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What to Watch for in Preseason Opener at Golden State
The Nuggets open preseason play tonight at the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. [...]
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Lynx force decisive Game 5 in WNBA Finals with win over Sparks
By Jill Painter Lopez, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx weren’t about to let their season end in Los Angeles. The WNBA MVP helped the Lynx force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles 80-69 on Sunday night. It’s the second consecutive year that these two teams will play a deciding game in Minnesota for the crown. “Advantage? No, we’re back in Game 5. We wanted to make sure we came out and we played well,” Fowles said. Minnesota, which is trying for its fourth title in seven years, played extremely well as they dominated inside the paint with baskets and rebounds. Minnesota outrebounded the Sparks 48-28. The Sparks had outrebounded the Lynx in Game 3 and that was a point of emphasis for the team to be more physical inside. “To compete with Minnesota, you have to stay in the same game with them in the rebounding,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “Obviously, that was a wide margin. They were more aggressive, no question. They doubled our free throw attempts. I’m not saying that to debate the officiating. The point is they were a lot more aggressive and got themselves to the free-throw line. They gave themselves opportunities and second-chance points on the offensive boards. We didn’t play the way we needed to play to have success against them.” Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 17. No Sparks player reached double figures in rebounding. Candace Parker, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and the Sparks are hoping to become the league’s first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002. In order to do that, they’ll have to win on Minnesota’s home floor again. Ogwumike doesn’t enjoy that storyline, even though it finished with a storybook ending for the Sparks last season. “No disrespect to that question, but I’m really tired of that question,” Ogwumike said. “This year is this year. No disrespect at all. It’s just like the 100th time I’ve heard it. This year is a different year, and I know it’s the same and I know that’s what everyone here wants to talk about it, but it’s a different year.” Facing an end to their season, the Lynx were aggressive from the start, grabbing a lot of loose balls and dominating the glass. They trailed 10-8 before scoring 11 straight points in the first quarter. The Lynx, who never led in Game 3, built as much as a 19-point lead in the third quarter. The Sparks rallied, but could never get closer than eight points late in the fourth quarter. “I just love the way we competed for 40 minutes,” said Moore. “Everybody was really locked in and trying to be the aggressor the whole time. We didn’t play a perfect game, but did enough to beat a really good Sparks team on the road.” In the first quarter, Lynx point guard Lindsey Whalen used her arm in a chopping motion to foul Sims in transition. Whalen was called for a common foul but it was reviewed and upgraded to a Flagrant 1. Sims stayed down on the floor but was fine and would stay in the game. Still, that physical play seemed to set the tone for the Lynx, who were a different team than in a 75-64 loss two days earlier. “That was the beginning of the game,” Sims said. “It’s over now. Our mindset is focused on getting better and concentrating on Game 5.” Sims declined not to talk about that play, but it was clear it energized the Lynx. “Each team has the mindset that you don’t want to give your opponent anything easy,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It’s kind of interesting, Magic (Johnson) is sitting there and I suspect he was thinking of when that was just a foul. Not review, flagrant, just a foul. It was a playoff foul. We have this new term of unnecessary. Well that’s kind of subjective. We thought it was necessary that she not get the layup off. “With the new rules and the world we live in, it was deemed unnecessary.” PARTY OF FIVE The Lynx didn’t have a good performance overall from their starters in Game 3 and two of them — Whalen and Seimone Augustus — didn’t score. On Sunday, four of the five starters scored in double figures. Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Fowles and Augustus combined for 65 points and 43 rebounds. Whalen scored four points, but added eight assists. FREE THROW DISPARITY The Lynx made 19 of 30 free throws while the Sparks shot just 16 and made 12. RAINING ON THE 3-POINT PARADE The Sparks missed 17 of 22 3-point attempts. Four of the five starters missed all of their 3-pointers. Alana Beard, Ogwumike, Parker and Chelsea Gray were a combined 0-for-12. Flying the friendly skies? The Sparks and Lynx are on the same flight from Los Angeles to Minnesota on Monday. TIP-INS Actor Anthony An [...]
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Hot Three-Point Shooting Nuggets Sprint by Warriors in Preseason Opener
The Nuggets opened the preseason in style, notching a 108-102 win over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., behi [...]
