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November 22, 2014 | 10:18 PM ET Update

Mark Berman: Mark Cuban on relationship between Rockets/Mavs: "I absolutely hate 'em. I get so mad every time I hear the word Houston. I won't even go to the restaurant Houston's. I made them change the name of the 1 close to me. So now it's some other name.(laughs) I'm serious. The way it was said & the way it'll B read will B totally different. It'll B fun listening to people read it & what they turn it into. So let's just go with it. Hate 'em". If they had a Riverwalk here I hate it too" Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

November 22, 2014 | 08:17 PM ET Update

He is playing at a level that if he were to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, he would be among the more sought-after free agents. A league executive told CSNNE.com on Saturday that the market for Green is as strong, "if not stronger", than it is for Rajon Rondo, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. "They're two totally different players and their roles with a team are different, too," he said. "But Green can do a lot of things to help just about any team, as long as you're not making him the guy you build around. Green's the guy you add to the guy you're trying to build around." CSNNE.com

It was Boston's fourth loss in their past five games, and the disappointment from such setbacks is shifting towards frustration for Green. "All-time high" was how Green described his frustration level to Comcast SportsNet New England's Abby Chin. Green added, "I'm tired of losing." CSNNE.com

Tim MacMahon: Devin Harris will play for Mavs after missing last 2 games. J.J. Barea averaged 15 points, 7 assists with Harris out. Twitter @espn_macmahon

NBA DANCERS ON INSTAGRAM

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November 22, 2014 | 05:30 PM ET Update

Brooks declined to provide details on what each player did Saturday and said only that they were involved in portions of practice. Durant is scheduled to have his surgically-repaired right foot evaluated Thanksgiving, according to the team’s original timetable for his recovery. Westbrook originally was projected to have his surgically-repaired right hand be evaluated two days after Thanksgiving. Oklahoman

A. Sherrod Blakely: #Celtics Vitor Faverani (knee) says no timetable for his return. Says there has been no talks about him being out all season. #Celticstalk Twitter @SherrodbCSN

Chris Forsberg: Vitor Faverani in good spirits, but unable to do much (bike, swim). No timetable, just waiting for knee to feel better. Twitter @ESPNForsberg

 

SOCIAL MEDIA PICTURES: PHOTOS PLAYERS POST

Just like everybody else, NBA players are spending more and more time on social media sites and photo-sharing services. Check all the pictures they are posting on Instagram, Twitter and more here.

   
November 22, 2014 | 04:11 PM ET Update

The NBA announced today that a scoring error was made during the Milwaukee Bucks-Toronto Raptors game on Nov. 21 at Air Canada Centre, which impacted the final score of the game but not the final outcome of the game. Bucks forward John Henson was incorrectly credited with a 3-point field goal when he made a jump shot in the lane with 1:44 remaining in the fourth quarter. The game statistics have been corrected and the final score of the game is Toronto 124, Milwaukee 82. Henson’s scoring total has been changed to six points in the official box score. All NBA games are reviewed to ensure the accuracy of the game statistics. Below is a link to video of Henson’s shot: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/originals/2014/11/22/bops-john-henson-hook-shot-112114.nba/ NBA.com

Jeff McDonald: Spurs injury report: Belinelli (questionable). Joseph (ankle) and Bonner (ill) doubtful. Splitter (calf) and Mills (shoulder surgery) out. Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

JaVale McGee tried to save a long rebound after a missed three-pointer by lunging into the first row, and fell down into an empty seat. He planted a kiss on a fan’s cheek before springing back on the court and joining the play. For The Win

WHAT PLAYERS ARE WEARING

Many NBA players are trying to make fashion statements these days, but not all of them are having success at it.

