Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons 11/26/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Los Angeles Clippers looked to continue their recent successful run on Wednesday night when they took on the slumping Detroit Pistons. The Clippers had won three of their last four and faced a Pistons squad mired in a skid that had seen it drop five straight and eight of its last nine. 

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Paul George Reaches Settlement In Child Custody Case

Paul George and Baby Olivia
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Daniela Rajic have come to an agreement regarding their  7-month-old baby girl.
Page Six reports that on Tuesday the NBA All-Star and former dancer Daniela Rajic reached a joint parenting agreement and a child support settlement for their daughter, Olivia.
The 24-year-old’s attorney Harriet Newman-Cohen told Page Six that a settlement was reached with full joint custody and a financial package.
“They will be raising their daughter together. Paul George had always intended to do the right thing, and he is thrilled to have a daughter. The settlement is generous, the child is going to have a wonderful life, and both parents will be equally involved in bringing her up.” Harriet Newman-Cohen told Page Six.
Daniela Rajic’s attorney Raoul Felder added that his client and baby Olivia will be moving to New York to allow Paul George to see his daughter.
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LeBron, Cavs roll by Wizards to get back to .500

LeBron James was two assists shy of a triple-double as Cleveland cruised 113-87.

      
 

 

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Danilo Gallinari Injury: Updates on Nuggets Star’s Knee and Return

The Denver Nuggets are once again forced to worry about the status of Danilo Gallinari after the forward was forced to leave the team’s game against the Suns on Wednesday night with knee soreness.

The Nuggets passed along further information:

One of the toughest things for a franchise to handle is a player coming back from a serious injury. That was the case coming into the season for Gallinari. He had missed 18 months as he recovered from knee surgery to repair his ACL.

While knee soreness is obviously an ambiguous diagnosis with varied levels of severity, the Nuggets have to be concerned he’s done something to aggravate a former injury.

The plan at the outset was to steadily increase his workload. Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post provided comments from head coach Brian Shaw about the situation:

Along with the physical limitations after an extended period on the sidelines, it’s also a mental battle. Each player’s situation is unique, but there’s always a hurdle to jump over in terms of having complete faith your knee is going to hold up at full NBA speed.

So it’s often a lengthy process. Often, players don’t start looking completely like themselves again until the next season.

This potential setback could make things even more difficult in Gallinari’s quest to get back on track. Of course, a lot will depend on the severity of the latest injury.

He was very happy with how he was playing before originally going down with the knee issue near the end of the 2012-13 campaign. Jeff Caplan of NBA.com noted the small forward’s thoughts on where he was and where he wanted to be once the comeback was complete:

I was playing very well. I thought at that point right before the All-Star Game, I should have been called for the All-Star Game [...] because we were one of the best teams in the league, and so I think you have to call, you have to call somebody from the Nuggets to represent a great franchise and a franchise that was doing very good. I thought that me and Ty Lawson, we were the two that could have, should have been called for the All-Star game. So I thought I was right at that level, and so my goal is to get back at that level, if not better.

Gallinari is still just 26. There’s plenty of time for him to reach those expectations, but staying healthy for an extended stretch is essential. Only time will tell if that happens.

As for the Nuggets, they will likely turn to a combination of Wilson Chandler and Alonzo Gee until Gallinari is cleared for action again. Neither of them presents the same type of upside, but as a tandem they should provide solid production.

All Denver can hope is the latest scare doesn’t turn into anything major. It doesn’t want to see Gallinari in street clothes for the majority of another season.

