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A pair of NBA coaches sidelined with illness and injury
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The Associated Press
Injuries and illness had a clear impact on Tuesday’s slate of NBA preseason games.
And that was just among coaches.
New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry missed his team’s game against Atlanta with stomach discomfort, and Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer — already wearing a sling after undergoing surgery on his right hand Monday — left that matchup when Pelicans guard Langston Galloway knocked him over while attempting to save a loose ball.
The good news is that neither is expected to miss time when the games start counting for real next week.
More good news: Neither is Kyrie Irving.
On the night Cleveland got its starting lineup from Game 7 of last season’s NBA Finals together for the first time in this exhibition schedule, now that J.R. Smith has re-signed, Irving left in the second quarter of the Cavaliers’ matchup against Washington with a left calf strain. Irving, who went scoreless in 10 minutes, joined a long list of players who are dealing with aches and pains as the preseason winds down.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cleveland’s forward trio of LeBron James (18), Kevin Love (15) and Tristan Thompson (14) combined for 47 points in the defending champs’ final tune-up game, none of them playing down the stretch as Washington held on for the win.
Thompson also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Andrew Nicholson scored 19 points and John Wall added 17 for Washington, which got four free throws from Marcus Thornton in the final 19 seconds. Thornton finished with 16 points.

HEAT 107, MAGIC 77
MIAMI — Goran Dragic scored 17 points and handed out five assists for Miami, which got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Willie Reed.
Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson each scored 15 for Miami. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Orlando.

ATLANTA — Dwight Howard had 10 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes, while Kyle Korver and Dennis Schroder each had 13 as Atlanta went with what’s likely to be its opening-night starters.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led Atlanta with 16 points off the bench. Terrence Jones had a game-high 18 points for New Orleans.

SACRAMENTO — J.J. Redick scored 18 points in 22 minutes for Los Angeles, which became the first visiting NBA team to play at Sacramento’s new Golden 1 Center.
Blake Griffin scored 12 points for the Clippers. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 23 for the Kings.

OKLAHOMA CITY __ Steven Adams had 17 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Enes Kanter had 15 points and Russell Westbrook had 12 points and nine assists in 18 minutes for the Thunder. Danilo Gallinari led Denver with 18 points.