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VIDEO: Kyrie Irving drops between-the-legs pass to Kevin Love on the break

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been giving their top dogs a lot of run in the preseason, possibly as a way to get a bunch of new teammates on the same page.   LeBron James sat out the Cavs' penultimate preseason contest against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, but Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love showed they're developing a nice little synergy, with some help from glue guy Shawn Marion.  The Cavs lost 96-92, but it's becoming increasingly clear just how fun to watch this team's going to be once the...

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Kobe to Sit Out Final Two Preseason Games

Kobe Bryant will not play in either of the Lakers' final two preseason games, head coach Byron Scott announced before Wednesday's contest against the Portland Trail Blazers. Bryant will be back in the lineup for the team's season opener against Houston Oct. 28. "I just think he needs some rest," Scott said. "Think he's shown me enough. Think we're all pretty happy where he is." Bryant, who played just six games last season due to injury, had a strong preseason showing. The 16-time all-star has...

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Doc Rivers on Blake Griffin assault investigation: 'I trust Blake'

Las Vegas police are currently investigating a weekend incident involving Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin.  Griffin, who was with the Clippers in Las Vegas on Saturday for a preseason game, is accused of slapping a man at a nightclub in the Venetian, as reported by Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times. A 39-year-old man listed only as Daniel filed a complaint with (the Las Vegas Metro Police Department) on Sunday listing Griffin as a suspect, a spokesman for the police department...

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NBA GMs pick Spurs to repeat, LeBron MVP

The San Antonio Spurs are an overwhelming choice to repeat as NBA champions while LeBron James is the favorite to win the MVP Award, according to the 2014-15 survey of NBA general managers.

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With Norwood back from vacation, Yeng Guiao in no rush to bring Paul Lee back from injury layoff | PBA | SPIN.PH

WITH the return of big guard Gabe Norwood, Rain or Shine is in no rush to bring back injured star Paul Lee for the Elasto Painters’ next game against expansion team Blackwater Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup. Coach Yeng Guiao admitted feeling relieved now that doctors have confirmed that Lee’s hyperextended knee which he suffered in the game against San Miguel Beer was not serious as initially feared. “I don’t know kung ready na siya but we will not force him,” said Guiao. “We will make sure...

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GMs Name Harden and Howard Best at Position

NBA General Managers named James Harden the league's best shooting guard and Dwight Howard the best center in the 2014-15 NBA.com General Managers Survey. Harden received 63% of the votes, edging out Golden State's Klay Thompson (18.5%) and the Lakers' Kobe Bryant (7.4%). Howard captured 42.9% of the first place votes, ahead of Marc Gasol (25%) and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah (17.9%). Howard was also named the league's third-best overall defender and the third-best interior...

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Ford Keys to the Game: Celtics 100, Nets 86

Key Moment An impressive second quarter sparked the Boston Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Nets Wednesday night at TD Garden. More impressive than the quarter itself was the fact that the team’s future reserves were the key cogs in the decisive spurt.

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Bulls players take time to sign

By Adam Fluck | 10.22.2014 | 4:40 p.m. | Archive | @AdamFluck  Pau Gasol still remembers the first time he was asked for his autograph.  “I was still a kid,” recalled Gasol. “I was probably 16 years old and had just started playing for FC Barcelona. We were at a tournament when someone approached me for my autograph.  “He was probably asking every guy on the team,” Gasol laughed, “but it was still surprising and memorable at the same time.” 

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Lin looks good in return, Kobe calls him 'a big difference'

The Los Angeles Lakers' offense had a little more punch Tuesday night with the return of Jeremy Lin to the lineup. Lin had been out since the team's Oct. 9 preseason game with a sprained left ankle and, later, a tweaked right ankle. The injuries weren't considered serious, but they were enough to keep the point guard from meshing with his new teammates in game action. On Tuesday, it didn't look as if that learning curve will be too steep. Lin scored 15 points on only five field-goal attempts in...

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Thunder Unveils Three Basketball Courts in Moore

17 months ago, the Thunder was in the offseason and Serge Ibaka was overseas, on his way back to Oklahoma City. As soon as he touched down, he made his most important community visit since he joined the team.

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UNC probe: Advisers pushed sham classes

An report commissioned by the University of North Carolina says school academic advisers steered athletes into sham classes over an 18-year period, but does not directly implicate coaches or athletic administrators in the scheme.

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Griffin, Paul Back; Jordan To Rest; Barnes Opening Starter At SF

Rowan Kavner LOS ANGELES – Tonight will be center DeAndre Jordan’s turn to get rest. Head coach Doc Rivers said forward Blake Griffin and guard Chris Paul will be back in the lineup after resting Monday in the first game of a back-to-back, while Jordan will rest tonight against the Suns in the second game of the preseason back-to-back.

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Sonny Thoss proud to see Alaska's offseason work bear bruit in smashing debut against Purefoods | PBA | SPIN.PH

SONNY Thoss said Alaska’s smashing season debut is the fruit of all the hard work the Aces have done in the offseason. Australian coach Rob Beveridge and the new dynamics on team defense he taught the Aces, Thoss said, showed in the renewed defensive intensity Alaska displayed in an impressive 93-73 victory over reigning grand slam champion Purefoods Star on Wednesday night. The Aces were relentless defensively from the opening tip, pressuring the Hotshots’ backcourt no end and forcing 24...

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Koy Banal plans minor changes within Barako Bull system after replacing Siot Tangquingcen as coach | PBA | SPIN.PH

EVEN though he’s now the one calling the shots for Barako Bull, coach Koy Banal does not intend to totally scrap the system ingrained by predecessor Siot Tanquingcen. Banal declined to talk about the mystery behind the sudden removal of Tanquingcen a day before the PBA Philippine Cup kicked off last Sunday, but admitted there won’t be much changes with what the Energy’s former coach had already instilled within the team. “Wala kaming binago (on Tanquingcen’s system). You can only do that...

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