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Clippers cancel practice in wake of Donald Sterling controversy, Game 4 loss


More isn’t always better – especially when it comes to NBA teams practicing.

To the uninitiated, NBA teams practice surprisingly infrequently. There just isn’t time in a busy schedule, and rest is often preferred.

Perhaps due to ordinary reasons, the Clippers – who are in extraordinary circumstances due to the Donald Sterling saga – are opting for rest today.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

The Clippers just lost by 21 in a playoff game. They hadn’t lost by 20 since a Jan. 4 loss to the Spurs. Regardless of anything else, it would make sense to take a day off and regroup.

Of course, Sterling looms over everything happening with the Clippers. Doc Rivers probably doesn’t want his players answering a ton of Sterling questions today, instead allowing them time to reflect privately and maybe even clear their heads.

Their minds might be elsewhere, though.

If the Clippers are going to win this series, Rivers must navigate uncharted waters. Cancelling practice is his best attempt to do that, but there’s no telling whether it will work.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.

PBT Extra bold prediction: Is this Andrew Wiggins’ breakout season?

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Minnesota is going to be entertaining to watch this season. A healthy Ricky Rubio (hopefully) dishing at the point, Karl-Anthony Towns is already a high-IQ passer, and bench players such as Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne have shown some skills.

Then there’s Andrew Wiggins. The reigning Rookie of the Year developed quickly last season — particularly his jump shot — and he should make a big leap this season. He’s going to dunk on people and end up in a lot of highlight packages while putting up a lot of points.

Enough to set the Minnesota Timberwolves single game scoring record, currently held at 52 by Mo Williams? That’s the question for this PBT Extra with Jenna Corrado.