Is Kevin Durant an underrated dancer?
Monologue: Not all wins and losses are exactly as they appear
Westbrook left Tuesday’s game with ankle injury (X-Rays negative)
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Meanwhile in the other locker room…
Pelicans on 6-game losing streak
Started 4-0 to begin the season
Westbrook’s injuries going to cost Thunder?
“I don’t think it’s going to be that bad. I’m not concerned. Even if he misses some (upcoming) games, I still think they can come out with a winning streak” – TMac
“To me, that looked like a Grade 2 ankle sprain” – Windhorst
“You could just tell by the mood in the locker room, as we saw from Steven Adams, that they knew it was not going to be a couple of days. It’s probably going to be a little longer. The schedule is favorable, but they had just been getting going” – Windhorst
Too soon for Pelicans fans to panic after 6-game losing streak?
“Their wins and losses are predicated on AD’s health. Right now, they’re not playing great basketball and he’s not playing at the level that were accustomed to seeing him play” – TMac
“Being around the Pelicans earlier in the season, it feels to me like it did with LeBron and the Cavs back in 09-10 where they knew the contract was coming up. Whenever there was a setback, there was that anvil always creaking over their head. And that’s the way I feel like it is. I know the feeling of what it’s like to be around a team that’s worried about their player leaving” – Windhorst
“These guys are playing well enough to win but AD has to play an MVP level” – TMac
November 6, 2008 – Brandon Roy with the game winning 3 pointer vs the Rockets!
Geography; We’re sorry Canada!
To make up for the mistake…
Comfort; Would you rock this jumpsuit?
Giving up; Happy to finally see some defense this season?
Exposure; More than 200 G-League games coming to ESPN+ (As part of a multi-year agreement)
Layups; Can Derrick Jones Jr. levitate?
Coordination; Ever seen a more creative finisher than Kyrie?
Most creative Kyrie finishes:
3) 2013 vs Damian Lillard of the Blazers
2) 2017 vs Celtics; Up and under move
1) 2015 vs Bulls; Changing speeds
Was Jamal Murray wrong for trying to get 50?
Kyrie Irving threw the ball into the stands after Murray’s missed shot as the buzzer sounded:
Then Irving had this to say postgame:
“Congratulations to him having 48 points. He did it in a great fashion against us. Our defense has to be better. The ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bull***t move like that. So I threw it in the crowd”
Jamal Murray postgame:
“Everybody knew I was trying to go for 50. That’s the problem. I didn’t mean no disrespect. Like I said, my emotion just took over. I really just kind of lose myself sometimes”
“I understand Kyrie’s frustration. It’s an unwritten rule. You have wrapped up the game. If that was me, I probably would have did the same thing, despite what the score is. You don’t get 50 everyday” – TMac
“I kind of feel like Kyrie was out of line throwing the ball into the stands” – Windhorst
“The answer is: ‘Alright Jamal. Will see you again'” –
“I’m with Jamal (on this one)” – TMac
Biggest takeaway from Raptors winning without Kawhi?
“These guys are really freaking good. Great team basketball. Serge Ibaka is playing unbelievable right now ” – TMac
“I’m not worried about Toronto in the regular season. I’ve seen them what they can do. I want to see what they can do when they get to the playoffs” – TMac
“Their focus” – Windhorst on what has impressed him on the Raptors during their road trip
“We’re seeing ‘Peak Serge Ibaka'” – Windhorst
“Nick Nurse is doing a very good job getting this team ready to play” – Windhorst
“They have swag and championship pedigree with Kawhi and Danny Green” – TMac
“Talking to people around the team: To a man, they all said Danny Green has been a huge difference. This is what they won’t say publicly. They think Green is a huge recruiting tool when it comes down to it with Kawhi Leonard” – Windhorst
What’s wrong with the Jazz?
“One of the things that has been giving them big trouble is Derrick Favors, the guy they gave a big contract to in the offseason. He has struggled as the second team center. They’ve also had a tough schedule” – Windhorst
“This is arguably the best homecourt advantage in the NBA” – Windhorst referring to the Jazz’s homecourt advantage
“This team really relies on Donovan [Mitchell] in terms of scoring the ball offensively. He’s been off to a shaky start. He hasn’t been healthy. [Rudy] Robert hasn’t really been the rim protector like he was last year. I don’t feel about this team like I felt last year. They had swagger [second half of last year]” – TMac
Are Rockets finally taking off?
“I’m ready to declare everything ‘*hokey dokie.’ I thought it was a nice step forward and it gave the Rockets some momentum I would think” – Windhorst
*not an actual saying
“2 of those 3 wins were against Chicago and the Brooklyn Nets” – TMac
“They have a tough matchup coming up against OKC. Let’s see if defensively they can get back to where they were last year. I’m not worried about the offense” – TMac
November 6, 2008 – Jamal Crawford throws the ball off the backboard and slams it home!
Larry Drew: 1-3 as Cavs coach this season| Expectations for Cavs under Larry Drew?
“LeBron is gone. We can still be competitive in the Eastern Conference. You’re playing your veteran guys thinking that you still have a run at making the playoffs” – TMac
“The last 40 seconds of this game was as big of a disaster as I’ve ever seen in an NBA game in my career” – Windhorst referring to the Cavs lost to the Magic last night
From Larry Drew:
“I was coaching to win the game”
Big deal Collin Sexton played fewest minutes of season last night?
“The veterans are frustrated the way this is going” – Windhorst
“He needs to take a seat, sit back and learn from George Hill” – TMac
Jimmy Butler’s trade strategy effective?
“It’s not going well. It’s now becoming an issue. He’s getting combative with the media. He’s getting more frustrated” –
“Jimmy has to really understand that the Timberwolves have to look out for the Timberwolves” – TMac
“If they trade him, they have to make sure they get great value back” – TMac
“They don’t have a franchise star. I would be interested in joining the Clippers if I was a major free agent” – Windhorst speculating whether Butler will be on the Clippers in the future
Wall trade might be Wizards best move by Zach Lowe
“Wall trade might be Wizards best move” – Zach Lowe
Should Wizards consider trading John Wall?
“This is my problem with Zach’s point: The other teams know that. They don’t have to wait for The Jump to tell them” – Windhorst
“I think they can get a bigger return for Bradley Beal” – Windhorst
Kyrie Irving fined $25k for throwing ball into stands
Announcement made by the NBA during the commercial break
Flashback to the time when Tracy McGrady kicked a ball into the stands…Twice!
McGrady on kicking the ball into the stands (Was fined $10,000):
“I kicked it the first time and I was walking to the bench and somebody threw it back and it happened to come my way. I grabbed it and I booted it again. And that was the night I scored 10,000 points”
Bucks at Blazers
Expectations for Bucks 4-game Western road trip?
Bucks chances to win games on their 4-game road trip, according to ESPN’s BPI:
vs Blazers: 51%
vs Warriors: 30%
vs Clippers: 56%
vs Lakers: 43%
“This is a test because these guys are off to a tremendous start. Giannis is playing at an MVP level. I want to see how they fare going out West” – TMac
“They’ve had a very great start, but they’ve also had a home-friendly schedule” – Windhorst
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