   
November 22, 2014 | 10:48 AM ET Update

Brandon Jennings didn't have the greatest of weeks but the Detroit Pistons point guard said Friday that his team's errant shooting may be reparable with repetitions. "If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot," Jennings said after Friday's 99-89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything. When we do have shootarounds, we're not able to get up shots like we should." Booth Newspapers

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard says he is still hampered somewhat by the vision problems that have plagued him since coming down with an eye infection in the preseason. Leonard’s right eye remains blurry and sensitive to light, and says his eyesight has shown little improvement a month and a half after he contracted conjunctivitis on the Spurs’ European trip in early October. “I’m still not 100 percent,” Leonard said after the Spurs’ 121-92 victory in Minnesota on Friday. San Antonio Express-News

Euroleague Basketball and its clubs, players and coaches throughout the continent join the world family of sports this weekend in mourning the death of a visiting fan to Istanbul on Friday and in condemning the senseless violence that took his life. The 25-year-old stabbing victim, Marko Ivkovic, had travelled from Belgrade to support Crvena Zvezda Telekom in its road game against Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul. The incident, which took place before his arrival to the arena, is under investigation of the Turkish authorities. Euroleague Basketball has requested that both clubs and the Turkish authorities investigating the crime make available all the information about the incident and will evaluate any measures to be taken. Euroleague.net

NBA DANCERS ON INSTAGRAM

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November 22, 2014 | 08:51 AM ET Update

According to a tweet from Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, the Brooklyn Nets have had preliminary talks with the Sixers about a trade involving Andrei Kirilenko and Sergey Karasev. The tweet also states that the Sixers would likely waive Kirilenko if such a deal were completed. The Sixers would likely require a future draft pick in addition to acquiring the Nets' pair of Russian-born players. It's unclear what the Sixers would send the Nets in return. CSNPhilly.com

Andrei Kirilenko will be without the Nets for the team’s two-game road trip, and most likely forever. Though the team cited “personal reasons” for Kirilenko’s absence, a team source confirmed to The Brooklyn Game that Kirilenko’s lack of minutes and boot from the rotation played a factor in him leaving the team indefinitely. When asked if Kirilenko had played his last game for the Nets, one high-ranking Nets source said, “If I were a betting man, I’d say probably.” The Brooklyn Game

In an interview with a Russian sports publication Tuesday, Andrei Kirilenko said "optimism is over" for him and that Lionel Hollins had told him after first few games of the season, "Andrei, I do not see your role on the team." Kirilenko says he was surprised and contends he can "probably help the team.". In previous interviews with Pavel Osipov of Sport-Express, Kirilenko had expressed optimism about his role in the team's plans and had praised Hollins, making favorable comparisons between him and Jason Kidd. Now that's changed. NetsDaily

Saunders said the team is talking to agents and looking through Development League prospects for potential help. “We’re going to have to wait and see if we can bring somebody in who we think is going to be serviceable and can help,” he said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Martin will be examined again in the coming days to see if surgery will be performed. The Wolves termed him out indefinitely, but the absence likely will be at least six weeks. The Wolves can petition the NBA for a roster exception so they could sign a player without having to waive one, but to do so they would have make three players inactive for the next 10 days. Martin and Rubio are certainties for that, but Saunders wants to wait and see if Pekovic or Turiaf will be ready to play before that. “I don’t think there’s anybody as good as Pekovic out there right now,” Saunders said. “Guys who aren’t playing in our league, there’s probably a reason.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Brand re-upped for another year with the Hawks this season. He again has been used sparingly to start the season. Through Thursday, he had appeared in two games — the season opener and in late duty while in a blowout loss to the Cavaliers. Brand said he does not regret his decision stay with the Hawks. “It’s kind of what I expected coming here,” Brand said this week. “I look at the teams that I could have been with. Some are doing well. Dallas said ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to come back?’ Some other teams I could have played a lot of minutes with are doing really bad. So, would I want to be there? Atlanta Journal-Constitution

But in the end, they're bound for the lottery, under construction until further notice, and Bryant and his huge deal are targeted as a key reason for their plight. "Did I take a discount? Yeah," Bryant said after a morning shootaround here, when he discussed his contract more than at any point since signing it. "Did I take as big a discount as some of you fans would want me to? No. "Is it a big enough discount to help us be a contender? Yeah. "So what we try to do is be in a situation where they take care of the player and the player takes care of the organization enough to put us in a championship predicament eventually." ESPN.com

Could a player make $24 million in the NBA's current punitive financial climate (as Bryant does this season) and legitimately say they’re interested in winning? "Yeah, of course, as long as you can convince everybody else that you need to come play for the minimum," Cuban said with a laugh. Cuban has long been poking fun at the Lakers on this topic, once calling them Shaq, Kobe and the "band of merry minimum [-salaried players]" in 2000 during Cuban's first season as an owner. Nowitzki echoed Cuban's point that his deal was about winning, not money. "I wanted to be on a good team," Nowitzki said. "I wanted to compete my last couple of years at the highest level. ESPN.com

