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Suns start tough week with road test vs. Warriors

The Suns beat a roster-depleted Warriors in the preseason, but now they have to do it for real.         

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Heat's Wayne Ellington tired of being a late starter to seasons

Wayne Ellington has been here before, stuck at the starting gate, with the rest of his teammates and the rest of the NBA off to the races. He vows he won't be left as far behind this time. After missing the first 16 games of 2016-17 with a thigh contusion, Ellington has missed the entire preseason...

ClutchPoints

Dwight Howard not traveling with Wizards on 5-game road trip

The Dwight Howard era with the Washington Wizards is not off to a good start. Howard didn’t play at all during the preseason due to a back/piriformis injury, and he hasn’t suited up in the regular season either. The former All-NBA center will not travel with the team on their upcoming five-game road trip. Howard […] The post Dwight Howard not traveling with Wizards on 5-game road trip appeared first on ClutchPoints.

CelticsBlog

Game thread: Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics return back home tonight to the TD Garden after a two game road trip to face off against the Orlando Magic. The pinstriped Magic have a new coach in Steve Clifford and after winning the opening game of the 2018-19 campaign, currently sit at 1-2 with a mixed bag of performances to start the season. Friday night, the Magic suffered a heavy 32 point home defeat at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets and the next night squared of in a competitive 1 point road loss 116-115 to the Philadelphia 76ers. Looking at the roster in preseason, the Magic had the potential to be one of...

Hoops Habit

New Orleans Pelicans: Nikola Mirotic off to a hot start in 2018-19

The New Orleans Pelicans won the first two games of the 2018-19 NBA season. One of the reasons for the Pels’ hot start has to do with the solid play of Nikola Mirotic. Around this time last season, New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic was away from the court thanks to a preseason altercation that took place […] New Orleans Pelicans: Nikola Mirotic off to a hot start in 2018-19 - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Hoops Habit

Miami Heat: The incredible rise of Rodney McGruder

While the early season form of the Miami Heat has been highly frustrating, a huge positive has been the inspired play of swingman Rodney McGruder. The recent emergence of Miami Heat swingman Rodney McGruder is in fact 12 months in the making. Entering the 2017-18 season, McGruder started in the opening five preseason games at […] Miami Heat: The incredible rise of Rodney McGruder - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

The Smoking Cuban

Dallas Mavericks: Harrison Barnes out at least two more games

Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes is going to miss at least two games with his hamstring injury including the Oct. 22 contest against the Bulls. Dallas Mavericks fans got some bad news at shootaround on Monday morning.  Harrison Barnes has missed all five preseason games and the first two regular-season contests with a hamstring injury.  Fans […] Dallas Mavericks: Harrison Barnes out at least two more games - The Smoking Cuban - The Smoking Cuban - A Dallas Mavericks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

SportsDay

Busy schedule, short preseason - not drama - led to Jimmy Butler sitting Saturday night

The trend of resting veteran players in the NBA is nothing new, but it's a little different when it's a player that has been surrounded by drama during training camp.The Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, who was the subject of constant trade rumors during the preseason, was left in Minnesota for rest purposes.The Wolves have a busy start to the season, having played in San Antonio on Wednesday and at home Saturday before returning to Texas for Saturday's game."It's a heavy schedule, so we just want to be smart," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Basically, he's been there a week and then we get hit with...

Blazer's Edge

Chinanu Onuaku Taken No. 2 Overall in G League Draft

The big man spent training camp and preseason with the Blazers. Recently released Portland Trail Blazers training camp invitee Chinanu Onuaku was drafted No. 2 overall in the G League Draft held on Saturday. The 6-10, 245 lb. former Louisville Cardinal made waves with Portland during the preseason with his hustle on the court and underhand free throw attempts. With the no. 2 overall pick, @greensboroswarm selects @lifeofnanu_32. pic.twitter.com/HJFQBcK1Tj— NBA G League (@nbagleague) October 20, 2018 The 21-year-old out of Baltimore, Maryland has played in six regular season games...

Thunderous Intentions

Game Preview: Win-less OKC Thunder hopeful Russell Westbrook returns in home opener

The win-less OKC Thunder host Sacramento in their home opener hoping it also marks the return of Russell Westbrook. Game day breaks down keys to winning. In their first two games of the season, the OKC Thunder have yet to live up to their preseason expectations. Throughout the entirety of the preseason, the Thunder brass […] Game Preview: Win-less OKC Thunder hopeful Russell Westbrook returns in home opener - Thunderous Intentions - Thunderous Intentions - An Oklahoma City Thunder Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Plain Dealer

Larry Nance Jr. to make season debut in home opener on Sunday night

Nance, who has missed the first two regular games against Toronto and Minnesota as well as the preseason finale because of a sprained ankle, will come off the bench and be on a minutes restriction.

