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Murray’s knee injury another Spurs concern as season nears

The San Antonio Spurs have more injury concerns with a little more than a week remaining until the regular season. Starting point guard Dejounte Murray’s knee buckled and he crashed to the court Sunday in a preseason loss to the Houston Rockets. He will undergo an MRI exam on Monday. Murray was driving to the basket against Rockets guard James ...

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As preseason winds down, NBA stars are getting some rest

Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward’s preseasons ended early. And they weren’t alone around the NBA on Saturday, either. The Boston Celtics left the biggest two stars on their roster — both of whom are coming off serious injuries, and now apparently dealing with far more minor ones — out of the lineup for their preseason finale at Cleveland. The official ...

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Pacers rest starting five, drop second preseason game in overtime

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Indiana Pacers rested their entire projected starting five against the Memphis Grizzlies in Saturday’s preseason loss. Victor Oladipo, Darren Collison, Thad Young, Myles Turner, and Bojan Bogdanovic all sat out. The Grizzlies sat some regulars as well, including Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Neither of these moves come as a surprise given that Memphis was playing a ...

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Kawhi Leonard sits out Toronto’s preseason home debut

Kawhi Leonard’s debut in his new home arena will have to wait. Leonard was one of the regulars who rested Friday night, when the Toronto Raptors defeated Melbourne United 120-82. The Raptors scheduled five preseason games this season, but Friday’s was the only one that’ll be played in Toronto. Kyle Lowry also got the night off for the Raptors, who ...

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Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel. He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago. “When I woke up from my pregame nap I was nervous,” Durant said. “I never ...

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Barkley gets Philadelphia media award, gives take on 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Barkley is being honored in Philadelphia with a media award. Barkley received the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award at Temple University on Friday. The basketball Hall of Famer and commentator on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” told the room full of journalists to “be mad, be frustrated, but don’t stop doing your job and telling ...

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Kawhi Leonard sits out Toronto’s preseason home debut

Kawhi Leonard’s debut in his new home arena will have to wait. Leonard was one of the regulars who rested Friday night, when the Toronto Raptors defeated Melbourne United 120-82. The Raptors scheduled five preseason games this season, but Friday’s was the only one that’ll be played in Toronto. Kyle Lowry also got the night off for the Raptors, who ...

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Ex-Sonics ballboy Rick Welts returns to Seattle NBA roots

SEATTLE (AP) — Slick Watts would wring out one of his sweaty headbands, whichever of the three or four in his rotation he’d worn that night, and hand it off to locker room attendant Rick Welts for a proper washing. Not just anybody got to touch Watts’ signature, treasured bands, either. In Welts the Seattle SuperSonics trusted. To take care ...

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Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Durant got off the bus inside the loading dock of KeyArena about two hours before tipoff and made a quick glance toward the court, visible through the tunnel. He was back where his NBA career began more than a decade ago. “Definitely a different feeling pulling up into the arena and down into the ramp just ...

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