Author: Kurt Helin

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Anthony Davis with ridiculous putback over Zach Randolph (VIDEO)

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Anthony Davis is ridiculous.

I feel like I’ll be typing that a lot this season. Early in the Pelicans game against Memphis Monday night Eric Gordon missed a three (he’s shooting just 25 percent from deep this season) but watch Davis, he anticipates the miss and takes three hard steps from the top of the key. Zach Randolph starts to casually slide over to grab the board and Davis just flies in over him and finishes with the putback. He didn’t leap over Randolph to throw it down, but he made the man irrelevant in the play.

Anthony Davis is ridiculous.

Reggie Jackson will play in first game of year for Thunder Monday night

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Among the plethora of injuries that have the Thunder off to a 1-2 start this year, there was Reggie Jackson’s wrist. He injured it in a preseason game against Dallas after a collision with Al-Farouq Aminu.

He’s back as of Monday.

Jackson will play his first game of the season when the Thunder take on the Nets Monday, reports Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.

He will start at the point and this sends Sebastian Telfair to the bench.

Even before Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook went down Jackson was going to be a big part of the Thunders’ plans for the season. Long term, they are counting on him to become a third wing scoring threat for them — and if he does he’s really going to get paid next summer as a free agent, he wants to start somewhere.

In the short term he gets to prove he can start and as he does he can help the Thunder tread water until their stars return. He’s going to be in the spotlight (and might really help a few fantasy teams in the next few weeks).

Carmelo Anthony on change in Knicks: “There’s no bad energy flowing through our team”

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The Knicks are off to a nice little 2-1 start, with quality wins over the Cavaliers and Hornets. This is a team that has a rough first seven games but so far, so good.

What’s different from last season, one Knicks fans would like to erase from their memories?

Primarily attitude and energy of the staff and organization, so basically everything, if you ask Carmelo Anthony, as he told the New York Post. He would know as he was there last year then chose to stay as a free agent (and cash some very big checks) rather than chase wins elsewhere.

“I knew it was different the first day we stepped into training camp,” said Anthony after the Knicks prepared in Tarrytown for Tuesday’s Garden game with the Wizards. “Just the culture and the atmosphere that’s here. The mindsets of people — not just the players, but the coaches and the staff. How positive everybody was.

“There’s no bad energy flowing through our team, the organization right now. That’s always a big key when you have that kind of atmosphere around.”

The old “bad Juju” excuse.

Anthony was quick to say this was not about players have moved on — Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, among others — and saying it was just the vibe as a whole. I think part of that is the change in coaching styles between Derek Fisher and Mike Woodson.

But really, this goes back to Phil Jackson and a new top-down direction and approach. He is keeping James Dolan at arm’s length (for now). He is setting a new tone, one bathed on a positive glow.

It’s a start, and the Knicks are off to a good one.

Jeremy Lin waves off Kobe Bryant in game, Kobe loves it

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With 4:40 left the fourth quarter of the Lakers/Clippers game Friday night the score was tied. Jeremy Lin had the ball out top and waived off a Carlos Boozer pick, directed traffic and called for Kobe Bryant to come out and set the pick. Kobe did, Chris Paul switched on to Lin and Kobe had a nice mismatch with J.J. Redick on him, but Lin opted for a leaning, contested three over CP3. Which he drained (putting the Lakers up three at the time, they eventually lost the game).

After the game, Kobe was asked about that play… and he loved it.

Kobe praised Lin for the play, speaking to Baxter Holmes of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“You have to be able to assert yourself, especially on a team that I’m playing on — especially on a team I’m playing on,” Bryant said with some added emphasis. “Because I don’t want chumps, I don’t want pushovers, and if you’re a chump and a pushover, I will run over you….

“It’s like,” Bryant said during his postgame news conference, then leaned forward and pounded his fist on the table, “you’ve got to put your mark down, man.”

“At some point, you’ve got to piss on the fire hydrant.”

I’m fairly confident Kobe never referred to himself as a fire hydrant before.

Not surprisingly, Kobe has always favored his fearless and aggressive teammates, even when that led to bad shots. He loved Derek Fisher. He loved Shannon Brown. He loved guys that played aggressive and would shoot the rock even when someone else may have had a better look, because Kobe wants guys to be aggressive and step up.

Lin is aggressive to a fault. That’s why he’s in the NBA, he likes to go right, he likes to attack hard off the pick, and his jumper has improved. He’s a solid NBA rotation guard now, which on this Lakers team makes him one of their better players.

And Kobe likes him, which could keep him around for a while.

Klay Thompson drops 41 points in just 18 shots on Lakers (VIDEO)

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Someone finally shook some sense into Golden State ownership and they paid the man — ownership apparently was the holdup in giving Klay Thompson, the guy they wouldn’t trade for Kevin Love, max money.

He responded with his best night ever as a Warrior (even though the big checks don’t flow until next season).

Thompson dropped 41 points on what passes for the Lakers’ defense, doing so in just 18 shots Saturday night. How did he do it? Thompson was 5-of-7 from three and 9-of-10 in the paint, while avoiding the midrange. Also he got to the free throw line nine times.

Combined, the Splash Brothers put up 72 points hitting 53% from three. Needless to say, the Warriors won handily (they are 2-0, the Lakers start 0-4).

Impressive. But you get he feeling a lot of guys might have career nights against the Lakers this season.