Wildcats held to 27 points in second half, K-State falls to Colorado 76-58

MANHATTAN, Kan. — McKinley Wright IV had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists to help Colorado beat Kansas State 76-58 in the final game of the Little Apple Classic on Friday night.

Kansas State started a season 0-2 with both games at home for the first time since 1962-63 and the first time overall since 2002-03. Colorado started a season 2-0 with both games on the road for the first time since 1960-61.

Maddox Daniels added 10 points for the Buffaloes, who pulled away in the second half with a 13-4 run, capped at 62-48 on Eli Parquet’s three-point play with 7:46 left.

Colorado never trailed after Parquet opened the scoring in the second half with a 3-pointer that gave the Buffaloes a 34-32 lead.

The Wildcats opened with a 22-9 lead. The Buffaloes answered with 14 straight points.

Nijel Pack was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points to lead Kansas State.

The former Big 12 opponents met for the 144th time and the first time in nearly 10 years. Colorado beat Kansas State 87-75 in the conference tournament quarterfinals on March 10, 2011.

By |2020-11-28T00:00:17-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

Garcia scores 16 to lead Marquette past Eastern Illinois 75-50

MILWAUKEE — Dawson Garcia registered 16 points and eight rebounds as Marquette routed Eastern Illinois 75-50 on Friday night.

Koby McEwen had 14 points for Marquette (2-0). D.J. Carton added 13 points and seven rebounds. Justin Lewis had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Josiah Wallace had 15 points for the Panthers (0-2). Mack Smith added 12 points. Kashawn Charles had 10 points.

By |2020-11-27T22:29:42-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

First place in AFC South up for grabs when Colts clash with Titans

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis spent all week preparing for Derrick Henry.

Facing the league’s leading runner with a short-handed defensive line only makes the challenge more daunting.

With Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner out after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week, starting defensive end Denico Autry still inactive after going on the COVID list last week and now starting linebacker Bobby Okereke ruled out with an ankle injury, coach Frank Reich isn’t changing his tune. He’s bringing back an old refrain for Sunday’s game against Tennessee.

“This is normal in the NFL, and good teams overcome it,” he said Friday, referring to the three absences. “That’s what we need to do. Sure, every player is important and adds a unique combination to the game and when players go down, you miss them. But I’ve seen it happen so many times through the years, the good teams overcome it and that’s what we need to do.”

Especially with so much at stake.

Both teams are 7-3 and share the AFC South lead. Indy won this season’s first contest, Nov. 12 on the Titans home turf, and a season sweep would give the Colts a one-game lead plus a tiebreaking season-sweep.

A victory by Tennessee would give the Titans a one-game lead with five games to play, a split in the series and the current tiebreaking edge because of a better division record.

But without Buckner, Autry and Okereke, the league’s second-stingiest defense won’t look the same — on paper — and some believe it could give the run-heavy Titans a significant advantage up front.

Henry doesn’t buy it.

“I think they play very hard,” the NFL’s reigning rushing champ said. “They fly to the ball. (They are) guys that play great together collectively, good tacklers.”

Reich believes those traits will continue to be on display despite being without their best run stuffer, leader in sacks and fourth-leading tackler.

Instead, the Colts defense believes only the name will change.

“There’s no question,” Pro Bowl linebacker Darius Leonard said when asked if the Colts would miss Buckner. “It is what it is. The other guys have to do the preparation because it’s not one guy, it’s 11 guys.”

OH HENRY

Last week, Henry became this season’s first 1,000-yard rusher, and he comes into Sunday with a league-high 1,079 yards through 10 games.

He’s also on quite a streak.

Henry has hit the 100-yard mark six times this season, including each of the past two weeks and has run for 100 or more yards in seven consecutive road games. Henry had 103 yards in the first meeting with Indy, and last season he rushed for 149 yards in a rare Titans victory at Lucas Oil Stadium. He doesn’t expect the workload to decrease this weekend.

“We have that mindset that it’s playoff football right now and just be locked in every week,” he said.

