Russell Westbrook on playing the Rockets and James Harden Wednesday: “For me personally when the game starts I worry about my team and us trying to win … It’s just another game. We play the Rockets and that’s it.”- Daily Thunder
Knicks guard Ronnie Brewer suffered a dislocated finger during the 4th quarter of tonight’s Knicks vs. Nets game at the Barclay’s Center. X-rays came back negative. – Jonah Ballow
Suns center Marcin Gortat said he turned down a multiyear contract extension offer in October from the Suns, clarifying what he told a Polish website, przegladsportowy.pl.
“We just said we’re going to wait,” Gortat said. “I want to finish this contract, and we’ll see where I go from there. It didn’t even bother me or change anything in my attitude or performance. The thing I’m concentrating is coming back to dominating the game and getting back to being a defensive spark.” -AZ Central
Sacramento Kings guard Aaron Brooks has been fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands immediately following the Kings 104-102 road loss to the Utah Jazz on Nov. 23. The fine was announced today by Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The Rockets made plans to wear a green band on the shoulder of their uniforms to memorialize Sasha McHale, the daughter of Rockets coach Kevin McHale who passed on Saturday. Green was Sasha McHale’s favorite color. There will be a moment of silence before the team is introduced before Tuesday’s game against Toronto at Toyota Center. -Ultimate Rockets
The Houston Rockets called up Scott Machado from their D-League affiliate on Monday morning. Machado joins Donatas Motiejunas as the second call-up from Rio Grande Valley in the last two days. -CSN Houston
Carlos Delfino is back practicing with the Houston Rockets as he tries to work himself back from a groin injury. Delfino hasn’t played since the Rockets’ 110-96 victory over the Hornets on November 10th. -CSN Houston
Bradley Beal says the Wizards will make the playoffs: “We’re 0-11 but we still have 71 more games….It’s still a long season and we still have an opportunity to get over .500…That’s our goal and we need to shoot for it. Just try to get in the playoffs. I mean, we’re going to make it. I have faith in this team and I think we’re more than capable of doing it.”- CSN Washington
Both Steve Nash and Steve Blake will sit out when the Lakers host the Indiana Pacers Tuesday at Staples Center, though team spokesman John Black said the two are “slowly improving” from their respective injuries.
Nash was scheduled to receive an MRI on Monday, but the Lakers canceled those plans so Nash could participate in unspecified on-court drills in the next two days and see how his body responds. Nash also had worked out with strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni had hoped Blake would return so long as he participated in Monday’s practice. But he missed today’s sessions in favor of more therapy on his lower abdominal strain. Blake has missed the past seven games.- Mark Medina
NBA Power Rankings, Week 4: 1. Miami Heat 2. Memphis Grizzlies 3. San Antonio Spurs 4. Oklahoma City Thunder 5. Los Angeles Clippers 6. Knicks 7. Atlanta Hawks 8. Los Angeles Lakers 9. Brooklyn Nets 10. Boston Celtics - NBA.com
“Hell yeah,’’ forward Luol Deng said emphatically when asked if Joakim Noah was the best center in the Eastern Conference. Where does Joakim Noah rank amongst centers in the East?: 14 PPG (6th), 9.7 RPG (3rd), 4.1 APG (1st), 1.33 STLPG (3rd), 2.08 BLKPG (4th), 39.2 MPG (1st). So let the numbers decided. -Chicago Sun-TImes
LaMarcus Aldridge, The Blazers’ All-Star power forward, who is dealing with a bum back, said he “most likely” will return to the court Monday in Detroit when the Blazers visit the Pistons in the second game of a seven-game trip.
Addressing the media for the first time since he was injured, Battier said he had a sprained MCL, with no MRI required. He said a similar injury prematurely ended one of his seasons with the Houston Rockets, but said this injury is not nearly as severe. -Sun Sentinel
The Bucks don’t comment on trade speculation but the scuttlebutt around the league is the team is trying to move the 31-year-old Gooden, who is being paid $6.68 million for this season and the next two seasons as well. -Journal Times
Shane Battier sprained his knee after an awkward fall against the Cavaliers on Saturday. The Heat doesn’t play again until Thursday, which gives Battier time to recover, but if he’s not ready for a return against the Spurs then coach Erik Spoelstra would be forced to rearrange his power forward rotation for the first time since the 2012 playoffs. -Miami Herald
Suns media says there are tensions around the team that will lead to coach Alvin Gentry’s ouster if the team doesn’t make a strong playoff showing. -Sam Smith
The talk in Oklahoma City is they won’t retain free agent Eric Maynor. -Sam Smith
Carmelo Anthony will start at power forward against the Nets’ big frontcourt. “I’ll be clear-headed [today],’’ Anthony said. “I’ll be clear-minded. Just to step on the court to see the Brooklyn logo, I’ll feel like I’m home. I know they shout Brooklyn in the crowd and it kind of gives me little goosebumps to hear that once again.’’ -NY Post
Dwight Howard’s baby mama says her nasty custody battle with the NBA star is an unfair fight — all because he can simply outspend her — so she’s asking a judge to make HIM cover HER legal fees. TMZ broke the story … Dwight and former “Basketball Wives” star Royce Reed are entangled in a bitter legal battle after Dwight filed for sole custody of their young son. -TMZ