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Anthony accuses Rondo of spitting after Lakers-Rockets brawl

Source | 34 mins ago.

Carmelo Anthony slammed Rajon Rondo for his role in the ugly scenes which overshadowed LeBron James' home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers, accusing the point guard of spitting. Tempers flared at Staples Center on Saturday night, with punches thrown after Brandon Ingram pushed James Harden during a 124-115 victory for the Houston Rockets. Ingram, Rondo and Chris Paul were ejected late on following a melee which boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. watched from courtside.

NBA confirms Rajon Rondo spit at Chris Paul, hands out suspensions after fight

Source | 34 mins ago.

With the NBA dissecting video from Saturday night’s game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers like the Zapruder film, it was only a matter of time before we saw suspensions handed down for Chris Paul, Brandon Ingram, and Rajon Rondo. After reviewing tape, the NBA determined that Rondo did indeed spit on Paul. Ingram was seen as the initial instigator, and thus was served with a heavier sentence.

D'Antoni backs NBA to 'sort out' Lakers-Rockets brawl

Source | 34 mins ago.

Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni expects the NBA to take the appropriate disciplinary action following the brawl in his team's win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Brandon IngramRajon Rondo and Chris Paul were ejected late in a highly-charged encounter at Staples Center. Lakers point guard Rondo has reportedly denied accusations that he spat at Houston's Paul during a 124-115 victory for the Rockets.

Report: NBA looking into video of Rajon Rondo spitting on Chris Paul

Source | 34 mins ago.

After Saturday night’s bizarre, saliva-induced brawl between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, ESPN is reporting the NBA is looking into the incident, closely examining video and interviewing witnesses. The saliva portion of the brawl involved Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo and Rockets point guard Chris Paul. The two were face-to-face after a scrum had formed over a previous technical foul, and Paul says Rondo spit in his face during the exchange.

NBA: Lakers' early struggles are normal, says James

Source | 11 hrs ago.

The Lakers fell 124-115 to the visiting Houston Rockets to spoil James' debut at Staples Center after dropping their season opener to the Trail Blazers in Portland on Thursday. "I'm not disappointed at all," the three-time NBA champion, who signed a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers in July, told reporters. "I understand that we're going to have some struggles, some early struggles.

Mike D’Antoni on Rockets’ defense: ‘I don’t see it like falling so far off. I don’t see it.’

Source | 11 hrs ago.

Last season the Houston Rockets’ defense allowed 105.7 points per 100 possessions, seventh best in the NBA. It got them within a game — within a half, really, the Rockets led at half of Games 6 and 7 vs the Warriors — of reaching the NBA Finals and almost certainly bringing home a title. This season, the conventional wisdom was the Rockets would take a big step back defensively.

Celtics hope to avoid usual road struggles at Toronto

Source | 1 day ago.

Watch tonight's Celtics-Raptors game on NBC Sports Boston, or stream the game here. BOSTON – There's an edge that most NBA teams have when they play at home. While Boston has steadily improved with each season since Brad Stevens came aboard in 2013, that success hasn't translated well when it comes to playing the Raptors on their home floor.

Anthony Davis-led Pelicans thrash Rockets in opener

Source | 3 days ago.

Anthony Davis couldn’t help but notice James Harden‘s freshly minted MVP trophy sitting at midcourt before a ceremony during warmups on Wednesday night. Davis had 32 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high eight assists while Nikola Mirotic scored 30 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 131-112 win over the Houston Rockets in their season opener. Davis added three blocks and three steals, while Mirotic shot a sizzling 6 of 8 from 3-point range, and Julius Randle had 25 points off the bench.

Davis, Mirotic lead Pelicans past Rockets 131-112

Source | 3 days ago.

Anthony Davis couldn't help but notice James Harden's freshly minted MVP trophy sitting at midcourt before a ceremony during warmups on Wednesday night. Davis had 32 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high eight assists while Nikola Mirotic scored 30 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 131-112 win over the Houston Rockets in their season opener. Davis added three blocks and three steals, while Mirotic shot a sizzling 6 of 8 from 3-point range, and Julius Randle had 25 points off the bench.

Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James Season Odds/Props Roundup

Source | 4 days ago.

Signing the best player in the NBA during free agency certainly has an impact on a team's season outlook and betting odds. With LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, the Lakers have gone from a team sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference to one with legitimate promise of making a deep postseason run. Los Angeles is going off at +1000 on the odds to win the NBA championship this season at sportsbooks monitored by

Bradley's slam helps Red Sox beat Astros 8-2 in ALCS

Source | 4 days ago.

Jackie Bradley Jr. didn't let his demeanor change this season, even as fans begged Boston to trade him during a miserable first-half slump. Bradley belted a grand slam for his second big hit in the AL Championship Series, helping the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 8-2 on Tuesday for a 2-1 series lead. Bradley's slam backed a solid start by Nathan Eovaldi, who hushed Houston a day after some social media smack talk from Alex Bregman.

