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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry's injury is "a good thing for our team" in a certain way. Curry is out two weeks with an ankle sprain."I think big picture-wise over the next couple weeks it’s an opportunity for our team to get better because Stephen Curry Jerseys we have to," Kerr told reporters Wednesday, via The Associated Press. "We have no choice."The Warriors have found ways to win without Curry in the past, or even with Curry not being 100 percent, but they have Golden State Warriors Jerseys not had to do so with the collection of players they have on board right now.Fortunately for Golden State, one of the new players is Kevin Durant, who is in the discussion as the best player in Lonzo Ball Jerseys the world. With Curry out of Wednesday night's matchup against the Hornets, Durant had a triple-double with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Klay Thompson was also very good, scoring 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in Golden Kawhi Leonard Jerseys State's 101-87 win over Charlotte.
We’re at the one-third pole here in the NBA season, and already, teams have begun to forge their identities. But within the overall directions of teams this season, we’ve also seen some Boston Celtics Jerseys recent trends emerge.So, as we pull together this week’s NBA Power Rankings, we’ll focus on some of the more subtle trends that have emerged within each team.Trend: On a nine-game winning streak since Chris Paul returned, and Elfrid Payton Jerseys the offense is humming, with a league-best 62.5 true shooting percentage in that span. But they’re also tops in defensive efficiency during the streak, allowing 98.7 points per 100 possessions.Trend: Kevin Durant has played only four games Klay Thompson Jerseys without Stephen Curry in the last two years, but his numbers have been impressive: 31.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 49.5 percent shooting.Trend: Over their stretch of 14 wins in 15 games, the Cavaliers’ effective field-goal percentage Jabari Parker Jerseys (adjusted for 3-pointers) is 56.0, and their opponents’ is just 50.8. In their first 12 games, their eFG was 54.3 and their opponents’ was 56.1.Trend: At 6-3, the Celtics are the only team to have a record Gordon Hayward Jerseys over .500 when trailing or tied entering the fourth quarter. They’re 11-5 when behind or tied at the end of the first half, second only to Golden State (9-2).
There was not a whole lot of fanfare Houston Rockets Jerseys for the holiday showdown — the Times ran a short preview for the game, which was preceded by an exhibition game between teams fielded by department store giants Gimbel’s and Abraham & Strauss, the two leaders of Paul Millsap Jerseys the Knickerbocker League.But it marked the beginning of what is now a 70-year tradition: the NBA on Christmas Day. Things have come a long way since the big showing of Knorek against the Steam Rollers — the San Antonio Spurs Jerseys NBA has taken hold of the sporting scene on Christmas Day over the years, and this time around, there will be five games aired on three networks, featuring stars like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, James Custom NBA Jerseys Harden and Kevin Durant. “We’ve sort of put a stake in the ground on the importance of this for our teams and our fans,” NBA senior VP Tom Carelli told Sporting News, “to try and deliver, Warriors Jerseys when people can see our great players and great teams all on one shot. You can see a majority of great players all in one day. It’s all in one day.”The history of Christmas Day games in Russell Westbrook Jerseys the NBA has been consistent, but the expansion of the slate — from one game to a double-header, to three games, back to one game and now to the quintet we’ll see on Monday — has only Zach Collins Jerseys come in the last 10 years. Five staggered games in one day might appear to be overkill, but for the league, there’s no evidence that fans are overstuffed with holiday games.
The Nets acquired Thursday center Jahlil Paul George Jerseys Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a second-round pick from the 76ers.Philadelphia in return received power forward Trevor Booker, who is averaging 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds this season.Okafor was selected third overall by Philadelphia in the 2015 NBA Kevin Durant Jerseys Draft, but had since fallen out of the rotation. His name had constantly been floated on the trading block, before Thursday's deal.The Nets traded star center Brook Lopez to the Lakers this offseason, which could provide an Jimmy Butler Jerseys immediate starting opportunity for Okafor.The 76ers are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Nets are hovering outside playoff contention.
