Game of the Night (10/30): Knicks 95, Cavaliers 90

Score Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
New York 95 110.6 58.0 29.0
20.9
26.1
Cleveland 90
103.7 52.1
29.7
21.9 28.6

Carmelo Anthony (NYK) — 25 pts., 6 assts., 9/17 FGs
Kyrie Irving (CLE) — 22 pts., 7 assts.; Kevin Love (CLE) — 19 pts., 14 rebs.

Game To Watch (10/31): Spurs vs. Suns, 10 p.m.

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Kemba Walker gets his payday, sets market high

There have been precious few extensions signed before Friday’s deadline for the members of the 2011 Draft Class. Kyrie Irving got his. Nikola Vucevic too. Kenneth Faried as well. That has left many, many other players waiting their turn. This includes Enes Kanter, Tobias Harris and, most notably, Klay Thompson. Part of the problem is no […]

Wizards broadcaster accuses Heat of using canned fan noise

Miami already does not have a great fan reputation. Lower bowl fans often file in late and there is a leisurely pace to things in South Florida. Even with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh leading the team to championships, the crowd left a little to be desired in the regular season for sure. Even when Wade was at the height of his powers, you probably could not bother most Miami fans to care.

So with LeBron gone, how did the Heat do?

Miami is claiming a sell out and it certainly looked like fans showed up. For the most part they seemed loud.

Maybe a bit too loud.

Washington Wizards play-by-play voice Steve Buckhantz accused the Heat of piping in crowd noise on the Wizards’ broadcast Wednesday night.

The joke is on him, the Heat won the game.

[h/t Scott Allen of The Washington Post]

Check out Kawhi Leonard’s new Jordan brand logo

San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard is part of the Jordan sneaker brand and a photo of what he will be wearing on the court is freaking awesome!

Leonard will be wearing his signature Jordan kicks complete with his personal logo which is — “The Claw.”

If you didn’t know, Kawhi’s teammates grab their wrist whenever he does something great on the court. This is for his huge hands.

Check out a photo of his new kicks including his initials within the logo.

h/t Project Spurs

Spurs get their 2014 championship rings and raise the banner

It was a historic night for the defending NBA champs as the Spurs received their championship rings and raised their fifth championship banner high atop the AT&T Center.

It was more touching for the Spurs’ Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker as they got to celebrate another ring night together.

Relive that special night for San Antonio and see what many NBA teams strive for each season.

Kobe Bryant calls Dwight Howard soft

The Rockets were trouncing the Lakers. But the score is always 0-0 in Kobe Bryant‘s mind. It is about the game within the game.

And even though his Lakers were trailing (and getting beat pretty badly), Bryant was taking no guff. Not even from his former teammate Dwight Howard.

Bryant was pressuring Howard on a rebound and Howard was swinging his arms to get space. Dwight was called for a foul and then a shouting match occurred. Bryant may have said something he will probably not regret:

The two were assessed double technical fouls after they kept jawing at each other. After being separated, Bryant was shaking his head looking across the court and said ‘soft.’

Maybe that is a reference to the double technicals. Maybe it is a reference to Howard’s time in Los Angeles.

The former NBA and Olympic teammates obviously disagree on some items in NBA culture.

[h/t Matt Moore, CBS Sports]

Game of the Night (10/28): Pelicans 101, Magic 84

Score Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 81
88.2
40.5
30.8
16.2
25.0
New Orleans 101
103.4
42.6
39.4
7.3 30.7

Nikola Vucevic (ORL) — 15 pts., 23 rebs.; Tobias Harris (ORL) — 25 pts.
Anthony Davis (NOP) — 26 pts., 17 rebs., 9 blks

Game To Watch (10/29): Thunder vs. Blazers, 10:30 p.m./ESPN

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A new year, another chance for the talented Pelicans to break through

In the 2013-14 season, the New Orleans Pelicans won 34 games and finished as the 12th seed in the harsh Western Conference. Looking at that for what it is, you might think the Pelicans do not have much going for them and are likely doomed for the West cellar against. But when you look deeper into […]

Russell Westbrook goes to prison and other Thunder Halloween costumes

Halloween is Friday. We all have to step our costume game up if we are going to beat the Thunder:

Piper – G. Mendez – Taystee @erinevans1 @russwest44 @ninamari3_ #orangeisthenewblack #therealmendez

A photo posted by Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) on

Who knew Russell Westbrook was such a big Orange is the New Black fan. But Mendez? Not exactly the guy you want to emulate as a prison guard . . . or as a person.

That is a shot Russell! More costumes after the jump.

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Previewing the Spurs’ 2014-15 season

With tomorrow being NBA opening night as well as the Spurs’ ring night and banner raising, Bloguin’s own Project Spurs did a San Antonio Spurs Roundtable to preview the defending champs’ 2014-15 season.

Of course the big question for the Spurs is will the team finally be able to defend a title after four other unsuccessful attempts.

The panel discussed who is the team’s x-factor? Which team is the biggest threat to the Spurs? Are the Mavs going to be an obstacle for the Spurs? How does rookie Kyle Anderson fit into the team plans?

The panel looks at new coaches Ettore Messina and Becky Hammon. What kind of impact will they bring to the Spurs?

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