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Few more Clippers fans here than before. A lot more empty seats than before, too
Stick to coaching and announcing JVG
LAL certainly need Jeremy Lin to be more aggressive, and after opening w/a 3, he drove into the defense … but got stripped by CP3.
Fans behind me are chanting "Chris was a Laker."
Lakers are helping the Clippers feel like themselves again for first time since last spring.
Snell in for Brooks
Weird watching the Clippers in white on the Lakers' court with the home team in black sleeves.
Kobe is guarding Chris Paul to start the game. I don’t really understand why, but OK.
So which Hurley is this coaching Cleveland?
Cavs 104-102 w/1:35 in OT. Noah and Gibson closing with Hinrich, Dunleavy and Brooks
Benjy Taylor has officially been named the acting head coach at Hawaii -- after the departure of Gib Arnold just days ago.
Yeah, I'll sign up for 7 more of these games in June.
Jeremy Lin - 3, Clippers - 0.
Big underdogs vs. Clippers, Lakers are big favorites to make history. A loss means an 0-3 start for just the fourth time since moving to LA.
We're underway at Staples Center, with Jeremy Lin's 3-pointer opening the scoring with the Lakers against the "road" Clippers in L.A.
OK. Delly doing a nice job of staying w/ Brooks on these pick-and-rolls. Late PT somewhat justified.
Should note Derrick Williams did have a right knee contusion but is dressed for the game. Was listed as probable.
Clippers/Lakers just tipped off on ESPNNews with the Cavs and Bulls in OT.
K. Love will struggle with opponents' competitiveness vs. Cavs. Very different than low-stakes games for T-Wolves in March.
104-102 Cavs...Cleveland 135 left in OTball
Some players add 3-point shots over the offseason. Danny Green apparently picked up kung-fu.
Every time I hear "minutes restriction" it makes me laugh.
Lengthy embrace pregame between Byron Scott and Chris Paul.
Great defense by Taj Gibson. He got switched onto Irving and held his own.
Lakers wearing their sleeved jerseys...Ronnie Price not a fan of how tight they are on his biceps
Tristan Thompson cleaning up like Windex
Jake Elliot came to game as Sebastian Janikowski. Four field goals, including one from 53, one from 51.
Kaman with the driving left-handed J off the glass. Wait ... what?
Kirk Hinrich trying to defend LeBron is excellent TV
Noel blocks Giannis, then dunks on other end. Four subs now for Bucks but Mayo stays in.
Nice regroup by Cavs, tho absence of Rose and Noah, not to mention Butler, takes away from it a bit
Noah is back in the game for the final 2:40.
Maybe Tristan Thompson is really the Cavaliers' Dennis Rodman.
Still absolutely astounded that the Cavs lost to that Knicks team last night. I've heard all the rationalizations. Not buying any of them
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson is sitting courtside tonight at Sleep Train Arena, checking out the team he saved from skipping town.
Thibs reaching for the security blanket that is Noah. Minutes be damned!
Pop's already played 10 players in the first quarter, he played just 8 all game against the Mavs Tuesday.
Noah coming to scorer's table.
Even a dude as strong as Gibson has a tough time stopping LeBron.
End of first quarter: Spurs 24, Suns 11. Parker with 6 points, Kawhi with 4 points, 4 rebounds.
Most impressive about Noel's 14 points is that he has forced nothing offensively
And this is when D-Rose is sorely missed. Just not a superstar on the floor to take the Bulls home down the stretch.
Pittsburgh's Mike Young had 24 points in exhibition win tonight. Don't be shocked if he winds up being the Panthers best player this year.
We have trick-or-cheaters driving kids around our hilly neighborhood in golf carts and ATVs.
LeBron James does the Boozer and flexes after going to the rim and getting an and 1.
I could watch Noel vs Giannis all night.
Weight loss? Freight train, still
Becky learned from the best. http://t.co/ttG5EkCq8q
The King just gave Chicago crowd a bicep pose after that one. Bow to the KING!
Jimmy Butler dressed like he's the lost member of Boyz II Men
1Q: Spurs 24, Suns 11. SA already held a 15 point lead at one time. SA shooting 40%. PHX 22%. SA starters 14 points, Bench 10 points.
You know what's fun? Pau Gasol playing for a competitive team again.
Kings up 26-24 after the 1st. Gay is 5/5 for 10 points. Aldridge has 11 pts for Portland.
