Nov 22, 2014 7:14 PM EST
Serge Ibaka has already tied a career-high for three-point makes and attempts in a season with 23 and 60 respectively.
Ibaka's three-point shooting is expected to continue for the Oklahoma City Thunder after Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
“I think it continues,” Scott Brooks said. “He doesn’t necessarily have to live out there and shoot 10 a game. But three or four a game is a good number for him.”
Ibaka is shooting a team-best 38.3 percent from 3-point range — the equivalent of an efficient 1.15 points per shot attempt (or a 57.5 percent 2-point shooter).
“He’s a great shooter,” Brooks said. “He’s not just a great big-man shooter.”
Nov 22, 2014 6:52 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have re-assigned Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Clarkson and Henry will make their second appearance of the season with the D-Fenders, after having previously played with the team on November 15th against the Texas Legends. Clarkson shot 8-of-20 from the field and tallied 28 points, five rebounds and five assists against the Legends. Henry scored a game-high 33 points, connecting on 12-of-20 field goal attempts, while also grabbing four rebounds for the D-Fenders.
Nov 22, 2014 6:46 PM EST
Dwight Howard underwent a platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment on his right knee on Thursday.
Houston Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones confirmed Howard underwent “platelet rich protein therapy,” another term for Howard’s PRP treatment.
“It feels a lot better,” Howard said. “I had to get a shot in it to clear some of the stuff out it. I’m trying to do whatever I can to get back on the floor.”
Howard was not in the Rockets' lineup on Saturday and Kevin McHale said there is no timetable for when he will return.
Nov 22, 2014 5:27 PM EST
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant participated in practice Saturday, joining their Thunder teammates in select portions of non-contact drills.
Both are said to be progressing from their respective injuries on schedule.
“They looked good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “They’ve been with the group the whole time, but (Saturday) was the first day they’ve actually participated in some of the drills. It wasn’t the entire practice.”
The Oklahoman reports that "there's a growing belief that Westbrook and Durant aren't far from returning."
The Oklahoma City Thunder could be targeting a Friday return for Westbrook, which would be the day before his originally scheduled evaluation date.
Durant could return soon thereafter as his original projection was Dec. 11.
Nov 22, 2014 2:36 PM EST
James Harden discussed the difference that Trevor Ariza has made in the Houston Rockets' lineup this season.
“His leadership, his defensive abilities, his shot-making -- all three of those things are something that we were lacking last year,” Harden said. “[Ariza] brings that ability to the table this year.”
Harden downplayed the impact of Parsons' departure over the summer, describing himself and Howard as Houston’s cornerstones and the rest of the roster as role players.
Parsons has said he does not pay attention to Ariza's play.
"I don't pay any attention to him," Parsons said recently. "Listen, many people replace many people every year in this league. He's a good, proven player in this league. He's supposed to play good for them."
Nov 22, 2014 1:34 PM EST
Kobe Bryant considers the public pressure for longtime players of a specific team to take less money, as Dirk Nowitzki has done with the Dallas Mavericks, as a "big coup" for NBA owners.
"It's the popular thing to do," Bryant said. "The player takes less, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I think it's a big coup for the owners to put players in situations where public perception puts pressure on them to take less money. Because if you don't, then you get criticized for it.
"It's absolutely brilliant, but I'm not going for it. I know the new head of the players' association ain't going for it, either."
Nowitzki signed with the Mavericks for $25 million over three years.
"I wanted to be on a good team," Nowitzki said. "I wanted to compete my last couple of years at the highest level. Ever since after the championship, we had a couple of rough years. We missed the playoffs one year, were the eighth seed twice I think, so that was really the main decision.
"I wanted to play at a high level my last couple years, and it kind of worked out with getting Parsons, with getting Tyson back here. We feel like we've got a good group, and hopefully we can make it work."
Nov 21, 2014 4:10 PM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers assigned forward JaKarr Sampson to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League on Friday.
Sampson has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Sixers this season.
Nov 21, 2014 2:15 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers will bring in Roscoe Smith for a workout on Friday, league sources tell RealGM.
Smith plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League.
Nov 21, 2014 1:38 PM EST
Jeff Taylor will not appeal his 24-game suspension on a domestic violence incident despite the backing of the players' union.
National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Taylor and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.
Nov 21, 2014 1:36 PM EST
An MRI revealed that Kevin Martin has a fractured right wrist and will be out indefinitely.
Further evaluation will be done over the next few days to determine the next course of action.
The injury occurred at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter during Minnesota’s 115-99 win over New York on Wednesday, November 19.
Through nine games this season Martin is averaging 20.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting from the floor and 48.1 percent from the three-point line.
Andrei Kirilenko has left the Nets for their roadtrip as he has received several healthy scratches in recent games.
Brendan Haywood has a non-guaranteed contract for next season worth $10.5 million that could a trade chip for the Cavaliers.
The 14 players who have played so far this season for the 76ers have an average age of 23.3 years.
Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside had re-signed with the Grizzlies on Nov. 19.
Jeff Taylor's suspension would cost him $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.
Ricky Ledo has been inactive in each of the Mavericks’ 12 games this season.
Allen Iverson endorses rival company Reebok and has been with the brand since being drafted in the NBA in 1996.
Flip Saunders said he understands why teams with championship hopes want Corey Brewer.
Glen Rice Jr. has appeared in five games this season for Washington
The Lakers plan to match up free agent point guards Gal Mekel and Dwight Buycks for consecutive workouts on Thursday and Friday, league sources told RealGM.
Daniel Leroux and James Ham discuss what keyed the Kings' strong start, the dominance of DeMarcus Cousins, the importance of Rudy Gay's extension and potential trade targets for this season.
Josh Powell has been working with the Rockets in a coaching role since October.
The Bulls are being conservative with injuries this season.
The Lakers are 2-0 this season with Nick Young in the lineup after starting the season 1-9 without him.
Sonic is not an NBA partner nor a Thunder partner but expects to feature Kevin Durant heavily, especially during the playoffs.
The Rockets are actively seeking to deal the $8.34 million trade exception that they acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade to the Lakers.
Jason Richardson believes he will return as soon as December from a stress fracture in his right foot.
Kobe Bryant called Dwight Howard "soft" repeatedly in their game on opening night this season.
Vince Carter requested a trade from the Raptors in 2004 and has largely been booed in his return visits ever since.
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