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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."
The Thunder finished with eight players, didn't have Westbrook or Durant and turned it over 27 times. AND HAD A VERY GOOD CHANCE TO WIN.
Steve Ballmer is going to burst several blood vessels this season.
The concern now: Westbrook's health...and KD's...and Jackson's...and Lamb's...and Morrow's...and McGary's.
The Thunder deserve an airport greeting for that effort.
Thunder fall to the Clippers 93-90 as Serge Ibaka comes up short on a game-tying attempt. Jones with 32, Ibaka 17, Telfair 11.
Serge Ibaka misses a three at the buzzer. Thunder fall to (an extremely impressive) 0-2.
Serge Ibaka got a CLEAN look at a 3 - I mean how that happened defensively Clippers? Seriously - but he missed - game over 93-90
That was an awfully good look considering the circumstances.
There’s no way Ballmer lasts 82 games at this pace.
FINAL: Clippers 93, Thunder 90.
1st FT made - but it's the 2nd that matters
Telfair just slyly walked into Redick and made him walk off the FT line.
There you go - JJ Redick to the line with 2.8 on clock
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin could grow up to be Stockton and Malone one day. But right now they're about Kenny Anderson and Derrick Coleman
Clippers really just need to get the ball in and hit 2 FT - not much time for Thunde with no time outs to go full court
Fisher lauds Tim Jr. for supporting/staying involved despite playing just 4:45. "Says a lot about him and who we're trying to become."
Blake Griffin fouls out on a double foul after that free throw. Clippers 91, Thunder 90 with 4.1 seconds left.
Prediction: Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin will combine to set an NBA record for career double-fouls against each other.
Double foul - Blake Griffin is out with 6 - Serge Ibaka gets his 4th
Seeing ASilver & SSterling reminds me of 2004 all star game. Introduced 2 Adam, Shelly said, "I didn't know we had a deputy commissioner"
How is that a foul on Blake?
Nick Collison, too good to miss.
Collison hits both - no time outs left for OKC - 91-90 4.1 left - Clippers ball
Jamal Crawford raised his hand because wanted credit for the best defensive possession of his career.
Great intentional foul there. Collison facing away from basket so no risk of 4-point play, and no timeouts left.
Good play by Clippers - bad play by Thunder - pass in to Nick Collison so he can be fouled for 2 FT
Did DeAndre Jordan grow?
The Thunder really need one of their patented four-point plays here.
Blake Griffin confidently steps to the line and hits two. He wanted the ball -- could've passed to Jamal.
Why does Ballmer have to wear that huge credential?
Griffin sinks 2 - 91-88 with 5.8 left - but no Durant, Westbrook or even Reggie Jackson to take the shot - Perry Jones time?
Ok Clipper owner dude, calm down. You obviously know the camera is on you
Chris Paul misses both free throws, Blake Griffin makes both. It really is a new day for the Clippers.
Blake Griffin’s free throw motion has more jerk than a Chris Paul postgame interview after a loss.
Sebastian Telfair, isolation, layup against one of the biggest frontcourts in the NBA.
Big block by DeAndre Jordan. Chris Paul with rebound and pass to Blake Griffin, who gets fouled.
Steven Adams walks like a robot.
That may have one of the best last-second intentional foul effort I’ve ever seen by Steven Adams.
hahaha Bassy don't end it like THAT
Telfair irate he didn't get a call - Griffin to line with 5.8 left
Can't say I've ever seen someone give a foul like Steven Adams just did.
In EMPTYING THE NOGGIN I broke down all 9 layups or dunks for the Mavericks in the 1st quarter. Interesting to re-watch those plays
Chris Paul staring blankly during the huddle after missing both free throws.
Memo to all you dad's out there who scream at your son/daughter when they miss clutch ft's: would you scream at Chris Paul?
Thunder ball, down 89-88 with 13.4 seconds left. Perk iso for the win?
So much Tommy Boy with Ballmer and son
Wow. Chris Paul just missed both free throws. It's still Clippers 89, Thunder 88 with 13.4 seconds left. Thunder ball.
Wow. Chris Paul missing two crucial free throws there. Steve Ballmer doesn’t like that kind of inefficiencies in his season opener.
Chris Paul just missed a pair of FT that would have put the Clippers up 91-88 - instead 89-88 Thunder ball 13.4 left
There was no trust to go to Steven Adams there despite being open for 4 seconds at the elbow. Had to anyway.
Best H.S. Point Guards: Chris Paul, 2003; Sebastian Telfair, 2004
Overtime would help my fantasy team and I'm not on deadline - so yeah, I'm pulling for OT
The Clippers and Cavs might have the league's two best offenses, and both have been terrible tonight. And you want to shorten preseason?
Telfair developed his game since I first saw him play preps, but he never developed a conscious. Dude, exhausted pg's don't have to shoot.
