Game stream: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Game stream: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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Game stream: Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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The Phoenix Suns (1-1) play against the Los Angeles Lakers (2-2) at STAPLES Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EDT on Friday October 22, 2021

Phoenix Suns 115, Los Angeles Lakers 105 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Los Angeles Lakers teammates stepping in prevented more between Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard #NBA
(📽️) WATCH
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/12…3:45 AM
Kent Bazemore @24Bazemore
😊✊🏾 – 3:01 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Thoughts from LA as #Suns top #Lakers by 10 after leading by 32. pic.twitter.com/XuV4gnuZHh2:50 AM

Roland Lazenby @lazenby
What is it, Game number 2? And they’re already in each other’s faces? That’s either a very good thing or a very bad one. Not much in-between on that. Come on, now. Go, Lakers. – 2:47 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Suns deny owner Robert Sarver is racist, sexist ahead of possible ESPN report
sportando.basketball/en/suns-deny-o…2:23 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers battled the refs. They battled fans. They battled each other.
The battle with the Suns sailed out of their reach, leaving the Lakers at 0-2 on a night they acknowledged struggling with their composure: ocregister.com/2021/10/22/ant…2:19 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis have confrontation on Lakers bench, say its now over nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/23/dwi…2:19 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis on Dwight Howard argument: “After the situation happened, me and DH, we talked about it and we left it at that.” – 2:02 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on team’s chemistry: “In house, what we do in the locker room and what we say, we keep it to ourselves. After the situation, me and DH [Dwight Howard] talked about it, and we left it at that.” – 2:01 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker described it as a jumpstart to the team. Monty Williams said it can be something like only 3 shots that change the entire game.
Chris Paul had another one of those dominating spurts tonight and the Suns didn’t look back from there: arizonasports.com/story/2862292/…2:00 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Just like Dwight, AD downplayed the scuffle pic.twitter.com/NpRZV9KFaB1:39 AM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
LeBron conceded that frustration over foul calls, no-calls, etc. hurt the Lakers’ composure tonight. AK – 1:35 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron on figuring out how to win games while trying to learn how to optimize the way they play together with the new roster: “You’re going to get frustrated at times because you know what you’re capable of.” – 1:35 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James says “the emotion side kind of got to us tonight,” and says their frustration with some calls tonight ate up multiple possessions, and the Lakers have to do a better job of handling that. – 1:35 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns reactions to team owner Robert Sarver allegations.
Chris Paul talked about having “solid” locker room.
Devin Booker said “something has to come out first” before commenting.
Mikal Bridges said “we all have distractions in this world,” but said they just “locked in” #Suns1:34 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Anthony Davis said he and Dwight Howard were arguing about a defensive pick-and-roll coverage. – 1:34 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Anthony Davis on his bench altercation with Dwight Howard: pic.twitter.com/GWAHnKbeeG1:33 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis on the confrontation with Dwight Howard: “It’s over with.” – 1:30 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“It’s unbelievable watching him going up all-time.” – Mikal Bridges on watching Chris Paul make history, saying he’s blessed to be his teammate and friend – 1:22 AM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Fan ejected from Lakers-Suns game after slapping Rajon Rondo’s hand away from his face
cbssports.com/nba/news/fan-e…1:17 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul’s brother and Devin Booker’s dad watched the game together from the bench. #Suns pic.twitter.com/9GBka0ahTh1:17 AM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Chris Paul gets the game ball after becoming the first player to reach 20K points and 10K assists: “When you get done playing this game, you want to have things to remember things. I’m going to keep this for sure.” pic.twitter.com/FUYIOExqMm1:17 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said the court side fan slapped Rajon Rondo’s hand. Vogel also on the AD/Dwight incident and his own technical pic.twitter.com/0Ip30Zbvey1:12 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker on Mikal Bridges: “We’re on his ass every day.” – 1:11 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on Austin Reaves: “Austin came in and played really well.” – 1:03 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel says that the AD-Dwight confrontation, his tech, and the Rondo confrontation with a fan are all isolated, even though they involve high emotions. Of the collective frustration the team showed, Vogel said: “It says we want to be 2-0, and we’re not. That’s all it says.” – 1:02 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Frank Vogel on the AD-Dwight argument escalating to a physical altercation: “That’s too much. … I handled it behind closed doors.” – 1:02 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says Dwight Howard not playing in the second half was not for disciplinary reasons. – 1:01 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Frank Vogel said the scuffle between AD and Dwight was over a blown coverage. “When you’re getting your ass kicked, sometimes those conversations get heated.” Added that he’d rather guys care than not care. AK – 1:00 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Vogel: “Dwight and AD had a miscommunication … when you’re getting your ass kicked, sometimes (arguments) happen.”
He added that they squashed it, that they’re brothers. – 1:00 AM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Frank Vogel on the Dwight Howard/Anthony Davis spat: “Those guys love each other. … I’d rather our guys care than not care” – 12:59 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel on the Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis spat: “When you’re getting your ass kicked, sometimes those conversations get heated. Those guys love each other.” – 12:59 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on Dwight-AD altercation: “Had an issue on a coverage and they talked it out. … And that’s going to happen from time to time.” – 12:58 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Dwight Howard on Lakers’ struggles: “We’re going to get it together. There’s no doubt in my mind. … You got to crawl before you walk.” – 12:56 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Dwight Howard said his lack of playing time in the second half had nothing to do with his bench incident with AD pic.twitter.com/LfkCgnuDqX12:55 AM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Dwight Howard on the argument with AD on the bench in the 2nd Q, which he said came from a disagreement on the court: “We already squashed it. That’s my brother. We’re good.”
Added: “We all understand that we have to stay humble and stay positive.” – 12:55 AM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Dwight Howard said he and Anthony Davis had a “disagreement” about something that happened on the floor. Howard called AD his “brother” and added, “We’re good. We squashed it.” pic.twitter.com/FiftPo1hr212:55 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Dwight adds on Davis: “he’s my brother” and that he won’t let anyone ruin their relationship. – 12:55 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Dwight Howard says not playing in the second half had nothing to do with the altercation with Anthony Davis. – 12:54 AM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Dwight Howard says he and Anthony Davis squashed their altercation right then and there. He called AD his brother and said they were upset about a play and both got into their feelings.
