Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday morning one liners: Portland loves Brandon Roy


Do not underestimate the love of the Blazers fan base for Brandon Roy, or how that could weight into plans to use the amnesty clause on him.

Carlos Boozer thinks the Chicago Bulls can win an NBA title. This year.

How desperate are the Knicks for a big man to take a one year deal? They actually wouldn’t mind Andris Biedrins if Golden State uses the amnesty clause to free him.

The Pacers are reportedly going to make a run at Jamal Crawford. A lot of teams are going to make a run at Crawford.

Glen Grunwald likely will remain as the GM of the New York Knicks this season. No pressure, just make sure you land Chris Paul or you get kicked to the curb.

Why David Lee would be a better choice for the Warriors to use their amnesty clause on than Andris Biedrins.

I have a soft spot for the Hawks Jeff Teague, but he confounds all of us sometimes.

Evan Turner admits he had a hitch in his shot last season, but says it has been worked out. Sixers fans, head to church and light a candle for that one.

Jonas Jerebko said that he would “love” to return to the Pistons. He’s a restricted free agent.

Kim Kardashian punched Kris Humphries during their brief marriage and it was caught on film. If you care. I don’t.

Watch the video of J.R. Smith dropping 36 in a game in China, where he is staying for the rest of the season. (Thanks to nba247365.com)

Michael Jordan’s game-worn 1985 All-Star Game Nikes are up for auction.

Spud Webb is going to coach strippers to play basketball. Top that.

Cavaliers stand in middle of Raptors dancers’ routine (video)

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The Cavaliers were ready for their game against the Raptors tonight, and Toronto’s dance team wasn’t going to change that.

The last time I remember something like this happening, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen walked through the Warriors’ kid dancers. This video doesn’t show got the Cavaliers got to that point, but they might have the defense of being there first. Allen definitely didn’t have that.

Wizards score 6 (!) fourth-quarter points in loss to Hornets

Cody Zeller, Ramon Sessions
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Gary Neal made a jumper with 10:12 remaining in tonight’s Wizards-Hornets game.

That was Washington’s last basket.

Jared Dudley made a pair of free throws on the Wizards next possession, and Neal added two more free throws with 23 seconds left.

And that was all the Wizards scoring in the quarter.

Washington, which entered the final period up seven, lost 101-87 after its 1-for-20 final-period shooting.

The six fourth-quarter points were the fewest by an NBA team in a quarter since Cavaliers scored six third-quarter points in a Jan. 26, 2014 loss to the Suns. Last time a team scored so few in a fourth quarter: Nov. 13, 2012, when the Raptors had five against the Pacers.

At least Neal’s late free throws spared the Wizards further shame. Nobody has scored four or fewer points in a quarter since the Warriors managed just two in a Feb. 8, 2004 loss to the Raptors.

As it stands, this is one of only 44 times in the shot clock era a team has scored so few points in a quarter.

76ers tie NBA-record losing streak, dropping heartbreaker to Celtics

Isaiah Thomas, T.J. McConnell

After a rare period of on-court competence, the 76ers led the Celtics by five with two minutes left tonight.

Then, Philadelphia snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

The 76ers yielded a 9-0 run to close an 84-80 setback.

They’re now 0-16. Combined with their 0-10 finish to last season, that’s a 26-game losing streak – tied for longest in NBA history. Last year’s 76ers already shared the record.

Philadelphia is also in danger of the worst start to a season. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets began 0-18, and last year’s 76ers won only one game sooner.

The 76ers will try to avoid the all-time longest streak at the Rockets on Friday. If that goes unsuccessfully, they’ll try to avoid matching the worst season start at the Grizzlies on Sunday. And if both fail, they could set the worst-start record against the Lakers on Tuesday.

76ers-Lakers – it’s shaping up to be a big one.

Timberwolves read mean tweets about themselves (video)

Flip Saunders, Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones
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The Timberwolves didn’t select the meanest tweets about these players, but credit Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyus Jones, Shabazz Muhammad and Zach LaVine for being good sports.