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Paul Millsap’s double-double highlights Denver Nuggets win over Warriors in preseason opener
The Denver Nuggets topped the defending champion Golden State Warriors 108-102 in their preseason opener Saturday night. Here are five takeaways from the Nuggets’ 2017-18 debut: 1. Paul Millsap, an all-star who signed with Denver as a free agent, collected a double-double in his first game in a Nuggets uniform with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He scored 16 points in the third quarter, helping Denver finish the quarter on a 16-2 run to pull ahead for good. Millsap particularly showed off his shooting range, knocking down 4-of-6 attempts from 3-point distance. Related ArticlesSeptember 30, 2017 Denver Nuggets aim to shed “quiet” label with better communication September 29, 2017 Trey Lyles joins crowd of Denver Nuggets power forwards September 28, 2017 Mason Plumlee happy to settle in Denver after signing multiyear deal September 27, 2017 Emmanuel Mudiay brings new perspective to Nuggets’ starting point guard competition September 27, 2017 Nuggets notes: Jameer Nelson, Kenneth Faried miss Wednesday’s practice 2. The stat of the game? The traditionally sharpshooting Warriors went just 4-of-33 from beyond the arc (including 1-of-17 to start the game), while Denver made 13-of-28 shots from 3-point range. The Nuggets are aiming for noticeable improvement on the defensive end after ranking as one of the NBA’s worst teams in every major statistical category last season, but a lot of Golden State’s misfires from deep were solid looks. 3. Jamal Murray started at point guard over Emmanuel Mudiay. Murray played 20 minutes and finished with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting, but connected on two key 3-pointers in the third quarter. Mudiay, who has garnered praise throughout training camp, totaled 19 points and six assists in 28 minutes. Mudiay connected on 6-of-10 field-goal attempts, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, after shooting just 37.7 percent from the floor last season. Veteran Jameer Nelson sat out the game with a toe injury, as expected. 4. Denver’s second unit was Mudiay, Will Barton (10 points in 21 minutes), Juancho Hernangomez (five points in 18 minutes), Trey Lyles (six points in 22 minutes) and Mason Plumlee (10 points in 23 minutes). That group helped the Nuggets build a game-high nine-point lead early in the second quarter. Kenneth Faried, who earlier this week strongly proclaimed his desire to be a starter, did not play, while first-round draft pick Tyler Lydon got four late minutes. 5. The Nuggets players and coaches stood with locked arms during the national anthem. At Monday’s media day, Millsap and Nelson said a protest of some kind against social injustice was likely imminent for the Nuggets. But NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that he expected all players to stand for the anthem, and a memo from the league sent to teams Friday said it had the discretion to discipline players who did not follow the NBA’s rule to stand. [...]
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Nuggets Wrap Camp in Boulder, Eye First Preseason Game at Golden State
BOULDER – Four days of training camp at the University of Colorado ended after practice on Friday morning, and now the games begin. [...]
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Trey Lyles joins crowd of Denver Nuggets power forwards
BOULDER — When Trey Lyles was traded to the Nuggets on draft night, he did not see himself joining an already crowded position group. He saw an opportunity. Lyles’ goal to crack the Nuggets’ rotation officially begins during Saturday’s preseason opener at Golden State. But Lyles is part of a larger task for coach Michael Malone, who must figure out how to best distribute the power forward minutes behind newly acquired all-star Paul Millsap. “We have so many guys that can fill that backup spot,” Malone said. “It’s not just the one person. It’s the fit on the floor with the players around them. (It’s a) great problem to have, and we’re just going to continue to watch and see how that unfolds.” Lyles and Kenneth Faried are the top contenders in what Malone declared an “open competition” this week. Faried has strongly expressed his desire to be a starter and continues to bring his trademark “Manimal” motor to practices at training camp. The Nuggets also could go small at that spot with Wilson Chandler or Juancho Hernangomez, or big with Mason Plumlee pairing with Nikola Jokic. Darrell Arthur, who is coming off a knee injury, and first-round draft pick Tyler Lydon are options too. But Malone has expressed an early fondness for how Plumlee and Lyles complement each other. Plumlee is an athletic facilitator, finisher and rim protector at center, while Lyles has playmaking skills and shooting range. “I can space out a little bit more with having him down there,” Lyles said of Plumlee. Lyles, who averaged 6.2 points per game for Utah last season but saw his shooting percentage dip from .438 as a rookie in 2015-16 to .362, looks more explosive to Malone after trimming 15 pounds off his 6-foot-10 frame. Lyles said he feels more freedom with the Nuggets, that his unselfish style fits this offense that relies heavily on ball movement. And he’s learning every day from matching up against Millsap, who is crafty on offense and masterfully uses his hands and feet on defense. “You never know what he’s going to do,” Lyles said of Millsap. “He’s a tough challenge for me to guard, but it’s good for me. I’m challenging myself to stay down and try to keep him in front of me and keep him from scoring.” Next up for Lyles and the Denver power forwards: the defending NBA champion Warriors, who deploy a pecking order at that position of all-star Draymond Green, David West and rookie Jordan Bell. It’s the first public glimpse at Denver’s underrated-yet-intriguing position battle, as Malone aims to set his rotation. “Ultimately, I’ll