“We have no issues with each other.” pic.twitter.com/aozOirZXEr12:54 AM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Dwight Howard on his bench altercation with Anthony Davis: pic.twitter.com/xmzzf9qRQs12:53 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Dwight Howard said that he and Anthony Davis squashed their spat on the sideline right after it happened. pic.twitter.com/qvZDF6dgPY12:53 AM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Dwight Howard on Anthony Davis: “We have no issues with each other.” – 12:53 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Dwight Howard said that he and Anthony Davis “squashed it” after their bench disagreement pic.twitter.com/VOtnyoo6V812:53 AM

Steve Luhm @sluhm
I wonder if LeBron will ask Laker management to trade him to a contender? – 12:52 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Dwight Howard on altercation with AD: “We just had a disagreement about something on the floor.” Says they already “squashed it” – 12:52 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams liked the Suns’ defensive intensity tonight. Thought they really brought it for those first three quarters. Saw much better pace on offense, which helped get those 31 assists. – 12:51 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul taking picture with fan, who was wearing a Paul black Wake Forest jersey.
#Suns win as Paul makes history in becoming first player in #NBA75 history to reach 20K points and 10K assists.
Finished with 23 points and 14 assists.
Paul signed the fan’s shoes. #Lakers pic.twitter.com/oLJUEVHNt512:51 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Lakers this season:
— 0-2 record
— Bottom 10 offense
— Bottom 10 FG%
— Bottom 10 rebounding
— Bottom 10 net rating
— First time ever starting 0-2 at home pic.twitter.com/jR15Wo2fsN12:44 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers lost. Not sure that’s the headline, though. – 12:42 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Lakers haven’t won a game since May 27. 0-8 this year including preseason. – 12:40 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
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twitter.com/i/spaces/1RDGl…12:39 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Suns 115, Lakers 105
The Lakers fall to 0-2. A spirited fourth-quarter effort from the Lakers, who cut the Suns’ lead to 10 twice after trailing by 27 entering the final frame. LeBron James had 25 points and 5 assists.
Up next: vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday. – 12:39 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
That… was a train wreck. The Lakers lose 115-105 to the Suns to fall to 0-2, but it will be remembered for the flap between AD/Dwight, Rondo beefing with a fan and the Lakers being thoroughly outplayed by the team that bounced them from last year’s playoffs. – 12:37 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Suns have outscored Lakers by 61 points since the last non-summer league Lakers win pic.twitter.com/iGCGaYpfXx12:37 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Kuzma, KCP, Trez and Caruso are all 2-0.
The Lakers are 0-2. pic.twitter.com/JaVDXW56Qu12:37 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns beat the Lakers to get their first win of the season. Chris Paul took over in the second quarter and then everything came together on both ends. 23-5-14-2 for him. Mikal Bridges was that dude tonight with 21-5-3-3-1. Devin Booker added 22-5-4. – 12:37 AM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers fall to 0-2 with a 115-105 loss to PHX in a game they trailed by as many as 32. LeBron 25 pts 5 ast 5 tos; AD 22 pts on 6-of-18 shooting 14 reb; Russ 15 pts 11 reb 9 ast 4 tos; Melo 16 pts; Reaves 8 pts on 3-of-4 – 12:37 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Final: Suns 115, Lakers 105, as LAL fall to 0-2 on the season, with a Sunday clash vs. Memphis coming.
LeBron: 25/5/2; Davis: 22/14/3/2; Westbrook: 15/11/9.
LAL shot 39.5%, Suns 48.8%. – 12:37 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: PHX 115, LAL 105
Paul: 23 Pts, 14 Ast, 5 Reb
Booker: 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 9-19 FG
Bridges: 21 Pts, 8-11 FG
James: 25 Pts – 12:37 AM
Kyle Kuzma @kylekuzma
How many ppl got a prettier jumper than melo? – 12:37 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers start the Season 0-2…Suns Win 115-105…
LA – LBJ 25pts…AD 22pts 14rebs…Russ 15pts 11rebs 9ast
PHX – CP3 23pts 14ast…Booker 22pts…Bridges 21pts
Thoughts Laker Fans? – 12:36 AM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Austin Reaves was the best shooter in NBA history until that non-call (though 75% FG is still upper tier) – 12:36 AM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers finish with a 115-105 loss to the Suns. Lakers hustled at the end. But they shot poorly (39.5%) and conceded too many points in the paint (52). And AD & Dwight had a little scuffle. – 12:36 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
The Lakers have lost 5 straight games going back to last season. pic.twitter.com/sjild97K0x12:36 AM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers fall to 0-2 to start season with a 115-105 loss to Suns. Lakers once down by 32 points in the third. – 12:36 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Rough last 24 hours for Dwight:
— Left off the 75 all-time list
— Got into an argument with AD
— Benched the entire 2nd half pic.twitter.com/goSD1T4egO12:34 AM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Think this Lakers team wins by playing really hard and getting the most out of their length/athleticism. Going to win through defense/compete level. Not sure how meshable those things are in the regular season with the team’s age, but kinda think that’s how they gotta live – 12:33 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Attacking the rim should be assumed with Russ/LeBron/AD, but they rarely got into the paint for the first 7 quarters of the season. That’s changed in this 4th Q, with 14 points in the paint after 12 in the 1st 3 Q’s. Suns did back off their defense some w/t big lead. – 12:32 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Westbrook got steal, bucket and foul, but missed FT that would’ve cut #Suns lead to nine.
