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Sun Herald

Lakers' Kuzma rebounds from slow debut

LOS ANGELES–Lonzo Ball wasn't the only rookie who played better in his second game than his first. After a blistering Summer League and preseason campaign, Kyle Kuzma struggled in his …

philly.com

Sixers' Ben Simmons on guarding Kyrie Irving: 'I think it will happen.'

Irving finished with 21 points in a preseason game against Sixers.

New York Post

Frank Ntilikina is Knicks’ only hope at point guard

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Knicks point-guard dilemma looked as bad as advertised in the season opener, a 105-84 loss to the Thunder and Carmelo Anthony. Neither Ramon Sessions, Ron Baker nor French rookie Frank Ntilikina could do a thing. In Ntilikina’s case, it was understandable. After missing summer league, Ntilikina missed the final four preseason games...

Beyond The Arc | Memphis Flyer

Five Notes on Grizzlies/Pelicans

The Grizzlies started the season with a win last night, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 103-91 and creating several new narratives in the process. You can find straight recaps of game action elsewhere—I want to talk about what I think matters from last night. Five Things ★ Dillon Brooks is for real. He’s going to have bad rookie games, and maybe even more of them than good ones, but last night showed that his preseason performance wasn’t fool’s gold: he’s an NBA player, and most likely sooner rather than later. Last night Brooks got hot and stayed in the game...

Truth About It

Opening Statements 1: Wizards vs Sixers: The Regular Season Is Here

        The regular season is finally here. Gone are truncated minutes for starters, lukewarm receptions from smaller-than-normal crowds, and experimental lineups from coaches. Those necessary preseason-isms will now be replaced by increased (but measured) minutes by starters, frenzied crowds, and the solidification of rotations in preparation for what each team hopes will be […]

Sun Herald

Timeline unknown for Jazz's Exum following shoulder surgery

Dante Exum knew he had suffered a significant injury the moment he awkwardly hit the floor during a preseason game against the Suns on Oct. 6. The diagnosis was a …

Sun Herald

Sixers' Dario Saric is tirelessly improving his game

Sixers coach Brett Brown said it was a fight getting Dario Saric to sit out the first two preseason games. "He hates it. He can't stand it," Brown said of …

New York Post

Knicks preview: Finding out how low they can go

The only question is whether Jeff Hornacek will replace Derek Fisher in the history books for worst single-season record for a Knicks coach. Probably not, but after an 0-5 preseason, it’s not out of the realm of possibility the rebuilding, post-Carmelo Anthony club could challenge 17-65. The new regime of Steve Mills and Scott Perry...

Sun Herald

LeBron James leads Cavs to season-opening victory in Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland

LeBron James did LeBron James things Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena to overshadow Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland. James, who missed all but one preseason game with an ankle …

San Francisco Chronicle

Andre Iguodala to miss Warriors’ season opener vs. Rockets

Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala has been ruled out of Tuesday night’s season opener against Houston with a strained back, the team announced. Iguodala had previously been listed as questionable. After missing Friday’s preseason finale against Sacramento, he appeared on the mend, fully participating in practice Monday. Small forward Omri Casspi, who had been probable with a mild right ankle sprain, will be available Tuesday. With Iguodala out, Casspi, Nick Young and Patrick McCaw figure to see more playing time. Starting in place of...

Sun Herald

Welcome, Rook: Ball, Tatum, Fultz and more making NBA debuts

If there was one takeaway from Lonzo Ball's first training camp and preseason, it was this: He doesn't sound like his dad. There's no humility in Ball's game. The confidence …

New York Post

Is Nets’ highest-paid player really not going to start?

The Nets used the exact same starting lineup throughout the preseason, but coach Kenny Atkinson insists that’s no guarantee it will remain the same when they open the regular season Wednesday in Indiana. Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell are the first-choice backcourt, and Timofey Mozgov is the presumptive starter at center. But who will get...

Spurs Nation | San Antonio Express-News

Report: Spurs, Aldridge in contract extension talks

SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge’s outstanding preseason just keeps getting better. Citing unnamed league sources, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the club and the 12th-year forward are engaged in talks regarding a contract extension. Under terms of the four-year, $84 million contract he signed with the Spurs in summer 2015, Aldridge has a player option

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston miss Sunday’s practice

The Warriors got through preseason relatively healthy. Now, as Golden State prepares for Tuesday’s season opener against Houston, it has a few players nursing minor ailments. Point guard Shaun Livingston missed Sunday’s practice with an undisclosed illness. Forward Andre Iguodala sat out Sunday’s session with a back strain that forced him to miss Friday’s preseason finale against Sacramento, and forward Omri Casspi was held out of contact drills with a mild ankle sprain. Though head coach Steve Kerr listed Livingston as probable for Tuesday’s...

Thunderous Intentions

OKC Thunder players rank among leaders in preseason

Several players on OKC Thunder rank in the leader boards of preseason statistics. While 24 teams entered the night to complete the 2017 preseason the OKC Thunder wrapped up their truncated schedule Tuesday in Denver. The team is preparing for the regular season tip-off versus former OKC Thunder player Enes Kanter and his Knicks next […] OKC Thunder players rank among leaders in preseason - Thunderous Intentions - Thunderous Intentions - An Oklahoma City Thunder Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

San Francisco Chronicle

5 takeaways from Warriors’ preseason slate

The Warriors got what they wanted: After helping fuel the NBA’s rest-or-play debate last season, they watched league officials trim the preseason to limit travel-heavy stretches in the regular season. Golden State’s exhibition slate was reduced from seven games to four games. Though some teams could probably use more preparation time, the Warriors appear ready to start chasing another NBA title. Here are five takeaways from their preseason: 1. The Warriors are better than they were last season. Golden...

