickets today.

Clippers vs Knicks, December 31, Starting Price $40, Average Price $160
There are few things that are more entertaining on New Year’s Eve than a matchup between the Clippers and the Knicks. Fate didn’t let Carmelo and CP3 to play together, so they must compete against each other. The Knicks are still adjusting to the triangle, and Melo is having back issues, but he should be healthy for the game. Clippers vs Knicks tickets are available for all sections of the Staples Center.

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NBA Average Ticket Prices

Cleveland has become the “IT” town! With the signing of King James the average Cavaliers ticket price on the secondary market went from low of $47 in 2012 to now being the highest average price on the secondary market with a $195 per ticket average in the 2014-15 NBA regular season. Last season the Cleveland Cavaliers attendance was 710,522 making them 16th of 30 teams this year they are moved up 10 spots already with their attendance being at 164,496 making them 6th of 30.

Then there is the Browns picking Johnny “Football” in the NFL Draft which brought the average Cleveland Browns ticket price ticket price on the secondary market from $70.00 to $116.00 per ticket, and even the Cleveland Indians average ticket price went up to $57.00 per ticket from a low of $31 just a season ago. Now all Cleveland needs is an NHL team.

Here is a look at the average secondary market ticket prices for the 2014-2015 NBA season so far.

The King Of New York

Besides the Cavaliers the New York Knicks with Carmelo staying and ex Lakers Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher coming aboard have brought hope back to New Yorkers that the Knicks will back to winning ways again, their attendance has jumped from last season being ranked 18th to this season being ranked 9th and while Knicks Tickets price average is second at $162 per ticket its actually down from last season when it was $200 per ticket.

The Golden Child

If the Golden State Warriors were a stock then Mad Money’s Jim Cramer would be screaming “BUY BUY BUY” starting back in 2011-2012 their attendance was ranked 22nd of 30 and the average Warriors Tickets price was just $55.00 per ticket fast forward just two seasons the Warriors are ranked 2nd in the league in attendance and their average ticket price is now $102. Who wouldn’t want a 85% rate on their return. The Warriors are currently ranked second in the Western Conference behind the Grizzlies.

Oh Canada

The Toronto Raptors might seem to have come out of nowhere to be currently ranked number one in attendance as well as in first place in the Eastern Conference but the Raptors have been on a steady uptick for a few seasons now. In 2011-12 they were ranked 23rd in attendance with an average ticket price of $85, 2012-13 ranked 19th in attendance, 2013-14 ranked 9th in attendance with a $50.00 average ticket price to 2013-2014 ranked 1st in attendance with the Raptors tickets average price of $120 per ticket.

The Good The Bad The Ugly

The Los Angeles Lakers have some of the most devoted fans in the NBA including Jack and numerous other celebrities with the glue holding everything together for the Lakers and their fans being Kobe Bryant. Last season the Lakers were 27th in attendance without him but still commanding one of the highest league price averages of over $168 per ticket this year they are ranked 5th in attendance with Lakers Tickets averaging $98.00 per ticket and having a 3-13 record doesn’t help the matter. With a 51% decrease in ticket prices and getting to see what might be one of the last seasons for Kobe play live makes the Lakers an attractive bargain for the price.

Help I’ve Fallen And I Cant Get Up

The Philadelphia 76ers are on life support and it doesn’t look good. The last time they were ranked in the top 10 in attendance was back in the 2002-2003 season where they were 9th. Fast forward to the 2011-2012 season where they were ranked 14th with an average ticket price of $97 to the last two seasons being ranked 30th of 30 in NBA attendance and 76ers tickets prices falling from an average of $75.00 per ticket to $30 per ticket.

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Top 10 Point Guards in NBA for the 2014 – 2015 season

Point guard play is a very exciting part of basketball to watch. When you see a great ball handler that can take control of his team and move the ball around with precision passes it is a great joy to see. There is nothing like a great ball mover that will thread a strong defense and go to the goal or catch one of his teammates moving to the goal out of the corner of his eyes and making that precision pass the keeps all the defenders at bay. Look for some of the movers and shakers list below from 10 to 1 to keep a lot of defenders at bay this year.

