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NBA Rumors Stories for Monday, October 22, 2018
Updated 4:30 a.m. ET

The Warriors arrived here wondering if they would have the stamina to handle the altitude. Instead, they realized their issues extend beyond early-season conditioning. Even though the Warriors boast Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, they suddenly cannot make 3-pointers. Just like last season, the Warriors also have issues with collecting fouls and turnovers. Mix those ingredients up, and the Warriors’ 100-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday provided an ugly snapshot of the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Mercury News

“Some of the fouls we have are dumb as hell,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “Some of them are a bit questionable. Then some of them are on us and are just ridiculous. We have to be smarter and not sit there and act like every foul call on us is wrong through the course of the game.” Mercury News

Not only are the Nuggets 3-0, they’ve held all three victims under 100 points. We haven’t seen defense like this since Denver’s home arena was known as the House of Mutombo. These Nuggets are for real, folks. Their arrival as a team to be respected in the Western Conference was announced loudly Sunday night, with Juancho Hernangomez’s big, bad block at the rim in the final seconds of a 100-98 victory against the Golden State Warriors. Denver Post

Due to an ongoing buttocks injury, Dwight Howard is listed as "out" for the Wizards' Monday night game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Howard did not travel out west with the team for the five-game trip, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller. The news comes just four days after Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told the media that Howard would "definitely" make the trip. NBC Sports

The Spurs missed the fireworks Saturday night at the Staples Center, but they will be in town to benefit from the aftermath. The NBA on Sunday suspended Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram for four games and point guard Rajon Rondo for three for their roles in a brawl with the Houston Rockets. Neither player will be allowed in the building when the Spurs face the Lakers on Monday. Express News

Paul poked Rondo in the face, later accusing the Laker of spitting in his. Upon investigation, the league corroborated Paul’s account. After Paul poked him, Rondo threw a left-handed haymaker that caught the side of the Rocket’s head. Ingram came flying in throwing punches of his own. Express News



NBA Rumors Stories for Sunday, October 21, 2018
Updated 8:30 a.m. ET

A wild brawl erupted late in the fourth quarter to mar LeBron James’ home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. With 4:13 remaining in the game, Lakers guard Rajon Rondo and Houston Rockets All-Star Chris Paul traded blows following an altercation that involved shoving and angry words from several players on both teams. The extraordinary scenes were sparked when James Harden completed a breakaway lay-up and was fouled in the act by Brandon Ingram. Ingram complained heatedly to the referee and things escalated rapidly. USA Today

As he saw Brandon Ingram lean into an official with fire in his eyes, Lance Stephenson dashed over as quickly as he could. He wrapped his arms around Ingram and pushed him away from James Harden, whom he had just shoved. Stephenson told Ingram to calm down, to stay out of the trap. “I think they was picking on him,” Stephenson said later, shaking his head. “That’s why I tried to grab him as quickly as possible and tell him, ‘Hey don’t fall for the trick.’” Daily News

Chris Paul said later that Rondo spit in his face before he seemed to poke a finger in Rondo’s own. That was enough to spark Rondo to ball up his left fist and slam it into Paul’s nose, setting off what Coach Luke Walton called “mayhem.” The game – which ended in a 124-115 loss for the Lakers – quickly shifted into a subplot. Daily News

Ingram, too, inserted himself back in the fracas, as video replays showed him throwing a punch after rushing back toward the fight. Paul, Rondo and Ingram were all ejected after an interlude of several minutes, as the officials and both benches attempted to extinguish the flames. Daily News

Houston Rockets star Chris Paul and Los Angeles Lakers players Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram all face suspensions as soon as Sunday following an on-court fight Saturday night, marring LeBron James' first home game as a Laker. ESPN.com

Paul and Rondo each threw and landed punches at each other. Ingram shoved James Harden and also threw a punch. After the players left the floor, a member of Rondo's family got into a confrontation with Paul's wife, Jada, multiple sources told ESPN. ESPN.com

Play was stopped for nearly 10 minutes while the referees tried to adjudicate the fracas that started with Ingram fouling and then pushing Harden. The scene exploded when Rondo landed a left-handed punch to Paul's face after the Rockets point guard poked a finger in Rondo's face. ESPN.com

Lakers officials watched tape of the scrum and are backing Rondo's contention that he didn't spit on Paul, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. However, Paul and the Rockets are insisting that Rondo did spit. "Lot of history between them," one source connected to both players told ESPN. ESPN.com

Lillard had 29 points and nine assists, while backcourt mate C.J. McCollum added 24 points, as the Blazers sent the Spurs' spiraling to their first loss of the season. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich does not want to get used to this sort of thing. "We're not disciplined defensively yet," Popovich said. "It's going to take a while with a new group, basically. They run a really nice offense. It's geared for their players and it's hard to guard. We're just not ready for that." Express News

Though Gordon Hayward is under a minutes restriction at least for the short term, missing the second half of back-to-back games is not part of the Celtics forward’s rehabilitation program. That’s why the decision to sit Hayward last night against the Knicks — the result of “general soreness” in his surgically-repaired left ankle area — was a surprise. But the Celtics were also caught off-guard when Aron Baynes strained a hamstring in the first half, and didn’t return in the second. “I have no update,” said Stevens. “But hamstring injuries scare me.” Boston Herald

The Dallas Mavericks certainly envision their home opener as a sign of things to come for a franchise that is preparing for the post-Dirk era. Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr., the Mavs' prized recent lottery picks, recovered from a rough start to star in a 140-136 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in front of a rowdy sellout crowd. They did so playing a fast-paced, 3-point-firing style that is sweeping through the NBA -- and suits the Mavs' young core. ESPN.com

It was ugly early for Doncic, the No. 3 overall pick making his NBA home debut. He went scoreless in the first quarter, hoisting an air ball among his three missed shots and committing a couple of turnovers. He didn't exactly make up for it on the defensive end, either, as Minnesota (minus resting, disgruntled star Jimmy Butler) put up 46 points, matching the most the Mavs have ever allowed in a first quarter. ESPN.com

But Doncic, the 19-year-old former Euroleague MVP the Mavs are hoping can take the torch from injured 21-year vet Dirk Nowitzki as the face of the franchise, got rolling midway through the second quarter. He finally got on the board with an and-1 floater with 6:41 remaining in the half. He followed that up with 3s on back-to-back possessions, and suddenly he had a scoring binge of 15 points in just over five minutes. ESPN.com


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