TORONTO -- After missing most of Cleveland Cavaliers training camp as a result of an anti-inflammatory injection he received in his lower back, LeBron James now says he feels better than he did even a year ago.
"I feel better in the mornings; I feel better throughout the games; I feel better throughout the day," James said before a Cavs shootaround Wednesday in preparation for their game against the Toronto Raptors. "It was a rough start to the season for me last year and for our team. Obviously the way we've been playing, a lot is predicated on my health and being able to lead these guys out on the floor and not from the sidelines."
Cleveland started off the 2014-15 campaign just 5-7 as James noticeably lacked the lift that made him the high-flying attraction he'd been for so long in the league. This season, the Cavs are 11-3, and James has played in every game, averaging 25.8 points (fifth in the NBA), 7.1 rebounds (eighth among small forwards) and 6.7 assists (first among small forwards), all while shooting 51.7 percent from the field (fourth among small forwards). He's also back playing above the rim, with his 18 dunks tied for 13th in the league, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Clifford, who is in the final year of the contract he signed when he was hired in 2013, is now signed through the 2018-19 season.
The Hornets are off to a strong 8-6 start despite injuries, including the loss of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the season due to a shoulder injury.
Known for his defensive coaching, Clifford has built a good reputation for his work ethic and sideline intensity. He is 84-94 in two-plus seasons with the Hornets and led them to a playoff berth in 2014.
Parks, the first Philippine-born player to suit up in the NBA D-League with the Texas Legends, admits that he misses home but manages to stay on track of his goals despite the rigorous competition.
“We all know that the D-League is a grind,” Parks said in a conference call with the Philippine media Wednesday.
“It’s a tough thing for the players because there are a lot of heartaches and heartbreaks, but it makes you stronger. And going through this process right now, it’s a sacrifice not being with my family, not being in the place I love.”
Bryant shot 1-of-14 from the field, including 1-of-7 from 3-point range. He scored four points in nearly 25 minutes.
Bryant also shot 1-of-14 from the field last November in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Following Tuesday's loss, the 37-year-old Bryant, who is in his 20th NBA season, said he was fine.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was admittedly "happy" to leave the Moda Center with a victory after Tuesday night's 93-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Not only was Rose returning to the floor for the first time in more than a week after spraining his left ankle, he also was playing for the first time in Portland since tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee, almost two years to the day that the career-altering injury occurred.
"I'm just happy I got off the court," Rose said with a smile.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler plans to ask Trail Blazers big man Mason Plumlee to pay his fine after Butler was called for a technical foul during the fourth quarter of Chicago's 93-88 win over Portland when the two got tangled up.
The play in question came with 4:17 left in the game and the Bulls leading 80-79. Butler tried to set a pick and it appeared Plumlee dropped a shoulder into Butler that knocked him over. Butler responded by tripping Plumlee and going head-to-head with him as the pair exchanged some heated words before being separated.
The referees reviewed the play, giving Plumlee a flagrant foul 1 and Butler a technical foul.
The Golden State Warriors' win on Tuesday was dominant, and appropriate given the overwhelming nature of the Warriors’ other wins in this NBA-record 16-0 start.
With that in mind, what are the most impressive numbers encapsulating what has happened in this winning streak?
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