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Cavaliers Hold Players-Only Meeting After Loss To Raptors

Nov 26, 2015 10:36 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers held a players-only meeting following a 103-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

LeBron James and James Jones got on the team for its inconsistent play during their 11-4 start to the season.

"It's all mindset," James said after the game, still visibly frustrated. "It comes from within. I've always had it; my upbringing had me like that. It's either you got it or you don't."

David Blatt absolved the Cavaliers of any fault after the game, but James rejected the softer stance.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Jason Kidd Ejected After Knocking Ball Out Of Ref's Hands

Nov 26, 2015 10:32 AM

Jason Kidd was ejected from Wednesday's game after knocking the ball away from a referee's hands.

Kidd said he was sticking up for himself and protecting his players before he was tossed.

"I walked all the way down to get a timeout," Kidd said, "and then we had our discussion. He gave me the T.

"From there, I'm trying to protect my guys. Understanding we felt we were getting fouled and the whistle wasn't being blown. What happens in this league, you have to stand up for yourself, and my job is to protect those young guys.

"But that wasn't the issue of the game. We gave them warm-up jump shots. They got our temperature, saw we didn't want to play defense and they took advantage of it. That's as easy as it is."

Kidd was restrained by O.J. Mayo and an assistant coach.


Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Suns To Sign Bryce Cotton From D-League

Nov 25, 2015 3:52 PM

The Phoenix Suns are in the process of calling up Bryce Cotton from the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Cotton was with the Utah Jazz in the preseason but didn't make their regular season roster.

Cotton is averaging 22.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in the D-League this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Bryce Cotton, Phoenix Suns, Austin Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Curry, Westbrook, Lowry, LeBron, Draymond Comprise RPM Top-5

Nov 25, 2015 1:03 PM

Stephen Curry leads the NBA in Real Plus-Minus after the first month of the season with a mark of 8.85.

Russell Westbrook ranks second at 7.23, followed by Kyle Lowry (6.99), LeBron James (6.43) and Draymond Green (5.68).

Paul Millsap, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Paul George round out the top-10.

Kristaps Porzingis ranks 52nd.


Tags: NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Emmanuel Mudiay Apologizes For Verbal Altercation With Mike Malone

Nov 25, 2015 11:28 AM

Mike Malone had verbal altercations during Tuesday's game with both Emmanuel Mudiay and Blake Griffin.

With 1:53 left in the fourth quarter, Malone laid into Mudiay for what he thought was a subpar performance.

Mudiay had a few words of his own in retort back to Malone and was then pulled from the game.

"There is frustration on our end, having lost four games in a row now," Malone said. "Just trying to find way to get a win. Winning is a great cure-all for anybody, like it was for (the Clippers) tonight, coming in having lost three in a row. So this is a very competitive game, guys are out there working hard trying to do their best, and sometimes emotions get involved. By no means is there an issue with Emmanuel or anybody else on this team. We are together, we are unified and we're going to continue to fight to stay together to get this thing turned around."

Said Mudiay: "It's just both of us being competitors. It probably was my fault, I could have been doing a lot more. So I kind of put the blame on myself. I've got nothing against Coach, I respect him. He's a great person, and I have all the respect in the world for him.

"Me and him are both competitive. We want to win. We hate losing. We're on a four-game losing streak, something like that. It's just us trying to win. At the same time, it's over with. It's on to the next game. It's been like that my whole life. He's just trying to challenge me, which I accept."

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, NBA

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Stephen Curry: We're Probably Not Going 82-0

Nov 25, 2015 11:20 AM

The Golden State Warriors improved to 16-0 with their blowout win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

"We're probably not going to go 82-0, and we're probably going to lose a couple games in the playoffs," said Stephen Curry. 

"Eventually, we will lose," Luke Walton said.

"There most likely will come a time when we take a loss and have to deal with the emotions of that," said Curry.

The NBA record for consecutive wins is 33 games, while 72 wins is the most for a single season.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Vogel: Paul George Is Best Two-Way Player In NBA

Nov 25, 2015 11:16 AM

Paul George continued his excellent start to the season with 40 points against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

“It’s tough to quantify in words,” Frank Vogel said. “I mean, he just does so much. He’s capable of going for 40, carrying the offensive load and being the best defensive player on either team. He’s a special player, and the best two-way player in the game. We’re a different team with him out there.”

