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Spurs' second unit getting ready to check in: http://t.co/cn4VTwnC5G
Pelicans are winning the fourth quarter 8-0 so there's that.
Rajon Rondo has a pretty assist on one end and draws a charge on the other. Checks out with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers in 8 minutes.
Going to be weird the first time the Mavs wear their green alts.
Rondo takes a break at the 4:11 mark with 2 rebounds, 2 assists, two turnovers and one foul.
Blazers are for real. Night after a 3 OT win at SA, they are killing the Pelicans in NO. About to go to 22-6. Who gets top 4 in West?
Nifty move by Joe Ingles. He switched hands mid-air and made a layup after being fouled.
The Mavs' broadcast team made a Aron Baynes/League of Shadows reference, and I can't decide my emotions.
Russ Smith gets the first points of his NBA career. Congrats, Russ!
The rare Aron Baynes heat check.
I think this is the first time I've heard fans boo the Rockets this season. Houston down 47-31 and Hawks just scoring when they want.
Russ Smith scores the first points of his NBA career with a 3-pointer from the left wing. Port 94-70 at 9:04 of 4Q
Redskins went Cover-0 for three consecutive plays, including interception. Ryan Clark: "You can be the goat or the hero. Bree was the hero.”
Just saw Harden come back in the game.
And Harden's now back in. Good!
Sorry for the roller coaster there, guys. I go with info from the team. I think they were surprised too!
Whose face is in the middle? http://t.co/vDsZna2pB3
The "Spurs" are up on the Mavs 13-10 early. Actually getting looks galore on offense.
So not so unlikely after all...
Freeland just picked up his 6th foul. That'll limit Stotts' big-man options down the stretch.
Well there you go… Harden coming back in.
Sure would have been nice if the Timberwolves had gotten that physical done today. Brewer can only sit and watch.
Rajon Rondo's only official stats so far are a turnover, foul and missed shot, but he does have one "OHHH!" moment on a drive and dish.
Nice bounce pass by Rondo. Look for some guys to get hit in the head -- the way J-Kidd used to do it.
Ryan Clark is hoping for more fans for the finale against Dallas. “Maybe the fans will be a little more enthused knowing we can compete.”
Hawks up 42-31 in the second quarter and it looks like we won’t see James harden again tonight.
End of 3: Blazers 94, Pelicans 62. Aldridge with 27 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks. Dame 17 points, 7 assists.
James Harden is unlikely to return to this game. He's out with a left strained hamstring, according to the team.
Greg Smith is coming in now for Tyson. He has a big opportunity here -- just in case he didn't know it.
Wow - Trail Blazers leading by 32 at the end of the third quarter against Pelicans.
At the end of the 3rd the Pelicans are down 94-62.
Bashaud Breeland on first-quarter tackle of Josh Huff on kickoff coverage: “I tried to dump him. That’s what I wanted to do.”
James Harden left with a strained hamstring and is unlikely to return to tonight.
Apparently, the Mavs also included Dirk Nowitzki's jumper in the Rondo deal.
Rondo has 2 turnovers in the first three-and-a-half minutes.
Kyle Anderson was so wide open he actually had time to uncork that Slo-Mo jumper.
MKG just fouled Trevor Booker's two elbows with his chin.
Spurs open shooting 100 percent. So much for Rondo bolstering Mavs' defense.
They were saving Gore, that's it.
Multiple league sources confirm Nets-Kings talks about Deron Williams. All stress deal isn't close, and that Mason Plumlee is going nowhere.
With Tyson and Rondo out there, you ever wonder if they'll be able to make the other players play better defense?
Belinelli with the jumper. Spurs lead 2-0. I smell upset!
With Eagles loss Lions back in to playoffs. Detroit losses its Sunday edge. Bears 20 Lions 17 Book it !
Hawks shooting 60 percent so far. Rockets having a tough time chipping away when Hawks just won’t miss.
Another great cut and pass by the Hawks for a layup
The two losses over the last seven were to Dallas and Golden State.
DeMarre is tonight's Shelvin!
Watched this team hold Houston to 90 points on Thursday, Trail Blazers already with 90 and there's still 2:05 remaining in third quarter.
These were excellent Chocolate pudding shots.:. http://t.co/R513L8aPyN
Papanikolaou just saved the official from being belted in the face by a ball.
Gordon hasn't been Gordon tonight. He's got to will himself through fatigue and still put up 20-5-5
The Pelicans are 5-2 over the last seven (includes wins against Cleveland and Houston). Consider that before you react to this loss.