Sun Herald

What we learned from the Clippers' preseason, despite all the injuries

LOS ANGELES–Evaluating any measure of progress the Los Angeles Clippers may have made during the preseason cannot tell the entire story because they were an incomplete group for the majority …

LA Lakers vs LA Clippers - Full Game Highlights | Oct 13, 2017 | 2017-18 NBA Preseason

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San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets - Full Game Highlights | Oct 13, 2017 | 2017-18 NBA Preseason

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San Francisco Chronicle

Stephen Curry reinforces Steve Kerr’s praise in Warriors’ preseason finale

To some, Stephen Curry’s greatness has become routine. The dizzying dribbling displays, the behind-the-back passes, the 30-foot jumpers — they’re all so common at this point that those not paying close attention might almost be bored. A man who has a courtside seat for the show, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, wants to make sure no one takes Curry’s brilliance for granted. More than 24 hours before Golden State’s 117-106 preseason win Friday night over the Kings at Oracle Arena, Kerr delivered a more than three-minute monologue praising the two-time NBA MVP. ...

philly.com

Five observations from the 76ers' preseason game vs. Miami Heat

Justtin Anderson has a chance to contend with Jahlil Okafor as team's most improved player.

Sun Herald

What we learned from the Lakers' preseason: The team is a work in progress

LOS ANGELES–After the hype and excitement of a productive offseason receded this month, the mundane business of training camp commenced. Officially, training camp was short. In an effort to alleviate …

New York Post

The numbers don’t agree, but Knicks see progress in a key area

The Knicks finished dead last in the league in defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) in the preseason. They gave up 112 points per game while going 0-5 (two losses to the Nets, two to the Wizards, one to the Rockets). Nevertheless, coach Jeff Hornacek, whose team opens Thursday in Oklahoma City, believes the Knicks...

New York Post

Knicks’ point guard situation remains murky

The horn has sounded on the preseason, it’s less than a week until opening night, and the Knicks’ picture at point guard — only the most important position in the modern NBA — remains out of focus. Frank Ntilikina, the franchise’s point guard of the future, sat out a fourth straight game because of a...

New York Post

Nets coach: ‘We still have to integrate’ Allen Crabbe

Foot surgery robbed Allen Crabbe of summer workouts and a sprained ankle cost him half of training camp and the preseason schedule. It’s no shock the newcomer is behind his new teammates, and getting the Nets’ priciest player up to speed is coach Kenny Atkinson’s top priority with the opener Wednesday in Indiana. “We still...

Luke Walton On Larry Nance Channeling His Emotions, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton after their final preseason game, talks disappointment with their defense, Julius Randle's back spasms, and where he sees Larry Nance Jr. can make the biggest improvement. Plus, how does he plan on Lonzo Ball and

Sports Illustrated

C.J. McCollum Suspended for Season Opener After Leaving Bench in Altercation

The NBA has suspended C.J. McCollum for one game after he left the bench during an altercation in a preseason game.

Larry Brown Sports

CJ McCollum suspended for season opener

C.J. McCollum has been suspended for the first game of 2017-2018 season as a result of his actions during a preseason game. During a game between the Blazers and Suns, McCollum left the bench during an altercation, which carries a one-game suspension. Below is the statement from the NBA. C.J. McCollum has been suspended one...Read More

Los Angeles Times

Lakers' Julius Randle to be reevaluated Monday after missing practice with strained rib muscle

Lakers forward Julius Randle was kept out of Saturday’s practice because of a strained muscle between his ribs, but he shot free throws at the end before heading into Sunday’s off day. Coach Luke Walton said Randle, who left Friday’s preseason finale victory over the Clippers in the fourth quarter...

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors waive Michael Gbinije, Georges Niang

Shortly after their 117-106 preseason win Friday night over Sacramento, the Warriors announced that they’ve waived guard Michael Gbinije and forward Georges Niang. While Gbinije averaged 3.3 points in four games, Niang averaged 4.0 points in four games. With Gbinije and Niang gone, the Warriors’ roster is at the NBA maximum of 15 players, plus one two-way player in Chris Boucher. They have room to add another player to a two-way contract. Gbinije and Niang will likely be designated to Golden State’s Gatorade League affiliate in Santa...

Thunderous Intentions

OKC Thunder In the news: Clutch time dilemma, top defense, OKC will win title – ‘Truth’

  OKC Thunder in the news for Saturday October 13 concentrates on clutch time and the Truth says the title belongs to OKC. OKC Thunder completed their preseason Oct 10, but 24 other teams finished up their schedules last night. Each team will take the precious few days until regular season tip-off to tweak issues […] OKC Thunder In the news: Clutch time dilemma, top defense, OKC will win title – ‘Truth’ - Thunderous Intentions - Thunderous Intentions - An Oklahoma City Thunder Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More