Stephen Curry scores 40 points vs Heat

Stephen Curry scores 40 points vs Heat

The Golden State Warriors, playing on the road, beat the Miami Heat 114-97 Tuesday. They enjoyed an amazing performance from Stephen Curry, who so far in the 2014-15 NBA season is playing as well as anyone in the league. Golden State is now 11-2. Here’s CSN Bay Area reporting:

As good as he had been through 12 games, we knew Stephen Curry was capable of more. The Warriors point guard was going to demoralize some poor team, and soon. The only questions were when and which team.

It was Tuesday night against the Heat in Miami.

Curry went off for 40 points in a 114-97 win at American Airlines Arena. Of his 19 shots, 12 splashed through the net. He was even better on 3-pointers, drilling 8-of-11. Because he could, Curry added seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.

“I thought he played the perfect game,” coach Steve Kerr said, “so I’m pretty happy with everything he did.”

Kevin Martin will miss 6-8 weeks

Kevin Martin has been one of the only Minnesota Timberwolves this season who produces points in a big way, and he’s now out 6-8 weeks after surgery.

On the bright side of things, this puts even more pressure on young Wolves players to step up. While the results aren’t always positive in such scenarios, it could give team management a better sense as to which young players have a bigger upside than the rest.

More info on this injury here: http://www.insidehoops.com/kevin-martin-wrist-surgery-112514.shtml

 

The Sacramento Kings have recalled rookie forward Eric Moreland from the team’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it was announced today by General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.

Moreland was assigned to the Bighorns on November 21 for the second time this season and scored 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-2 FT) and grabbed six rebounds in a 154-143 loss to the Bakersfield Jam on Friday, Nov. 21.

The 6-10, 218-pound forward from Oregon State is averaging 13.3 points (.581 FG%), 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in three games for the Reno Bighorns.

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed center Hassan Whiteside and waived guard Shannon Brown.

Whiteside has appeared in three games for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League this season averaging 22.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, 5.33 blocks and 28.7 minutes while shooting 85.7 percent from the field, helping them to a perfect 3-0 record. He has appeared in 19 career NBA games averaging 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 5.8 minutes of action while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Additionally, he has appeared in 64 career NBA Development League games (14 starts) and averaged 7.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.30 blocks and 13.5 minutes while shooting 57.9 percent from the field.

Since being drafted in the second round (33rd overall) by Sacramento in the 2010 NBA Draft, Whiteside spent two seasons with the Kings before playing overseas in Lebanon and then in China where his team won the 2013 National Basketball League Championship as he was named the NBL Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to the NBL First Team. The former Marshall product then signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for training camp prior to joining the Iowa Energy.

Whiteside will wear number 21.

Brown, who was originally signed by the HEAT as a free agent on August 27, appeared in five games with Miami this season and averaged 4.0 points and 17.8 minutes.

Lakers guard Xavier Henry underwent an MRI exam today which revealed a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Henry suffered the injury at this morning’s practice. He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow morning with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Henry is expected to be out the reminder of the season.

Henry, who re-signed with the Lakers as a free agent on July 25, has appeared in nine games this season, averaging 2.2 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.33 steals in 9.5 minutes per game. The five-year pro averaged career-highs in points (10.0), rebounds (2.7), and assists (1.2) per game last season.

louis williams

Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 23.

Williams helped the Raptors to a 3-0 week, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference with 23.7 ppg and ninth with 2.0 spg. He scored a career-high 36 points and matched his career high with 15 free-throws made, becoming the first player in team history to come off the bench to shoot 15-for-15 from the line, in a 110-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 22. He connected 10 of his 19 attempts from three-point range. Williams has sparked the Raptors to their best start in franchise history and an Eastern Conference-best 11-2 record.

demarcus cousins

Cousins led the Kings to a 2-1 week and paced the league in rebounding (16.3). He averaged 25.7 points (second in the league) on .577 shooting (30-for-52) and tallied five blocks. On Nov. 22, he recorded his sixth consecutive double-double with 31 points and 18 rebounds, matching his season high, in a 113-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Denver’s Ty Lawson, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Miami’s Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers, Memphis’ Marc Gasol, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Phoenix’s Markieff Morris.

Damien Wilkins named D-League Performer of Week

Damien Wilkins of the Iowa Energy today was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Friday, Nov.14, through Sunday, Nov. 23.