 

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Lakers Injury Update: Carlos Boozer could return for tonight’s game vs. the Grizzlies

The Los Angeles Lakers will face off against one of the league’s best tonight – the Memphis Grizzlies. Fortunately for the Lakers, there is word that injured forward Carlos Boozer could be ready to make his return after missing Sunday’s game against the Nuggets with a shoulder injury, as reported by the Score.  Lakers forward Carlos Boozer could return Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies. http://t.co/RmfwOMezFG pic.twitter.com/TirY879mBp— theScore (@theScore) November 26, 2014 Carlos is averaging a respectful 13.3 PPG and 6.5 RPG for the Lakers this year and although Kobe would love to see more out of him, it’s not realistic. Boozer’s game has been on a slow decline since leaving Utah where he averaged roughly 19 and 10 over six seasons. Although Boozer may be unable to play at the level he did when he was in Utah or with Bulls, he still has a lot left in the tank. 
If Boozer isn’t able to play tonight, the Lakers will likely insert Ed Davis into the starting lineup. Davis was drafted by the Rap

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Wizards vs. Cavaliers: Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 Regular Season

The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a quality victory to truly get on course for a rise toward the top of the Eastern Conference. They achieved that in an impressive 113-87 win over the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday.

Washington entered the evening second in the East, while Cleveland, though coming off a blowout win over Orlando, hovered below .500.

Cavs superstar LeBron James led by example, stuffing the stat sheet with 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. He sank 14 of 17 free throws and provided the stable, high level of play this young team’s nucleus needs to learn how to win.

Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico felt Cleveland put together its best overall effort of the young 2014-15 NBA campaign:

Keith Britton of 92.3 The Fan had a similar take:

Anderson Varejao (10 points, seven rebounds) knows how to click with James thanks to their time together in James’ previous Cleveland stint. Conrad Kaczmarek of NBA.com observed this phenomenon as James fed Varejao for a ton of easy buckets in the first half:

James is trying to deliver a championship for his home team, and while he has two fellow All-Stars in Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving flanking him, they’ve never played in the postseason.

ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst documented James’ thoughts before the Cavs rattled off their two most recent wins:

I’m a winner, I want to win, and I want to win now. It’s not tomorrow, it’s not down the line, I want to win now. So it’s a fine line for me, but I understand what we’re enduring right now. …

… I have a low tolerance for things of this nature. So it’s something I’m working on, as well, which I knew from the beginning that that was going to be my biggest test to see how much patience I’ve got.

That killer instinct and mindset to get the job done are characteristics James exuded Wednesday, attacking the Wizards and getting to the free-throw line frequently.

Cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes noted how James set the tone from the start, sparking the Cavs to a 31-18 lead after the first quarter:

Zach Love of Grantland noticed how the Cavs made adjustments on defense to stymie the Wizards, whose dynamic backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 16 points on 16 shot attempts:

Cavs.com’s Joe Gabriele weighed in:

Rasual Butler led the Wizards with 23 points off the bench, but the Cavs did an admirable job shutting down most of Washington’s top offensive threats.

Love has had a rocky start to his time in Cleveland, yet he was far more proficient versus Washington and shot 7-of-10 from the field with 21 points.

Wizards star Paul Pierce started to go to the bucket often himself in the third quarter with Washington down 58-46 by halftime. Bob Finnan of The News-Herald noted how the veteran was rising to the challenge, while Irving was struggling in the big game:

But that dynamic didn’t hurt the Cavs overall. Irving turned it on in the fourth as a scorer to finish with 18 points and was still helping facilitate improved execution in the half-court offense before his late surge.

Passions were high, as the home crowd was in full support of the energized Cleveland squad—and even head coach David Blatt implored the fans, per the Akron Beacon Journal‘s Jason Lloyd:

Now the Cavs have some serious momentum to build on ahead of a favorable stretch of their schedule. Before a road trip to Toronto on December 5, Cleveland faces Indiana, Milwaukee and New York, with a golden opportunity to vault up the East standings.

Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio brought up a relevant point regarding the Cavs’ ongoing search for synergy:

One alarming development is the volume of shots Dion Waiters takes off the bench.

Waiters, who missed 11 of a team-high 17 attempts from the field, has dubious shot selection and must be more of a complementary player given the superior talent on his team. The fact that Waiters had six assists is a good sign moving forward, though.

Bouncing back from Wednesday’s loss right away won’t be simple for the Wizards. They open a four-game homestand against New Orleans and Miami, then play the Los Angeles Lakers before taking on the streaking Denver Nuggets.

