Russell Westbrook's right hand fracture could keep him out until mid-December

For a while there, it appeared as if Russell Westbrook was going to have to carry the load. To use his own formidable gifts to put together an MVP-worthy month while Kevin Durant slowly and smartly worked his way back from a right foot fracture. At this point, sadly, it looks as if the rest of the O...

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Kelly Dwyer
Yahoo! Sports, Sportswriter
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Miami Heat Say They Don’t Pump in Artificial Crowd Noise

The 2014-’15 NBA season isn’t even a week old yet, and everyone already seems to be mad at each other. Washington Wizards TV play-by-play guy Steve Buckhantz made a crack Wednesday that the Miami Heat were pumping in artificial crowd noise during their 107-95 victory on opening night: Heat fans ...

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Josh Smith on Kenneth Faried: ‘He’s a Clown, Quote Me on That’

Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith went against his own hilarious policy of not responding to “nobody with dreadlocks who plays basketball”, as he fired back at Kenneth Faried’s pointed criticism. Following the Denver Nuggets’ season-opening 89-79 win Wednesday night against the Pistons, Far...

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Top tweets
Jonah Ballow , NYKnicks.com, Content Creator
The most passes by a Knick last night against CLE? @carmeloanthony with 36. Larkin 2nd with 31. #Knicks
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Zach Lowe , Grantland.com, NBA Writer
Thunder are 0-2, and if Westbrook is really out 4-6 weeks, facing maybe 20 games w/o Durant and Russ. In the West, that is real danger.
@ZachLowe_NBA | | 2h | Score: 271
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Zach Lowe , Grantland.com, NBA Writer
If OKC is 5-15 after 20 games -- and that or worse is in play -- have to go 44-18 rest of way to hit 49 wins it took for No. 8 last season.
@ZachLowe_NBA | | 2h | Score: 262
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Alan Hahn , MSG Network, Studio Analyst
Mock the Triangle, but consider this: #Knicks last night were led in assists by 2 players maligned as "ball-stoppers": JR (7) and Melo (6).
@alanhahn | | 1h | Score: 235
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Jeff Mangurten , Bulls Radio Producer
LeBron James has lost more times against the Bulls (19) than against any other NBA team. #CLEvsCHI
@JeffGurt | | 45m | Score: 225
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Darnell Mayberry , The Oklahoman, Thunder Beat Writer
Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Russell Westbrook has a small fracture in his right hand.
@DarnellMayberry | | 9h | Score: 197
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Sarah Spain , ESPN, Sportscenter Anchor
Wait. LeBron called last night's season opener "probably one of the biggest sporting events ever?" Broooooooo. C'mon bro.
@SarahSpain | | 36m | Score: 190
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Doug Gottlieb , CBS Sports, Radio Host
#Knicks were very sharp w/ triangle execution last night - JR Smith let it come to him instead of forcing it..really impressive coaching
@GottliebShow | | 44m | Score: 135
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K.C Johnson , Chicago Tribune, Bulls Beat Writer
Bulls are going to have to increase offer if Butler extension gets done by tonight's deadline. Remember: Bulls can match next summer too.
@KCJHoop | | 56m | Score: 120
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Darnell Mayberry , The Oklahoman, Thunder Beat Writer
It's official. Russell Westbrook will not return tonight.
@DarnellMayberry | | 10h | Score: 119
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David Aldridge , TNT, NBA Reporter
ICYMI: Scott Brooks says Westbrook broke the 2nd metacarpal bone in his right hand. Will be re-evaluated Friday.
@daldridgetnt | | 8h | Score: 118
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Kurt Helin , NBCSports.com, NBA Writer
Report: Kawhi Leonard unlikely to sign contract extension with Spurs t.co/NYQocUw7FL
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Kurt Helin , NBCSports.com, NBA Writer
Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons rapping (video) t.co/7ofpGXqQ9a
@basketballtalk | | 22m | Score: 85
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Doug Gottlieb , CBS Sports, Radio Host
Russell Westbrook out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand - suddenly #OU hoops is the best in the Sooner State
@GottliebShow | | 2h | Score: 76
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Tom Ziller , SBNation.com, NBA Reporter
Good morning, everything is terrible ... except for the rapping Mavs! t.co/w5MWdwimdJ t.co/MmhLaBI0VW
@teamziller | | 2h | Score: 75
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Bryan Gutierrez , BallinWithBryan.com, Sportswriter
Kenny Smith: "The Dallas Mavericks, you see the difference. ... The end of May, they'll still will be playing. Guaranteed."
@BallinWithBryan | | 13m | Score: 70
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Jonathan Feigen , Houston Chronicle, Rockets Reporter
If KD, Westbrook return mid-Dec. and win last season's 72 %, OKC would have to go 7-13 w/out them to reach the 50 wins probably takes in WC.
@Jonathan_Feigen | | 2m | Score: 5
