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nba rumors The ice bag stayed firmly wrapped on Anthony Brown’s right shoulder. Lakers trainer Gary Vitti stood nearby finalizing plans for Brown to receive an MRI at a nearby hospital after the Lakers’ rookie small forward bumped his shoulder through a hard screen. “It’s not horrible,” Anthony said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “I want to take precaution. So I sat out. But it’s not horrible.” LA Daily News Blog

Lakers guard Jabari Brown will receive x-rays on Monday after feeling pain in his right hand. Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas missed the team’s preseason loss to Utah on Sunday because of a strained right hamstring, as did Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. with back spasms. LA Daily News Blog

The Lakers also nursed ailments considered to be minor, including point guard D’Angelo Russell (bone bruise in right foot), forward Metta World Peace (strained left calf) and forward Nick Young (back spasms). LA Daily News Blog

nba rumors In the offseason, Zach LaVine, who went from 180 to 190 pounds, worked heavily with shooting coach Mike Penberthy. The idea wasn't to drastically change his mechanics but tweak his form on the follow-through. He had a tendency to flick his guide hand. But now LaVine holds it steady after following through with his shot. He feels as though it has made a big difference. St. Paul Pioneer Press

In two NBA summer league games in July, LaVine averaged 22 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2 assists while shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range (5 for 12). St. Paul Pioneer Press

nba rumors The plan was not to play anyone in the rotation anywhere near 30 minutes, but Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison forced Kings coach George Karl to re-evaluate. Belinelli scored a game-high 32 points and Collison had 21 points and 10 assists to lead the Kings to a 109-105 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at Moda Center. It was the preseason opener for both teams. After a slow start by the Kings, the bench, led by Collison and Belinelli, outscored the Blazers’ reserves 29-15 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Sacramento Bee

Rick Carlisle liked some of what he saw in Sunday’s Blue-White scrimmage. But with his entire starting lineup of Chandler Parsons (knee), Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Deron Williams (calf), Wesley Matthews (Achilles tendon) and JaVale McGee (leg) unable to play, it was difficult for anyone to get a good gauge on the new-look Mavericks. “I thought the offensive flow was good,” Carlisle said. “Let’s be honest, we’re missing about $60 million worth of players out there. Fort Worth Star Telegram

nba rumors Bulls: Veteran guard Kirk Hinrich will also sit with a minor toe injury, and Taj Gibson is being brought along slowly after having ankle surgery in the offseason. And of course Derrick Rose is out, recovering from facial surgery last week after the injury he suffered on the opening day of training camp. So E’Twaun Moore will get the start at point guard, with Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell on the wings, and Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah will round out the starting five. It’s a chance to see in some form of application how Hoiberg’s “pace and space” offense will look. CSN Chicago

The Cavaliers open their preseason on Oct. 8 in Cincinnati against the Atlanta Hawks and play the Sixers the next night in Philadelphia. LeBron James plans on playing in only one of them. He said he is leaning toward playing against the Hawks because the fans in Cincinnati don’t get many opportunities to see NBA teams live. News Herald

Power forward Richaun Holmes (ankle) returned to practice and may see action against the Wizards. JaKarr Sampson will start in place of Stauskas, whom the Sixers acquired in a July trade with the Sacramento Kings. Nerlens Noel had a sore hip at practice, but the minor injury won't prevent him from playing Tuesday. Philadelphia Inquirer


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