Celtics won't have to worry about Bynum (knee) for now

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Celtics won't have to worry about Bynum (knee) for now

PHILADELPHIA -- Nightmare, deferred.

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers will have to wait at least another week -- if at all in the preseason -- to see one of his worst fears, Andrew Bynum, on the floor.

"When you add a Bynum to your team," Rivers said, "you're a better basketball team."

Bynum, acquired by Philadelphia in a four-team trade this summer from the Los Angeles Lakers, has been out the entire preseason and soon will undergo an injection into his surgically repaired right knee.

According to Dei Lyman of CSN Philadelphia, Bynum is in the second of a three-week break from basketball activity.

It is too soon to tell if he will play in any preseason games, which includes a matchup with the C's in Boston on Oct. 21.

A source also told CSN Philadelphia that the injection, which was already in the works, acts as a "motor oil" to help lubricate the knee joints.

Last month, Bynum went to Germany and underwent Orthokine therapy, the same procedure Bynum's former teammate Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant underwent in the fall of 2011.

Former Celtic Jermaine O'Neal had the same procedure performed this past summer, which was instrumental in his decision to return to the NBA (he signed with the Phoenix Suns) for another season instead of retiring.

Philadelphia has kept Bynum from most basketball-related activities with the hope that it will speed up his recovery time so he is available for the start of the season.

While Bynum's long history of knee problems is a concern, his latest injection isn't that big a deal according to his agent, David Lee.

"Just look at it as lubrication for his knees," Lee told the Philadelphia Daily News.

Bynum will be injected with Synvisc-One, a drug used to treat knee osteoarthritis.

Lee added, "He's had them in previous years. Look at it as WD-40, for lack of a better way of explaining it. He gets them at the start of the season, and he gets them at the all-star break. It's noninvasive and has nothing to do with the treatment he received in Germany."

After a series of injuries limited him throughout most of his first six NBA seasons, he played in all but six games a year ago while establishing career highs in scoring (18.7), rebounds (11.8) and minutes played (35.2).

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

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Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

By Kurt Helin, NBC Pro Basketball Talk

This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.