Redick seems to miss way too many wide-open looks for a guy who used to seem pretty automatic.
Redick gotta hit that - a "you had one job" moment
That was one heck of a play call on the oop attempt to Perry Jones. If Telfair makes a better pass, that's something special.
Redick with 2 great looks to put this game away, and he misses both. He's 1/10 on the night.
If the Thunder beat the Clippers on the road without Westbrook and Durant after the Knicks-Cavs game earlier ... I give up.
Thunder are within one with 1:44 left. Cinderella!!!
Clippers 89, Thunder 88 with 1:44 left. Thunder are playing without Durant, Westbrook and Jackson.
I did not expect to still be watching this game so long after Westbrook's exit, but the freaking Thunder, man.
Incredibly, the Thunder, with only 8 players dressed, are within 1, 89-88, with 1:44 left
Sebastian Telfair 3 has OKC within 1, 89-88.
Bassy still around
Is Scott Brooks doing a good job coaching tonight?
Best dance off at STAPLES - lady brought it
Ballmer shown on video screen much to the delight of the fans
Dude, Steve Ballmer is going to sprain a wrist if he claps like a madman every time he's shown on the video board.
Ballmer on the scoreboard is bliss.
Ballmer's son tho.
As the intentional fouling starts, Hawes checks in for Jordan.
Big shot from J.J. Redick, who has missed some great looks tonight. Puts Clippers up 7.
Perry Jones beasting tonight at Staples Center - 32 points, 10-17 shooting, 9-11 FT
Useless Stat: LeBron had 8 turnovers in his first game back with Cavs. In his last game with CLE, he had 9 turnovers. (Game 6 vs BOS, 2010).
That behind-the-back dribble by Blake Griffin was O_O
Perry Jones 32, Rest of OKC Starters 31
When KD comes back, if the lineup isn't KD, Jones, Ibaka, then I'm questioning life
Pretty incredible to watch Durant on the bench right now. Has barely sat down and is cheering and encouraging every single possession.
Perry Jones handing out BUCKETS!!!!
It is challenging to imagine two more opposite performances than Perry Jones tonight and last night.
Thirty for Perry Jones. Ties John Wall for the most points in the NBA tonight.
Perry Jones at one point was viewed as a potential No. 1 overall pick. Injuries, a bad coach and a lack of ideal position hurt his stock.
This is big for Perry Jones, who has the talent to become the next Thunder prospect to take a big step forward. 28 pts on 15 shots, 3 threes
gotta get to the set for Inside the nba. great talkin' with y'all
Chris Paul is legitimately the Clippers' best perimeter D option on wing scorers.
Perry Durant III with 28 points on 14 shots.
No Durant. No Westbrook. Big problem. But Perry Jones is putting in work.
Can you be called for a moving screen when you have the ball?
Perry Jones now with 28 points on 14 shots. Thunder, somehow, still within six.
Still feel like Scott Brooks' glasses get thicker as the game goes along.
(Or sympathy calls, actually.)
Perk gettin superstar calls.
This is like watching a 16-seed try and pull the upset. You know the inevitable is coming, but you can't stop hoping otherwise.
Telfair got fouled on a 3! Telfair got fouled on a 3!!!!
Doc Rivers' hoarse voice is already in midseason form.
It's been pointed out to me that Ballmer's walking is "hardcore."
Pretty cool of Ballmer just now to walk over and stop Billy Crystal to shake his hand. Billy's face lit up.
Shelly Sterling's attorney Pierce O'Donnell is here.
Steve Ballmer is walking around shaking hands and kissing babies and getting a standing ovation from a few in the lower bowl.
Steve Ballmer is doing laps around the court. Giving high fives along the way. I think he's excited...
Great win for my Noles. They just keep on rolling. 24 straight.
Now Ballmer is chatting with Billy Crystal...making the rounds
If it was me, I'd probably think about starting Boozer with Davis and have Hill come off bench as energy player - Hill/Davis clogs a bit
Ballmer is walking all over Staples, shaking hands and slapping 5's. Dangerously close to power walking.
Somehow, the Thunder only trail 70-62 after three despite only having eight available players. Jones with a career-high 23.
Ballmer getting a hug and pic with Fergie
"Kids, let me tell you about the night Perry Jones ran the point for the Thunder."
Ballmer and Fergie -- Round 2!!!!!!!
Cavs beat KG, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce & Celtics in 2010 opener... Then lost 26 straight in same season. Don't read too much into openers.
Clippers and Thunder are shooting a combined 5-of-33 from three-point territory.
Current lineup: Jones, Roberson, Thomas, Collison, Perkins. That's just all the lols.
JR Smith's hip hampered him tonight but he made some huge shots. He couldn't reach down to tie his shoes after the game.
This game is horrible. There, I said it.
Wait a minute: The Mike Tyson Mysteries? I gotta watch that
Perry Jones is about to run point for the Thunder.