• Love Sits Self Out in 4th Quarter; Cavs Win

    The Cleveland Cavaliers were rallying in the fourth quarter, trying to end their three-game losing skid on the road. That's when Kevin Love, glued to his cushioned seat on the Cavs' bench since the end of the third quarter, walked toward head coach David Blatt and delivered a message.

    "I told Coach I was ready, but keep those guys in, see what they can do," Love said following the 95-90 win against the Charlotte Hornets. "I just thought we were doing a great job. That team was rolling, those five that we had out there were rolling in the fourth. They did a great job."

    Source: Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Anthony Davis Injured From Bumping Knees

    Anthony Davis was carried into the locker room by two teammates after bumping knees with Chris Paul in the third quarter of Friday night's game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers.

    The Pelicans said Davis suffered a right knee contusion. He rejoined the team on the bench but never re-entered the game, a 111-90 Clippers win. He walked to the locker room after the game under his own power.

    Source: Justin Verrier of ESPN
  • Durant: Happy for Reggie Jackson’s Opportunity

    When asked if the trade was beneficial for both Jackson and the Thunder, Durant said he never really thought about it that way.

    “We've got a really great team, we've got some great guys back. Reggie's doing well in Detroit,” Durant said. “We had a rough ending last year with Reggie, but I can just think about when he first got here how hard he worked, how great of a teammate he is, and every guy wants an opportunity.”

    Source: Erik Horne of The Oklahoman 

  • Raptors’ Johnson Frustrated With Minutes?

    Thursday morning, (Raptors forward James) Johnson posted a potentially polarizing tweet that had Twitter abuzz: ".Mood. Under-utilized."

    Later in the day, Johnson, whose Twitter handle is@IamJJ3, wrote "My bad, just want more than anything to be a big part of something special for fans, teammates and coaches. .wethenorth."

    Johnson didn't speak with reporters at Friday's practice, but Casey said: "In today's NBA, you're not surprised by anything. It's not a big deal. He tweeted something he probably shouldn't have tweeted."

    Casey said he'd talked to Johnson and the issue had been handled internally.


    Source: Lori Ewing of The Canadian Press
  • Warriors’ Barnes Sprains Ankle; Return Unknown

    Golden State forward Harrison Barnes sprained his left ankle and missed the remainder of Friday night's 135-116 win over the Suns.

    Interim coach Luke Walton said after the game that it wasn't known how long Barnes might be out.

    Source: Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN
  • Celtics’ Smart Out ‘Couple Weeks’ With Knee Injury

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart remains on crutches, will wear an immobilizing knee brace for at least another week and is uncertain exactly when he'll return to game action due to a left knee injury.

    Smart, sitting in a locker room chair as he met with reporters for the first time since suffering a subluxation of the proximal tibfib joint during last Friday's win over the Brooklyn Nets, expressed hope that he might be able to return in a "couple of weeks" but stressed that the recovery process will dictate the actual timeline.

    Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
  • Clippers’ Redick Dealing With Back Spasms


    Source: Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times on Twitter
  • Mavs’ Barea Likely Out Next 3 Games


    Source: Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com
  • Paul George Frustrated by Lack of Calls


    Source: Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star on Twitter
  • 76ers Lose US Pro Sports Record 27 Straight Games

    Philadelphia moved one loss away from matching the New Jersey Nets' NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season. The Sixers have dropped 27 in a row dating to last season for the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports history, passing the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to `77. The previous record was also matched by the 76ers in 2013-14.

    Source: Associated Press


  • Malone Apologizes to Nuggets Players, Blake Griffin

    Thursday, the Nuggets went through as spirited a practice as they have had all season. Their frustration during Tuesday night's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers seemed a distant memory.

    "After the game, just being very honest, very heartfelt when I apologized to them," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "I have to be better for them. One thing I always do is before I assign or cast any blame, I look at myself first. And I think the players respect that. So, I apologized for the whole thing with Blake (Griffin). I apologized (to Emmanuel Mudiay) for jumping him in that manner in a public forum."

    Source: Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post
  • Kings’ Rondo: I Have No Complaints About Rotation

    With 16 games down, (George) Karl appears to have settled on an eight- to nine-man rotation, which should help ease the angst that dominated the locker room to start the season.

    Familiarity breeds a comfort on the court that’s beginning to show.

    “I think so,” said guard Rajon Rondo. “The more you’re out there, the more of a rhythm you get in to. So I have no complaints.”

    Source: Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee
  • Kobe’s Pump-Faking Leads Critics to Say: Time to Retire

    "Somebody asked me how I knew it was time to retire," Charles Barkley, a Hall of Fame player, said in a phone interview. "I said because I was pump-faking. So now I see Kobe (Bryant) and he's pump-faking because he's scared they are going to block his shot.

    "Man, I don't want to see Kobe go out like this, looking this bad and not able to do what he once could do," said a retired guard who faced Bryant.

    One West scout said Bryant looked "disinterested" at times. A current player in the West went a step further.

    "Yeah, I've seen him play and it's disgusting," he said.

    "I hate it," the scout said. "He pump-fakes every time he gets the ball. He pump-fakes it to death."

    Source: Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times
  • Ryan Anderson on Pelicans: ‘We’re just getting it’

    "I just feel comfortable, I feel good,” (Pelicans' Ryan) Anderson told reporters. “I feel like we're all kind of getting in a rhythm and playing together and moving the ball. I’m taking open shots. We're moving the ball to find the right guys and they found me within this offense. We're just getting it. I just feel good now.

    "This summer was the first time I was really able to train and really focus on my diet and my health and getting stronger and getting more explosive,” Anderson said. “I felt about 45 years old the past couple of seasons with just a lot weighing on me. This season, I’ve lost weight and I’m focused on living more of a healthy lifestyle as far as eating and mixing that with great training.”

    Source: Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports
  • Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili Out Tonight to Rest

    Tim Duncan (rest) and Manu Ginobili (rest) did not accompany the team to Denver and will miss tomorrow's Spurs-Nuggets game.

    Source: NBA.com/Spurs