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Doublechecked it w/ Melo. He said, "You know, I was in Denver for a few years." I said, yeah, but figured NBA would give that stage to Darko
Last night’s lesson: the Knicks make no sense, have never made sense, will never make sense.
Mildly interesting tidbit - Carmelo said he was in Cleveland for LeBron's 1st game in 2003. Beat him then, too, and held him to 7 points.
Best part of Cavs/Knicks game was Barkley referring to Dellavadova as "Matthew Della...whatever his name is."
Tooo...too much Monta! Love it!
Best line from JR after game was that his hip hurt too much to bend over: "I gotta get Cleanthony to tie my shoes, because he's a rookie."
Maybe I should start paying for tickets. http://t.co/xC0jdrlRmS
Knicks haven't won a title in 40+ years - but last night they won one of the "biggest sporting events ever"!!!!!
Watching back the tape, JR had an exceptional game after the hip injury. One of his most efficient games: 11 points, 7 assists, 2 steals.
Kenya's Rita Jeptoo, who won this year's Boston and Chicago Marathons, reportedly tests positive for a banned substance.
The Oklahoman reporting that missing 4-6 weeks could be the time frame for Russell Westbrook, he broke a bone in his right hand last night
Run DirkMC http://t.co/seVMvqkWJ0
Josh Smith's comments on Kenneth Faried just crack me up this morning. Faried is one of Stan Van Gundy's favorite players in the league.
At this point, think it’d be a surprise if OKC makes the playoffs. West is too good and they’re too shallow.
And that assumes on-schedule returns for both KD and Russ. Oof. Maybe OKC should have voted for lottery reform after all?
If OKC is 5-15 after 20 games -- and that or worse is in play -- have to go 44-18 rest of way to hit 49 wins it took for No. 8 last season.
Thunder are 0-2, and if Westbrook is really out 4-6 weeks, facing maybe 20 games w/o Durant and Russ. In the West, that is real danger.
Russell Westbrook will be out 4-6 weeks.
Just finished DET-MIN. Pekovic physically overwhelmed Drummond in the middle of the game. Did Butler stop doing his "call me" thing?? NO!
It took three days but it's already walking back preseason predictions time!
Or to be even more specific, the final destination of Heurtel will be Turkey, the club still unkown
Perry Jones dropped in 32 points, 7 rebs, 3 assists last night. He went one spot after Doug Collins selected Arnett Moultrie in 2012 draft.
I'm getting sick of going to sleep every night and waking up to news of a new injury. Stop it, NBA.
One area Cavs are going to have to watch is floor balance. Too many possessions last night ended w/ 4 guys way below FT line. NYK ran wild.
Knicks-Bucks in London has sold out, less than 3 hours after it went on official sale.
Russell Westbrook suffered a small fracture of the 2nd metacarpal in his right hand last night. He may miss 4-6 weeks, The Oklahoman reports
Banner headline of today's front page of Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Everything but a Win"
New coach, same old Josh Smith http://t.co/4hqrbHK9Ie
As for LeBron/Cavs opening-night loss, we knew it was going to take some time. Big opportunity for Raptors & Bulls to get head start in East
Going to be very tough for OKC to tread water in loaded West for however long KD/Russ are out. Raps host whatever's left of the Thunder Tues
Former Philadelphia 76ers star Chet Walker's 1967 NBA championship ring sells for $34,375 at auction last night.
Can't take anything for granted in pro sports, things change in a heartbeat. Wasn't long ago Durant & Westbrook both seemed indestructible
Last night I dreamed LeBron was a Cav again and he lost his first game in Cleveland against a lowly Knick team put together by Phil Jackson.
Here's a scary thought: 8th-seeded, fully healthy OKC Thunder.
Just woke up and saw the Russell Westbrook news. Unbelievable.
Woke up to Westbrook news. Damn. Looks like both he and Durant will both miss the Boston trip Nov. 12.
Random-ish: Kevin Durant has led the NBA in points and free throws for the past five years. That grip is done. James Harden's time?
