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Deron Williams Slams Nets’ Effort in Opener

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The Nets were a steaming hot mess defensively in their first game under Lionel Hollins, as lapses and sloppiness reigned supreme in a 121-105 loss to the Celtics in Wednesday night’s season opener.

“I really have no answer,” Deron Williams said. “We just looked like (junk) out there. We weren’t rotating right. We weren’t helping out. They were getting layup after layup. It’s hard to win like that.”

“We were making so many mistakes in the pick-and-roll, the straight line penetration really hurt us at that point,” Hollins said. “Communication, effort, second effort, third effort.

via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

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Steve Ballmer: Clippers Moving to Inglewood ‘come hell or high water’

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“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community,” said [Steve] Ballmer, who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO early in 2014, shortly before he rescued the Clippers from the clutches of disgraced Donald Sterling and bought the franchise for $2 billion.

“We’re moving to Inglewood come hell or high water,” he said of a proposed arena near the site of the stadium being constructed for the Rams and Chargers. “We gotta have a house. So we’re working on a plan to get our own house. We want to get our own house. It turns out the way this works in L.A., which is much beloved to me, that if you start now you might be done in six years.” He then urged fans to contact their Assembly representative and state senator to urge approval of legislation that would accelerate the process. He probably inspired more than a few emails and phone calls.

Source: Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times

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Sources: Rockets, Bruno Caboclo Agree to Deal

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Free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, Houston have reach an agreement, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Waive R.J. Hunter

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Sources: The Houston Rockets have waived former Celtics first-round pick R.J. Hunter, who was on a two-way deal.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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