Bridges was fouled on missed FT, went 1-of-2. #Suns up 11. – 12:32 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers, far from giving up, are playing full-court press. Russell Westbrook just grabbed a steal and was fouled. It’s a 10 point game. Sure. – 12:30 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Frank Vogel isn’t the only one upset Crowder got that open 3 and made it to give #Suns 110-95 lead with 1:39 left.
So were the fans.
Exiting stage left in groves. #Suns #Lakers #NBA75 – 12:29 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Austin Reaves continues to be a bright spot for the Lakers here, his 2nd 3 of the 4th Q trimming a game that was likely over long ago to 12 points with a 28-13 4th Q. – 12:29 AM
Bill Oram @billoram
The Lakers are playing their All-75 lineup and the only guy on the floor who should be shooting is Austin Reaves. – 12:28 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
gonna be fun to see Austin Reaves on the NBA 100th anniversary team – 12:28 AM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Where does Mikal Bridges rank as a cutter??? – 12:26 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Mikal Bridges cuts like a premier slot receiver sits in zones on 3rd down – 12:26 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Lakers need to get LeBron-AD-Westbrook reps with Reaves, clearly – 12:26 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Davis is 8 of 9 at the FT line tonight after going 2 for 7 in the opener. Suns lost a challenge as he’s about to take his 10th and 11th.
He’s missed a bunch of shots he typically hits inside, meanwhile, going just 2 for 11 in the paint. – 12:22 AM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Poor Melo is never gonna get a ring – 12:22 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Technical fouls on Anthony Davis and Deandre Ayton, but it comes after Booker gets an open 3, and hits it. #Suns up 20. – 12:19 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker (9,429) has passed Giannis Antetokounmpo (9,427) for the 6th-most points scored by a player before turning 25 in NBA history pic.twitter.com/gtoPwd1xmm12:19 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Double technical fouls on Deandre Ayton and Anthony Davis. – 12:19 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
AD and Ayton both hit with Techs in the fourth – 12:19 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Lakers finally started getting to the PHX basket, with 8 points in the paint in the first 5 minutes of thet 4th Q, after they’d managed just 12 in the 1st 3 Q’s. – 12:15 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Feels closer than a 20-point deficit. Suns need a couple good minutes here to really put this away. – 12:14 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Westbrook-AD connection! That was smooooth… – 12:14 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Mikal Bridges with the too small sign after scoring over Reaves. #Suns up 20. – 12:12 AM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Just getting caught up on the Lakers. Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis fought on the bench; Rondo finger-gunned a fan. What else did I miss? – 12:11 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Suns have targeting rookie Austin Reaves for some isolations, and he’s held up really well, contesting misses from Nader and now Booker on the last two trips. – 12:09 AM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
It’s almost like the Lakers should have tweaked their championship team instead of break it up. – 12:08 AM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard get into tussle on bench during game vs. Suns
cbssports.com/nba/news/laker…12:06 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns had 23 assists in the season opener. They’re already up to 28 with 11 minutes to go in the 4Q tonight. Ball moving much better tonight – 12:06 AM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Austin Reaves in the mix!! – 12:05 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Good, intense defensive possession from LAL to start the 4th Q as they try to find something … but Cam Johnson managed to get a 3 off at the end of the clock after patient passing from PHX, and hit it. – 12:05 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Suns 94, Lakers 67
This game went from bad to embarrassing for the Lakers in the third, trailing by as many as 32 points as the Suns racked up points in the paint and transition. LA is shooting just 33.9% and has nearly as many turnovers (13) as assists (14). – 12:02 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
After allowing 34 in the 2nd Q, LAL gave up 37 in the 3rd, and were outscored by a total of 30 points combined to trail 94-67 going into the 4th Q.
LAL are 21 of 62 from the field (33.9%) to PHX’s 36 of 69 (52.2%). LAL have 2 more made 3’s, but Suns dominating paint 48-12. – 12:01 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
thought i would never see anything more embarrassing than Jae Crowder mocking LeBron’s salsa dancing the moment they eliminated LA in their own gym. but there is a still a quarter left here. – 12:01 AM
Bradley Beal @RealDealBeal23
I know y’all heard Melo 😂😂😂 – 12:01 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
The Lakers are fighting amongst themselves in LA. Meanwhile, Buddy Hield has 22 points on 6/14 from 3pt. – 12:01 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers getting smacked by Suns 94-67 end of third. – 12:00 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: PHX 94, LAL 67
Paul: 19 Pts, 12 Ast, 5-8 FG
Booker: 19 Pts, 4 Ast, 8-15 FG
Ayton: 8 Pts, 14 Reb
James: 18 Pts, 6-14 FG – 12:00 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers down 94-67 going into the 4th… – 12:00 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
This is the most MVP votes that Nunn Ellington, THT, and Ariza have ever gotten😐 – 11:59 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
As if this night wasn’t ridiculous enough, Rajon Rondo just got a courtside fan kicked out after the two were going back and forth. – 11:57 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Rajon Rondo complained about a courtside fan just now and got him kicked out. – 11:55 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
This Suns-Lakers game makes Denver’s win look more impressive. – 11:55 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I always questioned why the Lakers trader for Russell Westbrook. He’s obviously a good player, but God his fit next to LeBron and AD was always questionable and through 2 games, it looks bad. – 11:54 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
The Lakers are testing the resolve of folks who vowed not to jump to any early-season conclusions about them. – 11:54 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Great help LeBron. Good job.”
After Cam Johnson tried to dunk on him and missed and fell, LeBron James stayed on the other end while the #Lakers played 4-on-5
Davis eventually got fouled, but James didn’t move until that happened. #Suns up 89-57 as JaVale McGee with the finish – 11:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Cameron Johnson knew LBJ was lurking for the chase down block, so he tried to dunk it. I respect that so much! – 11:53 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
This is truly some of the worst basketball I’ve seen in the James era of the Lakers. – 11:53 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Cameron Johnson really tried it! 😲 #WhenInDoubtDunk11:52 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Lakers are just floating around out there. Lead is up to 29. – 11:52 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
While LeBron has scored well due to hot shooting from outside, it might be concerning for the Lakers that he’s got 4 shots at the rim so far this season. – 11:52 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns bench is on fire.
