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Oden Gets Starting Nod; Talks ‘Milestones’

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(Greg) Oden started his first game for the Heat on Sunday in Miami’s 93-79 victory against the Bulls, and the big center is finally becoming familiar with the Heat’s offense and defense at this important time of the season. But the former No. 1 overall pick still isn’t focusing on the day-to-day minutia or his impact to the team. Oden’s big-picture perspective is unwavering.

He’s just happy to be here.

“For me, each game getting better and walking off healthy — they’re all milestones to me,” said Oden, who is attempting to revive his career after a series of knee injuries. “It has been a long road, so every one is a good one for me.”

via Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald

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Jeremy Lin Suffers Knee Injury, Will Undergo Evaluation Thursday

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Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin will undergo evaluation of right knee in New York Thursday, league source tells ESPN. Tremendous concern on injury.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Bulls Suspend Bobby Portis 8 Games

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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

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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.”

Source: ESPN

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