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nba rumors Orlando Magic rookie forward Aaron Gordon fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during Saturday night’s game against the Washington Wizards and he will be out indefinitely, team officials said. Gordon will be evaluated further when the team returns from its road trip to Orlando following Monday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Orlando Sentinel

Gordon’s absence should create more playing time for third-year swingman Maurice Harkless, who has played sparingly so far this season. Orlando Sentinel

nba rumors Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman confirmed shooting guard Bradley Beal is scheduled to return to practice Monday nearly six weeks after fracturing his left wrist in a preseason game Oct. 10 against the Hornets. Wittman, as expected, stopped short of giving an exact date for Beal’s season debut. Beal hopes he can play Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, exactly six weeks after sustaining the injury. But, as Wittman explained, it depends on how the wrist responds during practice. Washington Post Blog

The Wizards are off to a 7-2 start — their best since the 1974-75 season with Garrett Temple starting in Beal’s place — but Temple has struggled recently and Washington’s wins have hardly been convincing against underwhelming opponents. Temple shot 0 of 3 from the floor Saturday and has missed 16 of 18 shots (11.1 percent) from the field over the Wizards’ last three games. Washington Post Blog

nba rumors Out in cyberspace, nobody really cares that the Warriors staged their most electric win of the year, replete with a 39-point second quarter in which they shot 64 percent and did just about everything right defensively. Nope, no big deal. But Lance Stephenson slapping himself in the face, feigning a flop and drawing a foul on Harrison Barnes? Now that’s the stuff that is destined to go viral as part of the growing Stephenson legend, something that will be long remembered on YouTube and Vevo long after this result is forgotten, alongside the quirky forward blowing in LeBron James’ ear during last year’s playoffs. Bay Area News Group

Jimmy Butler, continuing his breakout season, scored a career high 32 points Saturday. But it wasn’t close to a solution for the Bulls as the decimated Indiana Pacers led almost the entire game on the way to a 99-90 victory. Blog

Derrick Rose was out with a hamstring injury, but the Pacers had four starters missing. So Indiana relied on a 16th man waived twice in the last six months and in the NBA only because of a special exception because the Pacers had so many injuries, and two refugees from the D-league and China. The names were so unfamiliar and talents so marginal, the Philadelphia 76ers were interested in them. But at least the result confirmed Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau’s constant warning than anyone in the NBA can defeat you. Someone, anyone, did to give the Bulls a losing record at home as they leave on a 15-day road trip. Blog

nba rumors [LeBron] James scored 32 points and the Cavaliers made their first 11 3-point attempts, including nine in the first quarter, to rout the Atlanta Hawks 127-94 on Saturday. The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to go 9 for 9 or better from behind the arc in a quarter, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau. AP

James, who scored a season-high 41 points Friday in Boston, hit three 3-pointers in the period and scored 11 points in the opening 3:34. "Coming off a back-to-back I didn't want us to have a slow start," James said. "I feel like the guys feed off my energy and I wanted to go out and be aggressive and see where it takes us. It got us to a huge lead." AP

A.J. Price, Luis Scola and Solomon Hill all scored 21 points, and the injury-plagued Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls 99-90 on Saturday night. Chris Copeland added 13 points for the Pacers, who were without six injured players. AP

nba rumors With LaMarcus Aldridge home sick and Nicolas Batum on the bench in a suit there were some holes to fill for the Trail Blazers heading into Saturday's meeting with Brooklyn Nets. Damian Lillard provided another impressive performance recording 28 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, but the key to the 97-87 win came from an unexpected source: the Blazers young reserves. "It was definitely a team win because we needed everybody's contributions," Stotts said. "It just goes to show you that the young guys are getting better." Oregonian

Allen Crabbe started his third straight game in place of Batum, who is out with a right knee contusion he suffered against the Denver Nuggets last Sunday. Third year big man Meyers Leonard got the starting nod at power forward with Aldridge at home with an upper respiratory illness. Oregonian

For perhaps the first time in his career, Leonard looked like a player ready to secure a permanent spot in the rotation. In his first start of the season, he snared a career-high 12 rebounds and scored seven points . On defense, he split time banging down low with Kevin Garnett and chasing reserve shooter Mirza Teletovic off the three point line. Oregonian

Stan Van Gundy was critical of his own decision to pull Drummond after the player picked up his fourth foul challenging a Marc Gasol dunk attempt 37 seconds into the third quarter. "I elected to take him out," Van Gundy said. "Looking back, maybe a mistake. And then they really started to pound us. I don't think I've ever had a guy (with) 13 offensive rebounds in a game against us. Zach worked us over." Michigan Live

The pick-and-roll defense, a problem for the Wizards all season, took a major step forward with its switches. The bigs stepped out on shooters and made a concerted effort to contest Evan Fournier to take him out of the game. He went 5-for-13 but was neutralized for three quarters. The rotations were on point, the help was there for the helper and when Porter and Butler took the floor the perimeter defense didn't lose it's edge, either. CSN Washington

I spoke briefly with Gary Neal as he was leaving Oracle Arena Saturday night. He was diagnosed with a concussion after a fall in the lane during the Charlotte Hornets’ 112-87 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Neal said he’d been cleared to fly home to Charlotte on the Hornets’ team charter. I wondered if instead he would have spent the night in Oakland for observation, as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did in Houston his rookie season after suffering a concussion. Charlotte Observer Blog

Last season and before this summer, there would never be a question about where the twins were staying or who would be driving them to whose home, but that was before [Matt] Barnes and his wife, Gloria Govan, were involved in a divorce being played out in public by the tabloids. "It's tough. When you're going through a divorce it's hard,” Barnes told “We still have to show up and play. We go through the same things the rest of the world goes through, but we still have to perform on the biggest stage, so I can't let that become an excuse." ESPN LA

With his sons in the stands and some semblance of normalcy returned to his life, Barnes played his best game of the season, scoring 12 points and being far more active on defense. "To me it really doesn't matter if I start,” Barnes said. "I just want to work myself back in, whether I'm starting or coming off the bench. I've had a tough start early on, a lot of s--- off the court going on, but I'm starting to figure it out and play better, so whether that's coming off the bench or starting, it doesn't really matter to me." ESPN LA


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