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Broussard: Suns could beat Dubs tonight

Chris Broussard is still picking the Warriors to improve to 17-0, but with Phoenix's shooting ability and Eric Bledsoe guarding Steph Curry: "If anybody's going to beat them, they are a good team. ... Maybe they got a shot."


Amin Elhassan ESPN Staff Writer 

Large contingent of Michigan State fans here in Phoenix to cheer on Draymond Green

Ian Begley @IanBegley

Robin Lopez picks up 2 fouls less than 3 minutes into the game & is replaced by Kyle O'Quinn. Could be an issue as Miami has size up front.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Cavs up 23-22 after 1Q. LeBron 4p 6r; Love 4p 5r; Timo 6p; Mo Williams 6p. Both teams shooting 36.4 pct.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the more, well let's just say "unique" promotions I've ever seen: The Charlotte Hornets handing out a single sock to fans for their game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.

Steph Curry: MVP and most improved?

Curry's teammate Harrison Barnes brought up the idea a week ago: Could Steph win both the MVP and Most Improved Player awards? What the stats say (Insider)

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart on recovery from knee injury: "Were taking it day by day. You cant tell your body what to do. A body has a mind of its own and does what it wants. Were waiting to see how it reacts to things with the rest Im getting and the rehab and everything, hopefully I can be back in a couple of weeks."

Cavaliers (11-4) at Hornets (9-6)

Cleveland held a players-only meeting after its third-consecutive road loss in Toronto on Wednesday. LeBron James is hoping to avoid a fourth-straight road loss in Charlotte. Follow live

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher is still tinkering with his rotations  and the results haven't been good lately. The Knicks bench has been outscored 71-22 in the past 2 games. Its my job to continue to figure out & search for how to substitute guys, how to get our rotations in a way where we can sustain that & not have the drop-offs in the 2nd & 4th quarter," he says. Fisher's been playing 13 different guys & it seems as if that will continue for the foreseeable future.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on injured Marcus Smart, who arrived to TD Garden on crutches again: "It was a minimum of two weeks. I think it sounds like itd be unlikely that he would play through any of our road games, and I dont what that timeline makes it. I'd still say that it could very well be a long shot when we get back from those home games -- Chicago, Golden State, and that game against Charlotte right after that. We could be talking quite a few more games for sure. But theres no precise timeline on it."

Scott: Benching Kobe 'not an option'

Despite the Lakers star's struggles, coach Byron Scott told ESPN's Baxter Holmes: "I would never, never, never do that. That's not an option whatsoever." Kobe is shooting a career-worst 31.1% from the field and 19.5% from 3-point range. No benching

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Boston PD investigating Okafor fight

Boston police are now investigating a street fight involving 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor early Thursday, according to a statement issued Friday evening. Police said they are "actively reviewing" the case and no charges have been filed. Story

5-on-5: Surprises, letdowns of first month

The NBA season is 1 month old, so what has our experts talking so far? Steph Curry and the 16-0 Warriors, obviously -- but as always, keep an eye on the Spurs in the West. One month down

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

He has his own dressing room?

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

With both playing in NYC, Brook Lopez had Thanksgiving dinner with twin brother Robin and Robin's girlfriend. "My mom came out, and she cooked for us. It was very relaxed," Brook said. "We hung out, we got Thanksgiving dinner, and two hours later, myself, Robin and his girlfriend went to 7-11 and got Slurpees, junk food, chips and queso. We just decided to all be fatties."

Fan pours beer on Celtics' draft pick

An elderly fan was banned for the rest of the Australian season after he intentionally poured beer on Celtics' 2015 second-round draft pick Marcus Thornton.


Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton on the league possibly granting him these wins, that are counted towards Kerr's ledger so far: "Doesn't matter to me. It really doesn't. I have no thoughts on that, but good either way."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

From the practice before the flight: Good shooting form

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

After Saturday night's game in Cleveland (11-4), the Nets will not have to travel outside of New York until Dec. 18. But as coach Lionel Hollins pointed out, their schedule remains tough. Brooklyn (3-12) has Detroit (8-7), Phoenix (7-8), New York (8-8) and Golden State (16-0) coming up. "We just gotta get to a point where we're consistent through 48 minutes," he said. The Nets are 2-5 in games within five points in the final five minutes (34.7% FGs, 28.6% 3s).

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

In Phoenix, where Steph's shot still looks decent


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Johnson, who ranks 338th out of 409 players in real plus-minus, was honest about where his game is at following his 2-for-11, 6-turnover performance Wednesday night in OKC: "I have to better in all aspects."

Stephen Curry: 'We talk about 33'

The Warriors have won 16 straight this season, but already have eyes on matching the NBA's longest win streak, set by the 1971-72 Lakers. Said Curry: "It's important to have tangible goals. ... We talk about 33. I think I've probably talked about it more than anybody else on the team, just because I know about the history and just really how hard it is."