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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Among the Mavs who will miss at least the first two preseason games: Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Chandler Parsons (knee), Wesley Matthews (Achilles) and Deron Williams (calf).

Curry knows his 3-pointer is all that

When you know your shot is money, you just high five your teammate in the midst of the swish. That's exactly what Warriors guard Stephen Curry did.


Trail Blazers honor UCC shooting victims

The Portland team held a touching moment of silence in remembrance and support of those affected by the UCC shootings.


Ian Begley @IanBegley

Porzingis says fans on the street tell him, " 'KP, you’d better be healthy and bring us a championship.’ Stuff like that. I love the fans."

Grantland: Clippers on the edge of glory

Zach Lowe writes the Clippers have had three cracks at an NBA title with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in their primes. This fourth try could be their last. Time to make the leap

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Claws out: How a Hawks regime fell

ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst provide the low down on how a tangle inside the Hawks' front office led to a racially-charged scandal and the sale of the franchise. Story

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Have been noticing a little pocket on the back of the shirts the players wear under their jerseys. Those pockets contain heart monitors that all the players wear during workouts so the team can monitor their exertion.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge was held out of today's workout because of tightness in his IT band, according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Apparently the muscle runs along the thigh bone, according to Popovich's demonstration on an unsuspecting reporter.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge didn't want to be held out of Tuesday's workout. Gregg Popovich joked: "Welcome to the Spurs."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Patty Mills so far has hit nine in a row from this spot.

Can this Miami Heat's starting 5 jell?

“One of the biggest concerns could be spacing and 3-point shooting,” said ESPN's Israel Gutierrez on the high expectations this year's deeper Heat team will face.


Dave McMenamin @mcten

Kevin Love has progressed to halfcourt, full contact 3-on-3 drills over the last two days of practice.

Chris Bosh's journey back

The Heat star is back to work after facing a life-threatening illness. "I take it as though I got rest. I've had all this time to really build back up," Bosh said. "I'm back playing basketball, so my mental health is back where it is supposed to be." Back to normalcy

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Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Hoiberg says he went to Rose's home Monday to go over sets with him. Says Rose's eye is still swollen shut as he continues to heal.

Half-court jumper for $30K? No problem

A military member had to have felt good about Cavs G J.R. Smith's taking a half-court shot to win $30K. But when Smith pulled up for a jumper without a running start?


Rivers to team: Put down your cellphones

The Clippers will head to the NBA's Global Games in China next week and coach Doc Rivers hopes it will force his team to bond. "You're on a plane for 13 hours together, you're in another country, hopefully their cellphones don't work, so they have to talk to each other. It's a forced week together… it can't be bad, let's put it that way."

Is Harden your No. 1 draft pick?

Our NBA fantasy rankings are out, and the statistical juggernaut that is James Harden is quite high on the list. Was he able to grab the No. 1 spot? Top 200 fantasy rankings

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Stauskas out two weeks with injured tibia

Philly guard Nik Stauskas will be sidelined for two weeks with a right tibia stress reaction, but should be ready for the start of the season. Stauskas hasn't seen any court action since last Thursday.

SportsCenter @sportscenter

#PhotoOfTheNight: Brooklyn Nets' Thaddeus Young gets stuffed at the rim in preseason game at Barclays Center.

Boogie shines in preseason thriller

After the Blazers hold a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College, DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points to go along with seven rebounds in Sacramento’s 109-105 overtime win.


Fantasy Basketball: Top 200 rankings

With the NBA season approaching, Tom Carpenter updates the top 200 players in fantasy basketball for 2015-16. New Orleans big man Anthony Davis checks in at No. 1 overall. Leagues won by up-and-comers

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