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Raptors: kings of the preseason. They'll finish exhibition 7-1, best record in NBA, matching franchise best for most wins in the fall
Jazz go small. Hayward moves to power forward
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said he and Bill Duffy, Steve Nash's agent, met yesterday in Las Vegas to finalize Nash's decision to step away.
Morse is in the on-deck circle to pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot.
It's only preseason and his body of work speaks for itself, but Gasol hasn't played very well thus far.
Heat scouting and player personnel dept. deserves praise for this preseason. They have identified and cultivated some nice young talent.
Thibs closing game with Taj and Pau. Noah on the bench .... hmmmm - minutes restrictions or a glimpse into the future?
Tarik Black was double-teamed in the low post by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker -- a sentence I did not expect to type maybe ever.
Thibodeau looking at the Gibson-Gasol pairing to close?
Doc Rivers on Spurs: "Until someone figures out a way of beating them, I don’t really want to talk about any other teams."
Mitch Kupchak said he & Steve Nash along w/ agent Bill Duffy had discussions early this week. Mitch said Nash decision was collaborative
Mavs post a 4-4 record in preseason for the 5th time in 7 seasons under Carlisle
Jazz up 49-39 over Phoenix with 2:42 remaining in the first half. Hayward with 13 to lead all scorers. 5-6 from the field
GSW vs DEN starters: GSW -- Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee, Bogut; DEN -- Green, Afflalo, Gallinari, Hickson, Mozgov. Out: Faried, Lawson.
Lincecum warming up in the pen broke my Twitter machine http://t.co/2ZiwYGel98
With Heat limited on wing, with Deng and Granger out, Heat in third went with Napier, Chalmers and Cole together. Small(est) ball.
Adams misses 2 free throws, come on guys
Jameer Nelson on his return to Orlando: "I had to wait for Jae Crowder to go to the locker room, so I knew which way to go."
Spurs playing more regulars in the fourth quarter than they probably will in April here. Duncan, Parker, Green and Belinelli start the 4th.
That play shows a potential flaw in triangle when down 3 in situation like this: You allow opponent to foul your big man w his back turned
Mavs end preseason at 4-4, closing it out tonight w/ a 117-92 win at Orlando. Chandler Parsons had 24 & Dirk 16. Mavs shot 55%, hit 12 3s
No need to check the scoreboard. Daniels and Canaan in so this must be the start of the fourth quarter.
Troy Daniels enters the game to start the 4th quarter.
Alec Burks once again getting himself to the free-throw line
Duncan and Parker on the floor to start the fourth
Rose back in the fourth.
With 6:46 left in the half, Plumlee picked up his 3rd foul on a perimeter move w/the ball. Len already has 3 so Plumlee stayed in. UTA 40-32
Taj Gibson might be the only player in the NBA to never, ever commit a foul. Just ask him.
It so fun to watch James Harden just take over a game - sees the guy guarding him can't hang and just crushes them.
Olynyk told Scal he looked into becoming an Uber driver but never followed through with it.
Booker can't get the first tip to go but keeps at it & scores the bucket on a second try. Jazz have 9 second-chance points to PHX's 3.
Harden quick getting some shots up before the third quarter ends and he sits. He's 7 of 9 in the quarter for 20 of his 25 points.
Harden just hit is fifth 3 of the night. He is 5/9. Rockets lead Spurs 76-60.
Kyle Anderson is a prototype Spurs player - fails the eye test in almost every way.
That's five Popovich timeouts here in the third quarter. Good thing we tipped off half an hour early.
Little things Rockets didn't do last year -- Papa outhustles Spurs to offensive board, leads to a Harden three. Harden now has 15 in the 3Q.
Knicks' SGs tonight are 3-of-23. JR is 1-of-10. Hardaway is 2-of-7. Shumpert is 0-of-6
I can see Trey Burke playing 35 minutes a night this season
Can't be mad at that debut from Tim Hudson ... He gets a well-earned ovation
McBuckets with a Euro-step and then a bad bail-out call.