Rookie small-forward out of Miami Rion Brown, I'm hearing, to be waived by Hapoel TLV.
Woke up to the Westbrook news. Damn. Looks like both he and Durant will miss the Boston trip Nov. 12.
Hapoel TLV have engaged in contract talks with shooting guard Larry O'Bannon, according to source.
Gal Mekel is among pool of top free agent PGs along with Will Bynum and Ish Smith. Either could land deal with OKC.
I noted yesterday that the OKC Thunder express interest in Gal Mekel. Wonder if deal could materialize with Russell Westbrook out.
I wish we were talking about Perry Jones' breakout right now, though.
Will Bynum probably is ideal for the Thunder. He can be pint-sized Russ. Also, he's listed at 6-0, which …
Reggie Jackson is going to earn or lose himself some serious money in the next month.
That 1stQ Kevin Love attack for the defensive rebound and full-court outlet to LeBron was pretty fantastic. People will have a new respect.
Unrelated to anything, Russell Westbrook wore this t-shirt out of Staples tonight. http://t.co/PQBnveaMe1
I guess I’m not sure why I decided to let Kevin Love borrow the under shirt I wore in high school tonight …
Cavs could easily start slow this season and be the best team in the East by Valentine’s Day.
Others: Gal Mekel (cut by Mavs for JJ Barea), Toney Douglas, Jamaal Tinsley
CP# on Kobe: "He has the will to compete and it has always been like that. That is what everyone loves about him...why he is 1 of the best"
All I can figure is this is penance for whatever voodoo the Thunder used to get Serge Ibaka back in the Western Conference finals last year.
Still pretty crazy when you think about it … LeBron really did go back to Cleveland. People saying that two years ago wore tin foil hats.
What were tickets to that Cavs game going for tonight?
No idea who the Thunder pissed off, but damn.
Free agent PGs who played at least some during preseason: Ish Smith (late cut by Houston), Will Bynum (Celtics), John Lucas III (Wizards).
...even Quincy Acy, who started for the Knicks tonight and had 8 points, 10 rebounds in an upset of the Cavaliers.
There’s two type of people in the world: 1) The people who check tomorrow’s weather forecast. 2) Those who don’t. Not sure what it means.
Players drafted after John Jenkins in 2012: Miles Plumlee, Perry Jones, Festus Ezeli, Jeff Taylor, Draymond Green...
I do not blame LeBron James for absolutely soaking up the moment tonight. That’s quite a special night for him in the history of his career.
Don't know if it's common knowledge, but NBA VP of Violence Rod Thorn told me he plans to retire at the end of the season...
Blake Griffin just called the Lakers dangerous. I pinky swear.
Blake Griffin on the Lakers: "They're a dangerous team."
On second thought, LeBron wishes he'd signed with the Giants...
Blake Griffin: "I think one of our problems is everyone was trying so hard."
Blake on whether he would've put himself in a position to shoot free throws in such a close game 2 years ago: "I dont know, but I will now."
Perry Jones 32 points. John Jenkins inactive, option declined.
By the way, pick up Caron Butler on your fantasy teams, folks.
We'll always have the first half in Portland.
The Timberwolves let Vanilla Ice wear Darko's number?
TNT crew going ape $h!+ over Mavs right now. Kenny guaranteeing they'll be playing at the end of May
CP3 on how focused he is during games. "I don't even hear him," Paul said of Steve Ballmer.
Chris Paul says he's getting to the game tomorrow against the Lakers early so he can practice his free throws.
CP3 says he'll be here early tomorrow after missing two free throws down the stretch tonight.
CP3 says Kobe's family and his family exchange Christmas cards, adding that they're great friends.
Wow. Draymond firing shots at Kenny Smith
The Mighty Noles shut down Louisville's upset bid. Wasn't in the Cards. http://t.co/KMAs2ThwnM
Jamal Crawford said Ballmer came into the locker room and thanked the team for his first win. "He was pretty excited," Crawford said.
