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Celtics switching less in practice ahead of preseason games

BOSTON — Joe Mazzulla’s goal ace Celtics interim head coach has been to maintain much of his predecessor’s game plan to keep his players comfortable. That’s allowed for a manageable and eager transition from the controversy of recent weeks back to basketball. The Ime Udoka suspension isn’t the only difficulty looming over the early portion …

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Mobile Feel: Patrick Baldwin Jr. may turn out to be more than just a project

Patrick Baldwin Jr. was a team-leading plus-23 during the Golden State Warriors104-95 win over the Washington Wizardsin what was the second of their two preseason games in Japan. Of course, individual plus-minus is often used incorrectly. In and of itself, it falls short of providing the complete picture, and must therefore be flavored with additional …

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Celtics owner thinks his team is ‘overrated’ entering season: ‘We’re not a hands-down team to repeat’

After overcoming a mediocre start to become the most dominant team in basketball, the Boston Celtics were one of the NBA’s best stories last season. Led by a suffocating defense and two young stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010, but lost …

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NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers want Bojan Bogdanović, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley from Jazz

The Los Angeles Lakers have spent most of the summer (unsuccessfully) attempting to trade Russell Westbrook, and with training camp just 10 days away, it appears at the very least possible they won’t get anything done on that front. But as their deal options and time to make a move without losing valuable camp time …

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Larry Jenkins found guilty of murder of ex-NBA player

Andre Emmett Murder Trial: Larry Jenkins found guilty. A Dallas County jury found Larry Jenkins guilty of capital murder on Friday in the shooting death of former NBA player and Dallas Carter basketball standout Andre Emmett. DALLAS – A Dallas County jury found Larry Jenkins guilty of capital murder on Friday in the shooting death …

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Official: Nets ink David Duke Jr. to two-way contract, re-unite with Chris Chiozza

The Nets have officially re-signed David Duke Jr. to a two-way contract and re-united with point guard Chris Chiozza on an Exhibit 10 deal. The Nets made both signings public Friday morning. With the signings, the Nets are now one player short of a full 20-man training camp roster, with 12 standard guaranteed deals, three …

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‘I don’t want to overrate us:’ Wyc Grousbeck on Celtics’ expectations, Jayson Tatum, and Brad Stevens’s green light to spend

I really loved being part of the Celtics throughout that run. I loved being right there with them. It was thrilling. The other side of the coin is I think that we’ve now been overrated. I think that performance was a bit overrated in the public mind, or my own mind, because I’m the one …

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30 Teams in 30 Days: Blazers align long-term help besides cornerstone Damian Lillard

Anfernee Simons and Damian Lillard both signed contract extensions with Portland this summer. Portland Trail Blazers 2021-22 record: 27-55 Key additions: Jerami Grant (trade), Gary Payton II (free agency), Shaedon Sharpe (2022 draft) Key takeaways: None Last season: The inevitable franchise shakeup finally occurred and it was just short of seismic. The Blazers fired GM …

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