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2014-15 NBA Regular Season Thread





The NBA's 69th season begins on Tuesday, Oct. 28, with a TNT doubleheader, marking the 19th straight year the network has tipped off with two games on the season's first night. In keeping with NBA tradition, the defending NBA champion Spurs will be home on opening night to receive their rings in a nationally televised ceremony as part of TNT's pregame coverage, which begins at 7 p.m. ET. After the ceremony, the Spurs will host Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks at 8 p.m. ET, with Kobe Bryant returning to action in the nightcap as the Los Angeles Lakers, with new coach Byron Scott, host James Harden and the Houston Rockets (10:30 p.m. ET).
ESPN begins its 13th consecutive year of NBA coverage with two doubleheaders during opening week. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the first game of the evening's double-dip features the Chicago Bulls, with Derrick Rose and reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, visiting Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks, at 8 p.m. ET. In the second game, reigning MVP Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to Portland to take on LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Opening week continues on TNT on Thursday, Oct. 30, with the Cleveland Cavaliers -- in LeBron James' first game back with his original team after spending four seasons and winning two championships with the Miami Heat -- hosting the Knicks at 8 p.m. ET. The Thunder visits the Los Angeles Clippers in the second game (10:30 p.m. ET).
The second ESPN doubleheader of opening week takes place on Friday, Oct. 31, and features James and the Cavaliers visiting the Bulls at 8 p.m. ET. The nightcap will be a Los Angeles affair as the Lakers host Chris Paul and the Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET.


NBA TV begins its 97-game schedule with three games during opening week, including two games on Saturday, Nov. 1, when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Bulls at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the Golden State Warriors and new coach Steve Kerr welcoming the Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET). The opening week's national slate concludes on NBA TV on Sunday, Nov. 2, with the Knicks hosting the newly re-named Charlotte Hornets, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Christmas Day action begins in New York City at noon ET on ESPN, when the Knicks and Washington Wizards square off at Madison Square Garden. Action shifts to ABC at 2:30 p.m. ET, as Tony Parker and the Spurs host the Thunder in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals. In the second game on ABC (5 p.m. ET), James and the Cavaliers travel to Miami to take on the Heat in the four-time MVP's return to South Florida. Two more games on TNT complete the holiday hardwood extravaganza, as the Lakers visit the Bulls and free agent signee Pau Gasol at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Stephen Curry and the Warriors taking on Blake Griffin and the Clippers in Los Angeles at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Four nationally televised games highlight the NBA's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day schedule, beginning with the Detroit Pistons and new coach Stan Van Gundy visiting the Atlanta Hawks on ESPN (2:30 p.m. ET). Action continues on NBA TV at 5 p.m. ET, with the Mavericks traveling to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies, led by the trio of Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. The day concludes with a doubleheader on TNT, as the Bulls take on the Cavaliers at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the Lakers visiting the Phoenix Suns, looking to build off a 48-win season, at 10:30 p.m. ET.
More highly anticipated television matchups throughout the regular season include:
• Both matchups between the defending champion Spurs and Cavaliers will be televised nationally, with the first game coming in Cleveland on Nov. 19, on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. James and the Cavaliers travel to San Antonio on March 12, on TNT at 8 p.m. ET.
• ABC's first non-Christmas doubleheader of the season takes place on Jan. 25, and features the re-tooled Heat visiting the Bulls (1 p.m. ET), followed by the Thunder and Cavaliers from Cleveland at 3:30 p.m. ET.
• TNT's doubleheader on March 31 features a rematch of the 2014 Finals in the first game, with the Spurs visiting the Heat at 8 p.m. ET. In the second game, at 10:30 p.m. ET, the Warriors take on the Clippers, who needed seven games to dispatch Golden State in the first round of the 2014 playoffs.
• The Brooklyn Nets, with new coach Lionel Hollins, return to Toronto on Dec. 17, to take on Kyle Lowry and the Raptors on ESPN (8 p.m. ET). These two teams went seven games in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, with Brooklyn winning Game 7 in Toronto.
• The Wizards, coming off a trip to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005, host the Cavaliers on Nov. 21, on ESPN (8 p.m. ET). In addition to re-signing Marcin Gortat, the Wizards added Paul Pierce to an exciting nucleus that features 2014 All-Star John Wall and Bradley Beal.
• TNT will televise the Lakers and 16-time NBA All-Star Bryant as they visit the Thunder and Durant on March 24 (8 p.m. ET).
• The Nov. 12 game between the Timberwolves and Rockets will take place in Mexico City and be televised on ESPN (10 p.m. ET). The Jan. 15 game between the Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks will take place in London and be televised on NBA TV (3 p.m. ET).
• NBA TV's doubleheader on Jan. 5 is a star-studded affair featuring Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans hosting the Wizards at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Russell Westbrook and the Thunder visiting Klay Thompson and the Warriors (10:30 p.m. ET).
In its 31st year of NBA coverage, TNT will televise 53 regular-season games, including 19 Thursday night doubleheaders. TNT will also exclusively televise NBA All-Star 2015 festivities in New York City Feb. 13-15, culminating with the NBA's 64th All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15.
ESPN will televise 75 regular-season games, including 39 games on Wednesdays and 28 on Fridays. ESPN telecasts are also available via WatchESPN, with nearly all on ESPN Mobile TV. ESPN Deportes (ESPN's Spanish-language U.S. sports network) will also televise select regular-season games. The ABC national television schedule consists of 15 exclusive regular-season broadcasts.
The NBA on ABC and ESPN, and NBA TV present flexible scheduling throughout the regular season in order to provide the most compelling matchups to a national audience.
The NBA on ESPN Radio's 29-game regular-season schedule begins opening night, with Dallas at San Antonio (8 p.m. ET). The NBA on ESPN Radio will also broadcast all the events from NBA All-Star 2015.
For the 13th straight season, ABC will exclusively broadcast The Finals, which tips off in June 2015. This season, TNT is the exclusive home of the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Finals and ESPN will exclusively televise the 2015 NBA Western Conference Finals.
Once again, NBA LEAGUE PASS will offer up to 40 live out-of-market games each week through television, broadband, and mobile for basketball fans who want to watch their favorite teams, players and matchups from outside their local markets (blackout restrictions apply). Games included in NBA LEAGUE PASS are in addition to those available on ABC, TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV as well as local networks (such as a regional sports network and/or over-the-air station). NBA LEAGUE PASS is available through cable, satellite and telco distributors.
NBA.com offers day-by-day and team-by-team schedules as well as regular-season telecast schedules of the league's domestic broadcast partners -- ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, and the NBA on ESPN Radio. Last season, NBA games and programming were seen in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages.