have to make some tough decisions that are best for our team,” the coach said. No decision on starting point guard for preseason opener Malone said after practice Friday that he hadn’t decided whether Jamal Murray or Emmanuel Mudiay would start at point guard in Saturday’s preseason opener at Golden State. Murray and Mudiay have alternated in that role during practices, with Mudiay holding that spot during Thursday night’s session and Murray running the first team Friday in a scrimmage that Malone said “went down to the wire.” Malone added that Murray was “much more effective (Friday) than the last couple practices” and called Mudiay’s performance “steady.” Jameer Nelson remains out with a toe injury and isn’t expected to play against the Warriors. Millsap has “best practice — by far” Related ArticlesSeptember 28, 2017 Mason Plumlee happy to settle in Denver after signing multiyear deal September 27, 2017 Emmanuel Mudiay brings new perspective to Nuggets’ starting point guard competition September 27, 2017 Nuggets notes: Jameer Nelson, Kenneth Faried miss Wednesday’s practice September 26, 2017 Quest to improve Denver Nuggets defense starts in training camp September 26, 2017 Nuggets notes: Paul Millsap looks “really good” in first practice Malone called Friday’s morning session “Paul Millsap’s best practice — by far,” adding that Millsap and Jokic meshed well with crisp ball exchanges in the post. “He asserted himself. He was confident,” Malone said of Millsap. “We made sure we were getting him the ball where he was most effective, and he made plays for himself and those around him. It was great to see Paul start to feel a little bit more comfortable and confident in the offense.” Quotable Malone, on beginning the preseason against the defending champion Warriors: “They wanted us to play somebody else, but I said, ‘We kind of own the Warriors, so let’s play those guys.’ … We have played them well. I don&r [...]
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Russell Westbrook signs 5-year, $205M extension with Oklahoma City Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook is staying with the Thunder. The superstar point guard and reigning NBA MVP has signed a contract extension to remain in Oklahoma City, the team announced Friday. ESPN first reported the agreement and said it would be for five years and worth $205 million. Westbrook made an Instagram post Friday afternoon, a photo of him yelling at Chesapeake Energy Arena with his raised in the air. His words of choice to go with the photo are the words he lives by and the name of his charitable foundation: “WHY NOT??” Westbrook said this week that Oklahoma City is where he wanted to be. He said he was thrilled with the offseason additions of four-time All-Star Paul George and 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. Both have player options on their deals after this season. “I love being here,” he said. “I’m excited about the season. Obviously, with a lot of new changes, and I’m excited.” Thunder owner Clay Bennett values Westbrook’s importance to Oklahoma City on and off the court. “We recognize and deeply appreciate Russell’s rare and unique abilities as he leads the Oklahoma City Thunder, but also understand his presence and impact on our community will be felt for decades to come,” Bennett said. “On behalf of the entire Thunder organization, our ownership group and all of Oklahoma, I want to express my deepest appreciation to Russell, and I know that the very best days for the Thunder are yet to come.” Westbrook averaged a triple-double last season and was the league scoring champion. He averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists and broke Oscar Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles with 42. His success increased anxiety for Thunder fans who feared he might leave, as Kevin Durant did during the summer of 2016 when he chose to join the Golden State Warriors. Westbrook signed the extension on Durant’s 29th birthday. Westbrook said he hadn’t signed because of other obligations. “I’ve been at home,” he said. “I’ve been traveling. Just trying to get my family together, honestly. You know, having a new son can be a little difficult, you know what I mean? I’ve been trying to help my wife, help my family and enjoying and embracing that moment as much as I can because I know during the season, I’m going to be traveling and moving around.” Center Enes Kanter, who Oklahoma City sent to New York in the deal that brought Anthony to the Thunder, said he thought Westbrook would agree to the extension. “I mean, that’s his legacy,” Kanter said. “That’s his team, and he’s not going to leave his legacy behind.” Related ArticlesSeptember 29, 2017 In terms of the anthem, Silver expects NBA players to stand September 27, 2017 Meet Danielle Cantor, the NBA’s only female agent with a client September 26, 2017 Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban says there are two people in the White House: the President and the Twitter troll  September 26, 2017 Gov. Hickenlooper respects Broncos decision to protest, but says "politics generally doesn’t mix with sports" September 26, 2017 Dwyane Wade to sign with Cavaliers, reunite with LeBron James Thunder general manager Sam Presti made his second major deal in a week after adding Anthony. This piece laid the groundwork for the future. “Russell’s commitment to the Thunder organization since its inception in 2008 has helped propel us to great heights and stare down great challenges over our first decade,” Presti said. “We are extremely fortunate to have an athlete, competitor and person such as Russell wear the Thunder uniform.” Now, Westbrook can focus on making this season special. “We’ve got to figure out the best way for everybody to play and for our team to play,” he said Monday. “That part is easy in my opinion. Just being able to go out, and you have one goal, and that is win a championship. Guys will do what needs to be done to win a championship.” [...]
