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NBA

  1. Scrappy home start
  2. Denver Nuggets starting forward Will Barton was carted off during Saturday's game with a right hip injury.
  3. Fireworks were expected during the Los Angeles Lakers' home opener, but not as a result of an ugly multi-player brawl.
  4. One of the most touching moments from the NBA's first week of the 2018-19 season came when a video surfaced of Kyle Lowry still doing the pregame handshake he once shared with DeMar DeRozan.
  5. Philadelphia Sixers point forward Ben Simmons left Saturday's game against the Orlando Magic with back tightness.
  6. New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox left Saturday's game against the Boston Celtics with a left ankle sprain. His X-rays came back negative, per the team.
  7. Memphnis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green had surgery for a broken jaw on Saturday, the team announced this afternoon.
  8. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler will miss Saturday's tilt with the Dallas Mavericks for "precautionary rest," the team said this afternoon.
  9. The Celtics are resting forward Gordon Hayward on Saturday night as Boston travels to face the New York Knicks, due to what the team calls left ankle recovery.
  10. The Raptors will give forward Kawhi Leonard the night off Saturday as Toronto travels to face the Wizards, the team announced Saturday afternoon.