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Here is your NBA Vegas Summer League schedule

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Summer League is the Spring Training of the NBA. Kind of. It’s very casual, fans can get a lot closer to players than during the regular season, you get to see a lot of prospects up close, you can follow the top draft rookies and/or the guys trying to get that 15th roster spot, and everyone from the industry seems to be there.

PBT will have you covered. I will be there for the opening half (I’m in Vegas before for part of USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics) and Scott Schroeder will be there for almost every minute of the action. If you can’t get out to melt in the desert in the middle of July, NBA TV will show all 60 games (39 live) and some other networks will carry specific teams (MSG will have some Knicks games, for example).

Below is the schedule, so you know when to set your DVR (the first Anthony Davis/Hornets game is Sunday night). The games are spread out across adjoining buildings (COX Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack) and run simultaneously at points.

Friday July 13
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Atlanta vs. Washington
3 PM — Houston vs. Toronto
5 PM — Golden State vs. LA Lakers
7 PM — Sacramento vs. Charlotte

Saturday July 14
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Memphis vs. New York
3 PM — Golden State vs. Denver
5 PM — LA Lakers vs. Sacramento
7 PM — Houston vs. Washington
Sunday July 15
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Phoenix
3 PM — Denver vs. Dallas
5 PM — San Antonio vs. Atlanta
7 PM — Washington vs. NBA D-League
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Toronto vs. Miami
5:30 PM — Cleveland vs. Charlotte
7:30 PM — New Orleans vs. Portland

Monday July 16
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Atlanta vs. Boston
3 PM — Dallas vs. Toronto
5 PM — Cleveland vs. NBA D-League
7 PM — LA Clippers vs. Minnesota
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Houston vs. Sacramento
5:30 PM — LA Lakers vs. Miami
7:30 PM — Milwaukee vs. New Orleans

Tuesday July 17
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Denver vs. New York
3 PM — Washington vs. Memphis
5 PM — Portland vs. Houston
7 PM — Chicago vs. Boston
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — San Antonio vs. LA Lakers
5:30 PM — Cleveland vs. Phoenix
7:30 PM — Minnesota vs. Charlotte

Wednesday July 18
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Milwaukee vs. Washington
3 PM — Chicago vs. Houston
5 PM — Atlanta vs. Dallas
7 PM — San Antonio vs. LA Clippers
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Sacramento vs. Toronto
5:30 PM — New Orleans vs. Phoenix
7:30 PM — Golden State vs. Miami

Thursday July 19
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Toronto
3 PM — Portland vs. Atlanta
5 PM — Cleveland vs. Minnesota
7 PM — NBA D-League vs. Milwaukee
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Boston vs. Sacramento
5:30 PM — LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers
7:30 PM — Charlotte vs. Denver

Friday July 20
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Cleveland
3 PM — Denver vs. Portland
5 PM — Miami vs. San Antonio
7 PM — NBA D-League vs. Phoenix
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Memphis vs. Charlotte
5:30 PM — Chicago vs. Golden State
7:30 PM — Dallas vs. New Orleans

Saturday July 21
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Portland vs. Miami
3 PM — Dallas vs. San Antonio
5 PM — NBA D-League vs. Minnesota
7 PM — Memphis vs. Phoenix
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Golden State vs. New Orleans
5:30 PM — Chicago vs. LA Clippers
7:30 PM — Milwaukee vs. Boston

Sunday July 22
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Chicago vs. Milwaukee
3 PM — Boston vs. LA Clippers
5 PM — Memphis vs. Minnesota

Watch Kawhi Leonard sink game winner to lift Spurs past Wizards

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Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: the Spurs ramped up their defense and execution in the third quarter, with their bench sparking a run that gave them the lead, then they held on and got the game-winning shot from their star on a clever play.

LaMarcus Aldridge set the screen that freed up Manu Ginobili to be the playmaker, then set another that got Kawhi Leonard a clean look at the game winner. Aldridge had 19 points on the night, but it’s those things that do not show up in the box score that gets the Spurs wins.

Plus, they just make shots under pressure.

