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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C: Sports Illustrated. The great Rob Mahoney looks at the schedule and tries to get a handle on the terrifying new world in which the Oklahoma City Thunder woke up Friday: "Beginning today, the Thunder's priority is survival […] a mound of early losses could conceivably push OKC out of a competitive playoff race altogether."Sat, Nov 15:00 PM PDTDenver at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
NBA Halloween highlights: 'Pornstache' Westbrook, Khal D-Will-go, Swaggy Rick James, Li'l A.I. and moreDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
It's Oct. 31, which can mean only one thing — the frustrating lack of closure to a number of young extension-eligible players who will become restricted free agents this summer! No, wait, that's not it — well, I mean, that it, but it's not all . It's also Halloween, which means a bunch of NBA players are celebrating the somewhat shocking rarity of finding costumes that fit the very tall and muscular among us. Let's review some of the more notable All Hallow's Eve entries, shall we?
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
For the uninformed, "Full House" was a popular sitcom set in the Bay Area that ran on ABC from 1987-95. It starred Bog Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier as Danny Tanner, Joey Gladstone and Jesse Katsopolis, three men all living under the same roof well into their 30's with one wife and five children.
Episode titles included, "Too Little Richard, Too Late," "Claire and Present Danger," and various other puns. You get the point: It was awesomely bad. So, the Sacramento Kings decided to announce the Golden State Warriors starting lineup Wednesday night using the show's theme song, "Everywhere You Look."
Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons form Run DMC, earn hip-hop group's respect with dope rhymesBen Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs ago
If you thought Dirk Nowitzki's vocal skills were limited to David Hasselhoff covers, you're sorely mistaken.
This time, Dirk is joined by Dallas Mavericks teammates Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons to form Run DMC (get it, their names start with D, M and C), and the trio rocked fedoras and gold chains in an ode to the trailblazing hip-hop group of the 1980s and '90s for a surefire platinum single, "Can't Be Stopped."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
Larry Brown spent six years running the Philadelphia 76ers. Former Philadelphia general manager Billy King would take offense to us pointing out that Larry ran the Sixers, but at the end of the working day Larry Brown and Larry Brown’s ideas ran the 76ers from 1997 through 2003. He took those Sixers to the playoffs in 1999, which was a bit of a surprise, and led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001 – a piece of work that in the minds of most made up for just about everything else he did with that particular franchise.
Larry Brown acted as a coach and de facto GM along the way. He salted the squad’s crops prior to his Larry Brown-styled flight to Detroit in 2003, leaving it with a GM in King that made a series of Larry Brown-styled win-now moves over and over again in the wake of Larry Brown’s departure. Yes, Allen Iverson crossed over Tyronn Lue and the 76ers took Game 1 of the Finals in 2001, but by and large Brown’s whole time in Philadelphia was just a series of penny-(barely) wise and pound-foolish maneuvers.
(We’ll get into those later.)LivePhiladelphia24 - 24MilwaukeeFollow Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie10 hrs ago
For a while there, it appeared as if Russell Westbrook was going to have to carry the load. To use his own formidable gifts to put together an MVP-worthy month while Kevin Durant slowly and smartly worked his way back from a right foot fracture.
At this point, sadly, it looks as if the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder will have to do the heavy lifting, as both Durant and Westbrook are likely out until the middle of December. Westbrook suffered a fracture in his right hand on Thursday night in OKC’s second game of the season, likely knocking him out for the next four to six weeks.
The early indication is that Russell Westbrook could miss four to six weeks after fracturing the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
If you had Josh Smith and Kenneth Faried in your "Who will be the first big beef of 2014-15?" pool, it's time to collect your money, but you probably didn't. Two likable NBA characters, if for entirely different reasons, the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets forwards traded barbs through the media.
Asked in a video for the team website about the keys to Denver's 89-79 victory against Detroit on opening night, Faried explained, "Josh Smith. We let him keep shooting, and he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game." Shots fired, quite literally.
Since his days on the Atlanta Hawks, Smith has been criticized for firing too many jumpers (he shot 31.7 percent outside 10 feet last season), especially when he's so adept at scoring around the basket (66.8 percent in the restricted area). Neither Faried nor his coach made any secret of their defensive game plan.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
It’s not so much that the Oklahoma City Thunder are already without Kevin Durant. It’s that Durant’s sweet-shooting reserve, Anthony Morrow, is also injured. It’s that his potential perimeter complement, hybrid guard Reggie Jackson, is nursing an ankle injury. It’s that James Harden’s hoped-for replacement, Jeremy Lamb, is out with a bad back.
Now, another dagger. All-Star point man Russell Westbrook had to leave the Thunder's 93-90 loss to the Clippers on Thursday night because of a fractured second metacarpal in his right hand.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks, according to reporters at the game, did not reveal how much time Westbrook could miss.
Here’s how it happened:
It’s unclear if Westbrook hurt the hand while bashing it into Kendrick Perkins’ thigh, or if the hand was caught in Perkins’ uniform. He may have injured himself while driving on Clippers reserve guard Jordan Farmar, as well. Whatever the spark, Westbrook had to leave the game after just 8:43 of frustrating play – he dished four assists, but turned the ball over three times, picked up two fouls, and missed two of three shots from the field.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
On second thought, maybe LeBron James should've just called it "a regular-sized sporting event."
With the eyes of the world on Quicken Loans Arena for the first regular-season game of James' second stint in Cleveland — not to mention the Cavs' debuts of All-Star power forward Kevin Love, new head coach David Blatt, respected veteran forward Shawn Marion and more — LeBron and his new 'mates sputtered out of the gate. After all the pregame festivities — the live-to-TNT concert, the 3D video projection, the faux-chalk-toss and all the rest of it — the Cavs came out sluggish, allowing a New York Knicks team playing on the road, on the second night of a back-to-back, after being destroyed on Wednesday by the Chicago Bulls, to not only hang around, but take a lead deep into the fourth quarter.LiveCleveland58 - 52ChicagoFollow Game
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The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers is the biggest story in the NBA this fall. The four-time MVP didn't waste much time in showing basketball fans what they can expect from him during Thursday night's opener against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena.
With 6:30 remaining in the first quarter, James took a trademark outlet pass from fellow new Cav Kevin Love and powered through a foul from Carmelo Anthony to finish an and-one layup. Take a look below:
It was a classic play from James with a new wrinkle from Love, who joined the Cavs this summer via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The play shows why the Cavaliers could be one of the best fast-break teams in NBA history in 2014-15. Few teams have ever had the transition talent of LeBron, Love and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.