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Stephen Curry overtakes Chris Mullin in most games in Warriors history

Steph Curry's name can be found in the NBA and Warriors teams' record books. Most notably, of course, as the absolute leader in the 3-point game. On Saturday, he added another: No player has appeared in more games in a Golden State uniform than Curry. ... (Author: Gardener)

Stephen CurrySteph Curry's name is all over the NBA and Warriors team record books. Most notably, of course, as the absolute league leader in 3-point competition. On Saturday, he added another: No player has appeared in more games in a Golden State uniform than Curry. When the ball was tipped in Saturday night's Warriors matchup against the Brooklyn Nets at the Chase Center, Curry had officially played in his 808th career game. He surpasses Hall of Famer forward Chris Mullin, who made 807 appearances for Golden State from 1985-86 to 1996-97 and 2000-01. Source: Taylor Wirth @ NBC Sports Seth Curry didn't have a great night on his return, but Doc Rivers was pleased with what he saw #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2022/01/30/doc… via @SixersWire - 1 : 55 AM "...when you look at me and Steph, I just feel like we're capable of doing things that make ordinary people walk down the street, give them hope, that basketball is something too." can be for her." - #nets more from Kyrie Irving on his special bond with #warriors Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/uKZOV6dJQ9 - 1:14am Kyrie Irving on Steph Curry: "I love Steph man. Dude completely revolutionized the game." Full analysis at pic.twitter.com/fO9jTse4F5 - 12:42 am "I love Steph Man, this dude completely revolutionized the game...but when he caught fire man everyone was paying attention... you wouldn't be a true student of the game if you weren't watching someone like that. -Kyrie Irving on the thrill of facing Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/Xy50o5hRET - 12:05am Steve Kerr after Steph Curry's 5/18 night continues his shooting weakness: “I know this is a question I'm asking will keep but i'm not worried about it. I just am not. He's Steph Curry.” pic.twitter.com/1lw5jrDWwO – 11:33pm StatMuse @statmuse Steph Curry hasn't had a consecutive 50% shooting game since November. He's missed 95 of his last 135 three-pointers. pic.twitter.com/v1USv479u5 - 11:14pm Tedious but successful seven-game home for the Warriors: 6-1 record. The only loss went to a Pacers team without their starters. Steph Curry struggled to find his shot. No Draymond Green. Klay Thompson is gaining rhythm. Depth/Defense continues to show. Great week for Wiggins. FINAL: Warriors escape with the 110-106 victory over the nets. After just 12 points total in the first three quarters, Curry and Thompson combined for 23 points in the fourth. Dave Early @DavidEarly Dave Early @DavidEarly Dave Early @DavidEarly James Harden was called up this season for offensive fouls in games like this. But here Curry pulls 2 big free throws. pic.twitter.com/2mM9ilzE0V - 10:54pm Kessler Edwards chased Stephen Curry around the screens, preventing him from getting the ball, then switched to Kevon Looney and blocked him on the edge. Impressive performance from the rookie who brings the 3-D momentum this Nets team has needed all season. After a 72-53 lead with a 7-20 lead, the Warriors give up a 19-4 run to leave the Nets at 4. Golden State would help a lot if Steph Curry or Klay Thompson could put down a shot. Stephen Curry hasn't walked for more than a few minutes without shaking or rubbing his right hand. Got 5 points in 21 minutes on 2/9 shooting. Warriors 74, Nets 56, 5:50 Q3 – 10:07 p.m. Doc Rivers liked the way Seth Curry played tonight. He said he let the game come to him. It was hard for him to get into a rhythm as the team canceled shootarounds this morning. #Sixers - 10:05 p.m. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are a combined 4-for-19. I didn't expect them to shoot like that and the Nets to still be at 19. At Halftime: Warriors 54, Nets 47 -Shocker: Were much better without Steph/Klay -Wiggins (17pts, 7Rebs, 2blks, 2stls, +20) was great - GP2 and Poole (10pts) made positive plays - Curry 2pts , -10, Thompson 5 points, -13 – 9:41 p.m. Wiggins (17 points in 7-on-11 shooting). the heavy lifting, while Steph Curry (2 points in 1v7 shooting) and Klay Thompson (5 points in 1v6 shooting) struggle mightily. Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater Steph Curry, Klay Thompson score a first-half combined 2/13 shooting but defense remains solid, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole combine 27 points and the Warriors lead nets 54-47. HALF: Warriors 54, Nets 47 HALF: Warriors 54, Nets 47 Some brave runs from the Nets, powered by 11s each from Kyrie Irving and Patty Mills, but the Warriors have plenty of firepower. Steph Curry & Klay Thompson are only 2 of 13 together but Andrew Wiggins is 7/11 for 17 points. Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron After gaining a 13-point lead early in the second quarter, the Warriors gave up a 19-4 to dig a 2-point hole. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are a combined 2-for-13 from the field. Let me know when you're ready to throw Ja Morant's layup package / wrap up the discussion with Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry as the best in the NBA. I'm ready to talk about it if you are. Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS Two fouls on Curry in the first 9 minutes, the second with Damion Lee at the scorer table looking for Steph – 21:00 Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina duel with Steph Curry, as would it be the 2016 NBA Finals - 8:46pm Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed More boos for Kyrie Irving that Steph Curry had in an iso from the same spot he met the Game 7 winner. He took curry off the dribble and finished the basket and one. Plenty of culprits for that first half (pretty much everyone except Harris and Green), but Maxey and Curry were cooked up by Mitchell and Haliburton. Korkmaz also lost Haliburton without the ball for a 3. Cover defense isn't a strength of this team, but it was particularly tough. Steph Curry greeted Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee's daughter, before the game. pic.twitter.com/7NBzkW7746 - 7:47 p.m. Doc Rivers says Seth Curry will be back for the Sixers tonight. Seth Curry will play and start tonight, Doc Rivers says. Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin Doc Rivers says Seth Curry will play and start #Sixers – 5:50 p.m. Best eFG% in pull-ups this season (min. 100 FGA, 199 qualifiers): Seth Curry – 55.8 Jrue Holiday – 54, 8 Tyrese Haliburton – 52.7 Chris Paul- 52.6 Biggest difference between top and second best player on a team, according to @Alberto de Roas Global Rating Nikola Jokic-Aaron Gordon: 14.54 Joel Embiid-Tobias Harris: 9.38 Giannis Antetokounmpo-Jrue Holiday: 8.51 Stephen Curry- Andrew Wiggins: 7.69 We were all lucky to be alive to see some of the GOATS in their respective sports during their Primes and Extended Primes (edited list). Kobe Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/c8a71uhh0t - 4:44 PM Leaders in assist per potential assist (among top 50 potential assists): Steph Curry - .62 Steph Curry - .62 Kevin Durant - .58 Kevin Durant - .58 LaMelo Ball - .58 Nikola Jokic - .56 James Harden - .55 ​​Kevin Porter Jr - .55 ​​Dejounte Murray - .55 ​​- 3:36pm Kevin Pelton @kpelton This week's #peltonmailbag throws a look at whether Steph Curry's cool shooting in January is a cause for concern, plus your questions about the accuracy of the NBA's injury reports and the highest percentage of points scored by a player in a game: es.pn/3HfrVFs (ESPN+) - 14: 2 am Chris Biderman @ TheWarriorsWire After Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 52 points in the Warriors' win over the Timberwolves, NBA Twitter took to the streets with reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit... - 10:00 am Warriors on NBCS: Game 808 for Steph, who overtakes Mully for most games in franchise history. -via Twitter / Jan. 30, 2022 "Steph has done so many things and there are so many records that they collide," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters ahead of Saturday's game. "I love this particular record just because it reflects his loyalty to the franchise and vice versa, the love affair between Steph and Bay. It's pretty unique. You don't see that very often. “One thinks of Reggie Miller in Indiana or Larry Bird in Boston. Kobe Bryant in LA, Tim Duncan and Manu [Ginóbili] in San Antonio, it's quite unique, quite special, and I know we're very proud of our organization in Steph, and I think he's very proud of us and to represent the Bay Area, so this record reminds us how fortunate we are to have him as a cornerstone of the franchise." -via NBC Sports / January 30, 2022 StatMuse: Dejounte Murray has David Robinson for most trebles- Doubles tied in Spurs franchise history (14). He has 10 triple-doubles this season, doubling the previous Spurs record (Robinson with 5). pic.twitter.com/31QHCUkMdE - via Twitter @statmuse / January 27, 2022

