Bulls G Butler to miss final preseason game (Yahoo Sports)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say guard Jimmy Butler will miss their final preseason game with a sprained left thumb.

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Paul George Shows Mobility in 1-on-1 Game with His Dog

Just a few months after suffering a gruesome leg injury during a Team USA scrimmage, Indiana Pacers star Paul George is already working on getting back on the court. 

On Monday, we saw a video of George shooting jumpers after practice. One day later, the Pacers forward shared a video of himself playing a game of one-on-one.

George’s opponent? His dog, King.

King proved to be a strong ball-hound, but George was just too much for the dog to handle. 

[Paul George]

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Tyreke Evans Gets Away with Ridiculous Travel in Preseason Game

Tyreke Evans put on his dancing shoes for Monday night’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards.

The New Orleans Pelicans swingman caught an entry pass in the high post during the third quarter and did everything but moonwalk to the arc while attempting to reposition himself with the ball.

Next Impulse Sports’ John Ferensen crafted a GIF of the moment. The baseline official ran toward the action, managing to keep an eye on everything but Evans’ rendition of the “Cupid Shuffle.” 

It was a travel worthy of The Proclaimers, and it went completely uncalled. Traveling, however, is a time-honored tradition in the league. Even the greats—especially the greats—utilize shuffling and footwork to get to the basket. 

Warning: Video contains some NSFW language. 

Some salsa, others shuffle. It all comes down to personal preference and officiating cataracts.

The Pelicans won the game 88-84.


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Trial 44 Minute Game Tested, Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets

After much speculation on how the shortened game time would effect the game it was finally put to a test yesterday. In Boston, they wanted to see how much the 44 Minute game time would effect not only the playing time of each player but the amount of points scored in games. Players who benefit the most out of the 11 minute quarters are your run of the mill big power forwards, such as Jared Sullinger. He described his playing experience as a shocker considering the fact that he went to sit out with 5 and half minutes compared to the usual 7 minutes when he is taken out in a regular 12 minute quarter. In his outing against the Nets, Jared scored 21 points and added 19 rebounds. Then, you have players who are used to playing almost a full length game (when healthy) such as Deron Williams. In an interview, on the court, he stated that he didn’t really see the difference, he just kept doing his job of facilitating the ball. “It’s really hard to tell a minute a quarter (and) 4 minutes a g…

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LeBron James Presented with Ohio State Locker Before Preseason Game

The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at the Schottenstein Center, the home of the Ohio State basketball team.

To honor one of their bigger fans, the Buckeyes left LeBron James with his own personal locker from the basketball team, complete with all kinds of Ohio State gear. 

Cavs play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod provided a picture of the nameplate above LeBron’s locker:

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Rockets beat Warriors 90-83 in exhibition game (Yahoo Sports)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 14: Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets shoots against Omer Asik #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on October 14, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — The Houston Rockets welcomed back two stars who had been dealing with injuries most of this preseason. The Golden State Warriors rested their two stars.

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Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game

Sullinger scores 21 points Celtics beat Nets 95-90 in experimental 44-minute game



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Lance Stephenson Shows His Flopping Game Is Already in Midseason Form vs. Bulls

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich made contact with Charlotte Hornets star Lance Stephenson on this play in Sunday’s preseason game. However, nobody is buying that Hinrich made that much contact, Lance.

It’s only the preseason, but Stephenson’s flopping game is clearly in midseason form. With his level of theatrics, the former Pacer better have plenty of money set aside for fines this season. 


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Celtics beat Nets in experimental 44-minute game (Yahoo Sports)

BROOKLYN, NY - OCTOBER 19: Jeff Green #8 of the Boston Celtics goes for the dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during the game on October 19, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Nat Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jared Sullinger had 21 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brookyln Nets 95-90 on Sunday in an experimental 44-minute game.

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Pistons Injury Update: Josh Smith tweaks ankle during game against Atlanta, but says he’s fine

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday by the score of 104-100. The win improved the Pistons to 4-2 on the preseason. Six Pistons scored in double figures, lead by Andre Drummond, who has 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Starting small forward Josh Smith injured his ankle in the third quarter and did not return. He finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.  Erik Drost  via Wikimedia CommonsKeith Langlois, who covers the Pistons for Pistons.com, tweeted the following on Smith’s status.It was an ankle for Josh Smith. SVG was told he could go back in, but after he got cold he decided against it. Smith says he’s fine, though.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) October 19, 2014Brian Packey of Detroit Bad Boys also noted that Smith immediately hunched over in pain following his injury at 5:29 left in the third quarter and limped towards the Pistons’ bench.  Smith was walking around in the locker room without a limp following the game….

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