Yahoo Sports - United States

Thompson scores 35 points, Warriors beat Nuggets (Yahoo Sports)

Oakland, CA- OCTOBER 24: Justin Holiday #7 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against the Denver Nuggets at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on October 24, 2014 . (Photo by Noah Graham /NBAE via Getty Images)

Klay Thompson is ready for the regular season. Thompson scored 35 points in nearly 36 minutes to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 119-112 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams. ”Our offense is going good and tonight is a good indication of what we can do,” Thompson said. ”After eight preseason games we are all ready for the real thing.” Thompson was 13 of 26 from the field.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 6:37 am

Thomas, Dragic lead Suns over Jazz 105-100 (Yahoo Sports)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 24: Trevor Booker #33 of the Utah Jazz goes for a shot against the Phoenix Suns at EnergySolutions Arena on October 24, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Running isn’t just an offensive cornerstone for the Phoenix Suns. The Suns often resort to small ball tactics to neutralize advantages taller teams have around the basket. It’s one reason why Phoenix went small early and often against the Utah Jazz in the NBA preseason finale for both teams. ”We got to play scrappy,” Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 6:30 am

Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Clippers 99-89 (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Will Barton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket against Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the game on October 24, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan O'Campo /NBAE via Getty Images

Based on Friday, the Portland Trail Blazers would say yes; Damian Lillard scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half, and the bench held off a fourth-quarter rally as the Trail Blazers finished their exhibition schedule with a 99-89 victory Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Lillard scored seven points in Portland’s 17-4 first-period run to take a 25-16 lead with 3:08 left. He also scored his team’s final seven points for a 54-46 halftime lead for the Trail Blazers (4-3).

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 6:30 am

Timberwolves overcome Bulls 113-112 (Yahoo Sports)

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 24: Zach LaVine #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves goes for the dunk against the Chicago Bulls during the game on October 24, 2014 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Zach LaVine tried not to think about guarding Derrick Rose. After starring late in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ rally from a 13-point deficit, the 19-year-old rookie didn’t try hiding his admiration. ”That dude’s good,” LaVine said after Minnesota closed the preseason with a 113-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. He’d been wondering if coach Flip Saunders would put him in.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 5:01 am

DeRozan scores 15, Raptors beat Knicks 83-80 (Yahoo Sports)

MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 24: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors takes a jump shot as Shane Larkin #0 of the New York Knicks defends during their pre-season NBA game at the Bell Centre on October 24, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)

The preseason is over for the Toronto Raptors, and they finished it in style. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 13, and Toronto beat the New York Knicks 83-80 on Friday night at the Bell Centre in the final preseason game for both teams. ”The intensity was up,” said Lou Williams, who had 12 points for Toronto, including a crucial, go-ahead jump shot in the game’s final minute. We really felt like this was a tune-up game going into Wednesday against Atlanta.” The Raptors open the regular season Wednesday night against the Hawks at Air Canada Centre, where Toronto will play nine of its first 12 games.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 4:34 am

Bosh, Wade lead Heat past Grizzlies 104-98 (Yahoo Sports)

MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 24: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat shoots against the Memphis Grizzlies on October 24, 2014 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade helped the Miami Heat close the preseason with their fourth straight win, but the reserves preserved the victory. Bosh scored 21 points, Wade added 16, and the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 on Friday night. ”I thought we did a good job, especially late in the preseason, of getting to our game and everyone still feeling comfortable in their roles.” The Heat bench pushed the lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter. Despite Memphis pulling within 94-91 near the 4-minute mark, the Grizzlies were unable to get closer.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 4:19 am

Harden helps Rockets beat Spurs 96-87 in preseason (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celerates after a three-point shot during their preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center on October 24, 2014 in Houston, Texas (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets finished off the preseason with a solid defensive effort against the San Antonio Spurs. James Harden scored 25 points, and Houston used a big run before halftime to beat San Antonio 96-87 on Friday night. The Rockets held the Spurs to 41 percent shooting. They also forced 16 San Antonio turnovers, 13 in the first half.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 3:41 am

ESPN - United States

Kobe salutes Nash: Ailing PG gave it his all

Kobe Bryant said Steve Nash can go to sleep at night knowing he did everything he could do in order to return this season.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 7:38 am

Billionaire Allen donates $100M to fight Ebola

Billionaire Paul Allen, who owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers, has pledged to contribute at least $100 million to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 5:20 am

Nets complete trade sending Teague to 76ers

The Brooklyn Nets have traded guard Marquis Teague to Philadelphia for guard Casper Ware.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 1:49 am

OKC’s Morrow (MCL sprain) out 4-6 weeks

Guard Anthony Morrow joins Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary as out for the start of the season.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 11:15 pm

Judge blocks sports gambling in New Jersey

A U.S. District Judge granted a temporary restraining order to the NCAA, NFL and other major professional sports leagues Friday, crushing a New Jersey racetrack’s hopes of offering legal sports betting this weekend.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 11:02 pm