10. Rajon Rondo:
Can put up some impressive triple doubles with an average of almost 12 ppg and almost 10 apg. He will be coming off an injury year where he only played 30 games in the 2013-14 season. Look for him to overcome his major knee injury to continue to put up numbers for the Boston Celtics. The game to watch for is the Celtics vs Spurs to see Rajon and Tony Parker go at it.

9. Tony Parker:
Tony is playing himself into a lot on NBA conversations when it come top point guards. This San Antonio guard will continue to keep up the pace in the upcoming season. Averaging almost 17 ppg he will become one of the fan favorites during the San Antonio campaign on 2014-15. The Games to watch will be Spurs vs Trail Blazers in Dec and Jan to see how Tony Parker and Damian Lillard stack up against each other.

8. Kyle Lowry:
With an impressive 17.9 ppg average it is probably why Kyle was re-signed by general manager Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors. You can bet he will continue to put the numbers and keep the Raptors moving into the 2014-15 with a strong shot at post season play again. Watching Lowry and Wall on the court should make the Raptors vs Wizards one of best match ups for Lowry and the boys.

7. Damian Lillard:
This Portland guard can put on quit a show with an average of over 20 ppg. He is an excellent three-point shooter. With a 40 percent three-point shooting average Damien Lillard will continue to be worth the price of admission to see him continue to put up impressive numbers again this year. The Trail Blazers vs Warriors will be a great test pitting Lillard and Curry against each other.

6. Kyrie Irving:
Kyrie will carry an average 20.8 ppg and almost 7 appg into the 2014-15 season to keep the Cavs on their feet again this year. He is one guard that defense hate to see get hot and move the ball. He will have another good year carving up the defense during the quest toward the playoffs this year. When Irving and Parker hit the court for the first time at the Quicken Center it will be a good preview of how well the new look Cavaliers and older Spurs will be. The Cavaliers vs Spurs in the NBA Finals is a pretty good bet this 2014-15 NBA season.

5. John Wall:
John will help the Washington Wizards to make some noise in the eastern Conference this year. This is another NBA guard that averages close to 20 ppg. With almost 9 apg his teammates are very appreciative of his unselfish ball movement. Look for the Wizards to continue the great play that led them to a great playoff run in the 2013-14 year.

4. Goran Dragic:
Making the ALL-NBA Third Team last year you can bet this point guard will pick up where he left off last year. Sporting a 20.3 ppg average will help him do just that. Look for him to continue to put up the points for the Phoenix Suns. A 50 percent shooting average from the field will help lead the Suns to a strong push in this upcoming NBA year.

3. Stephen Curry:
Stephen is not known for his defense but who is when you have an average of 24 ppg. Curry was the NBA’s seventh leading scorer in the 2013-14 season. He attempted an average of almost 8 three-pointers each game. He will put a lot of numbers again this year while he leads Golden State to another playoff year. Curry vs Westbrook will be the match up to watch when the Warriors vs Thunder games happen as they could easily end up being a NBA playoff preview early in the season.

2. Russell Westbrook:
This Oklahoma City guard averaged 26.7 ppg during the playoffs in 2013-14. That will bring his average to almost 22 ppg during his powerful NBA career. If he has an injury free year he can put up some impressive numbers. The more he play his consistency improve in a great way. He will put up some huge numbers in the Oklahoma City run this year. Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving will meet on the court for the first time under the new Cav’s look the Thunder vs Cavaliers could be an early NBA Finals look.

1. Chris Paul:
Chris Paul will show you why he is in the number one spot if you will just take a look at him the next time you have the opportunity to see him. Chris is one of the best floor managers in the league. He also led the league in assists and steals last season. Look for him to maintain his 19 ppg and 10.7 apg in a powerful run for the Clippers. The biggest game of the year could be the Clippers vs Cavaliers not just because of Lebron but Chris Paul vs Kyrie Irving could end up being where the game is won for either team. Also the Clippers vs Warriors is another big game between Chris Paul and Stephen Curry as last year the two went at it.

