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Westbrook's triple-double keys retooled OKC
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:09:10 GMT)
Russell Westbrook and the Thunder's new big three took some time to get going but eventually overwhelmed the Knicks.

Thunder top Knicks 105-84 in OKC debuts for George, Anthony
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:56:45 GMT)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 105-84 on Thursday night in their first regular-season game with All-Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony

Two Blazers feel right at home in Indiana
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:37:37 GMT)
For the Portland Trail Blazers' Pat Connaughton and rookie Caleb Swanigan, the Friday night game against the Indians Pacers in Bankers Life Fieldhouse represents a Hoosier State homecoming. Connaughton, who scored 24 points Wednesday night in Portland's near record-setting 124-76 regular-season-opening

Portland Trail Blazers sign Wade Baldwin to 2-way contract
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:27:00 GMT)
-- The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Wade Baldwin to a two-way contract. Baldwin was the 17th overall pick in the 2016 draft by Memphis. The former Vanderbilt player averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 28.2 minutes in 33 games with the Grizzlies, including one start. He also

Valanciunas, Miles help Raptors beat Bulls 117-101 in opener
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:09:13 GMT)
Newcomer C.J. Miles got Toronto's bid to become a better 3-point shooting team off to a successful start. Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Miles scored 22 points in his Toronto debut and the Raptors beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 117-101 on Thursday night in the season opener

Lakers without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for opener due to DUI suspension
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:41:02 GMT)
This was known since last June, but a lot of fans forgot it.

Michael Beasley Suffers Ankle Injury During Knicks vs. Thunder
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:26:12 GMT)
New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley suffered a sprained left ankle in Thursday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and will not return.  While Beasley has struggled at times to live up to the expectations that came with being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft, the Knicks would lose

4-Star PG Prospect Ayo Dosunmu Commits to Illinois over Kansas
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:23:11 GMT)
Ayo Dosunmu is bringing his unique playmaking skills to the Illinois Fighting Illini starting with the 2018-19 season.  Dosunmu announced his commitment to the school Thursday night: In explaining his choice, Dosunmu talked about how he wants to make a big impact on the Illinois program. "I had

LeBron still trying to get into playing shape
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:09:59 GMT)
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is not yet at the fitness levels he expects.

Thunder reveal “Hoodie Melo” hoodies before Knicks game (PHOTO)
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:49:07 GMT)
Long live Hoodie Melo. May his brand forever beat forecasted sales numbers.

SEE IT: Kristaps Porzingis blocks Carmelo Anthony at the rim
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:57:23 GMT)
Kristaps Porzingis blocks Melo at the rim ?? (via @clippittv) pic.twitter.com/u1lq0N4YXl The student has become the teacher. Former Knicks teammates Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony found themselves on opposite ends of the floor Thursday after spending two seasons together in New York, and Porzingis

National Basketball Association roundup
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:51:50 GMT)
(The Sports Xchange) - Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the 2017-18 season after the Brooklyn Nets said he sustained a ruptured patellar tendon of the right knee in Wednesday night's regular-season opener against the Pacers in Indiana. Lin was injured on a drive to the basket during the

Powell has breakout first quarter
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:44:34 GMT)
Toronto's Norman Powell drops 10 in the first quarter against the Bulls.

Phoenix Suns' historic defeat offers plenty of areas to address as Los Angeles Lakers await
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:12:03 GMT)
On media day, Suns coach Earl Watson said this season was about structure. “Very disciplined basketball with 3-point shooting and a fast pace,” he said. The Suns looked anything but structured, however, in their 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Phoenix had just 10 assists on 28

Tom Gores: 'Absolutely' holding on to DTE amphitheater as local concert landscape shifts
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:07:24 GMT)
Amid a big shakeup on the metro Detroit concert scene, one institution will remain unaffected, according to Tom Gores: DTE Energy Music Theatre. The Detroit Pistons owner has no plans to sell the Clarkston amphitheater, he said Wednesday before the Pistons' regular-season opener at Little Caesars

Lonzo Ball rocks Dodgers jersey before his first regular season Lakers game
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:04:59 GMT)
The Lakers' No. 2 draft pick Lonzo Ball showed up at his first regular season NBA game rocking a Los Angeles Dodgers jersey. Their game is happening the same night that the Dodgers will be facing the Cubs in Game 5 of the NLCS. Not a bad fashion choice by the rookie for the Lakers' home opener

Phoenix Suns' Earl Watson was Lonzo Ball admirer years ago
(Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:02:47 GMT)
The Suns will get their first look at Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball on Friday, but for coach Earl Watson, it will be like told times. Their relationship dates to when Ball was in the eighth grade. “I saw Lonzo play one game, it was a West Coast All-Star invitation-only camp,” Watson said. “I saw Lonzo

LOOK: All five Suns players running down the court in perfect sync is mesmerizing
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:52:00 GMT)
The Suns got absolutely eclipsed in their home opener on Wednesday night, letting the Trail Blazers burn them by 48 points, 124-76. That's the biggest margin of defeat in the team's history, not to mention the worst opening-night loss in the NBA ... ever.  But there was a single ray of light

Lakers coach Walton says players will 'come after' Lonzo Ball
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:11:30 GMT)
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball will be targeted, head coach Luke Walton said.

Knicks Open the Season In OKC Against Carmelo Anthony and His New Thunder Brodies
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:59:49 GMT)
Looking for Revenge I wonder if Summer 16 is on Carmelo's pregame playlist tonight. I'm operating under the assumption that it's on loop. I mean he has to feel just a little bitter on how his Knicks career ended. Now that he is gone fans will realize he was one of the best Knicks we will

Alexa Bliss Talks Nia Jax's Leave of Absence, Says She'll 'Absolutely' Be Back
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:42:29 GMT)
Alexa Bliss discussed Nia Jax's absence from WWE Thursday, telling the New York Post's Joseph Staszewski that Jax simply needed a break from the grind that is the WWE schedule.  "Whatever she is going through, I wouldn't necessarily call it a leave of absence," Bliss said. "

Oh Hell Yes, Doris Burke Is Finally Doing The NBA Analysis She Deserves
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:24:00 GMT)
On Valentine's Day in 1988, Leandra Reilly Lardner became the first woman to serve as a play-by-play commentator on an NBA game. It was a live telecast between the New Jersey Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers on SportsChannel, she recalled recently for the Chicago Tribune. It was a key moment—followed

Draymond Green: Golden State Warriors forward avoids serious knee injury after MRI
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:05:10 GMT)
An MRI exam on the injured left knee of Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green came back negative, according to an ESPN report Thursday. Green's status for Friday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans is uncertain. The two-time All-Star and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Draymond Green: Golden State Warriors forward avoids serious knee injury after MRI
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:05:10 GMT)
An MRI exam on the injured left knee of Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green came back negative, according to an ESPN report Thursday. Green's status for Friday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans is uncertain. The two-time All-Star and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban details his two lottery-reform ideas
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:00:39 GMT)
Dallas owner abstained on proposal NBA passed

Knicks vs. Thunder live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch Carmelo Anthony play against NY online
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:00:02 GMT)
The Knicks and Thunder engaged in a huge trade over the offseason, and it's now time for both teams to trade baskets against each other on opening night . The New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder engaged in a trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder last month. This head-to-head

Tar Heels in the Pros: Barnes, Johnson expect boosts in team roles in 2017-18 season
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:55:57 GMT)
The 2017-18 NBA season kicked off on Tuesday night, and there are 14 former North Carolina men's basketball players that are currently on a team's official roster.  Among the 14 players is Brice Johnson — who is now a forward for the Los Angeles Clippers. He is most remembered in Chapel Hill

Denver Nuggets officially sign Richard Jefferson, waive veteran Jameer Nelson
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:53:14 GMT)
The Denver Nuggets announced the signing of veteran forward Richard Jefferson on Thursday. The team also announced it had waived guard Jameer Nelson. Jefferson, 37, cleared waivers Monday after being waived by the Hawks after Atlanta acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers that was completed

Agent doesn't expect Gordon Hayward to return this season, but foresees full recovery
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:30:21 GMT)
"We don't have a timetable or anything like that for him," agent Mark Bartelstein. "It's about getting better, healthier every day."

Ron Gardenhire Reportedly to Be Named Tigers Manager
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:28:54 GMT)
Ron Gardenhire is returning to the American League Central, with the Detroit Tigers set to hire him as their next manager, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday. Gardenhire managed the Minnesota Twins from 2002 to 2014, compiling a 1,068-1,039 record. Under his watch, the Twins won six division

Moore: After one Phoenix Suns get blown out in opener, this season is about the future
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:22:32 GMT)
The Phoenix Suns' opening night loss to the Portland Trail Blazers was bad in every sense imaginable: The home team had more turnovers than assists, they were out-rebounded 57-33 and the 124-76 loss was the worst in franchise history. Most of the 18,000 in attendance left early. But not Peter Quarequio

Warriors to debut classic edition uniforms vs. Pelicans
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:21:57 GMT)
NEW ORLEANS — The Warriors plan to unveil a new identity, and it does not just involve improving their conditioning and on-court play. The Warriors (0-1) will debut their Nike Classic Edition uniforms for Friday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans (0-1) at Smoothie King Center. They will wear

New York Knicks EXCLUSIVE: Kristaps Porzingis ready to fill Carmelo Anthony void
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:08:00 GMT)
GETTY The Knicks get their season underway this evening against the All-Star studded Oklahoma with Anthony lining up against his former team. And all eyes will be on Porzingis, entering his third season in the NBA, to step into the limelight for New York. The uniquely skilled big man has come along way

Stan Van Gundy: Stanley Johnson must keep shooting
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:03:23 GMT)
Stan Van Gundy encourages Stanley Johnson to keep shooting after 0-for-13 night in Detroit Pistons' season-opening victory against the Charlotte Hornets. Recorded Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Sixers Notes: Eager for rowdy opener; Joel Embiid talks back-to-backs
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:48:31 GMT)
Now with a competitive roster, the Sixers are eager to feed off of a ferocious crowd in Friday's home opener vs. Celtics. By Jessica Camerato

MRI on Warriors forward Green's knee negative
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:36:08 GMT)
Draymond Green is considered doubtful to face the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday despite an MRI on his left knee coming back negative.

