Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer
Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his profane outburst in Philly.
Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his profane outburst in Philly.
The KJ McDaniels waiver will count $100K against the Raptors salary cap. Toronto is now $1M below the luxury tax.
Stan Van Gundy, who is refreshingly honest with the media, candidly questioned the Knicks' coaching staff's defensive strategy late in New York's loss to Detroit. Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson helped fuel Detroit's comeback with several pick and rolls down the stretch. "They both were going well and we were trying to go at (Porzingis)," Van Gundy told reporters. "(He) kills you at one end and for some reason they were playing him on Tobias, I don't know why, but they were, so we went at that pick-and-roll."
Tim Hardaway Jr. was asked if he just felt out of rhythm on Saturday when he missed 12 of 16 shots in a loss to Detroit: "Yeah I missed a couple of easy ones here and there, shots that I normally make. It's just tough to see those not go down," Hardaway Jr. said. "My teammates did a great job of just keeping me in it. Telling me to keep shooting. That's what I'm here for, just be a burst of energy and help out on the floor in any way I can. I didn't get it done tonight." The Knicks as a whole hit just eight of 30 3-point attempts. Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks need to be around 38 percent from three. He didn't place the blame on Hardaway Jr., who said he got the looks he wanted against Detroit. "Yeah. Transition shots, I just have to find ways. It's still a new offense but at the same time I still have to find ways to get to the line, get to the basket a little more, finish when I'm there. Missed a lot of bunnies today I wish I could take back and I definitely could have helped out on that end of the floor."
Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson said that his team "needs to become closer" following a second 40-point loss in four nights. Watson added that veterans Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler are being counted on to be "vocal leaders" for a young team.
Before taking questions after the LA Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns, Houston native DeAndre Jordan congratulated the "soon to be World Series champs" Houston Astros.
Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosić were teammates in Greece before they both joined the Clippers this past offseason: Beverley acknowledged that he can't afford to be in foul trouble while Teodosić (left foot) is out, and that rookie guards Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell must step up.
Russell Westbrook has taken a noticeably different approach to the first two games this season, but he doesn't see it as a change.
Paul George on the Thunder's ugly loss to the Jazz: "Honestly, I'm happy we got this blow early."
Jeff Hornacek said management has told him to play the players who do the most to earn their minutes and he's given playing time at center so far to Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn over Willy Hernangomez. "Well, every summer that you come back it's a competition and guys, they earn their minutes through training camp and through exhibition season," Hornacek said Saturday when asked about Hernangomez. "Willy's done well, (it's) just something the other guys have done a little bit more. So the focus is on defense and that's one thing that we want him to get better at as a young player. We're trying to emphasize things to these guys that don't get repeated. All of the sudden, ‘Okay, I see, I understand,' and they fix it. And Willy's working on that. He's doing a great job. He comes to practice every day and practices hard. His opportunities will come." Steve Mills and Scott Perry both wrote that Hernangomez was part of the team's young core it hopes to develop, so it's a bit odd to see Hernangomez stuck to the bench. But Hornacek pointed out that those statements from Mills and Perry were made before the Kanter trade. "It's a tough spot," Hornacek said. "But that's when guys step up. I think Willy will too."
Clippers up 30 in the 4th quarter after back-to-back lobs to Willie Reed. They're treating like the Suns like they did the Lakers two nights ago.
Draymond Green to ESPN on the state of the team, and on Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant getting ejected.
For the fire Jeff Hornacek crowd: hard to put this one on the coach. The Knicks allowed Detroit to shoot 50 percent in the second half and moved the ball much less in the final 24 minutes.
Clippers guard Milos Teodosic will undergo an MRI to discover severity of left foot injury, league source tells ESPN
Kristaps Porzingis felt he was fouled on his drive to the basket with under a minute to play that ended in an Andre Drummond block. He said he felt someone pull his arm down before the block. The Knicks were down 3 with 37 seconds to play at the time of the block.
Clippers announce that Milos Teodosić will not return to tonight's game vs. the Suns due to a left foot injury.
Clippers guard Milos Teososić carried to the locker room with an apparent left leg injury. Austin Rivers on the floor to replace him.
That's it for the Thunder as the starters take a seat down 15 with 1:32 left. Westbrook finishes with 6 points on 2-11 shooting, plus 7 turnovers (13 rebounds and 9 assists). The only game last season Westbrook scored in single-digits was the final one, where he only played in the first half against Denver. Melo finished with 26, George with 22.
Stephen Curry tells ESPN: "I didn't throw my mouthpiece at the ref. I got better aim than that. I threw it out of frustration."
Things nobody said last season: The Thunder are making a comeback with Russell Westbrook on the bench. Down 73-57 to start the fourth, the second unit plus Melo have cut it to 76-69.
The Thunder finally shook loose a bit in the third offensively, but it was the other side that became problematic. Utah leads 73-57 headed to the fourth. George with 19, Melo 17, but Westbrook with only 3 on 1-9 shooting (12 rebonds and 8 assists though). Westbrook is clearly trying to navigate a new world of managing his aggression with his two new teammates.
LeBron James had 22 points on Saturday but had a plus-minus or minus-31 in 31 minutes in the Cleveland Cavaliers' surprising 114-93 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Pistons 111, Knicks 107: New York falls to 0-2 after letting a 21-point first-half lead slip away. Kristaps Porzingis was fantastic for much for the night, pouring in 33 points on 20 shots. He made just four of his final 13 attempts though. Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled with his shot, missing 12 of 16. Tough night for Jeff Hornacek's club, which gave away a winnable game.
Stephen Curry has just been ejected for going off on the ref. Kevin Durant was given the boot as well.
Kristaps Porzingis passed up an open three with the Knicks down three and 30 seconds to play. He instead drove but was rejected at the rim by Andre Drummond. Detroit is in control here, up five with eight seconds to play.