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Smart Carted Off in Celtics Win

Smart Carted Off in Celtics Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Celtics guard Marcus Smart was carted off the court Friday night after injuring his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Boston's 101-98 win over Indiana.

The rookie appeared to step on the Pacers Lavoy Allen and immediately went to the floor, clutching his left ankle. Team doctors rushed to his side before calling for a stretcher. His leg was immobilized and he was carted off the court, giving a thumbs up as he departed.

"It was really scary and then, obviously, he was writhing in pain, so that makes it even more scary," coach Brad Stevens said. "We're hoping it's a sprain, but we don't know that. So obviously a great deal of concern for him, No. 1. And hopefully he can get back sooner rather than later because he's really playing great basketball."

Smart was the 6th overall pick by the Celtics in this year's NBA draft and was averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in the first four games of the season. Five players scored in double figures for Boston who improved to 2-3 while the Pacers dropped to 1-5 on the young season.

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Scoreboard Roundup 11/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup 11/7/14

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 118 (5-1) – Philadelphia 76ers 115 (0-6)

 

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Mike Krzyzewski Admits Top Recruit Jahlil Okafor Will Be “One and Done”

Mike Krzyzewski Admits Top Recruit Jahlil Okafor Will Be “One and Done”

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It is no secret that Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor will be one of the hottest commodities next June when the NBA Draft rolls around, which is why Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski says he will likely play just one season in Durham.

"We won't have him long," Krzyzewski said. "We'll have him this year and then he'll be one of the top [NBA] picks."

Many NBA draft experts have already penciled in Okafor as a top pick, if not the best prospect coming out of college this year.

"He's really one of the great kids," Krzyzewski said. "He's 6-10, about 265. He has huge hands. So the ball is small in his hands. Part of that hurts him some because he's accustomed to rebounding with one hand, and rebounding is better with two hands. But scoring-wise he's able to do it. He's got incredible touch and really good feet."

Some recent "one and done" Duke players include Kyrie Irving (drafted first overall in 2011), Austin Rivers (drafted tenth overall in 2012), and Jabari Parker (drafted second overall in 2014).

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Miwaukee Bucks 87 (2-2) - Indiana Pacers 81 (1-3)

Houston Rockets 108 (5-0) – Miami Heat  91 (3-1)

Washington Wizards 98 (3-1) – New York Knicks 83 (2-2)

Toronto Raptors 100 (3-1) - Oklahoma City Thunder 88 (1-4) 

New Orleans Pelicans 100 (2-2) – Charlotte Hornets 91 (1-3)

Chicago Bulls 98 (3-1) - Orlando Magic 90 (0-4) 

NHL: Boston Bruins 2 (8-6-0, 16 pts) - Florida Panthers 1 (4-2-4, 12 pts) (F/OT)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (5-5-2, 11 pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (4-7-1, 9 pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 4 (3-6-2, 8 pts)– Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-8-0, 8 pts)

Calgary Flames 4 (8-4-2, 18 pts) -  Washington Capitals 3 (4-5-3, 11 pts)  (F/OT)

St. Louis Blues 1 (8-3-1, 17 pts) - New Jersey Devils 0 (6-4-2, 14 pts)  

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (7-5-1, 15 pts)– Montreal Canadiens 0 (8-3-1, 17 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (6-3-2, 14 pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (6-2-3, 15 pts)

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Brook Lopez Returns, Nets Dominate Thunder

Brook Lopez Returns, Nets Dominate Thunder

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in nearly a year, Brook Lopez stepped on the court in an NBA game. The Brooklyn center scored 18 points and pulled in six rebounds as the Nets beat Oklahoma City 116-85 in their home opener on Monday night.

"I can't put it in words," said Lopez, who broke his foot last December and was forced to miss the rest of the season. "It was great to be back out there. I've missed it for a long time and our team definitely took care of business tonight. Our guys make it easy."

Lopez was 6-for-10 from the floor in 24 minutes as the Nets (2-1) notched their biggest home-opening win ever. The center's 18 points was tied for the team-high, with Alan Anderson also pouring in 18 off the bench. Deron Williams added 17 points and nine assists as Brooklyn opened up a 32-19 lead after the first quarter, due in large part to going 5-for-7 from three-point land.

"It was just good to see him have that bounce, explosion," Kevin Garnett said of Lopez's return. "We know he's having foot problems. He's playing through a lot, man. And like I've said, if we're going to be anything, we're going to need the big fellow."