They applied previously but were informed they hadn't satisfied the qualifications. A second exception eventually possible due to Russ now.
Before they can get waiver. That would allow OKC to sign a 16th player. Teams must have 4 players expected to miss 2+ wks to get waiver.
The Thunder may be able to add player via "Hardship Exception" soon. Four players missing three-plus games to injury to qualify.
*gets back to hotel after work ... scans TV channels ... grins like cheshire cat* http://t.co/oefleHbPAg
Thunder will likely re-apply for hardship waiver from league after Satirday's game. Per league rules, teams have to play 3 RS games first
With Russell Westbrook having a fractured bone in his hand, the Nets will not see either Westbrook or Kevin Durant this season.
ICYMI: Scott Brooks says Westbrook broke the 2nd metacarpal bone in his right hand. Will be re-evaluated Friday.
I think 15 1/2 hours at the Q today is long enough. Flight in a few hours for Chicago. Catch you guys tomorrow.
Rondo broke his hand a month ago and he played opening night so hopefully Westbrook isn't out too long. This blows either way, though.
ESPN - NBA: Thunder G Russell Westbrook diagnosed with fractured right hand; uncertain how long he'll be out
Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward both had 3 secondary assists (or hockey assists) tonight. Sign of improved ball movement
Doc on the Clippers playing the Lakers next: "It's a great rivalry, like USC and UCLA in the pros."
Doc on Clips getting outrebounded "I thought we rebounded better than them...I look at the offensive rebounds."
Reminder: The Thunder are playing 5 games in 7 days, in Portland, L.A., Oklahoma City, Brooklyn & Toronto. Crazy schedule.
The 2008-09 Thunder went 2-16 in Oct/Nov. Will they do better or worse than that? I genuinely have no idea.
Some ugly numbers http://t.co/4Ngcy8L9De
Bodies are going down left and right in OKC. Time for the Sebastian Telfair Show...
Doc wasn't happy that Hawes didn't foul on final play of game. Down 3, it's going to be what the Clippers do.
With Russell Westbrook out with a fractured hand, I wonder if the Thunder will look at Gal Mekel. He clears waivers tomorrow afternoon.
For reference: Danny Green fractured his second metacarpal last season. He missed 10 games, a little less than a month.
Rivers on if CP3 is gonna beat himself up for missing 2 free throws in final seconds: "I hope so. He should beat the hell out of himself."
Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook has a small fracture in the second metacarpal of his right hand.
I feel bad for OKC, but also my dog has had a just about constant release of farts tonight. So, yeah. Not all golden in the Dugat household
When Tony Allen had a small fracture in his hand first time table was two weeks and then he missed more.
Rudy Gobert had 8 rebounds in 12 minutes and only had 14 rebound chances grabbing 67%. Going to be so fun to watch him grow this year
Thunder expect to know more tomorrow, after Westbrook is re-evaluated. Home opener on Saturday as part of 3 games in 4 nights.
Brutal to see Westbrook injured now, too. Sets up a big opportunity for Telfair to step up in his hometown at Brooklyn on Monday.
Westbrook will not be made available to reporters.
Brooks says the fracture is in Westbrook's second metacarpal. Brooks did not provide a timetable for recovery.
Russell Westbrook with a fractured right hand. These injuries are killing me.
Jazz allowed 49 uncontested shots tonight. Mavericks just keep probing until you make a mistake. Smart basketball players
Scott Brooks said Westbrook has a "small fracture" of the hand. No timeline on how long that would keep Westbrook out.
Russell Westbrook will be reevaluated tomorrow. Small fracture in hand is current diagnosis.
OKC coach Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook has "small fracture in his (right) hand." Ugghh.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook has a small fracture in his right hand.
Westbrook: small fracture in his hand, per Scott Brooks
not supposed to be that tough, but a Win is a Win. Clippers beat OKC 93-90 in 1st game of season. Game 2 tomorrow night on Laker court.
Chris Paul: “We understand that team is without their best player.” Or First Take Headline: "Chris Paul takes shot at Russell Westbrook."