20,738 here for the game
Lopez in to face Hosmer.
Bosh, now with 19 points, along with Wade have been efficient and deadly accurate with their offense. Bosh has been aggressive all night.
Nice play run for McDermott to open 4th quarter with Noah finding him for driving score. McDermott much more than just spotup shooter
Doc Rivers on Steve Nash: "I think the great ones, they make the game different."
Nice to catch up w/ Gary Harris. Met him at McDonald's All-American before his MSU career. Now 1 more preseason game to go before NBA debut.
Noah starting the 4th and headed to likely preseason high for minutes. Has moved well with 14 rebounds to date.
Norris Cole with six assists and finding easy points for teammates. Heat 69, Grizzlies 61 3Q
J.R. Smith and his self-fulfilling "struggle'' prophesy. He's 1 for 10.
Valanciunas bothered Aldrich with his length, forcing bad shot, then came back, posted him up and scored easily on a nice move.
5 mins remaining. Casey going with all 5 starters down the stretch, as promised. Knicks, on the other hand, primarily with subs. Raps up 5
Doc Rivers on Steve Nash: "He reminds me a lot of Isiah and Stockton, those smaller point guards that had big hearts and did a lot of stuff.
Cain is probably Hudson's last batter. Lefties Hosmer and Moustakas come next.
It does appear Rubio has learned to shoot. Comes in handy in a contract year.
Think Lowry’s about to introduce Montreal to KLOE
Heat maintaining a double-digit lead with balanced scoring.
Radio only again if you live in Denver.
Bulls 91, Wolves 83 after 3 quarters in St. Louis
This has been a pretty solid stint of minutes for Dante Exum. Running the pick and roll well....has set Gobert up for easy rolls to the rim
Lopez heading to the SFG bullpen.
Phil Jackson not in Montreal tonight. Didn't make any of the 4 preseason road trips (2 Connecticut, Cuse). It's good to be The Zen Master.
Len has been good despite 3 fouls. Playing big. Tipped out offensive board, grabbed another, scored in traffic & made Exum airball a drive.
VC with a 3, then Bosh goes Jackie Moon down the court with a layup the VC with another 3.
Rose is 6-for-9 from 3-point range in last 2 games.
Maybe he'll play more tonight, but for now in last 3 games, Rose has scored 71 pts in 75 minutes while shooting 60% from field.
Hey peeps the story on Quincy being waived ..... that report was wrong. I am watching him warm up right now
Chris Bosh is a handful when he can score like that off the dribble.
Quincy Acy has been a force tonight. Yes, it is true. Jason Smith better not get comfortable with that starting spot.
that was nice tribute MLB. Good work.
Hudson is due up 2nd next half-inning. Bochy has to be thinking about a pinch-hitter. Not guaranteed, but possible.
4th quarter minutes for Raptors starting five; Casey said he'd stretch 'em out a little bit
The entire stadium is holding up signs saying "Stand Up to Cancer" ... Players too
Luke Ridnour has a right quadriceps contusion.
For those of you still counting, Ginobili is 2 of 10 tonight. Makes him 8 of 40 for the preseason.
A rare time an opponent wouldn't mind seeing Herrera-Davis-Holland? OK, maybe not, but Guthrie has SFGs way off-balance.
What I love about baseball: no clock. That said, it feels like SFG is up against a countdown with those relievers looming. Tick, tock...
Walking on promenade. I've been in louder church lobbies
Derrick Rose checks out in 3rdQ with 24 points in 23 minutes tonight vs. Twolves. Third straight game he's been beyond sharp.
UTA 33, PHX 28 after 1Q. Green: 7 pts, 3 reb; Dragic: 7 pts, 2 ast; Kanter: 8 pts; Hayward: 8 pts; PHX: 58 FG%, 5 tov; UTA: 52 FG%, 1 tov.