RIVERS RUNNING

Colts quarterback Philip Rivers returned to practice Friday, his first action since injuring the big toe on his right foot in last weekend’s victory over Green Bay.

It appears Rivers will make his 235th consecutive start this weekend.

“I thought Philip looked good and had a good day out there,” Reich said.

Rivers has not missed a start since 2006 when he became the starter for the Chargers, and Sunday’s start would break a tie with Eli Manning for the 10th-most starts in league history. He would also tie Charles Woodson for ninth on that list.

KICKIN’ IT?

The Titans could get some special teams help this week — if three-time Pro Bowl punter Brett Kern returns.

He went on injured reserve after hurting his wrist in a loss at Cincinnati on Nov. 1 and sat out the last matchup with Indy.

Things didn’t go well. Kern’s replacement, Trevor Daniel, struggled in the second half — shanking one third-quarter punt for 17 yards and having another blocked and returned for a touchdown just a few minutes later.

Four-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski also missed a 44-yard field goal wide right in that game, his fifth miss of the season on seven tries from 40-49 yards. Gostkowski made all three of his field goals in the Titans’ win over Baltimore, including a pair of 40-yarders.

The special teams’ struggles were a major reason Tennessee lost 34-17.

RUNNING TANDEM

Rookie Jonathan Taylor and veteran Nyheim Hines have taken turns sharing the load out of the Colts’ backfield.

Hines has 51 carries for 179 yards and two scores, 36 receptions for 296 yards and four TDs, and is one of nine players who has three or more multiple-touchdown games this season. He had one on the ground and another through the air in the last meeting with Tennessee.

Taylor rushed for 90 yards last week and leads the Colts with 518 yards rushing and four TD runs.

By |2020-11-27T21:39:49-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

Chiefs prepared to have 'hands full' with Brady and Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. — The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t buying all the talk about Tom Brady’s struggles. They insist he’s still playing at a high level and will have to be at their best to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The reigning Super Bowl champions (9-1) visit the Bucs (7-4) on Sunday, with Patrick Mahomes facing Brady for the fourth time in his young career and Brady looking to shrug off a couple of subpar performances against playoff contenders.

“You can’t take anything away from Tom Brady. He’s still very smart, he’s still trying to throw the ball downfield, he still has the weapons. We’ll have our hands full,” Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu said.

“He’s played against our system a number of times, even going back to New England,” Mathieu added. “He’s familiar with us. Now we have to get familiar with him and the weapons he has.”

Brady won two of the previous three matchups against Mahomes, including an overtime thriller in the AFC championship game two seasons ago.

The six-time Super Bowl champion played poorly in home losses to New Orleans and the Los Angeles Rams two of the past three weeks. Still, Kansas City coach Andy Reid cautioned against anyone writing off the 43-year-old quarterback.

Despite Brady’s recent struggles, particularly on deep passes, the Bucs have already matched their victory total from all of last season and remain in prime position to end a 12-year playoff drought that’s the second longest in the NFL.

“He’s unbelievable. He’s a great player, a Hall of Fame player. We’re lucky enough to have a chance to be in this era where we get to play him,” Reid said.

“He’s old, and it’s hard to tell he’s old,” Reid added. “And that’s a tribute to how he takes care of himself, and the care and living he does all the way around, from diet to workout to everything.”

The Chiefs have won five straight, the eighth consecutive year they’ve had a streak at least that long.

They avenged their lone loss last week with a 35-31 victory at Las Vegas, with Mahomes throwing for 348 yards and two TDs.

Mahomes, who’s thrown for just over 312 yards per game with 14 TDs and one interception during Kansas City’s winning streak, was as surprised as anyone that Brady left the Patriots to sign with Tampa Bay in free agency last March.

“But he’s in a great spot. They’ve got a lot of weapons there,” Mahomes said, looking ahead to another head-to-head meeting.

“I don’t think it’s going to feel very much different. It’s still a very good football team that’s playing really good football and winning a lot of games,” Mahomes added. “I know it’s going to be a really big challenge for us.”

