NBA Rumors for Wednesday, Nov. 25
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The Thunder is 3-4 against the East, including home losses to the Celtics, Raptors and Knicks. So, Kevin Durant, is there more balance within the NBA? "Nah, I don't think so," Durant said. "It's just early in the season. We have better teams over in the West. It's a matter of getting everything figured out, I guess. The East has definitely gotten better, but I still think the West is superior." Oklahoman
The Suns will sign guard Bryce Cotton to a non-guaranteed contract for his scoring punch and backcourt insurance with recent injuries to starters Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. Cotton, a Tucson Palo Verde High School graduate, is a 6-foot-1, 165-pound scoring point guard who was averaging 22.0 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in his first four D-League games this season for San Antonio D-League affiliate Austin. Cotton made 13 of 21 3-point shots. Arizona Republic
Cotton did not have a Division I scholarship offer coming out of Palo Verde High. He came close but Houston Baptist passed on him for another player but it was fortuitous because his summer play after graduation earned him a late offer from Providence just before the 2010-11 school year. Cotton spent four seasons there, leading Providence to the NCAA tournament and averaging 22 points as a senior. Arizona Republic
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No matter what happens the rest of the season, the 2015-16 Warriors will be remembered for what they accomplished Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. The Warriors dominated the Lakers 111-77 for their 16th consecutive victory to open the season — something no other team in the history of the league has achieved and something that seemed unfathomable three weeks ago. San Francisco Chronicle
“Eventually, we will lose,” said Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton, who watched his players’ subdued celebration on the postgame court and then matched their tone in the locker room.
Walton congratulated each player for entering his name into the NBA record books, and then he reminded the entire team that it’s November. There are still 66 regular-season games to play over the next 4½ months. San Francisco Chronicle
The Warriors passed the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets, each of which won the first 15 games of its season. Dating to April, the Warriors have won 20 in a row — joining a list that was only five teams deep and starting conversations about the 33 consecutive wins of the 1971-72 Lakers. San Francisco Chronicle
Kobe Bryant had four points on 1-of-14 shooting, perfectly illustrating the shift of power in the NBA’s Pacific Division. The Oakland arena, which used to be split close to 50-50 when the Lakers were in town, included only a handful of purple and gold jerseys and got playoff loud every time Bryant missed. San Francisco Chronicle
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will play Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers after missing the last two games because of a sprained left ankle. "Derrick's good to go tonight," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Everything went well [in shootaround]. He felt really good after the last couple days of practice, so yeah, he's ready to go." ESPN.com
Rose's return against the Blazers comes almost two years to the day after he tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in the Moda Center. As he returns this time, he is trying to keep those thoughts out of his mind. ESPN.com
The starting lineup has been the Pistons' saving grace in recent weeks, oftentimes playing more minutes than the opponents' starters to over-compensate for an ineffective bench. Instead, Ersan Ilyasova was 0 for 7 for 0 points in 24 minutes, Marcus Morris finished 2 of 7 for 4 points, and Detroit was, at best, -17 with the unit on the floor. Michigan Live
Nemanja Bjelica, who missed the last two games with a bruised knee, did some light work in Tuesday’s practice. He is listed as questionable, again, for tomorrow. Minneapolis Star Tribune
Per the Thunder, [Mitch] McGary is listed as questionable against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday after spraining his left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s win against the Jazz. McGary was running back on defense in transition and in his leaping attempt to block a pass, the 6-foot-10 forward came down awkwardly in the paint on his left ankle. Oklahoman
The Cameron Crazies haven't forgotten Jahlil Okafor, who went from leading Duke to a NCAA championship last season as a college freshman to being a 19-year-old star rookie for the 0-15 Sixers. One of Duke's more creative fans really feels for what Okafor, the third overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft, is going through and recently created a "#SaveJahlil" public service announcement. The PSA, which was tweeted by @DukeNBA, is a video showing some of the misery Okafor has had to deal with playing for the Sixers to the tune of a Sarah McLachlan ballad, "Angel." The first verse used on the video was, "In the arms of an angel, fly away from here." NJ.com Blog
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