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Stephen Curry, Warriors beat Kyrie Irving, Nets 110-106

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Klay Thompson is right back to putting down timely shots that help decide games and playing a stingy defense at the other end. Thompson hit the biggest shot yet of his 2 1/2-year injury comeback, smooth sinking a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 110-106 win over Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night to send. (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie IrvingSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Klay Thompson is right back to putting down timely shots that help decide games and playing a stingy defense at the other end. Thompson hit the biggest shot yet of his 2 1/2-year injury comeback, smooth sinking a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 110-106 win over Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night to send. "It felt incredible, it really did. I missed that feeling," Thompson said. "It felt absolutely amazing." Irving wasn't done yet and a moment later was making a 3 himself and scoring 32 points while hearing boos from the Bay Area crowd directed at the unvaccinated Nets star. Thompson finished with 16 points. Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:09 left and five free throws over the final 1:44 to add 19 points while Irving delivered at the other end without the injured Kevin Durant and James Harden. “It is important for Klay to feel these great moments. It's been 2 1/2 years," said coach Steve Kerr. Andrew Wiggins contributed 24 points and eight rebounds as the Warriors made key late stops, including Irving's missed reverse layup attempt with a minute remaining. Brooklyn's Patty Mills connected in the finals with three clutch 3-pointers at 9:46, connecting the game at 96 with 4:42 remaining and ending with 24 points. After Wiggins missed a 3 with 30 seconds left, Mills converted two free throws from a foul. Irving is only allowed to attend street games because of New York's vaccination requirement, but was loudly booed by the Bay Area crowd during the pregame introduction. Curry went 6-10 from the deep in Thursday's 124-115 win over Minnesota after going 3-23 on 3s in his previous two games. He was 3 of 10 from distance on Saturday, adding eight assists and seven rebounds. Curry missed his first three 3s and had just two points after a quarter as the Warriors took 14 points from Wiggins on 6-of-9 shooting to take a 31-20 lead. He hit his first 3 21 seconds into the third as the Warriors put on a 20-9 run to take a 74-56 lead at the 5:51 mark. Durant didn't make the trip as MVP of the 2017-18 NBA Finals with Golden State and was nursing a left knee injury. Brooklyn won 134-117 at the Chase Center on February 13 last year on Durant's return. Golden State was down to 10 players with injuries and the appearance of rookie Moses Moody with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, but did enough to wrap up an impressive seven-game home record 6-1. "I think I'll figure out how to play well with these guys and vice versa," Thompson said. Having Irving only for street games wasn't that difficult for coach Steve Nash to navigate given the many injuries Brooklyn had. "It's great to have him back. We've had so many injuries and stoppages this year, availability issues, to add a player of his caliber, even if just on the road, was badly needed and great for our group," Nash said. So having a player who plays on the go and at home isn't that different than what we experience week in and week out anyway.” Nash is loving being back in the Bay Area, where he previously worked as a player development consultant with the Warriors has. "When I was here, I had no intention of becoming a head coach," he said. Warrior: Kevon Looney grabbed 15 rebounds. Andre Iguodala missed his fourth straight game with a left hip injury and won't be returning during the upcoming two-game road trip across Texas, as Kerr originally hoped, but maybe for Thursday's home game against Sacramento. F Nemanja Bjelica missed the game with back spasms. Nets: In Phoenix on Tuesday night after winning their last trip to the desert on Feb. 16 last year, 128-124, but losing 113-107 at home to the Suns on Nov. 27. Warriors: In Houston on Monday night after winning five straight games against the Rockets and two straight wins on the road in the series.

