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The Oklahoma City Thunder are 0-3. On Sunday, the team got Russell Westbrook back after a minor offseason knee procedure. That didn’t keep the Thunder from losing at home to the then-winless Kingswhile giving up 131 points. Even in a season with some wild scoring numbers early on, giving up 131 points to the Kings at home is a real bad sign.

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The Denver Nuggets came into Sunday night on a roller coaster, riding the high of opening the season with back to back wins but also dealing with the low of finding out Will Barton is going to miss time with a groin strain. Additionally, the Nuggets came into the game on the second night of a back to back whereas their opponent, the defending world champion Golden State Warriors, had a full day’s worth of rest. In Barton’s place Torrey Craig was elected to start but it was Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic who stole the show and the game for the Nuggets. In what was not the prettiest affair that would go down to the wire Denver found just enough offense at just the right time, and one huge block, to secure the victory 100-98.

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Will LeBron’s outsized presence help or hurt a young Lakers core still finding itself in the NBA?

One of the plays that most excited me during the Lakers’ preseason happened when LeBron James and Lonzo Ball connected for an alley-oop against the Warriors. James held the ball on the left wing and tossed it up for his teammate after Ball ran his defender into a Kyle Kuzma pick. It was their first action together — Ball had been out for 105 days with an injury — and an exciting glimpse into what this new Lakers team could be.

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The 20-year-old is blossoming earlier than expected.

Jayson Tatum sized up Joel Embiid, then crossed the 7-footer low to blow by and bank a fadeaway mid-ranger to put the finishing touches on a season-opening 105-87 win over the Sixers. For the 20-year-old, it was just one of his best moments of the night. He scored 23 points on 17 shots to go along with nine rebounds. He was the best non-Ben Simmons player of the game.

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The timing is right. And LeBron is gone.

LeBron James is in the Western Conference. We should start there because everything about the Eastern Conference hinges on that fact. LeBron ran the East for the last decade, reaching the Finals in each of the last eight seasons with either the Heat or the Cavs. Challengers came and challengers went, but every June there was LeBron repping the East, usually against the mighty Spurs and Warriors.

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Miami’s cap sheet is bloated, but there could be a hidden upside.

In a league built on selling hope, the Miami Heatstand apart. By always focusing on right now, Miami has ignored the torpedoes and plunged into what is widely considered salary cap hell. Including player options likely to be exercised, the Heat have more than $120 million committed for the 2019-20 season with seven players due more than $10 million.

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