The taxing preseason, which included two games in China, is finally over. Whether the Golden State Warriors are ready to live up to lofty expectations remains unclear.
James Harden had 22 points and 11 assists, Dwight Howard added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets routed the San Antonio Spurs 109-92 on Thursday night.
Josh Smith made a 3-pointer as time expired and finished with 20 points to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night in both teams’ exhibition finale.
NEW YORK — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he had a “heart-to-heart” with longtime teammate J.R. Smith when news surfaced that Smith had been suspended five games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.Anthony delivered a dose of tough love to Smith during the conversation.”The time is now,” Anthony said he told Smith. “You’ve got to want to help yourself. Everybody else wants to help you but if you don’t want to help yourself, that defeats the purpose.
J.R. Smith visited Lambeau Field with a few teammates the other day when the Knicks were in Green Bay. Coming off knee surgery and still not feeling like his old explosive self, he didn’t try to do a Lambeau Leap on the field where they coined the term “the frozen tundra.”