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Kevin Durant Calls Loss to Spurs ‘A Slap in the Face’

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Golden State’s reserves completed the season-opening 129-100 loss in front of mostly vacant seats at Oracle Arena.

Outside of (Kevin) Durant (27 points), Stephen Curry (26 points) and Draymond Green (18 points), Golden State totaled 29 points on 13-for-35 shooting. It didn’t seriously challenge after giving up a big run to close the first half, and most of Oracle Arena had emptied by midway through the fourth quarter.

“It’s a slap in the face,” Durant said. “It woke us up a bit, and we look forward to getting better.”

Source: Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle

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Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension

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San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener

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LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.

James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.

Source: USA Today Sports

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Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension

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Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Source: Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune

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