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Amin Elhassan , ESPN, NBA Insider
I wonder if the Stockton/Malone Jazz had played in any other city would they have been as hated? I think we hated that Utah had a good team!
@AminESPN | | 3m | Score: 5
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Earl Sneed , Mavs.com, NBA Writer
Inside Report: Chandler Parsons responds to disappointing debut with bounce-back game in home opener t.co/gFhL6HHojS
@EarlKSneed | | 4m | Score: 5
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Bob Finnan , News Herald, Cavs Beat Writer
The #Cavs game at Portland at 10 p.m. Tuesday will now be televised by NBA TV.
@BobCavsinsider | | 4m | Score: 15
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Moke Hamilton , Hoopsworld.com, NBA Reporter
#Knicks beat LeBron and remind us that we have NO IDEA who they are. We likely won't until Christmas. My Latest: t.co/krGkK8iqcK #FB
@MokeHamilton | | 6m | Score: 10
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Dan Steinberg , Washington Post, Sports Blogger
Russell Westbrook might be hurt, but the Wizards are keeping the silver jackets going t.co/9GpTds4KBU t.co/tt4Q6HlxuC
@dcsportsbog | | 7m | Score: 5
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Jason McIntyre , TheBigLead.com, Sports Reporter
Said it last year, still feel the same way: I'd RATHER be in the Lakers' spot than the Knicks. Cap space. Draft picks. NYK refuses to reset
@jasonrmcintyre | | 7m | Score: 5
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RealGM.com , Sports News and Updates
Russell Westbrook Suffers Fracture In Hand -- t.co/BTGlccfnAw
@RealGM | | 8m | Score: 5
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Kyle Weidie , ESPN TrueHoop, Wizards Blogger
So who Photoshops Kevin Seraphin's head (2x) on this Halloween costume? t.co/N7gS7dF8hP
@Truth_About_It | | 10m | Score: 5
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Jonah Ballow , NYKnicks.com, Content Creator
The most passes by a Knick last night against CLE? @carmeloanthony with 36. Larkin 2nd with 31. #Knicks
@jonahballow | | 12m | Score: 465
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Amin Elhassan , ESPN, NBA Insider
I hated Spurs professionally. If I was a fan, I'd be indifferent. But the Heat? I was one of those dudes who'd fight fans in the stands!
@AminESPN | | 12m | Score: 5
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Bryan Gutierrez , BallinWithBryan.com, Sportswriter
Kenny Smith: "The Dallas Mavericks, you see the difference. ... The end of May, they'll still will be playing. Guaranteed."
@BallinWithBryan | | 13m | Score: 70
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Tom Ziller , SBNation.com, NBA Reporter
That was LeBron's fourth-worst home game ever. t.co/9Po9NkJRJa t.co/abjzjGK8vB
@teamziller | | 13m | Score: 35
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Kevin Ding , Bleacher Report, Lakers Beat Writer
It's so early, but everything matters for OKC. My column on Westbrook's hand nudging title window a bit more shut: t.co/ckreRXfZDX
@KevinDing | | 13m | Score: 6
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Jason Gay , Wall Street Journal, Sportswriter
Sad Russell Westbrook surfing Net-a-Porter with his non-dominant hand.
@jasonWSJ | | 16m | Score: 5
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Sam Amico , Fox Sports Ohio, Sportswriter
ICYM my random dribbles column: In night of great hype, LeBron and new brand of Cavs fall flat. t.co/VmVYiD3Vo3
@SamAmicoFSO | | 17m | Score: 5
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Lang Whitaker , SLAM Magazine, Sportswriter
Hilarious: Sacramento Kings troll Golden State Warriors during pregame introductions t.co/B0YiseO3za
@langwhitaker | | 20m | Score: 55
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Ken Berger , CBSSports.com, NBA Insider
From last night: After a homecoming that didn't fit the script, LeBron James learns again there is work to be done. t.co/ljYXw48IJL
@KBergCBS | | 20m | Score: 30
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Amin Elhassan , ESPN, NBA Insider
I'll get #NBAlockdownhate started: I absolutely hated the Mourning/Hardaway Miami Heat. I thought they were a soulless xerox of the Knicks
@AminESPN | | 20m | Score: 25
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Tom Withers , Associated Press, Sportswriter
Blatt acknowledged he should have given Marion and Miller more minutes. Also Tristan Thompson must get more than 2 boards in 20 mins. #Cavs
@twithersAP | | 21m | Score: 30
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Huge letdown for LeBron James as Knicks take advantage, rebound to beat Cavs

Share this URL CLEVELAND — LeBron James could not have played any worse, from the opening tap to the final buzzer. And this was his homecoming, no less, a day James matter-of-factly called “probably one of the biggest sporting events that is up there ever.” If you say so, LeBron. But if you’...

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Frank Isola
N.Y Daily News, Knicks Beat Writer
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David Blatt admits he flubbed Cavaliers’ rotation against Knicks

New Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he planned to reduce LeBron James’ playing time this season. Not yet, though, apparently. LeBron played 43 minutes in the Cavaliers’ loss to the Knicks yesterday. So did Kyrie Irving. Kevin Love and Dion Waiters both played 38 minutes. Though it’s obviously...

