Schayes: A Statement about “Statement Games”

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dannyschayesThe NBA season is barely under way, and already there is talk of some statement games having taken place. Those are the games that match up two teams that possibly have implications for later playoff matchups or showcase two rival players battling for recognition as King of the Hill.

On Opening Night in L.A., the Clippers-Lakers “rivalry” started with the Lakers playing an inspired game and beating the “other LA team” that is poised to make a serious run at the title this season for the first time in two centuries. What does it mean? Are the Clippers going to disappoint again? Will the Lakers shock the world and make the playoffs?

The Miami Heat make a statement every time their bus pulls into an arena.

10 Fun Facts from Last Night’s Games

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Stephen CurryMonday, November 4, 2013 marked yet another day of NBA basketball. Eight teams took part in four games, as three inter-conference battles and one clash between NBA championship contenders took the league by storm.

Here’s everything you need to know about what transpired.

Evening News: Love and MCW named Players of the Week; Randolph wants to retire with Grizzlies

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In today’s news, Kevin Love and Michael Carter-Williams were awarded the Players of the Week award to start the season. Meanwhile in Memphis, Zach Randolph revealed his future intentions with the Grizzlies.

Wizards coach Wittman fined $20,000

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wizards small logoLosing to the Philadelphia 76ers apparently makes folks lose their cool. After Friday’s loss to the surprising 76ers, Wizards coach Randy Wittman lost his and was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Monday. The fine was announced by NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. Wittman was fined for using profane language in his comments following a 109-102 loss in the team’s home opener. Washington led throughout the first half, by 11 points midway through the third quarter and by seven with less than nine minutes to play before collapsing down the stretch. Philadelphia, which is supposedly rebuilding, scored 65 points in the second half. Asked by a reporter what he thought the problem was, Wittman replied, “Well, you tell me what you thought the problem was. You watched the game. Commitment to bleeping playing defense. It’s what it is. It’s what it boils down to, all right? It’s a thing our guys haven’t learned and I’ve got to figure out a way.” Washington is 0-3, and Wittman is in the final year of his contract. If you want to read a bit more about the Wizards’ situation, it’s addressed in my column this week.

The Numbers Say… Anthony Davis, Michael Carter-Williams Continue Torrid Starts

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Five days into the 2013-14 NBA regular season, two players continue to dominate to the point that the record books have taken notice. Surprisingly, it’s not LeBron James and Kevin Durant, or even Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, for that matter.

It’s Anthony Davis and Michael Carter-Williams.

Davis, a second-year power forward for the New Orleans Pelicans, has been dominating on both ends of the floor. Carter-Williams, a rookie point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, has been doing the same, but in a very different way.

Whether you saw it coming or not, both of these individuals have been dominant. November 2 was no exception.