Cam Johnson for 3.
#Suns up 32. – 11:51 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Think this Suns-Lakers game, again, is a prime example of a team with continuity on both ends of the floor versus a team still growing with one another.
Having said that, this is a mess for the Lakers on defense. – 11:51 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
JaVale McGee with the jump hook.
#Suns 82, #Lakers 55.
Wow.
Absolutely wow. #NBA7511:50 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns up 25. Lakers already in playoff form! – 11:47 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Ayton ain’t JTA. And that’s not a knock on JTA. He just had no chance of containing AD. – 11:47 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers getting run of the court by the Suns, down 80-55 in the third. Lakers shooting 34% from the field., the Suns 52.5% – 11:47 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Some peacemaking. Just before recent timeout, Dwight Howard extended a high five to Anthony Davis, and he reciprocated – 11:47 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker to start: 1-for-6
Devin Booker since: 7-for-9 – 11:47 PM
Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
The Lakers look like a team who’s down 0-3 in the Playoffs and knows they’re about to get swept
It’s their second regular season game… – 11:46 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
If only the Lakers could fall back on having the best big man in league history. – 11:46 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Don’t worry Thunder fans. The schedule gets easier.
OKC plays the Lakers two times in the next two weeks. – 11:46 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
CP3 dancing on AD back-to-back possessions pic.twitter.com/HiKM3lA0HU11:45 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker slipped and fell twice after trying to get up off the floor following layup.
I can’t see the baseline from the people, but I do see a camera man down there. #Suns #Lakers11:45 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Suns should be pretty well-rested in Portland tomorrow the way this is going – 11:45 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Suns have shooting and defensive versatility all over the floor, plus a really good defensive anchor. – 11:44 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker just gave the “rock the baby to sleep” gesture after scoring on Kent Bazemore, who got a tech for his reaction.
#Suns up 23 after Booker bucket, tech FT and FT for 3-point play. – 11:43 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
LMAOOOOO BOOK WITH THE ROCKABYE WESTBROOK – 11:43 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Suns aren’t scared of the Lakers at all – 11:43 PM
Kyle Kuzma @kylekuzma
Book be talking so spicy🤣🤣🤣 – 11:43 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Wow Book rocking the baby now. That’s rude lol – 11:43 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
A technical foul on Kent Bazemore after his foul on Devin Booker. – 11:42 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
This is just their 1st regular season game.
They only played two preseason games against each other.
Lakers are trying to figure it out with so many new players.
BUT.
As of right now, #Suns looks like a bad matchup for Lakers.
They could very well win tonight, but down 20? – 11:41 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Chris Paul is a cold-blooded killer man – 11:39 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone was encouraged by what his five-man bench lineup did tonight after they get played off the floor in Phoenix. He thinks they’ll continue to get better with more reps. He’s planning to stick with that five going forward. – 11:39 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
During this entire third Q, Dwight Howard has stood up along the bench or along the baseline trying to cheer everyone on the court. Even more than usual – 11:39 PM
Kyle Kuzma @kylekuzma
Chris Paul middy so unreal – 11:39 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
every time Westbrook lines up a 3 the Suns are asking him if he needs anything else to make his stay more enjoyable like a hotel lobby concierge. – 11:39 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
With LAL clearly having a lot they need to figure out from a cohesion standpoint, Chris Paul’s been a tough matchup. He’s disecting their defense, up to 17 points with 11 assists in 19 minutes. – 11:39 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers are currently being outscored 36-6 by the Suns in the paint this game, and have been outscored 82-40 in the paint to start the season. – 11:38 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Some Russ/Lakers talk on the Lowe Post podcast today — among many other topics in a look around the first week of the NBA. (And somehow no Kyrie or Simmons talk!!!!):
Apple: apple.co/2XCJUnZ
Spotify: spoti.fi/2Zd7Bn811:38 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Lakers go small and put in Bradley for Jordan. Right away it’s a DA dunk. – 11:38 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers-Suns is a terrible hangover to the Warriors-Clippers game last night – 11:38 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Bradley’s in for Jordan here as LAL go small early in the 3rd Q, trailing 65-50. – 11:37 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Not watching the Lakers game, but holy crap are they being outplayed. Down 15, they’re shooting 9/16 from 3 and Suns are only 4/17. Lakers shooting 27% from 2 and have an 87 ortg. – 11:36 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Lakers still look flat coming out of the half. Suns lead by 15. One of those stretches where it would be helpful to jump all over it and put ’em away with a game tomorrow night in Portland. – 11:34 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LeBron is 9 of 16 on 3-pointers to start the season, and that’s with him chucking up a few contested ones at the end of the Warriors loss as the Lakers were trying to rally. – 11:34 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL have a chance to turn the FT game around here, as it’s now Phoenix with 4 early PF’s in the 3rd Q, to LAL’s 0, after 14 1st half fouls called on LAL to 7 on the Suns. – 11:33 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
How the hell did Suns get in penalty in less than two minutes
That’s how leads get smoked! – 11:33 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron is now 9 for 16 from 3 to start this season, with 5 makes in the opener and 4 already tonight. – 11:32 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns shot 4-of-16 from 3 but had 18 assists on 21 field goals.
Ball movement! – 11:28 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Is it possible the Lakers are suffering from too much Remembering of Some Guys? – 11:26 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix #Suns: Chris Paul celebrates NBA 75th honor, makes lone history in becoming first player in #NBA75 history to score at least 20K points and dish out 10K assists.
Has 11 and 10 in 1st half as #Suns up 57-44 at half on #Lakers. https://t.co/nT4aHdww6J via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/zcuTnEsPBW11:23 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Suns 30-6 advantage in ‘Pts in the Paint’ – 11:22 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Lakers letting Caruso go is still wild to me. – 11:21 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
After a 26-23 1st Q, LAL were outscored 34-18 during a rough 2nd Q, enough to give PHX a 57-44 at the break.
