Kurt Helin

Report: Mario Chalmers about a month away from being ready, teams interested

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Last March, Mario Chalmers became part of the crazy-long list of Memphis Grizzlies who suffered injuries — in his case, a torn Achilles tendon.

Right now, Chalmers is a free agent working to recover, stay in shape, and be ready to return to the NBA. While he has been cleared by doctors for some on-court activity, the veteran point guard is not ready for five-on-five play yet but told Brian Windhorst of ESPN he’s getting close.

Spoke to Mario Chalmers tonight. He’s continuing to rehab after Achilles surgery in March. He said he’s about a month away from being ready. Several teams are staying in touch with him. The backup point guard market is thin, if he’s healthy he’ll be back in the league quickly.

There are a few teams out there could certainly use Chalmers’ skills right now and Windhorst is right, once he gets healthy and cleared to play he likely will get a contract relatively quickly. He just can’t rush the process too much and have setbacks. Achilles injuries are a long and tricky rehab.

Kyrie Irving with off-the-backboard assists to LeBron James (that didn’t count)

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It’s the preseason. And the Cavs were playing the Sixers. Cleveland should be having a little fun.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving did, each scoring 15 points in less than 19 minutes on the court. And they had fun with the off-the-backboard dunk in transition during the second quarter.

Except, it didn’t count. Point guard T.J. McConnell threw the bad pass then stopped the break with a foul on LeBron out closer to half court, a foul often seen in Europe/international play to stop easy transition buckets. LeBron and Kyrie just played through it, but you can hear the whistle and see the Sixers players let up — and let the two Cavs stars have their fun.

Cleveland won the game 108-105 if you care. And why do you care who won a preseason game anyway?

Joel Embiid dunks, scores 12, puts up highlights vs. Cavaliers

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Joel Embiid is still on a serious minutes limit — his 13:23 Saturday was the most he’s played — but he’s also putting up some highlights.

He had a dozen points against the Cavaliers Saturday night, including a powerful dunk and a three ball, plus he had a block. The Cavaliers won the game 115-112, Kyrie Irving was making plays, but give Embiid his due.

In case you need to see the dunk again, we got you covered.

Irving shows of wicked handles, scores 15 in preseason debut as Cavs beat 76ers

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 15 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-105 on Saturday night.

Irving made his first appearance of the preseason after sitting out Cleveland’s opener.

Jordan McRae came off the bench for 20 points, including the clinching free throws.

Joel Embiid had 12 points in 13 minutes of his third preseason game.

76ERS: Rookie Dario Saric shot 1 for 7 and had four points. … Richaun Holmes had 19 points and Sergio Rodriguez added 15 points and eight assists.

CAVALIERS: Kevin Love had two points on 1-for-7 shooting. … Channing Frye was 4 for 4 from 3-point range off the bench, finishing with 14 points.

 

Watch Jabari Parker throw it down — then hit head on rim

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I have this problem all the time.

During Saturday night’s preseason game, the Bucks’ Jabari Parker got the ball and had a straight-line drive to the basket, which he wisely took.

Then he threw it down with authority. Two hand dunk.

Then he hit his head on the rim.

Damn.

Parker had 21 points in 24 minutes on the night.