The Numbers Say… Carter-Williams Makes History, D-12 Joins Houston’s Elite

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Carter-WilliamsFirst impressions are everything. For Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, his first impression was a thorough domination of the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

Carter-Williams finished his regular season debut with 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the arc as the Sixers pulled off a shocking 114-110 upset. If you’re impressed by those numbers, don’t stand up just yet – Carter-Williams was so good that he will sweep you right back off of your feet.

MCW set an NBA record for steals in a first career appearance. The old mark was six.

Furthermore, Carter-Williams posted the highest number of assists in a career debut since 1985-86. It’s the second-highest mark for any player making their career debut in NBA history.

Tweet of the Day: France Wins EuroBasket Championship

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France has won the EuroBasket title for the first time in its history, defeating Lithuania 80-66 today.

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Spurs star Tony Parker led his country to the EuroBasket championship and won tournament MVP for France after 12 points and 3 assists in the game.

Blazers forward Nicolas Batum led France in scoring with 17 points and added 6 boards while Spurs forward Boris Diaw added 15 for the winners.

Former Raptors forward Linas Kleiza led Lithuania with 20 points, Mantas Kalnietis added 19 points in a losing cause.

Parker is now just nine points away from passing Greece’s Nikos Galis as the all-time EuroBasket scoring leader, a goal he will surely accomplish at the next tournament.

The title is significant for France, who fell to Spain several times in recent years. France took down their Spanish rivals in an overtime victory on Friday. The French club were in the tournament for a record 36th year.

NBA veterans Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol sent out their congratulations via Twitter.

France features six NBA players on its roster. Led by Parker, the team went into the crowd after the game to celebrate with fans.

 

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Five Things to Watch: San Antonio Spurs

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Shoulda, coulda, woulda. We all remember Game 6 of the NBA Finals, correct?

And we all remember Game 7, and the way Tim Duncan looked afterward — like he was at a funeral. The Big Fundamental had been spoiled, winning every previous time he had advanced to the Finals.

So the question to ask going into 2013-14 — will this be Spurs Motivation 2.0?

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SH Blog: Roy Hibbert Teams With Duncan For Offseason Workouts; Cavs Sign Bennett, Bucks Sign Sanders

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Roy Hibbert & Joakim NoahIn a time constantly focused on the new, this age-old axiom remains true: it’s not what you do when people are watching, it’s what you do when you’re alone.

While LeBron James is arranging police escorts to Jay-Z concerts and sneaking out of jury duty, Roy Hibbert, quietly, is spending another summer training with Tim Duncan down south in San Antonio. More from Yahoo! Sports Kelly Dwyer:

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Power Rankings: The Top 5 Teams in Each Conference

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It’s July 23, and a vast majority of the free agents have found homes, meaning that the player movement portion of the offseason has nearly come to a close.

So most fans would love to see where their team stacks up, right?

Right.

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