Elijah Fisher is the FUTURE of Canada! Freshman Phenom from Toronto! 🇨🇦

Elijah Fisher is widely considered the future of Canadian grassroots basketball and he’s only a freshman in high school. The Toronto native will prep for a big season at Crestwood College Prep as he plays in several events across the US.

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Russell Westbrook Trashes Patrick Beverley’s Defense

Russell Westbrook has never been particularly impressed with longtime nemesis Patrick Beverley‘s defensive work.

“Pat Bev trick y’all like he play defense,” Westbrook told reporters Wednesday night after Rockets teammate James Harden lit up the visiting LA Clippers for a game-high 47 points in Houston’s wild 102-93 victory.

Russ, who struggled in the win shooting an ugly 6 for 20 from the field, claims that Beverley merely runs around “doing nothing.”

Per The AP:

“Pat Bev trick y’all like he play defense,” Westbrook said. “He don’t guard nobody, man. It’s just running around doing nothing. As you seen what happened — 47. All that commotion to get 47.”

Doc Rivers said after the game that he was upset with the officials because of a mix up with the number of timeouts. He said that he tried to challenge a play but that it was past the 30 seconds allotted after a play in which to make a challenge. So they told him he didn’t burn a timeout on the challenge and he had two remaining. His ejection came after they said he was out of timeouts when he called the timeout where Beverley received his technical.

Austin Rivers will still laughing about the situation after the game and tweeted: “Welp…. thanksgiving is going to be weird,” before talking to reporters.

“He actually is sensitive with stuff like that so we’ll see what happens,” Austin Rivers said. “I love him, but it was a really good moment that I enjoyed a lot … I really enjoyed that. It was fun.”

Related Report: Patrick Beverly Told Stephen Curry ‘The Next Five Years are Mine’

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LeBron James to Anthony Davis: ‘I’ll Play the Second Guy’

LeBron James gladly handed the keys to the Lakers’ offense to new superstar teammate Anthony Davis this past summer.

AD says LBJ is happy to “play the second guy” in Los Angeles.

Davis and James instantly—and perhaps surprisingly—found instant chemistry on the court.

Per ESPN:

“I didn’t think we were going to be able to connect this fast just because of the fact he had a lot of stuff going on this summer with ‘Space Jam [2],’ so we didn’t get a lot of time to work out together,” Davis said. “Then we hit a short training camp and had to go to China, and all that stuff, so I’m surprised that we’ve got a little connection right now.”

The Lakers are [an NBA-best] 9-2 and have been among the best defensive teams in the league, with James racking up triple-doubles.

Even if Davis is not the MVP favorite at this point, just being in the conversation indicates a smashing success — it means that James is drawing top-level play out of the younger star.

“I’m trying to win much more than an MVP, man,” Davis said, playing down the notion. “It’s early in the season, obviously; if the MVP comes, it comes. If the Defensive Player of the Year comes, it comes. But the entire team’s main goal is to win a championship, and we’re trying to just stay in the moment right now.”

Related LeBron James Told Lakers to Make Anthony Davis ‘Focal Point’ of the Offense

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Post Up: Ja Morant Takes on Entire City of Charlotte, Hits Game-Winner

Lakers 120 (9-2), Warriors 94 (2-10)

LeBron James scored 20 points in the first half — his most in any half this season — to get the Lakers rolling quick in their blowout win at the STAPLES Center. James only logged 26 minutes in the victory, finishing with 23 points and 12 dimes. The Lakers’ 9-2 start is their best since 2010.

D’Angelo Russell’s hot play continued as he scored a team-high 21 points for the Warriors.

Wizards 133 (2-7), Celtics 140 (9-1)

Isaiah Thomas (18 points) received a warm welcome back to Boston, but his squad was unable to overcome three Celtics (Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown) each scoring at least 22 points.

Bradley Beal led all scorers with 44 points.

Clippers (7-4), Rockets (8-3)

James Harden scored a team-high 47, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter, as the Rockets held off a late Clippers surge to earn the W on national TV.