Brady threw a pair of costly interceptions and was 0 for 6 on passes traveling at least 20 yards in last week’s 27-24 loss to the Rams. He’s 0 for 19 on such throws over the past three games, which includes a 38-3 loss to the Saints.

The struggles have raised questions about whether the offense Brady is being asked to run following a historic 20-year stint with the Patriots is suited to what he does best.

Bucs coach Bruce Arians concedes the offense has been inconsistent, but attributes that to a lack of continuity caused in part by teams not having a usual offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic and injuries that have forced lineup changes and limited practice time for some players.

“He can do anything, so it’s not like he can’t do it,” Arians said, responding to critics who suggest the problem is the offensive scheme, which stresses pushing the ball downfield.

“We’ve had the guys open. We’ve just missed them,” Arians said.

“Each and every week is so different, but when they’re there, we need to hit them,” the coach added. “We can’t have them going off our fingertips, and we can’t overthrow them.”

Brady has lots of good things to say about Mahomes and the Chiefs, who lead the league in scoring at 32.1 points per game.

“He’s a terrific player, obviously. … They’ve got their offense rolling,” Brady said. “I feel continuity is probably the most critical aspect of consistent performance. … They’ve been in that system for a while. Coach Reid’s been there for a while. He’s a great coach. … They’ve been tough to beat for a lot of years now.”

WIDE RECEIVER ROOM

The Chiefs should be welcoming back wide receiver Sammy Watkins from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since Week 5 just in time.

They lost Byron Pringle, who had been one of the bright spots in their wideout corps this season, to an ankle injury last week that landed him on injured reserve. Their only other healthy wide receivers on the 53-man roster are Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman.

FEELING DEFENSIVE

The Chiefs have won the past two weeks despite allowing 31 points each to Carolina and Las Vegas. The Panthers threw for 331 yards while running for 104 during their game at Arrowhead Stadium before the bye week, and Derek Carr led the Raiders to 364 yards of total offense — and if not for a touchdown in the closing seconds, a win — last Sunday.

“Every football game won’t be a blowout. Every football game won’t be a dominant defensive performance,” Mathieu said, “but what our fans should see is us playing hard. Sticking together, no matter what, whether we’re up by 50 or down by 50. It’s about us staying together.”

NONSENSE?

Arians rejects the notion that some of Tampa Bay’s problems on offense are related to having too many playmakers on the roster. With there only being one ball, how could Brady possibly keep Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Ronald Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy happy?

“I don’t think there’s such a thing. … I don’t think you can have too many good players,” Arians said. “Looking at the team coming in here this week, I don’t think they have a problem with having too many really good players.”

By |2020-11-27T20:40:05-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

Preview: Packers have opportunity to extend NFC North lead against lowly Bears

As poorly as things have gone for the Chicago Bears over the last month, they have a chance to close November by getting right back in the thick of the NFC North race.

If the Bears don’t capitalize on the opportunity, the Green Bay Packers will head into December well on their way to clinching a second straight division title.

Chicago (5-5) has lost four straight and trails the Packers (7-3) by two games as the teams renew the NFL’s oldest rivalry Sunday night at Green Bay.

“We’re fighters,” Bears running back David Montgomery said. “So if anybody’s counting us out, that’s fine. But we’re fighters, so we’re going to keep fighting.”

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The Packers have their own issues.

After racing to a 4-0 start, the Packers have split their last six games. Green Bay has struggled lately at home with the pandemic preventing the Packers from allowing any fans to games.

In their last two home games, the Packers lost 28-22 to the Minnesota Vikings and eked out a 24-20 victory over the woeful Jacksonville Jaguars. The Packers are back at Lambeau Field after blowing a two-touchdown halftime lead in a 34-31 overtime loss at Indianapolis.

But the Packers still could gain a commanding three-game division lead by winning Sunday night in the first of two regular-season meetings between these teams. The Packers and Bears meet again Jan. 3 in Chicago to close the regular season.

“We’re on Sunday night football, it’s the only game playing at that time, it’s a divisional rival against the Bears and it’s a huge game in our division,” Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. “If you’re not pumped up for this one, then I don’t know what to say to you.”

