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A quick spin around last night’s games in the NBA.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning friends. Just a quick open thread for your Friday.

As we move on from the opening night loss in Memphis, we look toward the Wolves next opponent, the Sacramento Kings, who they visit on Saturday night. The Kings won their opener in Phoenix, but lost to the Spurs last night in their brand new building.

Still, they were competitive on the second night of a back-to-back against one of the best teams in the league, and DeMarcus Cousins was a monster, putting up a 37 and 16 line. The Kings might be showing some signs of improvement early on in the season.

Elsewhere last night, the new look Bulls won their season opener at home against the Celtics, with both Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade scoring over 20. They made 11 threes and dominated the glass, with seven different players snaring at least six rebounds.

The Hawks ran away from the Wizards in the fourth quarter in both teams’ opener. Dwight Howard had 19 boards in his Hawks debut, and Paul Millsap scored 28. The Wizards are a team to keep an eye on; if they have another meh season what happens next?

Finally, the Clippers won in Portland, with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul each scoring 27. They also got 45 points out of their bench, and played the reserves pretty heavy minutes, something that will be necessary this season.

In other notes:

  • It sounds like Kevin Garnett is going to be be on TNT’s NBA coverage, at least next week, though Woj also reports that he could do some roving instructional work around the league. I’ll definitely be watching him on television though.
  • An interesting editorial over at Liberty Ballers about the Sixers ham-handed decision to not allow someone to sing the anthem at their opener because of her “We Matter” shirt.
  • Finally, in non-basketball news, the poorly reported clashes over the Dakota Access Pipeline ratcheted up yesterday at Standing Rock, as a heavily militarized police (including Hennepin County officers, apparently), engaged protesters with batons and rubber bullets. There have been multiple arrests, including many journalists. I hope people with a better understanding of the story will chime in, but this is not something I’m thrilled to see in the United States: