Dan Feldman

Ricky Rubio blows wide-open standstill layup (video)

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Focus on Ricky Rubio‘s poor 3-point shooting has distracted from the fact that he struggles to score inside the arc, too.

Case in point from the Jazz’s 107-79 loss to the Thunder last night.

Ex-wife of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright is fighting extradition

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright is fighting authorities’ attempt to extradite her from California to Tennessee, where she’s charged with killing him in 2010.

Sherra Wright made a very brief appearance Wednesday in Riverside County Superior Court. A judge explained that the only issue in her extradition is whether or not she’s the person named in the arrest warrant out of Memphis.

She was told to return for a hearing Jan. 8.

Her attorney told the Desert Sun newspaper after the hearing that Wright is simply “exercising a right to go through the process.”

Sherra Wright was arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lorenzen Wright, who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA.

Paul George slams massive dunk right over Derrick Favors (video)

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As Paul George dunked on him, did Derrick Favors silently wonder when Rudy Gobert will return from injury?

The Thunder rolled the Jazz, 107-79.

James Harden scores 51, but Chris Paul leaves Rockets’ loss to Lakers with leg injury

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The Rockets have ridden a simple plan to victory:

  • Excel when James Harden and Chris Paul play together
  • Play even better when Harden plays without Paul
  • Absolutely dominate when Paul plays without Harden

But, in a 122-116 loss to the Lakers tonight that snapped a 14-game win streak, Houston lost a key component of all-star-guard-all-the-time rotation.

Rockets broadcaster Craig Ackerman:

Paul missed 14 games earlier this season with a left-knee injury. It’s unclear whether this injury is to the same area of his leg.

Harden can carry the Rockets for a while if necessary, as he did earlier in the season. He scored 51 points tonight. (Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma scored 38.)

But Houston is a title contender because of the Harden-Paul pairing. We’ll learn more about Paul’s status, but the stakes are high.

Danilo Gallinari out rest of calendar year

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Danilo Gallinari missed significant time this offseason after injuring his thumb while punching an opponent during an Italy game. Then, he missed 13 games with a glute injury. Now, another glute injury has sidelined him for five games – and counting.

Clippers release:

L.A. Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari will be held out of further game action while recovering from an injury of his gluteus maximus. Gallinari suffered a contusion to the left glute muscle, and subsequent imaging revealed a partial tear. Gallinari and the Clippers’ medical team will continue the rehabilitation process and intend to re-evaluate the injury in January.

Ouch.

This will sideline Gallinari at least another six games. With Blake Griffin and Patrick Beverley injured, the Clippers (11-18) don’t have much margin for error. This probably nudges them closer to trading DeAndre Jordan.