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LaVar Ball fires back after Patrick Beverley’s presumed shot at Lonzo Ball

LOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball fired back at Patrick Beverley after the LA Clippers guard shouted an obscenity as he walked into the locker room that was presumed to be about Lonzo Ball. After the Clippers routed the Los Angeles Lakers 108-92 and held Ball to three points, four assists and nine rebounds in his debut, Beverley was heard screaming, “weak ass m—–f—–. Bring him out on the court with me and I will tear his ass up,” as he walked off the court and into the locker room. “Yeah,…

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Brother of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris killed in crash

DALLAS — The brother of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris was fatally injured in an early morning crash on a Dallas expressway. A Dallas police statement says 38-year-old Bruce Harris died Thursday afternoon of injuries from the 1:40 a.m. Thursday crash on U.S. 75 just north of Loop 12 in North Dallas. Officer Tamika Dameron, a police spokeswoman, said Harris and another man were in a disabled vehicle when it was slammed from behind and set on fire by a car with two 23-year-old men. All four occupants were taken…

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin ruptures patellar tendon

12:25 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN After crumbling to the court and leaving the Brooklyn Nets‘ season-opening loss with an injury, point guard Jeremy Lin‘s season is likely over. Lin has been diagnosed with a ruptured patellar tendon of the right knee and is expected to miss the rest of 2017-18, the team announced Thursday. How will the Nets replace Jeremy Lin, and what does this mean for his future? Kevin Pelton breaks down the implications of the point guard’s season-ending injury. “Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in…

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Trail Blazers vs. Suns – Game Recap – October 18, 2017

PHOENIX — If the Suns were a Broadway show, they’d close for good after opening night. The Suns weren’t just bad in their 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener on Wednesday night. They were historically awful. It was the most one-sided season-opening loss by any team in NBA history and the worst defeat by the Suns in any game in their 49 years. Suns coach Earl Watson said he was “embarrassed” by what happened. “Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad…

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Nike studying why LeBron James’ jersey split down middle in opener

Nike officials spent much of Wednesday investigating a wardrobe malfunction on its highest-paid active NBA player spokesman. Although Nike officials declined to publicly comment, sources told ESPN that executives with the shoe and apparel giant were extensively reviewing why the back of LeBron James‘ jersey split down the middle on Tuesday night. Sources told ESPN that executives with the shoe and apparel giant Nike were extensively reviewing why the back of LeBron James’ jersey split down the middle in Tuesday night’s game. Photo by Leah Klafczynski/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire When Boston Celtics…

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Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis suspended eight games

The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic and breaking his jaw at practice Tuesday. Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Wednesday that Mirotic is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion. Paxson said Mirotic needs to clear the concussion protocol before the facial injuries can be addressed. Portis will begin serving his suspension when Chicago opens the season Thursday night in Toronto. He will still be able to practice with…

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Despite Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics show that all is not lost – Boston Celtics Blog

CLEVELAND — There has been a certain buzz around the Boston Celtics since late August, when the team completed the league-wowing swap that delivered Kyrie Irving to Boston. The Celtics paid a hefty price to add a pair of All-Stars this summer, but there was a palpable energy around the team that centered on what might be possible with both Irving and prized free-agent signee Gordon Hayward at the top of a new-look roster. It took only five minutes, 15 seconds of regular-season action to wonder if all of Boston’s…

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Kyrie Irving booed in return to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving, playing his former team in his first regular-season game with the Boston Celtics, heard hearty boos in pregame introductions and each time he touched the ball early in Tuesday’s opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Irving was the first player announced during introductions, and boos overwhelmed any cheers. He exchanged a quick dap with LeBron James before the opening tip. Then, after getting booed when he touched the ball on the first possession, he finished a floater over his former teammate for the…

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LeBron James participates in shootaround, will be game-time decision for Cleveland Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James participated in the shootaround Tuesday morning in advance of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics and will be a “total game-time” decision, a source familiar with James’ thinking told ESPN. James sprained his left ankle 20 days ago — on Cleveland’s second day of training camp — and it caused him to miss four of the Cavs’ five preseason games. Last week, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he thought James would “be OK” for the Celtics game. On Monday,…

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When Cleveland Cavaliers F LeBron James admitted he won’t pay for ad-free apps, Pandora made him an offer

LeBron James is known not only for his elite basketball prowess, but also for his business savvy. LeBron’s net worth is impressive; it’s fitting that his nickname is King James. But even kings have their moments of frugality. In a recent interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, James’s longtime friend — and teammate, for the second time — Dwyane Wade called the King cheap. My chat w/ @KingJames & @DwyaneWade debuts during MNF but here’s a little preview of what happens when you get best friends back together 😂 pic.twitter.com/O2KYjik3FT —…

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