Here are the Top NBA Highlights from last night:
Here are the Top NBA Highlights from last night:
Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Where: TD Garden, Boston
BOSTON – (Wire Service Preview) – The Chicago Bulls opened the campaign with questions about how well and how quickly the pieces brought in over the summer would gel, and the answers are very well and very quickly. The Bulls will try to stay undefeated and beat the Celtics for the second time already in the young season when they visit Boston on Wednesday.
Chicago is averaging 113.7 points through three wins and opened its two-game road trip with a 118-88 demolition of the Brooklyn Nets that featured seven players scoring in double figures with none managing more than Jimmy Butler’s 22 points. “We’re still learning each other right now, we’re only three games in,” guard Dwyane Wade told reporters. “But we see it looking good at times. Where it’s just us out there and we feel very comfortable and everybody on the defensive end of the floor trusts each other, and that’s rare early in the season for a team that hasn’t played together.” Boston sandwiched a 105-99 loss at Chicago on Thursday around a pair of wins and last played Saturday, earning a 104-98 win at Charlotte. Avery Bradley buried a career-high eight 3-pointers en route to 31 points and pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds in the victory.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN, WGN (Chicago), CSN New England (Boston)
ABOUT THE BULLS (3-0): Wade learned how to play without having to dominate the ball as a teammate of LeBron James’ for four years in Miami and Butler had to share floor space with Derrick Rose in the past while point guard Rajon Rondo is always among the league leaders in assists, so concerns about chemistry might have been overblown. Chicago is second in the NBA in assists at an average of 28.3 and is shooting 47.2 percent from the floor as a team. The Bulls are also getting strong bench production from Doug McDermott (13.3 points) and Nikola Mirotic (13 points, 7.3 rebounds).
ABOUT THE CELTICS (2-1): Bradley is bothered by a shoulder injury and should get another partner in the backcourt rotation on Wednesday, when Marcus Smart is expected to make his season debut. Smart, who recently had his fourth-year contract option triggered by the team, suffered a sprained ankle in training camp and will test that on the defensive end against the likes of Wade, Rondo and Butler. “I went through the full practice,” Smart told reporters on Monday. “The ankle felt great. I will be playing Wednesday. So, it feels good to be back out here with those guys.”
1. Bulls backup PG Michael Carter-Williams left Monday’s game with a knee injury and is day-to-day.
2. Celtics G Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.7 points and scored 25 on 10-of-15 shooting in the lass at Chicago on Thursday.
3. Boston took both meetings at home last season.
MIAMI – (Staff and Wire Service Report) – Former Boston Celtics champion Ray Allen, a 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, officially announced his retirement after 18 seasons on Tuesday morning. Allen last played in the 2013-14 season and has been tied to rumors of a potential return ever since. On Tuesday, he wrote a letter for The Players’ Tribune saying he is walking away for good.
“I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game,” Allen wrote. “I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.”
A likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, Allen had career averages of 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 1,300 games.
He departs as the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made (2,973), and established himself as one of the greatest 3-point and free-throw shooters, boasting career marks of 40 and 89.4 percent respectively. Originally a No. 5 overall pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1996 draft, Allen was immediately traded along with Andrew Lang to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to draft Stephon Marbury.
Allen spent his first 6 1/2 seasons with the Bucks, earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1996.
Ray Allen at UConn
On Feb. 20, 2003, Allen was traded along with Ronald Murray, Kevin Ollie and a first-round draft pick to the Seattle Super Sonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.
He spent 4 1/2 years in Seattle before the trade that transformed his already stellar legacy to a championship one.
Allen was acquired by the Boston Celtics along with Glen Davis for Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West and a second-round pick in a draft-night deal on June 28, 2007.
That trade laid the groundwork for Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to acquire Kevin Garnett from the Timberwolves to pair with longtime Boston stars Paul Pierce and Allen.
In their first season together, Allen, Garnett and Pierce ended the Celtics’ 22-year championship drought — and Allen took home his first ring.
After six years in Boston, Allen spurned the Celtics in free agency to join the rival Miami Heat, where he would team with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to win another championship in 2013.
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CLEVELAND – The NBA announced that Tuesday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets has been moved up to a 6 p.m. ET tip-off because of the Cleveland Indians’ World Series game the same night. The Cavaliers’ request to move their game, originally scheduled for 7:10 p.m., up by an hour and 10 minutes was granted by the league.
The Indians host the Chicago Cubs in Game 6 of the World Series at 8:08 p.m. at Progressive Field. Cleveland leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavaliers play, is across the street from Progressive Field, and the venues are connected by an underground tunnel.
Several Cavaliers players plan to attend Game 6 once their game against the Rockets is over.
“It’ll be an experience of a lifetime,” Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving told ESPN. “Game 6 of the World Series, man, hoo, that’s big time. I’m excited for them. I know the city is. I’m happy our game got moved up.
“Hopefully we can get a suite and we can walk over there as a team and watch our home team go for a championship.”
The Cavaliers won a championship of their own last season, coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors and end a 52-year drought without a professional sports championship for the city of Cleveland.