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Re: 2014-15 NBA Regular Season Thread

Here are some key dates for this season


October 8 NBA Global Games (San Antonio Spurs vs. Alba Berlin in Berlin, Germany at O2 World)

October 11 NBA Global Games (San Antonio Spurs vs. Fenerbahce in Istanbul, Turkey at άlker Sports Arena)

NBA Global Games (Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers in Rio De Janeiro at HSBC Arena)

October 12 NBA Global Games (Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings in Shanghai, China @ Mercedes-Benz Arena)

October 15 NBA Global Games (Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets in Beijing, China at MasterCard Center)

October 24 NBA Canada Series (Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks in Montreal, Canada at Bell Centre)

October 27 Rosters Set for Opening Day (5 p.m. ET)

October 28 2014-15 NBA Season begins

November 12 NBA Global Games (Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City, Mexico at Mexico City Arena)

January 5 10-day contracts can now be signed

January 10 All contracts are guaranteed for remainder of the season

January 15 NBA Global Games (New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks in London, England at The O2)

February 13-15 2015 NBA All-Star (Brooklyn and New York)

February 19 2015 NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)

March 1 Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline

April 15 Last Day of 2014-15 Regular Season

April 18 2015 NBA Playoffs begin

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uh...duncan and gino getting a bit intimate in that pic in the OP
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Poll question - No way. Other teams are better now and I can't see the Spurs geting that lucky again when it comes to lack of injuries.
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Well the Cavs and Bulls are better now. Can't think of anyone else.
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to having a poll
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Poll question - No way. Other teams are better now and I can't see the Spurs geting that lucky again when it comes to lack of injuries.
They say this every year (of course they don't win the championship every year), so I guess it has to be right sometime.

The West is loaded, but who got that much better in the West? The Clips got better by shedding their owner and adding Hawes, OKC got better by giving up Thabeet for five bucks and getting rid of Brooks' temptation to play Fisher big minutes, but other than that, what changed at the top? And if the Cavs come out the East it would seem like the experienced Spurs would almost prefer that, since you have a ton of guys who have no playoff experience.

That being said, I'm not going to bet on them either and I certainly am not going to root for them, you just can never count them out (until Duncan retires).
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Beasley signs with the Shanghai Sharks. And in other news, this:

http://www.exploringkaman.com/

I wonder if his best friend D'Antoni will make a cameo.
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Jazz sign Gibson for a 1 day contract.

