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  1. Monday night NBA grades: Andre Iguodala torches the Sixers, Clippers offense continues to roll

    Nov 5, 2013, 1:51 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Our grades from Monday around the NBA, or what you missed while watching your fantasy football matchup go down in flames … The Clippers offense. Coming into Monday night’s showdown with the Rockets, the Clippers were far and away the best offensive team in the league statistically with an average of 113.3 points per 100 possessions.…

  2. Michael Carter-Williams becomes first rookie since Shaq to win Conference Player of the Week to begin NBA career

    Nov 4, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Forgive the lengthy headline, but the feat achieved by Michael Carter-Williams during his first week in the NBA requires an extended explanation. The Sixers’ guard burst onto the scene with some monster statistical performances that helped his team to a surprising 3-0 start to the season. The effort was good enough to earn him Conference…

  3. Stephen Curry finds Andre Iguodala from half court for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    The Sixers are a nice story and all, sitting at 3-0 in the standings entering Monday night’s game against the Warriors. But no one expects it to continue, and Golden State seems intent on ending that brief winning streak, and doing so in spectacular fashion. As the Warriors got out to an early double digit…

  4. Victor Oladipo reportedly interested in participating in the dunk contest

    Nov 4, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo is off to the stellar start to the season that some of us expected, showcasing a nice combination of speed, athleticism and vision on both ends of the floor on the way to averages of 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals in his first four games. He also showed a…

  5. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  6. Victor Oladipo with the 360-slam against the Nets (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Kevin Garnett, Alan Anderson

    Jason Kidd made his debut patrolling the sidelines for the Nets, but his presence had no impact on the outcome of the game, at least in terms of where the Nets were concerned. Orlando cruised to a 107-86 victory, and rookie Victor Oladipo not only contributed 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals…

  7. Report: Bulls front office taking an ‘active role’ in telling coach Thibodeau how to manage players’ minutes

    Nov 3, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Nets Bulls Basketball

    No one in their right mind has questioned the coaching ability of Tom Thibodeau, who was the defensive coordinator of sorts with Doc Rivers and the Celtics during their 2008 championship run, and is now in his fourth season as head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Thibodeau is a motivator who gets the most out…

  8. And the active leader for consecutive regular season NBA games played is …

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Omer Asik, Ed Davis

    Omer Asik of the Rockets is the active leader in consecutive regular season games played, with his current streak hitting 233 straight after appearing in each of the Rockets’ first three games of the year. Asik topped the leaderboard once Russell Westbrook‘s streak ended due to a knee injury he suffered during last season’s playoffs…

  9. Jason Kidd to make Nets coaching debut Sunday against Magic

    Nov 3, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball star Kidd speaks at a news conference to announce him as the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team in Brooklyn

    The Nets are off to a 1-1 start to the season, after losing in Cleveland on opening night and then taking down the defending champion Heat at home on Friday. Both games were played without Brooklyn head coach Jason Kidd patrolling the sidelines, as he served a league-mandated two-game suspension for a DWI conviction over…

  10. Xavier Henry to replace Nick Young in Lakers starting lineup

    Nov 3, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Xavier Henry

    After their surprising opening night victory against the Clippers, the Lakers have looked more like the team we expected to see with Kobe Bryant out of the lineup in the early part of the season. L.A. has dropped two straight, and with Mike D’Antoni searching for answers, a change to the starting lineup will take…

  11. Nicolas Batum apologetic after getting triple-double by launching last-second shot

    Nov 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum

    Nicolas Batum recorded the first triple-double of the NBA season on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Blazers’ win over the Spurs. The problem, at least in Batum’s eyes, was the way in which he ultimately achieved this statistical feat. The game’s outcome had firmly been decided, with Portland…

  12. Sixers’ Tony Wroten with the monster rejection against Derrick Rose (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tony Wroten

    It’s not often that Derrick Rose is on the wrong side of these types of highlights, but given the way the Sixers erased the Bulls’ 18-point third quarter lead to come away with their third straight victory to start the season, the guys on the tam who made it happen deserve a little shine. Rose…

  13. Cavs’ C.J. Miles throws it down over Pacers’ Orlando Johnson (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    C.J. Miles

    The names in the headline may not be all that familiar, but the highlight is just as worthy as those featuring the game’s biggest stars. Early on in the Pacers’ win over the Cavaliers on Saturday, C.J. Miles got loose on the fast break. Orlando Johnson was back and decided to contest, and it’s worth…