And Guthrie answers with an 8-pitch inning.
Rick Carlisle: "We're ready for practice on Sunday, and then we'll be ready for practice on Monday. And then we'll be ready."
Gordon Hayward with a solid first quarter: 8 points (3/4 shooting), a board and an assist. Jazz up 33-28 on Phoenix after one.
Hayward and Kanter lead the Jazz with eight points each
Rose goes to bench w/ 24 pts on 11-18 shooting. Looks pretty much like the Derrick Rose I once knew
If James Johnson is happy in this role and doesn’t fret when the points/shots don’t come, Raptors far better than last year’s version.
On a side note I am cheering for the Royals in Giants country....dont think for a second that I do not enjoy this
That might be all the look the Suns need at Green running pick-n-roll. His lob didn't make it past his defender. He did have a good quarter.
An 8:21 stint for Rose. He's up to 23:22.
Great hesitation move by Exum to finish the first quarter. Jazz lead the Suns 33-28
This will be the final game for either Alonzo Gee or Quincy Miller
Brad Stevens mic'd up right now on the CSNNE Celtics season preview, talking to Rondo about James Young's nice feel.
No Ty Lawson tonight, Eric Green will get the start so Coach Shaw will have his entire 2nd unit together (including Nate)
Greetings everyone from the Oracle in Oakland California tonight is the 8th and final preseason game...thank a higher being
We're moving the dials on the Popometer. He got in Tony Parker's face in that time out. Nothing too extreme by his standards, but...
Yep, Pop's using all his timeouts tonight.
Gordon Hayward basically playing point guard with the second unit
Giants hitters are 0-for-4 to start innings so far tonight.
James Johnson has been one of the better Raptors tonight, despite not scoring a point.
Looks like Marc and Mike are done for the night.
Heat 56, Grizzlies 48 to start the second half in Memphis. Encouraging stuff from Wade highlighting the night.
That third quarter is exactly what Phil and Derek have been talking about. You have to stick to the program. That's the challenge.
I don't think Chris Bosh will ever stop referring to Ennis as "rook."
Rose putting on a show for second straight exhibition.
That was your lickety-split 6-pitch inning for Hudson. Cruising.
Thought Wade was done when he returned from halftime wearing some pillow-sized bandages on knees.
The Knicks ran the Isosceles Triangle in the third quarter. The result was 16% shooting (3-for-19).
Rose with 22 after that 3.
Rose flashed 3 fingers after that 3-pointer as he ran downcourt. Atypical public swagger for him.
Hayward went for another and-1 jam. It turned more into a layup on Green but it was still a 3-point play. Not a good final D tune-up so far.
Not sure if its being explained on TV, but Fisher & Melo were both upset, bc 24-sec clock was still intact as 3Q expired. It confused Melo
Rose with spectacular start to 2nd half basically scoring or making play on every score in 13-5 opening.
Jazz lead 27-19 with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter
Ariza chatted with Pop during time out. Kid official said he needed to go back toward Rockets bench area until horn. Lighten up, Francis.
Raptors up 63-57 on Knicks after 3; trying to find scissors to use to cut down nets when pre-season ends
It's absolutely critical to know that your manager hunts with Jeff Foxworthy.
Looking forward to seeing the second half, especially the bench play
Hayward doing work in this first quarter. getting to the rim at will
Timberwolves with 5 points in first 5 minutes of second half after 64-point first half. Someone talked defense at halftime.
Hayward drives baseline, dunks on Alex Len...gets the foul. Added strength on display
No Kobe, Boozer or Jordan Hill for the Lakers.
Raptors held the Knicks to 3/19 shooting in the third quarter, besting them 14-7 on the boards and outscoring them 25-11. They lead 63-57
Kobe was asked where Nash will rank among point guards in history, Kobe said, "That's ESPN's job to rank people."
