Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 6:02 AM EDT Jul 16, 2019 The NBA's wildest summer appears to be winding down. Six of the 15 All-NBA players from last season changed teams, with blockbuster overnight trades, and a ton of All-Star level players and high-level role players changing teams. In case you weren't already convinced: Welcome to the player empowerment era of the NBA. We've had a little time to digest all the moves, and let's get right to the biggest takeaway: The NBA is as wide open as it has been in years, with as many as nine teams having a legitimate chance at an NBA title. That's because the two teams in June's NBA Finals both lost superstars in free agency. Golden State's dynasty — five straight Finals appearances and three titles — as we know it is over, and Kawhi Leonard became the first Finals MVP to immediately change teams in the offseason, leaving Toronto for the other team in Los Angeles. With free agency … [Read more...] about NBA power rankings: After wild summer, title race wide open
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By Tom Orsborn Updated 7:22 pm CDT, Thursday, July 11, 2019 Lyles, a 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 8.5 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game last season with Denver. Lyles, a 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 8.5 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game last season with Denver. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Image 1 of / 22 Caption Close Image 1 of 22 Lyles, a 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 8.5 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game last season with Denver. Lyles, a 6-foot-10 power forward averaged 8.5 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game last season with Denver. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Spurs reach deal with free agent Trey Lyles 1 / 22 … [Read more...] about Spurs reach deal with free agent Trey Lyles
The discussions are ongoing. Cal Quantrill will start Sunday, allowing the Padres to push the next starts for Chris Paddack and Matt Strahm back one day each. Barring a front-of-the-rotation type addition, Padres manager Andy Green will consider other in-house names throughout the season as the organization, one game at a time, attempts to scrap together more than 1,400 innings from its pitching staff. It’s a path the Padres, for all intents and purposes, started down last August upon placing two veteran starting pitchers on waivers. The return of one Friday night — Pirates right-hander Jordan Lyles and his 2.09 ERA — is a reminder of what the Padres just might be missing even if they remain steadfast in their commitment to discover all they can about the pitchers emerging from the game’s best farm system. “We’re growing because of the looks at those young guys,” Green said. “Yeah, you can always throw a new arm in there and have somebody … [Read more...] about Padres notes: Could starting rotation have used Jordan Lyles?
DALLAS (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead a deep offensive effort, and the Denver Nuggets broke out in the second half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-104 on Friday night.Northwest Division-leading Denver has won three straight. The Mavericks have lost three in a row, this one without star rookie Luka Doncic due to a sore right ankle. He is considered day to day.Denver outscored Dallas 39-23 in the third quarter to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 91-74 advantage. Paul Millsap had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Mason Plumlee had 12 points and 13 boards, and Isaiah Thomas had 16 points over 16 minutes in his second game since offseason hip surgery. Denver had seven players with at least 10 points.Jalen Brunson started in Doncic's place and had a career-high 22 points. Dwight Powell had a season-high 20.Powell gave Dallas a spark after entering midway through the first quarter. He scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in six minutes. Powell's layup … [Read more...] about Jokic helps Nuggets beat Mavs as Doncic sits with sore ankle
PORTLAND, Ore. — Gary Harris, who had missed Denver's last two games with a sore left ankle, scored 27 points and the Nuggets won their fifth straight game by edging the Portland Trail Blazers 113-112 on Friday night.Paul Millsap added 22 points for the Nuggets, who led by as many as 17 points but nearly squandered it in the frantic final minutes.CJ McCollum had 33 points, but missed a short jumper at the final buzzer as the Blazers came up just short. Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which has lost four of its last five games.The Blazers started to chip away at Denver's lead late in the third quarter. McCollum's jumper got Portland within 98-97 with 6:04 left but Monte Morris answered with a 3-pointer for the Nuggets and the Blazers couldn't get any closer until Nurkic's basket with 1:30 left counted on a goaltending call to close the gap to 108-106.McCollum added step-back jumper to tie it at 108 with less than a minute left.Jamal Murray made a pair of … [Read more...] about Harris has 27 and Nuggets edge Blazers 113-112