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Clippers hold off Thunder 93-90 in opener (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on October 30, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)The Clippers didn’t shoot well, couldn’t build more than a 10-point lead, and still managed to usher in the Steve Ballmer era with a victory for their new owner. Blake Griffin scored 23 points, making two free throws with five seconds left, and Chris Paul added 22 in a season-opening 93-90 win Thursday over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost another star to injury when Russell Westbrook broke his right hand. ”It was pretty ugly,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. He paid a record $2 billion to buy the team after 33-year owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 7:02 am

Knicks spoil James’ homecoming, 95-90 (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Knicks defeated the Cavaliers 95-90. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)LeBron James shot miserably. ”I didn’t press,” James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. ”I didn’t do much.” James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar’s emotional return home with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night. James, who returned to the Cavs and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 5:31 am

Nowitzki, Mavs top Jazz 120-102 in home opener (Yahoo Sports)

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 30: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks drives against the Utah Jazz on October 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)Tyson Chandler pumped up the crowd with three alley-oop dunks in the first quarter. All J.J. Barea had to do to get a standing ovation was enter the game off the bench. A couple of key pieces from the only championship team in Dallas franchise history were finally wearing the same uniform as Dirk Nowitzki again. Nowitzki scored 21 points and the Mavericks celebrated the return of Chandler and Barea with a 120-102 victory over the Utah Jazz in their home opener Thursday night.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 4:20 am

Young, Wolves hold off Pistons 97-91 (Yahoo Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 30: Thaddeus Young #33 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots against the Detroit Pistons on October 30, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)The Minnesota Timberwolves’ youth movement is in full effect, with Andrew Wiggins and Co. ushering in a new era in the wake of Kevin Love’s departure. Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 90 seconds to play to lift the Timberwolves to a 97-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons, making Saunders a winner in his first home game as Timberwolves coach since 2005. Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, eight assists and seven boards. Caron Butler scored 24 points and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and six assists for the Pistons, who have opened the season with two straight losses on the road under first-year coach Stan Van Gundy.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 3:54 am

Wall’s layup helps Wizards hold off Magic, 105-98 (Yahoo Sports)

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 30: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards takes a shot against the Orlando Magic on October 30, 2014 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)The thing that gnawed at Washington coach Randy Wittman most about his team’s season-opening loss at Miami was its lack of defensive intensity. The Wizards took notice in their second outing of the season. John Wall had 30 points and 12 assists, and Washington held off a late surge to beat the Orlando Magic 105-98 on Thursday night. Marcin Gortat added 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 3:07 am

Warriors exercise options on Barnes, Ezeli (Yahoo Sports)

The Golden State Warriors have picked up the fourth-year options on the contracts of forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for next season. The Warriors also announced Thursday night that they declined the third-year option on guard Nemanja Nedovic’s deal for next season. He was the only player on the active roster who did not play in Golden State’s season-opening 95-77 win at Sacramento on Wednesday night. The Warriors acquired Nedovic in a draft-night deal with Phoenix, who selected the Serbian guard 30th overall.

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 12:12 am

Knicks G Calderon out 2-3 weeks (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND (AP) — New York Knicks starting point guard Jose Calderon is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained right calf.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:31 pm

Lakers’ Randle has surgery, likely out for year (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers sits against the basket as he is tended to after breaking his leg in the second half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Rockets won 108-90. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg. The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky broke his leg in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut in Los Angeles’ season-opening loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Randle was strapped to a wheeled stretcher and taken off the Staples Center court after colliding with two Rockets and landing awkwardly with 6:46 to play. Before Wednesday’s game at Phoenix, the Lakers announced that Randle’s injury was just as serious as it appeared.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:41 pm

Kawhi Leonard will play against Phoenix on Friday (Yahoo Sports)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is set to make his season debut for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:32 pm

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NBA results, Oct. 29 – SFGate


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NBA results, Oct. 29
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Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points after winning the starting point-guard job, and the Heat opened the post-LeBron James era with a 107-95 win over the visiting Wizards on Wednesday night.
NBA Wrap: Heat open post-LeBron era with victoryComcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Miami Heat are still contenders for the NBA title despite losing LeBronGiveMeSport

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 5:43 am

Adam Silver talks up changes in the NBA’s orthodox scheme; David Stern doesn … – Yahoo Sports (blog)


Yahoo Sports (blog)

