Los Angeles Teams

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce won't practice today and will miss the season opener in Portland.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Chris Paul believes the Clippers need to start the season better than they have in recent years, which starts with protecting home court: "We've talked about it a lot. The very first day of camp, our team meetings, we talked about getting off to a good start. One of the biggest things for us is our home court hasn't really been a home court. I don't know -- for some reason we haven't made it a tough place to play."

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Does Luc Mbah a Moute think it's important to win the starting SF for the Clippers: "I've been in different positions on this team. So, to me, I'm not going at it as 'I'm the starter' or whatever. I think we have a lot of guys that can play, that can fill in that position as well... For me, sometimes I started and I only played 5-10 minutes. Sometimes I didn't start and I played 25 minutes. Coach (Doc Rivers) knows what he's doing and for us, me especially, is just be ready."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

AccuWeather is reporting more seasonal temperatures in Chicago on Saturday for Game 6 of the NLCS than the warm weather earlier in the series. Temperature at first pitch is expected to be 57 degrees, dipping to as low as 53 by the end of the game. No precipitation is expected, and a light wind at 7 mph will blow out toward center.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

The bases are now in place at Wrigley some 9 hours before first pitch.

Cubs embracing pressure to clinch World Series berth (1:13)

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Much colder than it looks at Wrigley Field. Probably a 40 degree drop in temperature from game 5 to game 6 of NLCS

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Good morning from the corner of Addison and Clark in Chicago. People are already at the ballpark hours before tonight's Game 6 of the NLCS.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers finished preseason with a 2-6 record after a 98-94 loss to the Suns. Lakers coach Luke Walton said he hasn't yet decided who will earn the team's 15th and final roster spot: Metta World Peace, Thomas Robinson or Yi Jianlian. The deadline to decide comes Monday, and the regular season starts Wednesday at home vs. the Rockets.

Behold NBA stars putting defenders on posters (1:11)
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Breaking down the postseason so far

Are managers relying on their bullpens too much? Should they expect more from their starters? And who's been the biggest disappointment this postseason? Keith Law, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski discuss. MLB Roundtable (Insider)

Charles Moynihan ESPN 

Game 6 of the NLCS is Saturday night in Chicago. If the Cubs win, the celebration will be 'slightly' more boisterous as they would advance to their first World Series since 1945.

Parker: Summitt's wisdom has been with me (2:03)
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Finally, a Finals appearance for Clips?

Zach Lowe presents his annual preseason tiers of all NBA teams. He sees the Clippers owning the best chance of breaking through the recent Warriors-Cavaliers stronghold on Finals berths. Lowe's NBA tiers

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Unlike the Cubs' bats the past two nights, all is quiet inside Wrigley Field a day before Game 6 of the NLCS.