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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Blake Griffin on Austin Rivers' ability to verbally jab with him and DeAndre Jordan: "He's not great at it, but he tries. Bless his heart."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Tests came back negative for Marcus Smart's injured ankle. Danny Ainge won't offer a timeline but dubs him day-to-day.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Celtics trimmed their roster to 16 on Friday by releasing rookie forward Ben Bentil. The second-round pick had a partial guarantee ($250,000).

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a stormy day in Northeast Ohio and the Cavs lost power at their practice facility. Ty Lue said that it sapped his players' motivation at first but eventually he got what he wanted out of practice from his team.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The NBA fined the Lakers for remarks Magic Johnson made before he relinquished his ceremonial VP title in June. Our story ( just posted has this nugget, plus Jeanie Buss on her role as team president, her rapport with her brother Jim (Executive VP of basketball operations) and the state of the team as Luke Walton begins his first season as coach. On Sunday, the TV story on Outside the Lines, 9a E on ESPN2 with correspondent Steve Delsohn.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (left thigh strain) and guard Jonathon Simmons (right calf bruise) are out for Friday's preseason finale at home against the Houston Rockets.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said no decision has been made regarding a starting center. D'Antoni is deciding between Nene and Clint Capela. "It may be a game-to-game thing," D'Antioni said Friday. "It's a two-headed monster, it might change depending on the matchups."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston guard Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) listed as probable for the preseason finale against San Antonio.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston's James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela did not make the trip to San Antonio for Friday's game.