Kawhi Leonard had 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead Los Angeles.

Grizzlies 119 (4-7), Hornets 117 (4-7)

That Ja Morant kid is special. Seconds after Devonte Graham hit a game-tying 3-pointer for Charlotte, Morant called his own number to finish the game as he made his first-ever game-winner in the NBA.

Morant finished with 23 points (10-for-15 shooting) and 11 assists.

Terry Rozier tied a career-high with 33 points for the Hornets.

76ers 97 (7-4), Magic 112 (4-7)

Aaron Gordon stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and as the Magic outscored the Sixers 32-15 in the final period to secure the win.

Markelle Fultz chipped in 8 points, three rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes of work against his former club.

Spurs 114 (5-6), Timberwolves 129 (7-4)

Andrew Wiggins notched his fourth 30-point game of the past seven days to lead the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Raptors 114 (8-3), Trail Blazers 106 (4-8)

Pascal Siakam added another impressive game to his resume, scoring 36 points as he led the Raptors to the win. Fed VanVleet also had 30 on 10-for-16 shooting.

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Iman Shumpert Inks Deal With Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have signed Iman Shumpert to a minimum contract, the team has announced in a press release. The 29-year-old will help fill the vacancy created by Caris LeVert’s thumb injury.

The Nets, who already have 15 players on their roster, don’t need to waive a player to accommodate the veteran. Brooklyn was permitted to move Wilson Chandler to the suspended list after the fifth game of his suspension.

Brooklyn can have a 16th player until Chandler’s suspension expires in mid-December.

Shumpert joins the Nets after a campaign split between the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings in 2018-19. He served a valuable role as a locker room leader for the young Kings and eventually joined the Western Conference contender Rockets at the trade deadline.

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Kristaps Porzingis Regrets Knicks ‘Never Really Got to Do Something Big’

Kristaps Porzingis laments that he “never got to do something big” during his brief tenure with the Knicks.

Porzingis will play his first game back in New York as an opponent Wednesday night since forcing his way out of town last January.

The 24-year-old has moved past the drama in Gotham, and is now “looking forward to what’s ahead” with the ascendant Dallas Mavericks.

Per The AP:

“I remember when I was there the expectations were always high for us, and it’s a city hungry for success in basketball,” Porzingis said Wednesday. “And for them, for the fans and for the city to be going through this year after year, it’s got to be tough. And so it’s always a lot of pressure and when things are not going right immediately, there needs to be changes, and this year is no different for them again.”

Porzingis was surprisingly traded on Jan. 31 after Knicks management said he told them during a meeting that day that he wanted out. He was sent to the Mavericks in a deal that for now looks worse all the time for New York.

“It’s in the past now and I don’t want to bring it back up,” Porzingis said. “It is what it is. It happened and now I’m in a new place and looking forward to what’s ahead of me.”

He had four coaches in less than four full seasons, a far cry from the stability he has now in Dallas, where Rick Carlisle is in his 12th season.

“It’s obviously a positive here that there’s a coach that’s been here already for many, many years and won here and is well-respected here,” Porzingis said. “It’s tough as a player, of course, but it’s not something I can affect really. So it happened that way in New York and everything is a learning experience, a learning lesson for me.”

Related Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis Threatened to Return to Europe Unless Traded

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Caris LeVert To Miss Several Weeks With Thumb Injury

The Brooklyn Nets will be without Caris LeVert for several weeks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The 25-year-old guard has injured his thumb and the franchise fears that he has damaged a ligament.

The news will set the already short-staffed Nets back as LeVert had been averaging 16.8 points per game for the squad through the first ten games of the 2019-20 campaign.

LeVert has struggled with various injuries throughout his young career and another prolonged absence will throw a wrench in the plan for the former Michigan Wolverine to take his game to the next level in Year 4.

LeVert suffered a severe right leg injury in 2018-19 and was limited to just 40 games that season.

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