Though the Golden State Warriors ran away from the Portland Trail Blazers, 136-111, the blowout did not detract from what has become a reliably thrilling matchup rivalry. Stephen Curry vs. Damian Lillard is more show than game, a fireworks display disguised as point guard duties as the two launch pull-up jumper after pull-up jumper. These aren’t your classic “pass first,” floor generals, and the game looks no worse for where they’re taking it.
Sunday wasn’t the night that birthed this rivalry, but it certainly aided its gestation. Much like their respective careers, Curry vs. Lillard is a rivalry on the rise. And much like their respective careers, it’s as compelling as it was unexpected.
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Jeremy Lin Suffers Knee Injury, Will Undergo Evaluation Thursday
Bulls Suspend Bobby Portis 8 Games
The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games following his role in a practice altercation that left teammate Nikola Mirotic in the hospital, the team announced Wednesday. Portis will be eligible to return for a Nov. 7 game against Toronto, and will be eligible to practice during his extension.
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Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction
The Philadelphia 76ers will be cautious with Joel Embiid early on this season, and the star center isn’t thrilled with that plan.
Sixers coach Brett Brown, when asked how much Embiid would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Wizards, told reporters that he didn’t have a set number of minutes in mind before acknowledging “somewhere like in the teens.” “That’s f—ing bulls—. I wish I was playing more minutes,” Embiid told reporters on Tuesday. “I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready for more than whatever number they have. I don’t know. I wish I was playing more, but we’re going to see how that goes.”