TV: FOX Sports Sun TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. MIAMI -- The Miami Heat will be without center Hassan Whiteside and the Indiana Pacers will play their second straight game without big man Myles Turner when the teams meet on Saturday night. Whiteside has a bruised left knee while Turner is dealing with a concussion. The Heat (0-1) will be the more rested team and they will also have the benefit of home court when they host the Pacers (1-1). It's Miami home opener and the first of six straight games at AmericanAirlines Arena -- Miami's longest homestand of the season. Miami Heat on FOX Sports Sun VIDEO: Heat news, interviews & features 2017-18 Heat broadcast schedule FOX Sports Go The
For the Portland Trail Blazers' Pat Connaughton and rookie Caleb Swanigan, the Friday night game against the Indians Pacers in Bankers Life Fieldhouse represents a Hoosier State homecoming. Connaughton, who scored 24 points Wednesday night in Portland's near record-setting 124-76 regular-season-opening victory at Phoenix, played college basketball at Notre Dame. Swanigan, the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, had eight points, four rebounds and three assists in his NBA debut.
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves snap the NBA's longest playoff drought? The last time the Timberwolves reached the playoffs, LeBron James was named Rookie of the Year, George W. Bush was hoping to secure re-election, and current Minnesota stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns were 9 and 8 years old, respectively. Whether it was trading Kevin Garnett for cents on the dollar or picking Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio ahead of Stephen Curry, the Timberwolves have certainly been complicit in their own stint in the wilderness. But they've also been the unluckiest team in the NBA over the 13 seasons they've spent in the lottery. After this summer's roster makeover, is this the year Minnesota's luck
TV: FOX Sports Florida TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. NEW YORK -- Before the Brooklyn Nets take the court for their home opener Friday night against the Orlando Magic, there already is a pall over the season. When the Nets play their sixth home opener in Brooklyn, they will do so without Jeremy Lin, who is out for the season with a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee. "Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season," general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. "We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however, our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way