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So Steve Ballmer is crazy, too. Just good crazy.
Jordan picks up his 2nd...Hawes in.
Steve Ballmer is the Joe Biden of NBA owners and I love it.
Derek Fisher begins presser praising Tim Hardaway, Jr. for being supportive of teammates despite playing four minutes, staying positive.
We just cannot get rid of them, apparently.
I'm pointing out facts here. Miami lost its first game of the Big Three era. Dallas, when it won 67 games about 10 years ago, started 0-4.
that was pathetic
It's as if Newton is surrounded by undrafted linemen...oh, wait.
How about that. TD called back. Saints hold CAR to 31 yd FG att. It's good. 21-10 Saints with 12:57 to play
Man, Matt Barnes hacked Andre Roberson at least seven times on that drive to the lane
Andre Roberson still can't shoot, but he's improved greatly at putting the ball on the floor and slashing at the rim.
Kevin Durant is out with the coaches at mid court during the time out.
Blake Griffin's new beard and perturbation must mean he'll be starring as me in a movie coming soon to a theater near you.
Jazz are not built to take 35 three-point shots. Until they find 4-5 reliable shooters, it's a recipe for blow-out losses.
Carmelo Anthony had 25 points (9-17 FG, 2-4 3PT, 5-7 FT) 6 assists, 2 boards, +9 rating & 34 minutes in the win for the Knicks over the Cavs
Two early Russell Westbrook fouls. Sebastian Telfair v Chris Paul doesn't sound ideal for OKC.
Rough start for Blake from the field - missed all 5 FGA, not getting clean looks int he post.
OKC is outshooting the Clips, 70% to 30% right now. The Clips' saving grace right now? The free throw line, where they've made all 4
SVG says Augustin is "the better guy right now at point guard." Jennings: "Then he should be the starter."
Florida St should have suspended Karlos Williams so they could give Cook all his carries
Westbrook is playing like he is trying to prove he's right every possession. It's amazing.
Westbrook picks up his second foul.
Down by contact. CAR 1st and goal at Saints 6. White gets credit for the contact
Jennings said after the game if Augustin is playing better then Augustin should start and he should come off the bench
Clippers aren't wasting anytime, shadowing Westbrook with double teams anytime he gets passed the free throw line.
Russell Westbrook has a severe case of the fall downs tonight.
Greg Anthony just said he doesn't know how many pennies are in $2 billion...
Al-Farouq Aminu finishes with 16 points and 10 rebounds in only 20 minutes of action tonight. Even knocked down a three-pointer.
Clippers really emphasize that pass-the-ball-up-the-court thing. Jordan just ignored CP3 to get it to Redick in the frontcourt.
The vocal Dallas fan behind press row yelled at the Jazz, "Go back to the Wasatch Front!" Utah will with its second loss, 120-102 to Dallas.
Review might bring it back
That's a wrap in Dallas. No birthday victory for Quin Snyder. Jazz fall to the Mavericks 120-102, dropping to 0-2 on the season.
TD Panthers. Williams with 12 yard catch and run. Heck of a play
This also is proof for anyone who was worked up about the Nets yesterday that it's a long season with plenty of ups-and-downs along the way.
Al-Farouq Aminu:16 points, 10 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
How long before Brandon Jennings loses his starting job to DJ Augustin? Jennings played just 15 mins in both DET loses. Augustin +20 points
Dating back to the 2010 playoff, LeBron has shot below 40% in 4 straight games as a Cav. (He shot above 40% in 52 straight for MIA in 12-13)
Heat fans will always have tonight.
Hats off to the Knicks. Cavs were out of sorts all night but still an incredibly impressive win after yesterday's debacle.
Never looked forward to covering a game more so than I am Bulls-Cavs tomorrow.
The Utah Jazz have tied a franchise record with 35 3-point attempts. The last time they shot that many was on Feb. 7, also in Dallas.
Obviously, the Clippers' first FG of the season is a Matt Barnes 3.
Congratulations to Derek Fisher on his first win as an NBA head coach!
It's like the preseason never happened for Matt Barnes, who makes his first three-pointer.