This game could feature another quarterback change for the Bears.

Mitch Trubisky was benched in favor of Nick Foles during the Bears’ third game and later injured his right shoulder. Foles injured his hip and glute in the Bears’ last game, a 19-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 16.

Trubisky has been healthy enough to practice fully this week while Foles continues to recover. That makes Trubisky the most likely candidate to start Sunday’s game. Bears coach Matt Nagy said he’s liked the way Trubisky has responded since getting benched.

“What I’ve seen of Mitchell, the way that he’s handled meetings, the way that he’s handled practice in that role, I’ve seen a change in him — and for the good,” Nagy said.

THIRD-DOWN MATCHUP

The Packers rank among the NFL’s most efficient teams in third-down situations. They are converting on 47.9% of their third-down attempts. Only Las Vegas, Kansas City and Buffalo have better third-down percentages.

Chicago is allowing its opponents to convert only 33.3%, giving the Bears the NFL’s best third-down defense. Packers coach Matt LaFleur says this will be the toughest defense Green Bay has faced.

“Khalil Mack is a game wrecker,” LaFleur said. “You better know where he’s at on every snap because, you know, he’s got the ability just by himself to go wreck whatever you’re trying to do.”

RODGERS REIGNS OVER BEARS

While the Bears have an uncertain quarterback situation heading into Sunday’s game, they’ll have to beat a two-time MVP quarterback who has dominated this series throughout his career.

Green Bay owns a 19-5 record against the Bears in games Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has started.

SPECTATORS AT LAMBEAU

This will mark the Packers’ first home game with any spectators at all.

Packers officials have announced that team employees and their family members – about 500 people in all – will be in the stands to test out Lambeau Field COVID-19 protocols in case paying fans are allowed at home games later this season.

MONTGOMERY’S RETURN

Montgomery sat out one game with a concussion but is expected to play Sunday night. Montgomery has rushed for a team-high 472 yards on 131 carries.

That’s a big addition for a team that severely lacks running back depth. Without Montgomery available, wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson had 12 of the Bears’ 17 carries in the Vikings game.

BEARS’ RECORD RETURNER

Patterson scored on a 104-yard kickoff return against the Vikings, enabling him to tie an NFL record with eight such touchdowns in his career. He shares the record with Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington.

Patterson, of course, can have the record all to himself if he scores on a kickoff return at Green Bay. The Packers have struggled on special teams lately, though their issues haven’t involved kickoff coverage. Darrius Shepherd fumbled on a kickoff return at Indianapolis. One week earlier, the Packers allowed Jacksonville’s Keelan Cole to score on a franchise-record 91-yard punt return.

CHICAGO (5-5) at GREEN BAY (7-3)

Sunday, 7:20 p.m. CT, NBC

OPENING LINE – Packers by 7 ½

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Bears 5-5, Packers 6-4

SERIES RECORD – Packers lead 99-95-6

LAST MEETING – Packers beat Bears 21-13 on Dec. 15, 2019 at Green Bay

LAST WEEK – Bears had bye, lost 19-13 to Vikings on Nov. 16; Packers lost 34-31, OT, to Colts

AP PRO32 RANKING – Bears No. 16, Packers No. 6 (tie)

BEARS OFFENSE – OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (25)

PACKERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (7), RUSH (14), PASS (6)

BEARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (9), RUSH (14), PASS (10)

PACKERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (12), RUSH (13), PASS (13)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – The first of two matchups between the NFC North-leading Packers and second-place Bears. They’ll meet again at Chicago on Jan. 3 to close the regular season. … The Packers have won their last four home matchups with the Bears. Chicago’s last victory at Green Bay was a 17-13 triumph on Nov. 26, 2015. … The Bears and Packers faced off for the first time in 1921, making this the NFL’s oldest rivalry. … The Bears have lost four straight games after winning five of their first six. Bears coach Matt Nagy is monitoring the health of QBs Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) and Nick Foles (hip/glute). … Chicago’s Cordarrelle Patterson has scored on eight career kickoff returns to share the NFL record with Josh Cribbs and Leon Washington. Patterson has an NFL-leading 787 yards in kickoff returns this season. … Bears LB Roquan Smith has 70 solo tackles and 15 tackles for loss to lead the NFL in both categories. … Bears opponents have converted third downs a league-low 33.3% of the time. … Chicago TE Jimmy Graham, who played for the Packers from 2018-19, has a team-high five touchdown catches, which matches his two-year total with Green Bay. … Chicago’s Allen Robinson had over 100 yards receiving in each of the Bears’ games with the Packers last season. … Green Bay’s Davante Adams missed two games earlier this season with a hamstring injury but still has 10 touchdown catches, putting him in a tie for second place in the NFL behind Minnesota’s Adam Thielen (11). … The Packers lead the NFL in average time of possession (32:27). … The Packers have allowed only 12 sacks this season. Indianapolis and Pittsburgh are the only NFL teams to allow fewer sacks. … Green Bay has gone 19-5 against Chicago when Aaron Rodgers is the Packers’ starting quarterback. … The Packers are 5-0 this season when they’ve allowed 21 points or fewer. The Bears have exceeded 21 points in just two of their last seven games. … Packers assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus is the nephew of former Bears LB and Hall of Famer Dick Butkus. Luke Butkus was the Bears’ assistant offensive line coach from 2007-09. … Fantasy tip: The Bears already rank next to last in the NFL in yards per game and have an uncertain quarterback situation, making this a good week to take a chance on Green Bay’s defense.

By |2020-11-27T20:19:53-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

No. 6 Kansas uses second half surge to top Saint Joseph's 94-72

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Christian Braun scored 30 points, and No. 6 Kansas pulled away from Saint Joseph’s on Friday to win 94-72 in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off.

Braun made 10 of 13 shots, hit five 3-pointers and added nine rebounds.

“Christian was terrific,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Said Braun: “For sure, it was more about being more aggressive. I didn’t play as well as I wanted to against Gonzaga.”

Ochai Agbaji, whose foul trouble proved costly in a 102-90 loss to No. 1 Gonzaga, added 18 points. Jalen Wilson had 14 for the Jayhawks (1-1).

Jack Forrest had 18 points for Saint Joseph’s (0-2). Ryan Daly and Dahmir Bishop added 14 for the Hawks.

“It’s great to be in this environment,” Saint Joseph’s coach Billy Lange said. “We can learn from this. We came to win but, big picture, our guys learned how to compete at this level.”

“We were down like 59-55 with 11 minutes left. We have to keep doing what we were doing.”

Trailing by eight at halftime, the Hawks scored the first 10 points of the second half to go up 46-44. Daly’s layup capped the run. Kansas went on a 21-6 run to put the game away.

Saint Joe’s surprised the Jayhawks by taking a 27-20 lead, but Kansas recovered, then went on an 11-0 burst to go up 39-30 and led 44-36 at halftime.

Kansas made 50% of its shots and had a 51-33 advantage in rebounds. The Hawks stayed in the game by making 13 3-pointers.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas: For the second straight game, the Jayhawks started slowly and needed to rally.

“I think every game we’re going to have slow starts,” Braun said. “That’s how difficult this year is going to be. But we gotta get better. That’s what early games are for. We’re figuring each other out.”

Saint Joseph’s: Based on 70 minutes of competitive basketball against Auburn and Kansas, the Hawks will be in a lot of games this season. The Hawks, who went 6-26 last season, return their top five scorers, including Daly, who averaged 20.6 points per game.

“We’re a young group,” Bishop said. “We’re having some shared experiences. … This is teaching us to take things more seriously.”

ADAPTING

With the combination of the foe and 6-foot-10 David McCormack getting injured, Kansas had to play more small ball. It worked: The Jayhawks had a 35-11 edge in fast-break points, 17 assists and held Saint Joseph’s to 35% shooting.

“I thought it was pretty good,” Self said. “We moved the ball well, and we learned to drive. I was encouraged we can play small.”

