NBA NOTEBOOK Clippers lose their exhibition opener

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Nuggets were missing Chucky Atkins, who had a strained right groin, and didn’t dress Nene or Eduardo Najera. Atkins is expected to miss one more exhibition game. Clippers starters Cuttino Mobley, Sam Cassell and Chris Kaman did not play. Mobley sat out with a strained calf muscle. Garnett meets his old team Kevin Garnett will face his past before he gets on with his future. The 2004 MVP and 10-time All-Star, who left the Minnesota Timberwolves to join the Boston Celtics in a huge offseason trade, will play against his former team for the first time today in an NBA preseason game at the O2 Arena in London. From news services Carmelo Anthony and Von Wafer each scored 17 points, leading the host Denver Nuggets to a 119-107 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday night in the first exhibition game for both teams. Marcus Camby had 13 points and 23 rebounds for Denver. J.R. Smith scored 15 points, but was 0-for-7 on 3-pointers. Tim Thomas led the Clippers with 19 points and Guillermo Diaz added 16. First-round draft choice Al Thornton had nine points and six rebounds. “I haven’t really thought a lot about the past,” Garnett said. “I’m enjoying this journey. … That’s the focus now.” Garnett came to the Celtics in a 7-for-1 deal – the NBA’s biggest trade for a single player. Ray Allen, another former All-Star, joined Boston in a separate deal, raising hopes that the team can add to its record 16 NBA titles. All that is good news for Paul Pierce, the five-time All-Star from Inglewood High who has been Boston’s star player in recent years. “I don’t have to score as much this year,” said Pierce, who led the Celtics with 25 points per game last season. “I don’t have to handle all the pressure every night.” Garnett spent 12 years playing for the Timberwolves, leading Minnesota to the Western Conference finals in 2004, but he’ll face a team today that has very few familiar faces. “A lot of players are gone now,” Garnett said. “It makes it a little more easy just knowing that a lot of people I did grow with are not there.” Around the league Kings: Rookie center Spencer Hawes will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today. No timetable was given for his return. Hawes, the Kings’ top draft pick selected 10th overall out of Washington, will have the procedure done in Seattle by his personal physician, Lawrence Holland. Last week, Hawes had a second MRI exam on his knee, which he twisted during a conditioning drill late last month. The injury eventually forced him to miss training camp workouts. Knicks: Eddy Curry doesn’t need surgery on his sore right shoulder, and the center will be re-evaluated in one week. Team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen agreed with an original diagnosis of a labral tear with no rotator cuff damage. Curry will have treatment and rehab the injury. Curry was hurt late in the Knicks’ training camp in Charleston, S.C., and sat out their victory over Philadelphia on Monday night in their exhibition opener. He will also miss Thursday’s game against Maccabi Tel Aviv.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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