The Thunder (1-3) have been suffering their own injury issues with both Kevin Durant (foot) and Russell Westbrook (hand) unavailable. Reggie Jackson did make his season debut for Oklahoma City after missing the first three games, and scored a game-high 23 points in the loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3)

Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2)

(13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6)

(15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6)

(18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6)

Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2)

(24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/31/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NBA: Memphis Grizzlies 97 (2-0) - Indiana Pacers 89 (1-1)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (4-4-1 9pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (4-5-0 8pts)

 

 

 

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Russell Westbrook Suffers Fractured Hand, Out Indefinitely

Russell Westbrook Suffers Fractured Hand, Out Indefinitely

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The injuries are piling up fast for the Oklahoma City Thunder as All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook suffered a small fracture of the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Westbrook suffered the injury with 6:35 left in the second quarter and underwent X-rays at the Staples Center.

It is unknown just how long Westbrook will be out of action, but the typical recovery time for the injury is about 6-8 weeks.

Already without league MVP Kevin Durant and free agent acquisition Anthony Morrow, the Thunder, who were expected to be among the NBA's best teams this season, find themselves without a couple of their best players for at least the next month of the season.

"It's unfortunate the way it is right now, but we have to figure out how to get better from all of our experiences," coach Scott Brooks said. "Good teams and good players bounce back from adversity, and our guys understand that."

Westbrook is in his seventh season in the NBA, all with the Thunder. He's averaged 20.1 points, 6.9 assists, and 4.9 rebounds per game since entering the league.

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Knicks Spoil James’ Return to Cleveland

Knicks Spoil James’ Return to Cleveland

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James' first game back in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers didn't have a fairy tale ending.Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 25 points to help the New York Knicks beat the Cavaliers 95-90 Thursday night, ruining James' homecoming.With 2:58 left in the game, the Cavaliers went on a 8-2 run to cut the Knicks' lead to three. But Anthony's jumper with 25.9 seconds to play made the score 92-87, ultimately sealing the deal for New York.James finished the game with 17 points on 5-for-15 shooting while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Kevin Love had a team-high 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first game as a Cavalier.James, who left the Cavaliers for Miami in the summer of 2010, re-signed with his home-state squad this summer. Since then, the team has acquired a multitude of new faces including Kevin Love, Mike Miller, and Shawn Marion.Before the game, thousands of fans gathered in downtown Cleveland to celebrate King James' return. There was a free concert featuring Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons in a parking lot across from Quicken Loans Arena.Tickets for the game were selling for more than $10,000 a pop on the secondary market and celebrities such as a Michael Strahan, David Beckham, and Justin Bieber all attended.James will now have to wait until Nov. 10, when New Orleans comes to town, to get another chance for his first win in Cleveland this season.

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Knicks’ Jose Calderon Out 2-3 Weeks

Knicks’ Jose Calderon Out 2-3 Weeks

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With the regular season barely a day old for the New York Knicks, they've already lost their starting point guard: Jose Calderon will be out the next 2-3 weeks with a right calf strain.

Up until about 90 minutes before the Knicks' season opener against the Chicago Bulls, the team expected Calderon in the starting lineup until he aggravated the calf injury during warm-ups.

The Knicks brought in the 33-year-old Calderon to help stabilize the position for the team. He had spent the last season with the Dallas Mavericks where he averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per game for the team.

He was part of the trade that sent center Tyson Chandler back to the Mavericks.

Replacing Calderon in the lineup will be second-year guard Shane Larkin, who was also acquired in the Chandler trade.

In the first start of his NBA career on Wednesday, Larkin scored six points and three assists in 26 minutes of action in what proved to be a 24-point loss.

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Lakers’ Julius Randle Breaks Leg

Lakers’ Julius Randle Breaks Leg

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle broke his leg midway through the fourth quarter in Tuesday night's 108-90 loss to the Rockets.

Team doctors said that Randle suffered a broken tibia and his return this season is in question.

"It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer," coach Byron Scott said. "I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down."

"I don't think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we're even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys," he continued.

"I just told him to stay strong," Scott added. "Adversity tests the true character of a man. This is some adversity that we're facing with a young guy being out, and obviously, it's something that he's facing. I feel for him. I feel extremely bad for him. He was kind of crying, and I just told him to stay strong and that it's going to make him a better basketball player."

Hall of Famer James Worthy, who was drafted by the Lakers in 1983 and suffered the same injury during his rookie season, gave some encouraging word to Randle.

"I had the same injury as @J30_RANDLE - he'll recover fine. #StayStrong," Worthy tweeted following Randle's injury.

The Lakers drafted Randle in the first round with the seventh pick this year.

