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The game felt like a Taylor Swift commercial. It was a bit much.
Thibs on Taj: "He was the best player in training camp and preseason games. He just does his job, lets his performance speak for itself."
Well, my 14-week-old didn't get the memo about my 4-games-in-5-nights. Or maybe she thinks, if she keeps me up all night, I won't fly.
Berman of the Post actually tweeted "the triangle is so demanding on mind it takes away the raw intensity." MJ & Kobe lacked intensity? Sure
Yep, still random fireworks going off here in San Francisco. Don’t worry, the bars close in a bit.
what's with NBA teams wearing their road unis for their home openers?
This Warriors defense hasn't dropped off. Having Curry as a pesky, doubling, passing-lane invader adds another layer (instead of hiding him)
Two buddies enjoying the Giants win. ... Even though my buddy is cheesin' with the thumbs up http://t.co/LU2Ob8LhtO
Kaman on Westbrook: "He's going to have a tough season without KD. He's going to carry load. Can he do it for 4 quarters? Good luck to him."
None of the 10 teams playing Thursday has a win yet. 0-8 record between them.
Madison. Bumgarner. There are still fireworks going off.
Stop saying that was good ball movement. It was sloppy offense. Even Warriors know it. It's early
Madison Bumgarner gave up one run in 36 WS innings. "Yeah, it was hopeless," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Due to some technical difficulties, the Moda Center Food Review will be on it's way tomorrow morning. I know this is a crushing blow.
In the "gets worse before it gets better" category, the Lakers have one (1) game vs. a team w/o playoff/title hopes btwn now and Dec. 1. BK
Landed in Dallas. Rookies sing a heavily Australian happy birthday to Coach Quin Snyder
Interesting Flip pointed out how Grizz put Z-Bo some on Shabazz to slow him, then mentioned how little he played last year
Every time someone on Twitter tells me I don't know anything, the picture says, "I just started to shave."
Bosh had a night I guess.
Russell Westbrook tonight. 1st half: 7-13, 12-13 FT, 26 points. 2nd half: 4-13, 3-3 FT, 12 points.
Wheels down Chicago!
"They were outworking us and I think we came into the third and fourth and realized we can't let that happen."-- RoLo
He played like a guy who would be the 22nd pick.
This isn't a knock, he might end up a great player: But nothing Jabari Parker did tonight said, "Wow, he is special."
"I'm not going to say that [NW division runs through us] but we should take advantage of them not being at full strength." L Aldridge on OKC
Aside from his assists I thought Collison was good defensively...made Curry work
Andrew Bogut: "This is foreign ground for us. We usually would succumb to the adversity if it hadn’t been working (early on)."
I know I turned "shot clock" into a punch line, but the Hornets committing 3 in the first 3 minutes of OT makes the point -- laughable.
Blazers said the Thunder just simply outworked them in the first half.
Suns PGs (Dragic, Bledsoe, Thomas): 57 pts, 14 asts, 66% FG, 61% 3FG, 81% FT
Kobe: “We’re not as bad as these first two games. We’re not."
You have to hope the "urgency" show up soon. In 2 preseason games that were supposed to be like "real" games, team was flat now this.
OK that's it for me from tonight. That was a great clubhouse scene. Total exhaustion mixed with jubilation and awe over what Bumgarner did.
Folks loved Stauskas, who started well but shot 3 of 10 for the game.
I'm guessing there are 48 million reasons for Kemba to show up there on his day off.
We should probably talk about Joakim Noah at some point. He doesn't look healthy at all.
Carl Landry had 8 points and 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. Solid bench production.
"I felt like I was 18 again."-- LaMarcus Aldridge on his alley oop finish in the 4th quarter.
1 p.m. press conference tomorrow with Kemba Walker and Rich Cho. Gee, I wonder what that might be about.
Guess what, Isaiah Thomas isn't around to blame for this one.
13 team assists, 8 from one player in Darren Collison, no other player on the Kings had more than 1 assist.
Posey was thrilled and emotional and he was EXHAUSTED, folks. Just dead tired, dragging and incredibly happy this was over.
