LeBron gets blocked, DeRozan capitalizes on other end

Kyrie Irving and the Cavs are ahead of the Raptors in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

Oladipo slams one down after nice feed from Westbrook (0:24)
George hits acrobatic layup and draws the foul (0:23)
Gordon is there for the throw down (0:20)
Durant has nothing but praise for Davis (0:48)
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Steph Curry might be the grittiest player in the NBA

When you think of grit in the NBA, you probably don't think of two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry draining 3-pointers from impossible range. But maybe you should.

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Who wins ROY? We have 10 names to watch

The race for ROY looks wide open this season, with Ben Simmons out. We have four rookies in the East and six in the West who can contend for the prize.

Stephen A. thinks Durant should use a championship as motivation, not critics (0:45)
Durant shoots away in empty gym and yells at himself (0:24)
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Fantasy basketball Week 2 Insider cheat sheet

All of the best fantasy basketball advice and relevant information from our Insider experts in one place, including Chicago's backcourt, Jabari Parker, Jeff Teague and Philadelphia's rookies.

Westbrook not approaching home opener any differently (0:59)
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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?

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LeBron Gets Stuffed

Pascal Siakam blocks LeBron James and then DeMar DeRozan races down the court for the lay-in. The Cavs still lead the Raptors 65-56 late in the third quarter (on ESPN).


Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

When he was asked if missing out on an All-Star starting nod and a spot on the three All-NBA teams last season provided any extra motivation coming into this season, Anthony Davis told the ESPN game crew, "It did, especially when you lose out on $24 million. That's kinda tough. ... I can only worry about what I can do this year so that there's no debate whether I'm on the first (All-NBA) team or an All-Star."


J.R. Smith gets the steal and then takes it the rest of the way for the dunk. The Cavaliers led the Raptors 50-40 at the half (on ESPN).


Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Victor Oladipo playing much better tonight after struggling on the road Wednesday. Good to see home 'Dipo.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

With Dirk Nowitzki out, J.J. Barea will start. Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes both slide up a position.

Chris Haynes ESPN.com 

Stephen Curry going through his pregame shooting routine in advance of tonight's contest against the Pelicans. Some shots barely touched the net.


Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Between Beno Udrih's blonde ponytail and Aron Baynes' samurai look (plus facemask), Detroit has the NBA's most interesting bench hairstyles.

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Dwyane Wade was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making a throat-slash gesture in his Chicago Bulls debut: es.pn/2f0SWPJ

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic playing together for the first time in the regular season against Jon Leuer and Andre Drummond.

The Cavs Are at it again

The Cavaliers get fancy on back-to-back possessions, with Kyrie Irving hitting a step-back 3-pointer and LeBron James feeding it to Tristan Thompson for a slam. They lead the Raptors 28-23 after one quarter (on ESPN).


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs went with a funky Kevin Love-Mike Dunleavy-Tristan Thompson-Iman Shumpert-Richard Jefferson lineup to finish the second quarter. It got Love a lot of looks on offense, which is part of the hope, but it also exposed Shumpert at PG who had a sloppy turnover at the top of the key trying to make a basic initiation pass.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston turned the ball over 15 times in the season opening loss to the Lakers and coach Mike D'Antoni attributed that to the bench. Backup guard Tyler Ennis had four turnovers in the Lakers' game. "Pretty much I thought the bench turned it over a little bit," D'Antoni said. "We got to cut that down. The bench has to do a better job with that and we can do better, we had about 15 we'd like to have 12."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said things won't change much for his team with the Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki out with an illness. "Losing one of the best players ever," D'Antoni said. "You hate it for him. It doesn't change anything, they got a lot of players, somebody else will step up. (JJ) Barea worries me too and Harrison Barnes. They got a lot of answers we just have to play our game and play well."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle said it's too early to know whether Dirk Nowitzki will travel with the team for Sunday's game in Houston. The Mavs were optimistic earlier Friday that Nowitzki would overcome his illness enough to play tonight. "This must be something that does not come around very quickly or very well," Carlisle said. "He just does not miss home openers."