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 Posted: Wed Nov 30th, 2016 08:06 pm
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The Golden State Warriors continue to clear legal hurdles in their journey across the I-80 from Oakland to San Francisco.

The California Appeals Court upheld a previous ruling that the Environmental Impact Report for the Warriors' proposed arena in downtown San Francisco met all required standards, according to Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area.

Golden State was facing a lawsuit from the Mission Bay Alliance (a coalition of UC San Francisco stakeholders, donors, faculty, and physicians), which has steadfastly opposed plans to break ground at the proposed Chase Center.

The MBA's primary concern is Chase Center restricting access to the UCSF Medical Center.

"Our legal team is reviewing the ruling and considering options," the MBA said in a statement Tuesday. "We believe that the proposed Warriors' arena is incompatible with the Mission Bay South neighborhood and would result in blocked access to UCSF hospitals, dangerous air pollution, and traffic gridlock throughout the community."

The Warriors, meanwhile, were thrilled with the ruling.

"We're very pleased by the Appellate Court's ruling. We engaged in an extensive public planning process and we were approved by every board, agency, and regulatory body we went before," Warriors president and COO Rick Welts said in a statement.

"Now our project has been upheld by the trial court, and the court of appeals. This decision clears the path for us to build a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue and bring the Warriors back home to San Francisco. We look forward to breaking ground soon."

The Warriors plan to ditch Oakland and open the Chase Center in 2019.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were overjoyed to visit President Barack Obama before he left office following eight years in charge. Should the reigning champions repeat, however, the team would be decidedly split on paying president-elect Donald Trump the same courtesy of a trip through the White House.

Iman Shumpert, for one, would not be visiting.

"I'm not going to the White House," Shumpert told Karizza Sanchez of Complex.

"I can't get caught up in the racial, sexist bulls--- he's got going on. That's his personal thing, ya dig? But I just don't think he can make anything shake like that. He not finna start no civil war out here.

"I do think he's crazy - straight up. I think he did that stuff to get people to think he's willing to shake it up. But did I vote for him? No. The other stuff that comes with him, I can't get with. But now that he's here, I’m not finna drag my feet. I gotta work here, at least until the offseason, if I wanna go get a crib in the Islands."

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Iman Shumpert is getting the trash talk started early.

Having split the last two championships between them, a healthy rivalry has formed between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, and all signs point toward the same two teams being in The Finals next June.

Draymond Green already said in October that he looks forward to "annihilating" the Cavaliers, and Shumpert responded in an wide-spanning interview with Karizza Sanchez of Complex.

"We supposed to hate them, and they supposed to hate us," Shumpert said of Green's chirp. "It's OK. They supposed to take cheap shots at us. They're gonna hate us, fam.

"That's what sports is. It's great. I love every bit of it. I'm glad he said that 'cause we gon' bust they ass, too. You need to type that up: We gon' bust your ass. Period."

Expect more than words to be exchanged if the two sides meet this summer.

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Last night JR Smith of the Cavs walked over to the Bucks bench to greet Jason Terry. As the two exchanged pleasantries, the ref whistled for play to resume, the ball was inbounded, and then Tony Snell caught the pass and dunked it home for an easy basket. Snell was the player Smith should have been guarding. A clearly embarrassed and ski mask wearing JR Smith told a reporter after the game that he didn't even know he was in the game (evidently thinking he was being subbed). The exasperated reporter wasn't even sure how to follow that up.

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One more thing. After Snell got the dunk. A player on the Bucks bench sarcastically went over to also greet Jason Terry.

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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Nick Young will miss two-to-four weeks after being diagnosed with a strained calf muscle in his right leg, the team announced.

Young's ailment initially looked far worse, as he exited Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans with the non-contact injury while grabbing his leg. He stayed down for quite some time before being helped off the court by teammates.

Instead, Young ducks a major injury and will be able to return to the Lakers within a month to continue a career year that's seen him average 13.3 points per game while playing surprisingly stellar defense and shooting 42 percent from deep.

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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for directing verbal abuse towards a game official, as well as not leaving the court in a timely manner following his ejection from Tuesday's overtime loss against the Brooklyn Nets, the league announced Thursday.
A trap play by the Clippers in the first overtime period with 18.6 seconds remaining and the team trailing by two on the scoreboard was whistled for a foul by referee Lauren Holtkamp.


