Clippers-Lakers Preview (The Associated Press)
31 Oct 2014 at 12:24am
The Los Angeles Clippers didn't exactly look the part of a Finals contender in their opener against a short-handed team. They'll aim for a better showing - particularly from 3-point range - when they take on another underwhelming roster in Friday night's matchup with the Lakers. The Clippers started their season by enacting some revenge for their Western Conference semifinal loss with Thursday's 93-90 home win over Oklahoma City in their first game under new owner Steve Ballmer. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, going a combined 17 for 36 from the field.
Cavaliers-Bulls Preview (The Associated Press)
30 Oct 2014 at 11:16pm
After struggling in his highly anticipated homecoming, LeBron James will face the team that was the best at containing him last season. With a healthier Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls will try to show the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers that they'll be one of their main challengers in the Eastern Conference on Friday night. He finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting and eight turnovers in a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks - who were soundly beaten by Chicago a night earlier. I'm glad it was great, but I'm also glad it's over." Cleveland's other ballyhooed new player, Kevin Love, had 19 points and 14 rebounds while Kyrie Irving had a team-best 22 points and seven assists.
Daily Fantasy Review (Rotoworld)
30 Oct 2014 at 3:54pm
Ryan Knaus sums up daily fantasy trends from the 2013-14 season in the final edition of 'The Numbers Game.'
Lakers' Randle has surgery, likely out for year (The Associated Press)
30 Oct 2014 at 3:41pm
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.
Spurs-Suns Preview (The Associated Press)
30 Oct 2014 at 3:29pm
After missing the postseason despite winning 48 games, the Phoenix Suns know building on last season's drastic improvement may be necessary to push into the top eight in the Western Conference. Beating more playoff teams would seem to be a good next step. After showing promising signs in their opener against a lesser opponent, they'll face a tougher test Friday night as they take on their first playoff participant of 2014, the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Phoenix went 11-18 against West playoff teams a season ago and missed out on the eighth seed by a game to Dallas.
Suns rout Lakers 119-99 despite Kobe's 31 points (The Associated Press)
30 Oct 2014 at 6:48am
The shots were falling from all over the court for the Phoenix Suns in their home opener Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant was a one-man show for the Los Angeles Lakers. The result was a 119-99 Suns blowout. Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut, Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers and the Suns dominated the night despite Bryant's 31 points.
Warriors whip Kings 95-77 in season opener (The Associated Press)
29 Oct 2014 at 10:52pm
The only thing Steve Kerr lost in his coaching debut was his voice. Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Kerr a winner in his first game, shaking off a slow start to roll past the Sacramento Kings 95-77 on Wednesday night in the regular-season opener for both teams. ''I got nothing left.'' The Warriors overcame the first hurdle of Kerr's tenure - besides his wavering voice, that is - with a patchwork lineup that did just enough against their rebuilding Northern California rivals. Golden State played without power forward David Lee (strained left hamstring) and reserve Brandon Rush (lower back spasms).
National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
29 Oct 2014 at 5:15pm
(The Sports Xchange) - LeBron James and team owner Dan Gilbert, both commenting on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener, are on the same page about their relationship with the same common goal in mind. "I think it's really good," James said Wednesday when asked about his relationship with the Cavs owner. Gilbert described their relationship as "very good, very solid." Their relationship turned cold four years ago when James left Cleveland for Miami. ...
The 10-man rotation, starring the rest of the Pelicans and the Anthony Davis ...
29 Oct 2014 at 3:45pm
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : SB Nation . Kevin Zimmerman on the things that went wrong for the New Orleans Pelicans in their opening-night win over the Orlando Magic ? namely, just about everything that wasn't specifically related to emerging monster Anthony Davis. Is Davis good enough to paper over the Pelicans' problems over the course of a full season? PF : Miami Herald . Joseph Goodman on Chris Bosh getting "wild, Boardwalk and Park Place-type generational money " this summer, and now having to handle the pressure that comes with it and provide the scoring it demands. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] SF : Mother Jones . Ian Gordon and Sam Brodey remind us that all is not beer and Skittles just because Donald Sterling is gone with a handy chart entitled, "How Evil Is Your Owner?" SG : Fast Break . A good read from Adam Lauridsen on how Klay Thompson's looming contract impacts the rest of the Golden State Warriors' salary cap structure, and what it could mean for versatile and vital forward Draymond Green. PG : The Diss . Jacob Greenberg's piece on what he can and can't predict about the NBA season, each and every year, has some fantastic turns of phrase and some very relatable emotional points. A worthwhile read. 6th : Regressing . Brett Koremenos with a great look at how Steve Kerr and Alvin Gentry are working to craft an offensive system worthy of all the talent on the Golden State Warriors roster. 7th : LA Weekly . Jeff Weiss' 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers Survival Guide was equal parts depressing and hilarious before Opening Night; now , though, it skews more toward the former. 8th : Deadspin and The Hook . Albert Burneko on the Lakers' "saucepan helmet of shot charts," and Tom Ziller on the chance that L.A.'s actually terrible like a fox . 9th : Grantland . Robert Mays on Nikola Mirotic, Toni Kukoc, Ivica Dukan and the Chicago Bulls' history of landing European talent. 10th : NBAStuffer . The always helpful visualization of the schedule gives us a color-coded look at the longest homestands (the Clippers will be in L.A. for nearly three weeks after Christmas) and road trips (hey there, Spurs!) on the NBA calendar. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Lakers lose injured rookie Randle for season (AFP)
29 Oct 2014 at 3:09pm
Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken right leg and will likely miss the rest of the NBA season, the team said. "Randle is expected to make a full recovery, although it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season," the Lakers said in a statement posted on their website. It was a bitter start to the season for the Lakers, who saw Randle go down with a broken tibia as they were beaten 108-90 by the Houston Rockets on opening night. Randle, the seventh overall pick in the NBA entry draft in June, was playing in his first regular-season game and went down hard after a drive to the lane with less than seven minutes left in the contest.
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