Posts Tagged Men’s basketball

New-Look NBA: A player’s perspective, Paul Pierce

In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Washington Wizards NBA basketball player Paul Pierce is interviewed at the Verizon Center in Washington. When Pierce watched the Wizards in last season's playoffs, he saw plenty of talent and potential. He also saw some issues. They needed something. Turns out, Pierce thought they needed ... him. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from three perspectives: A player’s viewpoint, from the bench, and from the front office. An interview with veteran forward Paul Pierce of the Washington Wizards tips off the series:

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Ezeli returns as Warriors beat Clippers 125-107

Golden State Warriors' David Lee, left, congratulates Festus Ezeli (31) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Festus Ezeli got the best birthday present he could imagine: playing in an NBA game.

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Phoenix survives Lakers in 114-108 overtime win

Phoenix Suns' Isaiah Thomas, left, and P.J. Tucker celebrate a game-tying basket by Thomas during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Suns won 114-108 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points — including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of regulation — and Gerald Green tallied 10 of his 21 points in overtime as the Suns topped the Lakers 114-108 in Tuesday’s preseason game.

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Utah’s Kanter runs floor in win over Thunder

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0) looks for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and guard Andre Roberson (21) defend during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Utah’s Enes Kanter did it all against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

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Aldridge leads Blazers over Nuggets with 20 points

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, right, defends Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Portland’s 93-75 win over Denver in an exhibition game Tuesday.

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