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Embiid won't play in back-to-back games

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he has not been cleared to play back-to-back games and does not expect to be in the lineup Saturday at Toronto.

Embiid was in the starting lineup for the home opener Friday night against Boston.

Embiid, the wildly talented and oft-injured 7-foot center, has yet to play in consecutive games over his brief NBA career. Embiid missed his first two seasons because of surgeries on his right foot and played only 31 games last year before he was shut down after surgery on his left knee.


Ex-WNBA coach Boucek joins Kings' staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Former WNBA coach and player Jenny Boucek has joined the Sacramento Kings staff as an assistant player development coach.

The Kings announced Friday that the ex-Seattle Storm coach was now on Dave Joerger's staff, returning to Sacramento where she coached the defunct Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09. Boucek most recently coached the Storm for three seasons from 2015-17.


Lin has surgery, season officially over

NEW YORK (AP) Jeremy Lin had season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee Friday morning, hours before the Brooklyn Nets played their home opener.

The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The Nets said the surgery was successful and Lin is expected to make a full recovery.


Heat C Whiteside out with bruised knee

MIAMI (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has a bone bruise in his knee and will miss the team's home opener against Indiana.

The Heat made the announcement Friday, one day before opening a six-game homestand. He was injured in Miami's season-opening loss Wednesday at Orlando, a game in which he finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds.


Mavericks G Smith sits with swollen knee

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings with swelling in his left knee.

Smith, the ninth pick in the NBA draft out of North Carolina State, had 16 points and 10 assists in the Mavericks' season-opening loss to the Atlanta Hawks.


Harris leaves Mavs after brother killed

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris has been granted a leave of absence after his brother was killed in a car crash.

A Dallas police statement said 38-year-old Bruce Harris died Thursday afternoon from injuries suffered in a crash. Police say Harris and another man were in a disabled vehicle when a car driven by a 23-year-old man slammed into it from behind. The car with Bruce Harris inside was set on fire.


Hawks F Bembry has fractured right wrist

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Atlanta Hawks rookie guard/forward DeAndre' Bembry has a fracture in his right wrist.

He will return to Atlanta following Friday night's game in Charlotte against the Hornets and meet with team physicians from Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center on Monday.


Jazz PG Rubio returns to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ricky Rubio took a stroll through Minneapolis on Wednesday night, as he has so often before. For the first time, he did so as a visitor.

The Twin Cities were Rubio's home away from home for the first six seasons of his NBA career, and the unexpected bond that formed between a Spanish point guard and a cold Midwestern city was one of the few endearing qualities to cling to during a downtrodden period in the franchise's history.


Van Gundy supports protesting athletes

WASHINGTON (AP) Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump.

Van Gundy was asked before Friday night's game against the Wizards what he hoped would result from the president's criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem and the resulting national dialogue about political activism by professional athletes.


Nets' singer kneels after anthem

NEW YORK (AP) The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets' home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.

Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.

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