Hinrich guarding Bron. As Chuck would say, all he needs is a cigarette and a blindfold.
Actually, welcome to the minutes restrictions that will haunt Noah all season.
Suns just dropped 11 on the Spurs in the first quarter
Now I get it - Noah is the regular-game closer ... Gasol the overtime closer.
Bulls in overtime without Rose with ankle turn and Noah likely over his playing time restrictions from knee surgery in summer
Mayo taking over game with 6 pts in first 1:24 of 4th q. Now has 21 pts. Bucks lead 80-74
Kidd stayed with lineup to open fourth and Bucks scored 7 in a row - 5 by Mayo. Now hold 80-74 lead.
Mayo leads all scorers with 21 points in a reserve role.
OK, LeBron, that's just showing off.
Gasol just swung the ball to blue sweater guy
Let this be an example for all you kids out there. Want to bounce back from adversity? Dress up like Flo from the Progressive commercials
Collison already had 4 assists. Still waiting for another King to notch one.
Becky's got a pretty good Pop face going. Brow is so furrowed her eyebrows are almost touching.
Wouldn't be surprised if Noah is done. He's at 35 minutes and back-to-back tomorrow.
Noah on bench to start OT. He's already played 35 minutes. I wonder if he will come back in.
Did the Cavaliers want to hit LeBron on the backdoor? Weird play.
Definitely, not the usual Game No. 2 of the regular season.
Gasol replaces Noah to start OT. No Rose.
where was Bron on that last shot?
The NBA is a truly amazing sports league.
Between Isaiah Thomas and Goran Dragic, the Suns might have the best tandem of foul drawers on midrange jumpshots (non Harden edition)
Brown said today he wanted to keep an eye on Noel's minutes as he was near 35 other night. He'll probably go about 30 tonight.
Bulls playing the Pacino - "The inches we need'' speech. Pacino should coach the Bears.
This is when basketball twitter is fun...and there's a specific reason why
Terrific Bulls/Cavs game ending as it should with no one winning. 98-98 going into overtime. Heck of a preview for the season
Bulls 14 blocks
Not going to lie, I did not see Love getting that shot. Kyrie or LeBron in a playmaking situation seemed like a better option.
Love (5-for-17) misses at buzzer. Overtime. Wondering if we'll see five more minutes of Iso-Kirk.
Can't tell if final possessions were well defended or just horribly unimaginative
10 minutes in and the Spurs have 19 points. Phoenix still in single digits.
Omri Casspi is the first small forward off the bench tonight instead of Derrick Williams. This could change night-to-night.
By starting Daye, Pop's able to go back to a traditional Foreign Legion bench lineup with Joseph, Beli, Manu, Diaw, and Baynes.
That continuation call is killing me.
I'm okay with some more basketball. Don't know if CHI is. Wasted a great chance to finish off CLE without Derrick Rose
Cavs-Bulls tied at 98 despite Kirk Hinrich turning into someone other than Kirk Hinrich. OT in Chicago.
Not like you never see this with the Spurs, but a true 5-nation army right now: Canada, Argentina, France, Italy, Australia.
Love against Noah would have been like my 4th option there.
This game is like Rocky-Drago, Christmas Night in Russia.
It's a good thing Gibson ran straight to Irving there, because Kyrie got way lost on that switch.
Omri Casspi and Nik Stauskas to the scorers table for Sacramento.
Tank Jakes doesn't go from house to house on Halloween. The houses come to him.
Ersan Ilyasova, who played just 12 minutes in opener, has played only five minutes through three quarters. Again, strange.
Love misfired top side 3---OT here we come ! 98-98
Love misses a 3 that would have won it at the buzzer. We are headed to overtime in Chicago.
We're headed to overtime.
I know people think Mark Jackson is terrible but he made a great point. Gotta get into your offense quicker, especially with no Rose
I will say this much for Lakers: They still have the better game-night experience. Classy.
I'd be fine with watching OT
Who takes this shot?
Andre Iguodala said being named team captain is a sacrifice and joked, "I don't know, I think (Steve Kerr) might have trapped me with that."
So....who gets the shot for the Cavs??? It's the 1st time to see them in this situation.
Baaaaack to liifeee..
Cavs have sent Waiters back to the locker room ... He's not hurt. They just don't want him anywhere near the court.
Hinrich airballs a desperation 3 as shot clock expires. LeBron has 3.9 seconds to win the game.