Steven Adams will miss the Thunder's Saturday night game against the Knicks after being placed Kemba Walker Jerseys in the NBA's concussion protocol, the team announced.The 7-0 center suffered the concussion Friday in the first overtime of the Thunder's 119-117 triple-overtime win over the 76ers. Adams was defending Philadelphia center Joel Embiid when he took a blow to the head.Adams continued playing, although he fouled out late in the third overtime. He finished with five points, well below his Dwyane Wade Jerseys average of 13.7 per game.The team said Adams will be re-evaluated Sunday. Adams missed two games while in the concussion protocol last season in January. OKC begins a three-game homestand Monday night against the Nuggets.
“Analytics will Kristaps Porzingis Jerseys find that to be the case,” Carelli said. “Fans tune in. Anecdotally it might seem like too much, but people tune in, people want to watch. It’s a great opportunity. We’re lucky we can stage it so Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys we can get five games in from coast-to-coast and around the world. People everywhere can have the ability to see our great players all in one day.”There will be a first on Christmas: a home game for Derrick Rose Jerseys the Celtics, which is hard to believe for one of the league’s marquee franchises. Legend has it that longtime owner Red Auerbach did not want Boston Garden employees to be forced to work on the holiday, so Los Angeles Lakers Jerseys he would not submit his building to the league schedule-makers on the 25th.The Celtics have played 30 times on Christmas, 28 coming on the road and two at neutral sites. Monday, they will play Washington at TD NBA Jerseys Garden.“The Celtics came to us and said, ‘Hey, why do we always have to play on the road on Christmas?’” Carelli said. “So we told them, very simple, you never submit having your building available. If you Carmelo Anthony Jerseys make having your building available, you can possibly play on Christmas. And so they did, and they are having a game.”
Will the real Detroit Pistons please stand up?Forward Tobias Harris scored 30 points and center Andre Devin Booker Jerseys Drummond added 21 to lead the Pistons to an easy 107-83 win over the Pacers Tuesday night.The game caused some alarm for the Pistons, however, as guard Reggie Jackson had to be helped off the floor in Markelle Fultz Jerseys the third quarter, putting no weight on his right foot.The team later announced Jackson had suffered a sprained right ankle, although X-rays were negative. He'll be further evaluated Wednesday.The Pistons (19-14) have now won five of six Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys games. They look like the same team that started the season 5-0, and nothing like the team that opened December with seven straight losses.It's been that kind of up-and-down season for coach Stan Van Gundy's squad. Near Chicago Bulls Jerseys the end of that losing streak, Van Gundy admitted he has tried to be honest with his players about their performance.“What I’m trying to do is to tell the truth,” Van Gundy said. “When everybody else is Ben Simmons Jerseys kissing their ass and telling them they’re the greatest thing in the world, I’m trying to bring them back. When everybody else is telling them they suck, I’m trying to bring them up.”The Pistons are clearly a Chris Paul Jerseys playoff-caliber team, yet don't have the horses to run with the NBA's elite teams in the playoffs. But after beating the Pacers (19-15), Detroit is fourth in the Eastern Conference. Making the playoffs would be a nice Stephen Curry Jerseys coup for a franchise that finished 37-45 last season and has posted losing records in eight of the past nine seasons.Now it all depends on which Pistons team shows up the rest of the season.
Moore has Joel Embiid Jerseys denied all the allegations and said the women are lying.Moore is also being criticized for race-related comments that have received coverage in the past few days.Speaking at a rally in Florence, Ala., in September, the former state Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys judge said (audio per the Los Angeles Times) in response to a question that America was great “at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery. They cared for one another. People were Cheap NBA Jerseys strong in the families. Our families were strong. Our country had a direction.”In 2011, Moore said in a radio interview (per CNN) that the federal government would work much better if the Constitution were pared back to Jonathan Isaac Jerseys the first 10 amendments contained in the Bill of Rights. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments abolished slavery, granted citizenship to all natural-born U.S. citizens, and gave African-American men the right to vote. Moore's campaign has said Karl-Anthony Towns Jerseys the media are deliberately misrepresenting the candidate's comments.Trump, whose Make America Great Again slogan has struck a chord with millions of Americans, endorsed Moore in the race recently after initially supporting one of Moore's opponents in the Kyrie Irving Jerseys Republican primary election, Luther Strange.

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