Top NBA headlines for Nov. 5


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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.

By Davione Barrow, Sports Reporter

The NBA is in the early stages of the season, and so far there has been controversy concerning some of the changes to the games and many more additions. Here’s everything you need to know going on this week in the NBA. 

Free throws have been down for many stars due to rule change on fouls 

In the offseason, the NBA implemented a new rule on fouls for non-basketball moves used to draw contact. Many stars such as Hawks guard Trae Young, Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma, head coach Quin Snyder and Nets guard James Harden are just some of the few who have spoken out on the recent officiating change. 

Young, Harden and Snyder all agree that the rules have caused officials to overlook some foul calls. Kuzma, however, shared to twitter to express that this rule change has been one of the greatest things the league has done. 

Celtics hold players only meeting amid Marcus Smart’s comments 

The Celtics held a meeting ahead of their Wednesday victory over the Magic regarding guard Marcus Smart’s comments following their Monday loss against the Bulls. In the post-game interview, Smart told reporters that Celtics All-Stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum need to pass the ball more. 

The three players had their own meeting, and with the rest of the team discussed the tension. The meeting allowed them to strategize and in order to take one game at a time, which they did with Orlando, resulting in a victory. 

Warriors hot start to the season

The Golden State Warriors are 6-1 this season, and are currently tied for second in the Western Conference with the Utah Jazz. The Warriors are still without five-time All-Star Klay Thompson and center James Wiseman, who both will provide a significant impact for them down the stretch.

Golden State guard Jordan Poole has given the Warriors a spark this season with the absence of Thompson and has elevated his game in all areas. Guard Stephen Curry is coming off his best season so far averaging 32 points-per-game. The Warriors have proven they are still a threat.