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Washington Wizards center DeJuan Blair poses for a photograph during NBA basketball media day at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

DeJuan Blair a big upgrade for Wizards’ frontcourt

- The Washington Times

“[Blair is] only 6-foot-6, but he does everything like he’s 6-10,” John Wall said. “He can rebound. He screens. He can make floaters. He does the dirty work — the stuff that you need. And that’s a great player to add to our team to make our big men even deeper.”

United States's Rudy Gay goes up for a basket against Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas , left, and Renaldas Seibutis during their Basketball World Cup semifinal match at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

U.S. cruises past Lithuania, into Basketball World Cup final

- Associated Press

James Harden scored all of his 16 points in the lopsided third quarter of a near carbon copy of the Americans’ quarterfinal victory over Slovenia, when he awoke from a scoreless first half to help turn a close game into a blowout in a split second.

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