Adam Silver talks up changes in the NBA's orthodox scheme; David Stern doesn
Yahoo Sports (blog)
The NBA in five or ten years might look almost entering identical to the NBA we're watching right now, save for possibly the addition of a few more holograms. The league might still feature 30 teams, all in the current NBA cities. The games could last
Stern: 'No doubt' the NBA will avoid work stoppage in 2017CBSSports.com
David Stern: 'No doubt' the NBA will avoid work stoppage in 2017NewsOK.com

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 3:32 am

Players’ union executive director: ‘NBA’s cries of poverty will not work this … – Yahoo Sports


Players' union executive director: 'NBA's cries of poverty will not work this
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As a response to NBA commissioner Adam Silver's recent declaration that "roughly a third" of teams are still losing money, Players Association executive director Michele Roberts issued a warning to the league on Thursday: "The NBA's cries of poverty

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 3:32 am

NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz from Around the League – Bleacher Report


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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz from Around the League
Bleacher Report
The 2014 NBA season has started with a bang, and there are already rumors of possible trades circulating around the league. That didn't take long. With notable players like Sacramento's Jason Thompson and Minnesota's Chase Budinger reportedly on the …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:41 pm

Hornets sign Walker to reported four-year extension – NBA.com


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Hornets sign Walker to reported four-year extension
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker has seen NBA basketball in Charlotte at its worst. He's willing to stick around to see it at its best. The diminutive point guard said that's why he agreed to a contract extension Thursday which allows him to remain
Michael Jordan opens up on being better NBA ownerUSA TODAY
NBA League Pass cuts out before Kemba's game-tying shotSportingNews.com
Glimmers of Duke's Parker in NBA openerDurham Herald Sun
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:28 pm

NBA Stars Aren’t Superheroes. They Break Just Like the Rest of Us Puny Humans. – Slate Magazine


Slate Magazine

NBA Stars Aren't Superheroes. They Break Just Like the Rest of Us Puny Humans.
Slate Magazine
This Tuesday, the NBA's opening night began with rising star Anthony Davis blocking nine shots and ended with rookie Julius Randle getting carried off the court with a broken leg. The sequence of events felt like a microcosm of NBA life: intoxicating
Carmelo Anthony hits dagger to spoil LeBron James' homecomingSI.com
James wants to be a hero.ESPN
Thursday night NBA Winners/Losers: The injury gods show Thunder no mercyNBCSports.com
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:26 pm

Adam Silver Sees Fans at NBA Games Gambling on Their Phones "All the time" – The Big Lead


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Adam Silver Sees Fans at NBA Games Gambling on Their Phones "All the time"
The Big Lead
Adam Silver did a long sit-down interview with Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, and the NBA commissioner continues to run circles around Roger Goodell in terms of candor, sincerity, and sheer likability. The whole conversation is worth watching; a
NBA Commish Adam Silver Wants To Help Set Rules For Legalized Sports The Post Game (blog)
NBA Expansion 'Not On Agenda' Says Adam SilverFanSided
NBA Commissioner Possibly Adding Mid-Season TournamentThe Inquisitr

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:15 pm

Philadelphia Freedom: Nerlens Noel’s NBA Journey Finally Begins – RollingStone.com


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Philadelphia Freedom: Nerlens Noel's NBA Journey Finally Begins
RollingStone.com
The Admiral, however, delayed his official entry into the NBA for two years because of his commitment to the Navy, while Griffin missed his rookie season after breaking his kneecap in the preseason. Other players who've missed their rookie season
76ers Bumbling as Worst Team in NBA; Draft in MindABC News
Nerlens Noel Ready To Make NBA Debut Tonight For 76ersCBS Local
The 76ers Are The Latest NBA Team To Turn Their Court Into A Crazy 3D Business Insider
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:16 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports) – Dime Magazine


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Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
Dime Magazine
After the game, Kobe said of the scrap with Howard, “I think it's fun,” before he lamented the sensitivity of the contemporary NBA; there are a lot of head's nodding in unison with Bryant on that last one. Here's the incident in question, which we
Lakers' Randle out for season with broken legNBA.com
Randle breaks leg in NBA opener; Davis shinesThe Courier-Journal
2014-15 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week EditionBleacher Report
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:36 pm

NBA roundup: Bulls dominate Knicks – Boston Globe


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NBA roundup: Bulls dominate Knicks
Boston Globe
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, Derrick Rose scored 13 points after missing most of the last two seasons, and the Chicago Bulls spoiled Derek Fisher's first game as an NBA coach by beating the Knicks, 104-80, Wednesday …
10 questions that will define 2014-15 NBA seasonUSA TODAY
Chicago Bulls Could Have Best, Deepest Bench in the NBARantSports
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:50 pm