Frustration started brewing early in the 2nd Q on the court, and carried over to LAL’s bench later in the period. – 11:20 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Suns 57, Lakers 44
That was the Lakers’ worst quarter of the young season. The Suns outscored them 34-18 and were way too comfortable living in the paint (30 points thus far). LeBron leads LA with 11 points. DeAndre Jordan is the only Laker with a positive +/- (+6). – 11:14 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
A sensational first half from Mikal Bridges. Suns up 13 at the half. – 11:14 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
The Lakers led 36-35 but go into halftime trailing 57-44 after a second quarter clinic by the Suns. That’s despite the Lakers shooting 8-of-13 from 13. – 11:13 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: PHX 57, LAL 44
Bridges: 12 Pts, 5-6 FG
Paul: 11 Pts, 10 Ast
Ayton: 6 Pts, 7 Reb
James: 11 Pts, 3-4 3P – 11:13 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers trail Suns 57-44 at the half. – 11:13 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LeBron is likely to become the second player in history to join the 20K points/10K assists club. Currently has 35,412 points and 9,702 assists. – 11:13 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Little elbow action to get Booker in rhythm. Awesome save there too – 11:12 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Rajon Rondo seems like the Lakers best 3-point shooter right now… – 11:11 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
AD and Dwight. I’m taking AD all day every day. – 11:11 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Rondo bothers Ayton on a post-up that he misses, then sinks a three on the other end. This game is wild, y’all. – 11:10 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
We’re already there, Lakers? – 11:09 PM
Kane Pitman @KanePitman
This Lakers roster seems far too annoyed at each other given it’s Game 2. Sheeeshhhh. – 11:08 PM
J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
The ball screen actions with Westbrook just don’t work as well. Doesn’t compromise the defense. They’re going under 2 and playing in deep drops every time. Doesn’t create the spacing they think it’s going to create – 11:06 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
That was a pivotal 5-point swing for the Lakers. Booker botched the lob pass to Ayton, who was wide open. The Lakers push the ball the other way and Rondo drills an open corner 3 to cut the Suns’ lead to eight, 49-41, with 3:13 left in the first half. Important stretch coming up. – 11:06 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix #Suns: Monty Williams addresses team owner Robert Sarver allegations (w/videos) #NBA75 https://t.co/2OK8gPvGlE via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/TXiDPFGekP11:05 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Every Rajon Rondo 3 feels like it’s worth 6 points instead of 3 – 11:05 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Lakers probably deserve to lose for wearing purple at home. – 11:05 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Suns dominating Q2, 26-12…Lakers down 49-38… – 11:04 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Westbrook joins LeBron with his 3rd PF, at the 4:42 mark, bringing Rajon Rondo in for the first time.
Lakers have been struggling to score, and showing frustration with the whistle, as PHX has turned a 3-point deficit into a 49-38 lead. – 11:04 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Man, I’m a huge Mikal Bridges fan – 11:03 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Mikal Bridges – 11:03 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
The first half isn’t even over, and Russell Westbrook (three) and LeBron James (three) are in foul trouble. Lakers have gotten increasingly irritated with how the game has been called tonight. – 11:03 PM
Yu Fu @YuFuTroy
Westbrook is terrible – 11:03 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Here’s Chris Paul getting his 7th point to reach 20,000 and become 1st player in #NBA75 history to score 20K and dish out 10K assists.
It came on a FT after drawing foul on Dwight Howard. Has 11 and 9 assists in the game. #Suns up 42-38 midway through 2nd quarter. #Lakers #NBA pic.twitter.com/PxwE7N8Clt11:03 PM

Bill Oram @billoram
Devin Booker just high-fived Justin Bieber. – 11:02 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Mikal Bridges is a savant. How did he snatched that on the break. – 11:02 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Rajon Rondo is checking for the first time tonight — about 19 minutes into the game. – 11:02 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
LeBron was in at the start of the 2nd, probably because those CP3 + reserves minutes are deadly and killed the Lakers in lsat year’s series. But now LeBron has to rest with most of the Suns’ starters in. Tough call. – 11:02 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Chris Paul leads the Suns with 11 points, but he’s only made one field goal. He’s 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. – 11:01 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Chris Paul has snatched up this game – 11:01 PM
Eliot Clough @EliotClough
Well
Chris Paul is the first player in NBA history to register 20,000 points and 10,000 assists
That makes me happy – 10:58 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Come on, Dwight… Why bite on CP3’s antics? Smh – 10:58 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Chris Paul becomes the first player in NBA history with 20,000 points and 10,000 assists. – 10:57 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Chris Paul just scored his 20,000th career point, amidst a FT parade early in the 2nd Q. – 10:57 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Chris Paul is the first player in NBA history with 20,000 points and 10,000 assists.
Point. God. pic.twitter.com/3xyo0xGOpL10:57 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul stands alone.
First player in #NBA75 history to score 20K points and dish out 10K assists in his NBA career. #Suns pic.twitter.com/19dimfqcqF10:57 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Never change, Chris Paul. – 10:57 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Four Suns in there around Dwight to make sure he didn’t get that offensive rebound. Team got really good at gang rebounding in the playoffs – 10:56 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul one point away from 20K. #Suns10:55 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
The Suns are already in the bonus, with the 5th PF on the Lakers coming at the 8:39 mark of the 2nd Q, resulting in 2 CP3 FT’s, bringing PHX within 1 at 33-32 after Monk hit a 3 on the other end. No PF’s on PHX yet.