Hinrich no go---Cavs ball 3 sec left 98-98
Annnnnnd, that's where they miss Rose
LBJ for the win
After 3: Bucks trail 74-73. Mayo has 15 for MKE. Wroten 14, Noel and Thompson 12 for Philly.
Clear out for Kirk????
10-2 Spurs run. Holding Phoenix to 22 FG%. Typical Spurs stuff.
O.J. Mayo having his second straight strong game. Vaguely resembles the player we saw last season.
Collison's ability to play the passing lanes continues to stand out. He's got two steals already.
High school football final: East Ridge 20, Osseo 17. Raptors advance to a Class 6A, Super 32 state quarterfinal.
By definition is that a true continuation or did Kyrie get benefit of the doubt?
Tulsa QB is 0/7 in second half, no first downs. And y'all thought I was joking about Tank Jakes?
Wow .... I understand what continuation is, but come on
Well this game changed quickly. Turrible continuation rule. Buckhantz would still be going off if that happened to the Wiz.
I want Marion in the game on this possession.
Props to Shved for getting the heave up on time.
Kyrie got that 2K continuation.
Wolves will hold a Ricky news conference tomorrow afternoon at Target Center after shootaround.
That was a valid continuation call, so long as you are allowed to take three steps.
Right call. Kyrie was into his gather. Looked wrong because Gibson hit him hard, but that’s why you play through the move.
Cavs tie at 98 with 27.9 seconds remaining. Snell telling Thibs he can't bail out team every night
Everyone should know the continuation rule, especially NBA coaches and players...
Kyrie gets a generous continuation call for the and-1 and we have a 98-98 tie with 27.9 seconds left in the 4th.
That's a continuation? Kryie took 2 steps from the FT line with the ball at his hip - after the whistle blew.
In the time it took Kyrie to finish that move, I went downstairs and ate a sandwich. Life is one big continuation.
Great October basketball...playoff intensity
Irving with continuation -a 3 point play at 98..Bulls ball 27 sec left
Good call of continuation right there.
The NBA and I have such different definitions of "the act of shooting."
Correct enforcement of a bad rule.
BAYNES with the slick little reverse layup and Los Spurs are up 18-8 late in the first quarter.
Can I sign for seven Bulls-Cavs in late May now, or do I need to wait?
NBA continuation, y'all.
Great call. Irving never put the ball back on the floor. Classic continuation
that's an And-1 no doubt
HAHAHAHA continuation sure!
"There’s some guys that can space the 3 and still be a factor on the offensive boards. He’s one of them.'' -- RCarlisle on Al-Farouq Aminu
A little one-legged fadeaway, Dirk style, for LA on the right block. Hmmmm.
Hinrich's best role since Team America http://t.co/JGTt2CXr43
I'm generally a Delly fan, but I'm not sure why he's in the game right now.
Lakers media may soon be applying for a bored beat writer exception.
Kirk Hinrich dressing up as Michael Jordan for Halloween.
After drawing that last charge, Blake gets up, stares down Collison and works out jaw. Took a shot in the mouth on that one.
This is Kirk Hinrich's finest moment.
Hinrich with last eight Bulls points as sculptors begin final preparations for Hinrich statue
Hinrich is still so clutch.
LeBron will be looking to sign with the Spurs by next week.
Kirk Hinrich. Wow.
I don't care about the inconsistency on moving screens, but Gibson got away with one on the last Hinrich 3.
No UNICEF pennies this year!
Crazy thing is the Bulls are so numb to playing without Derrick that when he goes out, it doesn't seem to faze them. For regular season.
Exception not necessarily a slam dunk for LAL. Nash injury less clear cut than, say, a broken leg. Need independent Dr. to say he can't play
That last Hinrich jumper just made me spit tea all over my keyboard in laughter
Or maybe the Hawks should trade two first rounders for him again then sit him.
Man, Hinrich is roasting Dellevadova.
Hinrich has scored last 8 Bulls points Bulls 98-93
Kirk Hinrich thinks he's back at Kansas.
KIRK HINRICH GAME
Bummer for Cavs fans that Kirk Hinrich turned into Reggie Miller just now
Who really needs Derrick Rose anyway?
Kirk Hinrich hero ball.
Kirk Hinrich crossover, tho
No you didn't Kirk Hinrich!!!
High school football: Osseo misses 29-yard field goal with one minute remaining. Looks like East Ridge can ice a 20-17 win with :55 left.