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Rob Gray selected by Pacers' affiliate in G League Draft

LOS ANGELES - Former University of Houston star Rob Gray was made eligible for Saturday's G League Draft with the Rockets using their allotment of four players they could assign that had been with them in the preseason on other prospects.

Blazer's Edge

Lillard, McCollum Feel Playing Together More Is a Good Thing

The backcourt tells Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest why they’re excited that they’re playing together more. Terry Stotts and the Portland Trail Blazers have made it an early focus to play Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum together more. The backcourt is feeling good about the change. Lillard believes it’ll make them more efficient, he told Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest: “We did that the whole preseason and so far the first two games, just being out there together – even in practice we’ve been on the same teams a lot more than we have in the past. “I think it’ll...

Daily Knicks

New York Knicks: Kyrie Irving already considered NYK for free agency

Kyrie Irving again confirmed his commitment to the Boston Celtics, but said the New York Knicks were once in consideration, according to the New York Post. Kyrie Irving himself squashed the talk of his departure to the New York Knicks in the preseason, when he confirmed a commitment to the Boston Celtics. Despite no new contract, […] New York Knicks: Kyrie Irving already considered NYK for free agency - Daily Knicks - Daily Knicks - A New York Knicks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Orlando Magic Daily

Orlando Magic Daily Roundtable: The preseason matters, except when it doesn’t

The Orlando Magic have started their 2019 season and fans and the team itself are still learning who they will be. What have we learned so far? The Orlando Magic have begun their 2019 season with a fairly loud statement. And then a pretty quiet whisper. The team promised to be renewed defensively and showed […] Orlando Magic Daily Roundtable: The preseason matters, except when it doesn’t - Orlando Magic Daily - Orlando Magic Daily - An Orlando Magic Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pounding The Rock

Spurs Mural Stop #5- AT&T Center

Look no further than where the Spurs play to find great art My wife, daughter, and I took in the Spurs preseason game against the Houston Rockets. Any time there is a game that starts before dusk, we make a family trip. And the last time the three of us went to see the Spurs they were hosting these (mostly) same Rockets on Easter. And the Spurs won by 17. Life was good. If you want to see Spurs murals, look no further than the AT&T Center. This was our first trip this season and although the final score didn’t shine on the Spurs, there was fun to be had. This mural, one of...

ClutchPoints

Timberwolves news: Jimmy Butler to be rested vs. Mavs

After playing 36 minutes Friday night, Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Jimmy Butler won’t play Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks for precautionary rest. Butler didn’t play at all during the preseason after being away from the team due to his trade request. The four-time All-Star scored 33 points versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday and helped […] The post Timberwolves news: Jimmy Butler to be rested vs. Mavs appeared first on ClutchPoints.

ClutchPoints

Nets news: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ruled out against Pacers

Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will not be making his season debut Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers. The Nets forward has missed the Nets’ first two games due to a lingering hip issue, which has been bothering him since preseason. According to Rotoworld, Hollis-Jefferson will miss the game, this time, due to personal reasons. […] The post Nets news: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ruled out against Pacers appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Clipperholics

LA Clippers need strong performance to take down Oklahoma City Thunder

After falling to the Denver Nuggets in Wednesday night’s opener, the LA Clippers will face another challenging team in the Oklahoma City Thunder. After an undefeated preseason, the LA Clippers came out swinging against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, few of their shots would land, and the Clippers would fall 107-98. Tonight, the […] LA Clippers need strong performance to take down Oklahoma City Thunder - Clipperholics - Clipperholics - LA Clippers News, Rumors, Scores and More

SportsDay

Harrison Barnes ruled out for Mavericks' home opener tonight

Harrison Barnes has been ruled out for tonight's home opener against Minnesota, coach Rick Carlisle said after Saturday morning's shootaround."He's not going to play tonight," Carlisle said. "He worked hard yesterday. He had a hard morning workout today. So we'll see where things are come Monday. He's made steady progress without setbacks. So that's very good news."Barnes suffered a strained hamstring in the first week of training camp and missed all four preseason games and the season opener at Phoenix on Wednesday. It appears there is a solid chance he could play Monday against...

