Archive for November 5th, 2017

Heat guard Dion Waiters is out today, for a great, joyous reason. Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting:

Dion Waiters misses game due to birth of daughter

Dion Waiters was away from the Miami Heat for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center for the birth of his daughter.

Waiters remained overnight in Denver after Friday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center and then returned Saturday to South Florida.

He then posted a photo Sunday on his Instagram feed holding the hand of his newborn daughter, Dior Raina Waiters, with the caption, “Welcome to this crazy world baby girl.”

Coach Erik Spoelstra said the specifics of missing the game against the Clippers was planned in advance.

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Pistons off to great start this season

The Pistons are off to a great start. Will it last? Too soon to tell. Their offense has been pretty good; their defense average. At the very least, Detroit looks like they should compete to make the playoffs. That’s a huge step in the right direction. They’re a team to watch these next few weeks as we determine just how real they are. For more, here’s Michigan Live reporting:

Playing on back-to-back nights against a reeling team on Saturday, the Detroit Pistons made too many mistakes defensively, went cold from the floor in the first half and let the Sacramento Kings hang around too long.

It was a game last season’s Pistons might have lost.

But this year’s Pistons have a kind of swagger about them, a renewed confidence and much resolve. It wasn’t their best game, but they did what they were supposed to do, grinding out a 108-99 victory at Little Caesars Arena.

At 7-3, this is the Pistons’ best 10-game start since 2008-09. They are 3-0 on the second night of back-to-backs (they were 3-14 last season) and have won the first two games of a five-game homestand.

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The Atlanta Hawks have signed Tyler Cavanaugh to a two-way contract.

Cavanaugh has played in one game this season for the Erie BayHawks, Atlanta’s G League affiliate, compiling 19 points, 11 rebounds, one block and one steal in 35 minutes (8-13 FGs, 3-5 3FGs). He was also a member of the Hawks’ Summer League team, competing in Las Vegas this past July. He originally signed with the Hawks on September 6, 2017, appeared in four preseason contests, and was waived on October 13, 2017.

He spent his first two college seasons at Wake Forest before transferring to George Washington. As a graduate student at GW last season, he appeared in 35 games (all starts), leading the team in points (18.3), rebounds (8.4), free throws made (173) and attempted (204) in 32.2 minutes (.448 FG%, .409 3FG%, .848 FT%). He was named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team and the All-Academic Team. The 6’9 Cavanaugh started 38 games in 2015-16 and put in 16.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 30.4 minutes (.505 FG%, .417 3FG%, .827 FT%), leading the Colonials to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) title, earning Most Outstanding Player honors. He averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 21.2 minutes in 33 games as a sophomore at Wake Forest, and tallied 5.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.7 minutes as a freshman in 31 contests. The Syracuse, NY native will wear No. 34.

The 2017-18 season marks the first year of two-way contracts in the NBA. Only players with four-or-fewer years of NBA experience are permitted to sign two-way contracts. Per league rules, teams are allowed to have up to two two-way players on their roster at any given time, in addition to their 15-man regular season roster. A two-way player for the Hawks will primarily play for the BayHawks but can spend up to 45 days with Atlanta, not including any time prior to the start of Erie’s training camp and at the conclusion of their season.

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