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Nuggets Exercise Options on Beasley, Hernangomez, Lyles, Mudiay and Murray
The Denver Nuggets have exercised the fourth-year options for both Trey Lyles and Emmanuel Mudiay and exercised the third-year options fo [...]
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Emmanuel Mudiay on Fire at the Start of Nuggets Training Camp
BOULDER – Emmanuel Mudiay hears all the talk and simply shrugs it off – the good and the not as good. [...]
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Mason Plumlee happy to settle in Denver after signing multiyear deal
BOULDER — Mason Plumlee stepped through a Denver rite of passage last week, heading to Red Rocks for a concert from the rock band NEEDTOBREATHE. That was part of Plumlee’s efforts to explore his new home city, even taking fan suggestions on restaurants to try and sites to visit. Plumlee now feels comfortable sinking some roots into Denver, after re-signing with the Nuggets just before the start of training camp. The 6-foot-11 big man is expected to be a key part of the rotation as the backup center behind Nikola Jokic. “For somebody to appreciate what you do is empowering and exciting,” Plumlee said. Coaches and teammates laud Plumlee — who arrived in Denver at the trade deadline in the deal that sent Jusf Nurkic to the Portland Trail Blazers — for his combination of strength, athleticism and intelligence. He can facilitate from the post, helping Denver’s high-powered offense continue to hum when Jokic goes to the bench. He’s used to playing aggressively against the pick and roll, an emphasis as the Nuggets aim to improve defensively overall. And he is hoping to set an example for the younger players on how to form and carry out professional daily habits. “He brings us a physicality and presence that, really, none of the other guys really have,” coach Michael Malone said. “He is a lob threat on offense and he’s a rim protector on defense. On top of that, he’s a very skilled and capable playmaker. “I’m so excited that we’ve finally got him signed, he’s here and we’ll continue to work him in and use him in the best manner possible.” Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said after the team acquired Plumlee that he was a player the organization had “circled early” as a potential free-agent target. They snagged his restricted rights in the trade. Yet Plumlee and Malone acknowledged it’s sometimes difficult for a player to find rhythm with a new team that late in the season, particularly because practices become infrequent. Plumlee finished 2016-17 averaging 10.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor. He stayed in a local hotel until the end of the season, a lifestyle he described as “different.” But Plumlee wanted to be part of the Nuggets’ young roster focused on winning, a mentality he said is “not always the case, so you gotta embrace it and join in.” He wrote a letter to Nuggets fans on his website after signing the contract reportedly worth $41 million over three years, soliciting tips that have since taken him to local hot spots like Il Posto and Acorn. After summer travels to New York, Africa and Dubai, Plumlee finally moved into his apartment in town last week. Before the Nuggets’ media day, Plumlee shook owner Stan Kroenke’s hand and said thank you. Because now Plumlee can focus on basketball — and life in Denver. Related ArticlesSeptember 27, 2017 Emmanuel Mudiay brings new perspective to Nuggets’ starting point guard competition September 27, 2017 Nuggets notes: Jameer Nelson, Kenneth Faried miss Wednesday’s practice September 26, 2017 Quest to improve Denver Nuggets defense starts in training camp September 26, 2017 Nuggets notes: Paul Millsap looks “really good” in first practice September 26, 2017 Nuggets notes: Denver braces for loaded division, Western Conference “It’s a great opportunity,” Plumlee said. “It’s a responsibility, and it’s something that I look forward to owning as long as I’m here.” NUGGETS BRIEFS: NELSON LIKELY TO MISS FIRST PRESEASON GAME The Nuggets’ starting point guard battle has been narrowed to two contenders. At least for the time being. Jameer Nelson missed practice again Thursday morning with a big toe injury, and coach Michael Malone said he does not expect Nelson to play in Saturday’s preseason opener at Golden State. “We’re not gonna rush him back,” Malone said. Malone said Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay could alternate starts early in the preseason. The coach hopes to have the full first unit solidified by the last two preseason games at San Antonio and against Oklahoma City. Murray and Mudiay have split time during practice, with Murray running the first unit during Wednesday night’s scrimmage and Mudiay taking that role for Thursday’s workout. Mudiay continues to draw praise from Malone, who said Mudiay has improved his jumper, ball-handling and decision-making and is in “unbelievable shape.” “It’s exciting to see a healthy competition for that spot,” Malone said. “They’re both working their butts off. It’s going to be a really tou [...]
