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LeBron James foils Naz Reid as he beat up the Lakers’ interior possession

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LeBron James foils Naz Reid as he beat up the Lakers’ interior possession

James scored 26 to go with seven rebounds and five assists in the Lakers’ second-straight win against Timberwolves. James was a key reason Reid didn’t score any of his 23 points in the fourth quarter.

It wasn’t their only problem, the Lakers still unable to solve something that’s dogged Russell Westbrook for years of his career. Because he plays with so much imprint on the game, particularly on offense, his bad nights usually mean a bad night for his team.

LeBron James foils Naz Reid as he beat up the Lakers’ interior possession

Before Sunday, Westbrook has finished with 19 positive plus/minus ratings — a metric that measures simply whether or not your team out-scores the opponent with you on the floor. In those positive games, the team is 15-4, and in the 11 games where he’s been plus-8 or better, they’re undefeated.

But on the other side of that, if he struggles, it usually means the Lakers do — the team going 3-15 when his plus/minus is in the negative.

And Sunday, Westbrook was mostly a negative, the ball either slipping off his fingers or firing waywardly off his hands. Even for one of the NBA’s leaders in turnovers, Westbrook was extra sloppy, turning it over 10 times.

It’s the second time this season he’s had 10 turnovers. No other player in the league has a 10-turnover game. Westbrook finished the game a minus-2.

Thankfully, though, the Lakers were able to survive those minutes because of strong offensive nights from Malik Monk, Avery Bradley and Carmelo Anthony — the kind of balance the Lakers lacked so many nights as they played with a makeshift roster.

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2022 NBA Preseason Injury Update For Grizzlies Star As The List Of Players That Won’t Be Available Tonight Revealed

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2022 NBA Preseason Injury Update For Grizzlies Star As The List Of Players That Won’t Be Available Tonight Revealed

Given the nature of Morant’s injury, surgery was not required. Multiple weeks of rest were suggested and it has been nearly 4 months since he’s played NBA basketball. When looking at the injury reports for the Grizzlies, Ja Morant does not show up on CBS Sport’s list. 

Jaren Jackson Jr, Danny Green, and Killian Tille are the 3 Grizzlies who are expected to be out for the preseason. When it comes to the Murray State, you can expect him to play against the Bucks. He’s even given his opinion on this 2022 NBA Preseason, saying: 

2022 NBA Preseason Injury Update For Grizzlies Star As The List Of Players That Won’t Be Available Tonight Revealed

“We take preseason as out training camp. Even though we got games coming up, there’s still time for us to install some things, time to get better in certain areas, and continue to grow in areas that we’re good at.” 

Looks like the former Rookie of the Year is more than amped up to take to the floor following an unceremonious exit from last season’s Playoffs.

Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies were quite the surprise team during the 2021-22 NBA season. Finishing with the second best record in a loaded Western Conference and snagging 56 wins, they would not only make the Playoffs but have home court advantage in it. 

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After a grueling series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis would face the eventual 2022 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, in the second round. By the time Game 3 had come around, they had split the series 1-1.

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Lakers held an open scrimmage on Saturday and the only player to sit out was Anthony Davis as teammate LeBron James showed off his athleticism with some massive dunks.

Davis, 29, practiced ahead of the team’s preseason opener Monday against the Sacramento Kings but missed the open scrimmage.

He told the media afterwards that he did participate in the closed door scrimmage and played alongside Russell Westbrook and King James on the purple team.

Lakers held an open scrimmage on Saturday and the only player to sit out was…

Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said it’s possible that James, Davis and Westbrook will get some minutes in the preseason opener.

While Westbrook will likely still run the floor, Coach Ham has a plethora of options to start at the point guard position.

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Kencrick Nunn looks like he will become the team’s starting point guard ahead of Dennis Schroeder.

Despite Nunn missing all of last season due to injury, Schroeder has yet to arrive in Los Angeles due to some issues with his visa.

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Austin Reaves and Patrick Beverley will likely come off the bench, and be used for specific matchups.

James and company want to get in shape during the preseason to kick off the 2022 NBA season with a bang, but the key to success once again lies in Davis staying healthy

 

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Steph Curry proves he’s still the ‘petty king’ once again as he shades ESPN model

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Steph Curry proves he’s still the ‘petty king’ once again as he shades ESPN model

Earlier this week, ESPN came out with a model that predicts the Warriors will struggle to an eighth seed in the Western Conference and have to compete in the play-in tournament.

Never afraid to show his petty side, Curry commented on an Instagram post about the projection.

“14% chance to win the finals last year too,” he commented, in reference to an earlier ESPN prediction, which had given the Boston Celtics an 86% chance of winning the 2021-22 NBA Finals. The Warriors, of course, defeated the Celtics in six games.

In ESPN’s defense, lead analyst Kevin Pelton was quick to disavow the projection as soon as it was made public.

Steph Curry proves he’s still the ‘petty king’ once again as he shades ESPN model

“I expect Golden State to outperform this projection and be back near the top of the West,” Pelton wrote about his own projection.

After winning it all last season, Curry gleefully called out everyone from the Boston bar that gave out “Ayesha Curry can’t cook” shirts to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who slighted the Warriors for their payroll, to noted Draymond Green nemesis Kendrick Perkins.

“We hear all of that. You carry it all and try to maintain your purpose, not let it distract you, but you carry that weight,” Curry said about his revenge spree. “And then you get here, and it all comes out.”

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If Curry takes inspiration from being doubted, then the ESPN model, which thinks the Warriors will essentially be a .500 team, is just the thing to get the reigning NBA Finals MVP ready for the upcoming season.

The Warriors’ title defense begins later this month when they host the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on Oct. 18.

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