LeBron James: 17 points (5-15 FG, 1-5 3PT, 6-7 FT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 8 turnovers, -13 rating and 43 minutes in the loss to the Knicks.
2 minutes left, Mavs are up 18 over Utah and about to pick up their first win. DAL with 7 players in double figures, JJ Barea playing w/ DAL
OKC is shooting 100% from the field. They're up, 10-2, with 9 mins left in the first.
i can punt the ball over 30 yds
Chandler Parsons' final line: 21 points, 8-16 FG, 7 rebounds, 2 assists in 29 minutes.
Long season, people. Long season. Let's wait at least 15 games before going nuts about anything.
Just 12 points off the bench for the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. The Knicks had 41 points from the pine. Huge.
Thunder start on an 8-0 run on 4-4 shooting. Do they have to keep playing?
Louisville is 5 minutes away from saying, "Really, ACC?"
It's early, but a lotttttt more energy from Perry Jones tonight.
Off to the 4th. Saints lead 21-7. Panthers ball at NO15 when we come back
Shelly sitting in her usual courtside seats. No one has booed her.
Cam best throw of night hits big for 47 yard gain. Panthers at NO22
Shelly & Fergie http://t.co/JfZZQ0UKHm
Thunder open 3/3 from the field; Clippers start 0/3.
Now on to the main event: Russell Westbrook just generally being a terror.
Fisher coaches his butt off and Melo hits a gigantic, tough baseliner for sealer. Wonderful night for Triangle and Jackson Era. Wonderful.
Upset alert: On ESPN right now, Florida St. losing by 3 to Louisville with 5 min left.
Morstead punt goes 49 yards. Panthers ball at own 32
Great 1st win for Fish. Now Knicks should adopt nWo theme song and install that as their intro song from here on out http://t.co/QflkFVnsyN
really funny that ohhhhh applied to knicks but i was talking about louisville sack. good sports night fo sho
Ibaka and Griffin already sharing "pleasantries." Game isn't two minutes old.
Fans aren't the only ones curious to watch the Cavs. Just about every player in the Wizards' locker room was watching.
Ibaka fouls Griffin, elbows Blake in the gut and the two share some words.
Brees avoids another sack with quick dump off, but saints have to punt
Clearly the number is inflated because the Cavs were desperately trying to get the win, but LeBron James played a game-high 44 mins too
It does look like Kevin Love and LeBron will mesh well, offensively at least.
My man Fish. Congrats on the win.
Strong performance by Knicks that couldn't be predicted after last night. Melo looking for his shot early after passive start Wed. helped.
Steven Adams in the starting lineup is a move long overdue for the Thunder.
If you evaluate Chandler Parsons purely on his contract, Mavs overpaid. Look at him and Dirk as a duo and they got great value.
Teams that show Taylor Swift on the scoreboard are now 0-2 on the season.
Huge win for Knicks. Important win for DFish.
Utah has tied the franchise record for 3PA in a game. Pretty sure that one's getting broken a few times this year.
Cavs fall 95-90 in their season opener. James had 17 pts on 5-for-15 shooting and 8 turnovers. Love with 19p, 14r. Kyrie 22p, 7a.
Where did this Knicks offense come from? 30 assists on 37 makes. Shot 54% as a team. NYK outscored CLE 77-65 after the 1Q.
Saints to start at own 13.
Have the Raptors clinched first in the Eastern Conference yet?
Thing about tonight is Cavs need to work harder defensively. Offensively things will work out just need more time.
This game at the UC tomorrow night is going to be awesome. Cavs will be angry, Bulls are pumped. LeBron vs. Rose. Atmosphere off the charts.
Knicks clinch no worse than 2nd place in CHI-CLE-NYK opening week round robin.
Tonight is just the second time in LeBron's career he shot below 34% from the floor and committed 8+ turnovers.
Looks like Parsons has shown a slight limp from time to time tonight, but has looked a lot better than he did Tuesday.
Pretty confident that will be the last time I root for the Knicks. It's been a confusing night.
Knicks win, 95-90. LeBron & Carmelo hug. LeBron finishes w/ 17/5/4 & 8 TO's. Irving w/ 22/5/7. Carmelo w/ 25. And Cavs in Chicago tomorrow.