PHX was the 2nd-best FT shooting team ever last year at 83.4%. – 10:55 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
CP3 rip-through alert cc: @Gina Mizell10:55 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
In my upcoming non-basketball moves story that’s dropping this weekend, the Jae Crowder drawing fouls on 3s and Chris Paul’s rip through move are topics of discussion in it. #Suns10:54 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
If there’s a big man who knows how to cherrypick… it’s JaVale🤣
Lakers can’t be shocked, they thrived off that (still do) – 10:52 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Lakers have 11 fouls in this game compared to the Suns’ 4. That includes LeBron, who has three fouls after that flagrant against Crowder. – 10:52 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
⭐️ @Chris Paul reps for @FAMU_1887 on his #NBAKicks! pic.twitter.com/Z8C4QR5UDm10:52 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
LeBron James is assessed a flagrant foul I for that play against Jae Crowder. He has three fouls but is remaining in the game. Glad Crowder wasn’t injured on that play, landing on someone’s foot is always scary. – 10:50 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Flagrant 1 on LeBron who is staying in the game with three fouls. – 10:49 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Flagrant foul 1 stands on James. #Suns10:49 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Refs are ruling it a flagrant foul 1 on LeBron. That’s LeBron’s 3rd PF at the 10:35 mark of the 2nd Q.
FT’s coming for Phoenix, who trail LAL 29-26. – 10:49 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers’ review is denied. It’s a flagrant foul 1 on LeBron James. – 10:49 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Crowder moving around, trying to run it off. #Suns10:47 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
pretty sure russ just set his first ball screen of the season on that lebron 3 – 10:47 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
James gets his third foul early in the second quarter. Crowder’s right foot landed on James’ left foot.
Lakers are challenging. Crowder limped to the bench and is getting looked at right now on the bench. – 10:47 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Tough call coming. Crowder is one of the players who always kicks his legs out on 3-point attempts, and LeBron got called for a 3-point foul closing out to him. Crowder landed on LeBron’s foot … but he landed a foot ahead of from where he took off. – 10:47 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jae Crowder limps off court as the play is being challenged. A foul was called on Crowder 3. #Suns #Lakers10:46 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Jae Crowder stayed down for a bit holding his ankle after being fouled by LeBron on that 3-point shot. Refs are reviewing for a flagrant – 10:46 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers challenging call that LeBron James invaded Jae Crowder’s space on close out. – 10:46 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I wonder if Crowder got Kawhi Rule’d right there by Bron’s closeout – 10:46 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I don’t think LeBron James forgot which team sent the Lakers home last year – 10:45 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
LeBron James is 3-for-3 from beyond the arc tonight – 10:44 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron has hit his first three 3-pointers tonight. – 10:44 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL take a 26-23 lead out of the first Q despite LeBron and AD combining to shoot 3 for 8, after the two combined for most of LAL’s offense in Game 1.
Westbrook led all scorers with 8 points. – 10:43 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Good spurt from the full reserve lineup to have the Suns down only 3. Two fouls each for Booker, James, Davis and Westbrook.
Really tough for this offense to get in a flow if Booker is off. Paul might need to get more aggressive shooting the ball. – 10:41 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Lakers 26, Suns 23
Russell Westbrook leads LA with 8 points, already matching his Game 1 total against the Warriors. He’s been better on both ends. LeBron has 6 points and continues to shoot 3s impressively. These bench-centric units are rough defensively. – 10:40 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Russell Westbrook matched his Game 1 scoring total (8 points) in the first quarter tonight on 3-of-6 shooting. He has been far more physical and aggressive, which you probably could have predicted. Lakers up 26-23 vs. Suns. – 10:40 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 1Q: LAL 26, PHX 23
Crowder: 6 Pts, 3-5 FG
Bridges: 5 Pts
Ayton: 2 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl
Westbrook: 8 Pts, 3 Ast – 10:39 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
End of Q1, Lakers up 26-23…Russ with 8pts + 3ast, Lebron with 6pts, AD with 4pts + 4rebs – 10:39 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers lead Suns 26-23 end of first quarter. Westbrook leads Lakers with 8 points, 3 assists. – 10:39 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Russell Westbrook (8 pts on 3-for-6 shooting) already has as many points in the 1st Q as he had in the entirety of his Laker debut (8 pts on 4-for-13). LAL leads PHX 26-23 after 1Q. – 10:39 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Tough call on AD, who looked to have drawn JaVale’s charge, but was called for his 2nd PF. Westbrook also has a pair of PF’s after an offensive foul. – 10:38 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Russell Westbrook has eight points on 3-for-4 shooting in 8 minutes, which equals the total number of points he had in his Laker debut against the Warriors on Tuesday. – 10:36 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Russell Westbrook has become the good version of himself so far tonight. – 10:34 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
One early rotation adjustment from the Lakers tonight: Malik Monk and Avery Bradley ahead of Rajon Rondo in the rotation. – 10:32 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Now that Melo is on a team that’s on national TV twice a week the ESPN censors are on high alert for his rebounds. – 10:31 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Avery Bradley is getting the rotation minutes Rajon Rondo played in Game 1 here, as Vogel’s likely looking for more perimeter defense, especially since Westbrook is in to run the offense. – 10:30 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Really rough start again for Devin Booker. 1-for-6 and it doesn’t look like he’s got his legs under him on his jumpers – 10:28 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Like this lineup…AD at the 5, Melo at the 4 along with Bazemore, Monk and Westbrook
Lebron has 2 Fouls… – 10:28 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
DJ guarding CP3 in the corner briefly at STAPLES Center and… yeah I remember 😄 pic.twitter.com/RVC2AjWHUh10:27 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Melo gets a really strong fan reception when he comes off the bench. Kind of reminds me of the reception Lamar Odom would get – 10:26 PM
Brad Botkin @bradbotkincbs
LeBron going Ray Allen for the next 10 years is gonna be something – 10:25 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Russ with a quick 6pts to start the game, Lakers up 15-13… – 10:20 PM
Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
Bron shooting it like he’s back in Miami – 10:19 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Nice start for Westbrook in Game 2, as he has 6 early points after an and-1 over Booker, who committed his 2nd PF.