That was Isaiah Thomas' top career shooting game (minimum: 7 FGAs). He was 9 of 11. 23 points in 20 minutes. Qualifier: Lakers don't play D.
Kobe was very calm after the game while talking to reporters. But he acknowledged in-game frustration came from "getting blown out twice."
Clubhouse moment: As Posey is talking about Bumgarner's place in history, the first notes of "Fire on the Mountain" start blasting. Perfect.
Too many players still doing their own thing on offense, or just fumbling the ball away. DMC had 6 turnovers, team high.
Deep Thoughts: I'd like to live in a hotel just to have clean towels every day.
"I'm going to shoot more [threes] but I'm not going to live out there." LaMarcus Aldridge
You couldn't have told the Kings they'd hold the Warriors to 95 points but still lose by 18. They'd be ecstatic with that defense.
Andrew Bogut: "It was one of those games that I think last season that we would have let slip or come close to letting slip."
The Kings made 24 shots with 27 turnovers and 13 assists. Collison (8) was the only player with more than one assist.
A minor miracle anything got filed post game. The press room scene. Bottom of the ninth, runner on third. http://t.co/JZOmfzK4Mn
Giants finally boarding team for drive to airport and charter flight home. Two planes. Untold bottles of champagne on board.
Bruce Bochy beaming next to a non-beaming Bumgarner and the MVP trophy http://t.co/MifzlSfhxX
Malone said the offense looked like the Kings' offense of last season. No sharing, too much dribbling, no one buying in to team play.
Malone said the Kings turned into the "Keystone Cops" in the third quarter when the Warriors took over the game.
“I think is was that 5:40 min in the 3rd quarter when we were up by one, and we turned into the Keystone Cops.” -Michael Malone
Fisher's noteable quote: "We're going somewhere, but at the beginning of where we're going it's going to be difficult to win games."
“I took some licks tonight. It’s part of the game. I’m a physical player, so I believe I can take it. But I took some blows tonight”-Cousins
Flying home at 35-thousand feet trying to convince Neil Funk , Al Gore didn't invent the Internet.
Does this come in my size? http://t.co/Is0Qt50Jxa
Byron Scott’s message to his team tonight after a second-straight blowout: "I told them, we’ve got to hang in there."
Ex-Pacer watch: Boston's Evan Turner 10-7-5 in 24 min/ Charlotte's Lance Stephenson 7-13-8, 3 of 12 shooting/ Miami's Danny Granger DNP-CD
Scott Brooks on managing Russell Westbrook's minutes: "It's never easy to take him out. ... But you've got to be smart."
Kobe told Jeremy it's "an urban legend" that he wants to control the ball. Kobe said he's implored Jeremy to run the offense
By the way, Tim Lincecum offered me some champagne in the clubhouse. Didn't take any, but that was very nice of him. Didn't even splash me.
Buster Posey, is this a dynasty? "In today’s game, if it’s not, it’s as close as you’re going to get."
Kobe said he talked to Julius Randle last night and today and will again tonight.
The Lakers’ 38-point combined margin of defeat in 1st 2 games is worst combined margin by LAL in their 1st 2 games of a season since 1957.
Everybody in the locker room’s first concern: defending the 3. LAL gave up way, way too many good looks. On offense, spacing was very poor.
Lot of talk about 3-pointers for Lakers post game. The Suns outscored them 48-12 from beyond the arc.
Beard for Burks? On Harden: "He likes to do everything I like to do—touch the paint, draw contact. He’s tough. That’s why he is who he is."
Always fun to have an 8-1 start in NBA. Swept the World Series side/total, too. What can I say? Technology and stuff!
Byron and especially Kobe cited 3-pt differential as major issue Lakers need to address. But Byron said Lakers don't have 3-pt shooters.
First dunk of this guy's career. http://t.co/AvBwWFoefI
Righetti: "But once it builds, you just go with it." Righetti said key was Bumgarner didn't over-throw as starters sometimes do in relief.
It’s been four years, but I still miss @ballhype. OG bloggers know what I’m talking about.
Did Righetti plan for Bumgarner to go the last 5 innings? "No. We were hoping he bridges the gap to our 3 other relievers that we trust...
