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Cavs’ Marion Endorses Blatt’s Use of Zone Defense

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A small part of (Cavaliers Head Coach) David Blatt’s European background is already starting to permeate within the Cavaliers. And if he needs a voice to support him, Shawn Marion is already a believer.

Blatt has said he is not opposed to playing zone defense, something that is a staple of European basketball but generally dismissed by NBA coaches. In a zone defense, players are responsible for guarding a specific area of the floor rather than a specific player and teams can beat it by simply shooting over the top of it.

But the zone still has its advocates. Marion is one after he won a championship playing zone defense with the Dallas Mavericks three years ago.

via Jason Lloyd of the Beacon Journal

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Cavs D-Wade Volunteers to Move to Bench Role

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade approached coach Tyronn Lue over the weekend and requested to come off the bench for the defending Eastern Conference champions, returning JR Smith to the starting shooting guard role he occupied for most of the past three seasons.

“I just decided, earlier than later, just to get to the unit where I’d be more comfortable in and can probably be better with this team in that lineup,” Wade said after practice Monday. “Why wait? Three games in, why wait? Wanted to get in there with those guys.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Suns GM: Bledsoe Has Likely Played Last Game for PHX

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Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has likely played his final game for the team, general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters Monday.

McDonough said he, interim coach Jay Triano and Bledsoe met Monday morning and that Bledsoe was sent home at the end of the discussion. He will not play in Monday’s home game against the Sacramento Kings. Bledsoe “won’t be with us going forward,” McDonough said.

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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Ben Simmons Registers Triple-Double, 76ers Win

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Four games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has a triple-double to his credit.

And with some help from Joel Embiid, he finally led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory. Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Embiid scored 30 points to lift the 76ers to a 97-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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