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Warriors stay tuned to hit webs

It got a lot closer than the Warriors would have liked, but the Dubs did just enough to hold a 110-106 win over the Nets on Saturday. Klay Thompson made the biggest shot of the game, knocking down a deep 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to put the Warriors up four. Moments later, he made a couple of free throws to freeze the game. (Author: Gardener)

DubsIt got a lot closer than the Warriors would have liked, but the Dubs did just enough to hold a 110-106 win over the Nets on Saturday. Klay Thompson made the biggest shot of the game, knocking down a deep 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to put the Warriors up four. But the warriors needed every possible spot to tuck away the webs. But the Warriors made enough games down the line, and Stephen Curry and Thompson came through with some key fourth-period baskets. Andrew Wiggins finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals, Curry had 19 points and eight assists and Thompson had 16 points in the win. Klay Thompson had a tough time, but he came through with the play on the line. Thompson was only 2-for-11 in the first three quarters, but he made all three of his shot attempts in the fourth period. And during that stretch, no other Warriors player made a shot off the ground. Thompson played his ninth game since missing two full seasons through injury, and scored nine of the team's last 14 points, including the clutch 3-pointer from a Stephen Curry assist by 12.1 seconds. Like his brother, Stephen Curry didn't have his best game. He shot 7-1 off the ground in the first half and failed to hit a 3-pointer until the first possession of the third period. He turned the ball on some key possessions in the fourth quarter as Brooklyn recovered, but Curry overcame that with that key assist on Thompson's clutch three. Additionally, Curry knocked down two of his three 3-point attempts in the final quarter. Curry would end the game with 19 points, 14 of them in the fourth quarter, including a perfect 6-on-6 on free throws. With Curry and Thompson struggling early, Andrew Wiggins carried the dubs early. The soon-to-be first-time All-Star had 14 of his 24 points in the first period, but he affected the game in so many ways that went beyond his scoring, amassing two steals, two blocks and five rebounds, the last of which was the came up with this nasty putback slam. The veteran Guard led Brooklyn from a 13-point deficit in the second quarter and a 19-point hole in the fourth to finish the game with 32 points and seven assists. Behind that savvy veteran backcourt, the Nets almost accomplished the unlikely, but the Dubs made just enough plays down the stretch. Otto Porter Jr. made his fifth straight start and came through with another efficient performance, scoring 16 points in 6-for-9 shooting. He shot 59.5 percent from the ground on those five starting tasks, and on Saturday he counted four blocks to continue with his much-needed shotmaking. Adding to Porter's strong play, Jordan Poole made an instant impression off the bench, grabbing two 3-pointers and adding three assists in his first five minutes of the game. Poole would finish the game with 17 points and six assists, and he made one of the game's most unlikely shots. * Golden State finished its seven home games with a 6-1 record and won eight of its last nine games at home, going 24-4 (.857) at the Chase Center, the league's best home record...Golden State's overall record of 37-13 (.740) follows only Phoenix for the NBA's highest grade. * During the seven-game homestand, the Warriors posted outscores (111.7-102.1 ppg), outshots from the field (46.3-39.9 FG%), outshots from 3-point range (35, 0 to 30.3 3%%). * The Warriors have won 14 of their last 16 home games vs. * The Warriors have won five straight games and six of seven games overall. * Golden State kept their opponent under 40.0% shots from the field (including three of the last four - 39.5 FG% in that four-game span) for the 12th time this season, and has 11 in these games: 1...The Warriors lead the NBA in opposing field goal percentage keeping their opponents at 42.5 FG%. * The Warriors scored 110 points and improved to 24-1 this season when they scored 110 or more points. * Stephen Curry passed Chris Mullin (807) for most games played as a Warrior in franchise history (808)...Curry joins Mike Conley (Memphis), LeBron James (Cleveland) and Reggie Miller, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (Indiana) on. as the only player to lead a franchise in career points, assists, 3-points and games played... In his last seven games, he has dished out 55 assists while turning the ball 19 times. * Andrew Wiggins had a season-best eight rebounds (12/28 vs. DEN)...Wiggins has shot 56.3% of his 3-pointers in his last two games (9 of 16)...Career-best 41.4 % of his shots from behind the arc this season. * Otto Porter Jr. had a career-high four blocked shots (12/20/21 v SAC)... He started for the fifth straight season and was 11th overall, hitting double digits for the 19th time this season with 16 points today Eve. * Kevon Looney was a game-high with 15 rebounds, his fourth 15-rebound streak this season... Looney is averaging 10.7 rebounds per game in his last 12 games... With Nemanja Bjelica missing in tonight's game due to bilateral back cramps, Looney is out the best single player to play in all 50 Warriors games this season. * Klay Thompson had 16 points (nine in the fourth quarter) and a season-high six rebounds (previously.