The next step in the evolution of Gordon Hayward: Fighting through night's like these and still being.....Gordon Hayward
Go up with that Thabo
Mavs and Spurs on TXA21, about to tip off. Rondo starting. Spurs on 3 game losing streak. Mavs 19-8, Spurs 17-10
Rivers is having a great game.
Russ Smith is about to enter, along with Alexis Ajinca. They need some kind of spark at this point.
Nothing good will come from this... http://t.co/oWtxjqBuod
Aldridge vs. Davis tonight is like Hakeem vs. Young Shaq.
Pelicans - no traps, no interior help defense and no chance right now of cutting the Trail Blazers' deficit. Pelicans trailing 88-57.
If you missed it, the Rockets are 2nd in the league in defensive efficiency allowing 97.2 points per 100 possessions
Who gets beat worse today, Kyle Anderson's old team, or his current team? Place your bets now, degenerates.
Chris Kaman is dominating Ryan Anderson on the low block. He getting post position and get up his shot anytime he wants.
Hawks have scored 30+ points in four straight quarters dating back to Wednesday
Holiday is really trying to force the pass tonight. It is leading to turnovers.
Stephen Bowen on Bashaud Breeland: "What can you say? That dude has ice-cold veins, man. Play of the year."
Assuming this lead holds up, it will be just the third time this season the Hornets have won back-to-back games.
Spurs indeed have 10 people in uniform. Guess it's up to Pop whether all of them play, and how much.
Just love those 30+ point quarters
Jrue Holiday has thrown more passes to the other team than his own.
DEN's Brian Shaw might give Vogel a run for the Rudy Tomjanovich Award. Or at least make All-NBA Coach Interview First Team. Guy's a gem.
End of the 1st, Atlanta leading Rockets 32-26. Howard, Motiejunas and Harden each have 6 points.
32-26 Atlanta after one. Hawks (61% FG) scoring easily on drives and cuts to the basket. Rocket defense needs to step up.
This team has to play with more consistency. They played with intensity in Houston Thursday night. Tonight they can't make layups or defend
Interested to see how Monty handles this blowout. I almost expect Tyreke to get pulled regardless because of injury concerns.
I was told Watson would not play yet he is on the official starting line up sheet
New Orleans is also 5-2 in last 7 games, with only losses being by 5 at Dallas and by 6 to Golden State (without Anthony Davis)
OH-Ficial starters Chandler/ Faried/ Mozgov/ AAA/ Lawson....Hill/ West/ Hibbert/ Sloan/ Watson?
I've enjoyed watching Kobe in ESPN Classic mode. It's certainly more compelling than your typical lottery team. But he's not playing well.
Pelicans' third-quarter effort is no better than how they started the game.
TV feed on the Mavs broadcast is illegal stream-quality.
Timeout with 5:56 left in the 3rd. Blazers are up 80 to 51.
Pelicans don't seem interested in playing basketball tonight. They are being blown out 80-51 with 5:56 left in 3Q.
LA and Dame are out here Shaq and Kobe-ing these guys the last two games. Blazers up 29.
Rockets really aggressive on the perimeter, second time Atlanta has beat them backdoor
This is one of the worst performances the Pelicans have displayed this season - trailing Portland, 77-51, and it could get worse.
Maybe Rick Carlisle would let the Spurs borrow Richard Jefferson back. Just for tonight.
Burks went back to the lockerroom...he's back on the bench now
Frank Gore went from sustaining a concussion to being an early headache for the Chargers.
Freeland picks up 5th with 7:22 left. Kaman comes in with 3 fouls. Blazers up 24.
Classic Gore. Remember this guy.
Not sure what you're supposed to do when the Blazers are shooting like this.
Alec Burks is back on the Jazz bench.
Alec Burks is returning from the locker room with trainer Gary Briggs. Not sure why he went back.
Jazz fans should also expect the Memphis game on Monday to be very difficult as well.
If Rajon Rondo plays defensively like he did for Celtics this season, Mavs will be disappointed. Banking on motivational fire being fanned.
I will be VERY careful headed into Brooklyn tonight
Fan in third row after that last LA swish: "He's so good!. So ... good!"
Alec Burks heads to the locker-room. Not sure what it was exactly. - Hornets on 13-2 run. Jazz are 2 for 16 from 3 - Hornets up 21
Jazz down 68-47 to Charlotte. They just don't have it tonight
Have to hand it to Batum. He's not 100 percent, but he's ballin' ...