Derrick Rose:
What about Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose you ask? I didnt add him to my list because he has only played a total of 10 games in the past two years. While I would add him somewhere between 2-5 his mental and physical health factors still have questions. The Oct 31 Bulls vs Cavaliers opener will be a good test to see where he is at. Rose finished the preseason this year with 57 points in 56 minutes of playing time and went 24 of 41 and also over 50% in three pointers and finished the eight game preseason with a team high avg of 16.2. If he can stay healthy and get through the entire season the Chicago Bulls have a very good chance of winning it all.

Would love to know who your top 5 NBA Point Guards are for this upcoming season?

Chris M.

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Warriors have a true homecourt advantage

Golden State Warriors fansIn sports, playing at home makes a world of difference. Being able to sleep in your own bed, go without the travel, and go through your normal routine is an advantage in sports. For the most part, teams at home perform better. Every team in the NBA had a better record at home than away last season with the Washington Wizards having an even split. Who has the game’s best fans though? Which NBA team’s fans make away teams not want to come back because they can’t hear themselves calling out plays? That distinction goes to the fans of the Golden State Warriors. The fans sell out Oracle Arena and play the role of the sixth man, lifting their own team and making the opposing team’s night a frustrating experience.

Golden State is generally not thought of a hotbed for basketball. They don’t have a rich history like the Los Angeles Lakers or Boston Celtics. The area is well-known for possessing the most geniuses per square mile as it is the technology capital of the world. It may not have a storied team history, but Oakland has a rich basketball tradition producing the likes of Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Damian Lillard. Some of the best point guards have come out of the Bay Area but they haven’t won a division title since 1976.

GS warriors fans oracle arenaEntering the 2006-2007 season, Golden State had not had a winning season since the 1993-1994 season. They hadn’t even won more than 38 games. In 2006-2007, led by point guard Baron Davis, the Warriors won 42 games and snagged the eight seed in the West. They played the top team in the West, the Dallas Mavericks, who were heavily favored. The Warriors had other ideas though. Each home game, Golden State fans packed Oracle Arena to full capacity and 19, 596 screaming fans were wearing gold shirts and waving towels. The decibel levels were off the charts, the opposition couldn’t hear themselves and the crowd noise rivaled that of a rock concert. The Warriors upset the Mavericks in six games and Oracle Arena was reborn.

They didn’t get back to the playoffs until two seasons ago and were led by sharpshooter Stephen Curry. When starting power forward David Lee went down early in game one, the Warriors chances were diminished. However, they rallied around their fans and defeated the Denver Nuggets in six games again. Had it not been for some late-game struggles on the road in the second round and Golden State could have made it to the Western Conference Finals.

At a Lakers game, it’s more of a celebrity affair. Countless movie stars, directors, musicians and other celebrities line the courtside at Lakers games. However, the crowd doesn’t play a huge role in Los Angeles. In Oakland, the crowd plays a huge role and the area geniuses don the Warriors colors and cheer on their team in hopes of providing that distinct homecourt advantage.Chris M.

Which NBA teams will be the top powerhouses in the West next season?

Western Conference

NBA WEST

One thing is certain. The NBA will not be the same any more. The 2014 – 2015 season will be totally different than the previous one. The balances in the NBA have now changed. The dynasty of the Miami Heat is over, with LeBron moving to Cleveland. We’ve already seen many more changes during the first three weeks of the free agency. And some more are about to come. Let’s have a look at the Western Conference and try to predict which teams will be at the top next season.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clips haven’t performed any radical changes up to now in the offseason but why should they after all? Lob City is already a powerful team and it needed just a few tweaks to make it to the next level. The Clips will enter the 2014 – 2015 campaign as one of the top contenders in the NBA and they will definitely be one of the elite teams in the West, too. The addition of Spencer Hawes is a significant one. If there was one point the Clippers bled last season that was the backup of their front line. Doc Rivers will now continue his work and try to lead the Clips to the top.

San Antonio Spurs

Despite their age, the San Antonio Spurs will be one of the top teams in the West for yet another season, in 2014 – 2015. With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili back, the Spurs will continue to be one of the strongest powerhouses in the entire NBA and they are projected to enter the upcoming season as one of the top favorites for the NBA Championship, once again.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t manage to lift the OKC Thunder over the Spurs during the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Now, they will get one more chance. The Thunder will continue their efforts next season with almost the same formation they closed the 2013 – 2014 campaign. Will this be the season the Thunder manage to make it to the top?

