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7hNBA Insiders

Predictions: Bulls going to playoffs or lottery?

Will Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler play well together? What trades would help the Bulls most? Our NBA Insiders preview Chicago's 2016-17 season.

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Neil Paine

The Chris Paul Conundrum

Few point guards in NBA history have the résumé to go toe-to-toe with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. So how can it be that he's never played in the conference finals?

Can Hoiberg take control of locker room? (1:46)
Things get heated when Max defends Sixers for tanking (2:12)
Green, Durant visit the San Quentin Warriors (6:40)
Why the Warriors' best lineup struggled (1:34)
Westbrook doing it all without KD (0:53)
Joel Embiid flashes star potential in his delayed NBA debut (1:15)
Can Karl-Anthony Towns take over for LeBron in the future? (2:05)
Billups agrees with Russell's comments about Kobe (1:08)
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17hESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau

Amazing NBA opener performances abound

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Hakeem Olajuwon were among the many players whose performances were matched or bettered.

No Kobe, no problem (0:43)
Booker, Cousins get separated by an official (0:30)


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants to give more minutes to backups K.J. McDaniels and Sam Dekker. In the loss to the Lakers, McDaniels scored 11 points in 12 minutes off the bench, mainly on athletic drives to the basket. Dekker, who played 13 minutes, scored just four points. "Somebody needs to grab (the minutes) and they will," D'Antoni said. McDaniels and Dekker dealt with some inconsistent play in the preseason but after the season opener, it gave D'Antoni a little more confidence to maybe use them more. "No doubt," he said.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Was James Harden having fun Wednesday night? "Yeah, just being able to get my teammates the ball and give them opportunities to finish layups or shoot the three," he said. "It's a good feeling, as long as they do the right things, like run the floor, I feel like its my job to reward them." The Rockets guard scored 34 points and added a career-high 17 assists in the loss to the Lakers. It was a strong opening night effort for Harden who took over the lead point guard duties. Harden made 56 passes out of 92 touches on Wednesday night.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets about to start their film session. This will be fun.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis, when asked if his 50-point performance last night has sunk in: "I don't even care what I did, we lost. That doesn't really matter. We lost."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose on the Knicks' ball movement: "I think everyone knows it was terrible." NYK had more turnovers than assists vs. Cleveland.