Rockets say Chris Paul is ‘week-to-week’ with knee injury

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets may be without All-Star point guard Chris Paul for weeks because of an injured left knee.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters in Houston on Saturday that the team will hold Paul out until the knee is completely healed. The team has not offered any specifics on the injury, other than the knee is bruised.

D’Antoni said Paul’s status is “more week-to-week” than day-to-day, and that there’s no firm timetable for a return.

Paul laboured through Houston’s season-opening win at Golden State on Tuesday. He didn’t play when the Rockets faced Sacramento on Wednesday. Houston plays its home opener Saturday night against Dallas.

Paul was traded to the Rockets by the Los Angeles Clippers over the summer.

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Spain Set To Remove Catalan Officials From Power, Call New Elections

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Spain says it will take steps to remove Catalonia’s leaders and call new elections after the region voted for independence — a move Madrid called illegal.

Spain’s government plans to invoke Article 155, part of the country’s constitution that allows the central government to institute direct rule over Spain’s semi-autonomous regions.

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Catalonia voted for independence earlier this month. Less than half of the region’s eligible voters participated, but around 90 percent of the roughly 2.26 million people who did vote supported independence from Spain. The referendum made international news when Spanish police and security forces injured hundreds of voters when they stormed polling places and took ballot boxes.

While Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, called for new leaders in Catalonia, he didn’t go so far as to dissolve the region’s Parliament.

Spain’s parliament will vote on invoking Article 155 in the next few days. Catalonia’s president said if that happens, he’ll call for a formal independence vote in the region’s parliament.

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Kevin Durant: “I want to be one of the best defenders in the league”

NEW ORLEANS – Kevin Durant charged his way into the lane. It did not matter that each time he did that, a swarm of Pelicans defenders gravitated to Durant and greeted him with sharp and quick hands. Durant still drove aggressively toward the basket.

This time, the approach paid off. Durant made a left-handed reverse layup. But the play caused him to lose his left shoe. That was not going to stop Durant, though.

He picked up the shoe. He sprinted down the other end of the court holding a shoe in his left hand and wearing only a sock on his left foot. Then shortly after tossing the shoe to the sideline, Durant swatted away a putback attempt from New Orleans forward Tony Allen. Seconds later, Durant stuffed Allen again.

“Luckily Tony Allen put the ball right in my face,” Durant joked.

Luckily for the Warriors, Durant was there to block the shot. He did that plenty of times more en route toward posting a career-high seven blocks in the Warriors’ 128-120 victory over the Pelicans on Friday. Durant also posted 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting.

In related news, Warriors coach Steve Kerr argued that “KD’s defense changed the game for us. Kerr also joked Durant that set a record by blocking two shots, while wearing one shoe. That play illustrated a huge goal Durant wants to accomplish on his bucket list.

“I want to be one of the best defenders in the league,” Durant said.

Durant is also often known as one of the best players in the league, period. He has made eight NBA All-Star teams. He landed on the NBA All-First team five times and the All-Second team two times. He has won both a regular-season MVP and a Finals MVP. Yet, Durant does not have a defensive accolade yet in his 10-year …read more

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