Jazz up 24-15 as Hood, Novak and Gobert check in. Extra minutes to go around at the 4 & 5 with Favors out tonight.
Pop called a timeout there and was pretty animated. Preseason's almost over, I think.
This was the biggest concern for me: can Giants bats produce under pressure of knowing they have to be up after 6 innings
Hayward used a screen to get by Green, dribbled around Tolliver and dunked through Len's foul. Gulp. Utah 24-15, 4:27 in 1st.
Royals need six more outs from Guthrie before turning it over to their three-headed bullpen monster
Belinelli screwed up something on defense. Pop pulled him two minutes in and chewed him out all the way to his seat.
I don't even know what this quarter is from the Knicks. It's not a triangle, though.
Can you have the sophomore jinx in the pre-season? Because Timmy Jr. looks turrible
Guthrie goes through Panik, Posey, Sandoval in 12 pitches. On to the 5th.
The Suns will test of the Jazz's squad's transition D. So far Utah has allowed 1 fast-break point. Transition free throws, man. Every time.
Utah has not scored on 3 of their first 12 trips and those were even pretty good chances. Coaches say the Jazz has looked good in preseason.
Jameer is on the court shanking hands and talking to some of his former Magic teammates.
Quin Snyder displeased with the lack of ball movement and 1 on 1 in post despite 19-12 lead calls timeout.
Right move for Blatt to start Anderson Varejao over Tristan Thompson. Vet guy. Also a LeBron favorite. Can't risk early tension as rook HC
The best-case scenario is that the Royals win the next three games so the World Series doesn't overlap with the start of the NBA season.
"You were here when we clinched!" he says, referring to the Royals. "You must be good luck!" Guess he doesn't know which program I cover.
The Spurs assisted on all but one of their first-half baskets. Unfortunately, that's 10 assists on only 11 field goals.
The Raptors have never lost to the Knicks in the pre-season (8-0).
Suns playing with no energy early, so far...and Enes Kanter is giving Miles Plumlee that work
Springfield and Marple Newtown are trading personal fouls like it's going out of style. Game drags on. Cougars lead, 28-7, in 4Q
The Triangle, or whatever the Knicks are trying to run, has produced six points in 10 third-quarter minutes.
Markieff and Plumlee each picked up two fouls in the game's first 4:33. Frontcourt is now Len, Tolliver and Green. Utah 15-7.
With Bulls tied at 64 at half starting second half with Freddie Lewis, Joe Caldwell, Marvin Barnes, Fly Williams and Gus Gerard
That timeout was strictly a scolding by Fisher. He never even used the dry erase board. Just got into his players.
Steve Kerr said he'll approach tonight's preseason finale like a dress rehearsal for next week.
Fisher not happy, wants to talk it over. Knicks losing their cool & I think I just caught a rare in-game Casey smirk. Raps on 21-3 run/up 10
Relatively important half-inning here, might be last time SFG middle-order hits before KC gets Herrera-Davis-Holland going.
Hudson cruised through the Royals best hitters the second time through
Only in the third quarter, but Knicks have four technical fouls: Fisher, Stoudemire, JR Smith and Pablo Prigioni.
There are few honors quite as sad as being recognized as a regular by the barkeep at an airport Marriott.
Prigioni, Stoudemire, J.R. and Fisher have been called for technicals thus far.
Amid reports of a NY Daily News/Post merger, Berman of the Post tweets: "Amare's floater wasn't t-riangle just t-alent." I think I'm safe.
I have nothing to base this on but intuition & common sense, but I predict Wolves sign Ricky to a 4-yr deal worth $50-52M by Friday
Devin Harris ( 7 pts, 7 assists), Jefferson (6 pts) and Crowder (0 pts) are also done for the night.
Heat up 54-48 Grizzlies at the half with Wade (16 points, 7-8 FGs) and Bosh (13 points, 6-10 FGs) leading the way.
Can't spell montreal without a "T"
Prigioni gets a technical. All of the technical fouls are happening!
