January 16, 2019 | 1:04 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: There’s hope Nunnally and Gordon can play tonight for Houston against Brooklyn, league sources said. Gordon has missed the last eight games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Cameron Payne to a second 10-day contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today. Payne (6-3, 190) signed his first 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on January 6th and has appeared in four games, averaging 8.8 points on .500 shooting from the field and 2.8 assists in 17.7 minutes per contest.
The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned guard Donte DiVincenzo and forward Christian Wood to the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. DiVincenzo has played in 23 games with the Bucks this season and is averaging 4.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, while Wood has appeared in six games with Milwaukee and is averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds a contest.
Since the beginning of the 2014-15 season, when Steve Kerr took over in Oakland and the Warriors took over the NBA, 105 players have attempted at least 1,000 3-point shots. Of that group, Curry ranks first in overall makes and second in efficiency. It’s not fair, my dudes. He shoots more than anyone, and with the exception of the ridiculous Kyle Korver, he sinks them at a higher rate. No player in the history of the NBA has combined range, volume and efficiency from downtown as well as Curry, and over the course of the Warriors’ dynasty, he has changed the way the entire league looks at 3-point scoring. Curry’s jumper is so lethal that he has become the most efficient volume scorer on the planet — of the league’s top 20 scorers, nobody has a higher TS% than Curry. Not even Giannis Antetokounmpo, and all he does is dunk it.
To understand how prolific Ross has been, consider this: He averages 19.0 points per 36 minutes, the second-highest rate on the team. “You can bring him in the game and just go to him,” said Clifford, who typically puts Ross into games with three to four minutes remaining in the first quarter. “It’s not easy. There’s not many guys that can do it.”
The NBA is preparing to double down on policing its players, teams and staff amid the expansion of legalized sports gambling in the United States, deputy commissioner Mark Tatum told ESPN. Speaking in the United Kingdom on Wednesday, Tatum, who is also the NBA’s chief operating officer, revealed that moves have been made to get up to speed on the opportunities and threats surrounding the issue since May’s Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to sanction sportsbooks in a manner that has been commonplace in Europe for decades.
That will mean extra resources to prevent the kind of in-house infractions that have plagued a number of sports, such as soccer, tennis and cricket. Spanish police recently arrested 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in the US Open, who were linked to a group accused of fixing matches. NBA’s gaming rules, overseen by the league’s security department, specifically prohibit betting, fixing or tipping, including the encouragement of others to place wagers, or exercising any “improper influence or manipulation.”
“I’d love to say and I would anticipate that there will be games played in Europe, outside the UK, in the near future.” While interest in adding Europe-based NBA franchises — a popular cause for former commissioner David Stern — will be less of a priority than pushing digital content and the number of overseas trips, the fact that some of the continent’s marquee soccer teams are investing heavily in their adjoining EuroLeague basketball sides might one day make them intriguing candidates to join the fold, Tatum said. “Those are some of the most recognizable brands in the world,” he said. “And the fact that Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, they have basketball franchises. For us, that is very attractive. That they’re investing in growing the game of basketball is very important.”