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Final seconds of Celtics/Raptors was…. pure preseason


Just because the games are meaningless doesn’t mean there isn’t some drama — there are close games and exciting endings in the preseason, too.

Look at the end of the Celtics/Raptors game from Wednesday. After a Celtics bucket on a nice cut and finish by Jared Sullinger, it’s a two point game with 11 seconds to go.

Then in rapid succession we get to see a blown defensive coverage by Boston on the inbounds that should have iced the game for Toronto, a blown wide open dunk by Julyan Stone, then Jordan Crawford trying to win the game for Boston then making what can only be called an ugly decision.

That is preseason NBA, people.

Hat tip to Tom Ziller at SBN.

Raptors invite recent AfroBasket MVP to training camp

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Carlos Morais is not a household name in North America, but he is a large part of the reason Angola has become one of the best teams in Africa. Morais, a point guard, led Angola to the AfroBasket championship this summer and was named tournament MVP averaging 15.9 points per game.

Now he’s going to get a look at life in the NBA.

The Toronto Raptors have invited Morais to their training camp, reports the Toronto Sun. This is a non-guaranteed contract.

It’s a longshot but he could potentially make the roster as Toronto cut loose veteran Quentin Richardson. Morais, Julyan Stone and Chris Wright will try to prove they deserve that spot.

Raptors to give Julyan Stone, Chris Wright training camp invites

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The Toronto Raptors have 14 players with guaranteed contracts in place for next season, meaning that any players they add to the training camp roster beyond that have a very slim chance of actually making the squad.

Nevertheless, the Raptors (like all NBA teams) are bringing in additional bodies to go through the motions, and two names have been recently confirmed, with another yet to be decided.

From Doug Smith of the Toronto Star:

Not sure if you saw the little tweet thing late Friday from Regina but there will probably be 17 players in camp, 14 with contracts, Julyan Stone, who had some injury problems when they thought about signing him in the summer, Chris Wright and one other still to be determined.

But I didn’t get any indication from anyone on whether or not that means they will go to 15, that is not a certainty.

Stone saw limited action with the Nuggets the past two seasons, but the connection is there in Toronto with the team’s new GM Masai Ujiri, who came over from Denver this summer.

Wright, meanwhile, spent the majority of last season in the D-League, where he averaged 18.3 points and 9.2 rebounds in 39 appearances for the Maine Red Claws.

Monday And-1 links: Kevin Garnett may sit out game Monday

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• Kevin Garnett may sit out the Celtics preseason game on Monday. What does that mean? That it’s preseason, nothing more.

• There’s a real trend out of New York to try and diffuse the fan frustration over Jeremy Lin leaving by slamming the guy’s game. That included an anonymous source talking to the New York Daily News, which Tom Ziller rightfully called out at SBN. First, a team paying Amare Stoudemire max money can’t complain about injury risks in contracts. Second, leave Lin alone and let your play on the court do the talking. I’m not Raymond Felton’s biggest fan but if you want to argue he’s better today than Lin, go ahead. But all that’s going to matter is how both play starting the last week of October.

• Ivan Johnson destroyed a backboard at the Hawks practice Monday. If you’re looking for a way to force practice to end early…

• Tim Duncan sat out Spurs practice Monday with an undisclosed illness. Probably something he ate. It’s not believed to be serious.

• Deron Williams liked the “Brooklyn” chant at the team’s preseason game in the Barclays Center the other night. What’s it sound like? The slow-sung chorus of Fabolous’ “Brooklyn.”

• Speaking of the Nets, one of the best bits of NBA writing on Sunday was Howard Beck of the New York Times saying Joe Johnson deserves a rest from the “iso-Joe” nickname. He’s right. He didn’t play that way in Phoenix, it wasn’t all isolations until he got in Mike Woodson’s offense in Atlanta.

• One last Nets note: Tyshawn Taylor will not play in Monday’s preseason game due to a quad injury.

There still is no timetable for Eric Gordon’s return to the Hornets’ lineup. They keep saying he wants to get in some preseason games, but I’m not sold that happens. New Orleans fans should feel a little uncomfortable. Not panicked, but uncomfortable.

• Orlando’s Arron Afflalo is out of the team’s Monday’s preseason game against the Cavs because of a sore hamstring.

• O.J. Mayo had a pretty big cut on his hand, which is why Dallas is saying he went 0-for-7 shooting last preseason game. But he’s not taking time off.

• Kevin Love hurt his elbow sleeping, but somehow he’s going to fight through that and play for the team Tuesday.

• J.R. Smith’s ankle was good enough for him to return to a full practice on Monday with the Knicks.

• Luol Deng was back at Bulls practice Monday.

• Dwyane Wade talks in some depth about his jump from the Jordan Brand to Li-Ning for shoes, apparel.

• In a sign he is feeling better, Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas is no longer wearing a compression sleeve over his calf during practices.

• Denver backup point guard Julyan Stone had hip surgery and likely is not back until January. But with Ty Lawson and Andre Miller in front of him, it’s not like he was going to be getting a lot of minutes anyway, but we wish him the best with his recovery.

Wednesday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson

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Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson. Here is the video proof.

Paul Pierce misses having Delonte West around.

By the way, West apologized for his twitter rant.

I could have sworn I saw Luke Walton have a good game last night. I didn’t think I had that much Stone Ruination IPA.

The 76ers have been good this year, but let’s not throw the word “elite” around. Yet. (The schedule has really favored them.)

That said, the Sixers side pick-and-roll destroyed Indy Monday night (and other teams before that). Philly is playing good team ball and really executing.

Tyrus Thomas did not play Tuesday night because he had “fatigued legs.” He may not be the only one this season.

LeBron James is serious about going to the post.

LeBron James says his ankle is only about 80 percent.

Denver has recalled guard Julyan Stone from the Idaho Stampede of the D-League.

Marcin Gortat took the splint off his thumb and has shot 22 of 31 since.

The Grizzlies will wear a patch the rest of this season honoring the late Gene Bartow, the man who was president of the company that owns the Grizzlies.

Mike Dunleavy will be out up to a month with a groin injury.

Kendrick Perkins now has four technicals this year. As a reminder, suspensions start at 13 this season.

Marcus Camby is old. And still really good.

Charles Barkley talks Tim Tebow (“the national nightmare continues”) and Saturday Night Live.

How about that Jan Vesley. He looked pretty good coming off the Wizards bench Tuesday.

Smush Parker has signed to play in Iran. Somewhere Kobe Bryant just involuntary laughed.