Rivers was then assessed a technical foul by official Ken Mauer, which sent Rivers into a frenzy, resulting in his players and assistants needing to restrain him. He eventually picked up a second technical for arguing the first one.
Rivers believed Mauer thought he was yelling at Holtkamp, when, in actuality, all he was trying to do was discuss why the call was made, although him crossing the half-court line didn't help his cause.


Los Angeles went on to lose the game in the second extra period, 127-122.








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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook have been named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month for games played in October and November.

James has led Cleveland to the best record (13-3) and point differential (7.5) in the Eastern Conference, while averaging 23.5 points and career highs in both rebounds (8.1) and assists (9.3).

The Cavs, for all their world-beating prowess early this season, have actually been outscored by nearly seven points per 100 possessions when James is on the bench. When he's on the floor, they outscore opponents by 12.4 points per 100. They rebound better, share the ball more, turn it over less, play faster, and shoot a dramatically higher percentage.

James' selflessness and otherworldly passing has contributed to career-best scoring rates for teammates Kyrie Irving and Channing Frye, as well as the second-highest scoring rate of Kevin Love's career.

Westbrook, meanwhile, is the first player in 55 years to enter the month of December averaging a triple-double. And he's not just scraping by, either. He's averaging 31.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 11.3 assists, keeping the Thunder afloat while using a preposterous 41 percent of their offensive possessions. Westbrook has recorded triple-doubles in each of his last four games, and has registered nine total on the season - as many as the rest of the league combined.

Like the Cavs without James, the Thunder have been a complete disaster when Westbrook isn't on the floor, getting outscored by 14.1 points per 100 possessions. Westbrook's one-man demolition derby has allowed them to carve out a respectable 12-8 record (good for fifth in the West) nonetheless.

Other nominees for the award were:

In the East - Irving, Love, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Hassan Whiteside, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and DeMar DeRozan.

In the West - Kevin Durant, James Harden, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kawhi Leonard.

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Denver Nuggets shooting guard Jamal Murray have been named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month for October and November.

The @Sixers' @JoelEmbiid & @Nuggets' @BeMore27 named @Kia #NBA Rookies of the Month for October/November! #KiaNBAROM pic.twitter.com/qqOj0CE0CR

— NBA (@NBA) December 1, 2016
Embiid is averaging 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.5 assists while shooting 48 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range in his first 12 NBA games.

"The Process" has impressed despite being on a restriction of 22 minutes per game - which has just been bumped up to 28 - after missing the last two campaigns while recovering from foot surgeries. He's been a beacon of hope for the 4-14 Sixers.

Embiid leads both Philly and all rookies in points, free throws, rebounds, and blocks. His PER of 23.75 ranks first among first-year players, and 23rd in the NBA.

Meanwhile, Murray is second in rookie scoring with 10.4 points per contest for the 7-11 Nuggets. It took him five games to make his first basket in the pros, but since then, the Canadian's scored in double figures in half the outings he's suited up in, including a four-game stretch last week that saw him put up 21 points a night.

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The Toronto Raptors' 128-84 victory over a reeling Atlanta Hawks squad Saturday marked the team's biggest margin of victory in franchise history. The 44-point win surpassed the previous record of 42, set most recently against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 21, 2014.

With the victory, Toronto pulled into a virtual tie for first place in the Eastern Conference, just a few percentage points behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. That should make Monday's home showdown against those very Cavs - losers of three in a row - all the more interesting.

Related: Poeltl rubs salt in Hawks' wounds with monster and-1 dunk

DeMar DeRozan led the Raps with 21 points Saturday, and is now only six away from 10,000 for his career.

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His current pace may appear to be unsustainable, but Russell Westbrook is showing zero signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The 6-foot-3 guard collected his fifth straight triple-double in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday evening, joining Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to do so. More impressively is the rate at which he's recording them, as four of his league-high 10 triple-doubles have come prior to the end of the third quarter.

While one might argue that Westbrook is simply stat chasing at this point, it would be hard to criticize the 28-year-old, as the Thunder have gone a perfect 5-0 during his ridiculous streak.

With five straight triple-doubles, Westbrook now sits four away from tying Wilt Chamberlain's record for the longest streak in NBA history.

