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MIAMI -- The offseason is over. And only 1,230 games are left until the playoffs start.So, before they raise that banner in Cleveland and the season finally begins Tuesday night, lets empty the notebook and go over 10 more things to know going into this NBA season:---THE CHAMPS: The opportunity is there for Cleveland to get off to a fast start. The Cavaliers play 10 of their first 14 games at home, and the four road contests are all merely one-game trips. LeBron James and his teammates wont have to pack anything bigger than an overnight bag until a two-game trip takes them to Philadelphia and Milwaukee on Nov. 27 and 29. (PS: Defending champions are 55-14 on opening night, including 8-1 in the last nine years.)---LEBRONS LEGEND: LeBron James has been a first-team All-NBA selection 10 times, including each of the last nine seasons. If hes a first-teamer again this year, hell become the third player in league history with 11 such selections joining only Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone. The other 10-timers besides James are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Bob Cousy, Jerry West, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit and Elgin Baylor. Besides James, no other active player has more than five first-team nods (Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant).---FOR OPENERS: Miami has the longest active streak of opening-night wins, with five straight going into their Game 1 of this season at Orlando on Wednesday. Atlanta has the longest active Game 1 losing streak, having dropped each of its last four openers.---WE SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT COMING: Last season, Golden State became the fifth team to start 14-0 or better in NBA history. Of those five, only one went on to win the title. The 1993-94 Houston Rockets started 15-0 and won the championship -- but the 1948-49 Washington Capitols (15-0), 1957-58 Boston Celtics (14-0), 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks (14-0) and last seasons Warriors all fell short in their title quests.---STEPH AT THE LINE: Golden States Stephen Curry -- the two-time reigning MVP -- enters this season as the third-best free throw shooter in NBA history, having made 90.16 percent of his tries. Hes within reach of No. 1 Steve Nash (90.43) and No. 2 Mark Price (90.39).---DRIVE FOR FIVE: DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers will bid this season to win his fifth straight field-goal percentage title. The only other two players to lead the league in shooting five straight times are Wilt Chamberlain (1964-65 through 1968-69) and Shaquille ONeal (1997-98 through 2001-02).---ROAD WARRIORS: San Antonio has a chance to become the only current NBA franchise with a winning road record. If the Spurs go 28-13 away from home this season -- doable, considering they were 27-14 on the road last season -- they would then be 829-828 in opposing arenas all-time. On average, NBA teams win 37.9 percent of their road games.---POP WATCH: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is nine wins shy of tying Larry Brown (1,098) for No. 7 on the NBAs all-time list. Hes also 66 shy of No. 6 Phil Jackson (1,155).---MEXICO SUNS: Phoenix has 39 home games this season instead of the usual 41. The Suns are playing twice in Mexico City, and will be the home team there for games against Dallas on Jan. 12 and San Antonio on Jan. 14. We have an incredibly strong and supportive Hispanic fan base in Arizona, and these two games present a unique opportunity to strengthen our relationship with NBA fans in both Arizona and Mexico, Suns President Jason Rowley said.---PLANNING AHEAD: For those who need to fill their calendars, take note of the following dates -- All-Star weekend in New Orleans is Feb. 17-19; playoffs start April 15; second round starts May 1; conference finals will start May 14, 15 or 16; the NBA Draft lottery is May 16; the NBA Finals start on June 1 and a Game 7, if necessary, would be June 18. The draft is June 22.---Follow AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds on Twitter at Yeezy Boost 350 Clearance Uk . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. Cheapest Yeezy Boost 350 . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training. Yeezy Boost 350 Uk Sale . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. Yeezy Boost 350 Uk Release . -- Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg. NORMAN, Okla. -- After piling up a staggering 854 yards of total offense in a 66-59 win over Texas Tech last week, No. 16 Oklahomas potent offense gets back to work on Saturday against Kansas.Facing the lowly Jayhawks (1-6, 0-4 Big 12) could be viewed as a classic trap game for Oklahoma (5-2, 4-0), in which a lackadaisical effort could lead to an upset loss, but coach Bob Stoops warns that this is not the same Kansas team that went 0-12 last year.Every game for the most part this year, theyve been in, late in the game with an opportunity to win, Stoops said, downplaying the possibility his team would overlook the Jayhawks. Offensively and defensively, theyre really playing well on both sides of the ball -- much improved, much different than what their record indicates.Kansas is coming off a game last week in which it led Oklahoma State 13-10 late in the second quarter and trailed 24-20 late in the third before eventually falling 44-20. Coach David Beaty knows his team, which ranks 116th out of 128 FBS schools in passing defense, will have a tough time slowing down OU.What a great challenge its going to be, Beaty said. What a great environment that is. They have terrific fans, its a really cool place to play. Weve got to be a smarter team than weve been. Were going to have to go down there and be prepared and ready to go. Our guys are excited about it.Things to watch for on Saturday:LOADS OF OFFENSE: Even without top running back Samaje Perine, who remains out with an injury, the Sooners piled up the offensive accomplishments last week against Texas Tech. Baker Mayfield completed 27 of 36 passes for a career-high 545 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns, while receiver Dede Westbrook totaled nine receptions for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Mixon, taking over the primary role with Perine out, gained 263 yards and two touchdowns on 31 rushes, while adding four receptions for 114 yards and three more TDs. Mixons 377 all-purpose yards are the most in the FBS this season and the second-most in OU history.BEHIND ENEMY LINES: After totaling seven tackles for loss last week against Oklahoma State, Kansas has now compiled 59 on thhe season, ranking second in the Big 12 and eighth in the nation with 8.dddddddddddd4 per game. Defensive end Dorance Armstrong leads the Jayhawks with 10 tackles for loss. Armstrongs sack last week marked the fifth straight game hed recorded one, giving him seven on the year, a total that is already tied for ninth on KUs single-season best list. His 1.0 sack-per-game average ranks second in the Big 12 and ninth in the country. Dorance continues to impress me, Beaty said. Hes having a productive year. We certainly need him to continue to do that.WESTBROOK ON FIRE: Westbrook recorded his second 200-yard receiving game of the season last week, and his 10 touchdowns and 776 yards over the last four games are the most ever by a Sooner in any four-game stretch. He has topped 150 yards in each of the four and seven of those 10 TDs have been for 40 or more yards. Overall on the year, his 930 yards rank fifth in the nation and his 10 touchdowns are tied for third.COZART TAKING CHARGE: After starting Kansas first four games, quarterback Montell Cozart was replaced by Ryan Willis for two games before taking back the starting job last week against Oklahoma State. Cozart certainly earned himself another shot with his performance, completing 24 of 40 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown, along with two interceptions.SOONER DEFENSE: As good as the Sooners offense was last week against Texas Tech, its defense got torched for 854 yards, setting off a social media frenzy among Oklahoma fans about the defensive struggles. Following that performance, the Sooners rank 116th in the nation in total defense, allowing an average of 476 yards, while their points-per-game average of 36.7 is 115th -- one spot higher than Kansas (36.9). After Techs Patrick Mahomes matched the NCAA record by throwing for 734 yards last week, Oklahoma sits 127th -- second-to-last -- in passing defense, averaging 342.6 yards against. Obviously, the defense was not nearly good enough, Stoops said.---More AP college football: ' ' '



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