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The Wolves defeated the Lakers in an early season shootout.

This was certainly an odd game. This Wolves team was not the broken Wolves team that we have come to know from the most recent games against the Bucks and the Raptors, but rather the semi-competent team from last year had a tendency to flail about when flustered. However, the boon for the Wolves is that they were playing the mishmash Lakers, full of young athletic dynamos and veteran journeyman.

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In a league where 3 and D reign, it’s poetic that the countercultural Spurs have scraped by without either early on.

Their first five games have been characterized by jarring defensive struggles and an eschewing of the three ball, as they cope with the void left behind from trading away Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, saying goodbye to Kyle Anderson in free agency and losing Dejounte Murray to injury. Gregg Popovich’s group is adjusting by slowing contests down to a slog and pummeling opponents with 15-footers, modern basketball’s version of the nun-chuck. The Spurs remain last in defensive efficiency while leading the NBA in shot attempts per game from both the 8-16 feet range and 16-24 feet range.

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Golden State’s star dropped 51 points in three quarters against the Wizards and showed that he’s still one of the most dazzling players in the league

There were signs that this was coming. The storm clouds started gathering in preseason, when Stephen Curry quietly averaged more than a point per minute of play, making 56.5 percent of his field goal attempts and 51.9 percent of his 3-point tries without missing a free throw.

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Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball can be a “game-changer” for the Lakers when he’s aggressive, and LeBron James liked what he saw from the sophomore guard against the Nuggets.

When the Los Angeles Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in 2017, they probably were thinking about his incredible floor vision, the shooting skill he demonstrated at UCLA and the defensive advantages his long arms would give him at the point guard position.

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THE Houston Rockets are going all out to take Jimmy Butler off the Minnesota Timberwolves’ hands.
After a franchise-best 65-win season, and a deep playoff push, the Rockets’ start to the new season apparently has them desperate. It didn’t help that James Harden just went down with a minor injury, and Chris Paul got suspended, but they’re now 1-3 and willing to go all in.

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It took only six games into the Cavaliers’ first season without LeBron James for ownership to wipe their hands of the coach who co-piloted Cleveland to its last three NBA Finals berths. Following an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season, head coach Ty Lue has been fired. The Cavs also fired Cavs assistant Damon Jones, a LeBron confidant, and promoted Larry Drew to interim head coach.

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Spend an afternoon combing through pre-draft scouting reports of Dallas Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic, and you’ll notice a common theme.

ESPN’s Mike Schmitz — the gold standard of draft analysts — wrote that Doncic “lacks explosiveness for a guard or wing” and “isn’t the most functional athlete.” Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo noted that Doncic’s “athletic ability has come into question.” NBADraft.net said Doncic “can be considered a marginally average athlete by NBA standards” and suggests “his first step is slow even for European standards.”

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