Kristaps Porzingis Discusses Carmelo Anthony, Knicks' Identity, More
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:45:50 GMT)
New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis opened up on a number of topics during an interview with The Players' Tribune, ranging from Carmelo Anthony to the state of the Knicks going forward.   He started by noting that he was surprised when he found out that Anthony had been traded. "I think

Orlando Magic sense opportunity to build momentum
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:20:00 GMT)
The Orlando Magic are having a moment. They won their season opener Wednesday night over one of their biggest rivals, the Miami Heat. The Magic hadn't won the first game of a regular season since 2012. But the Magic now have an opportunity to turn their current moment into real, longer-lasting momentum

Embiid walked through the Wizards' dunk routine
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:57:45 GMT)
Joel Embiid is a gift to NBA fans. While the star center was furious about his restricted minutes before Wednesday's game in Washington, Embiid was his regular self come game time. During a timeout of the 76ers' game against the Wizards, the Wizards' trampoline dunk squad had a routine near

Magic rookie Jonathan Isaac forgot what to wear to a game in his NBA debut
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:48:29 GMT)
Orlando Magic rookie Jonathan Isaac’s NBA debut was quite forgettable, save for a wardrobe malfunction.

Melo implies Knicks were 'hell' in final dig before Thunder debut
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:36:18 GMT)
OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony likes to browse quotes on his phone. Sometimes they pop up and fit his mood — or the moment — and he posts them on social media. Ahead of his first game against New York on Thursday, Anthony tweeted out a lyric from rapper Pusha T that implied his time with the Knicks

Brother of Dallas Mavericks guard dies in car crash
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:32:00 GMT)
Bruce Harris, the older brother of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris, died Thursday, the Dallas County medical examiner's office confirmed. The 38-year-old was pronounced dead at about 12:32 p.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. According to a Dallas Morning News report, Bruce Harris died

With very different pregame videos, Spurs and Mavericks raise questions of 'unity'
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:30:10 GMT)
In a politically charged climate, the Spurs and Mavs both felt compelled to address their fans. They did so in different ways.

Was an unrequited high-five at the root of the Kyrie Irving-LeBron James feud?
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:20:11 GMT)
Kyrie Irving's father reportedly left LeBron James' friend hanging, and that may have added fuel to the Cleveland Cavaliers fire.

Nike to Brush Off LeBron James Ripped Jersey Fiasco: Analyst
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:10:00 GMT)
Nike reportedly paid $1 billion for an eight-year pact with the NBA.

Clippers! A look at the players on the opening day roster
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:00:00 GMT)
Hi, my name is Broderick Turner, and welcome to the first edition of the Los Angeles Times' new Clippers newsletter. The pundits will proclaim that the 2017-18 version of the Clippers has more talent and depth throughout the lineup than they can recall from at least the past four seasons. The season

Hayward, Lin out for year, and many others in NBA are ailing
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:59:00 GMT)
Brooklyn's Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics' season-opener. A night later, Lin met a similar fate. Here's some of what should be celebrated from the opening nights

'The Herd': Chris Paul made big mistake going to Houston
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:53:59 GMT)
When Chris Paul left the Clippers for the Rockets over the summer, it caused a bit of a stir in the NBA. Now, with the season underway and both squads feeling out their new lineups, Colin Cowherd said on Thursday he feels CP3 made a big mistake leaving LA for Houston. Click on the video to find out why

Denver Nuggets sign Richard Jefferson, waive Jameer Nelson
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:43:00 GMT)
 The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Richard Jefferson and waived guard Jameer Nelson, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Jefferson, 6-7, 233, most recently averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 79 games for the Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers

Why Are There Large, Blue 'D_RK' Letters All Over Town?
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:58:00 GMT)
May I have a vowel? Two decades. Yep, Mr. Nowitski – first name “D – ? – R – K” began season #20 in a blue and white (formerly green and white) Mavs uniform last night. To celebrate, 'YOU' can be the 'I' in DIRK. Find the letters in these places on these dates: Oct. 18-20: Ford showcase

Ben Simmons don't need to shoot no damn jumpers to dominate
(Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:49:32 GMT)
Here’s the beautiful thing about basketball: it doesn’t really matter how you make the ball go in the hoop, it’s just that you do it often enough to not be Matthew Dellevedova. Ben Simmons aka Baby Bron aka OG Shrimp On The Barby aka Yung Layups is a prime example of this. If you are distracted and

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