They've already thumped the Lakers, Memphis and a San Antonio team that swept them out of the playoffs last spring, and they've lost to Golden State and Cleveland.
So just who are these guys?
"That's a good question," All-Star point guard Chris Paul said after beating the Spurs. "We're trying to figure that out."Tick, tick, tick
James Harden is suddenly Houston's new franchise player, and he's getting paid like it to the tune of nearly $80 million. But he still is stung that Oklahoma City rushed to trade him after making a reported four-year, $54 million offer that he didn't immediately accept.
"After everything we established -- everything we had done -- you give me an hour?" Harden told Yahoo! Sports last week. "This was one of the biggest decisions of my life. I wanted to go home and pray about it. It hurt me. It hurt.''
Asked if he might have accepted the Thunder's offer if he had been given more time, Harden said, "Who knows? Who knows what another day would have done."A changed man
The Wolves on Wednesday get their first look at rebuilding Charlotte and transformed Byron Mullins, the former Ohio State center who spent two seasons buried on Oklahoma City's bench and then mostly shot jumpers last season with the Bobcats.
Suddenly, at new coach Mike Dunlap's urging, he has become something of a defensive force, particularly on the backboards.
"He's got another level in him," Dunlap told the Charlotte Observer. "He's got the potential to be one of the better players in this league."
|Toronto||80||3rd Qtr 1:33|
|Golden State||51||3rd Qtr|
|Phoenix||39||2nd Qtr 2:08|
|LA Clippers||40||2nd Qtr 9:10|
|New Orleans||5||1st Qtr 10:18|
|Carolina||0||1st Prd 15:51|
|Virginia||53||2nd Half 3:53|
|Baylor||50||2nd Half 3:41|
|SE Louisiana||40||2nd Half 15:41|
|Central Arkansas||26||2nd Half 18:20|
|Sam Houston St||40|
|Norfolk State||21||1st Half 6:15|
|Hampton||35||1st Half 3:28|
|Lamar||30||1st Half 3:48|
|Nicholls||24||1st Half 3:23|
|Incarnate Word||25||2nd Half|
|Stephen F Austin||35|
|NC Central||6||1st Half 16:09|
|Texas Southern||7:55 PM|
|Prairie View||8:00 PM|
|Grambling St||8:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St|
|Boston College||8:00 PM|
|Jackson State||8:10 PM|
|Jackson State||69||2nd Half 2:30|
|Miss Valley St||61|
|Tulsa||67||2nd Half 1:51|
|(1) Connecticut||88||2nd Half 1:20|
|UCF||51||2nd Half 2:04|
|Central Conn St||49||2nd Half 2:33|
|Wagner||59||2nd Half 2:40|
|Sacred Heart||70||2nd Half 0:30|
|Mount St Marys||72||2nd Half 7:47|
|Temple||19||1st Half 2:24|
|Texas Tech||45||1st Half 5:20|
|Iowa State||22||1st Half 1:45|
|Oklahoma||17||1st Half 2:50|