In what started off as a great tribute to long-time star Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), the New Orleans Hornets soured the evening with a display of poor sportsmanship by Jason Smith (7'0''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Colorado St.). Smith has become a regular contributor for the woeful Hornets, and had a nice night yesterday with 17 points and 8 rebounds, but displayed antics that have no place on the professional level.
In a close game throughout, Clippers star Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had a fast break look for a dunk, when Jason Smith comes hustling down the court to 'defend', throwing his left shoulder into a defenseless Griffin, which immediately threw Griffin to the ground. The hit looked like one that would've won the bounty for the New Orleans Hornets, so its safe to say it had no business in last night's NBA game. Smith was immediately ejected from the game.
Flagrant fouls are a part of the game, and Smith's foul was no different. But what made this incident even worse was Smith's reaction to being ejected from the game. As he was being escorted out by security, Smith was waving his arms, to gain praise from his home crowd, as if he had accomplished something honorable. Instead, all he did was to bring the wrong type of attention to a game that should've been about honoring Chris Paul, and applauding the Hornets for pulling out a tough victory. Instead, it'll be about Smith and his selfish acts.
Wade Scores 22 in Chicago Debut, Bulls Beat Celtics 105-99 - 3 hours ago
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Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) got the ball in the corner, took a dribble to his left and stepped back for the dagger 3-pointer. He made a throat slashing gesture with his right hand after the ball swished through the net and started jumping around as the crowd roared. Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night. Wade hit... [read more]
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) got the ball in the corner, took a dribble to his left and stepped back for the dagger 3-pointer. He made a throat slashing gesture with his right hand after the ball swished through the net and started jumping around as the crowd roared. Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night. Wade hit the clinching 3 with 26.3 seconds left. Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, college: USC) added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008. "To be able to make a shot like that and helps us get this win, it's like the perfect storm," Wade said. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night. "We lost the game in a fashion we didn't want to lose," Crowder said. "I feel like we got punked all night." The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami. The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat. Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just 7 of 44 all of last season. Rajon Rondo, signed by Chicago after a resurgent season with Sacramento, added nine assists. Butler had seven rebounds, and the Bulls pounded the Celtics on the glass 55-36. They showed a scrappiness and edge that was missing last season. They were unselfish, passing the ball around, and hit 11 of 25 3-pointers. "I think everybody's having fun out there," Butler said. The Bulls were leading 95-81 midway through the fourth quarter after newcomer Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-G-91, college: Syracuse) buried a 3 and a floater and Butler hit a floater of his own. The Celtics scored 11 straight to get back into it, a driving layup by Thomas cutting it to 95-92. It was 101-99 when Boston's Jaylen Brown got called for a travel. Wade then nailed that 3 over Bradley to make it a five-point game with 26.3 seconds left, sealing the win for Chicago. "We're learning each other," Wade said. "We're learning what we have in those types of moments at the end of ballgames and those types of moments." Butler had some heated words with college teammate Crowder late in the first half. Crowder rebounded a miss by Wade - another Marquette product - and charged into Butler, leading to a heated exchange. Rondo also got into it with Isaiah Thomas, and all four players got called for technicals. "Jae's my guy," Butler said. "It's the heat of the moment. That's what's supposed to happen." Courtesy of: abcnews.com
Leonard, Spurs spoil Kings arena opening with 102-94 win - 3 hours ago
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Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) ripped the ball away from Ben McLemore (6'5''-G-93, college: Kansas) and drove the other way for a three-point play. Then the next time down the court, Leonard grabbed it away from McLemore and scored on the other end. Those two plays turned the momentum San Antonio's way and sent the Spurs home with a very successful season-opening trip following a 102-94 victory over the Kings on Thursday night that spoiled the regular season opener at... [read more]
Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) ripped the ball away from Ben McLemore (6'5''-G-93, college: Kansas) and drove the other way for a three-point play. Then the next time down the court, Leonard grabbed it away from McLemore and scored on the other end. Those two plays turned the momentum San Antonio's way and sent the Spurs home with a very successful season-opening trip following a 102-94 victory over the Kings on Thursday night that spoiled the regular season opener at Sacramento's new downtown arena. 'He took two away in a row and said, 'Gimme that.' He just grabbed it away from whoever it was,' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. 'He just grabbed it and took it twice in a row. I don't see many people doing that.' Few people are doing what Leonard is early this season. After scoring a career-high 35 points to go with five steals in a 129-100 season-opening win at Golden State on Tuesday night, Leonard had 30 points and five steals against the Kings. Leonard is the first player to put together back-to-back 30-point, five-steal games since Eddie Jones did it for Miami in December 2002. 'You see players play at an extremely high level on offense, but this guys does it on both ends,' teammate Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) said. 'It's hard to say where he's more exceptional. He's a very special player.' Leonard helped dampen the excitement for the first regular season game at the new arena on an emotional night as fans remembered how close the franchise was to moving to Seattle before Vivek Ranadive bought the team in 2013 and reached a deal to build the arena. It didn't end as well despite a strong night from DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky), who led Sacramento with 37 points and 16 rebounds. 'As much as this city has fought, the fans were more than deserving of this night,' Cousins said. 'I wished we could have sealed the deal with a win.' The Kings built a nine-point lead midway through the third period before Leonard and the Spurs put it away. San Antonio went on a 16-2 run and held Sacramento without a basket for the final 7:20 of the period to take a 76-71 lead into the fourth. The Kings missed nine straight shots and Leonard then had the steals from McLemore. 'I just tried to do something for us, lighting up our defense a little bit,' Leonard said. The Spurs built the lead to 10 points early in the fourth quarter before Cousins and Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) made two baskets each in a 12-2 run that tied the game. But San Antonio pulled away late for the win. Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com
Lakers begin post-Kobe Bryant era with a 120-114 win over Rockets - 1 day ago
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The Lakers rung in the post-Kobe Bryant era with a 120-114 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. In front of a capacity crowd at the Staples Center, Jordan Clarkson (6'5''-G-92, college: Missouri) led the Lakers with 25 points in 24 minutes off the bench. The third-year guard made eight of his 12 field goal attempts, and made three key plays in the game's final moments. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), in his first game as the Rockets' starting point guard, fin... [read more]
The Lakers rung in the post-Kobe Bryant era with a 120-114 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. In front of a capacity crowd at the Staples Center, Jordan Clarkson (6'5''-G-92, college: Missouri) led the Lakers with 25 points in 24 minutes off the bench. The third-year guard made eight of his 12 field goal attempts, and made three key plays in the game's final moments. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), in his first game as the Rockets' starting point guard, finished with 34 points, 17 assists and eight rebounds. But it wasn't enough, as the Lakers inched past the Rockets for the shootout win. The Rockets sprinted up and down the court all night, and the Lakers seemed to be comfortable playing on the run. The Rockets are now led by former Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni, so it was not surprising that they played at a breakneck pace. Both teams shot well in the first half, which resulted in eye-popping scoring totals. The score was knotted, 38-38, after one quarter. The Rockets led 71-66 after two quarters. Harden had 16 points and 14 boards at the break. The Lakers were led by a balanced attack, as D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.), Julius Randle (6'9''-F-94, college: Kentucky) and Timofey Mozgov (7'1''-C-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) each scored 12 before halftime. Harden back at it at the start of the third, as he knifed into the lane before lobbing his third alley-oop to center Clint Capela. That gave him 16 assists while the Lakers, as a team, had 17. But Russell kept the Lakers just a small step behind, hitting a three to trim the deficit to two points with 5:57 left in the third. The three was Russell's fourth of the game, and gave him a game-high 19 to that point. After it rolled through the rim he turned to the crowd, turned his palms upward and smugly shrugged. They responded with a loud cheer, and D'Antoni called a timeout. At the start of the fourth, Harden went to the bench and the Lakers' second unit - made up of Clarkson, Louis Williams (6'1''-SG-86), Brandon Ingram (6'8''-SF-97, college: Duke), Larry Nance Jr. and Tarik Black - fought their way to a 100-100 tie with 8:31 left in the game. The game stayed on a see-saw from there, as the Lakers built a small lead only to see the Rockets knot the score once again. As the game clock dripped below two minutes, Clarkson nailed a three to give the Lakers' a four-point lead. One possession later, Clarkson collected a Nick Young (6'7''-G/F-85, college: USC) air ball and scored a second-chance layup off the backboard. Then he stripped Harden on a drive, and Randle hit a jump hook on the other end to stretch the lead to six. The Rockets called timeout with 45.2 seconds on the clock, and Clarkson sprinted to half court while flexing his muscles. He screamed, 'Let's go!' Russell ran into him in celebration, and they walked side-by-side to the bench sporting identical scowls. Shortly after, they hugged as blue and gold streamers fell from the ceiling. The Lakers, a team that is supposed to experience many growing pains this season, weren't plagued by their youth and inexperience on the season's opening night. Courtesy of: latimes.com
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