UP NEXT

Kansas: The Jayhawks have another top-10 matchup when they play Kentucky on Tuesday in Indianapolis, the site of this season’s Final Four.

Saint Joseph’s: The schedule doesn’t get easier — the Hawks play at No. 3 Villanova on Monday.

“Last year was a different chapter. I don’t think about that,” Lange said. “We’re trying to create an identity based on our great history. We’re not going to shy away. We’ll play anyone, anywhere, anytime. That’s how we roll.”

By |2020-11-27T19:36:10-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

Mavericks acquire forward James Johnson in three-team trade

The following is a press release from the Dallas Mavericks:

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have acquired forward James Johnson from Oklahoma City in a three-team trade. In the deal, the Mavericks sent guard Delon Wright to Detroit and forward Justin Jackson to the Thunder. The Pistons dealt forward Trevor Ariza to Oklahoma City. The Thunder acquired a 2023 second round pick (best from either Dallas or Miami) and a 2026 second round draft pick from Dallas.

Johnson (6-7, 240) is an 11-year veteran with career averages of 8.0 points (.477 FG%), 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 20.6 minutes in 634 games (220 starts) with Chicago, Toronto, Sacramento, Memphis, Miami and Minnesota. He appeared in 32 games (one start) for the Heat and Timberwolves in 2019-20 and averaged 8.4 points, 3.7 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.0 block in 19.3 minutes. Johnson was acquired by Oklahoma City on Nov. 20 in a three-team trade involving Minnesota and New York.

The 33-year-old enjoyed some of his best statistical seasons as a member of the Heat from 2017-20, where he was a teammate of newly acquired Maverick Josh Ricardson. In his first season with Miami, Johnson appeared in a career-high 76 games (five starts) and averaged a career-best 12.8 points, a career-high 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.1 blocks in a career-high 27.4 minutes.

Johnson was selected after his sophomore season by Chicago in the first round (16th overall pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft. He garnered Third Team All-ACC honors in each of his two seasons at Wake Forest (2008, 2009) and was named to the AAC All-Freshman Team his first year in Winston-Salem.

Jackson (6-7, 220) was acquired by Dallas in the deal that sent Harrison Barnes to Sacramento on Feb. 7, 2019. He appeared in 94 games (14 starts) for the Mavericks over the past season-and-a-half, averaging 6.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16.8 minutes.

Wright (6-5, 185) was acquired by Dallas in July 2019 and appeared in 73 games (five starts) for the Mavericks this past season. He averaged 6.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 21.5 minutes in 2019-20.

By |2020-11-27T19:26:00-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

Pacers scheduled to play three preseason games, will open at Cleveland on Dec. 12

The NBA released a condensed 49-game preseason schedule Friday, with teams playing between two and four games starting on Dec. 11.

Preseason contests will continue through Dec. 19. Teams begin training camps next week.

The Pacers will play their first preseason game in Cleveland on Saturday, Dec. 12 and will play the Cavaliers again on Monday, Dec. 14.

Indiana will wrap up its preseason at home against the 76ers on Friday, Dec. 18.

The league plans to reveal the first half of the 72-game regular season schedule — that meaning games to be played between Dec. 22 and March 4 — in the coming days. Games for the season’s second half, scheduled as between March 11 and May 16, will be revealed around the midpoint of the season.

Orlando, Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Houston, Chicago, Sacramento, Portland, Charlotte, Phoenix, Memphis, Cleveland and the Lakers are all scheduled to play four preseason contests.

Minnesota, Golden State, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Dallas, Milwaukee, Toronto, Denver, Washington, Utah, Indiana and the Clippers have three preseason games apiece on their schedules.

Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, the Pelicans and the Heat opted for two-game preseasons.

By |2020-11-27T18:54:18-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

NBA preseason schedule: Bucks to open vs. Dallas on Dec. 12

The NBA released a condensed 49-game preseason schedule Friday, with teams playing between two and four games starting on Dec. 11.

Preseason contests will continue through Dec. 19. Teams begin training camps next week.