Cavs’ Varejao beats out Thompson to start

The Cavaliers have settled on the two players who will join their Big Three in the starting lineup when the regular season begins next week.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 10:25 pm

Scott on Nash: ‘Obviously he’ll be missed’

Less than a day after Steve Nash was ruled out for the season with recurring back problems, the Los Angeles Lakers returned to the practice court before their last preseason game on Friday against the Sacramento Kings.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 10:04 pm

Inside Hoops - United States

Warriors waive Aaron Craft, Jason Kapono, Sean Kilpatrick, James Michael McAdoo, Mitchell Watt

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Aaron Craft, guard/forward Jason Kapono, guard Sean Kilpatrick, forward James Michael McAdoo and forward Mitchell Watt, the team announced following tonight’s preseason finale against the Denver Nuggets.
Craft appeared in four preseason games, averaging 3.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.00 steal in 14.7 minutes per contest.
Kapono [...]

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 6:11 am

Jazz exercise contract options on Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert

The Utah Jazz today elected to exercise its third-year team options for guard Trey Burke and center Rudy Gobert. The contract options for both players are through the 2015-16 NBA season.
Burke (6-1, 190, Michigan) is entering his second NBA season after averaging 12.8 points, a team-leading 5.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 70 games [...]

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 5:03 am

Spurs sign Robert Vaden and Fuquan Edwin

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Robert Vaden and forward Fuquan Edwin. We assume these are non-guaranteed deals that likely expire pretty immediately, since preseason ends tonight.
Vaden, 6-5/205, most recently played for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Belgium. This past season he appeared in 10 games, averaging 9.0 points and 1.6 rebounds [...]

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 11:43 pm

Rockets claim Earl Clark off waivers, waive Josh Powell

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has claimed forward Earl Clark off waivers and requested waivers on Josh Powell.
Clark (6-10, 234, Louisville), a sixth year forward appeared in 54 games during the 2013-14 season with Cleveland (45 games) and New York (nine games) averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in [...]

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 10:21 pm

Nets trade Marquis Teague, pick to 76ers for Casper Ware

The Brooklyn Nets have traded guard Marquis Teague, along with the 2019 second round draft pick that was obtained from Milwaukee this past June, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for guard Casper Ware, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.
The pick the Sixers receive will be the more favorable of Milwaukee’s or Sacramento’s second-round [...]

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 9:23 pm

Pistons exercise contract options on Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

The Detroit Pistons have exercised team options on the contracts of center Andre Drummond and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the team announced today.
Both players’ contracts are now extended through the 2015-16 NBA season.
Drummond is clearly a building block for the Pistons; a rebounding machine with a lot of potential. Caldwell-Pope is still proving his value in [...]

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 9:20 pm

Hornets waive Justin Cobbs, Dallas Lauderdale, Brian Qvale

The Charlotte Hornets have waived guard Justin Cobbs, forward Dallas Lauderdale and center Brian Qvale, General Manager Rich Cho announced today.
Cobbs saw action in two preseason games, averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 rebound in 4.5 minutes. Lauderdale and Qvale each appeared in one preseason game, seeing 3:13 worth of action.
The Hornets roster currently stands [...]

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 9:17 pm

NBA - United States

Warriors waive five players to solidify roster

The Golden State Warriors have waived guard Aaron Craft, guard/forward Jason Kapono, guard Sean Kilpatrick, forward James Michael McAdoo and forward Mitchell Watt, the team announced following tonight’s preseason finale against the Denver Nuggets. The team’s roster now stands at 15 players.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 6:28 am

Spurs fill out roster with Vaden and Edwin

The San Antonio Spurs have signed forwards Robert Vaden and Fuquan Edwin. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced.

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 3:12 am

Lakers look to move forward without Nash

When the Lakers traded four draft picks to sign Steve Nash, his new teammates couldn’t wait to talk about what might happen when Nash began distributing the ball to the likes of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 10:59 pm

Now a leader, LeBron is undisputed face of the NBA

His shirt soaked with champagne after winning his fourth title in 2007, Tim Duncan had one more move before celebrating further with his Spurs teammates. He pivoted in a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena, pulled 22-year-old LeBron James close and delivered a message.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 7:49 pm

Magic’s Oladipo (facial fracture) out indefinitely

Magic guard Victor Oladipo will miss Orlando’s season opener and is out indefinitely with his second injury this month.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 4:22 pm

Celtics assistant McCarty denies larceny charge

Boston Celtics assistant coach and former player Walter McCarty has pleaded not guilty to larceny for allegedly failing to pay $18,000 he owes for the purchase and installation of cabinets.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 2:25 pm

Back injury sidelines Nash for season

Steve Nash hoped for one more chance to show off his playmaking skills after fighting injuries and time for two miserable years with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Posted on 24 October 2014 @ 5:03 am

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