"I have a lot of respect for NBA players," Bledsoe said. "I was joking around. Obviously I went to Kentucky and then they played good." Bledsoe told reporters after the game he was informed prior to tip off that the tough treatment was coming, according to the Associated Press. Noel received his flagrant foul 1 just 30 seconds into the game when he slapped down hard on Bledsoe as he defended a driving attempt in the paint. Noel's swinging left hand appeared to make significant contact with Bledsoe's arms, and Bledsoe went crashing to the court. The flagrant foul 1 designation applies to contact that is deemed "unnecessary" and it does not require an immediate ejection. Sports Illustrated

With Portland up 61-43 at the 11:40-mark of the third, Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy leveled Blazers point guard with a hard foul on a three-point attempt. Wesley Matthews was quick to defend his teammate, shoving Dunleavy after the foul as the players had to be separated at midcourt. See the video below: Oregonian

Q: How would you describe the foul? Damian Lillard: "Cheap. It was cheap." Q: Safe to say you were angry about it? Lillard: "I've had worse things happen. But that was the last thing I was expecting on a wide-open three-point shot. It was a cheap play. I don't know what else to say about it." Oregonian

They lost (obviously) to the Washington Wizards, 91-78. The 78 points were a season low for the Cavaliers, who averaged 122.3 points in three victories a week ago. In their three consecutive losses this week, they've yet to crack 100. "No one feels sorry for us," James said, wrapped in towels following a game in which he scored 22 points but was guilty (admittedly so) of some of the things he pointed to as being wrong with his team. "It doesn't matter," he said. "No one feels sorry for us in this league. It's a wining league and we have to figure out what needs to be done to win." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marcin Gortat noticed the frustration mounting for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. His Washington Wizards were manhandling them, exploiting Cleveland’s weaknesses down low and surpressing their offensive firepower with physicality. The deteriorating body language became pronounced as the game progressed and the Cavaliers struggled to find answers yet again in a 91-78 loss at Verizon Center. “I think they were just sloppy,” center Gortat said. “You realized that they don’t feel comfortable doing what they were doing. This is how it looks like sometimes. I think the communication between them could be a bit better. There were a lot of players that didn’t know what was going on at some points. I think it’s just frustrating when games aren’t going the right way you’re just getting frustrated. But we were focused on our own stuff.” Washington Post

Marc D'Amico: Stevens: "Gasol was huge. He was the best player on the floor. He kept making plays with the pass and the shot. It's a hard team to guard." Twitter @celtics

“He’s going to be an All-Star. No, it’s definitely not [impossible to conceive of his potential]. … I don’t think we’ve had someone like him,” Dudley said. “He’s [Kevin] Durant-sized but his game’s so much different. I mean, kind of more of a LeBron [James] personality, where he’s more of a passer than a scorer. With that being said, I mean, if I had to give someone that he can be similar to and label him, it’d be more like a [Scottie] Pippen. He doesn’t want to shoot threes. He’s someone who … could be a first-team all-defence guy. I think that would be his upside, but I feel like he’s even more athletic than Pippen.” National Post

Carmelo Anthony’s impressive NBA career almost didn’t happen because he was foolishly ready to die over $20 at 14 years old. At least that’s what he told ESPN the Magazine in a revealing interview, in which he vividly details his love of money. The whole interview is pretty interesting and worth your time, though basketball rarely enters the conversation. Sorry, Knicks fans. For The Win

His professional life has brought Anthony many things: a wife, a son, seven NBA All-Star Games, a scoring title, a couple of Olympic gold medals and, yes, ridiculous amounts of money. He just signed a five-year contract with the Knicks worth $124 million, forgoing a better chance to win a quick NBA title with the Bulls and instead staying with a lesser team that offered a longer, more lucrative deal. "I've got money. That's not the problem," he says. The problem as he sees it is that he is still defined mostly by what he lacks. No championships. No universal adoration. No sense of peace with his own place in the world as he begins the transition from the prime to the twilight of his career. "What I really want is a bulletproof legacy," he says. "How can I be known for being a visionary, for being truly great?" ESPN.com