A 6-6, 225-pound guard/forward out of Georgia, Wilkins averaged 28.3 points (fourth in the league) on .561 shooting (32-for-57), 10.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists to lead Iowa to a 3-0 start to the season. On Nov. 14, he recorded a double-double, scoring 32 points and snatching 13 rebounds, to go along with nine assists, one block and one steal in a 152-144 victory over the Reno Bighorns. On Nov. 15, he tallied 30 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in a 102-100 victory over the Santa Cruz Warriors. Wilkins is in his first season in the NBA D-League and was selected by Iowa in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft with the 16th overall pick.

Other top performers considered include Austin’s JaMychal Green, Bakersfield’s Elijah Millsap, Canton’s Alex Kirk, Delaware’s Ronald Roberts Jr., Fort Wayne’s Andre Emmett, Idaho’s Kevin Murphy, Reno’s Brady Heslip, Rio Grande Valley’s Earl Clark and Texas’ Eric Griffin.

Eric Gordon out with left shoulder injury

Eric Gordon out with left shoulder injury

The New Orleans Pelicans are off to a 7-5 start this season and enjoying the rise of star forward Anthony Davis, and look to be on the rise, but they’ve just suffered an injury to their starting lineup.

The team announced today that guard Eric Gordon will be out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury. An MRI revealed Gordon suffered a torn labrum as a result of the left shoulder subluxation injury that occurred Saturday night at Utah.

Gordon will undergo further evaluation throughout this week by the team’s medical staff to determine the best course of action moving forward.

Gordon, who starts at shooting guard, hasn’t been a standout this season, averaging just 9.5 points and 2.0 assists in 31 minutes per game, and shooting just 39.8% from the field.

More details will be released as they become available.

Mavs recall Ricky Ledo from D-League

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have recalled Ricky Ledo from the Texas Legends.

Ledo (6-7, 200) averaged 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 33.0 minutes in two games (two starts) with the Legends.

Ledo will join the Mavericks tonight when they take on the Indiana Pacers at 7:30 p.m.

Cavs recall Alex Kirk from D-League again

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled center Alex Kirk from their D-League affiliate Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today.

Kirk has played in three games (all starts) for the Charge this season with averages of 23.7 points on .483 shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 39.3 minutes per game. He has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season.

Grizzlies hire Glynn Cyprien

The Memphis Grizzlies have added Glynn Cyprien as a basketball operations assistant and scout, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced today.

“Glynn is an outstanding talent evaluator who is as well connected on the grassroots and collegiate levels as anyone in the game,” Wallace said. “He has recruited and worked with many future NBA players and that experience will serve him well in his new position.”

According to the Grizzlies press release, Widely considered one of the top assistants and recruiters in the country during his years on the collegiate scene, Cyprien returns to the city of Memphis, where he helped guide the University of Memphis to 49 victories and consecutive postseason tournament appearances in two seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach under Josh Pastner. The Tigers went 25-10 during the 2010-11 season, winning the Conference USA Tournament Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Most recently, Cyprien served three seasons (2011-14) as associate head coach at Texas A&M University. Working directly with the Aggie guards, Cyprien oversaw the development of Elston Turner Jr. – the son of current Grizzlies assistant coach Elston Turner – who went on to capture First Team All-SEC and USBWA All-District honors after finishing third in the conference in scoring as a senior in 2012-13.

Prior to stops at the University of Kentucky (2007-09), the University of Arkansas (2006-07) and New Mexico State University (2005-06), Cyprien worked four seasons (2000-04) as an assistant on Eddie Sutton’s staff at Oklahoma State University and played a significant role in guiding current Grizzlies guard Tony Allen. With Cyprien on the staff, the Cowboys had a combined 97-32 record and earned four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, going 31-4 and advancing to the 2004 NCAA Final Four in Cyprien’s final year in Stillwater.

Cyprien posted top-ranked recruiting classes as an assistant at UNLV (1995-2000) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his one season (1994-95) at Western Kentucky University. He began his coaching career with stints at Jacksonville University (1991-94), Lamar University (1990-91) and the University of Texas-San Antonio (1987-90).

The New Orleans native lettered two seasons as a player at Southern University-New Orleans and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from UTSA in 2004.

Spurs recall Kyle Anderson from D-League

Spurs recall Kyle Anderson from D-League

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled forward Kyle Anderson from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

In his lone appearance with Austin, Anderson posted a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in 41 minutes in the Spurs 110-105 victory vs. Santa Cruz Warriors on Nov. 23.

The former UCLA Bruin has appeared in six games this season for San Antonio, averaging 1.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest.

Hawks recall Adreian Payne from D-League

Hawks recall Adreian Payne from D-League

The Atlanta Hawks have recalled rookie forward/center Adreian Payne from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer.

