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[David] West rolled his right ankle when he landed and had to be helped up by his teammates. The Pacers' emotional leader tried to put some weight on it, but needed help to get to the bench and later to the locker room. He was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle afterwards and the Pacers have to hope it isn't as bad as it looked. Vogel said West will be re-evaluated in the next day or two. Indianapolis Star
"No idea," Vogel said when asked how long West might be out. "We just know it was a sprained ankle. X-rays are negative." The Pacers already without All-Star forward Paul George, likely for the entire season. Newcomer Rodney Stuckey, who has played well, missed Saturday's game because of a foot injury suffered in Friday's practice. West had been the Pacers' best player against Dallas before the injury, scoring 16 points. It's just 10 days until the season opener against Philadelphia on Oct. 29. An absence of any length could be disastrous. Indianapolis Star
It’s the kind of question Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, on any other day, would greet with an exasperated smirk. And he definitely did that Saturday at the AT&T Center when asked about Phoenix owner Robert Sarver grabbing the mic late in Thursday’s exhibition blowout to apologize for the lackluster game and offer credit to ticketed attendees after the Hall of Fame coach and five Spurs players missed the game. San Antonio Express-News Blog
But Popovich also had plenty to say. “As I said, the silliness begins,” he said. “Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you’re interested in putting on a show. In that case, the facts get in your way, as in this case. San Antonio Express-News Blog
Carmelo Anthony believes the days of the Knicks needing him to score 25 or more points per game are over. Of course, those words were barely out of Anthony’s mouth when he was politely reminded that he made a similar prediction two years ago and ended up winning the NBA’s scoring title. “I know,” he said. “So we’ll see.” NY Daily News
“I don’t think, especially in this system now, I don’t think I’ll be scoring champion,” Anthony said on Saturday. “Especially with this system and the way we’re playing. The way that it’s going to be, well balanced, the style of play we’re going to have, I don’t think I’ll have to lead the league in scoring this year.” Phil Jackson calls the triangle offense an “organized system” that preaches ball movement and spacing. The concept of finding the best shot sounds nice but it also helps when legendary players are running it. NY Daily News
With the league experimenting with a 44-minute game on Sunday featuring the Nets and Celtics, Anthony said: “I don’t think going from 48 to 44 is going to make a difference.” Anthony, however, would like to see the league eliminate back-to-backs. NY Daily News
Magic guard Victor Oladipo worked out on the PPL Center court before warm-ups and did some full-court running and shooting. Channing Frye shot jumpers before tipoff. Oladipo and Frye are recovering from sprained medial collateral knee ligaments and haven't played this preseason. Orlando Sentinel
The 76ers are about to embark on another dreaded season of 60-plus losses. They'll be heckled on the road and play in front of sparse crowds at home. There's no denying that this might be the toughest season these players will go through on the court. And that's saying a lot, considering last season's 19-63 record. Philadelphia Inquirer
Unlike last season, the Sixers won't have veterans like Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and Evan Turner to lean on for leadership. A lot of their leadership will have to come from second-year point guard Michael Carter-Williams, rookie power forward Nerlens Noel, and injured veteran Jason Richardson. Carter-Williams and Noel may have the makings of solid team leaders in a few seasons. Right now, however, it's hard to ask them to help teammates cope during what is expected to be a dismal season. Philadelphia Inquirer
Overall, [Steven] Adams is averaging 15.2 points on 74 percent shooting (34-of-46) in five preseason games. Some of the shots have been simple catch-and-finishes. But more than a few have been tough in-traffic floaters or powerful and-1 layups through heavy contact. The confidence and touch is vastly improved, a fact that’s been most evident on his post-ups. Scott Brooks has shown enough confidence in him to call for a few isolations on the low block this preseason. And Adams has delivered, twice tossing in silky left-handed baseline hooks. Oklahoman
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guards Kim English and Ben Hansbrough, as well as forward/center Solomon Jones. The three players originally signed with Chicago as free agents on Sept. 26, 2014. InsideHoops
The 23-year-old [Avery] Bradley is entering his fifth season with the Celtics. He signed his first big-money extension this past summer, and he's the second-longest tenured player on the team behind only Rajon Rondo. That assignment to Maine feels like a lifetime ago, as does a short stint playing overseas in Israel soon after while the NBA navigated a lockout. But both trips to the basketball hinterlands were instrumental in shaping Bradley as a person and as a player. ESPN Boston
Game 6 of the 2014 NBA Finals this wasn't. Just another NBA preseason outing, albeit an extended one, with the Miami Heat escaping the AT&T Center on Saturday night with a 111-108 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Rookie guard Shabazz Napier led the Heat with 25 points, with undrafted rookie teammates Tyler Johnson and Andre Dawkins adding 17 and 16 points respectively. Undrafted Heat rookie center Khem Bird added 13 rebounds. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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