ATTN Cleveland Writers: It was the right basketball play. 30-inch follow.
What if LeBron plays like this all season? (5-15 FGs, 8 TOs)
Big win for the Knicks. That was an amazing shot by 'Melo.
It was always going to take Cleveland some time to gel. This moment was just too much for them. But for the Knicks, wow. Big win.
All the focus will be on the Cavs, but that's a hell of a win for the Knicks. Really sound defense most of the game.
Knicks hold LeBron to 5-of-15 shooting and eight turnovers in his return to Cleveland.
On the bright side for Cleveland, the schedule is too damn long and this means nothing.
"Well, that was fun." http://t.co/d5gfxy117f
Disappointed that Bron's gm didnt match the moment. Impressed Knicks able to wade through early energy and snag W day after Bulls ethered em
Well, it looks like 81-1 is still on the table for the Cavs...
Trust me Cavs will be ready for the Bulls 630pre Bulls Radio Network ESPN 1000
Cavs will be fine once they get that fourth superstar.
It's a season opener so, no, but based on public assumption, this is one of the biggest upsets ever.
Melo finishes w 25 pts and 6 assists. JR w/ seven assists. Knicks had 30 assists as a team -- more than they had in any game last year.
Analytics doesn't approve of the mid-range game; but it's crucial at crunch time.
I think we all expected a gutty bounce-back performance from the Knicks tonight in Cleveland.
Will LeBron's albatross hamper the win-now Cavs going forward? Troll column:
So, how soon until LeBron bumps into David Blatt?
It's a strong outing for Saints secondary. Panthers to punt on 4th and 7 from own 33
This is the Chandler Parsons the Mavs paid for: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists with 4:00 to go.
Aminu already has a double-double. And he's barely played. He has 11 pts and 10 boards in 17 minutes.
Knicks march in to Cleveland win maybe" the biggest game ever".
If this holds, it's way more important for the Knicks than the Cavs. Huge bounce back win for Derek Fisher's club
Fans starting to shuttle out with 8.9 left. Knicks' 3 guard lineup (with Carmelo at 4) worked down the stretch.
That J.R. 8-foot floater in traffic before the Melo jumper was PERTY.
Nobody saw this coming...
Help over the top. Bush flies in to PBU on 2nd down. Now 3rd and 7
To the guy I sent condolences to for betting on the Knicks tonight: You're a genius, bruh.
And, the fans start heading for the exits...
That possession from Carmelo is making Thibs cringe right now. That's why Bulls wanted him so bad. He can create and hit big shots late.
"Why wouldn't I want the last shot? When I know I've already made it." - Carmelo Anthony's commercial back in 2005.
Carmelo Anthony sucked the life out of this building with that jumper over LeBron James. Sick, sick shot.
Melo won't be an underrated superstar if he keeps making J's in LeBron's mug like that.
Huge shot by Melo right there
Carmelo Anthony trying to ruin everything
Which end of the triangle was that, Melo? Damn.
It wasn't Jeffrey Osborne, but Fergie sang a rich version of the national anthem. Fans loved it
90-87 Knicks with 44.3 to go. J.R. Smith airballed badly, then hit a floater to push it to five.
What's amazing about the recent superteam era is the Celtics starting 20-2 in 07-08. Made it look easy.
Will be interesting to see how Blatt goes - floor spacing with LeBron & Love at 4/5, or defense with them at 3/4 - in big moments like this.
An uncontested J.R. Smith floater in the lane is going to determine this game. I rest my case.
Los @NYKnicks no triangulan mucho en la chiquita. / The @NYKnicks are not triple-posting much in the clutch.
Prigioni passes up a ton of shots. But Knicks are up, so hey.
It's good that were getting all our preseason narratives worked out in the first week.
Forget the triangle. Give Melo the rock and get out of the way!
Fergie is singing the national anthem. And she can sing. Who knew?
Knicks finally were able to take advantage of the lack of rim protection with Love at center.
Earl has been sneakily good all night.
If Knicks possessions are going to end with someone chucking at the end of the shot clock, it should at least be Melo who’s shooting.
LeBron spent so much time waiting in the corner tonight.