Byron Scott believes Lin was hesitant. Lin thought he was attacking but he said he'd watch the film
Some odds and ends. Through the first two games, the Rockets are 26-of-56 (46.4%) from three-point rage. Not shy from deep at all.
Carlos Boozer had 8 turnovers in 23 minutes. That is wonderfully awful.
Dave Righetti on communications w/Bumgarner: " I just looked him after the eighth, he looked at me, goes ‘yeah,’ and I said, ‘You’re in.’"
Blazers beat OKC 106-89. Westbrook with 38 on 25 shots, Lance Thomas with 14, Ibaka 10. Blazers outscored the Thunder 31-12 in the fourth.
Blazers drop the Thunder 106-89. Russell Westbrook was great -- 38 points, 6 assists -- but didn't get much help.
FINAL: Blazers 106, OKC 89. Aldridge: 27 points, 3 boards. Matthews: 22, 4 rebs. Batum: 16-5-6. Russ finishes with 38 and 6.
Trail Blazers 106, Thunder 89 – FINAL. Blazers undefeated on the season.
The Thunder have to get on a plane and head to Cali after this, they play in the Clippers' season opener Thursday. Yikes.
LeBron James made his NBA debut 11 years ago today. Had 25 pts, 9 asts, 6 rebs & 4 stls.
Westbrook took 25 more shots than Durant tonight smh
Sticking w/ Charlotte Hornets. Interesting to see Bismack Biyombo receive a DNP-CD tonight. Had only missed five games total last 2 years
Kings fall to Warriors 95-77 doomed by 27 turnovers. Full Instant Replay & Rewind soon @csnauthentic
Brb, Scott Brooks just asked me to jump in and play these last 90 seconds of garbage time.
Westbrook checks out, probably done for the night: 38 points on 11-25 shooting, six assists, three steals.
The Prince of Perth http://t.co/675O8EVNTn
Blazers outscoring the Thunder 26-8 in the fourth quarter, lead up to 16. It's ovaaaaaah.
So, Blazers just turned the sliders all the way up. They've hit five of six three-point attempts to pull away from OKC.
And just like that, Blazers went from up 8 to up 16. 26-8 scoring edge in the 4th for Portland.
Scott Brooks waves the white flag (Sebastian Telfair) down 16 with 2:45 to go...
Nicolas Batum is having a fantastic second half. Passing. Defending. Creating. Scoring. Since halftime, he has 12 pts, 4 asts, 5 rbs.
Fourth quarter thus far: Blazers 26, Thunder 8. Done ran out of gas.
Thunder gas tank on E.
Masterful second half from Batum.
Steve Kerr lost his voice in his first game.
LaMarcus Aldridge's pick and pop game is basically a layup for him. So good.
Lillard heating up is causing problems now. LA slipping to wide open spaces for a jumper.
If anything, I think Scott Brooks' biggest mistake is not playing Kevin Durant a single minute tonight. I mean, what's he thinking?
Kerr is 1-0 as Warriors coach. Looks like smartest guy in league for saying no to Phil. No triangle in Oakland. That may say something.
Who were these Celtics tonight? 5-6 passes on some possessions for scores. Rondo was just a wizard after some motion sets to start plays.
Batum + Lillard 2nd half: 22 points. 4 combined in the first half.
Eight combined turnovers from Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams. Rough night for the Thunder frontline.
Portland's gonna win this game but so is Westbrook.
This game still needs a Meyers Leonard three-pointer
Batum is so good defensively. His length and versatility are so underrated.
What has everyone spent the last six years praising Gregg Popovich for? Managing minutes throughout the course of the regular season.
Batum steals from Westbrook, keeps it in bounds, lobs to the trailing LA. That'll work. 93-83 Blazers, 5:17 Q4.
Stotts wants Russ to get called for kicking out the leg. Just asked for it twice on that possession.
So many tunnel vision Thunder fans out there acting like game is SO IMPORTANT. You can't play Westbrook 44 minutes every night for a month.
Lakers have 7 threes this year. Opponents have 28. If trend continues they literally won't win a game.