Hornets up 19 with the ball....Big Al jump hook. 21-point lead, Utah calls time.
Blazers clicking on both ends to start the second half. Freeland, aside from the fouls, playing fantastic defense.
Pair of steals for Thabo in the 1st quarter
Trent Murphy will undergo additional examinations tomorrow on his broken right hand, but seemed resigned to the fact that he'll miss Dallas.
LA just grabbed his 10th rebound. Also has 21 points. That's his 16th double-double this season.
Jazz's Alec Burks back to the training room. Don't know what the issue is.
Looks like we are about to get started with the second half. Let's hope things turn around for our Pels.
Arena has much livelier feel to it. The Bobcats era just never really caught on. Kudos to Hornets organization for tying into their history
New dad Jason Terry in the game.
This marks the first time in a non-lockout year that the Nuggets are playing back to back games at home.
Cody Zeller looks like he's part of the Manning family.
Dante Exum is having a really tough game
No Arthur/ McGee or Foye for Denver. CJ Watson will not play for the Pacers
Greetings everyone from Pepsi Center in downtown Denver Colorado and welcome aboard to game number 27
Big Al just pulled a "Diop" at the foul line.
During the coin toss http://t.co/eKndVN7jYs
This possession is a microcosm of this game for the Jazz. outhustled at every turn
Sidenote: James Johnson disrespected Andre Drummond on so many levels last night, had Drummond all in his feelings.
Dwight Howard starts -- and finishes -- the break. Nice alleyoop feed from Harden to Howard gives the Rockets a 16-13 lead early.
There's going to be 40 threes made in Hawks-Rockets.
Kentucky wouldn't have let him past the baseline.
Pelicans are losing total rebounding battle (pretty obvious). 24-19.
Texas guard Demarcus Holland, at FT line, drops ball, runs off court, sticks head in trash can next to Long Beach bench. I'll stop there.
Box score says that Pelicans have more offensive rebounds that the Blazers. I find that hard to believe.
Howard said this morning that they key to this game was coming out with more energy. The Rockets certainly have.
Since getting yanked for chucking a pull up three vs ORL Schröder has been extraordinarily composed and efficient.
Honestly, I was fine with most of our offense. Perhaps it got to stagnate at times, but at the end of the day, hit the open shot.
Rockets vs. Hawks about to tip off.
Schröder was first Hawk to record a double double in his first career start since Spud Webb in 1985.
Blazers lead 62-44 at halftime. Aldridge with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Blazers 5/12 from 3. Matthews with 3 3's. Davis 5 points, 2/9.
Anthony Davis made 2-of-9 shots and was held to five points in first half.
Dennis Schröder's game vs Cavs hasn't been talked about enough due to Shelvin Mack's heroics. Was quietly brilliant.
After this half, River is shooting just under 74% from the FT line this season (61 attempts). That's much better than where he was.
At halftime, the Pelicans are down 62-44. Things got better in the second quarter, but they still weren't great.
Austin Rivers has struggled at foul line in NBA, but he's made 16 in a row, including 6 tonight. Last miss bizarrely was airball at Dallas
Final 4:10 of the 1st half had Gobert and Favors on floor together Hornets outscore Jazz 8-7. Jazz shot 3 for 7 and buzzer beater miss
This would be a 20 point game if not for Rudy Gobert
Pelicans have completely unraveled, trailing 62-44 at halftime against Trail Blazers.
Blazers put up 62 in a half the night after playing three overtimes.
DEN coach Brian Shaw w/ the realest of the real scouting reports: "I told Kenneth Faried abt (D West's) age & how he has an advantage."
Halftime: Blazers 62, Pelicans 44
Rivers is 6/6 from the free throw line.
I believe that is Kaman's 3rd foul.
Trail Blazers have put small forward Nicolas Batum on PG Jrue Holiday and is giving him plenty of problems.
Freeland and Kaman both with 3 fouls.
Per last RT... yeah, that photo does seem to fit the mood of tonight.
Reminder: Mavs vs Spurs with Rondo debut is on TXA21. No pregame. We'll be rocking and rolling at 7:30. Lot of buzz in here tonight!
Hornets close the quarter strong. Up 52-39 over the Jazz at halftime. Gobert and Favors the only two who have played well so far
Halftime: Hornets 52, Jazz 39. Big Al with 12 points and five boards.
One other team than Wash. hasn't played for an NFC championship in 23 years. Washington winning today gave Detroit the chance to break hex.