  14. Sixers improve to 3-0 with comeback win over Bulls

    Nov 2, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Michael Carter-Williams

    This is not at all how this was supposed to happen in Philadelphia this season. But after three games and three wins, it’s moved beyond a fluke occurrence and is now becoming a story. The Sixers beat the Bulls 107-104 on Saturday to improve their undefeated record to 3-0 on the season. Chicago and Miami…

  15. Gregg Popovich says Bruce Bowen ‘couldn’t dribble and couldn’t pass’

    Nov 2, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Bruce Bowen

    Gregg Popovich is known for being surly with the media, but he’s also known for being sarcastic and brutally honest when he does decide to engage in responding to a reporter’s legitimate question. In Los Angeles on Friday to take on the Lakers, Popovich was asked about Kawhi Leonard‘s defense in comparison to that of…

  16. Timberwolves’ Ronny Turiaf out indefinitely after suffering fractured elbow

    Nov 2, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    The Timberwolves had their season completely derailed last year by injuries to the bulk of the team’s core rotation players. While the stars are healthy in Minnesota for now, another reserve went down with an injury that should keep him sidelined for quite some time. Ronny Turiaf, signed this summer for frontcourt depth as a…

  17. Bucks t-shirt coordination game may be the league’s best (PHOTO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    bucks newcourt

    The Bucks will host the Raptors in their home opener on Saturday, and while the new court that forced the cancellation of a preseason game still won’t be ready to go, fans coming to the arena will be treated to free t-shirts — ones that the team’s promotional staff spent a considerable amount of time laying…

  18. Andrew Bynum likely out for Cavaliers Saturday, not expected to play second game of back-to-backs

    Nov 2, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum,Reggie Evans

    Andrew Bynum made his somewhat unexpected debut for the Cavaliers during their season opener on Wednesday, after working his way back from knee issues following his signing in Cleveland during the offseason. Bynum played again for the Cavs on Friday, and finished with five points and three rebounds in 11 minutes of action. He doesn’t…

  19. Andray Blatche fined for ‘obscene gesture’ during Nets’ win over Heat (VIDEO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Nets’ big man Andray Blatche was fined $15,000 by the NBA for “making an obscene gesture” late in his team’s win over the Heat on Friday. The incident, seen near the end of the video clip above, occurred after Joe Johnson knocked down a big three-pointer with 2:47 to play that put Brooklyn up by…

  20. John Wall held out of practice due to back spasms

    Nov 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    John Wall lit up the Sixers for 15 first quarter points on 6-of-6 shooting in just eight minutes on Friday, but cooled off considerably thereafter. Wall was just 4-of-13 the rest of the night, and an injury he’s never experienced before appears to be the reason why. From J. Michael of CSN Washington: John Wall,…

  21. Evan Turner says ‘Hinkie is not my GM’ after failing to receive a contract extension from Sixers

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Evan Turner is one of three players remaining on the rebuilding Sixers roster who are talented enough to have some trade value on the open market. Along with Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young, it’s even likely that if an offer of young assets or future draft picks should come along, one or all three players…

  22. Gerald Wallace calls out ‘selfish’ Celtics teammates after loss to Bucks

    Nov 2, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Gerald Wallace

    The Celtics started off just fine on Friday against the Bucks, getting out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and extending it to 16 points by halftime. It all came crashing down in the final period, however, when Milwaukee outscored Boston 34-15 to come away with the victory and send the Celtics to…

  23. John Wall crosses up Michael Carter-Williams on the break (VIDEO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    John Wall

    Michael Carter-Williams had a stunning debut for the Sixers in their season-opening win over the Heat, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, and nine steals. John Wall of the Wizards seemed determined to let the rookie know how far he has to go reach his level on Friday, when he poured in 15 first…

  24. Paul Pierce with the rejection on LeBron James (VIDEO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Heat Nets Basketball

    Here’s how you know that LeBron James isn’t quite in midseason form just yet: He had his shot blocked by Paul Pierce, a largely flat-footed defender who is playing in his 16th NBA season. This particular play was more a function of Pierce’s footwork and basketball IQ than it was his athleticism, but James clearly…

  25. Eric Bledsoe hits the game-winning three to send Suns past Jazz (VIDEO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson

    When watching Eric Bledsoe dribble down the clock with the game tied before taking the final shot, I kept thinking that he was waiting to long, and that he needed to initiate the play sooner than he actually decided to. I had no idea, obviously, that Bledsoe had no intention of driving to the basket.…

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