Blog a Bull

At least Zach LaVine’s scoring powers carried over from preseason

LaVine is by far the Bulls best player Zach LaVine probably isn’t going to drop 30 points on a nightly basis. But through five preseason games and now one game that actually counted, the fifth-year guard has established himself as the Bulls go-to scorer and best player, already showing major improvements from last season when the recovery from an ACL tear routinely hampered his performances. “A year after tearing my ACL I feel like I’m back to myself – athletically, speed-wise, quickness,” LaVine said via NBC Sports Chicago. “I’ve got my legs under me. I just needed y’all...

Posting and Toasting

Game Thread: Knicks at Nets, 10/19/18

Will the Knicks stay undefeated? Game two! Here's hoping that it can be half as exciting and gratifying as the barnburner against the Hawks on Wednesday. These Knicks already faced the Nets twice in the preseason and split that series. The first game was the Allonzo Trier breakout, so watch the kid again tonight. No word on starters just yet, but we know who's around and who's not, at least: Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) remains out. https://t.co/hf7jPLxeBb— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 19, 2018 Game is at 7:30 PM on MSG. This is NetsDaily. Please do no post any large photos, GIFs, or...

Pounding The Rock

Dejounte Murray has surgery to ACL in his right knee

The first positive sign on the Spurs’ guard’s road to recovery It was hard to watch. Dejounte Murray was bolting to the basket and went down under the rim in a preseason game against the Houston Rockets. The arena went silent as fans attempted to understand just what had happened. There seemed to be no contact. Had he twisted his ankle? He got up up his own freewill after a wheel chair had been brought to him. Murray painfully paced the floor toward center court as a collective sigh of relief filled the air. Then he turned, walked off court, and did not return to the game. The news was...

Hoops Habit

Orlando Magic: Has Mohamed Bamba already arrived?

After a stellar first game and an impressive preseason, Orlando Magic rookie Mohamed Bamba looks the part of potential star. Can he continue this progression? Remember just last year when the Orlando Magic shot above 45 percent for the first 12 games of the season and were 8-4 on Nov. 10? Well if you do, […] Orlando Magic: Has Mohamed Bamba already arrived? - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Blazer's Edge

Damian Lillard Sees Blazers’ Future in Anfernee Simons

The End of the Damian Lillard era will come someday. Anfernee Simons just might be the heir apparent. The Portland Trail Blazers’ Fan Fest is not a place for making rash judgments. It’s even less serious than preseason games, and more focused on the team having fun than any basketball-related activities. But amid all the fun, a picture posted by the Blazers’ photographer, Bruce Ely, of Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons palling around stuck out to me, giving me serious mentor vibes based on the relationship displayed: Just a proud father and his son : @bruceely...

Canis Hoopus

Game #2: Wolves take on Cleveland in home opener

Minnesota looks to get their first win of the young season. Minnesota Timberwolves (0-1) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (0-1) 7:00 pm FSN After almost six months of waiting, meaningful Minnesota Timberwolves basketball is finally back in the Twin Cities. The season kicked off in bittersweet fashion on Tuesday night, with the Wolves falling to the San Antonio Spurs in a surprisingly fun opening night fixture 112-108. With Jimmy Butler back in the fold, Minnesota looked a lot more competitive than they did during their dismal preseason run, even with Karl-Anthony Towns shooting just six field...

The Sixer Sense

Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet deserves consistent minutes in second unit

Reigning 26th overall pick Landry Shamet looks like a steal for the Philadelphia 76ers. After a summer of “how can the Philadelphia 76ers replace Marco Belinelli?” questions, we might finally have our answer. Landry Shamet is building on a strong preseason, notching 12 points on 4/7 three-point shooting in the Sixers’ Thursday night win over […] Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet deserves consistent minutes in second unit - The Sixer Sense - The Sixer Sense - A Philadelphia 76ers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Best Of Utah Jazz | 2018 NBA Preseason

The Jazz finished the 2018 preseason with a record of 5 wins and 0 losses,

Lakers Practice: Rookie Moe Wagner Back on Court Doing Defensive Drills And Shooting With Ingram

Los Angeles Lakers Rookie Moritz Wagner missed all of preseason with a left knee injury. He was practicing today doing some defensive drills as well as some shooting drills with Brandon Ingram. Can Moe fill a much needed roll as the back up center? #Lake