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Kyrie Irving plans to burn sage before every game to “cleanse the energy”

It raised a few eyebrows when cameras caught Kyrie Irving walking around the parquet floor of the TD Garden Friday night burning sage in what is a Native American purification ritual. It didn’t phase Nets players, they had seen it before. “That’s his thing. I mean, Ky probably sages his room before 2K at home,” […]

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Lakers Anthony Davis drop 35 on Suns; he looks ready for season

The Lakers’ Anthony Davis could be in the Most Valuable Player mix this season. He certainly has the skill, and he will be on the right stage, playing for the high-profile Lakers. Davis looked like an MVP dropping 35 points — 19 during the third quarter — on the Suns Friday night as the Lakers […]

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With rare lottery pick, Spurs get nice player (Devin Vassell) but probably don’t change their trajectory

The Spurs have either made the playoffs or drafted a multi-time All-Star in all 43 of their prior seasons. After missing the 2020 postseason, San Antonio has the pressure on with No. 11 pick Devin Vassell. The Spurs’ highest-drafted player since Tim Duncan, Vassell even ranked No. 4 on my board. But that’s in a […]

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Wizards’ center Thomas Bryant fined $45,000 for contact with referee

Thomas Bryant was pissed off, Blake Griffin had just thrown him to the ground. Bryant bounced up looking to fight and a referee Jonathan Sterling jumped in between them — and then Bryant shoved Sterling multiple times, trying to push him out of the way to get to Griffin (who, like the veteran he is, […]

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Minnesota Timberwolves waive forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had looked pretty good for Minnesota in three preseason games, including a 17-point game against the Grizzlies, but he was on a training camp contract and always had an uphill battle to make the roster. Hollis-Jefferson didn’t quite get there, reports Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. This is a flexibility […]

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Draymond Green doubtful for Tuesday night opener against Brooklyn

We’re not going to get Draymond Green covering Kevin Durant on opening night. It looks that way, at least after Steve Kerr announced that Green did not practice with the team Saturday and doubtful for the game with a foot injury. Here is Kerr’s quote, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I know Draymond is disappointed […]

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Atlanta rookie Onyeka Okongwu out for first two games of regular season

ATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks first-round pick Onyeka Okongwu will miss at least the first two games of the regular season because of a foot injury. The team said Friday the 6-foot-9 center from Southern California was continuing his rehabilitation for an inflamed sesamoid bone in his left foot, including modified participation in contact practices. He […]