Unless there are 40,000 fans still tailgating or in traffic... there will be a very, very sparse crowd here tonight.
If you're looking for positives, Rivers is 4-4 from the FT line.
Asked his thoughts on the Rondo trade, Gregg Popovich said: "It doesn’t matter what I think. I have enough to think about on my team."
Outside of Monmouth, the MAAC is not having a good day. Iona (vs. George Mason) and Manhattan (vs, Morgan State) both down at the half, too
Gobert reminds me not of Tyson Chandler....but of a 7-foot-2 version of Marcus Camby.
With 2:58 left in the second quarter, Portland has already scored 56 points.
"Always with the negative 49ers stories from Tim," says a blog-commenter. I know, this team is Super Bowl-bound and I won't admit it.
Timeout at 2:58 in the second. Portland still up 16. 56-40.
Blazers have really had their 2013-14 ball movement tonight.
If Rudy Gobert gets to the point where he can play 35 minutes a night.......
Jazz are sticking around this game because Hornets have allowed 14 Utah second-chance points.
So far AD and Jrue are a combined 4-18 from the floor. They've missed a lot of shots you'd expect them to make.
A GM once told me you look for dominant moments, then sequences, then quarter, halfs, games, weeks. - Gobert is at sequence and growing
Anthony Davis and Jrue holiday are a combined 4-of-18 from the field.
That's not the exact way to assign blame, because so many other things go into it. But if you do it by value, the 49ers are doing it wrong,
Jazz are back within eight points of the Hornets thanks to Rudy Gobert's play on both ends.
Rudy Gobert is having a dominant three minutes.....on both ends
If anybody theoretically was choosing an owner, Jed York would not get any interest that I can imagine.
The bad news is the Jazz haven't been scoring. But Gobert has changed things defensively
We're seeing what Harbaugh's worth on the open market: A ton. If Baalke was on the GM market, he'd get some interest.
Big Al seems to be having problems with Bigger Rudy.
Who to blame for this 49ers mess? This is one way to look at it. By determining the value of the principals involved...
Someone should tell Lionel Hollins that Mason Plumlee is indispensable.
What a pass by Gobert!!! Enes wasn't ready lol
Kobe Kaman going to work tonight.
After that missed layup in transition, T. Rob wetn to basketball stanchion and struck it with his forearm. Steamed about a couple misses.
Jazz down 44-30 with 5:57 remaining in the first half
Timeout with 5:30 to play in the first half. Pels are down 50-34.
Stared at my computer screen for 30 mins trying to weave those Birdman quotes into the daily in a way humans can comprehend them. We'll see.
It just doesn't make sense the Kings would make any major moves before hiring the new coach who’s supposed to steer the franchise.
Anderson, Cunningham, and Rivers are the only Pels having a good shooting night. So yeah... That's a thing.
Serious question. Is there a compelling reason why NBA-TV can't broadcast the Rondo debut? Seems like that's why the channel should exist.
Pelicans reserves have scored 21 of their 34 points, as Blazers lead 50-34 with 5:30 remaining in the 2Q.
Wide open shots being bricked. Loose balls the Jazz are slow to get to. Jazz are really fighting their fatigue right now
The Jazz look like a team at the end of a really long road trip. Nothing in their legs right now
Trail Blazers getting any shot they want against Pelicans so far tonight.
Also, I really wish this hasn't broken on my way to JFK. The Nets have a way of having things happen right as I go AWOL.
Refs are reviewing foul by Blake to see if it is flagrant or common. I'm terrible at guessing these so I won't try.
Call remains common foul. No FTs, only possession.
Steve Blake and Dante Cunningham were teammates on the 2009-10 Blazers, but Blake nudged Cunningham to floor on fast break. Foul on Blake
Watching Trayvon Reed receive huge applause from Auburn crowd after productive stretch. Yep, he would've helped Terps right away.
"Untouchable" doesn't mean "top-20 player." it means "the only other healthy Nets center is Jerome Jordan."
Officials checking to see if it's a common or flagrant foul on Steve Blake against Dante Cunningham.
Pop's first choice for a starting five tonight, except they're playing SNL: http://t.co/zuHVCFVzkv
"The good thing about Rajon is that he wants to be here. He likes how we play, he’s very intrigued with things that we do.'' -- RCarlisle
Now, off-topic: I was really hoping Mark Sanchez would play in the NFC Championship Game. That was a stupid hope by me.
AD already has 3 blocks and Portland has 44 points. So, yeah, blocks aren't like a perfect proxy for good defense.