VANCOUVER, CANADA - Kevin Durant, 28, joining the Golden State Warriors make the most powerful Big 4 of the NBA. The Cavs led by Lebron James can only boast of a Big 3 of him, Irving and Love but not as deep as the Warriors’ Big 4 namely, Curry, Thompson and Green. KD is long, can shhot the treys and can defend and rebound.
Yes, with Kevin Durant on the roster, the Golden State Warriors have potential to be one of the highest scoring teams ever.
But one of the big reasons Durant joined the Warriors has to do with defense.
SAN JOSE – The turnovers, oh the turnovers.
That’s what Warriors coach Steve Kerr will talk about, and that’s perhaps the biggest problem the team will spend the next week trying to solve.
The Warriors committed 15 giveaways in the first half Thursday night and 24 for the game and still posted a 105-96 preseason win over the Sacramento Kings at SAP Center in downtown San Jose.
With Kevin Durant’s departure to the rival Golden State Warriors and Russell Westbrook’s decision to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, in which he emphasized loyalty, upcoming matchups between the two are likely to become the most bitter personal battles the NBA has seen since the days of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Dwight Howard has never quite been the same player since his back surgery in 2012. As a snapshot, look at his PER the three years before in Orlando were 24, 26.1, and 24.2; the four years since it has been 19.3, 21.4, 19.2, and 18.9. Those are still strong numbers, but not the dominant numbers we had seen in Orlando. He hasn’t looked like a No. 1 offensive option anymore, and he’s also battled knee and other issues that had him missing 52 games the past two seasons in Houston.
On Thursday, Dwyane Wade appeared during an ESPN town hall about gun violence and athletes’ roles in helping to solve the issue. The town hall was held in Chicago, the American metropolis most heavily stricken by gun violence, Wade’s hometown and the town to which Wade has returned as a Bull.
WINNERS in their PBA Philippine Cup debuts, the Rain or Shine Elastopainters and San Miguel Beermen try to build on their good start and go for their second win against separate opponents in league action today at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Elastopainters tussle with the Mahindra Floodbuster in the curtain-raiser at 4:15 p.m. while the Beermen engage the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters in the night cap at 7 p.m.
Rain or Shine, coached anew by Caloy Garcia, began their campaign in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association tournament on the right foot, fashioning out a 101-87 win over TNT KaTropa on opening week.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have played exactly zero minutes together as Golden State Warriors teammates, so we have no real idea how the two will work together.
The Bulls’ signing of Rajon Rondo was met with plenty of negativity this summer, so it’s not all that surprising that the first day of training camp brought a lot of love for the mercurial point guard.
Career highs in points and assists from Payton led the Magic’s monster offensive performance on the road.
It’s unclear when the Magic’s defense is going to return to the standard they established in recent weeks, but for now they’re relying on their offense to carry them, and it’s never looked better. Thanks to Elfrid Payton’s outstanding performance off the bench, scoring 26 and dishing 14 assists, both career highs, as well as big scoring nights from Serge Ibaka (29) and Evan Fournier (23), the Magic were able to win a shootout in Atlanta, 131-120.
Former Portland Trail Blazers draft pick Elliot Williams has landed in the Bay Area, after signing a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, as reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical. The value of the contract is still unknown, but is partially guaranteed. He'll still need to earn a spot in training camp to avoid being cut.
20 points and 11 rebounds are just numbers. Let’s look at the plays.
The myth of Enes Kanter being a worthwhile addition to the Oklahoma City Thunder continues to hold merit in Thunder forums. After the 106 to 94 win at the Bulls tonight, Enes specifically mentioned team defense as a reason for the team’s dominant third quarter.
Bledsoe’s 40 points is a career high
For three quarters, the Toronto Raptors held the fort against the Phoenix Suns, taking a lead early in the 1st quarter and protecting it for an 85-82 advantage entering the 4th quarter.
Then Eric Bledsoe laid siege to that fort.
Evan Turner scored 12 points in the final frame, and L.A. came up empty from the field for over five minutes down the stretch, helping the Blazers to a franchise record ninth consecutive win against the Lakers.
Damian Lillard’s return from a 5-game absence was supposed to be the story tonight when the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers faced off at the Moda Center.
But the Blazers’ much maligned Evan Turner upstaged Lillard down the stretch, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and inspired the Blazers to a 118-109 victory. D’Angelo Russell led the way for the Lakers with 22 and Jordan Clarkson added 21 off the bench.
RIO DE JANEIRO — The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is making another push to include 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA TODAY Sports.
The Clippers controlled the first three frames, but a huge performance from Sean Kilpatrick in the fourth quarter and overtimes helped the Clippers to a third consecutive loss.
Led by a career-high 37 points from Sean Kilpatrick, the Brooklyn Nets upset the Los Angeles Clippers 127-122 in double overtime Tuesday night. The Clippers were in command for the first three quarters before a barrage of triples catapulted Brooklyn back into it. The Nets drilled all six of their threes in the final frame, with Kilpatrick netting 20 points in the final 12 minutes alone.
The Cavaliers had no problem disposing of the Knicks Wednesday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (15-5) are a better basketball team than the New York Knicks (12-10), and they showed just that Wednesday night in their 126-94 victory in Madison Square Garden.
The Cavs were in control of the game pretty much from the jump Wednesday. They led 36-26 after the first quarter thanks in large part to 16 early points from forward Kevin Love, who started the game by going 5-9 from the field. Cleveland held a double digit lead for much of the first half, though the Knicks were able to cut it to lead to 51-42 near the five-minute mark of the second quarter.
J.R. Smith’s return did not go as planned.
Watching the Cleveland Cavaliers means confronting what you really think matters. Does energy matter? Does continuity matter? Does this particular game matter? Does anything in this world matter?
They should, all of them. The Cavs are a force of contradictions, one minute looking dominant and the next looking like they’ve never played together before. Before the game discussing energy, at some moments having none. Speaking of plans, playing without one.
A big night from Kyrie couldn’t save Cleveland.
Squint your eyes hard enough and you would have thought prime Moses Malone donned a Pelicans jersey for an evening. Or even Anthony Davis.
But on a night when Davis sat due to injury, the Cavs made Terrence Jones look like the best of both players. Jones tied his career-high with 36 points (13-18 from the field) and tacked on 11 rebounds in the Pelicans 124-122 victory over the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers held off several surges from the Bucks to get the win Monday.
The Cavaliers held off a pesky Bucks squad Monday night, as they captured a 102-95 win at home.
Just as they had all night, the Bucks hung around in the fourth quarter. After a Derrick Williams dunk set up by LeBron James, John Henson responded with a tough finish near the rim to make it 83-81. An Iman Shumpert triple from the corner made it 86-81, but once again Milwaukee closed the gap to one possession with another Henson bucket.
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