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Clippers hold off Thunder 93-90 in opener (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 30, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, Chris Paul added 22 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-90 in their season opener on Thursday night to usher in a new era under owner Steve Ballmer. He paid a record $2 billion to buy the team after 33-year owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks. The Thunder sent the Clippers packing in the second round of the playoffs last spring, shortly after the Sterling scandal erupted. Already without injured Kevin Durant, the Thunder lost Russell Westbrook to a hand injury in the second quarter.


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 5:44 am

Knicks spoil James’ homecoming, 95-90 (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Knicks defeated the Cavaliers 95-90. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

LeBron James shot miserably. ”I didn’t press,” James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. ”I didn’t do much.” James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar’s emotional return home with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night. James, who returned to the Cavs and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting.


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 5:31 am

Nowitzki, Mavs top Jazz 120-102 in home opener (Yahoo Sports)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 30: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks drives against the Utah Jazz on October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tyson Chandler pumped up the crowd with three alley-oop dunks in the first quarter. All J.J. Barea had to do to get a standing ovation was enter the game off the bench. A couple of key pieces from the only championship team in Dallas franchise history were finally wearing the same uniform as Dirk Nowitzki again. Nowitzki scored 21 points and the Mavericks celebrated the return of Chandler and Barea with a 120-102 victory over the Utah Jazz in their home opener Thursday night.


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 4:20 am

Young, Wolves hold off Pistons 97-91 (Yahoo Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 30: Thaddeus Young #33 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots against the Detroit Pistons on October 30, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ youth movement is in full effect, with Andrew Wiggins and Co. ushering in a new era in the wake of Kevin Love’s departure. Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 90 seconds to play to lift the Timberwolves to a 97-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons, making Saunders a winner in his first home game as Timberwolves coach since 2005. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, eight assists and seven boards. Caron Butler scored 24 points and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and six assists for the Pistons, who have opened the season with two straight losses on the road under first-year coach Stan Van Gundy.


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 3:54 am

Wall’s layup helps Wizards hold off Magic, 105-98 (Yahoo Sports)

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 30: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards takes a shot against the Orlando Magic on October 30, 2014 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

The thing that gnawed at Washington coach Randy Wittman most about his team’s season-opening loss at Miami was its lack of defensive intensity. The Wizards took notice in their second outing of the season. John Wall had 30 points and 12 assists, and Washington held off a late surge to beat the Orlando Magic 105-98 on Thursday night. Marcin Gortat added 20 points and 12 rebounds.


Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 3:07 am

Warriors exercise options on Barnes, Ezeli (Yahoo Sports)

The Golden State Warriors have picked up the fourth-year options on the contracts of forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for next season. The Warriors also announced Thursday night that they declined the third-year option on guard Nemanja Nedovic’s deal for next season. He was the only player on the active roster who did not play in Golden State’s season-opening 95-77 win at Sacramento on Wednesday night. The Warriors acquired Nedovic in a draft-night deal with Phoenix, who selected the Serbian guard 30th overall.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 12:12 am

Knicks G Calderon out 2-3 weeks (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND (AP) — New York Knicks starting point guard Jose Calderon is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained right calf.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 11:31 pm


ESPN - United States

Clippers topple Thunder to open Ballmer era

Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, Chris Paul added 22 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-90 in their season opener on Thursday night to usher in a new era under owner Steve Ballmer.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 6:44 am

OKC’s Westbrook suffers small fracture in hand

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suffered a small fracture of the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday night, coach Scott Brooks said.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 6:31 am

Nowitzki, Mavericks top Jazz in home opener

The Dallas Mavericks celebrated the return of two key pieces from the franchise’s only championship team in a 120-102 victory over the Utah Jazz in their home opener Thursday night.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 6:09 am

James struggles as Knicks spoil homecoming

LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar’s emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 5:34 am

Sources: Spurs won’t sign Leonard by deadline

There is a strong likelihood that Friday’s midnight deadline for contract extensions for first-round picks from the Class of 2011 will pass without a new deal for reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, according to league sources.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 5:09 am