Parsons (24 pts), Dirk (16 pts), Aminu (13 pts), Ellis (11 pts), Tyson (8 pts, 5 reb), Jameer (4 pts, 7 assists) are done for the night.
Jazz lead 10-6 early over the Suns
At the half 54-48 Wade with 16, ZBo has 12 to lead the Grizz. Heat shooting 60% to the Grizz 43%
Outfield defense outstanding by both clubs. Pence just stole a triple from Lorenzo Cain with running catch in right
Yes, Knicks will have Calderon back for the opener, but struggling to picture a way they can break 90 if the Bulls play their usual D.
Cal spends $321 mil to renovate its field, then plays Oregon at Levi's Stadium. Odd decision by somebody
Angry/engaged JV > other versions. 9pts/3reb in 3rdQ after 2pts/0reb in 1st half. Think message was received. Credit Casey for sending it
Rockets have led the league in turnovers forced per game this preseason. The Spurs had 13 in the first half tonight.
And no, this isn't about the big lineup being slow in transition. It's about wing players being slow and perimeter defense being poor.
I have a 2 tickets to the Knicks open practice at MSG on Sunday afternoon at MSG. I'll give 'em away via a trivia contest tomorrow morning.
I'm not sure what shape J.R. is playing now.
Dwyane Wade vs. Tayshaun Prince. Just had a flashback to 2005
Final: No. 1 Red Bank Catholic 35, No. 2 Manalapan 14. That's 39 straight vs. the Shore for RBC in a nice and tidy two hours, 10 minutes
The game has started
These Amare-at-the-5 lineups, man... Just say no.
Hudson has faced 11 Royals, given up 2 hits, thrown 47 pitches. Guthrie has faced 10 Giants, given up 2 hits, thrown 47 pitches. 1-0 KC.
Jordan Farmar back for Clippers.
Parker played 15 mins, Duncan 13 in 1st half. Not sure we'll see a ton of them in second half. Rockets up 17 with Harden 2 of 9 for just 5.
Jamal Crawford is sitting tonight bc of hamstring soreness. Jordan Farmar is available to play.
DWade and Bosh really look focused and this is pre-season.
Kings guard Ramon Sessions strongly disputes he opted out with Lakers because of Kobe. Said he wanted long term security with the Lakers
LaMarcus Aldridge out for Trail Blazers, Jamal Crawford out for Clippers. Both expected to be ready for opener.
17-2 run after another DeRozan slam. MTL is loving it. Raps up 55-48
Watching Vince and Tay run the court on that play was crazy, like Grumpy Old Men running down the road
Melo got called for the push-off but I love that option instead of the flash to the elbow, he cuts back door for the oop.
Dwyane Wade is 18 of 25 over the past two games. Regular season ready, it appears.
Since McHale took TO less than 4 minutes into the game, Spurs have gone 7 of 24 for 21 points over 20 mins. No FGs in final 6 1/2 of half.
Carlisle is really emptying his bench now. Sarge, Ledo and Mekel are in.
James Ennis looked a lot better against third- and fourth-string talent earlier in the preseason. It's why expectations have to be tempered.
Vince with a hard foul on Wade
Ex-Raptor Haywoode Workman is getting an earful from Raptors tonight. Letting them play. JV latest. DeRozan wanted and-one too
Knicks gave up 14 points the whole second quarter. They've allowed 15 in the first 4:06 of the third.
Zach Randolph is hustling out there like it's the NBA Finals
Spurs not defending poorly, but manage zero field goals over final 6:29 of first half. Trail 49-32 at break.
49-32 Rockets over Spurs at half. Beverley-Ariza combo outstanding tonight. Excited about what those two will do for perimeter D this year.
VC just got the offensive call for a little push in Bosh's back,
McDermott keeps playing like that around the rim, the nickname "Billy Ho'' isn't far off.
Happy for Isaiah Canaan. Had to be a tough preseason, but he's showed something these past few games.
