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Welcoming back to your box of chocolates Chicago Bulls. That’s right, you just never know what you are going to get. Sure, you’ll generally get good performances from Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade, Butler with 39 points Wednesday and Wade 25 in the Bulls 115-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. But a Bulls team that was leading the league in number of rebounds and rebounding margin was outrebounded 49-30, outscored 20-9 on second chance points. A Bulls team that was 25th in the league in steals plundered Atlanta for 15 steals, six by Butler and five by Wade. A Bulls team second poorest in the NBA in forcing turnovers harassed Atlanta into 24 turnovers for a whopping 38 points. But a Bulls team allowing opponents some of the best shooting games of the season also couldn’t stop the Hawks, Atlanta with an early 17-point lead, 50.6 percent overall shooting and pulling away down the stretch after the Bulls got within 103-101 with 4:55 remaining in the game. Bulls.com Blog
Portland didn't just lose to the L.A. Clippers Wednesday night in the Staples Center, it got its tail kicked. Hard. A team with aspirations of finishing in the top half of the Western Conference looked more like a lottery team. The Blazers didn't get stapled in the Staples Center, they got hammered. The final score was "only" 111-80 because Portland's end-of-thme-bench crew managed to outscore the Clipper scrubs 30-18 in the fourth quarter. CSNNW
For the second day in a row, there will be a John Wall suspension watch. The league office will review the Flagrant 2 he was charged with in Wednesday's blowout of the Boston Celtics when he thumped Marcus Smart for what was deemed by the letter of the rule intentional and excessive contact. "Just getting frustrated. My finger was bleeding the whole game. Got stepped on on purpose. Drove to the basket a couple times, didn't get calls," Wall said of being tossed with 5:24 left and the Wizards ahead 106-86. "The play before I (drove) and got smacked right across the face. On my ear. So I just let my frustation get the best of me." CSN MidAtlantic
Otto Porter put it all together on Wednesday night against the Celtics like he never had before at the NBA level. The Georgetown product dropped a career-high 34 points to go along with 14 rebounds (tying a career-best), four assists, three blocks and three steals. He shot 14-of-19, including 3-of-5 from three. With 13 points in the first quarter alone, Porter set the tone in what quickly developed into a blowout Wizards' win. CSN MidAtlantic
The Raptors barely bothered to guard most Thunder shooters whenever a dribbler would penetrate the lane. To them, Jerami Grant or Andre Roberson or Joffrey Lauvergne didn’t exist if they didn’t have the ball and stood more than 15 feet from the rim. Victor Oladipo would hit the paint and find himself draped with defenders within milliseconds. It was even worse for Westbrook, who shot 4-of-12 on layups. Plenty of those came inside a crowded painted area. Norman Transcript
Steven Adams hasn’t had any “residual effects” after banging his right hand during Monday’s win over the Miami Heat, Donovan said. The Thunder center smashed his hand during the second quarter of Monday’s contest and went to the locker room in the middle of the game. He returned minutes later. Norman Transcript
Russell Westbrook wasn’t getting in line next to the supporters of President-elect Donald Trump after the GOP nominee won the presidency Tuesday night. “I didn’t vote for Trump. I can tell you that much,” Westbrook said. “That’s all I’m gonna say.” A reporter followed up, asking another election-related question. Westbrook didn’t budge. “I just told you, I didn’t vote for Trump,” he said. “I would prefer not to elaborate on it, but I didn’t vote for him.” Norman Transcript
On Donald Trump: “I don't think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic,” [Stan] Van Gundy said. “We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country.” ... “We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking that this is where we are as a country. It’s tough on (the team), we noticed it coming in. Everybody was a little quiet, and I thought, ‘Well, maybe the game the other night.’ And so we talked about that, but then Aron Baynes said, ‘I don’t think that’s why everybody’s quiet. It’s last night.’" Detroit Free Press
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