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Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) fouls Boston Celtics' Kemba Walker, left, during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
October 15, 2019 - 12:05 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Expectations are nothing new for the Boston Celtics. Not living up to them despite having such a stacked roster the past two seasons was a little tougher to digest. The Celtics took a chance trading for All-Star Kyrie Irving with no guarantee he would re-sign when he became a free...
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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) dribbles against Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
October 15, 2019 - 11:54 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young gladly accepted his role as the new face of the Atlanta Hawks. He knows he will have to step up his game even more to make the franchise relevant in the NBA. Young had a brilliant debut season, averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists per game while showing fearlessness in...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden celebrates his three-point basket during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 15, 2019 - 11:43 am
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Russell Westbrook are thrilled to be reunited in Houston and can't wait to prove they will work just fine together. And Harden knows the rest of the team is excited about the addition of the eight-time All-Star as well. "I enjoy it but I know that everybody else...
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Demonstrators set a Lebron James jersey on fire during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
October 15, 2019 - 11:39 am
HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James' face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered. They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn. James' standing among basketball fans in Hong...
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard poses during the NBA basketball team's media day at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sam Ortega)
October 15, 2019 - 11:33 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trail Blazers got a taste of playoff success last season and that's shifted their mindset. Simply making the playoffs is no longer the goal, a championship is. Damian Lillard is once again joined in the backcourt by CJ McCollum but the supporting cast changed in the...
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Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) gestures after a foul wasn't called during the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
October 15, 2019 - 11:30 am
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks now belong to the young European pairing of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and maybe for as long as German superstar Dirk Nowitzki led the franchise while spending a record 21 seasons with the same team. Since Dallas once again fell short trying to add a big...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz's Ed Davis during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
October 15, 2019 - 11:19 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo. So much so that the NBA MVP admitted it took several days for him to be able to sleep at night after he and the Milwaukee Bucks blew a 2-0 lead against the eventual NBA champion Raptors...
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Brooklyn Nets guard Dzanan Musa, left, and /guard Kyrie Irving, center, greet forward Taurean Prince (2) as he comes into the bench during a timeout in the first half of an exhibition NBA basketball game against the Sesi/Franca Basketball Club, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 15, 2019 - 11:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — What was apparent in July became clearer to Nets coach Kenny Atkinson in September. With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on board, things are looking up in Brooklyn. "People showed up to our press conference. My press conference the first year, it was like crickets," said Atkinson,...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, then Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard takes a photo while holding his playoffs MVP trophy during the NBA basketball championship team's victory parade in Toronto. The NBA's balance of power has shifted to the Los Angeles Clippers, who have never advanced beyond the second round let alone won a championship. All that is expected to change behind Leonard and Paul George, both regarded as two of the best two-way players in the league. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
October 15, 2019 - 11:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers shocked the NBA by landing two superstars to go with a proven supporting cast. Only one of them will be on the floor to start the season. Joining his third team in three years, Kawhi Leonard is healthy. Paul George is still rehabbing after two offseason...
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Washington Wizards guard Jordan McRae. left, goes up for a layup with New York Knicks forward Marcus Morris (13) defending during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in New York, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 15, 2019 - 10:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks were playing their first preseason game when Marcus Morris delivered some postseason-type toughness. His first appearance in his new uniform ended early when he was ejected for banging the ball off Justin Anderson's head as the Washington Wizards forward closely...
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