Celtics, Mavericks to play preseason games in Europe this fall

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Like Chevy Chase leading the Griswolds, Mark Cuban is leading the Dallas Mavericks on a European vacation. Kind of.

The league made official long-standing rumors Monday that the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks will be playing preseason games in Europe this fall.

On Oct. 5 the Boston Celtics play its first-ever game overseas against five-time Turkish Champions Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul at a just-opened new arena in Istanbul, Turkey. On Oct. 7 the Celtics will be in Milan, Italy, to take on Italian powerhouse EA7 Emporio Armani.

Dirk Nowitzki will lead the Mavericks into his native Germany where they will take on eight-time German Champions Alba Berlin on Oct. 6 (in Berlin). The Mavericks also will be playing a game in Spain, but the details are not finalized yet, the league said.

This is part of the globalization of the game that David Stern has been promoting for years. The NBA did not get to go play preseason games overseas last year due to the shortened preseason due to the lockout.

NBA sponsor international bank BBVA is sponsoring the tour.

DeMarcus Cousins barrels in for powerful putback dunk over Bucks (video)

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When DeMarcus Cousins builds up a head of steam like this… poor John Henson (and kind of Khris Middleton).

This helped the Pelicans pull away for a 115-108 win over the Bucks last night.

Enraged Jason Smith restrained from Mario Chalmers (video)

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During the Wizards’ win over the Grizzlies last night, Mario Chalmers tried to stop Jason Smith from shooting after Smith had been called for travelling. It’s a fairly common tactic, one pioneered by Kevin Garnett. Players don’t want their opponents to gain confidence by seeing the ball go through the net, even after play stops.

But Chalmers held onto Smith’s arm, and Smith took umbrage.

NBC Sports Washington:

I think it’s more likely, after halting Smith’s shot, Chalmers was trying to hold up Smith rather than yank him down. But I can’t know Chalmers’ intentions, and holding up a falling person by his arm isn’t very effective.

The double technical foul called seems about fair.

PBT Extra: Two months from trade deadline watch DeAndre Jordan and… Paul George?

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The NBA trade deadline got moved up this season to Feb. 8 so the league can avoid the spectacle of DeMarcus Cousins being traded during the All-Star Game and then doing an uncomfortable press interview afterward where he had to be told of the situation.

That means we are less than two months away from the trade deadline, and in this PBT Extra I look at the big names that could be on the market.

The Clippers seem likely to move DeAndre Jordan, the only questions are where and what will they get back? But three other teams have big decisions to make about their stars: Oklahoma City with Paul George, New Orleans with DeMarcus Cousins, and Memphis with Marc Gasol. Right now none of those guys are on the market, but that could change.

Trey Lyles dunks on Jayson Tatum then disrespects him far worse (video)

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Trey Lyles made a nice play in the Nuggets’ loss to the Celtics last night, driving by Jayson Tatum then dunking on him.

On the other hand, that swirl around Tatum’s head was not very nice at all.