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Tobias Harris shines at NBA Summer League


LAS VEGAS — Tobias Harris was unable to find a consistent spot in the Milwaukee Bucks’ rotation last year, leaving him Summer League this season to hope he can show the team he’s worth playing consistently next year. That trek continued on Wednesday afternoon in the Cox Pavilion.

The second-year wing played more minutes than anyone else in the afternoon matchup between the Bucks and Washington Wizards and, in a move that won’t surprise most who have followed his career, he did quite a bit with the time he was given. The 6-foot-8 wing followed up a 19-point performance in his Vegas Summer League game earlier this week with a 24-point, 12-rebound performance in his second game of the exhibition season.

Harris’s effort came in a loss, but there was at least a lot of effort given. The combo-forward showed an ability to do the little things while scoring both with his jumper and also the post on a couple of occasions. Along with his scoring he just seemed to be making the right decisions, playing solid defense, crashing the boards and — perhaps most importantly — looking like should look in this setting: the best player on the basketball court.

It’ll be interesting to see if he’s able to break into the Milwaukee rotation this season considering the changes they’ve made, but there’s little doubt he has the skills to make that a possibility if he’s able to sustain some confidence over the rest of the week.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.