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Magic Guard Victor Oladipo to Miss the Next Month with Facial Fracture

Magic Guard Victor Oladipo to Miss the Next Month with Facial FractureAndy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is having a rough start to his second NBA season. After already dealing with a sprained MCL, Oladipo is now expected to miss a month after suffering a facial fracture. After dealin...

Warriors Consider Bringing Andre Iguodala Off the Bench

Warriors Consider Bringing Andre Iguodala Off the BenchNBA via Philadelphia 76ers(NEW YORK) -- Despite being one of the highest paid players on the team and a seasoned veteran, first-year Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is strongly considering bringing Andre Iguodala off the bench. The Warriors...

ESPN: Timberwolves Set to Waive Guard J.J. Barea

ESPN: Timberwolves Set to Waive Guard J.J. BareaRonald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As he enters the final season of his contract, ESPN reports the Minnesota Timberwolves are set to buyout guard J.J. Barea. If Barea and the Timberwolves reach a buyout, it will enable him to become a free agent...

Pacers’ George Takes Jump Shots at Practice

Pacers’ George Takes Jump Shots at Practice

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Less than three months ago, Paul George was being carried off the floor from a intersquad scrimmage with Team USA with a broken leg. On Monday, the Indiana Pacers forward was seen shooting jump shots with his teammates at practice.

Video surfaced from Pacers practice that showed George taking midrange jumpers as well as shooting some three-pointers in the gym following practice. The small forward suffered a grisly compound fracture in his right leg on Aug. 1 during a televised scrimmage with Team USA before the FIBA World Cup.

The 24-year-old has been cleared to put weight on his leg and begin upper-body workouts. George also proclaimed recently that he plans to play at some point during the upcoming NBA season.

A two-time All-Star, George has not missed more than three games in a season since the 2011-12 campaign. Last year he helped lead the Pacers back to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 21.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

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NBA Announces Basketball Development Curriculum in Chinese Schools

NBA Announces Basketball Development Curriculum in Chinese SchoolsNational Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- For years the NBA has been focused on expanding the game's popularity and reach internationally. They have taken another big step in doing so as the league has announced they've agreed on a partnership with ...

Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets fans are holding their breath as center Brook Lopez will miss the next 10-14 days to deal with a "soft tissue" injury in his surgically repaired right foot.

The team will give him some time off to recover, but his status for the start of the season is in question now.

"X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries," Nets medical director Dr. Riley Williams II said in a statement. "Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days."

Lopez' health will go a long way in determining just how good the Nets can be this season.

When healthy, Lopez is one of the more offensively skilled centers in the NBA. In his six-year career, the 26-year-old Lopez is averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

He's battled injuries in recent years though. He played in just 17 games last season and played in just five games three seasons ago. He's missed 134 games over the last three seasons.

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Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture, the team announced Thursday.Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks; he's expected to miss six to eight weeks."Successful surgery, thanks for all the prayers and concerns! Headed back to okc. Move em," Durant tweeted Thursday.The team became aware of Durant's problem after practice Saturday when the reigning league MVP said his foot was "aching." The Thunder then announced Sunday that Durant had endured the Jones fracture, which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe, and that surgery would probably be necessary.The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.The 26-year-old Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game last season.

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Pistons’ Jodie Meeks Out 8 Weeks

Pistons’ Jodie Meeks Out 8 Weeks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) -- Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks will be out eight weeks due to a stress fraction in his lower back, the team announced on Tuesday.

The injury was discovered following a CAT scan conducted on Monday by team medical personnel, the Pistons said.

Detroit gave Meeks a three-year deal worth $19.5 million this offseason and he will be re-evaluated on a regular basis as the season progresses.

Meeks has a career averages of 9.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.3 minutes in 355 games with 194 starts.

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Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- A couple of days after criticizing newly-signed forward Chandler Parsons for his weight and conditioning, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has apologized for his comments.

"An increase of 18 to 20 pounds is just too much," Carlisle said Friday night. "We talked about it today. We talk about it a lot. He'll get there, but he looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra 7 or 8 pounds aren't helping."

Carlisle realized he was wrong to publicly criticize Parsons, and promptly apologized.

"It was unfair and inappropriate to single out Chandler Parsons after the game Friday night," Carlisle wrote in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. "I have apologized to him and the entire team for this error in judgment. Not only is Chandler Parsons one of our best players, he is also one of our hardest working players and the kind of high-character person we strive to bring to our city and franchise."

Parsons, who signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks this past summer worth $46 million, says he has moved on from the incident.

"It just shows what kind of guy he is," Parsons said of Carlisle's apology. "We're in this together. Everybody makes mistakes, and he came to me as a man. We have a great relationship. It's in the past, and we're going to move forward. It's over with."

Last season with the Houston Rockets, Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

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