Correction, 10-2 run. Now 13-2 run.
Matchups to watch Tuesday: Parker/Jameer, Splitter/Tyson, Duncan/Dirk. Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) could miss this game.
We've seen former Raptor Haywoode Workman and the rest of the officiating crew correct a few calls this evening. Pre-season for refs too
Rubio scores on layup to end 1st half, has 12 points and 4 assists in 14 minutes and game is tied at 64 at intermission
Rubio shouldn't be taking Rose to the rack as much as he has. 64-64 at the half. Steam coming from Thibs' head.
Will catch the replay, looked like ZBo said "We Don't Bluff" seriously, that will be on a video clip soon!
Knicks transition defense has gotten shredded a few times here tonight.
ZBo got a T after telling Williams we don't bluff, double technical, ZBo didn't like that at all, wasn't having it
Dwight Howard is out, James Harden is 2 for 9 and the Spurs are down by 13.
Very tough for youth to get meaningful minutes on teams w/ high expectations. Now Teague joins rebuilding situation. Let's see what he's got
DeRozan caps off 8-2 run by tearing thru the lane for the dunk. Was very frustrated at the end of the 2ndQ. Light switch on for he & JV both
ZBo doing ZBo things, 2" one gander jump shot and boom
Bulls leading 62-58 with about 90 seconds left in half. Appears it's Paul Westhead coaching wearing a Thibs mask
Aaron Baynes caught Harden with a hard right to the side of his head on a screen. Play on.
Festus Ezeli was on a 12-minute limit Tuesday. He might get extended a little bit tonight.
McDermott is allergic to dunking.
Almost something like a fist pump by Posey there after catching strike 3.
10-0 run for Raptors out of break capped by DeRozan dunk forces Knicks’ Fisher to call timeout.
Tommy Spernal goes 18 yards between the tackles to add the icing. RBC leads, 35-7, with 4:31 left
Of course, we'll have to see how that translates to the regular season.
Mavs up 96-71 with 8:40 left after that 3 by Devin.
ANOTHER three for Aminu. He's 3-of-4 from deep. Not bad for a so-called defensive specialist, huh?
Steve Kerr said the Warriors will start Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee and Bogut.
Just looks like Wade is doing a better job of pacing himself this year.
Aminu just made his 3rd 3. He's 3-of-4 from downtown. Carlisle has been working with him on his triples.
This Heat team is playing with a chip on its shoulder. They look like they want to prove they are still good without LeBron.
Game began with Spurs moving ball, getting open looks as if back in Game 5. Since then, Rockets have really stepped up D. Best it's looked.
BIG play, Panik
As a late first round pick, Marquis Teague entered NBA on vet laden team. Tough to get minutes. Then traded to Brooklyn ... another vet crew
That would've gotten through KC's fast infield, no question.
Another solid start for Wade.
Miami with 24 PTS in the paint, an area the Grizz usually own
The Spurs are the best team in the West. There's no doubt about it. - Doc Rivers
Lowry saying what’s up to Fisher during the free throw. Gives some props to the former PG.
JV back on the floor to begin 2nd half after spending most of 1st on bench. Goes straight to offensive glass for a putback on 1st possession
This will go down as a thorough, but not dominant RBC win. Manalapan has not played poorly by any stretch, but RBC is simply better
This will be a great opportunity for Marquis Teague to consistently get run in Philly, especially w/ Carter-Williams on the shelf
Melo buries a shot coming out of the half. Man, he is ready to go.
Doc Rivers said what he said about Steve Nash after complimenting him for five minutes.
Derek Trucks & Warren Haynes ...greatest guitar duo on God's Green Earth. http://t.co/IcjtSdCClj
Kobe said Mitch Kupchak called him to inform him that Nash would not play this season.
One of young servers got hand caught in elevator trying to jump on before door closed. He's fine, but elevator door sticking. Help on way ..