Blazers were +8 during Russell Westbrook's first-half rest and +5 during his second-half rest.
Quin Snyder on Hayward's 3-11: "The last thing I want him to do is think about his shooting percentage." OK, I'll do that.
Dame now has 10 pts, all in the second half.
Steve Blake is 0 for 4 from field, but still at +11, Getting 5 assists, 0 turnovers will do that.
Westbrook with just 3 FTAs in the second half after 13 in the first. Blazers making him a jump shooter in the half-court offense.
Dame off the ball. In the cup. 10 points, all in the 2nd half. 89-81 POR with 7:00 min left. Still think Russ will have something to say.
Glad Lillard could join us.
Faried's 22-17 night made him the fifth player since 85-86 to have those numbers in 28 minutes or less (Asik, Duncan, Mourning, Parish)
This is a great spot for the Thunder to be in, if anything to just get a feel for important crunchtime possessions.
Steve Kerr slaps fives with several friends, including ex-NBA player Jud Buechler, sitting behind the bench after 1st win as Warriors coach.
Wheels up headed to Sweet Home Chicago
Lance Thomas has caught the opening night ghost of Ronald Flip Murray or something
Was that Jud Buechler sitting behind Warriors bench as Steve Kerr gets first coaching win in Sacramento?
Byron believes team is ball watching on Kobe. Says he's a willing passer but they can't ball watch
Final: Warriors 95, Kings 77.
Westbrook coming back with 8:40 left.
Westbrook in. Batum back in.
Here comes Westbrook.
I assume Brooks is letting Westbrook get one more breather doing the next media timeout. If that's what he's doing, it's a smart move.
Kings playing like it's preseason, basically.
Pretty much everyone on the Thunder's active roster besides Westbrook and Ibaka is a wack fantasy stud.
Chris Kaman takes a seat to a large ovation. In 22 mins, he has 12 pts, 6 rbs, 2 asts, is 6-10 from field. Solid Portland debut.
I kinda like Lance Thomas' game. Wouldn't be surprised if, even when others return, he remains on the roster.
Scott Brooks is doing the wise thing letting Westbrook sit. Another game tomorrow, plus this is game one of 82. Long season ahead.
Keep an eye out on Gerald Henderson's role in CHAR. Was starting SG until Lance Stephenson took spot. Now Gary Neal is ahead on depth chart
24 points on 7-16 shooting, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists … When is Curry going to start playing for real?
Kings might manage to commit 30 turnovers tonight. Still 1:31 to go
Despite that bench scoring stat I offered, the bench has produced. Every players is on the positive side of +/-.
27 total turnovers + 30.7% shooting = loss
Stunned Russell Westbrook is still on the OKC bench coming out of their timeout. Game might get away from them before he returns.
Until the Kings begin to value passing and simple plays, they will continue to just be awful.
Westbrook, who has played only 27 minutes, remains on bench. Surprised Scotty Brooks hasn't brought him back in for Telfair
Hornets HC Steve Clifford has preached patience w/ Lance Stephenson offensively. Struggled tonight, but grabbed 10 rebs and dished 8 dimes
Top scoring performance by an opponent in Portland arena: 47 held by Kobe Bryant in 2013 and Stephen Curry last April. Westbrook with 36
Can’t wait to be reminded over and over again in 2043 that “All About That Bass” was the No. 1 song the last time the Royals were in the WS.
2:35 to play, Kings down 89-75. 25 turnovers for the game, 30.4% shooting, 17.6% from three, 23 made FG. As we say, that's all bad.
I was sure that the Team USA/Coach K experience would help D Cousins grow up.Based on just 1 game, I was very very wrong.Disturbing opener.
Kings have deteriorated in this game. Second half overall a nightmare. 25 turnovers combined with a terrible shooting night.
Marvin Williams could turn out to be a true bargain signing for Charlotte. Scored 19, grabbed 4 boards and hit three 3PT buckets in debut
Hey. Damian Lillard.
20 points, 11 rebounds for Cousins. Not sure why he didn’t turn to the jumper earlier in this one.
Rob Horry on TWC "The deficiencies are pretty much everywhere"
Now Curry is just being mean