Steve Kerr admits trying pot to deal with back pain, says leagues should treat it like alcohol

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There are some inevitable changes to the American culture as the younger generation takes over from the old, things the march of time and demographics will change in spite of the beliefs and  frustration of older generations.

The legalization of marijuana use is one of them. The question is not if, but when?

Marijuana use in California was legalized in the November election, but it had been legal for medicinal use for years (under certain guidelines, such as a doctor’s prescription).

Steve Kerr has been living in California for years — he was based out of San Diego while working for TNT as an analyst, now as the Warriors’ coach he obviously lives in the Bay Area. He’s also been dealing with chronic back pain, which has required surgeries — that’s why he missed the first half of last season.

In a podcast with Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com, Kerr admitted he tried marijuana to deal with his chronic back pain.

“I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, I’ve actually tried it twice during the last year-and-a-half when I’ve been going through this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with, and (I did) a lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I don’t know if I would have failed a (league) drug test, if I’m subject to a drug test, or any laws from the NBA. But I tried it and it didn’t help at all, but it’s worth it because I’m searching for answers on pain. But I’ve tried pain killers and drugs of other kinds and those have been worse.”

Kerr also said he hopes the NBA and other professional sports leagues come around to treating marijuana as they do alcohol.

“I’m not a pot person… I tried it a few times and it didn’t agree with me at all. I’m not the expert on this. But I do know this: if you’re an NFL player, and you have a lot of pain, I don’t think there’s any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet, athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s vitamin C, like it’s no big deal. There’s this perception in our country that over-the-counter drugs are fine but pot is bad. I think that’s changing, you’re seeing a change in these laws.. including California. But I would just hope that sports leagues are able to look past the perception. I’m sure the NFL is worried their fans are going to say “all the players are pot heads…” but I would hope the league comes to its senses rather than see these guys get hooked on pain killers.”

Kerr shouldn’t worry. The times, they are a changin’.

Report: Nets sign Donatas Motiejunas to four-year $37 million offer, Rockets have three days to match

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The Houston Rockets’ hand has been forced.

They had reportedly offered Donatas Motiejunas $7 million a year in a short-term deal, but pulled the offer after he didn’t sign before the date that would make him eligible to be traded this season.  Since then, the Nets — a team trying to rebuild but stripped of picks and assets — considered making a gamble on him.

Friday they did.

On paper, Motiejunas is a good fit with the Mike D’Antoni Rockets. Two seasons ago he shot 36.8 percent from three, and it is easy to see where in the transition scrambles that the Rockets’ offense creates he could run to the arc or post up smaller defenders inside early in the clock. He could be a nice reserve big in Houston.

Which is why they likely match. But now the clock is ticking.

Report: No additional fine, punishment for Draymond Green after kicking flagrant

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Draymond Green picked up a flagrant foul after flailing his legs – this time catching James Harden in the face — and once again it’s become the topic of the day in the NBA.

If you didn’t see it (video above), Kevin Durant missed a three and Green made a good hustle play to get the offensive board and go back up, where he was fouled by James Harden. The foul threw Green off-balance and, as he does, he flailed his legs up, and his right leg caught Harden in the face. The replay center reviewed the play and called the original common foul on Harden, but a Flagrant 1 on Green for the kick. It mattered because it was overtime of a close game and that both evened out the free throws and gave Houston the ball again.

However, the league didn’t see this as the kind of intentional, malicious foul that gets extra attention, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

That outcome seems about right to me. This was not the Steven Adams situation. Green went up, was fouled by Harden which did disrupt his balance, and he threw his leg up. Whether he did that intentionally, just instinctively looking to draw a foul, or if it was simply a move to keep his balance is irrelevant — he got his foot up high enough to hit James Harden in the face, that’s a flagrant foul. It wasn’t severe enough to warrant a suspension or fine in my opinion, but players are responsible for their bodies on the court and if you kick a guy in the face that comes with consequences. Like a high boot in soccer, there is no room for debate here.

Is Green being watched for this more than other players? Duh. Of course he is, this is seven incidents I can think of without bothering to go to Google. Yes, other players do it too, but Green has the reputation. And the league is cracking down on it. Hence the flagrant.