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Nets' Lin expected to be out for season

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(TSX / STATS) -- Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the 2017-18 season after the Brooklyn Nets said he sustained a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee in Wednesday night's regular-season opener against the Pacers in Indiana.

Lin was injured on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 road loss to the Indiana Pacers and had to leave the game. He limped back to the locker room under his own power after initially being assisted.

"Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season," Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. "We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role."


Warriors F Green gets good news on knee

(TSX / STATS) -- An MRI exam on the injured left knee of Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green came back negative, according to an ESPN report Thursday.

Green's status for Friday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans is uncertain.


Nuggets sign Jefferson, waive Nelson

(TSX / STATS) -- The Denver Nuggets announced the signing of veteran forward Richard Jefferson on Thursday.

The team also announced it had waived guard Jameer Nelson.


Bulls suspend Portis 8 games for punch

(TSX / STATS) -- Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was suspended eight games less than 24 hours after punching teammate Nikola Mirotic and breaking his jaw at practice, the team announced Wednesday.

In announcing the suspension by the team, Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Mirotic will be out four to six weeks after suffering fractures to his upper jaw and a concussion from Tuesday's altercation.


Hayward has surgery, unlikely to return

(TSX / STATS) -- Gordon Hayward's first season with the Boston Celtics is probably over after five minutes of game action.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night to repair a fractured left tibia and dislocated left ankle, injuries that occurred early in the season opener Tuesday at Cleveland.


Rockets beat Kings without injured Paul

(TSX / STATS) -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Houston Rockets weren't about to quibble.

They acknowledge they are far from the polished product they expect to be, but two victories in two nights in two separate venues celebrating the host's respective season openers?


Giannis has 37, Bucks drop Celts to 0-2

(TSX / STATS) -- BOSTON -- Jason Kidd had to wonder how his young Milwaukee Bucks team would respond to an emotional night at TD Garden, a night when Boston Celtics fans were inspired by a video message from one of their stars in a hospital bed.

But Kidd also had Giannis Antetokounmpo on his side -- and that was more than enough to spoil Boston's home opener Wednesday night.


Wizards spoil Simmons, Fultz debuts

(TSX / STATS) -- WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards' season-opening win over the Philadelphia 76ers represented a rare scenario where both teams were smiling postgame.

The Eastern Conference-contending Wizards walked off the court with the victory. The 76ers' triumph came in having their starry young core on the court.


Blazers win by 48, Suns' worst loss ever

(TSX / STATS) -- PHOENIX -- Missing starting guard C.J. McCollum because of a suspension and losing rookie Zach Collins right before the game to a stomach virus, the Portland Trail Blazers were just trying to get through opening night against the Phoenix Suns with a victory.

They wound up posting the biggest opening night win in league history.


Aldridge, Spurs hold off revamped Wolves

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN ANTONIO -- No Kawhi Leonard, no Tony Parker, no problem. Even shorthanded and without one of the top players in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs were too much for the new-look Minnesota Timberwolves to handle Wednesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and, as expected, led the Spurs to a 107-99 victory over Minnesota at AT&T Center in the season opener for both teams. Aldridge, who signed a three-year, $72.3 million contract extension on Monday, paced four teammates in double-figure scoring, playing so well that San Antonio barely missed its two injured stalwarts.