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Utah Jazz Fan Accuses NBA Of Conspiracy After He Heckles LeBron James (Video)

“Dr. Heckle” might have messed with the wrong superstar.
Richard Anderson, a Salt Lake City plastic surgeon who has been a Utah Jazz season ticketholder for going on three decades, is claiming a conspiracy after he was abruptly told last week to cease his longtime use of props to heckle opposing players. His crime, he suspects: Distracting LeBron James at the free throw line.
Anderson watched Monday’s game against the Chicago Bulls at Energy Solutions Arena with a piece of blue tape over his mouth to protest to gag order he was given by the Jazz, he told ABC-4 News. The fan affectionately known as “Dr. Heckle” for his use of rubber chickens and other joke props claims he was told to cease using the props after he twirled an umbrella while James shot free throws earlier this month.

“I think the commissioner and the NBA central office have taken control of who they want to win and who makes them the most money,” Anderson told ABC-4’s Rick Aaron. “What really upset ‘em was when I was twirlin

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Spurs’ Popovich undergoes medical procedure (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs yells to his players during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on November 19, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Spurs defeated the Cavs 92-90. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will miss Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers after undergoing what the team is calling a minor medical procedure.


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Mark Cuban Wants NBA to Move Texas Teams to Eastern Conference

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a plan to fix the growing chasm in quality between the NBA‘s Eastern and Western Conferences.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com, Cuban would shift the Mavericks, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans to the East. To balance things out, the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks would head West.

It’s not like it’d be the first time we’ve ever realigned,” Cuban told MacMahon. “It’s happened many times before, so there’s precedent and I just think it shakes things up and makes things interesting.”

It would be easy to criticize Cuban’s scheme as being self-serving. Of course he’d like his Mavs to swap conferences. The East is softer than ever. With Chicago battling injuries and the Cleveland Cavaliers struggling to jell, there’s not a superpower in sight. Plus, his proposed swap would remove the Bulls from the East entirely.

The Mavs’ road to the NBA Finals would be far easier than it’d be in the meat-grinder West. 

But if Cuban were only looking for a way to get the Mavs a free ride, he certainly wouldn’t suggest traveling east with the Spurs and their systemic dominance. And he definitely wouldn’t want James Harden, Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis to tag along either.

Then again, there’s still room for some criticism:

The unlucky clubs from the East would likely protest the realignment, but the geographical moves are close enough to be of no real consequence to travel and fatigue. And putting aside smaller concerns like those, Cuban’s idea addresses the biggest issue of all: Something has to change.

The West has had a winning record against the East in 15 of the past 16 seasons, according to John Schuhmann of NBA.com, and the most recent indicators don’t point to change on the horizon. “After an 18-3 week, the West is an incredible 45-19 against the East this season,” Schuhmann wrote on Nov. 24.

The Mavericks play six of their next seven games against the East, which will keep Cuban happy in the short term—even if the league doesn’t seriously consider his plan. Nothing eases the pain of a good idea being ignored like a tidy seven-game winning streak.

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Pacers Injury Update: Roy Hibbert is considered ‘doubtful’ for tonight’s game vs. the Spurs

Indiana Pacers starting center Roy Hibbert will likely miss tonight’s game against the Spurs, the second straight contest he’ll watch from the bench. Hibbert sprained his left ankle on the 22nd during a game versus the Suns and after leaving the game just seven minutes in, has not seen the court since.Roy Hibbert (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday http://t.co/L1NwzAcOi6— Rotoworld Basketball (@Rotoworld_BK) November 25, 2014The injury initially did not look too serious, however now it appears the center will miss about a week due to the sprain. The 7’2″ big man from Georgetown is having a career year, posting career highs in points per game, blocks per game, and free throw percentage. He has taken a bigger role in the Indiana offense because of the injury to Paul George and the loss of Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets. To make matters worse for the Pacers starting power forward David West has missed the entire season thus far, however figures to return to the Indiana lineup as soon as this Friday

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