The Bucks will play three exhibition games, including a pair at Fiserv Forum, starting Saturday, December 12 when they host the Dallas Mavericks. The two teams will play again on Monday, December 14.

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Milwaukee wraps up its preseason schedule with a contest at New Orleans on Friday, December 18.

The league plans to reveal the first half of the 72-game regular season schedule — that meaning games to be played between Dec. 22 and March 4 — in the coming days. Games for the season’s second half, scheduled as between March 11 and May 16, will be revealed around the midpoint of the season.

The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will play on the first night of the preseason, technically a home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers play the Clippers twice in the preseason, then two games at Phoenix and new Suns guard Chris Paul as well.

The Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat are scheduled for only two preseason games — at home Dec. 14 against New Orleans and new Pelicans coach (and former Heat coach) Stan Van Gundy, then on Dec. 18 in Toronto’s first game at its temporary home in Tampa, Florida. The Raptors are going to open this season in Tampa because the U.S-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

That Dec. 18 game is Toronto’s lone home game on the preseason schedule.

Orlando, Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Houston, Chicago, Sacramento, Portland, Charlotte, Phoenix, Memphis, Cleveland and the Lakers are all scheduled to play four preseason contests.

Minnesota, Golden State, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Dallas, Milwaukee, Toronto, Denver, Washington, Utah, Indiana and the Clippers have three preseason games apiece on their schedules.

Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, the Pelicans and the Heat opted for two-game preseasons.

Brooklyn’s preseason opener — and presumably the first time that Kevin Durant, who missed last season while recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, plays for the Nets — is at home on Dec. 13 against Washington. That is also the Wizards’ preseason opener, so it could be the first instance of Washington guard John Wall playing in an NBA game since Dec. 26, 2018; he missed much of the 2018-19 season and all of last season following separate surgeries on his heel and Achilles tendon.

By |2020-11-27T18:54:19-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|

NBA preseason schedule: Timberwolves to open vs. Memphis on Dec. 12

The NBA released a condensed 49-game preseason schedule Friday, with teams playing between two and four games starting on Dec. 11.

Preseason contests will continue through Dec. 19. Teams begin training camps next week.

The Timberwolves will play three exhibition contests, including two games at Target Center, starting Saturday, December 12 when they host the Memphis Grizzlies. The two teams will play again on Monday, December 14.

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Minnesota wraps up its preseason schedule with a contest at Dallas on Thursday, December 17.

The league plans to reveal the first half of the 72-game regular season schedule — that meaning games to be played between Dec. 22 and March 4 — in the coming days. Games for the season’s second half, scheduled as between March 11 and May 16, will be revealed around the midpoint of the season.

The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will play on the first night of the preseason, technically a home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers play the Clippers twice in the preseason, then two games at Phoenix and new Suns guard Chris Paul as well.

The Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat are scheduled for only two preseason games — at home Dec. 14 against New Orleans and new Pelicans coach (and former Heat coach) Stan Van Gundy, then on Dec. 18 in Toronto’s first game at its temporary home in Tampa, Florida. The Raptors are going to open this season in Tampa because the U.S-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

That Dec. 18 game is Toronto’s lone home game on the preseason schedule.

Orlando, Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Houston, Chicago, Sacramento, Portland, Charlotte, Phoenix, Memphis, Cleveland and the Lakers are all scheduled to play four preseason contests.

Minnesota, Golden State, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Dallas, Milwaukee, Toronto, Denver, Washington, Utah, Indiana and the Clippers have three preseason games apiece on their schedules.

Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, the Pelicans and the Heat opted for two-game preseasons.

Brooklyn’s preseason opener — and presumably the first time that Kevin Durant, who missed last season while recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, plays for the Nets — is at home on Dec. 13 against Washington. That is also the Wizards’ preseason opener, so it could be the first instance of Washington guard John Wall playing in an NBA game since Dec. 26, 2018; he missed much of the 2018-19 season and all of last season following separate surgeries on his heel and Achilles tendon.

By |2020-11-27T18:47:52-05:00November 27th, 2020|News|
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