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Kurt Helin
NBCSports.com, NBA Writer
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Jose Calderon Out 2-3 Weeks Due to Right Calf Strain

The New York Knicks announced Thursday that veteran point guard Jose Calderon will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks, as he recovers from a right calf strain: An MRI to Jose Calderon's right calf today confirmed a strain. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. — NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) October 30, 2014 The...

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    First game swagger and a great win with my bro jharden13 you gotta be hype for this season
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Carmelo Anthony Spoils LeBron James’ Homecoming With Late-Game Dagger

Who saw that coming? In what will surely rank as one of the most stunning outcomes of the entire 2014-2015 season, the New York Knicks spoiled LeBron James’ homecoming by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-90 on Thursday night. Stagnant and offense and leaky defense plagued the re-built Cavaliers ...

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Update: Russell Westbrook Suffers Small Fracture In Right Hand

Already down Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder will finish their game against the Los Angeles Clippers without their other superstar. Russell Westbrook exited midway through the second quarter with a right hand injury and will not return. UPDATE: Multiple sources are reporting that Westbrook s...

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Cavs fall flat in LeBron's return

CLEVELAND -- Wearing a Pharrell Williams-style hat, LeBron James worked the receiving line outside the Cleveland Cavaliers locker room for more than a half hour late Thursday night. It was deep, too: Lots of VIPs had flown in or been invited and James gave his coveted face time to family members, bu...

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ESPN.com, Heat Beat Writer
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Video: Thunder PG Russell Westbrook has confrontation with fan

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook got into a verbal confrontation with a fan while leaving Thursday night's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Westbrook, who departed midway through the second quarter after fracturing his right hand, was walking to the locker room but stopped sudden...

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Alan Hahn - MSG Network, Studio Analyst
Mock the Triangle, but consider this: #Knicks last night were led in assists by 2 players maligned as "ball-stoppers": JR (7) and Melo (6).
@alanhahn | | 1h | Score: 235

Josh Smith Responds To Faried: “I’m Bustin’ His A**…He Fears Me, He’s Scared Of Me”

After the Nuggets defeated the Pistons on Wednesday night, 89-79, Kenneth Faried said “Josh Smith…shot them out of the game.” While Smith struggled after a great first quarter, his ensuing overreaction to Faried’s comments yesterday shows how much Faried’s words must have stung. After Smit...

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ASK IRA: Is James Ennis the breath of fresh air the Heat needed?

"Ask Ira" is a daily feature of the Sun Sentinel. Q: James Ennis dunk was such a feel-good moment for the Heat and the fans, and what a statement it made! At a point where the game was in the balance, James' dunk energized the arena, the crowd and the players. It led to a major run that helped seal ...

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Ira Winderman
Sun Sentinel, Heat Beat Reporter
1h

LeBron James Connects Better with Fans Than Teammates in Opening Loss

CLEVELAND — Four years, three months and 21 days had finally elapsed, so now the countdown could be measured in minutes, and not many at that. The rather spacious party room on the other end of the tunnel was all ready for him, with every seat taken, every supposed sin forgiven and just about ever...

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Ethan Skolnick
Turner Sports, Heat Beat Writer
2h
Zach Lowe - Grantland.com, NBA Writer
If OKC is 5-15 after 20 games -- and that or worse is in play -- have to go 44-18 rest of way to hit 49 wins it took for No. 8 last season.
@ZachLowe_NBA | | 2h | Score: 262
Zach Lowe - Grantland.com, NBA Writer
Thunder are 0-2, and if Westbrook is really out 4-6 weeks, facing maybe 20 games w/o Durant and Russ. In the West, that is real danger.
@ZachLowe_NBA | | 2h | Score: 271

Josh Smith responds to Kenneth Faried, calls him ‘a clown’

After the Nuggets beat the Pistons on Wednesday, in a game where Josh Smith scored 15 first quarter points but shot just 3-of-12 from the field over the final three periods, Kenneth Faried gave his opinion on what Detroit’s primary problem was. “Josh Smith, we let him keep shooting,” Faried sa...

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Kurt Helin
NBCSports.com, NBA Writer
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Russell Westbrook Has Words With Clippers Fan

Russell Westbrook hurt his right hand going up for a rebound during the second quarter of tonight’s game versus the Clippers, and headed to the locker room for evaluation. As he was on his way, a fan said something to draw the Thunder guard’s ire. Westbrook turned around and snapped at him: Hope...

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TheBigLead.com, Sports Reporter
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Update: Russell Westbrook Suffers Small Fracture In Right Hand

Already down Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder will finish their game against the Los Angeles Clippers without their other superstar. Russell Westbrook exited midway through the second quarter with a right hand injury and will not return. UPDATE: Multiple sources are reporting that Westbrook s...

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