Westbrook then found LeBron for a transition 3, as LAL lead 15-13 midway through the 1st Q. – 10:19 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Float School Crowder – 10:19 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Russ makes a contested jump shot on Booker, and then has some words to say after. I know his intensity is normally is off the charts, but, I guess I’m saying it’s *still* off the charts. – 10:18 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
I’m finishing up a story on Sarver, but watching game.
Game tied at 11-11. #Suns10:18 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Westbrook trying to get himself going. Following rebound & turnaround J, Westbrook shouting toward the courtside fans – 10:18 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Good job by Booker not fouling LeBron in transition there. Would have been his second. – 10:17 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns look a bit more engaged already tonight. Shots actually going in helps too – 10:16 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Bridges on LeBron so Booker is on Westbrook.
Suns are going at AD defensively on the move around screens off the ball. Two floaters for Jae Crowder already. – 10:14 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
In his second Lakers’ game, it took Russell Westbrook less than two minutes to get points on the board. – 10:13 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. The new LeBron and D-Wade on the fastbreak. (At least when they play the Pelicans.) – 10:10 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Myles Turner career-high night:
40 PTS
10 REB
5 3PT
3 BLK
He joins LeBron, Harden, Durant, Boogie, Vince and T-Mac as the only players in NBA history to put up those numbers (or better). pic.twitter.com/vIJnFEvIEy9:55 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns #Lakers starters.
Landry Shamet (foot) is active. #NBA75 pic.twitter.com/16ADWUnLSH9:39 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Landry Shamet was listed as probable with right foot soreness, but it appears he’ll be playing tonight – 9:35 PM
Eliot Clough @EliotClough
As AD is saying — offense is playing through BI and remaining patient. I like this. – 9:28 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“It’s a skill to navigate uncertainty.”
That was Monty Williams message before the bubble. #Suns went 8-0.
The message resurfaced in my head when @Dan Woike asked Williams about maintaining team culture amid Robert Sarver allegations
“I’m confident in the people we have.” pic.twitter.com/yvu7HVY18o9:22 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I’m not going to comment about it until I have time to process a lot of information and get everything I need to know about the situation, but I’m good. Don’t ever worry about me. Our team is good. Our guys get to hoop.” Monty Williams on Robert Sarver allegations. #Suns pic.twitter.com/aLC7FhdAeg9:09 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Dwight Howard should have made the #NBA75 list. #TheMismatch pic.twitter.com/xJSdwy68He9:05 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Monty Williams answering @Duane Rankin’s question about the reports/allegations the Suns are dealing with: pic.twitter.com/ifgeUqHBY98:54 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel said it’s “pretty surreal” to have four players from the #NBA75 list on his team.
If you don’t know already, those players are: LeBron, AD, Westbrook and Carmelo – 8:41 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Monty Williams, who coached Russell Westbrook as an assistant in OKC, says he’s confident that he will find his way with the Lakers because he’s done it every year. “He’ll figure it out. I hope it’s not tonight.” – 8:39 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I’ve been through a lot in my life, and basketball is place I get to have great joy.” Monty Williams when asked about not allowing the Robert Sarver accusations to affect team culture.
He also said that he needs more information and process it. #Suns8:38 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Suns coach Monty Williams on why he believes the Robert Sarver accusations won’t affect the locker room pic.twitter.com/lWoB2zBgJg8:35 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams on keeping the Suns focused despite what’s going on with the impending Sarver story: “I’m not gonna talk about any of that, and nothing will invade or erode our culture. That’s something that we’ve said from Day 1.” – 8:33 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Big difference between Rockets tonight and Wednesday: Jae’Sean Tate. Has 7 points, 4 rebounds, three assists in eight minutes. Usual defensive energy. – 8:32 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Phoenix Suns announce that coach Monty Williams will only be taking basketball questions tonight at his pregame press conference, and he won’t respond to the statement the organization released earlier today. – 8:31 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Suns spokesman said coach Monty Williams is only addressing basketball-related questions during his pre-game availability – 8:30 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Frank Vogel on the Top 75, regarding Dwight Howard: “He should for sure be on the list.”
Vogel listed a few of Howard’s credentials, including being a 3-time Defensive Player of the Year. Perhaps the most impressive part of Howard’s resume: 8 times on an All-NBA team (5X 1st). – 8:24 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Vogel said same starting lineup of DJ, Bazemore, Bron, AD and Russ. – 8:23 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Much better start for Houston, up 15-8 after 6 minutes. Rockets playing an aggressive brand of defense, getting the ball up the floor quickly on the other end. Jae’Sean Tate’s energy is infectious. – 8:23 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel taking issue with Dwight Howard and Klay Thompson not being on NBA Top 75 list. Vogel called it “surreal” that LeBron, AD, Westbrook and Melo are all on the list pic.twitter.com/fqfCdJ22KS8:23 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Frank Vogel said Dwight Howard should’ve “for sure” been on the 75 greatest players list. – 8:22 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel on Dwight Howard’s omission from the 75th anniversary team: “He should for sure be on that list. For sure.”