George is leading the Indiana Pacers in scoring and rebounding, while ranking second in assists.

“We’re the East Coast Splash Brothers. I’m kidding. Twitter, I’m kidding,” said George after the game about himself and C.J. Miles.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Steve Clifford, Hornets Agree Upon Three-Year Extension

Nov 25, 2015 11:02 AM

Steve Clifford and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed upon a three-year contract extension.

The deal includes a three-year guarantee that would keep Clifford in his current role through the 2018-19 season. The Hornets have an option on the 2019-20 season, a source said.

Clifford is in his third season as Hornets coach.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On Pod: 30 In 60 (Thanksgiving Edition)

Nov 25, 2015 4:38 AM

Host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux) go through all 30 NBA teams starting with the Lakers and Warriors and then working down from the middle.



Subscribe to the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast on iTunes or via the XML feed.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: NBA, Dunc'd On

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Carmelo Believes Kristaps Porzingis Will Lead Knicks Long After His Retirement

Nov 24, 2015 6:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony believes Kristaps Porzingis is the future leader of the New York Knicks.

Over 15 games this season, Porzingis is averaging 13.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

“He’s going to lead this organization long after I’m retired,” Anthony said. “Hopefully we can hoist one or two [championship trophies] before that happens.”

Anthony said he and Porzingis are "building" their relationship.

“I'm here to help him and use my experience and help him get his feet wet, and he's doing a pretty good job,” Anthony said.

Sports Illustrated

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA

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LeBron James: We've Taken Downplaying Of Eastern Conference Personally
Eleven of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference have a record of .500 or better.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

CJ McCollum Trying To Take Next Step With Improved Handle
C.J. McCollum's ability with his handle is clear in one-on-one situations.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Heat Assign Jarnell Stokes To D-League
Last season, Jarnell Stokes appeared in 23 NBA Development League games and averaged 15.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 32.0 minutes.

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Raptors Assign Delon Wright To D-League
Delon Wright was selected 20th overall by Toronto in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016
Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Ben Simmons' game in Brooklyn on Monday in which he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Amar'e Stoudemire Taking Classes To Possibly Become Agent
Amar'e Stoudemire has long been represented by Happy Walters.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Warriors Outscore Opponents 37.5-17.7 Per Game On Three-Pointers
A big reason why the Warriors are so successful is by controlling the edges of the scoring area.

Kirk Goldsberry/ESPN

NBRA Believes Mike Budenholzer Should Have Been Suspended
Mike Budenholzer has received a $25,000 fine for making contact with referee Ben Taylor.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant To Return From Hamstring Injury This Week
Kevin Durant missed the past six games with a strained left hamstring.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Stephen Curry, LeBron James Named Players Of The Week
Stephen Curry and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Player of the Week for games played between Nov. 16th and Nov. 22nd.

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Marcus Smart Out At Least Two Weeks With 'Really Unique' Leg Injury
Marcus Smart will not need surgery.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Morey: James Harden's Personal Life Not A Factor In Play
James Harden spent his offseason in a high profile relationship with Khloe Kardashian and also signed a $200 million contract with Adidas.

David Aldridge/

GMs Cite Steep Learning Curve On Defense For Duke Players Coming To NBA
Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

Chad FordESPN

LeBron: Warriors Are Healthiest Team In NBA History
LeBron James said that continuity in the lineup has led to consistency in their play.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Joel Embiid Showing 'New Level Of Maturity'
The multi-season injury to Joel Embiid has delayed the 76ers' timetable for their rebuild.

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NBA PER: Westbrook Closing In On Curry; Towns In Top-25
The gap between Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook in terms of PER has narrowed to just 0.9.

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NBA Efficiency Differential Rankings: Celtics, Pacers Move Into Top-5
The Pacers jumped from 15th to fifth in the Efficiency Differential rankings.

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Josh Smith, Unnamed Assistant Coach Engage In Argument After Loss
The Clippers are now 6-7 after beginning the season 4-0.


Dunc'd On Pod: Golden State's Death Lineup, Weekend Action
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux break down the weekend's action including Golden State's Death Lineup helping continue their undefeated start, the Raptors finishing their road trip strong and notable wins for Oklahoma City and New Orleans.

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Jonas Valanciunas Decides On Rehab Instead Of Surgery On Hand
Jonas Valanciunas is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! SportS

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