Trending stories: Russell Westbrook denies shouting 'Thank you Kyrie!', Mike D'Antoni and more

Trending stories: Russell Westbrook denies shouting 'Thank you Kyrie!', Mike D'Antoni and more

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Trending stories: Russell Westbrook denies shouting 'Thank you Kyrie!', Mike D'Antoni and more

These are the articles the top NBA reporters have been sharing on Twitter the last 24 hours. Enjoy!

December 24 03:55 PM
Beyond the bay window that looks onto the Lakers practice court, the Buss family’s second team was beginning to practice. Jeanie Buss likes to watch the Development League’s D-Fenders from up here, in the office that once belonged to her dad. She knows the players’ stories if not their names, and has a particular fondness for No. 7, Troy DeVries. The 34-year-old shooting guard’s entire professional career, before this season, was spent overseas.

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December 25 09:43 AM
With 1:25 left in the game and the Minnesota Timberwolves leading by nine points, the winning streak was just about out of time and the Rockets were running out of patience. Officials had gone to a video review and waited – and waited – for an answer from the NBA’s review center. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni made his way over to lead official Bill Spooner and said, “They must all be at a Christmas party in New Jersey drinking eggnog.” […] the decision came. [.. …

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December 26 01:53 AM
LOS ANGELES – Twelve days away from home left the Lakers beleaguered and certainly beaten. They bore the marks of a team on a slide. Luke Walton hadn’t bothered to shave his stubble and players quietly went about their business in the pregame locker room.

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December 25 10:04 PM
The Cavaliers’ instant classic over the Warriors had the feel of last June’s Finals, but this time with LeBron James providing the exclamation point.

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December 25 10:32 PM
Less evident in the box score — but all the more crucial — was Leonard’s work in slowing Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler. “I think he’s the best wing defender in our league,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said, high praise from the guy with Butler on his roster. In the Spurs’ first meeting with Chicago, that often meant stationing Butler in a corner and allowing the rest of the Bulls to play 4 on 4 …

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NBA All-Star Ballot – via vote.nba.com

December 25 11:00 AM

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December 25 08:22 PM
Richard Jefferson was assessed a technical foul for taunting after he winked at Warriors star Kevin Durant, capping what the Cavs swingman called “an interesting week or two with the referees.”

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December 25 07:57 PM
As the year winds down, the sports staffs of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com look back at the year’s biggest stories and how our writers covered them.

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December 25 08:50 PM
Russell Westbrook clarified that he was thanking his trainer’s daughter, Jayme — not Kyrie Irving, whose game winner took down Kevin Durant’s Warriors — following his pregame warm-up on Sunday.

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December 25 08:15 PM
Al Horford shows the many ways in which he can affect an NBA game as the Celtics fight off the Knicks and prove their Eastern prowess.

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December 25 07:35 PM
DEC 25, 2016 – Russell Westbrook would like you to know – and he is adamant about the point – that he did not yell “Thank you Kyrie!” as he ran off the court after making a shot in Chesapeake Energy Arena, as depicted in this video from the Thunder’s Twiter account.

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December 25 06:18 PM
The Warriors have major questions to ask themselves. One might be about the referees.

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December 25 06:02 PM
Was it a foul? It certainly looked like it

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