Westbrook finished Sunday's contest with 28 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists in the 101-92 victory. The five-time All-Star also accumulated double-digit turnovers (10), becoming the first player since Jason Kidd in 2000 to do so during a triple-double performance.

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Basketball fans around the globe will soon be treated to a special documentary on arguably the greatest rivalry in NBA history.

In honor of the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 Finals, ESPN will be airing a two-part "30 for 30" on the storied rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, according to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch.

The film will mainly focus on the games themselves, but will also examine the cultural and social impact of the rivalry.

The documentary will be executive produced by Emmy-winning producer and director Jonathan Hock, whose previous work includes "The Best That Never Was" and "Unguarded."

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The honeymoon phase is definitely over for the reigning champions.

After losing their last three games to the Bulls, Clippers, and Bucks, Tyronn Lue subjected the Cleveland Cavaliers to a lengthy film session before practice Sunday morning.

The focus was defense - Lue showed about 80 clips of the team's negligent defense from its losing streak.

"We're an older team, we don't have the best one-on-one defenders," Lue told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. "We've got to be better as far as scheme-wise helping our teammates, recovering, making the multiple effort.

"We had kind of gotten away from that so today we showed them so film, for the guys it was good for them to see it. They were pretty embarrassed by it, and then today we went to work on it."

The Cavaliers have proven capable of locking down opponents, but in their last six games, they've given up an average of 111 points. By defensive rating, Cleveland ranks 19th league-wide and 11th in the East.

The drop-off in defense has also allowed the surging Toronto Raptors, who the Cavaliers play Monday, to move into a tie for first in the East through the quarter mark of the season.

LeBron James backed up Lue and said the team had a "hell of a practice" after the film session.

"The process is what should drive you," James said. "For me, it's part of my motivation is the process and every day you have to work it. Like I said, last year is last year. We had an unbelievable accomplishment, but that's in the past now. You have to be able to motivate yourself."

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Cleveland Cavaliers veteran James Jones knows exactly when he's going to call it career, telling the Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd that he plans on retiring at the conclusion of the 2017-18 campaign.

"I know playing 15 years is a number where I can look back and I can be like, ‘I accomplished something,'" Jones said. "Fourteen vs. 15 may not be much, but to be able to say I played 15 years, that’s enough for me to hang ‘em up."

In an ideal world, the Cavaliers would put a three-peat together to cap off Jones' career, although the 36-year-old understands such a milestone is easier said than done.

"After winning it last summer I felt great. I can continue to play, I love the game a lot. But at some point, you have to know," he added. "And watching guys who continue to play this game at a high level near the end of their careers, I just wanted to make sure when I did go out I knew when I was going out, so I don’t have to leave anything in the tank. And if I didn’t have enough left in the tank to get there, it’d make it easy for me before that time comes to hang it up."

Jones already has three titles on his resume, developing a reputation over the years for being a follower of LeBron James in order to capture rings, especially considering that he doesn't hit the floor all that often.

While his minutes are few and far between, Jones remains a highly respected figure within the Cavaliers organization, and someone the team's stars have always appreciated having around.

There's still plenty of time for him to change his mind about retiring, though.

"This is what I’m thinking today," Jones said. "This is my thought right now. This is my plan."

He's currently averaging just 2.8 points in 10 appearances for the reigning champs, totaling 50 minutes of court time.

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LeBron James didn't look particularly thrilled walking into Friday's Cleveland Cavaliers-Chicago Bulls contest in a full Cubs uniform, and he certainly wasn't happy at all after the Cavs dropped a 111-105 decision - their third straight loss.

"The honeymoon stage is over," James said after the game, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "There's your headline ... we got to man up. Everybody."

With Cleveland's defeat and the Toronto Raptors' win Friday, the Raps are now only half a game behind them for top spot in the Eastern Conference. It's the Cavs' first three-game losing streak in exactly one year, when they dropped a trio of games between Dec. 1-5, 2015.


The current losses have not been particularly close ones for Cleveland either, coming with margins of 17, 19, and six points respectively. James himself had his worst game of the still-young campaign in Thursday's defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers, shooting 5-of-14 from the floor - including 0-for-2 from deep - with a season-low 16 points.

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