Some early season Cavs struggles are understandable, but not sure LeBron and Kyrie dribbling right into turnovers are among them.
Lakers still awaiting word on disabled player exception for Nash. Process could include independent physical, which hasn't happened yet.
Interesting choices late.... No Gasol for Bulls. Dellavedova over Waiters for Cavs.
Cavs crumbling, Bulls clutch
What about this Chi-Town crowd? They feel it. They gotta cold one
Scored knotted 66 with 3:00 minutes left in third. This is the 10th tie of the game.
Thibs closing with Snell, Hinrich, Gibson, Noah and Dunleavy. He does have more than enough after all.
The fact that the Bulls are finishing this game without D-Rose says a lot...
Bulls take 96-91 lead with 1:15 remaining in their classic and tried closing game formula of Snell defense and Hinrich shooting threes
Kirk Hinrich Game
Kirk Hinrich dressed up as MJ for Halloween. Knocks down two huge triple in the last 2 minutes. Crowd is going bonkers.
Bucks and 76ers tied at 66 with 3 minutes left in third. Philly coach Brett Brown with a timeout. Mayo has 14 pts in 13 min. for Bucks.
Someone tell Blatt he left Dellavedova in the game.
Kaman and Blake are checking in after this dead ball. Dame and Rolo will sit.
Bulls have a take-over point guard after all. It's Hinrich. ESPN, put him on the cover next year!!!!
Hinrich back to back 3s...96-91 1:15 left 4th
I mean...this is the first week of the NBA.
Wow, Captain Kirk.
Kawhi's aggressive early, already about to shoot free throws 3 and 4. SA 12-8, Parker with 6 points.
Bulls should cut Hinrich and try to sign Janero Pargo or Willie Green.
Narratively speaking, this game is very Non-LeBron Cavs are Inexperienced-y.
Actually been pretty impressed with Sac's D. Aggressive. Working. Contesting shots. Not giving up many easy looks early in game.
Another aggressive drive from Leonard, that's his second shooting foul drawn. Nearly lost it but those big ol mitts maintained possession.
Captain Kirk to the rescue...
Jordan Farmar expects to hear some booing from Lakers fans tonight.
Tony Snell earning some serious trust. Messing with James right now.
Bulls looking a lot like they did last season, with Rose missing. Scrapping on defense, overcoming a series of misses.
Kevin Love is not a good post up player
Nice court vision from Austin Daye, there, found Tony for the open layup.
Bulls are like the Seahawks of basketball: they dare the refs to call every handcheck/foul because they know they won't.
Kings out to a 16-9 lead, 5:39 left in the first. Gay has eight points, Portland shooting 30%
Makeup call. Love got fouled. So did Dunleavy.
Bulls interior passing - both tonight and vs New York - has been terrific. Almost Spurs-esque
Beautiful lead pass by Daye to Parker in transition
Rudy Gay with a quick 8 in the first quarter on 4/4 shooting.
Derrick Rose left the game late in the third quarter and never returned. He is not on the bench.
Bledsoe had Plumlee off that pick and roll but held it too long
Can we just get to the playoffs? Cats is out here ballin'.
Kings have Gay on Matthews, McLemore on Batum Sac up12-9 Gay with 6 early points
Bulls now say they meant Derrick Rose is questionable to return with a left ankle sprain. Not Taj Gibson. Not sure how you mix that one up.
And we are learning that Gasol is not a closer in the world of Thibs. Carlos Gasol?
My brains mush so help me out Wolves Nation: What other guards signed in recent weeks to set market besides Bledsoe, Kemba, Burks, Klay?
High school football: Possible great finish here at East Ridge. Trailing by 3, Osseo driving at Raptors' 15-yardline with 2:05 left in game.
Someone tell D. Waiters he actually has teammates.
Ideal defense moves on a string. Cavs moving on a bungee cord. Only when stretched do they react.
Steve Kerr on injuries to Lakers, Thunder: "You knock on wood because you know it could be you any time."
Really like the minutes from Tony Snell tonight.
Kings have Gay on Matthews, McLemore on Batum
Spurs run "Post-3" for Kawhi early, unfortunately, he got double teamed and blocked on the spin.
Bulls not flinching without Rose. Used to winning games without him.
At first, I thought all this Snell playing time was leverage for final moments of Butler contract talks. But Snell is doing his job.
Rose "questionable" return with left ankle sprain from second quarter awkward landing