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Mark Cuban saved all his texts with DeAndre Jordan


Wednesday night, it’s going to rain boos in Dallas as DeAndre Jordan comes to Big D for the first time since spurning the Mavericks over the summer to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan told Dallas he would come then, during the signing moratorium, changed his mind. It’s his right, but it wasn’t handled well.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was no fan of how Jordan handled his business this summer. And while he keeps saying he wants to move on, he’s also a provocateur who likes to stir the pot — like saying he kept all the texts between himself and Jordan from this summer (via Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times).

Jordan is going to hear it every time he touches the ball Wednesday night, which will likely bother Blake Griffin and Chris Paul more than Jordan. It will make for fascinating television.

Then it will be over and we can all move on from this situation… at least until Cuban decides to stir it up again and release those texts.

Referees admit blown call on Carmelo Anthony aiding Knicks win


There were 22 seconds left in the game, the Knicks led 106-105, and New York was taking the ball out of bounds. The Raptors decided to pressure the inbound pass, try to get a steal or force a Knicks mistake, then if that failed they would have to foul and play the free throw game.

The ball came in to Carmelo Anthony, and the Raptors triple teamed him. As you can see from the video below, Anthony not only stepped out of bounds, he traveled. But there was no call.

Anthony got the ball to Lance Thomas, who was fouled, and the Knicks hung on for the win. After the game, crew chief Ed Malloy admitted they blew the call. This is from the official transcript of a pool reporter talking to Maloy after the game.

Question 2: Did you see Carmelo Anthony step out of bounds?

Malloy: No.

Question 3: Did you see Carmelo Anthony travel?

Malloy: No.

Question 4: Have you reviewed the play since then on video and what did you see?

Malloy: When we came in, we reviewed the play. We did see Anthony step out of bounds and should’ve awarded the ball to Toronto.

When the Anthony play happened right in front of the Raptors’ bench and there was no call, Toronto coach Dwane Casey lost it. He almost drew a technical.

Would the Raptors have won if they had gotten the ball back there? Not necessarily, they were running a lot of very defendable isolation plays at the end of the game, and the Knicks may well have stopped it, as they did on the DeMar DeRozan drive later in an attempt to tie the game (although that shot went in and out). However, the Raptors certainly would have had a better chance than they ended up getting.

The Knicks went on to win 111-109, handing Toronto their third straight loss.

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis sits out second half with hip contusion

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The Pelicans finally got a win. Their outside shots finally fell, Ish Smith came in off the bench with a dozen assists, Ryan Anderson had 25 points, and New Orleans beat Dallas comfortably 120-105.

And they did it without Anthony Davis in the second half.

Davis suffered a hip contusion in the first half and did not return after the break, the team announced. X-rays were negative, but the team decided to err on the side of caution and hold him out of the second half. His status for the Pelicans’ game Wednesday night against the Hawks is unknown, it will depend on how he responds to treatment and feels before the game.

The Pelicans led by 18 at the half and were able to maintain that lead without Davis to pick up their first win of the season.

After a rough start Davis has played well of late and is averaging 25.2 points and 9.3 rebounds a game.

Kristaps Porzingis with putback dunk over three Raptors (VIDEO)


Putback dunks are Kristap Porzingis’ thing.

He was back at it against the Raptors, timing out the run and dunking over three players for another impressive dunk. At the end of the season, there is going to be an awesome highlight compilation of Porzingis putbacks.

Kevin Durant leaves game at half with strained hamstring

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Kevin Durant was greeted by boos but still put up a double-double in the first half in his return to his hometown of Washington D.C., 14 points and 10 assists. But that was it.

Durant left the game at halftime, something reported by Royce Young of ESPN.

The concern is that hamstring injuries can linger. Durant could miss several games waiting for that to heal, but the severity of the strain is not yet known.

Kyle Singler started for Durant in the second half. Missing Durant didn’t matter because Russell Westbrook dropped a triple-double in three quarters as the Thunder led by 26 points and had put 97 points in the first three frames.