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Klay Thompson's clutch scoring against Nets relieves Steph Curry, a great sign for the Warriors' title hopes

Golden State needs Thompson to be the top scorer in playoff time (Author: Gardener)

ThompsonSAN FRANCISCO -- Steph Curry stood on center court facing the opposite basket. His pose and gaze had no malicious intent, but instead was aimed at fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who had made a clutch-3 pointer just 12 seconds from time, ultimately leading to a 110-106 win for the Golden State Warriors over the guest led brooklyn networks. Curry beamed with pride and empathy as he understood how much it took for his career-long teammate, who went through so much to get back to this point. But there was also a hint of another emotion on Curry's face. It felt absolutely amazing,” Thompson said of his clutch 3-pointer. "It was a feeling I haven't had in a couple of years. Every time you make big shots or stop on the track, it will do wonders for your confidence.” It's no secret that Curry hasn't been doing well lately, shooting 37 percent from the field and 31 percent from in January the 3-point line - hardly appropriate for the greatest marksman who ever lived. Part of that, both he and Kerr have conceded, is due to the tremendous defensive pressure he faces with every single possession. That's why the Warriors' offense is 114 points per 100, despite Curry's shooting battles this season with him at the top Possession Achieves That already suffocating defense reaches insane levels in tight games at the track, giving Curry the confidence to count on his teammates to get through There remains - with a net rating of plus 12.5, but that's largely a product of their league-leading defence . They've accumulated just 103.1 points per 100 possessions in clutch situations, which is 20th in the league, according to NBA.com. Curry's shot fights were exacerbated in these situations, scoring just under 30 percent of his field goals and 20 percent of his 3-pointers in 70 clutch minutes this season, according to NBA.com. As prolific as Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Otto Porter Jr. have been, the Warriors need a second player they can rely on to make big shots and come out to help Curry. Enter Thompson, who's no stranger to getting clutch buckets in the most stressful and important situations — just ask the Thunder, Rockets, Cavs, or any other playoff opponent Golden State has demoralized in the past decade. Wiggins, Poole and Porter were phenomenal for three quarters in Saturday's win over the Nets, averaging 57 points together, but it was Thompson who prevailed in the fourth quarter. Never mind that he went into the last frame and shot 2 for 11 from field and 1 for 7 from 3-point range. Watching him confidently fire the ball in the final few minutes, you'd have thought he'd have one of his unconscious Klay 50-point nights again. After returning for his final stint with five minutes remaining, Thompson hit two jumpers, that dagger three-pointer from left wing and the last two free throws that put the game out of reach. Nine of his 16 points came in the fourth quarter and the will to seize the moment was palpable. Curry and the rest of the warriors were—and will continue to be—ready to do so. "It was a struggle for most of the night but Klay is like that when it comes to hitting big shots and big free throws," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the win. Even on a night when things aren't going well, he has the ability to get up and take the shot of the game." All season we've focused on how a healthy Thompson can change the Warriors and, by extension, the championship landscape The NBA They've been successful all season assembling offense outside of Curry, but we don't know how the role players and youngsters will react in playoff games with eliminations on the line, we know Thompson doesn't gets scared, and his track record in clutch moments is as pristine as any Warrior, maybe any player in the league. Even if he doesn't end up making the shots, Thompson's mere presence will take the weight of the entire offense off Curry's shoulders think it's important for Klay to feel those big moments," Kerr said after the game. "It's one thing to go into the regular season and play a few minutes and get your feet under it's another to have the ball in your hands with the game on the line.