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors recorded a breakaway season in 2013 – 2014. They established themselves as one of the top teams in the West and they even made their presence felt during the postseason. Now, with a new head coach, Steve Kerr and with all the necessary changes in their roster done, the Dubs are looking to seriously compete for the NBA Championship in 2014 – 2015. Their efforts to land Kevin Love have been unsuccessful up to now. Nevertheless, even if the Warriors move on with their current formation they will definitely be one of the powerhouses in the tough Western Conference.

Portland Trail Blazers

If the core of the Blazers is healthy next season, Rip City will be go deep into championship contention. The Blazers already added Chris Kaman, who will back up Robin Lopez. CJ McCollum will also be back healthy and the Blazers may add one or two more players during the summer. Rip City will definitely be one of the top teams in the West.



BY: Chris M.

2014 NBA Summer League Preview

Las Vegas NBA Summer League

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The NBA Las Vegas Summer League, sponsored by Samsung, will kick off on July 11 with 67 games to be played over the 11 day event. All 67 games will be televised live by the NBA Network. The Los Angeles Lakers will participate in the event with their lineup likely featuring whoever they select with the 7th pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Aaron Gordon of Arizona, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Dante Exum of Australia are potential Lakers targets in the upcoming draft, one of the deepest drafts in years. Other Lakers expected to take part in the summer league are center Robert Sacre, forward Ryan Kelly and guard Kendall Marshall. The Lakers will kick off summer league play with a matchup versus the Toronto Raptors on July 11th, followed by games with the New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors.

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Last season the Raptors featured Jonas Valanciunas, the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League MVP. The Raptors big man’s performance in the summer league was a springboard to a successful 2013-2014 season that included a playoff appearance for the Raptors. The Lakers summer league roster will be announced closer to the event, as will the head coach of the Lakers team. Last season Lakers assistant coach Dan D’Antoni coached the team, but is no longer with the organization after taking the head coaching job with Marshall University. The Lakers have yet to announce a replacement for Mike D’Antoni, the younger brother of Dan, who was let go after the Lakers difficult 2013-2014 season. Several names have been rumored in the Lakers coaching decision, but the franchise has purportedly delayed making a decision until the end of the NBA season when they’ll have a better understanding of the future of Miami Heat star Lebron James. With available cap space the Lakers have the ability to sign James, although most experts feel James heading to the Lakers is extremely unlikely.

Last season the Lakers finished 3-2 in the summer league with Marcus Landry leading the team in scoring. They’ll have a vastly different roster this summer with Robert Sacre likely the only returning player. Following the opening three games the Lakers will then take part in a tournament to determine the winner. Last season the Golden State Warriors defeated the Phoenix Suns in the title game, 91-77 behind 33 points off the bench from Ian Clark who ended up on the Utah Jazz roster this past season. Tickets for the NBA Summer League are on sales now so if your looking for a great getaway with some sun, fun and to get your basketball fix then shoot out to Las Vegas to catch some up close basketball at great prices. Usually you can walk up and just get tickets at the door. Chris M.

Where will Kevin Love end up?

Kevin Love

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The Kevin Love saga is continuing to unfold and in fact, it’s gradually reaching its peak, as we get closer to the free agency period. Up to now, there is no clear indication about which uniform the 25 – year old megastar will wear next season. The only thing we can be almost certain about is that he will not be a part of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Amongst all the teams which have entered the race for Love, the Golden State Warriors seem to have the capability of forming the best offer but also to offer a winning environment to Love. So are they the ultimate front runners? And can they acquire Love much sooner than the beginning of the 2014 – 2015 season?

There are two variables in this equation. One of them is Love’s choice. It will be very essential for the team which will trade for Love to secure a long – term deal with him. In other words, don’t expect any team interesting in landing him to trade away some valuable assets without the assurance that a long – term contract will be signed. So, unless Love wants to play for that particular team, it will be difficult for it to acquire him.

NBA Kevin Love

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The other variable in this equation is the exchange the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to get out of this deal. The Wolves want to sell high at this point and they don’t actually care that much if Love will head to a destination where he will be happy or if he will win rings. All they want is to get the maximum out of this deal, whether this means acquiring one or more capable players, receiving draft picks or a combination of the two.

