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Brook Lopez to be rested for Nets' 3rd game of season


The Brooklyn Nets are not taking any chances with their star center.

Despite it only being the third game of the season, Brooklyn will rest Brook Lopez during Saturday's showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Nets are set to play on the second night of a back-to-back on the road and don't want to overextend Lopez, who does have a lengthy history of foot problems. Lopez has only played 47 minutes in the Nets' first two games of the season.

Veteran shooting guard Randy Foye will also have the night off.

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4-star Kimani Lawrence commits to Arizona State


Bobby Hurley and Arizona State continue to try their best to compete against in-state rival Arizona on the recruiting trail, as the Sun Devils secured the commitment of four-star forward Kimani Lawrence, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

Lawrence committed to Arizona State over other finalists Florida and USC.

The Providence, R.I., native is ranked 54th in ESPN's top 100 recruits in the Class of 2017, and joins fellow four-star guard Remy Martin in the Sun Devils recruiting class.

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Celtics play capture the flag to warm up for practice


Every player that has played under Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has showered the affable coach with praise.

Perhaps this is why: As a warmup before practice, Stevens had the Celtics play some variant of "Capture the Flag" as if it were a high school gym class.

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Duncan roasts Spurs broadcaster: 'You look like a burnt earthworm'


Tim Duncan has retired but he just can't leave the San Antonio Spurs alone.

Duncan took in Thursday's showdown against the Sacramento Kings and sent his former teammate and current Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliot a hilarious text.

"You look like a burnt earthworm with glasses," Duncan wrote as read aloud on air by a decidedly roasted Elliot.

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Doc Rivers: 'No doubt' LeBron James is top 5 all time


Having seen him close up for nearly a decade in the Eastern Conference, former Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers knows all about LeBron James.

And in Rivers' estimation, given the way James has dominated the league since breaking onto the scene as a teenager, there's no doubt that he's one of the top five players of all time.

"LeBron has a different game," Rivers told "The Dan Patrick Show." "We're so used to seeing skill looking graceful. We're not used to skill looking so powerful. I think that rubs people wrong. But LeBron, statistically, championships-wise, he is one of the top five players to have ever played the game."

James' case is ironclad. He already has three Finals MVPs, four MVPs (only three players have more), and three championships, and the 31-year-old clearly has plenty more in the tank.

When it's all said and done, it wouldn't be a surprise for him to finish as the NBA's all-time leading scorer, with quite a few more championships to his name.

And yet there remains plenty of push-back, especially from the older talking heads, who insist James would never crack the pantheon. Charles Barkley, for example, insists that he would never add James to his top five.

Rivers attributes that phenomenon to the permanency that comes with the passage of time. They’re missing out on what James is doing in the present.

"Players of the past are bigger than life to us and it's almost impossible for us to ever move a current player in front of them. Just statistically speaking, and visually since I was the coach of the Celtics … we had a 3-2 lead then watched him score 45 (in 2012), he is in the top five. There is no doubt."

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Allen, Jones exit early as injuries pile up for Duke


Already without prized freshmen Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles, Duke added guards Grayson Allen and Matt Jones to the injured list during Friday night’s preseason destruction of Virginia State.

Allen fought through a shoulder ailment for much of the game, and went down clutching it at least three times. He left the game at one point, but later returned, only to depart again and take the rest of the night off.

Jones played only three minutes because of hamstring tightness.

The Blue Devils now have four players, all expected to be major contributors this year, nursing injuries with two weeks to go until the beginning of the regular season.

Battered Blue Devils

Player Injury
H. Giles Knee
J. Tatum Foot
G. Allen Shoulder
M. Jones Hamstring

“We have to evaluate how we’ve been practicing,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the 90-59 drubbing, according to C.L. Brown of ESPN. “Are we going too hard? We’ve got too many guys on the shelf right now.”

Duke opens the regular season Nov. 11 against Marist.

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Nate Robinson wows Kenny Smith by dunking in jeans


Even at 32, Nate Robinson still has some hops.

The three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion spent time with the "Inside the NBA" crew Friday while they were filming "The Dunk King," and left Kenny Smith very impressed after dunking while wearing jeans and a pair of Vans.

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A photo posted by Nate Robinson (@naterobinson) on Oct 28, 2016 at 2:09pm PDT

Robinson appeared in two games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season before signing with Israel’s Hapoel Tel Aviv in March. He has since expressed interest in pursuing an NFL career.

– With h/t to For the Win

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Ingram feels 'fine' after leaving game with sore knee


Los Angeles Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram suffered a right knee injury in Friday's matchup versus the Utah Jazz, according to ESPN's Mike Trudell.

Ingram returned after sustaining the injury, but was ruled out after being re-evaluated at halftime.

Fortunately for Lakers fans, Ingram doesn't consider the injury serious, saying he "felt fine" following the contest to ESPN's Baxter Holmes.

Drafted second overall this year, Ingram projects as one of the Lakers' top players. The 19-year-old forward fared well in his NBA debut Wednesday, collecting nine points and three rebounds in a win over the Houston Rockets. He had two points in four minutes before being forced from Friday's game.

If Ingram misses time, Luol Deng should see plenty of minutes in his stead.

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Westbrook records 1st 50-point triple-double since Kareem


Russell Westbrook scored 51 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists Friday as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 113-110 in overtime. Westbrook’s layup with seven seconds left in the extra period sealed it.

It was the first 50-point triple-double in the NBA since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975. Westbrook scored 23 points in the third quarter alone, a team record for a period since the Thunder arrived in Oklahoma eight years ago.

While his shooting was not particularly efficient – his 51 points came on 44 shots – Russ dropped some brilliant dimes in the game.

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Warriors' McCaw sprains ankle vs. Pelicans, X-rays negative


Golden State Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw did not return in Friday's contest versus the New Orleans Pelicans after suffering a sprained ankle, the team announced.

X-rays taken on McCaw after the game were negative.

Drafted with the 38th pick in the 2016 Draft, McCaw showed promise this preseason, averaging 8.4 points, 2.1 assists, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 20.1 minutes per game.

Despite his lack of experience, McCaw figures to see plenty of action for the Warriors this season, playing 10 minutes on Friday before exiting in the second quarter.

With McCaw out, Ian Clark is a strong candidate to replace him in the rotation.

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