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In terms of the anthem, Silver expects NBA players to stand
President Donald Trump’s comments and tweets about NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem – and the league’s response, from owners to players – has dominated headlines since last weekend. They have also led to plenty of discussion about what, if anything, NBA players will do during the anthem when preseason games begin this weekend, or when the regular season begins in less than three weeks. There is one significant difference, however, between the two leagues: the NFL has no rule about what players should do during the anthem. The NBA does. “We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at his news conference following the conclusion of this week’s Board of Governors meetings in New York. “It’s been our rule for as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem.” The rule, which states players, coaches and trainers “should remain reasonably still, stand tall in a straight and orderly line, and act in a respectful manner through the period,” was enacted decades ago and was originally meant as nothing more than to ensure players weren’t shooting around or stretching while the anthem was being played before a game. But now, in the age of Trump, enforcing the rule could come in a very different context. Earlier this week, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said he and his teammates still hadn’t decided if they would do anything during the anthem. The Warriors, who were disinvited from the traditional White House visit league champions make via a Trump tweet last Saturday – an invitation they likely would have turned down if given the chance – play in the first preseason game of the year Saturday evening when they host the Denver Nuggets in Oakland. When Silver was asked directly what would happen if a player chose to kneel or undertake some other form of protest during the anthem, he said, “If that were to happen, we’ll deal with it when it happens.” The league’s operations manual states: “Violations of these rules will subject the team, player and/or the relevant team personnel to appropriate action.” In other words, wide latitude is given to the league office to levy discipline in such a matter – and it’s hard to see how the NBA would want to wade into a cultural fight with its players, if they chose to do so, with heavy penalties. Still, Silver made it clear on multiple occasions Thursday how he preferred the players would handle the situation. “It’s my hope our players will continue to use that as a moment of unity,” Silver said. “For example, many of our teams locked arms during the anthem, which I felt was a respectful show of unity. Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand during the anthem, and I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now.” The discussion about the anthem overshadowed several changes the league made during its annual preseason gathering. The most significant were changes in the draft lottery format, which will be enacted for the 2018-19 season, and for the rules governing resting players, which will go into effect this season. Both changes were widely expected to pass, thanks to backing from the league office, and did so easily. Related ArticlesSeptember 27, 2017 Meet Danielle Cantor, the NBA’s only female agent with a client September 26, 2017 Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban says there are two people in the White House: the President and the Twitter troll  September 26, 2017 Gov. Hickenlooper respects Broncos decision to protest, but says "politics generally doesn’t mix with sports" September 26, 2017 Dwyane Wade to sign with Cavaliers, reunite with LeBron James September 25, 2017 The door to NBA superstardom is open. Is this the season John Wall pushes through? On lottery reform, the league flattened out the odds at the top – giving the three teams with the worst records each a 14 percent chance of winning the top pick. Previously, the team with the worst record had a 25 percent chance at the top pick. By improving the odds of other teams – and by increasing the number of lottery drawing spots from three to four – the league’s goal is to eliminate “tanking,” the practice of franchises trying to lose as many games as possible to secure the highest possible draft pick. The topic of resting players came to a head last season when multiple nationally televised games – specifically one featuring the Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, and another between the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers – were left w [...]
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How a Week in Atlanta Could Speed Up the Nuggets' Quest for Offensive Chemistry
BOULDER – The first day of Nuggets training camp on the campus of the University of Colorado doubled as the second day coach Michael Malo [...]
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Healthier Darrell Arthur Eager to Brush Aside Injuries, Focus in on Basketball
BOULDER – Darrell Arthur walked out of the practice court and bounced down the stairs, heading toward the team bus after the Nuggets’ Wed [...]
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