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"I still want to be there"

But as Randle stood in the catacombs of the Fiserv Forum after Friday morning's shootaround to prepare for that night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, he insisted he wouldn't change a thing and has no intention of jeopardizing his commitment to the... (Author: Gardener)

the Fiserv ForumSNY NBA insider Ian Begley says the Knicks are at a crossroads with Julius Randle. After his All-NBA performance last season that resulted in Randle signing a long-term extension, he hasn't been the same player this season. His inconsistent play raises questions about how the organization is getting the best out of Randle. The Knicks will need those critical answers to determine the future of the franchise. More information on Ian Begley: https://sny.tv/tags/ian-begley His show The Putback with Ian Begley appears weekly on SNY.tv, and Begley is also a regular contributor to GEICO SportsNite.

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Here's what Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted after The Bucks beat The Knicks

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks in Wisconsin on Friday night. (Author: Gardener)

Giannis AntetokounmpoGiannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the New York Knicks 123-108 in Wisconsin on Friday night, and post-game All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted. The win put the Bucks 31-20 in the 51 games they have played so far this season. They're currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, and after winning the NBA championship last season, they appear to be back in the mix this season. As for the Knicks, they're going in the opposite direction as they're now down 23-27 in the 50 games they've played. After being the fourth seed last season, they are in danger of missing the playoffs this season. * DEROZAN TAKES ON JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls were on track to start the new season as the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise-record list. * STEPH AND THE WARRIORS ARE ON FIRE: The Golden State Warriors haven't made the playoffs in two seasons, but that looks set to change this season. They're excited to start the season under the guidance of superstar guard Steph Curry and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.

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The New York Knicks are reportedly ready to trade these players

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the New York Knicks are willing to trade veteran players like Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier and Alec Burks. (Author: Gardener)

The New York KnicksAccording to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the New York Knicks are willing to trade some of their veteran players like Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier and Alec Burks. The clip of what Windhorst said on ESPN's NBA Today (on Thursday) can be viewed at the hyperlink above. "In discussions with teams this week, the Knicks have expressed a willingness to trade some of their veteran players," Windhorst said on Thursday's episode of NBA Today. "That includes Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, Alec Burks, guys like that." Windhorst also addressed the reasoning as to why the Knicks would be willing to move those players. "They traded in for Cam Reddish two weeks ago and he doesn't get minutes in Tom Thibodeau's rotation," he said. The Knicks are currently the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 23-27 record in 50 games. * DEROZAN TAKES ON JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls were on track to start the new season as the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise-record list. * STEPH AND THE WARRIORS ARE ON FIRE: The Golden State Warriors haven't made the playoffs in two seasons, but that looks set to change this season. They're excited to start the season under the guidance of superstar guard Steph Curry and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.

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Here's what Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted after The Bucks beat The Knicks

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks in Wisconsin on Friday night. (Author: Gardener)

Giannis AntetokounmpoGiannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the New York Knicks 123-108 in Wisconsin on Friday night, and post-game All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted. The win put the Bucks 31-20 in the 51 games they have played so far this season. They're currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, and after winning the NBA championship last season, they appear to be back in the mix this season. As for the Knicks, they're going in the opposite direction as they're now down 23-27 in the 50 games they've played. After being the fourth seed last season, they are in danger of missing the playoffs this season. * DEROZAN TAKES ON JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls were on track to start the new season as the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise-record list. * STEPH AND THE WARRIORS ARE ON FIRE: The Golden State Warriors haven't made the playoffs in two seasons, but that looks set to change this season. They're excited to start the season under the guidance of superstar guard Steph Curry and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.

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Blazer Ready for CJ McCollum Breakup? Brunson to Knicks?