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The Cavs will be tough to beat, my Knicks will suck!!! Carmelo is a joke, I would have let him go!!!
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Originally Posted by j.j. smith View Post
The Cavs will be tough to beat, my Knicks will suck!!! Carmelo is a joke, I would have let him go!!!
Um.......ok! Like our Knicks had several superstars lined up to take his place.
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Durant has a fracture in his foot and out indefinitely.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11...fractured-foot

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6-8 weeks they're saying for Durant.
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The 2K curse?
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Lakers got blown out last night against the Warriors. Still a meaningless game, but they looked bad.

https://twitter.com/janiscarr/status/521741911946575872

Steve Nash left the game early. Apparently he has some leg issues. Here we go again.

Lin has a sprained ankle and Clarkson has a calf injury.
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Steve Nash left the game early. Apparently he has some leg issues. Here we go again.
and now this

Lakers' Steve Nash injures back carrying bags

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There is talking about shortening NBA games to 44 minutes, (they are trying this out pre-season), or shortening the season in order to cut the wear & tear on the players.

If the NBA shortens the games, they can go F**K themselves.
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There is talking about shortening NBA games to 44 minutes, (they are trying this out pre-season), or shortening the season in order to cut the wear & tear on the players.

If the NBA shortens the games, they can go F**K themselves.
The NBA is the one sport that DOESN'T need shortening of their games! Most of the 76ers games I watch start at 7:00 end between 9:15-9:30, which is great compared to the other sports.

The NFL games are too long because of the endless commercials, and MLB games are too long because of the endless pitching changes in the late innings and the players stepping out of the batters box to adjust their batting glove after each pitch.
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The season is way too long. No way they shorten it because of $$$, though.

The Lakers seem to have inherited the Clippers injury/sucking curse. So that's where it went.
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The season is way too long. No way they shorten it because of $$$, though.
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I was thinking about that last night, and I wonder if they went to a 50-60 game season, and just raised the ticket prices to meet the shortfall of the 82 game season.

Think about the 1998-99 lockout 50 game season and how every game was important, and you couldn't 'sleepwalk' through the first half of the season like many veteran teams do to prepare for the playoffs.

With a 50 game season, you would never schedule any back to back games. Then you would never see as many veterans rested (like Popovich does every few weeks to keep them fresh.) The overall product would be much better, because teams would be trying to win every night, compared to now where they tend to pick up their intensity later in the season. I remember Kobe saying that he started to get the 'eye of the tiger' right after the All-Star Break.

I think teams could charge more money to see a Lebron, Kobe, Durant when they come to their buildings, because it may just be once a season. It would sort of be like the NFL, where owners only get gate revenue for 8 home games, yet they are a 9 billion dollar industry.
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The season is so long, we have a thread for the season that makes it even longer!
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In the "This Will Shock Nobody" department, Kobe Bryant is an asshole, and the primary reason the Lakers suck: http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/stor...akers-downfall

Ok, it might shock Lakers fans.
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The thing is, the Lakers absolutely made the right choice in sticking by Kobe every single one of those times. If they side with Shaq, their championship window closes earlier, with no guarantees that Shaq would be motivated to get in shape. They're not siding with Ramon Sessions or Smush Parker, that's insanity. I know he gets blamed for Lebron/Carmelo/whoever not wanting to come here, but without Kobe are the Lakers even an option in the first place?

He's contentious, he's a demanding teammate, he takes pride in being a jerk and pushing people to his limits and guys don't want to play with him. Fine. They gave him a contract to keep him around, and him being (hopefully) healthy is the only thing keeping Time Warner Cable and the fans from revolting. They don't give him the contract and they'll be spending that money on 2nd tier players or hoping to stockpile high draft picks, ie, they'll still suck, but maybe they'll luck out.

It's also curious that ownership didn't really seem to cowtow to him the way the article suggests... certainly they hired and kept D'Antoni around without consulting him, and he supposedly didn't have much say in the hiring of their next coach. He did run his own offense, against D'Antoni's designs, but they had more success with actually getting Gasol the ball, though I question his sanity in reducing Nash to a jump shooter and not a distributor.
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I know i'm biased as a hardcore Laker fan and Kobe defender, but Henry Abbott has a history of writing negative Kobe Bryant articles; he used to be the True Hoop blogger on ESPN where anything he wrote about Kobe was pretty much negative. I'm not surprised to see him write something trashing Kobe.

Paul George tweeted saying that article was crazy.

https://twitter.com/Yg_Trece/status/524297654570713088
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The article may be crazy, though FWIW he doesn't really claim to have inside Paul George info. But some of it clearly rings true. And he certainly has sources. I think fujishig has a point in that they had to make the choices they made, and in fact I think the article kind of makes that point too. But you know, it's not so cut and dried as they had to "side" with Sessions or whatever. I honestly think they (and the media and the fans) created a monster, and rather than try to cage the monster, they just fed him.

But I also realize that I am biased as a hardcore Laker hater and in particular Kobe hater.

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