An abandoned home is inundated with water at Shinnecock Bay in Southampton

Hurricane Sandy could make some NBA travel difficult

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The East Coast is hunkered down, trying to ride out hurricane Sandy and the wind and rain she is going to dump all over the area for a week.

Coincidentally, the NBA’s regular season starts this week, and a couple of games are potentially impacted. Look at the projected path of the storm and it is going to stall out near some NBA cities next week.

There are no issues Tuesday night’s openers, where the games are set for Miami, Cleveland and Los Angeles.

But on Wednesday, Halloween night, when the storm’s center is expected to be somewhere over Pennsylvania, games potentially could be impacted. The Philadelphia 76ers are scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night. Also potentially an issue but not likely as big of one because it is far enough north, Toronto is scheduled to host the Indiana Pacers.

Hopefully the storm will have dissipated enough by that time that there will be no changes.

Thursday night, the Nets are scheduled to host the Knicks in New York, no travel there but it should be plenty wet in New York by then.

By Friday we hope things have returned to normal. For the sake of our friends on the East Coast if nothing else.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.