Tweet of the Day: NBA Players Express Excitement For 2013-14 Season

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The day is here. The time is now. So it is, that we begin the 2013-14 NBA season.

After a summer full of drama and change, the teams, players and fans are ready for the new season to start.

Opening night kicks off with three games on Tuesday, starting with the Orlando Magic visiting the Indiana Pacers at 7:00 pm Eastern, which can be seen on Fox Sports Florida or NBA League Pass.

That game is followed by a double-header on TNT. At 8:00 pm, the Miami Heat open the season with their Championship banner and ring ceremony and a prescription dose of a healthy Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. The night will be capped off with the Los Angeles Lakers hosting the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 pm.

Wednesday night 28 of the league’s 30 teams will be in action.

Hopefully you’re ready for a lot of basketball, the players definitely are.

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Five Things To Watch: Portland Trail Blazers

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Wesley MatthewsThe 2012-13 season was not a kind one to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Forget the NBA Rookie of the Year Award given unanimously for only the fourth time in history to Damian Lillard. Forget, too, the second straight All-Star nod for LaMarcus Aldridge. Also forget that Aldridge, Lillard, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews comprised the top four-man lineup in the league. Portland finished the campaign on a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak and wasn’t competitive in a game for more than a month.

This season is shaping up to be a very different one for the Blazers. Clearly a lottery team as the months wound down on last season, the 2013-14 Blazers are primed to make a splash after a few free agent signings and a couple of one-sided trades bolstered arguably the thinnest roster in the NBA. However, with renewed positivity comes expectations; and with expectations comes the possibility of extreme disappointment.

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Bernucca: Time for NBA referees to snap out of it

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Having coached high school basketball for the last two seasons, I have gained a true appreciation for the quality of officiating by NBA referees.

Until this week.

This was a bad week for the league and its referees, as the NBA admitted there were blown calls that changed the outcome of two games.

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Sheridan Hoops Rookie Rankings: Week 13

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Pistons No. 1 draft pick Andre Drummond

There is a developing groundswell of support for Andre Drummond as an alternative to Damian Lillard for Rookie of the Year.

This is a borderline insane notion, of course. Drummond is a big man who doesn’t even start for the awful Detroit Pistons, who harbor only faint playoff hopes despite playing in the Eastern Conference. Lillard is a point guard, the toughest position in the NBA, and is playing it so well that the Portland Trail Blazers are on the cusp of the Western Conference playoff race.

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Sheridan Hoops Rookie Rankings: Week Eight

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In the 2012 draft, Thomas Robinson and Damian Lillard could not have been closer together. Robinson went fifth to the Sacramento Kings and Lillard went sixth to the Portland Trail Blazers.

In their rookie seasons. however, Robinson and Lillard could not be farther apart.

To be fair, Lillard has had a better opportunity to show his wares. Portland basically gave him the point guard position with carte blanche to learn on the job, dumping everyone from last season except Nolan Smith.

Robinson wasn’t walking right into a chasm of a starting spot. But he did seem more than capable of backing up the starting big man tandem of DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson and making his mark over the course of the campaign.

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