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Stephen Curry nails deep three over Kobe, who shows some respect (VIDEO)

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That shot was what vintage Kobe Bryant used to do to defenders. Kobe is a competitor, he respects that.

Midway through the third quarter of the Warriors throttling of the Lakers in a Sunday night preseason affair, Kobe decided to pressure Stephen Curry out high. Way out high, well beyond the three-point line. Curry uses his forearm to create a little space then uses his quick release to drain the deep three over Kobe.

Kobe gives Curry the little “tap on the butt/nice shot” sign of respect coming back up the court. Well played by both of them.

(Things that should worry Lakers fans about this season: Kobe is your best perimeter defender.)

Damian Lillard helps guy with marriage proposal at Blazers preseason game

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Damian Lillard didn’t play in the Blazers preseason win over the Clippers Sunday night — but he did pick up an assist.

Lillard took part in a pre-game marriage proposal courtside at the game, where Lucio Dalla Gasperina proposed to his girlfriend of a year and a half Madeleine Nava. Lillard had the ring and presented it, before the groom-to-be got down on one knee and asked the question. She said yes.

We wish them a lifetime of happiness.

(Note to guys thinking about this: Don’t. I have yet to meet one woman ever whose dream was to be proposed to at a sporting event. You may think it’s her dream, it’s not. Ask her. And you really don’t want to do it at a preseason game. Just a word of advice from a guy whose wife hasn’t left him.)

Rumor: Celtics may waive Vitor Faverani

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The Boston Celtics have guys with 16 guaranteed contracts on the roster, someone has to be waived before the season starts as you can only carry 15.

Brazilian center Vitor Faverani has left the Celtics training camp to go to a trusted doctor in Spain to get a second opinion on his troublesome left knee, as reported by A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Another surgery is not out of the question.

All of that has rumors flying that Boston could cut Faverani loose. The fantastic Sportando has the rumor.

Boston Celtics are considering waiving Brazilian big-man Vitor Faverani, sources told Sportando. Faverani is still recovering from a knee injury and his condition remains uncertain…Brazilian big man has another year of contract and could make a little more than $2 million this season.

This season’s contract is fully guaranteed but the last two years of his $6 million deal are not, so the Celtics would only eat the salary on this season (it would count against their cap).

And even if his knee gets better he’s not going to play much. Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk start up front for Boston, Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller are the first two off the bench, then there is Joel Anthony. Faverani isn’t going to play much no matter how his knee feels.

Just something to watch.

Lakers’ Ronnie Price loses shoe, throws it at Andre Iguodala (VIDEO)

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Yes, he got a technical for that.

This pretty much summarized an ugly first half for the Lakers in their Sunday night exhibition against the Warriors (the Lakers were down 26 after one quarter, 40 after three ugly). Journeyman guard Ronnie Price lost a shoe and with that lost the ball, which was picked up by Andre Iguodala and turned into a Warriors fast break the other way.

Price picked up his shoe and running up the court threw it at Iguodala. Missing.

But you still get a technical for that.

Kevin Durant tweets out thanks to fans, says “I’ll be fine”

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Kevin Durant will be back this season.

But he is going to be out about two months after suffering a Jones fracture in his right foot.

It sucks to have the consensus second best player walking the face of the earth out for at least the first month of the season (and likely more) because he is a joy to watch. It’s also going to suck for the Thunder — the Western Conference is unforgiving and while the Thunder will still be good with Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, they will likely lose some ground in the seedings. This is the kind of thing that could haunt them come the second round of the playoffs when a team like the Spurs or Clippers could have home court in the series.

But Durant will be back.

His tweet from Sunday night takes a classically Durant positive tone.

And we get a Royal Ivey reference — that’s a good day.