Owners, players have met for 10-plus hours Tuesday

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Owners, players have met for 10-plus hours Tuesday

NBA owners and players have been meeting for more than 10hours today in a New York City hotel hoping to end a lockout that began on July1.Commissoner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver,union executive director Billy Hunter, union president Derek Fisher and otherswere joined by federal mediator George Cohen on Monday.The lingering lockout has caused Stern to cancel the firsttwo weeks of the regular season. Training camps, which were to start on Oct. 1,and the exhibition season already have been canceled.Stern indicated last week that if an agreement wasntreached by the end of today, the prospect of canceling games through Christmaswas a possibility.While 10-plus hour of negotiations would seem to be a goodsign on the surface, consider that last week the sides met for a 13-hour periodover two days and it yielded no progress.

Pau Gasol out indefinitely for Spurs after breaking finger in warmups

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Pau Gasol out indefinitely for Spurs after breaking finger in warmups

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs center Pau Gasol is out indefinitely after breaking his left ring finger during pregame warmups Thursday night.

Gasol missed San Antonio's 118-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets. He was slated to start but left the court clutching his left hand before the national anthem. He had X-rays, which revealed a fractured finger on his non-shooting hand.

The team said there is no timeline for Gasol's return.

"We're going to look at it tomorrow," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, "but he's going to be out for a while."

Gasol got hurt when he jammed his left hand against Kyle Anderson's shoulder while attempting a running hook.

"I don't know what happened," Anderson said before exiting the locker room after the game. "I don't know."

It was the first game Gasol missed due to injury this season. He sat out two games for rest.

The 7-foot center from Spain is in his 16th NBA season, but first with the Spurs after signing as a free agent following two seasons in Chicago. He is averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in 39 games.

San Antonio also was without point guard Tony Parker, a late scratch from the starting lineup as well. Parker was in uniform and on the bench, but sat out because of a sprained left foot.

Parker is expected to play Saturday in Cleveland.

"It has happened before where his ankle kind of gets locked up, so I think we know what we need to do for it and I think he'll be back for Cleveland," Popovich said.

Thunder's Kanter: Nobody deserves to start All-Star Game over Westbrook

Thunder's Kanter: Nobody deserves to start All-Star Game over Westbrook

Stephen Curry and James Harden will comprise the starting backcourt for the Western Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. 

Russell Westbrook, who is leading the league with 21 triple-doubles and 30.6 points per game, will be coming off the bench, and it's not sitting well with teammate Enes Kanter.

Kanter tweeted on Thursday evening:

     Triple-Doubles

     All-Star starters (COMBINED)=19
     Russ=21

     Nobody deserves to start in the all star game over Russ.

Kanter, 24, has a history of making statements on Twitter. He trolled Kevin Durant this offseason after his former teammate elected to join the Warriors as a free agent. 

Kanter then talked trash to Durant from the bench when the Warriors defeated the Thunder 122-96 on Nov. 3 -- their first meeting since Durant switched jerseys.

"He was talking to me," Durant said after putting up 39 points in 31 minutes. "How many minutes did he play? ... Three minutes. It's kinda, you know... I'm trying to focus on whoever's on the court and he's trying to talk to me from the sideline. But I'm sure he'll put something on Twitter tonight."

The Warriors face the Thunder again this season on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Monday, March 20.