Kurt Helin

Some Chicago fans boo Derrick Rose upon his return

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Over the final couple years he was in Chicago, a healthy chunk of Bulls fans turned on Derrick Rose. There was a sense he wouldn’t play through pain, wasn’t tough (which is ridiculous if you followed his career), and said things that were tone deaf to Bulls fans.

When he returned to the United Center on Friday night as a member of the New York Knicks, those fans let Rose hear it.

During the player introductions there was a mix of boos and cheers for Rose, but when he touched the ball early in the game he was booed (as you can see above).

There was nothing but love and cheers for Joakim Noah, who was also making his return to Chicago.

Rose will not mind because he and the Knicks got the win on the night.

Lakers stun Warriors 117-97, end Stephen Curry’s consecutive game 3-point streak

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped Stephen Curry‘s NBA-record streak of 157 games with a 3-pointer in a 117-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Julius Randle had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the rebuilding Lakers, who pulled off their second straight shocking home upset of the mighty Warriors with an impressive effort from their exciting young roster.

Lakers coach Luke Walton also won his first meeting with his former team and his coaching mentor, Steve Kerr.

Curry scored 13 points while going 0 for 10 from 3-point range, ending several incredible long-distance streaks. He had hit a 3-pointer in every regular-season game since Nov. 11, 2014.

Including the postseason, Curry had at least one 3 in 196 straight games, and he had also hit in 116 straight regular-season road games – both NBA records.

Walton was Kerr’s assistant during the Warriors’ 2014-15 championship season and again last year, when he led Golden State to a 39-4 start while Kerr was recovering from a back injury.

Golden State didn’t lose its second game under Walton that year until Dec. 30, but these reconfigured Warriors are off to a 4-2 start with this shocker coming one night after an important victory over Oklahoma City.

The young, exciting Lakers jumped to a 21-point lead in the third quarter with ball movement resembling the Warriors’ style. They fought off star-studded Golden State’s challenge in the fourth quarter with huge games from Williams and Randle, their versatile forward. D'Angelo Russell added 17 points, and rookie Brandon Ingram had 12.

Golden State lost 112-95 to the Lakers at Staples Center in March, one of the biggest regular-season upsets in NBA history and one of the Warriors’ mere nine losses last season.

One night after Kevin Durant scored 39 points against his former Thunder teammates, the Warriors got off to an awfully slow start in LA.

The Warriors scored a season-low 15 points in the first quarter. That’s also the fewest points allowed by the Lakers in any quarter this season.

Golden State missed its first seven 3-pointers, only getting its first on Andre Iguodala‘s buzzer-beater. Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 5 for 18.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Durant scored at least 20 points for his 70th straight game, surpassing Michael Jordan’s 1990-91 streak and matching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the sixth-longest such streak in NBA history. … G Patrick McCaw is still out with an ankle injury. … Drake, Denzel Washington, Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick were among the crowd that turned out to see the revamped Western Conference champions.

Lakers: Timofey Mozgov played despite a bruise around his left eye, courtesy of an elbow from Indiana’s Jeff Teague earlier this week. The Russian center was considered doubtful for the game after missing Wednesday’s win in Atlanta, but Mozgov played 16 minutes. … The Lakers wore throwback uniforms from their Showtime era, although their current uniforms are only slightly different.

LUKE’S GUYS

Walton couldn’t start work with the Lakers until Golden State lost Game 7 of the NBA Finals last year, but the former Lakers forward immediately set out to build a team with ample use of Kerr’s blueprint. Walton joked that he had been getting trash talk from his former players, and he replied with some of his own.

 

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki sidelined at least a week with sore Achilles

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The Dallas Mavericks were already off to a rough start — 0-4 coming into Friday, when they lost to Portland at home — but the news got even worse after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki is going to miss at least a week with a sore Achilles.

Here is what Nowitzki himself said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

“It’s been the same for a week now. It gets better on days off, and as soon as I go out there and try to push off, try to show on pick-and-rolls, run backwards, all that stuff is just uncomfortable and sore. So just thought I’d just shut it down. I mean, it makes no sense to keep dragging this for weeks, you know? Obviously, it hasn’t really gotten better, so we’re going to take a few days off and not get on the court, not do all the stuff that makes it sore. And hopefully, I’ll be better in a couple days and we can ramp it back up. But for now, that’s where we’re at. It just hasn’t gotten to the point where I can move well, where I can move pain free, so it just doesn’t make any sense to be out there.”

