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Avery Bradley of LA Clippers out with sports hernia injury

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — In a season that has been marred by injuries to almost everyone, the LA Clippers are preparing for another starter to miss an extended period of time. Shooting guard Avery Bradley, who was just acquired by the Clippers on Jan. 29 as part of a trade package that sent power forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, could miss as many as three weeks with a sports hernia. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, said that trading Blake Griffin was necessary…

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scores eight 3-pointers in win over Sacramento Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Feeling healthy and free of the legal burden that resulted in a 25-day sentence for a probation violation earlier this season, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied his career high with eight 3-pointers made and nearly became only the second Los Angeles Lakers player to make nine 3s in a game. Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 34 points, grabbed seven rebounds and hit 8 of 14 3-pointers in a 113-108 victory over the Kings on Saturday. Caldwell-Pope became the eighth Lakers player to hit eight treys in a game. Kobe Bryant…

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Golden State Warriors finally defeat Oklahoma City Thunder

0:21 Kevin Durant sees an open lane to the basket, takes it and throws down a thunderous one-handed jam that gets the fans out of their seats. OAKLAND, Calif. — Leaning deep into the left corner, Nick Young let fly on a 3 as the buzzer sounded on the third quarter, holding his pose and then breaking out a shimmy right in front of the Oklahoma City Thunder bench as the ball splashed through the net. Russell Westbrook popped up to give Young a shove for the showboating, but much…

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Steve Ballmer of LA Clippers talks Blake Griffin, tanking, value

BOSTON — LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was “a very difficult decision,” but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. “[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player,” said Ballmer. “But if you look at what happened injury-wise, if you look at the kind of chemistry we were getting on our team, the thing you can see at the high level with the numbers when I started — one guy got all…

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Lonzo Ball of Los Angeles Lakers back on court in win over Dallas Mavericks after nearly six-week layoff

LOS ANGELES — In his first game back from injury after nearly six weeks off, Lonzo Ball came off the bench and still had to wait a little bit longer before he could play. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie drew an unusual delay of game whistle from officials for not getting his warmup top off as he walked onto the court. Other than that, Ball’s return after a 15-game absence due to a sprained left MCL injury went off without a hitch. Playing for the first time since Jan. 13,…

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Jimmy Butler of Minnesota Timberwolves leaves game with knee injury

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler left Friday night’s 120-102 loss to the Houston Rockets with a right knee injury. Butler drove into the paint with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter, missed a short jumper, but then clawed the rebound. He dished to a teammate, then crumpled to the floor in pain, holding his knee. Teammates, coaches and athletic trainers tended to Butler, who had to be helped off the court. He was unable to put any weight on the leg as he was helped to the locker…

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Zach Lowe 10 things I like and don’t like, including the new NBA All-Star game

2:50 Zach Lowe is a fan of the top-two voted players drafting teams for the NBA All-Star Game, as it made the game more competitive. Let’s roll with our last batch of an eventful February: 1. The new All-Star Game I’m not sure the new method of picking teams caused players to try harder. Any dramatic formatting change would have thrown into stark relief how unwatchable the game had become — and shamed them into effort. But this one worked, and the NBA should stick with it. The effort level…

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Bulls take tanking baton from 76ers

1:18 Bobby Portis tallies a career-high 38 points, but it’s not enough as the Bulls lose to the 76ers 116-115. CHICAGO — Fred Hoiberg couldn’t believe what he had just seen. With eight seconds left and his team clinging to a one-point lead in a game in which his Chicago Bulls once trailed by as many as 18, the 45-year-old coach looked on helplessly as Denzel Valentine threw a bad inbounds pass and then compounded that mistake by fouling Ben Simmons, sending the Philadelphia 76ers to the line to give…

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LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers says he’s against idea of re-seeding for playoffs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Fresh off being named MVP of the NBA All-Star Game played in a reimagined format that seemingly reinvigorated the February festivities, LeBron James urged the league to pump the brakes when it comes to potential changes to the playoffs. Two specific proposals for a play-in tournament for the NBA playoffs are circulating at the league’s highest levels. Here’s what it means. An infusion of young talent gave Cleveland a kick-start before the All-Star break, but Tyronn Lue will still have to find a way to work Kevin…

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley out tonight against the Golden State Warriors

LA Clippers guard Avery Bradley has a sports hernia and won’t play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, head coach Doc Rivers said. Ty Wallace will start in Bradley’s place. Clippers guard Avery Bradley (11) will miss tonight’s game against the Warriors.┬áDavid Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Bradley will be evaluated by doctors, Rivers told reporters. The Detroit Pistons traded Bradley in January as part of the Blake Griffin trade. Bradley is averaging 14.3 points and two assists per game this season. Source link

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