"I'm more misunderstood than most people," he says, and he can't escape the feeling that his reputation is solidifying and he is running out of time. "As an athlete, you don't really have a voice," he says. "Everything you say or do, people have a million opinions about it, so it doesn't really get heard the way you want it to get heard. People are putting things on you and shaping your reputation, and you don't really have control." ESPN.com

Pacers forward Paul George could take the next step in his recovery from a broken right leg as early as next week. The two-time All-Star said Friday he has been working on a treadmill in a pool and expects to start limited work on the court soon. He has been walking on the leg, which snapped in two places Aug. 1, and working on his shot since late September. While George says he remains hopeful of a return late this season, coach Frank Vogel calls it "very unlikely." NBA.com

Allen took part in the Memphis shootaround, but he was told to stay home as he recovers from the aforementioned virus. Quincy Pondexter was also kept out. “I’ve never witnessed anything like that, especially with it hitting that fast,” said Lee of the illness that ripped through the team. “It hit me as soon as I got off the plane in Toronto, and then it started happening one by one. I thought I was the only one that had it, and then Drew (Graham, the trainer) texted me at 3 a.m. that four other people had it. So I had a little company going to the hospital, but I’m glad it’s over with.” Boston Herald

The two seem to be healing at an accelerated rate and a return by the end of next week — particularly for Westbrook — isn’t out of the question. Per the NBA’s hardship rule, neither of the stars (or Mitch McGary or Grant Jerrett) are allowed to return until the Nov. 28th home game against Derek Fisher’s New York Knicks. Oklahoman

Hinrich is day-to-day and the Bulls do have two off days until they play the Jazz on Monday in Utah. X-rays were negative. "It hurts to take deep breaths," Hinrich said. "Any type of just movement in itself, it's hard to even posture up straight. I hope I get better soon." Chicago Tribune

Sam Smith: More Kirk on rib: "I never really thought it was broken. Just took a really good shot and having trouble with any type of movement really." Twitter @SamSmithHoops

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent successful surgery on Friday in Charlotte – less than two miles away from where his teammates were facing the Charlotte Hornets – to repair the fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, GM Rob Hennigan announced. An X-ray following last Saturday’s game in Washington, D.C. revealed the fractured bone in Gordon’s left foot. Following a consultation with specialist Dr. Bob Anderson, surgery was performed on Friday in Charlotte at Carolinas Medical-Mercy Hospital. Gordon, the youngest player in the NBA this season at 19 years old, is out indefinitely. He will be re-evaluated by the specialist again in six-to-eight weeks to gauge the healing in the surgically repaired bone. His return to game action will ultimately depend on how he responds to rehabilitation. NBA.com

If all goes well, point guard Jose Calderon will make his season debut against the 76ers at the Garden. Calderon, who has battled a calf injury since the preseason, practiced fully Friday and will decide Saturday morning if he is good to go. "We don't want to put too much pressure on Jose and make him feel like he has to do it if he's not ready,'' coach Derek Fisher said after practice. "Hopefully, [on Saturday] we'll see how he responds to [Friday] and the five-on-five action.'' Newsday

A U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the NCAA and four major professional sports leagues Friday and issued a permanent injunction to prevent New Jersey casinos and racetracks from offering sports betting. Judge Michael Shipp wrote that New Jersey's latest efforts -- the 2014 Sports Wagering Law -- violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Shipp heard oral arguments from both sides Thursday in Trenton, New Jersey, before releasing his decision just hours before a temporary restraining order that stopped the state's thoroughbred track Monmouth Park from opening its sports book was set to expire. ESPN.com

The state believes sports betting can help revive its struggling casino and horse racing industries. The sports leagues have argued that it will damage fans' perception of the integrity of their games, although NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said expanded legalized sports betting in the United States is inevitable. New Jersey will file an appeal within days, State Senator Raymond Lesniak told ESPN. "We continue to believe that New Jersey has the right to allow sports betting in the state and we will keep up the fight in court," State Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement. "We are going to continuing pursuing every legal option available. The economic impact that sports wagering can have on New Jersey is far too important to simply shrug our shoulders and move on." ESPN.com

If you watch closely, Rose grabs a sharpie along with the jersey and heads to the locker room, where he likely had the entire team sign it for the fortunate young fan. [UPDATE: According to the Bulls, Rose signed the jersey and brought it back out for the fan.] Chicago Sun-Times

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