NBA hires Turner as new D-League president

The NBA has hired former Wasserman Media Group executive Malcolm Turner to be the president of its Development League.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 5:03 am

James makes homecoming official in opener

LeBron James made his official return to Cleveland on Thursday, and the Cavaliers’ season opener against the New York Knicks was just as much a civic celebration as it was a basketball game.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 3:48 am

Inside Hoops - United States

Photo: LeBron back in Cleveland

Photo: LeBron back in Cleveland

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 12:10 am

Warriors exercise contract options on Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli

Warriors exercise contract options on Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli

The Golden State Warriors have exercised fourth-year contract options on forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli, which are for the 2015-16 NBA season.
The Warriors declined to exercise their third-year contract option on guard Nemanja Nedovic.
Barnes, 22, has appeared in 160 games (106 starts) over three [...]

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 11:34 pm

Utah Jazz and Enes Kanter fail to reach extension agreement

Jazz and Enes Kanter fail to reach extension agreement
It’s always tough when a rebuilding team has to make a big decision on exactly how much of their future to tie up on any given player. That’s the situation with the Utah Jazz and center Enes Kanter, who is talented and has a bright future but [...]

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 4:56 pm

Danilo Gallinari finally back in action for Nuggets

Remember Danilo Gallinari? Sure you do. But it’s been a while since you’ve seen him play basketball. He’s a key member of the Denver Nuggets, who are surely very happy to finally have him back in action, even if he shot just 1-of-8 in limited minutes upon his return. Here’s theĀ Denver PostĀ reporting:

It all went wrong [...]

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 4:16 pm

Shaun Livingston returns for Warriors

Shaun Livingston returns for Warriors
The 2014-15 NBA regular season began Tuesday with three games, and on Wednesday featured 12 matchups, including the Warriors vs Kings. Golden State came away with a win on the court, but another in that they were able to utilize the services of guard Shaun Livingston, who wasn’t expected to be [...]

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 11:45 am

Celtics exercise contract options on Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller

While winning their season opener tonight, Boston Celtics exercised contract options on Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller

The Boston Celtics have exercised their third-year option on forward Kelly Olynyk, and their fourth-year options on forward Jared Sullinger and center/forward Tyler Zeller.
The Celtics started their regular season in style this evening at home, beating the Brooklyn [...]

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 2:17 am

Julius Randle injury update: Out for season after surgery

Julius Randle Injury Update: Out For Season After Surgery

The Los Angeles Lakers 2014-15 regular season already didn’t look on paper like many wins should be expected, but the situation is now even bleaker after a tragic injury in the team’s season-opener last night.
Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle will likely miss the remainder of the 2014-15 [...]

Posted on 29 October 2014 @ 10:13 pm

NBA - United States

Former NBA player to argue for conviction reversal

A former NBA player convicted in a real estate Ponzi scheme was due in court to argue for a new trial.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 6:12 am

Warriors exercise options on Barnes, Ezeli

The Golden State Warriors have picked up the fourth-year options on the contracts of forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for next season.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 12:36 am

Knicks G Calderon out 2-3 weeks

New York Knicks starting point guard Jose Calderon is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained right calf.

Posted on 31 October 2014 @ 12:07 am

Spurs’ Leonard set to make season debut Friday

NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is set to make his season debut for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 9:37 pm

Fans stand together with LeBron in new commercial

LeBron James huddles with teammates before each game, pulling them close to deliver a message. In a new TV commercial, James does the same to bring an entire city together.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 9:35 pm

NBA tabs sports exec as new D-League president

The NBA has hired former Wasserman Media Group executive Malcolm Turner to be the president of its Development League.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 9:07 pm

Hornets sign Walker to reported four-year extension

Kemba Walker has seen NBA basketball in Charlotte at its worst. He’s willing to stick around to see it at its best.

Posted on 30 October 2014 @ 7:05 pm


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