Says he doesn’t focus too much on those lists, but was also surprised Joy Thompson was left off. – 8:21 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Asked Frank Vogel about Dwight Howard being left off the NBA’s 75th anniversary list: “He should for sure be on the list,” Vogel said. “For sure.” – 8:21 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Frank Vogel says Dwight Howard “for sure” should have made the NBA’s Top 75 list, citing Howard being a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and 11th all-time in rebounding. – 8:21 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on Dwight Howard snub on #NBA75: “He should for sure be on the list. For sure.” – 8:21 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Vogel said the Suns were a terrific team that didn’t get enough credit last year, and that it wouldn’t have surprised him if they had gone to the Finals against healthy opponents – 8:20 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Vogel on Kendrick Nunn’s absence (out for at least 2/3 weeks): “Kendrick is a hell of a player, and we had him penciled in as a rotation player … I loved the idea of him playing off Russ and LeBron … (tough) loss for us.” – 8:19 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Frank Vogel says the Lakers are going with the same starting lineup with DeAndre Jordan at the 5 alongside Anthony Davis. Mentioned Deandre Ayton’s size and how “he shot 80% against us in the playoffs” as part of his reasoning – 8:17 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers will play the same starting five tonight: DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Kent Bazemore and Russell Westbrook. – 8:17 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Frank Vogel said the starters will remain the same against the Suns as in the opener: LeBron, AD, Westbrook, Jordan and Bazemore – 8:17 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel keeping with same starting lineup vs Suns: LeBron, AD, Westbrook, Jordan, Bazemore – 8:17 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Same starters for the Lakers as the opener tonight: Westbrook, Bazemore, LeBron, AD and Jordan. – 8:17 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
The Lakers are going with the same starters against the Suns as the Warriors. – 8:16 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says he will go with the same starters as the season opener tonight when they face the Suns. – 8:16 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Frank Vogel said the Lakers are using the same starting lineup tonight. – 8:16 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
We’re at least getting Giddey vs. Green on one end. Green is defending Giddey, but Giddey is on Jae’Sean Tate. – 8:16 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Fun to see legends in other markets pull up to games. Ex-Eagles RB Brian Westbrook is in the house. – 8:13 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Klay did not make the 75 Greatest Team. Because he’s not one of the 75 Greatest. He didn’t get snubbed. Resume: 5x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 1x All-Defense. Way too thin. He’s only played 615 games. Only AD has played fewer. And he didn’t deserve to be on. – 8:03 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
A weird offensive foul, a stupid push off on Rubio, can’t have Melo getting into foul trouble every game, he needs to understand he’s too important for that – 7:51 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
After making #NBA75 greatest ever team, #Suns All-Star point guard Chris Paul 7 points shy of being first player in #NBA history to post 20K career points, 10K career assists (w/video interview with Paul). https://t.co/nT4aHdww6J pic.twitter.com/5DfFKF1T2B7:43 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Same starters for the Rockets today:
Kevin Porter Jr.
Jalen Green
Jae’Sean Tate
Christian Wood
Daniel Theis – 7:35 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Russell Westbrook ball possession stats, Ja Morant channeling Derrick Rose, Bulls D’ing up and Mavs shot quality metrics.
10 wild overreactions from NBA opening week… 👇👇👇
sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/nb…7:18 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Suns, Sarver statements decry reported allegations of racism, sexual harassment by owner in forthcoming story nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/22/sun…7:15 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Chris Paul, who was a member of the Clippers when the Donald Sterling recording blew up, has to be thinking “not this again.” – 6:59 PM
Lang Greene @LangGreene
Regarding Phoenix and Robert Sarver … I am very curious about the racism angle with a current black GM and black coach … And loads of former black coaches (Lindsey hunter, Terry Porter, frank Johnson, Alvin gentry, Earl Watson) since 2004 – 6:51 PM
Tim Cato @tim_cato
wow just read the suns statement pic.twitter.com/6aVZwoMF2J6:44 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix #Suns team owner Robert Sarver ‘wholly shocked’ by allegations of racism, sexism in upcoming story azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral6:40 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns play a basketball game in 3.5 hours – 6:27 PM
Jamie Hudson @JamieHudson_
Blazers Injury Report:
Tony Snell (right foot sprain) is out for Saturday’s game vs. Phoenix. – 6:15 PM
Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
So not sure I’ve ever seen this before. The Suns just sent out a press release denying claims found in a story…that hasn’t published yet – 5:55 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Official statement from the Suns: pic.twitter.com/nXTmMwMJsr5:55 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
The allegations are directed at Suns owner Robert Sarver, who in a three-paragraph response denies any misconduct, specifically racial or gender discrimination. – 5:54 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
The Suns, in response for what they say is a pending ESPN story, deny its contents. “Documentary evidence in our possession and eyewitness accounts directly contradict the reporter’s accusations,” team says. – 5:52 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
The Suns just sent out an email – 5:50 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Phoenix Suns have released a statement on the story in the process of being reported on Robert Sarver. They are calling these “baseless claims.”
“Especially based on lies, innuendo, and a false narrative to attack our organization and its leadership.” pic.twitter.com/7AmewuQ7xN5:50 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Statement from the Suns and Robert Sarver: pic.twitter.com/CMcMhzY8Lh5:49 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Robert Sarver and his group bought the Suns for $401 million in 2004. That same franchise could probably sell for at least $1.7 billion now. Even if he loses, he wins. – 5:13 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Suns owner Robert Sarver to be in big troubles: NBA to accuse him of racism and sexism? sportando.basketball/en/suns-owner-…4:51 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Avery Bradley feared his teammates felt like he quit on them. But as he watched from home as the Lakers celebrated the 2020 title, he got a call from Rob Pelinka. “That made me feel so good,” he told ⁦@TheAthletic⁩. “Like I was part of the team.” theathletic.com/2907155/2021/1…4:46 PM
Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report
🚨 Breaking: The NBA is preparing for a massive story accusing #Suns owner Robert Sarver of racism, sexism and sexual harassment in a series of incidents, sources say. With enough evidence to support such claims, there’s a real chance the league would forcibly remove Sarver. – 4:31 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
With Chris Paul being named to the #NBA75 team, I asked Devin Booker if he’ll be on 100th anniversary team.
First, he said he’ll be old.
Booker 24. So he’ll be 49 and closing fast on 50 as his birthday is Oct. 30.
Then he said “We’ll cross that bride when we get there.” #Suns4:30 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
New story: Karl Malone’s scoring mark. Dirk Nowitzki’s 3s. Oscar Robertson’s assists. (And John Havlicek’s missed shots.) These are just a few of the milestones LeBron James is in range to pass this season. es.pn/2XAC8L94:22 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
I started covering the NBA during @Dwight Howard’s rookie year. I watched him develop into one of the NBA’s best players – an MVP runner-up – and he was DOMINANT in his prime. This piece is spot on.
Put some respect on Dwight Howard’s name (by @NekiasNBA): basketballnews.com/stories/put-so…4:00 PM

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