This is the smart move, pushing through Achilles pain — especially for an older player — can only lead to trouble.

Dallas’ offense and defense both were already in the bottom half of the NBA this season before the injury, this will not help (although Dallas has been better with Nowitzki off the court rather than on so far this season).

With Nowitzki out, expect more Dwight Powell and Quincy Acy.

Knicks rally past Bulls, 117-104, in Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah homecoming

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CHICAGO — Derrick Rose tried watching the video tribute to him and Joakim Noah during a first-quarter timeout in their return to Chicago on Friday night.

Noah, though, would have none of it.

“I watched some of it, but Jo was telling me to stay focused,” Rose said. “I had to listen to my big brother at that time.”

Stay focused they did.

Perhaps inspired by the emotional homecoming, the New York Knicks shrugged off their early season struggles for a 117-104 victory over the Bulls.

Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points and Carmelo Anthony added 25 to help New York (2-3) snap a two-game losing streak. The night, though, belonged to the former Bulls.

Rose, Chicago’s first-round draft pick in 2008, finished with 15 points and 11 assists (five in the fourth quarter), while Noah, a 2007 first-rounder, had 16 points and nine rebounds. They teamed up to play a familiar two-man game late as New York held off a Chicago rally.

Noah hadn’t scored more than six points in a game this season and was held scoreless in two of the previous four games.

“We’re still trying to find ourselves as a team,” Noah said, “but I’m not going to lie: this win felt really good.”

Dwyane Wade led Chicago (3-2) with 35 points on 12-for-20 shooting and Jimmy Butler added 26 points.

“We didn’t come out with the right mentality,” Wade said.

When asked if the game meant more to Rose and Noah, Wade said: “Anybody could sense that.”

Both Rose and Noah received loud ovations from the United Center crowd during pregame introductions, although there were some boos mixed in for Rose. The Chicago native also was booed every time he touched the ball in the first couple of minutes.

“I love when the crowd is into it,” Rose said. “I knew there was going to be some yells, I knew there were going to be some boos. I’m from here, I’m used to it. I’ve been getting it since I was in sixth grade going to play on the West Side and me being from the South Side.”

New York broke open a close game by scoring 10 straight points to begin the fourth quarter for a 94-81 lead with 9 minutes to play.

The Knicks led by as much as 98-83 before the Bulls rallied within 108-102 with just under 2 minutes to go. But Rose ended any hopes of a comeback with a three-point play on the next possession.

TIP-INS

Knicks: F Lance Thomas was inactive because of a sprained left ankle. He is listed as day-to-day. … Noah played just 29 games last season before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. “Right now, I’m just happy to be on the court,” he said.

Bulls: Doug McDermott, who missed Wednesday’s game at Boston with a concussion, was cleared by the NBA’s concussion protocol earlier Friday. … Wade had five 3-pointers to give him 10 in five games this season. He had a total of seven last season.

REGRETS

On the day the Cubs celebrated their World Series title, Rose said the biggest disappointment during his time in Chicago was not leading the Bulls to a championship.

“Only thing I can do about that is say I gave it my all,” he said. “I really tried. I had multiple times, many times, where I envisioned winning a championship here. It never happened, so I’ve got to take (those) visions and take them to New York.”

MOVING ON

Noah said he wasn’t surprised management broke up the Bulls’ core following last season.

“I think it was time for a change,” he said. “I look back on (last season) and I was definitely frustrated. There was definitely a lot of adversity going on there. Now I can look back at it and see where went wrong. It’s not about blaming one person. Everybody in that locker room is good people. It’s just (stuff) happens.

“We didn’t make the playoffs. Everybody was disappointed. It was a team that had high expectations.”

Watch Joel Embiid’s pregame dunking exhibition

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Joel Embiid is making Philadelphia almost must-watch NBA League Pass viewing. He’s that good, and he’s just scratching the surface of his potential.

You can see some of that potential — and athleticism — in his pregame dunks. Through the legs, off the backboard, he’s doing it all.

The Sixers aren’t good (and will not be for a while), but they are watchable and even interesting now. Even in pregame warmups.

That’s a massive step forward.