Kurt Helin

Watch Devin Booker with the over-the-backboard and-1 shot


The rest of the league gets an “H.”

Devin Booker was making a lot of shots Friday night, but none more impressive as this and-1. Booker knew E'Twaun Moore had fouled him, so he just took the shot — from behind the backboard, off the top, and in.

Booker also had the game-tying step-back jumper at the end of regulation to force overtime, where the Suns went on to win. The end of regulation in New Orleans was wild.

Tony Parker to be out a week with sore right knee

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Gregg Popovich has already rested Tony Parker for a game this season, but that wasn’t enough to keep his aging body healthy.

Parker, the Spurs starting point guard, is going to be out about a week to get his right knee healthy, as reported by Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

Point guard Tony Parker will be “out for a week or so” with the sore right knee that will force him to miss Friday night’s game against the Jazz, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after shootaround Friday morning….

“I think he will be out for a week or so, and that will be it,” Popovich said. “He hurt his knee against Golden State (in the season opener on Oct. 25). He hyper-extended it and it’s just bruised basically, so we are giving him time to heal.”

The injury happened in the opener when Parker hyperextended his knee. Popovich said. Parker has tried to play through it but he is clearly not the same. Parker is scoring just 5.5 points with 4 assists per game (he averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 assists last season). The Spurs have been vastly better — more than 30 points per 100 possessions — when Parker has been on the bench and Patty Mills has run the team this season.

Look at it this way. When the Spurs other starting four — LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Anderson — are paired with Parker the team is outscored by 31 points per 100 possessions. Replace Parker with Mills in that lineup and the Spurs outscore teams by 28.3 per 100. Parker isn’t physically right, so resting him is the smart move.

Watch Stephen Curry go 0-of-10 from three, end 157-game streak


Let’s be honest, we thought Stephen Curry‘s streak of consecutive games with a made three might not end until he retired or the apocalypse, whichever came first. Sure, Curry has his off nights like any human, but a game where he missed every three pointer he took? It didn’t seem like that day would ever come.

Nov. 4, 2016, turned out to be the day. Staples Center in Los Angeles was the place.

He was just off (like the entire Warriors team was). The Lakers contested some of the misses, but he had good looks — I would chart four of those as uncontested. He just missed.

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It was an interesting contrast this week: When the Warriors are focused and motivated they can overwhelm a good team and make them look vastly inferior; but when the Warriors don’t bring their focus the kind of energy a young team can bring will beat them. Right now, the Warriors aren’t bringing it every night.

Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. with poster dunk over David West

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It was not a good night for the Warriors.

They seemed flat and disinterested, while the Lakers looked like a young, athletic team that’s both having fun and showing improvement. The Lakers won for a reason.

Nothing probably encapsulated the night better than Larry Nance Jr.’s monster dunk over David West. It started with a Klay Thompson missed shot (he was 4-of-18 on the night), the Lakers got out and pushed the ball upcourt, the Warriors were sloppy in getting back and matching up, and the result was Nance getting open going down the lane. He all but Heisman’s West on the play.

Lakers fans should be happy with how this young season is shaking out.

Some Chicago fans boo Derrick Rose upon his return


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.