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The Clippers move to 4-0 in the preseason behind a balanced bench attack and a strong defensive second half

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Another day, another preseason victory for the Clippers. While these matchups mean precious little to actual regular season success, it’s promising to see a victory without star player Tobias Harris and starting center Marcin Gortat in the lineup. Moving to 4-0, the Clippers came out with it’s most interesting starting lineup of the preseason. With Harris and Gortat out, Boban Marjanovic got the nod alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

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The Raptors’ preseason has been quiet, hard, and fun — just the way they like it

VANCOUVER — In front of a capacity-crowd at the Rogers Arena for the Toronto Raptors’ first preseason game, the anxieties attached to the biggest season in franchise history fell away.

Jonas Valanciunas, who was just getting the hang of dribble hand-offs last season, secured a rebound and launched an outlet pass to Kyle Lowry. The ball didn’t even hit the ground before Lowry shuffled a behind-the-back touch-pass to new addition Kawhi Leonard. Leonard gave it back and Lowry got fouled before trying one last wrap-around pass, a split-second short of putting a bow on the play.

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The relationship between Luke Walton and LeBron James has started off strong.

Almost immediately after LeBron James signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, there was speculation regarding the future of Luke Walton as head coach of the team.

Walton will be James’ fourth head coach in six years and the seventh in his 15-year career. You can argue the reasons to why that is, but head coaches historically are given a shorter leash with James on the roster.

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It’s the preseason, and we’ve already got fresh J.R. Smith and Marcus Smart beef. PRESEASON!

Smith and Aron Baynes got into a scrap in the first quarter of the Celtics and Cavaliers preseason game on Saturday night. The two were battling in the low post and got tangled up and had to be separated after Smith shoved Baynes across the chest.

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He knows he’s a better defender than other players who make all-defensive teams, but will anyone else realize it as long as he stays with the Warriors?

Klay Thompson sat down with Stadium’s Shams Charania this week. The big headline out of the interview hovers around Thompson’s declaration that he knows that he’s a better defender than some of the players who have been on the NBA All-Defense teams the last couple of years.

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