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Wildcat Quickies: NBA in Kentucky Edition

NBA basketball in Kentucky, the Cleveland Indians take a 2-0 series lead and more.

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NBA: Preseason-Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning BBN, these are your Sunday quickies. Rejoice in the fact that Kentucky football can’t lose to the Bye week. We had a couple NBA preseason games happening in the Commonwealth last night; The Sacramento Kings against the Washington Wizards at Rupp Arena and the Minnesota Timberwolves against the Miami Heat at the Yum! Center.

The game at Rupp featured former Wildcats Demarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and John Wall. Cousins was dominant with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes played. Cauley-Stein scored 12, and had 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Labissiere struggled, not even attempting any shots. He had 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and an assist. Lastly, John Wall had 11 points, 4 assists and 4 steals, and he didn’t play the entire fourth quarter. The Kings won the game 124-119.

As for the game at the Yum! Center, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 16 points in a 101-96 win over the Heat.

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Kings beat Wizards in Rupp Arena - Kentucky Sports Radio

DeMarcus Cousins led the way among former Wildcats with 22 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Timberwolves 101, Heat 96: Wiggins and Towns power Louisville win - Canis Hoopus

Andrew Wiggins’ 23 points and Karl-Anthony Towns’ big double-double led the Wolves to their third win of the preseason.

Madness guest list might have been Calipari’s best yet » UK recruiting news

Other than 2014, the only other Madness that featured visits from more than two top 10 recruits was the 2010 version, which included Anthony Davis (No. 1), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (No. 6) and Marquis Teague (No. 8), as well as Kyle Wiltjer (No. 24).

New scoreboard, court, family theme usher in new season for UK |

In addition to showing off a freshmen class considered one of the best in John Calipari’s eight seasons to a capacity crowd, UK unveiled a new scoreboard above center court and newly-designed playing court, part of a series of renovations at Rupp Arena, which is celebrating its 40th-anniversary this season.

Kelly Clarkson was a fan of Matthew Mitchell’s dance at BBM - Kentucky Sports Radio

Maybe Kelly and Matthew will dance together soon?

See what Kentucky paid Michael Buffer for Big Blue Madness - SEC Country

It was a pretty penny.

How much better is Kentucky’s defense now? - Herald-Leader

Kentucky’s defense went from giving up 44 points to Southern Miss, to giving up just 10 and 13 points to SEC opponents. They’ve certainly made progress.

Other sports news

Cleveland Indians take 2-0 lead in NLCS - Fox Sports

The Indians topped the Blue Jays 2-1 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead thanks to great pitching from Andrew Miller.

Cubs win Game 1 of NLCS - ESPN

Miguel Montero was the hero of the day, as his grand-slam home run propelled the Cubs to an 8-4 win over the Dodgers.

Cam Newton passes concussion protocol - CBS Sports

Good news for a lot of fantasy owners; the Panthers’ starting quarterback is cleared to play against the New Orleans Saints.

Alabama obliterates Tennessee - Sports Illustrated

There wasn’t any late-game magic for Tennessee this week, as the Crimson Tide dominated the ground game to get an easy win against the Volunteers.

Cavaliers re-sign J.R. Smith - USA Today

After a lot of time without much progress, and a struggle that even led to LeBron James getting publicly upset, the Cavaliers and J.R. Smith have finally come to an extension agreement.

Syracuse upsets Virginia Tech - Washington Post

The Orange topped VT 31-17 in the Carrier Dome with 14 unanswered points to close out the game.

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