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Beating the NBA champs means playing a damn near perfect game at this stage and even without Derrick Rose, the Bulls put up a valiant effort but even weary and off their game, the Bulls were just another victim to the Warriors’ march to validation, falling, 106-94, Friday night. “We gotta always win the 50-50 balls, can’t leak out for shots,” said Butler, the best player on the floor for the second straight night with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. “They hit a lot of threes off offensive rebounds. I’m not gonna say that’s why where we lost the game, but it had something to do with it.” CSN Chicago
Butler did all he could on the big stage, but aside from early play from Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol, he didn’t have enough help. Joakim Noah continues to be lost within the offense, going scoreless in 17 minutes with seven rebounds and four turnovers, as it appears he can’t find his place when one more playmaker is all it would’ve taken for the Bulls to pull off an improbable upset. CSN Chicago
In the end, Bryant scored 10 points after logging a season-high 37 minutes before he was replaced by Larry Nance Jr. in the final minute. It was a stunning number, particularly given Scott’s assertions throughout the week Bryant would play fewer minutes after logging 36 on Sunday. “I’m going to stick to where it’s been about,” he said following Thursday’s practice, “that early 30-type minute … Late 20s. Just kind of depending on the situation.” OC Register
Bryant said that the injuries that have ended each of his last three were not necessarily related to a heavy workload, although Scott has lamented that the minutes he played last season may have contributed to his torn rotator cuff. “The injuries I had, they were traumatic injuries,” Bryant said. “They don’t come from that season, they’re just traumatic injuries. The shoulder, the Achilles tear, it’s been there forever. It just happened to go. It happens.” OC Register
Bryant later added, "I know what I can do. I can do a lot more. I think the most important thing right now is understand how collectively we play. "If I go off on [scoring] tangents individually, this whole thing is going to collapse more than it is, because you're seeing signs of improvement throughout the course of the game, but I can't go off on my own. I have to make sure I continue to teach, continue to talk to these guys and try to pull them along." ESPN LA
Raptors starting centre Jonas Valanciunas broke a bone in his left (non-shooting) hand when Kobe Bryant fouled him under the Toronto basket in the final minute of the first half. Valanciunas had three points in 18 minutes. National Post
Carmelo Anthony prefers to call Kristaps Porzingis “Rook,’’ but says “KP’’ as a nickname is just fine. Last season in Spain, Porzingis went by “Zinger,’’ a nickname given to him by his coach, Scott Roth. But that hasn’t been a thing in the NBA. Porzingis declared the day after the draft he didn’t like the “Zinger’’ nickname. NY Post
San Antonio’s Tim Duncan failed to grab a rebound for the first time in 1,343 career regular-season games, STATS confirmed. He scored six points in 19 minutes as the Spurs lost to the New Orleans Pelicans 104-90 Friday night. But the Pelicans didn’t seem inclined to make much of their role in that. NY Daily News
Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart will not travel on the team's upcoming two-game road trip because of what the team termed a "lower left leg" injury. Smart appeared to bang knees with Brooklyn's Thomas Robinson trying to defend in transition with 9:26 to play in the fourth quarter of Friday's win. The team initially said Smart suffered a left knee bruise and would miss the rest of the game. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart would have an MRI to further evaluate the injury. ESPN Boston
But on Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, Damian Lillard delivered down the stretch and the Blazers flipped the script on a string of painful losses, helping the Blazers beat Clippers,102-91, at the Moda Center. "We've had a lot of games lot of lately where we play well and then we can't find a way to win it, can't find a way to finish the game," Lillard said. "And tonight we did a much better job of putting together a complete game. It feels a lot better to finish it than letting games slip." The Blazers have grown used to Lillard's late game heroics during his four seasons in Portland, but on Friday they didn't have to wait until the waning seconds for "Lillard Time" to arrive. Oregonian
John Wall is in the second year of a five-year, $80 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards but the point guard is a free agent in the high-stakes sneaker industry for the first time in his career. The two-time all-star’s contract with Adidas expired on Sept. 30, making him available to sign with any sneaker company. Washington Post
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