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Nuggets suspend Andre Miller two games for outburst at coach


Andre Miller is a proud and frustrated veteran — his minutes have been slipping lately as coach Brian Shaw has grown frustrated with the play of his bench. Wednesday night Miller got a DNP-CD and lashed out at Brian Shaw on the bench during the Nuggets eighth straight loss.

Thursday the team announced they had suspended Miller two games for the incident. Miller has been kept away from the team since the end of the game Wednesday and will now be out Friday against the Grizzlies then Sunday against the Lakers in a battle of struggling teams.

Shaw’s response to the incident was to downplay it.

“There’s a time and place for everything,” Shaw said. “In the middle of the arena in front of everyone … I just tried to calm it down.”

Millers’ numbers have dropped this season this season — his true shooting percentage has fallen 14 points to 53.4 percent (which is still close to his career average and the league average) and he is assisting on 26.7 percent of his teammates buckets when on the court, well down from the 32.2 percent he was at last season. His defense hasn’t been great. That said, he’s still been solid overall.

Miller was vocal with George Karl at times too, but Karl trusted and stood up for Miller. The veteran is also very popular with teammates.

Denver’s ugly loss Wednesday night kind of felt like rock bottom for the franchise this season, but you have to wonder if it really is.

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.