The Dallas Mavericks need offensive help as the NBA's trade deadline nears, and Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum could be their answer. (Author: Gardener)

BrunsonIn examining the NBA trading landscape, it has been difficult to pinpoint potential moves that the Dallas Mavericks could realistically make given the assets at their disposal. Dallas has some good plays, but overall they just don't seem good enough to get a foot in the door with trade talks involving bigger names like Ben Simmons. Could a player like Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum be a high-end piece the Mavs can actually afford? According to a report by Marc Stein, the emergence of Anfernee Simons in January "started some of the loudest speculation yet in the Pacific Northwest that the Trail Blazers are finally ready to sever the partnership between (Damian) Lillard and CJ McCollum." The Mavs' offense was already struggling before Tim Hardaway Jr. went down with a foot injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. While the Dallas front office's urgency to close a trade may be heightened now, if we're honest, this point should have been reached before the injury ever happened. Adding McCollum in Dallas would definitely be a step in the right direction to get there offensively. Here are two trading scenarios, one of which is a two-piece, to get McCollum in a Mavericks uniform. As Simons improves his game, one has to wonder if new Portland management will want to risk stunting that growth when Lillard eventually returns from his abdominal injury. Not only would Hardaway Jr. give the Blazers another viable bench-scoring option for a long-term deal, but with him potentially out for the rest of this regular season, the move could help Portland position itself better in this year's draft lottery to secure. Mavs Received: Mitchell Robinson, 2023 first-round pick (who was originally sent from Dallas to New York in the 2019 Porzingis trade) As we previously wrote on DallasBasketball.com, trade opportunities can sometimes arise based on how certain players are performing against certain teams. In this particular case, Porzingis Portland always seems to throw up fits, so naturally we have to wonder if the Blazers are open to swapping McCollum outright for him. Both players have injury worries, are being paid big bucks and may suit their new locations better, so why not give it a shot? Things have been very quiet on this front since last season's trade rumors that indicated the Mavs were looking to leave Porzingis. Porzingis and the Dallas front office have said all the right things to the media, but given that KP has never been the most natural line-up alongside superstar Luka Doncic, the chance to add a player like McCollum could perhaps see the trade smoke again. If the Mavs move away from Porzingis in this scenario, they would need to find more rim protection in another trade. With McCollum in Dallas, Jalen Brunson's role would be diminished, and the Mavs would likely want to trade as much as possible for him before he hits the full free agency market this summer. The New York Knicks' interest in Brunson is well documented. Many teams in the league seem to hold Brunson in high esteem, but perhaps no team thinks more of him than the Knicks, and the Mavs should look to gain an advantage there. In a scenario where McCollum is already a maverick, a second draft that sends Brunson to New York for Mitchell Robinson, as well as the 2023 election that sent Dallas to the Knicks in 2019, would be a playoff-strengthening sequence of transitions. Such a wild scenario would leave the Mavs with a starting lineup of Luka Doncic, CJ McCollum, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber (above Dwight Powell for spacing reasons) and Mitchell Robinson. Stay tuned to DallasBasketball.com for game coverage and all Mavs-related trade updates.

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The New York Knicks are reportedly ready to trade these players

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the New York Knicks are willing to trade veteran players like Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier and Alec Burks. (Author: Gardener)

The New York KnicksAccording to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the New York Knicks are willing to trade some of their veteran players like Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier and Alec Burks. The clip of what Windhorst said on ESPN's NBA Today (on Thursday) can be viewed at the hyperlink above. "In discussions with teams this week, the Knicks have expressed a willingness to trade some of their veteran players," Windhorst said on Thursday's episode of NBA Today. "That includes Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, Alec Burks, guys like that." Windhorst also addressed the reasoning as to why the Knicks would be willing to move those players. "They traded in for Cam Reddish two weeks ago and he doesn't get minutes in Tom Thibodeau's rotation," he said. The Knicks are currently the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 23-27 record in 50 games. * DEROZAN TAKES ON JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls were on track to start the new season as the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise-record list. * STEPH AND THE WARRIORS ARE ON FIRE: The Golden State Warriors haven't made the playoffs in two seasons, but that looks set to change this season. They're excited to start the season under the guidance of superstar guard Steph Curry and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.

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