NBA Preview: It's the Warriors, and then everyone else

Source | 5 days ago.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, handing the Golden State Warriors what will be their third set of championship rings from the last four seasons. The NBA's 73rd season starts Tuesday night, beginning a year where LeBron James will play for the Los Angeles Lakers, where Carmelo Anthony will aim to push the Houston Rockets over the top, where Dwyane Wade will take his 16th and final lap around the league. A new arena is opening in Milwaukee, eight teams will have new coaches, and everyone will be looking to see if the Warriors can win a third straight title.

Warriors seek more NBA glory as title-hungry rivals lurk

Source | 6 days ago.

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry will enjoy watching the Golden State Warriors hoist another championship banner Tuesday when they open the 2018-19 NBA campaign against Oklahoma City. "I'm still glowing," Curry said. The Warriors boast three other All-Stars in two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant, defensive stalwart Draymond Green and Curry's backcourt partner Klay Thompson -- plus a fifth in injured center DeMarcus Cousins, signed in July but still sidelined after left Achilles tendon surgery in January.

LeBron and Durant? I'm the NBA's best – Davis

Source | 8 days ago.

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis believes he is the best player in the NBA, ahead of the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Davis has established himself among the best in the NBA after being selected with pick one by the Pelicans in the 2012 draft, the forward earning five All-Star selections. The 25-year-old has also made the All-Defensive and All-League teams on three different occasions, while he finished third in the NBA in MVP voting last season – behind Los Angeles Lakers superstar James and winner James Harden.

GAME RECAP: Rockets 121, Grizzlies 103

Source | 8 days ago.

James Harden scores 23 points and Chris Paul adds 14 points as the Houston Rockets defeat the Memphis Grizzlies. 121-103.

Chance (and maybe the Celtics) are biggest roadblock to Warriors this season

Source | 9 days ago.

It would be helpful to write that LeBron James and his Island of Misfit Boys will be a Western Conference Finals foe for Steve Kerr’s squad. The reality of the situation is that the only real thing standing in the way of the Warriors grabbing another title is health. Specifically, the health of the two players who are clearly the most important for them when it comes to the playoffs, Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala.

NBA: James Harden's latest move that looks like a travel is legal

Source | 10 days ago.

On Tuesday, Houston Rockets guard James Harden unleashed his latest flashy NBA move that clearly looks like a travel but wasn’t called one. Is this a travel? Do you think this move by Harden is a travel?

'Melo joins Rockets for Houston's latest bid to win title

Source | 10 days ago.

The Carmelo Anthony experiment in Oklahoma City didn't go well last season. The Rockets believe things will be different for the 10-time All-Star in Houston and that Anthony can be the piece stars James Harden and Chris Paul need to win the rugged West - and maybe win it all.

NBA knee injury fears for Rockets' Chinese forward Zhou

Source | 11 days ago.

Houston Rockets forward Zhou Qi is uncertain to be ready for next week's start of the NBA season after the Chinese center left the court in a wheelchair with a left knee injury. The 22-year-old 7-footer (2.17m) suffered the injury after playing only four minutes in Houston's 128-86 rout of the Shanghai Sharks in a pre-season exhibition contest Tuesday night. Zhou, who played 18 games for the Rockets last season, was hurt during an awkward scramble for a loose ball in what was supposed to be a game where he could shine against a club from him homeland.

GAME RECAP: Houston Rockets 128, Shanghai Sharks 86

Source | 11 days ago.

James Harden goes off for 37 points and dishes out nine assists as the Houston Rockets defeat the Shanghai Sharks, 128-86.

NBA rumors: Wolves demand Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker from Rockets for Jimmy Butler

Source | 11 days ago.

Jimmy Butler reportedly requested a trade from Minnesota on Sept. 18. It's been over three weeks now, and the Wolves still haven't shipped him out of town. Perhaps Minnesota hasn't been able to find a partner because the asking price is too high.

Rockets' Zhou Qi hurts knee in exhibition game vs. Shanghai

Source | 11 days ago.

Houston's Zhou Qi played only three minutes Tuesday night before the 7-foot-1 center from China sprained his left knee against the Shanghai Sharks.Qi, the Rockets' second-round pick in 2016 who played in 18 games last season, was playing in his first

Why did Danuel House pick the Warriors? 'To be honest, I don’t really know'

Source | 12 days ago.

Danuel House played very well for the Rockets during NBA Summer League, averaging 16.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists, while shooting 37 percent from deep. In late July, he agreed to a non-guaranteed one-year contract with the Warriors. "A couple days later, got a call back, he told me Golden State was interested, they liked my progress the last couple years.

Why Josh Hart May Be LeBron’s Most Valuable Teammate

Source | 12 days ago.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Los Angeles Lakers have a cerebral, multi-talented player who is strong as an ox and competes like a runaway train. Josh Hart is something of a makeshift James clone, and he could very quietly end up being the club’s second-most-important player because of the unusual, Swiss Army knife role he plays. The former college star who led Villanova to a national title took 6.0 shot attempts per game as a rookie, scoring 7.9 points and taking a definitive backseat to far more heralded Lakers youngsters such as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.

GAME RECAP: Rockets 108, Spurs 93

Source | 13 days ago.

PJ Tucker scores 19 points, James Harden adds 18 as the Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 108-93.