Dan Feldman

Ricky Rubio blows wide-open standstill layup (video)


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)


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.


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.