Whilst Love expressed his desire to play in New York and although he has also been flirting with the Los Angeles Lakers since the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 season, those legendary teams don’t have the assets needed offer to the Wolves as an exchange for Love. The Boston Celtics are not in a much better position either. In fact, it’s the Phoenix Suns, the Golden State Warriors and maybe the Houston Rockets which currently have the most to offer.

Kevin Love

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Phoenix has six first round picks over the next two drafts and Houston could ship significant value to Minnesota while forming its Big Three with Harden, Howard and Love. Nonetheless, the Golden State Warriors seem to be capable to place the best offer on the table. If they form a deal which will include David Lee, Harrison Barnes and a few other assets, leaving Klay Thompson out of the package, not only will the Wolves will find enough value but they will also form a powerhouse in the West. Just imagine how deadly a starting lineup which would include Love, Thompson, Curry and Iguodala would be. The Dubs will instantly become by far the best three – point shooting team in the NBA and on top of that, Love seems to be a perfect match with Andrew Bogut. With Steve Kerr in the house, Golden State is ready for the beginning of a brand new era.

Kevin Love to the Warriors makes much sense, for every side involved in such a trade.

Chris M.

Kevin Love wants out of Minnesota—are the Lakers an option?

Kevin Love trade

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One of the Lakers biggest potential free agent targets after next season is Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. The former UCLA power forward, who was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Oregon, has long been rumored as a potential target for the rebuilding Lakers. One of the league’s elite rebounders and passing big men, Love has a dynamic inside/outside game. After many months of speculation that he has no interest in re-signing with Minnesota, Love supposedly told Timberwolves officials on Sunday that he will not re-sign with them after next season and will become an unrestricted free agent. After refusing any trade talks for Love, the Timberwolves are now open to dealing their superstar, according to a Sports Illustrated article.

Risking losing Love via free agency and getting nothing for him in return, the Timberwolves may now be motivated to move love this offseason or prior to the NBA’s February 2015 trade deadline. In the coming weeks, once the league establishes its lottery order, the Love trade rumors should increase drastically. Even with one of the best draft classes in years coming out in June, the chance to pick up a franchise player like Love is unique.

Lakers lure Kevin Love

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According to ESPN Love has the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls at the top of his lists as potential destinations, due to the ability of the two clubs to contend immediately. Golden State has a young and talented backcourt in Stephon Curry and Klay Thompson, while the Bulls should be contenders once Derrick Rose returns from his latest injury. Phoenix, who had a strong season in 2013-2014, and has several assets to move for Love may be another option. A Golden State deal could include David Lee and Harrison Barnes, two assets the Lakers simply don’t have.

It’s unclear where the Lakers stand in the potential Love sweepstakes. Although Los Angeles would be well positioned to attract Love in free agency due to their salary cap freedom after next season, the Lakers likely won’t be contenders in the upcoming season. The Lakers also don’t have a head coach yet, a big factor when free agents look at options.

Of course the biggest concern in trading for Love prior to free agency is the ability to sign Love to a long-term deal after next season. If the Lakers can somehow pull a package together that is attractive to Minnesota, they would be in a position to sign Love. The concern would be whether or not Love sees Los Angeles as a potential contender. Who the Lakers hire as their next head coach and who they get in the upcoming draft will be a major factor. If the Lakers end up toward the top of the lottery and are able to select an impact player, they’ll have another building block that may attract Love, to go with their cap space and ability to sign another potential max free agent.

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The other big question is whether or not Love is worth max free agent dollars. He’s a uniquely talented big man who puts huge offensive numbers up, but his play has not translated to wins in Minnesota. Last season the Timberwolves were healthy and had a solid core of talent around Love, as well as a respected head coach in Rick Adelman. Last season the Timberwolves were a .500 basketball team, and have been under .500 for all of Love’s career. Love is a tremendous rebounder and scorer but is not an impact player on the defensive end. The perception of many around the NBA is that he is a very capable player, but not the best player on a championship team. Love would improve the Lakers, but they would likely need to add another star to play alongside Love to truly return to championship status. Chris M