Payne appeared in two games with the Mad Ants (at Erie on 11/21 and 11/22), averaging 12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 31.1 minutes. In last night’s contest, he totaled 17 points, 13 rebounds (five on the offensive glass), two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes (4-9 FGs, 9-11 FTs).

Celtics assign James Young to D-League

Celtics assign James Young to D-League

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have assigned guard/forward James Young to the Maine Red Claws.

Young has appeared in one game for the Red Claws this season, an 81-80 win over Fort Wayne on November 16. The rookie scored 21 points and pulled down five rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

He made his NBA debut against the Houston Rockets on November 1 and has averaged 3.0 points in 3.9 minutes over three appearances this season.

Spurs assign Kyle Anderson to D-League

Spurs assign Kyle Anderson to D-League

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned forward Kyle Anderson to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

This will mark Anderson’s first assignment to Austin this season. The former UCLA Bruin has appeared in six games this season for San Antonio, averaging 1.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per contest.

Anderson will be available when Austin hosts the Santa Cruz Warriors this afternoon at 3 p.m. inside the Cedar Park Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers have re-assigned Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, it was announced today.

Clarkson and Henry will make their second appearance of the season with the D-Fenders, after having previously played with the team on November 15th against the Texas Legends. Clarkson shot 8-of-20 from the field and tallied 28 points, five rebounds and five assists against the Legends. Henry scored a game-high 33 points, connecting on 12-of-20 field goal attempts, while also grabbing four rebounds for the D-Fenders.

The Charlotte Hornets are off to a disappointing start to the 2014-15 regular season, putting up a 4-13 record through Friday’s games. Their backcourt is shooting especially badly, with point guard Kemba Walker hitting 38.3% FG and new shooting guard Lance Stephenson only hitting 37.0% FG. Meanwhile, small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist remains out. Here’s the Charlotte Observer blog with the MKG latest:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist may be out for rest of November

It sounds unlikely that Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will play the rest of November while recovering from a stress reaction in his right foot.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford told the Observer Saturday he isn’t counting on Kidd-Gilchrist being back before the Dec. 3 home game against the Chicago Bulls. Kidd-Gilchrist has missed the past four games after a magnetic resonance imaging in Phoenix Nov. 13 showed evidence of a stress reaction.

A stress reaction is a precursor to a stress fracture. The MRI showed weakening of the bone structure, but does not yet show evidence of a fracture.

Aaron Gordon out indefinitely after foot surgery

Aaron Gordon out indefinitely after foot surgery

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon underwent a successful surgical procedure today to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced.

Gordon was diagnosed with the injury following the Magic’s game on Nov. 15 at Washington. He will be out indefinitely and his return will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Gordon “will be re-evaluated in 6-8 weeks.”

Originally selected by Orlando in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft, Gordon (6’9”, 220, 9/16/95) has played in 11 games this season, averaging 5.8 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. in 15.0 minpg.

Kings assign Eric Moreland to D-League

The Sacramento Kings have assigned rookie forward Eric Moreland to the team’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it was announced today by General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.

Moreland has not seen action in the 12 regular season games with the Kings. The undrafted rookie from Oregon State totaled four points (2-4 FG), five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes in three games off the bench in the preseason for the Kings.

The 6-10, 218-pound forward has totaled 30 points (.619 FG%, 13-21 FG, 4-10 FT), 26 rebounds, three assists, five steals and one block in 58 minutes in two games for the Reno Bighorns this season.

The New York Knicks need all the help they can get. They’re off to a disappointing start, and what’s worse is that the strength of schedule they’ve faced so far is on the very weak side of things. In other words, they’ve played lots of unimpressive teams, and still done quite badly. Now, the team is adjusting to a new system, and several key new players, one of which has yet to suit up this regular season. That man, point guard Jose Calderon, is now reportedly ready to dive into action. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani ready to step on court for Knicks

The Knicks need their European invasion to exceed expectations.

The 3-10 Knicks are expected to welcome Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani onto the floor for the first time this season on Saturday when the Sixers, winless going into Friday’s matchup with the Suns, limp into the Garden.

Calderon was the key piece in the six-player trade that sent Tyson Chandler to Dallas, while Bargnani will be trying to prove he can be more than a bust in two countries.

When Phil Jackson then Derek Fisher were brought in, the hope was Bargnani, the former Raptors’ No. 1 pick, could thrive in the triangle offense. That was put on hold with the 7-foot Italian sidelined by a strained hamstring suffered in the preseason opener.

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