The Kanter 3-point storyline was probably overplayed. The Trevor Booker storyline probably under played. Just hit his third of the night.
More like triMANGLE.
Who shot? J.R.
Irving’s numbers will look great, but I think the Knicks (and other opponents) will accept those given how he’s gotten his stats.
Ice, Ice Baby for yall. http://t.co/EWdpOhLarF
Back-to-back 24 second violations. Cavs stepping up the defense.
That's what playing not to lose looks like.
Another shot clock violation? Wow...
Fergie is singing the national anthem. Shes definitely showing off her humps in a mini dress.
That boy Irving is so slick around the bucket...like Rod Strickland slick
Ryie Ryie Irving...
Not even the best defensive sequence by the Cavs but they get a 24 second violation on Knicks.
NYK gets called for a 24 second shot clock violation coming out of a timeout? Ohmygoo'ness.
All of that and the Pistons lose again. Caron Butler's cape didn't have an "S" on it after all. 97-91 final.
Interesting that Fisher pulls Larkin. Instead, uses the more sure-handed Prigioni. But Knicks turn it over, as shot-clock expires.
Saints can't score on lob to Hill. Now 4th and 1 at the 1.
Knicks lead Cavaliers 88-83 w/ 2:18 left. Carmelo has 23. Love finishing game at the 5, as expected. Dellavedova closing, not as expected.
The Knicks have assisted on 83% of their made shots tonight, 29 of 35 to be exact. NYK also shooting 53% from the floor.
LeBron took his game to South Beach tonight
Saints with great answer to Panthers 2nd half opening scoring drvie. Need to finish here on 3rd and 1 at the 1
The Mavericks passed the 100-point mark with 8:25 remaining in the game. Utah still hasn't hit 80.
This game got good in the last minute.
Love hadn't scored since the beginning of the 3rd Q but gets a big 3 to go there to draw CLE within 5 with 2:18 remaining
1st and goal Saints on 12 yard run by Ingram
Dirk so far this season: 16-of-23 from the floor.
Shelly Sterling is here. Interesting...
Reggie last wk: (IND) won’t make the playoffs,but they'll compete…bc that’s their nature. …I don’t think they’ll be able to score enough pts
Matthew Delladova in the Cavs closing lineup. And made a big 3.
So the Celtics are going to be better than the Cavaliers this season. No one saw that coming.
Shelly Sterling is here and taking her courtside seat.
Bet Kevin Love wishes he never left Minnesota.
But seriously, the Cavs have three guards on the floor right now that play no defense and Kevin Love.
Lead's nine with 3:07 to go. Cleveland's going to need some of that patented good luck of theirs to pull a win out here.
The Jazz are 11-for-31 from 3-point territory.
I guess this answers the "Is Louisville the best defense?" question. Winston is unbelievable vs. pressure.
Spike Lee is showing amazing chill from his courtside seats with his beloved NYK up 9 with 3 mins to go...
Ingram gains 10 on screen pass from Brees. Brees now 18-24 for 215 yards
LeBron gets called for an offensive foul on Shumpert. Which is in essence another turnover.
Eight turnovers for the King. Yikes.
Late whistle there.
Strief is down. Now being helped up. Walking to sideline under own power
Clippers fans in attendance will be getting "hardcore" shirts. http://t.co/gd93xvpr8G
"Clippers No. 1 Fan" Shelly Sterling is expected to attend Clippers' opener.
Al-Farouq Aminu has always been a very underrated rebounder at the small forward position. He has nine tonight in just 13 minutes of PT
3 rec for Cooks. 38 yards. Saints on the move now as Stills grabs one. Ball at CAR 46 after 18 yd gain
Shelly Sterling is expected to be at the game tonight.
Team LeBron flat until the final five minutes? I've read this story before...or wrote it 100 times last year, as the case may be.
LeBron brought that Miami Heat mentality to the Cavs: Toy with the opponent, let them lead in the 4th, and then DESTROY THEM.
End of 3: Mavs 93, Jazz 73.
The Cavaliers sure can get hot in a hurry.
Paul Pierce seems to be having a ton of fun in Washington. And his teammates love what he's bringing to the team, on and off the court.
Yall know the Knicks are about to blow this game right?