SH Blog: Kirilenko done in Brooklyn?

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As you’ll probably notice from the headline, Andrei Kirilenko’s time with the Nets may be drawing to a close. What makes this interesting, apart from how good Kirilenko used to be, is that he turned down a sizable contract from the Timberwolves to come to Brooklyn in the first place on a veteran minimum deal. Kirilenko has barely seen the floor this year, and last year was easily the worst of his career, but you’ve got to imagine there’s an NBA

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SH Blog: Beal returning to practice; Metta fought with J.R. Smith last year

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Growing up in Baltimore, I didn’t really have a natural NBA team. Sure, I watched a few Wizards games, and I always watched the Finals, but by and large I gravitated more towards the sport with a true hometown team: baseball. Being a fairly bright kid, I of course took an interest in advanced stats. Once I started following the NBA more in earnest, that interest in advanced stats carried over. While I’m certainly not an expert, I always take

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SH Blog: Reggie Jackson getting ready for restricted free agency

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Before I get started with the news roundup, make sure you’re all caught up on who did and who didn’t get an extension before the deadline via Chris Bernucca’s extension scoreboard. The one guy that I was particularly surprised to see miss out was Reggie Jackson. He showed last year that while he’s not James Harden, he could probably start at point guard on most NBA teams. Adrian Wojnarowski looked at the Jackson situation as well: As rival teams evaluate restricted free-agency candidates

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SH Blog: Oladipo out for a month; NBA teams make final roster cuts

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News broke today that Victor Oladipo will miss the first few weeks of the season with a facial fracture. Here’s Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports’ report: After undergoing surgery to repair a facial fracture, Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is expected to miss a month of the season, a league sources told Yahoo Sports. Oladipo, the 2014 runner-up for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, sustained an elbow to his head in practice on Thursday. He had the surgical procedure on Saturday.Oladipo

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SH Blog: Blake Griffin scuffles with Trevor Booker; Byron Scott defends old-school approach

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Yes, we’re still in preseason. That doesn’t mean anyone wants to get dunked on. So when Trevor Booker saw Griffin going up for a classic Blake Griffin dunk, he did what every basketball player is taught to do: make him earn it at the line. Maybe it was a little rough, though.Griffin certainly thought so, as evidenced by the above clip. Booker got a flagrant-1 for the foul. After the game, he seemed to regret even escalating it as far as

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SH Blog: Bradley Beal out with broken wrist

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A while back, there was a bit of a verbal skirmish between the Wizards’ and Cavaliers’ backcourts over who was the best in the NBA. For my money, neither is as good as the Warriors’ duo, but that’s beside the point. The point, of course, is that the first Cavs-Wizards game is Nov. 21, and it looks like one of the key players won’t be involved. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post: Washington Wizards starting shooting guard Bradley Beal could miss 6-8 weeks

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Malone: LeBron returns, Irving and Love shine in Cavs’ preseason opener

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CLEVELAND — Walking out of Quicken Loans Arena Sunday night, I had a chance to catch several fragments of conversation. “That place was nuts,” said one man. “I can’t wait for the season,” said a middle-aged woman. Most of the time, though, all I could catch was a name. “LeBron James.” “LeBron James.” “LeBron James.” It couldn’t have been more obvious who the fans came out to see. And, unlike most preseason games, this wasn’t just the diehards (or if it was, there are suddenly a lot

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SH Blog: Dwight Howard says he and James Harden need to “come correct with each other”

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It feels like I’ve been waiting all summer for October to get here. Not only do I love the fall weather, but my birthday is this month, my Orioles are in the MLB playoffs, and basketball is coming back. Sure, it’s just preseason now, but by the end of the month, we’ll get some real, actual basketball games that count. For now, though, we’ve got a month of relentless optimism, where every team’s new offense is exactly like the Spurs’, every

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